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Jan-Krzysztof Duda
Polish Chess Championship, Warsaw 2014
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Number of games in database: 1,024
Years covered: 2007 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2753 (2774 rapid, 2799 blitz)

Overall record: +186 -77 =226 (61.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 535 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (83) 
    B90 B92 B51 B42 B33
 Ruy Lopez (41) 
    C65 C78 C67 C95 C70
 English (37) 
    A13 A18 A14 A15 A11
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    A45 D02 D00 A46 E10
 Giuoco Piano (30) 
    C53 C50
 Sicilian Najdorf (28) 
    B90 B92 B94 B99 B96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (112) 
    B90 B51 B52 B23 B53
 Sicilian Najdorf (38) 
    B90 B94 B91 B92 B97
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    D02 A45 A46 A50 E00
 Petrov (30) 
    C42 C43
 Queen's Gambit Declined (30) 
    D30 D39 D35 D31 D38
 Slav (29) 
    D11 D10 D16 D14 D12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Duda vs Carlsen, 2020 1-0
   Duda vs Dubov, 2021 1-0
   Duda vs G Gajewski, 2016 1-0
   Duda vs So, 2019 1-0
   Duda vs So, 2020 1-0
   Caruana vs Duda, 2021 1/2-1/2
   Khismatullin vs Duda, 2014 0-1
   Svidler vs Duda, 2020 0-1
   Duda vs I Beradze, 2014 1-0
   N Grandelius vs Duda, 2020 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (2015)
   Pepe Cuenca Invitational (2020)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   World Youth Championship (2012)
   European Championship (2017)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   Champions Showdown (2019)
   Meltwater Tour Final (2021)
   World Cup (2021)
   French Team Championship (2015)
   World Cup (2019)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)
   FIDE Online Olympiad (2020)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Cup 2019 by jcgandjc

   🏆 84th Tata Steel Masters
   Duda vs Karjakin (Jan-20-22) 1/2-1/2
   Mamedyarov vs Duda (Jan-18-22) 1-0
   Duda vs Carlsen (Jan-17-22) 1/2-1/2
   R Praggnanandhaa vs Duda (Jan-16-22) 1/2-1/2
   Duda vs Rapport (Jan-15-22) 1-0

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(born Apr-26-1998, 23 years old) Poland

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FM (2008); IM (2012); Grandmaster (2013); World U10 Champion (2008); European U14 Champion (2012); Polish U18 Champion (2012); European Rapid Champion (2014); Polish Champion (2018).


Jan-Krzysztof Duda was born in Krakow, Poland and learnt to play chess at the age of five.

Master norms

<International Master norms> Duda's gained his first IM norm in August 2011 at the 8th International Festival of Chess GM Tournament in Ostroda in Poland, a round robin event, where he scored 5.5/9, which was one point more than the minimum requirement for an IM norm. His 2nd IM norm came at the Polish Championship in February 2012 when he scored 4/9, the requisite score for the norm. In August 2012 he won his 3rd IM norm at the Olomouc Chess Summer 2012 - A1 where he scored 8.5/11, a full 2.5 points above the requisite amount for the IM norm, and a half point above the requisite for the GM norm, which he also acquired.

<Grandmaster norms> As mentioned above, Duda's first GM norm was at the Olomouc Summer event in 2012. His 2nd GM norm came at the First Saturday GM March 2013 where he scored 8/9, a point above the minimum requirement for the norm. His 3rd GM norm, a double, was gained at the 2013 European Championship where he scored the requisite 5.5/10. He thereby gained his GM title in 2013 at the age of 15 years and 21 days, becoming the second youngest GM in the world at the time after Wei Yi.


<Youth> He gained his FM title by winning the 2008 World U10 Championship that was held in Vung Tau, Vietnam. He placed 3rd with 8.5/11 in the World U12 Championship in 2010. In the 2011 European U14 Championship, he placed =2nd with 7/9 and in November 2011 he placed =4th (6th on tiebreak) in the U14 World Championship, losing the battle for first place in the last round by losing to the winner FM Kirill Alekseenko. Won the Polish U18 Championship 2012, a point clear of the field with 7.5/9 before going on to win the European U14 Championship of 2012. In November 2012, he placed =3rd at the World U18 Championship held in Maribor in Slovenia.

