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Hans Moke Niemann
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Number of games in database: 421
Years covered: 2015 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2465 (2327 rapid, 2364 blitz)

Overall record: +24 -14 =16 (59.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 367 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    A40 E10 E00 D00 A45
 King's Indian (26) 
    E94 E73 E91 E60 E92
 English (18) 
    A15 A14 A13 A11 A12
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E52 E47 E53 E50 E20
 Queen's Gambit Declined (13) 
    D37 D30 D36 D35 D31
 Slav (12) 
    D11 D17 D15 D12 D19
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (24) 
    B30 B22 B23 B51 B92
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C67 C92 C77 C60 C85
 French Defense (14) 
    C07 C11 C02 C00
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E46 E35 E38 E30 E32
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    A45 D02 E00 A46 D00
 English (13) 
    A15 A13 A11 A10
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   J van Foreest vs Niemann (May-09-22) 1/2-1/2
   Niemann vs N Grandelius (May-08-22) 1/2-1/2
   Niemann vs Shirov (May-07-22) 1-0
   A R Saleh Salem vs Niemann (May-06-22) 0-1
   Niemann vs Erigaisi (May-05-22) 1-0

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(born Jun-20-2003, 18 years old) United States of America

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Hans Moke Niemann was born in San Francisco, California, moving to the Netherlands at the age of 7 for a few years before moving back to the US and eventually graduating from Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, which is known for its chess culture. He was awarded the Grandmaster title by FIDE on January 22, 2021. On March 1, 2019, Niemann first entered the Top 100 Junior players list on position 88. As of November 2021 he is ranked 9th (Juniors ranking) and 124th (Open ranking) At the 2015 National Open of the Las Vegas International Chess Festival, then 11-year old Niemann became the last person to play a rated game against GM Walter Browne, who died shortly after competing in the tournament. Browne won the game after 35 move.

After initially winning his first 6 consecutive games, Niemann finished in third place at the 2018 U16 Olympiad in Konya, Turkey. In December 2018 he won the National K-12 Blitz Championships undefeated, finishing 12-0.1436 Three days later he went on to tie for 1st in his grade in the overall K-12 Grade Championships,37 while also tying for first in the bughouse duo,38 achieving a perfect win.11

in June 2019 Niemann won the inaugural ChessKid Games hosted by, accruing 20 straight victories and qualifying for the 2020 Junior Speed Chess Championship.Niemann achieved his third and final GM norm at the Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy (CCCSA GM Norm Invitational) in October 2020, placing first.

n July 2021 Niemann finished 1st place in the World Open held in Philadelphia, after beating John Burke in a tiebreak playoff. It was also in this tournament that Niemann surpassed the 2600 threshold with a draw against Ukrainian grandmaster Illia Nyzhnyk in Round 8. Later that same month Niemann won the U.S. Junior Championship held in St. Louis, which entitles him to compete in the invitational 2022 U.S. Chess Championship.

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Last updated: 2022-04-09 09:00:36

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 530  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Niemann vs R Palmeri  1-0402015Reykjavik OpenA43 Old Benoni
2. A S Rasmussen vs Niemann  1-0442015Reykjavik OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
3. Niemann vs V Stefansson  1-0612015Reykjavik OpenE16 Queen's Indian
4. F Borg vs Niemann  0-1212015Reykjavik OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. Niemann vs Yiye Wang  0-1632015Reykjavik OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. L Baldvinsson vs Niemann  1-0842015Reykjavik OpenB56 Sicilian
7. Niemann vs L H B Hansen  ½-½542015Reykjavik OpenE92 King's Indian
8. T Valtysson vs Niemann  0-1542015Reykjavik OpenA48 King's Indian
9. Niemann vs B O Birkisson  1-0542015Reykjavik OpenE16 Queen's Indian
10. J Sequera vs Niemann  ½-½632015Reykjavik OpenB01 Scandinavian
11. K Priyadharshan vs Niemann  1-03820159th Philadelphia OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Niemann vs V Panchanatham 1-01042015Chicago OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
13. Niemann vs Joshua Colas  1-061201524th Chicago OpenA90 Dutch
14. K Griffith vs Niemann  1-028201524th Chicago OpenB01 Scandinavian
15. A Shen vs Niemann  1-031201524th Chicago OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Niemann vs E Santarius  ½-½45201524th Chicago OpenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
17. Niemann vs Browne 0-1352015National OpenE15 Queen's Indian
18. A Chandra vs Niemann  1-035201599th Edward Lasker MemC07 French, Tarrasch
19. A Chandra vs Niemann  ½-½85201654th Baltimore OpenB01 Scandinavian
20. S Homa vs Niemann  0-1662016CCCSA IMD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
21. D E Vigorito vs Niemann  0-1342016CCCSA IMD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
22. Niemann vs R Martin del Campo  0-1442016CCCSA IMD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
23. A Velikanov vs Niemann  1-0312016CCCSA IMC07 French, Tarrasch
24. Niemann vs A Young  1-0742016CCCSA IMA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
25. Niemann vs M Larson  0-1402016CCCSA IMA57 Benko Gambit
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  ketchuplover: 29-0-0
Dec-18-20  BIDMONFA: Hans M Niemann


