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Ian Nepomniachtchi
Photograph courtesy of Babak Zahmat.  
Number of games in database: 2,268
Years covered: 1999 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2784 (2778 rapid, 2785 blitz)

Overall record: +349 -166 =518 (58.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1235 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (297) 
    B90 B33 B30 B48 B51
 Ruy Lopez (145) 
    C78 C65 C67 C77 C91
 Caro-Kann (69) 
    B12 B11 B10 B13 B18
 Scotch Game (68) 
 Sicilian Najdorf (64) 
    B90 B94 B92 B97 B91
 French Defense (63) 
    C11 C10 C00 C18 C01
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (297) 
    B90 B51 B92 B50 B91
 Grunfeld (221) 
    D85 D80 D70 D86 D90
 Sicilian Najdorf (166) 
    B90 B92 B91 B97 B96
 French Defense (93) 
    C03 C12 C18 C11 C02
 English, 1 c4 c5 (71) 
    A34 A33 A35 A30 A31
 Queen's Pawn Game (59) 
    A45 D02 A41 A40 A46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nepomniachtchi vs Kharitonov, 2009 1-0
   Nepomniachtchi vs Li Chao, 2017 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs Nepomniachtchi, 2019 0-1
   Nepomniachtchi vs P Potapov, 2015 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs Nepomniachtchi, 2008 0-1
   Nepomniachtchi vs B Savchenko, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Nepomniachtchi, 2019 1/2-1/2
   Leko vs Nepomniachtchi, 2016 0-1
   Nepomniachtchi vs Bacrot, 2018 1-0
   H Melkumyan vs Nepomniachtchi, 2009 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Championship (2010)
   Corus Group C (2007)
   ACP Cup (2013)
   Levitov Chess Week (2019)
   Legends of Chess (2020)
   Chessable Masters (2020)
   Skilling Open (2020)
   Magnus Carlsen Invitational (2020)
   Magnus Carlsen Invitational (2021)
   World Cup (2015)
   FTX Crypto Cup (2021) Speed Chess (2020)
   World Cup (2019)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)
   European Championship (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Nepo: Destroyer of Worlds! by Zhbugnoimt
   FIDE Grand Prix 2019 by Penguincw
   Nail It Like Nepo by kenilworthian
   Nepomniatchi ! by returnoftheking

   🏆 Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship Match
   Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi (Dec-03-21)
   Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen (Dec-01-21) 1/2-1/2
   Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi (Nov-30-21) 1/2-1/2
   Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi (Nov-30-21) 1/2-1/2
   Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen (Nov-28-21) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jul-14-1990, 31 years old) Russia
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European U10 Champion (2000), European U12 Champion (2001 & 2002), World U12 Champion (2002), Russian U18 Champion (2004), Russian Champion (2010 and 2020), European Champion (2010); IM (2004), GM (2007).


Ian Alexandrovich Nepomniachtchi (Ян Алекса́ндрович Непо́мнящий), born July 14, 1990 in Bryansk, started playing chess at the tender age of 4. He has been coached during the past few years by one of Russia's most reputable chess coaches, Sergey Janovsky. He lists Mikhail Tal as his favorite chess player.

Title norms

<International Master> Nepomniachtchi's first IM norm came from his 6/9 result at the Aeroflot Open B event in February 2003. His second IM norm came with his result at the tournament in Bled, Slovenia in July 2003. His third IM norm resulted from his requisite 4/9 result at the Aeroflot Open (2004) on 26 February 2004. He thereby became an International Master at the age of 13 years 7 months and 12 days.

<Grandmaster> He won his first GM norm with his 10/13 at the Corus Group C (2007). His second came from his result at the European Championship (2007) in April 2007. His third GM norm resulted from his his excellent 7/11 result at the World Youth Stars (2007) which had its last round on 27 May 2007. As his rating was all ready well above 2500, he became a grandmaster at the age of 16 years 9 months and 17 days.