<Junior> He competed, aged 12, in the World Junior Championship (2010) scoring 6.5/13. In July he scored 9/9 in the Polish Junior League. He scored a solid 8.5/13 to place =8th in the World Junior Championship (2013). Placed =3rd (8th on tiebreak) with 8/11 in the World U18 Championship 2013. In October, he was =3rd at the World Junior Championship (2014) behind the winner Lu Shanglei and runner-up Wei Yi, and alongside Vladimir Fedoseev, ultimately placing 4th on tiebreak. In September 2015, Duda was runner-up to Mikhail Antipov in the World Junior Championship (2015). He had lead the tournament from rounds six until twelve, and coming into the final round, he drew his final game while Antipov won his game to level the point scores. Duda was relegated to second place on the narrowest of tiebreak margins.

<National> Duda he scored a solid 4/9 at the Polish Championship in 2012, bringing in his 2nd IM norm. In April 2013, he scored 5/9 in the Polish Championship, narrowly missing his 3rd GM norm. He placed 3rd in the 2014 Polish Championship.

<Continental> In May 2013, he earned his 3rd GM norm at the European Individual Championship (2013), earning his GM title in the process. He competed in the European Individual Championship (2014) and scored 7/11.

<World> Duda was one of the President's nominees to the World Cup (2013). There he played Vassily Ivanchuk in the first round, losing by 0.5-1.5 and exiting the tournament.

Standard Tournaments

<2010> 6.5/9 in the XXI International Chess Festival Cracovia 2010, Open A defeating both grandmasters he encountered, namely Ilmars Starostits and Vadim Shishkin.

<2011> The year started quietly but in the middle of the year, he hit a purple patch,scoring 8/9 in the Polish Junior League, 5.5/9 in the Miguel Najdorf International Chess Festival and especially in the 8th International Festival of Chess GM Tournament in Ostroda in August 2011, where he won his first IM norm by scoring 5.5/9 and placing =2nd behind the winner, Lithuanian GM Vidmantas Vaclovich Malisauskas, the only player to whom he dropped a game. He also picked up nearly 50 ELO for this result alone, and nearly 100 ELO for the September rating period, extending his rating lead by over 250 points ahead of the only other Polish U14 rated over 2000, Radoslaw Gajek.

<2012> In August, he won the Olomouc Chess Summer 2012 - A1 in the Czech Republic (and a GM norm). In December 2012-January 2013 he scored 6/9 at the 23rd International Chess Festival held in Cracow, Poland, maintaining rating parity.

<2013> In March 2013, he scored 8/9 at the 1st Saturday GM tournament, thereby picking up his 2nd GM norm.

<2014> The year started with Duda's inaugural participation in Tata. At the Tata Steel Challengers (2014), he placed =6th with 7/13 (+5 -4 =4) picking up a handful of rating points. In July he participated in the Miguel Najdorf International Festival Group A, scoring 6/9, half a point from the lead.

<2015> In July, he won the category 15 Lake Sevan round robin event with 6/9, half a point clear of outright second-placed David Anton Guijarro.

Team events

Strong results in the Czech and Polish Leagues temporarily pushed him to top ranking of his age group in the world although a subsequent stellar performance by Artemiev eclipsed him for the top ranking for July 2013. In May 2014 , he played for Poland in the Mitropa Cup, and in the following month he and his team played an Olympic training match with Hungary. He represented the Poland 2 team in the European Team Championship (2013). He also played board 2 for Poland in the European U18 Team Championship, winning team gold and individual silver, and board 1 for Poland at the 2014 Mitropa Cup. In the 2014-15 season, Duda played top board for the Hamburger SK club in the Bundesliga, his team placing 11th out of 16. He played for the TJ Tatran Litovel club in the Czech Extraliga from 2012-13 to 2014-15, helping his team to a bronze medal finish in the 2012-13 season when he played board 5, scoring an above rating result of 4/7. He played board 3 for Poland in the Chess Olympiad (2014), scoring an excellent 8.5/11, narrowly missing an individual medal.

Rapid and Blitz

He scored 4/7 in the 2010 European Rapid Championship. He rounded out 2014 with an excellent results at the European Blitz Championship, scoring 17/22 and placing 2nd behind Navara and 1st in the European Rapid Championship with 9.5/11.

At the World Blitz Championship (2018), Duda had an outstanding result, scoring 16.5/21. He finished just half a point behind the winner, world champion Magnus Carlsen, and two points ahead of Hikaru Nakamura, who finished in third place.


