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Daniel Naroditsky
Photo copyright © 2008, courtesy of "WannaBe"  
Number of games in database: 420
Years covered: 2007 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2621 (2637 rapid, 2608 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2647

Overall record: +119 -49 =134 (61.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 118 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B32 B47 B90 B45 B41
 King's Indian Attack (26) 
    A07 A08
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C65 C67 C77 C78 C89
 French Defense (21) 
    C05 C07 C03 C18 C04
 French Tarrasch (19) 
    C05 C07 C03 C04
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A45 D00 D02 D04 E10
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (48) 
    E94 E91 E73 E90 E67
 Sicilian (28) 
    B90 B22 B23 B98 B40
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C78 C77 C96 C91 C99
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D38 D39 D30
 Sicilian Najdorf (13) 
    B90 B98 B94 B97 B92
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D02 A45 E00 E10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Naroditsky vs Le Quang Liem, 2021 1-0
   Naroditsky vs G Oparin, 2014 1-0
   Naroditsky vs So, 2021 1-0
   Troff vs Naroditsky, 2011 0-1
   Naroditsky vs K Priyadharshan, 2017 1-0
   Sevian vs Naroditsky, 2015 1/2-1/2
   G Kjartansson vs Naroditsky, 2015 0-1
   Naroditsky vs L Galoyan, 2011 1-0
   S Peric vs Naroditsky, 2011 0-1
   Naroditsky vs Xiong, 2021 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)
   US Championship (2014)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Wch U14 (2008)
   112th US Open (2011)
   London Chess Classic Open (2014)
   Groningen Open (2012)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Gibraltar Masters (2015)
   Groningen Chess Festival (2011)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Golden Sands (2012)
   Qatar Masters (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2007 WYCC (open) U-12 by gauer
   2014 Spice Cup open by gauer

   🏆 Aimchess Meltwater Champions
   Duda vs Naroditsky (Oct-17-22) 1-0, rapid
   Naroditsky vs Carlsen (Oct-17-22) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Naroditsky vs Mamedyarov (Oct-17-22) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   N Grandelius vs Naroditsky (Oct-16-22) 0-1, rapid
   Harikrishna vs Naroditsky (Oct-16-22) 1-0, rapid

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(born Nov-09-1995, 27 years old) United States of America

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FM (2007); IM (2011); GM (2013).

Daniel Naroditsky was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. In 2007 he won the world under-12 championship ahead of Illya Nyzhnyk, and picked up his FM title as a result.

He won his first IM norm when he won the First Saturday GM tournament in July 2010. His 2nd IM norm came at the Groningen 2010 Open, while he won his 3rd IM norm at the Berkeley International (2011), thereby securing his IM title. (1) He is also the winner of the 2013 U.S. Junior Closed Championship. (2) =3rd (4th on tiebreak) at the Riga Technical University Open (2014) held in August 2014. (3) In July 2015, he came =2nd behind Baskaran Adhiban (4th on tiebreak behind Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga and Jorge Cori) with 8/11, half a point from the lead, in the powerful Benasque Open. (6)

In 2010 he published his first book, Mastering Positional Chess. Later in 2012, Mastering complex endgames was also published.

Naroditsky graduated from Stanford University with a degree in History. Where he works as the Resident Grandmaster of the Charlotte Chess Center.

His current (November, 2021) FIDE rating is listed as 2622.