<Age> Nepomniachtchi started his career with some spectacular successes in age championships, winning the European U10 Championship in 2000 and the European U12 Championship in 2001 and 2002. He capped his age championship results with a win on tiebreak over Magnus Carlsen at the World U12 Championship in 2002. He competed in the 2003 Russian U18 Championship and finished near the leader board scoring 7/10, and possibly another half or full point as it was an eleven round contest. (1) He was equal third in the European U14 Championship (2) and outright third at the World U14 Championship in October 2003, with 8.5/11, half a point behind the winner on countback Sergei Zhigalko and co-leader in the event Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. While still aged thirteen, he won the Russian U18 Championship of 2004 with 9/11, a full point ahead of the field, the runners up on 8/11 having been Artem Iljin, Sergei Yudin and Mikhail Ekdyshman. Soon after his fifteenth birthday, Nepomniachtchi was equal second behind Aleksandr Lenderman and alongside Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the World U16 Championship that was staged in Belfort in July 2005.

He was runner-up in the 2007 World U-18 championship.

<Junior> He first competed in the Russian Junior (U20) Championship in 2002, aged 12, scoring 4/9 against a field whose average rating was over 2400. He tried again in 2004, scoring par for rating, but otherwise without troubling the leader board. He was runner up in the Russian Junior Championship 2009 behind Andreikin.

<National> In 2004, he participated in his first attempt at the Russian Championship, scoring between 3 and 4 out of 9 at the Russian Championship Higher League St Petersburg (2004). In 2006, after qualifying via the Russian Championship Higher League (2006), Nepomniachtchi took part in his first Russian Championship Superfinal (2006), scoring a respectable 5/11. In September 2010, he took another giant leap by winning the Russian Higher League Championships. He rounded off 2010 with a tiebreak win over Sergey Karjakin at the Russian Championship Superfinal (2010). He was runner-up (on tiebreak behind Ernesto Inarkiev) in the Russian Championship Higher League (2013), and thereby qualified for the Russian Championship Superfinal (2013), where he came =1st alongside Peter Svidler, but placed 2nd after a blitz tiebreaker which Svidler won by 1.5-0.5.

In November 2008, Nepomniachtchi contested the annual Russia Cup, a knockout contest featuring two game matches between participants, the winner progressing to the next round and the loser dropping out of the event. He defeated Evgeny Romanov , Evgeny Najer and Vadim Zvjaginsev in the preliminary rounds, but lost to Nikita Vitiugov in the semi-final. In 2009, he reached the final of this event after defeating Romanov, Aleksandr Shimanov , Denis Khismatullin and Sanan Sjugirov in the preliminary rounds, before losing to Evgeny Bareev in the rapid tiebreaker after drawing the result in the two classical game match.

<Continental> Nepomniachtchi first contested a continental championship when he was sixteen at the European Championship (2007) where he scored 6.5/11 and his second GM norm. He returned to that event at the European Championship (2008), this time scoring 6/11. He won the European Championship (2010) with 9.0/11. He scored 7/11 in the European Championship (2011), which qualified him to play in the World Cup (2011). In May 2013, he placed =1st (8th on tiebreaker) in the European Championship (2013), the result qualifying him to play in the World Cup (2013). He scored sufficient at the European Championship (2015) to qualify for the World Cup 2015.

<World> In the World Cup of 2011, he defeated Cuban GM Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez and compatriot Alexander Riazantsev in the first two rounds, before losing to US GM Gata Kamsky in the rapid game (25+10) tiebreaker in the third round after he had levelled the score in the classical games mini-match. In the World Cup 2013, he lost to young Chinese GM Wei Yi in the first round. At the World Cup (2015), he defeated Zhao Jun and Laurent Fressinet in the first two rounds before bowing out of the event after a prolonged third round struggle with Hikaru Nakamura, where the tiebreakers went down to the wire with Nakamura winning the Armageddon blitz tiebreaker after the previous three sets of rapid and blitz tiebreakers had been drawn. After qualifying via his rating to play in the World Cup (2017), Nepomniachtchi defeated Mladen Palac and Baskaran Adhiban in the first couple of rounds before bowing out of the contest after losing to Baadur Jobava in the third round.