Duda's results in the World Junior Championship of 2015 lifted him into the top 100 for the first time. Duda's highest rating to date was 2758 on the December 2019 and January 2020 rating lists.

Article by chessbase about Duda's acquisition of the GM title:

Wikipedia article: Jan-Krzysztof Duda

Last updated: 2020-05-03 06:11:34

 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,076  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Duda vs G Oparin  ½-½342007EU-ch U10 17thB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
2. K Kulon vs Duda  ½-½732008Cracovia op AC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
3. Duda vs S Kalvaitis  1-0382008Cracovia op AB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
4. M Krzyzanowski vs Duda  ½-½542008Cracovia op AC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
5. Duda vs J Zeberski ½-½462010Wroclaw Chess FestivalC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
6. A Warakomska vs Duda  0-1592010Wroclaw Chess FestivalB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Duda vs J Krejci  0-1332010Wroclaw Chess FestivalB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
8. Jaroslav Bures vs Duda  ½-½572010Wroclaw Chess FestivalC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
9. Duda vs L Solys  0-1682010Wroclaw Chess FestivalB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
10. Z Strzemiecki vs Duda  1-0542010Wroclaw Chess FestivalC54 Giuoco Piano
11. M Bartel vs Duda  ½-½382010Wroclaw Chess FestivalA04 Reti Opening
12. Duda vs R Svane  1-0432010Wroclaw Chess FestivalC12 French, McCutcheon
13. T Fodor Jr vs Duda  ½-½582010World Junior ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
14. Duda vs M Andersen  ½-½512010World Junior ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
15. M Bobula vs Duda  1-0722010World Junior ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Duda vs H Simonian  ½-½742010World Junior ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
17. D Dvirnyy vs Duda 1-0302010World Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
18. Duda vs T Anton 0-1752010World Junior ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. J Gora vs Duda  ½-½422010World Junior ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
20. Duda vs P Parol  1-0552010World Junior ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
21. B Hercules vs Duda  0-1462010World Junior ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Duda vs B Akkozov  1-0312010World Junior ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
23. Spoelman vs Duda 0-1522010World Junior ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Duda vs S D Swapnil  ½-½672010World Junior ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
25. A Baryshpolets vs Duda  1-0412010World Junior ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Jul-18-18  ChessHigherCat: <hoodrobin> I don't know the original story but I read some novel by Michel Tournier (later turned into the movie "The Ogre") where the giant Christopher offers to carry a little boy across the river on his shoulders and he keeps getting heavier and heavier until he almost drowns the giant (that'll teach you to do a good deed!)
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  hoodrobin: <ChessHigherCat> In the traditional story the little boy gives proof of being the real Christ.
Jul-19-18  ChessHigherCat: <hoodrobin> I looked up the traditional story (there seem to be several versions) in wiki, and it's very hard to see what the moral is:

<The hermit then suggested that because of his size and strength Christopher could serve Christ by assisting people to cross a dangerous river, where they were perishing in the attempt. The hermit promised that this service would be pleasing to Christ.

After Christopher had performed this service for some time, a little child asked him to take him across the river. During the crossing, the river became swollen and the child seemed as heavy as lead, so much that Christopher could scarcely carry him and found himself in great difficulty. When he finally reached the other side, he said to the child: "You have put me in the greatest danger. I do not think the whole world could have been as heavy on my shoulders as you were." The child replied: "You had on your shoulders not only the whole world but Him who made it. I am Christ your king, whom you are serving by this work." The child then vanished.>

I wonder if Christopher yelled after him, "Nice to meet you, but where do I send the bill?"

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  Check It Out: *Hums the Pink Panther theme*





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  WorstPlayerEver: <CHC>

Interesting. Reminds me of Harry Potter, which is also a mishmash of rather cliche stories.

When one is truly uninspired, they always can use copy and paste.

It seems the solution in a world where a dollar is more worth than a life. Pax Americana.

However, if one is pressing hard enough on people, other people will explode.

There's a simple solution for this: control the exploding people by controlling the bombers.

So you can give all people their perfect illusion. Where they perceive peace or war. Just like the weather.

Make sure you let speak the dumb in public. Make sure you make the dumbest King. All you need is dumbness! The weather guy is your guide.

Call any vegetable and the chances are good... you will respond to me. Usually people stay silent when their heads are completely empty. Because silence is golden. That's what they say.