(5) Wikipedia article: Daniel Naroditsky

Last updated: 2021-12-28 19:32:34

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 447  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Naroditsky vs James Wu 1-0322007USCL - Tennessee vs San FranciscoA07 King's Indian Attack
2. E Aslan vs Naroditsky 0-1242007Wch U12B24 Sicilian, Closed
3. Naroditsky vs C Heung 1-0322007Wch U12A07 King's Indian Attack
4. M Isgandarov vs Naroditsky 0-1412007Wch U12B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Naroditsky vs W Altarboush  1-0592007Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
6. Naroditsky vs I Nyzhnyk  ½-½312007Wch U12A07 King's Indian Attack
7. Chao Han vs Naroditsky  0-1322007Wch U12B06 Robatsch
8. U Bajarani vs Naroditsky  1-0482007Wch U12B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
9. Naroditsky vs P Idani  1-0302007Wch U12A07 King's Indian Attack
10. Naroditsky vs G Nakauchi  1-0412007Wch U12A07 King's Indian Attack
11. I Bukavshin vs Naroditsky 0-1242007Wch U12B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. F Thornally vs Naroditsky 0-1302008Mechanics Winter Tuesday Night MarathonA07 King's Indian Attack
13. Naroditsky vs Kudrin  ½-½292008Far West OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
14. N Mohota vs Naroditsky  ½-½26200836th World OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
15. R Hess vs Naroditsky ½-½53200836th World OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
16. Z Bayaraa vs Naroditsky  ½-½202008United States Chess LeagueE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. Naroditsky vs A Young  0-1422008United States Chess LeagueB07 Pirc
18. E O Rodriguez vs Naroditsky  0-1412008United States Chess LeagueE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
19. Naroditsky vs E Wilson  1-0282008United States Chess LeagueA07 King's Indian Attack
20. I Krasik vs Naroditsky  ½-½452008United States Chess LeagueE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
21. Naroditsky vs L Martinez  ½-½602008United States Chess LeagueA07 King's Indian Attack
22. A May vs Naroditsky  0-1512008US Chess LeagueB23 Sicilian, Closed
23. Naroditsky vs Quang Khai Tran  ½-½542008Wch U14A07 King's Indian Attack
24. P Chen vs Naroditsky  ½-½542008Wch U14B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Naroditsky vs A Calugar  1-0812008Wch U14A07 King's Indian Attack
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Aug-12-14  zanzibar: Wikipedia has an updated photo available.

In a way it would be nice to have a collection of photographs fallowing young players like this over the years.

Maybe with disk space becoming so cheap... you know, click an image and get cycle through a series of photos.

Mar-15-15  tim butler: His picture looks like he is 12 yrs old. He is 19. Please change it.
Dec-21-15  epistle: Let's see your second win today GM Naro.
Dec-21-15  epistle: C'mon Daniel, let him regurgitate all the barbecues he had eaten.
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  Richard Taylor: I read part of his book. It's good except the first part only has 3 or 4 problems (positional with tactics sometimes) based on the chapter. [I failed them all!] But otherwise it is very good, I had it from a local library, so had to return it.

He wrote it partly as he was deficient, he felt, in some of the areas he was discussing. A good idea.

Nov-09-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Daniel Naroditsky.
Dec-30-16  parisattack: No games from 2016? Perhaps he folded the chess tent? When they are very young and their ratings are moving steadily up it is probably disconcerting when 'the wall' makes its appearance.

I enjoyed his book, Mastering Positional Chess. Some excellent insights as well as entertaining.

Apr-03-17  zanzibar: Any more recent photos of him available?

He's 21 years old now.

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  technical draw: <zanzibar> That's him at 21. Chess stunts your growth.
Apr-05-17  zanzibar: Mentally or physically?
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<In 2 days, GM Daniel Naroditsky will play a bullet match against the AlphaZero (Computer) engine Leela! More info to come... >

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  offramp: Daniel will be playing 2 hours of Bullet chess against Leela.


Three years ago I saw this game, Rybka vs Nakamura, 2008. That was a 3-minute game, no increment, where Nakamura beat Rybka in 271 moves, by using pre-moves (whereby one plays one's next move while the opponent is thinking on his reply to your previous move.

If Daniel can do that frequently and thereby reduce Leela's thinking time to as little as possible, he might do very well.

Bullet games are 1min per game with no imcrement. They are normally of comically low-quality, but these games will be worth looking at.

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  offramp: I have now see the full schedule for the 2 hours and my hopes for a Daniel Naroditsky win have gone SOUTH immediately.

This is the schedule:

Time controls:

Phase 1: 2 games at 10+1
Phase 2: 4 games at 3+1
Phase 3: 8 games at 1+0
Phase 4 (as time allows): Daniel can challenge Leela at any time control, faster or slower.>

I expect that Daniel will be 6-0 down after phase 2 and may be downhearted. He will then lose phases 3 & 4.