Nepomniachtchi was one of the organiser's nominees to participate in the 2017 Grand Prix series. In the first event, the FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah (2017), he scored 5/9, half a point from the three-way joint lead, and placing 4th-8th to rack up 70 Grand Prix points. However, his chances to qualify for the Candidates via a top result in the GP series took a fatal blow when he scored only 3.5/9 at the FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2017) to add only 7 Grand Prix points to his tally. An excellent result at the FIDE Grand Prix Geneva (2017) where he was equal second on 5.5/9 earned him 125 GP points, however this was insufficient to move him back into the overall leaders' circle, placing ninth out of 24 participants.

<Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship Match (2021)> Currently challenging Carlsen


<2003-2006> Nepomniachtchi had his first serious open tournament success in January 2003 when he blitzed the field in the 17th Petrosian Memorial tournament, finishing outright first with 8/9, a point clear of the field, the joint runners up being Anton Sitnikov and Viktor Kuznetsov. The following month, a well compiled 6/9 at the Aeroflot Open B Division added over 20 points to his rating and his first IM norm to his name. Starting on his thirteenth birthday, Nepomniachtchi played in the 24th Chess Festival in Bled, Slovenia and placed equal fourth, a point behind the outright winner Matej Sebenik, and winning his second IM norm in so doing. A few weeks later, young "Nepo" continued his outstanding early success by winning the first Vanya Somov Memorial tournament staged in Kirishi in Russia, with 9/11, a full point ahead of joint runners up Dmitry Andreikin and Ildar Khairullin. He was outright first with 7/9 at the 9th Pyotr Izmailov Memorial Open played in Tomsk in June 2005, and followed up with second in the same event in 2006 behind Pavel Smirnov. In May 2006, he was outright second behind Ivan Popov (the 4th Vanya Somov Memorial) at the 4th Young Stars of the World (2006) played in Kirishi, Russia. In November 2006, Nepomniachtchi was second in the category 8 RGSU Moscow behind Nikolay Konovalov.

<2007-2014> The sixteen year old's year in 2007 started with second place after scoring 10/13 at the Corus Group C (2007) in January, half a point behind the winner Michal Krasenkow - this also resulted in his first GM norm. In May 2007, he won the World Youth Stars (2007) (the 5th Vanya Somov Memorial) on tiebreak, and also provided him with his third GM norm. He won the Aeroflot Open (2008), in the process earning an invite to the Dortmund Sparkassen (2008) in Germany, where he placed equal second with 4/7, half a point behind Peter Leko. His result as runner-up to Vasyl Ivanchuk at the Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2010) took him across the 2700 threshold for the first time. He started 2011 with 6/13 in the Tata Steel Group A (2011) and in November 2011, he performed creditably at the Tal Memorial (2011) placing =3rd (5th on count back) scoring 5/9 (+1 =8 -0 and a TPR of 2820), including a win against former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. In May 2012, he came =2nd at the Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2012). In early 2013, he placed =2nd with 7/9 in the Moscow Open (2013).

<2015 to the present> In 2015 he won Aeroflot Open (2015) with 7/9 on tiebreak (more wins with black) ahead of Daniil Dubov, again qualifying for Dortmund Sparkassen (2015) but without much luck (3/7) on that occasion. In July 2016, Nepomniachtchi won the powerful (category 20) Hainan Danzhou GM (2016) with 6/9, a clear point ahead of the joint runners up Wang Yue and Pentala Harikrishna . Two months later in September 2016, Nepomiachtchi again struck gold by winning the category 21 Tal Memorial (2016) with 6/9, half a point ahead of Anish Giri. He finished classical chess in 2017 with equal first alongside Caruana, both scoring 6/9, at the London Chess Classic (2017). Fabiano Caruana won the London Chess Classic (Tiebreaks) (2017) to take out first prize. He was equal second at the Karpov Poikovsky (2018) with 6/9, half a point behind the winner Dmitry Jakovenko. In July 2018, he had an excellent win at Dortmund Sparkassen (2018), scoring 5/7, a full point clear of the field.