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  WorstPlayerEver: PS it must be a great feeling; to corrupt threads like these.
Jul-20-18  ChessHigherCat: I don't think that story is cliché at all, on the contrary, it's extremely bizarre. Most stories are based on the some kind of wish fulfillment or moral lesson (if you do good, you'll be rewarded, or vice-versa), but there it's the exact opposite, in exchange for his good deed, he almost drowns and gets nothing. Reminds of when I helped some poor guy with a broken leg across the street in the rain here and a motorcycle cop came zooming up: Documentos!
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  WorstPlayerEver: <CHC>

Ghe my post was obviously meant as a parody on modern church services :)

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  ketchuplover: Who's a future world champ? Duda! Duda!
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  MissScarlett: In the 2014 picture above, he looks like a youthful Smyslov. Not any more.
Dec-31-18  bialyhetman: Congratulations to GM Duda for having finished second in the World Blitz Championships in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Great performance Jan. Unforgettable experience. So proud of you and to be Polish. Bowing low to Magnus Carlsen, the undeniable Victor and the current chess king. Thanking Russia for the organization of the event.
May-17-19  epistle: Magandang lalaki pala ito. Hirap na hirap talaga si idol pag magandang lalaki ang kalaban.
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Sep-01-20  diagonal: <"I intend to use the possible quarantine for broadening my knowledge about Norway and preparing for the tournament."> – Jan-Krzysztof Duda, after being invited to play at Norway Chess in Stavanger area.

Physical Chess is back: <Altibox Norway Chess 2020> is announced by the organisers as the First Top-Tournament Post-Corona, since March 2020, when the coronavirus started to cause global lockdowns.

(The traditional <Biel Chess Festival> took place already in July 2020, also in a reduced form: it was <won by the other world elite player from Poland, Radoslaw Wojtasczek>, ahead of Harikrishna, Adams, young Vincent Keymer, Naiditsch, etc., in a combined "Triathlon" format of Classical, Rapid and Blitz chess, eight participants, none from the top ten ranking, three Elo 2700+ players).

The original table of ten contestants has been reduced to six, the planned player list in this double round-robin event at Norway Chess, is including the currrent no. one and no. two player of the world:

Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
Fabiano Caruana (USA)
Levon Aronian (Armenia)
Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland)
Alireza Firouzja (FIDE, living in France)
Aryan Tari (Norway)

Duda, Firouzja, and Tari from the hosting nation, are comparatively new names in an international <supertournament> (whatever the definition might be).

The format of last year is maintained: in case of players drawing their game in classical chess, an Armageddon game is played immediately. A classical win counts 3 points, a loss 0, a win via Armageddon tie-breaker 1.5 points, and a loss via Armageddon tie-breaker 1 point.

The organizers are doing major preparations in regards to Covid-19 to assure a safest possible environment for the players, their team members, crew and other people involved. *Fingers crossed*

Official Site:

Background by Peter Doggers on the Covid-19 situation concerning initially invited top players for Norway Chess 2020, travelling / border restriction, quarantine periods, safety measures and precautions:

Oct-11-20  MordimerChess: Jan-Krzysztof Duda won his first-ever game in classical time format in OTB tournament against World Champion. That was his dream.

Video analysis of the game:

Enjoy and learn! ❤️❤️

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Apr-11-21  macer75: <posoo: still do u approve of OhioChessFan leering at girls?>


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  Bratek: Congratulations on winning of the World Cup!
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  cro777: A massive achievement.

Jan-Krzysztof Duda on winning the 2021 FIDE World Cup:

"The tournament of my life!"

Magnus Carlsen: "Huge congratulations to Duda for winning the World Cup.

Considering the line of opponents he beat in the last four rounds [Alexander Grischuk, Vidit Gujrathi, Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin], never losing a game, is a massive achievement."

Aug-09-21  Albertan: Carlsen knocked out of World Cup as Poland’s Duda emerges:

Aug-11-21  EdwinKorir: into the candidates
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  Messiah: C'mon Duda, SLAP HIM TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec-18-21  Albertan: Jan-Krzysztof Duda wins the European Blitz Championship:


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  MissScarlett: Congrats to Jan-Krzysztof on winning the Polish Blitz Championship!
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  MissScarlett: Duda scored 18/22 (+16 -2 =4), but due to the relative weakness of the field, he lost 28 rating points.

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