The Result will be 14-0 to Leela.

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  offramp: Daniel has lost the 1st game. Leela was playing without c+d pawns. 10 minute game.
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  offramp: I watched the full two hours. It was very enlightening, with Daniel and his friend Jordy keeping up a constant commentary in a soft undercurrent of sound.

Leela began by giving 2 pawns (c+d) as both black and white. Later this became a knight. There were 18 games in all, which can be seen at (Watch out, there are two non-Leela games there atm.)

12 wins, one loss and 5 draws.

I thought this was Daniel's best game. Black is giving knight odds:

[Event "Casual Standard game"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2018.12.23"]
[Round "?"]
[White "DrDragonitsky"]
[Black "LeelaChess"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2500"]
[BlackElo "2733"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "

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"] [PlyCount "126"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]

1. d4 h6 2. e4 c6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Bf5 6. Ng3 Bh7 7. Bd3 Bxd3 8. Qxd3 e6 9. O-O Nd7 10. Re1 Qc7 11. c4 O-O-O 12. b4 Bxb4 13. Bd2 Bxd2 14. Nxd2 Kb8 15. Rab1 e5 16. Nb3 Rhe8 17. Qc3 g6 18. Red1 exd4 19. Nxd4 Ka8 20. Nf3 Nc5 21. Rxd8+ Rxd8 22. Re1 a6 23. h3 f5 24. Qf6 Qd6 25. Qxd6 Rxd6 26. h4 h5 27. Ne2 b5 28. cxb5 cxb5 29. Nf4 b4 30. Ne5 a5 31. Nexg6 a4 32. Ne5 a3 33. Rb1 b3 34. axb3 a2 35. Ra1 Rd2 36. Nxh5 Nxb3.

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37. Rxa2+ Rxa2 38. Ng7

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38...f4 39. h5 Nd2 40. h6
Ne4 41. h7 Ra1+ 42. Kh2.

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42...Nxf2 43. h8=Q+ Kb7.

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44. g4 Rh1+ 45. Kg2 Rxh8 46. Kxf2
Rg8 47. Ne6.

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47...Rxg4!! 48. Nxg4 Ka7.

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49. Ne5 Kb8 50. Nf3 Ka7 51. Ke2 Kb8 52. Kd3 Kc8
53. Kd4 Kd7 54. Kd5 Ke7 55. Ke5 Kd7 56. Nc5+ Kc6 57. Ne4 Kb5 58. Kd5 Ka4 59. Kc4 Ka5 60. Kc5 Ka4 61. Nd4 f3 62. Nxf3 Kb3 63. Nc3 Kxc3 1/2-1/2

Was that 2Ns v P ending a win? I can't find my Troitzky Line.

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  offramp: I looked it up, the f-pawn was always too advanced to lose to the 2♘s.

Here is the Line. Ignore the kings.

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  Penguincw: Video analysis of one of the games: (last one I think)
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  Jimmy720: Danya!
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  Penguincw: Naroditsky recently played a bullet game involving a trap: 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Bc5 3.Nf3 d6 4.exd6 Ne7 5.dxe7 Bxf2+ 6.Kxf2 Qxd1 (2:33)

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  OhioChessFan: NaRod could sure use a new profile pic.
Aug-11-21  YoungEd: GM Naroditsky has become quite prolific with his YouTube chess instruction videos. I think they're quite good; give them a try.
Nov-09-21  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster! Wishing you all the best today, young Daniel Naroditsky. Thanks and blessings for all you bring to our Royal Game!
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: And good news, everyone! Mr. Naroditsky has become the chess columnist for The New York Times! Good luck, sir, and long may you (and your column) run.
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  0ZeR0: <An Englishman: Good Morning: And good news, everyone! Mr. Naroditsky has become the chess columnist for The New York Times! Good luck, sir, and long may you (and your column) run.>

That is excellent news. I have no doubt that GM Naroditsky will fulfill this distinguished role with great insight and enthusiasm.

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