<Club events> Nepomniachtchi has played in the Russian Premier League every year since and starting in 2006. During this time he has won a team gold (in 2017 playing board four for Siberia Novosibirsk), three team silvers (in 2009, 2014 and 2016), and two team bronzes (in 2006 and 2007). He has also won individual gold twice, in 2014 and 2016, and individual silver twice, in 2007 and 2010. He has also played in the European Club Cup (ECC) since 2006 excepting 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2016. His ECC medal tally is two team golds, two individual silver medals and an individual bronze medal. In 2017 he played with the Globus club.

<National team> He played for Russia at the European Team Championship (2011) as a reserve, in the European Team Championship (2015) on board four winning team gold and individual bronze and in the European Team Championship (2017) winning team silver. He also played for the Russian team in the World Chess Team Championship (2011) winning individual gold for board three, the FIDE World Team Championship (2013) winning team and individual gold on board four and in the World Team Chess Championship (2017) winning team silver and individual gold on board two. In 2004, he played for Russia in its unsuccessful match against China. In July 2012, he was a member of the victorious Russian team that prevailed in the Russia - China (2012) match.

<Olympiads> In 2010, he scored 6.5/9 and a 2821 performance on the top board of the Russia 2 team at the Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010) thereby winning a bronze medal. He won individual bronze playing board 5 for Russia at the Tromso Olympiad (2014).


He played and lost the Andreikin - Nepomniachtchi Match (2012) by 3.5-2.5 (-1 =5).


Nepomniachtchi is an excellent and lethal rapid player, taking out first in the Ordix Open (2008), beating Pavel Eljanov on tiebreak, and in 2009, he was second to Levon Aronian at the Chess Classic Mainz (rapid) (2009). He was equal second at the Rector Cup Rapid (2012) with 8.5/11, half a point behind Andreikin. In 2013, he played at Aeroflot when it staged the event as a rapid and blitz affair. During the final of the rapid knockout phase, he eliminated Anatoly Karpov and Peter Svidler to reach the semi final, where he lost to the eventual winner of this segment of the event, Sergey Karjakin. He won the Aeroflot blitz segment with 15.5/18, a point ahead Peter Svidler.

He placed outright second at the World Rapid Championship (2013) with 11/15 and equal second (fourth on tiebreak) with 20/30 points at the World Blitz Championship (2013). He made the final of the powerful ACP Cup, a rapid (25+10) knockout format tournament held in Riga from 13-15 September 2013, but lost in the Armageddon tiebreaker to compatriot Alexander Grischuk. In September 2014, he won the double round robin Yaroslav the Wise 2014 Tournament of Champions with 7.5/10, a point clear of runner up Dmitry Jakovenko. The SportAccord World Mind Games took place in Beijing from 11 to 17 December 2014, featuring rapid, blitz and Basque (two games played simultaneously with black and white) chess events. Nepomniachtchi won the final Basque System rapid where players play two games against each other at the same time. (3)

In 2015, he won the Aeroflot blitz, a point and a half clear of the field, and was equal second at the World Rapid Championship (2015) alongside Leinier Dominguez Perez and Teimour Radjabov with 10.5/15, a point behind the winner Magnus Carlsen. He was equal fourth at the World Blitz Championship (2015) with 14.5/21, a point behind the winner Alexander Grischuk. In September 2015, Nepomniachtchi won the Moscow Blitz Championship with 14/19, half a point clear of Andreikin. In December 2015, the ACP Masters was held; it was a rapid tournament staged in Ashdod, Israel. There were two preliminary group stages, from one of which Nepomniachtchi qualified to play in the semi-final where he played and lost to the ultimate winner of the event, Vasyl Ivanchuk. In March 2016, Nepomniachtchi placed second in the Cup of the REGION Group of Companies Blitz, finishing outright second with 14.5/18, a point behind the winner Ding Liren and a point and a half ahead of a squad of third place getters. Three months later he was equal first at the Eurasian Blitz Chess Cup of the President of Kazakhstan alongside Farrukh Amonatov with 16/22 - a below standard rating performance for Nepomniachtchi - he was rated 2846 at the time. Nepomiachtchi saw out an auspicious 2016 by participating in the World Rapid Championship (2016) where he placed equal fourth with 10/15, a point behind the three joint leaders, Carlsen, Ivanchuk and Grischuk. A couple of days later, he scored a modest 13/21 to place equal seventh in the World Blitz Championship (2016).

At the end of 2017, Nepomniachtchi came close to winning the World Rapid when he scored 10.5/15 in the World Rapid Championship (2017), alongside Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Fedoseev, who scored the same. However, Nepomniachtchi was third on tiebreak and it was left to the other two to fight out the final result. In March 2018, he won the Cup of the REGION Group of Companies 2018 Blitz outright with the stunning score 15/18 (+12 =6), adding 53 rapid rating points to his resume. He was outright third at the Tal Memorial 2018 Blitz staged a few days later.


Nepomniachtchi was one of Carlsen's seconds for the latter's defence of his world title.

Rating and Ranking

Nepomniachtchi entered the Junior Top 20 in January 2007 when he was rated 2587 and remained in the top 20 until November 2010 after which he exited the Junior (U20) ranks. His peak ranking as a Junior was #3, and his rating was 2720, again in November 2010. He first entered the world top 100 in April 2008, weighing in at #86 and a rating of 2634. He re-entered the top 100 in January 2010 and has remained in the top 100 since that time. His peak ranking to date was world #11 in January 2017, when he also reached his peak rating to date of 2767. His peak rapid rating to date was 2821 in November 2015. His peak blitz rating to date was in July 2014 when it rose to 2880.


Most of the information in this bio was derived from Nepomniachtchi's FIDE player card. Other sources are referenced below.

(1) – other corroborating sources for the result in this event don't seem to appear in English language sources; (2) (3)


Wikipedia article: Ian Nepomniachtchi

Last updated: 2021-12-01 18:00:57

 page 1 of 91; games 1-25 of 2,266  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Potapov vs Nepomniachtchi  0-1531999RUS-ch U10B01 Scandinavian
2. Ali Kavakdere vs Nepomniachtchi  0-1602001EYCC B12C05 French, Tarrasch
3. Nepomniachtchi vs M Bobula  1-0382001EYCC B12C10 French
4. G Nigalidze vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½582001EYCC B12D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
5. Nepomniachtchi vs T Banusz  1-0552001EYCC B12B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
6. M Rodshtein vs Nepomniachtchi  0-1722001EYCC B12A57 Benko Gambit
7. Nepomniachtchi vs E Krivoborodov 1-0712001EYCC B12B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
8. J Mihailovs vs Nepomniachtchi  0-1472001EYCC B12D85 Grunfeld
9. Nepomniachtchi vs D Andreikin  ½-½302001EYCC B12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. D Howell vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0322001EYCC B12B40 Sicilian
11. S Ismail vs Nepomniachtchi 0-1302001World Championship U12C05 French, Tarrasch
12. Nepomniachtchi vs S Azaladze  1-0552001World Championship U12B06 Robatsch
13. J Dourerassou vs Nepomniachtchi 0-1292001World Championship U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
14. Nepomniachtchi vs E Bonnet  1-0372001World Championship U12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. D Andreikin vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0402001World Championship U12B40 Sicilian
16. Nepomniachtchi vs Bachmann  ½-½262001World Championship U12B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
17. M Leon Hoyos vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½442001World Championship U12C05 French, Tarrasch
18. Nepomniachtchi vs A Diamant 0-1572001World Championship U12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. L Wu vs Nepomniachtchi  0-1392001World Championship U12A45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Nepomniachtchi vs R Hrzica ½-½382001World Championship U12B10 Caro-Kann
21. Z Andriasian vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½552001World Championship U12C12 French, McCutcheon
22. M Panarin vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0592002ch-RUS Boys U20C02 French, Advance
23. Nepomniachtchi vs R Kaskevich  1-05620023rd Stage Russian CupB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen 1-0412002EU-ch U12B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
25. Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½352002Wch U12A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
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Oct-16-21  Olavi: A bit disappointing. He should have told which openings they are concentrating on.
Oct-16-21  siggemannen: Yeah, or at least if he's going for e4 or d4.
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: "Is Nepo going to be the next world champion, or will he be another name on the list of challengers dispatched by Magnus Carlsen?"

In his book Cyrus Lakdawala comprehensively analyzes whether they are competing on an even playing field (Introduction, Page 9+):

Oct-22-21  siggemannen: My two cents is on Carlsen winning easily
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  fabelhaft: People writing on the subject often have an interest in making it sound as exciting and unpredictable as possible. I have seen many claim that it's 50-50, others say 55-45 to Carlsen. Lakdawala is more "boring" and thinks Carlsen will win. Maybe he still writes up Nepo somewhat.

Lakdawala means that Nepo is <the most skilled attacker on the planet> and has an edge on Carlsen also when it comes to open or irrational positions. He is according to Lawdawala better than Carlsen with the initiative and has a psychological advantage.

Still, I think it's uncertain if Nepo really has an advantage in anything. He has only been top ten for two years and never top three. When you look at players winning the World Championship, they tend to have been #1 already before playing their first title match. Carlsen, Anand, Kramnik, Kasparov, Karpov, Fischer and Spassky were all #1 on the rating list before their first title match. Spassky only on the unofficial Elo list in 1967, but then there had not yet been any official rating lists.

So Nepo winning the title would be a break with tradition in that respect and obviously a big surprise rather than some sort of 50/50 coin toss. Of course he can win it though. Any top player at his best can beat Carlsen if he is not at his best, and Nepo is without doubt extremely talented. But he is an underdog of more than Alekhine vs Capa level (maybe more like Short vs Kasparov).

Oct-22-21  metatron2: <fabelhaft: Still, I think it's uncertain if Nepo really has an advantage in anything>

I agree, and certainly Nepo doesn't have an edge in irrational positions. If there is anyone who can really figure out irrational positions (or any type of position for that matter), its Carlsen.

Figuring out unfamiliar positions is mostly about natural talent, and Carlsen is miles a way from Nepo in that regard.

<fabelhaft: But he is an underdog of more than Alekhine vs Capa level (maybe more like Short vs Kasparov)>

Of course Carlsen is a huge favorite here, but I think that comparing him to Short (vs Kasparov) is an exaggeration..

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  fabelhaft: <I think that comparing him to Short (vs Kasparov) is an exaggeration>

Probably, even if there are some similarities. Kasparov also had a 55 point lead in first place on the rating list after around ten years as #1, and faced an opponent that as best had been #4. But Short winning that match would have been an even bigger sensation than Nepo winning now, it’s more even nowadays, and shorter matches.

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  Williebob: Those seem like odd comparisons when you consider that neither Short nor Alekhine had won a single serious (classical) game against their esteemed opponents prior to the championship, whereas Nepo goes into this match with *a plus score* against Carlsen in classical time.
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  Williebob: Oh I was wrong about Short - he did win a game against Kaspy in 1986, but Garry took care to build a big plus score over him in subsequent events. Carlsen looks dominant over Nepo only in the shorter games (which could be significant once again this cycle).
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  fabelhaft: <Those seem like odd comparisons when you consider that neither Short nor Alekhine had won a single serious (classical) game against their esteemed opponents prior to the championship, whereas Nepo goes into this match with *a plus score* against Carlsen in classical time>

Well, Fischer hadn’t beaten Spassky, but was still a heavy favourite. Carlsen won the only decisive game over the last four years, uncertain how much the games from 2002-03 or 2011 mean.

Alekhine hadn’t beaten Capa but at the same time he was clear #2 going by what people thought at the time (and Chessmetrics today), while Nepo isn’t close to that position.

But regardless of head to head results, if one player has been #1 for a dozen years and the other has two years as top ten and at best #4, the first player should be a heavy favourite.

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  MissScarlett: I'm interested to see how Nepo deals with all the extra pressure and responsibility of playing on the biggest stage.
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Is this the last slow-speed match for the title?

In the October issue of the British Chess Magazine, Peter O’Brien writes about Ian Nepomniachtchi’s path from Ekaterinburg to Dubai and how the pandemic affected the time control in chess.

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  cro777: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."

According to Nepo, during preparation for the match in Dubai he lost about 10 kilos.

"We worked very, very much", Nepo said in an interview to Mikhail Kuznetsov for Match TV (a Russian federal sports channel owned by Gazprom Media):

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  cro777: An in-depth analysis of Nepo's chances against Carlsen (key factors for success).

In the latest issue of Europe Échecs (a monthly French-language chess magazine) 14 pages are also dedicated to analysis of key factors (facteurs clés) for success in Carlsen vs Nepo match by Gata Kamsky, the main seconds of Carlsen and Nepo (Peter Heine Nielsen and Vladimir Potkin) as well as French GM Romain Édouard. (Potkin was also Karjakin's second in his match against Carlsen in 1916. This will be his second attempt to bring back the world chess title to Russia).

Nov-03-21  Albertan: Ian Nepomniachtchi:´´The result is much more important than the prize.´:

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  HeMateMe: Carlsen's company merged with chess 24. They are the same company. In other words, magnus is a part owner of chess24.
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  cro777: It is a draw in the first game of the world championship match. Nepomniachtchi ​arrived in the playing hall alongside his second Vladimir Potkin:

Nepo's seconds are also Karjakin and GM Sergey Yanovsky.

Nepo had White in the first game. He said: "I was very slightly optimistic during the whole game. This is quite a curious line for Black with very thin compensation."

Carlsen selected a rare line (8...Na5) in the Ruy Lopez, Morphy Defence sacrificing a pawn early on.

Magnus: "I think there are a few key differences with Ian as an opponent. The main one is that Ian is more aggressive, plays faster and has a keener understanding of king safety than previous opponents."

Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Ian Nepomniachtchi Story - Early years

"I was born in Bryansk, a city about 400 kilometers southwest of Moscow ..."

In this documentary Ian himself and the people who knew him best talk about his early years.

Nov-30-21  VerySeriousExpert: Here is a POEM by Yury V. Bukayev about the latest chess games of this great Match between Magnus and Ian:

We name it after Morphy
In Open Games. It's worthy
To play it with a FUN!
"h3?" - Don't make it, Ian!

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  cro777: <VerySeriousExpert: Here is a POEM by Yury V. Bukayev.>

The poem is about the choice of the opening in the first game of the match: the Ruy Lopez, Morphy Defence. Nepo played 8.h3 to avoid the Marshall Attack.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3

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After four games of the match, the score is 2-2.

GM Pavel Eljanov: "Nepo looks like the most worthy contender at this point: brilliantly prepared, confident and sharp."

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  MissScarlett: I'm not calling for an outright ban on chess poetry, only a moratorium.
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  Retireborn: I feel the Inspiration of the Muse;

Ever since the day that I was born
I've dedicated myself to studying soft pawn
I'd stay up all night, analyse till dawn
Anything rather than mow the lawn
(It's occupied by a rather aggressive fawn)
The variations would make you yawn
The good old brain became rather worn.
Ta ta for now. I've blown my horn.

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  offramp: Here's an easy way to remember his name:

NEPO - is the word OPEN backwards
OMNI - this is the prefix for ALL. There used to called a science/paranormal called <Omni>
ACHT - this is the German for EIGHT (8)
CHI - the person's guardian angel (in China)

In any case, I think his name should be too long: Непо́мнящий doesn't need that repetition of "CHTCH" at the end. His name could be westernised as NEPOMINACHTI. More straightforward.

Dec-01-21  soldal:


ne-POM-nyash-chy (English)

ne-POM-niach-tchi (French)

ne-POM-njasch-tschij (German)

ne-POM-njasj-tsjij (Norwegian)

Only that shch/chtch/schtsch/sjtsj is one letter (щ) and one sound in Russian, I've heard (but two sounds in Ukrainian?)

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  alexmagnus: <Only that shch/chtch/schtsch/sjtsj is one letter (щ) and one sound in Russian, I've heard (but two sounds in Ukrainian?)>

Yes, in Russian it is one sound (similar to sh in "she" but longer and more articulated), in Ukrainian it is two sounds (actually sh + ch, with sh as in shark and ch as in chair).

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