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Niemann shows how to beat a GM in 22 moves, and become a GM oneself at age 17. Don't capture anything! Since the threat is stronger than the execution, once you threaten to capture something your opponent will resign. I submitted the game to

May-22-21  Albertan: Chess GM roasted by Twitch fans for refusing to pay $5 charity tournament fee

What a cheapskate!!

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  OhioChessFan: Well, at 17, you can be a bit tone deaf. But someone needs to tell him to get over himself.
Aug-10-21  Albertan: Niemann Clinches U.S Junior Championship:

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  Dionysius1: I agree <OhioChessFan>. It sounds like a teenage tantrum.

I expect there are other examples of this kind of thing where very young grandmasters don't have the personal maturity yet.

Sep-07-21  EvanTheTerrible: 2500 to 2600 in 3 months.
Dec-27-21  takebackok: Congratulations hard work, next year even greater heights!
Jan-08-22  mucher1: Last FIDE rating: 2465? Probably more like 2645.
Apr-08-22  Albertan: Reykjavik Open:Niemann and Jarmula on 3 out of 3:

Apr-29-22  Albertan: US and Romanian players win titles at Capablanca chess tournaments:

Apr-30-22  Albertan: Hans Niemann dominâtes Capablanca Mémorial:

May-07-22  diagonal: Let's recap the recent editions of the famous Capablanca Memorial: Winner of the 49th Capablanca Memorial 2014, played in Havana was Wesley So from the Philippines (winning just before he announced changing his Federation to play for the USA).

Triumphator of the jubilee 50th Elite edition in 2015, Chinese Yu, Yangyi (born in 1994, the Junior World Champion in 2013 and clear winner of the strong Qatar Masters Open in 2014), became also the first Chinese player to win this traditional tournament.

After taking place in the Cuban capital of Havana for around fifteen years, the tournament has moved in 2016 to the beach resort of Varadero. Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk took the traditional tournament in great style, his seventh win!

Krishnan Sasikiran became the first Indian to win the Capablanca Memorial in its 52th edition, ahead of top seed Ivanchuk and Samuel Shankland who were joint runners-up at Varadero in 2017.

Two weeks after his surprising success at the U.S. championship 2018, Sam Shankland went on to win the 53rd Capablanca Memorial in 2018, played again in Havana. The main Elite Group was a six-players double round robin with the average Elo 2649. Shankland won with a score of 7.5/10 and a 2829 Elo performance rating, the American grandmaster entered the world's top 30.

On March 18th, 2019, Vassily Ivanchuk turned 50. What better way to celebrate than to travel down to Havana to win his eight tournament title in Cuba at the Capablanca Memorial! After scoring a clutch victory over Baskaran Adhiban from India, Vassily Ivanchuk won his eight Capablanca Memorial title as clear first in 2019. Samuel Sevian and David Anton Guijarro from Spain, shared second place.

Due due worldwide Corona Pandemic, there were no Memorials in the years 2020 and 2021.

Hans Moke Niemann now won the tournament of 2022 in great style with 7.5/9, unbeaten two full points ahead of Shekhar Ganguly from India, Vasif Durarbayli from Azerbaijan and Cubans Luis Ernesto Quesada Perez Surya who shared second to fourth places. Niemann, a young American grandmaster on fire, his Elo performance rating was 2857.

Remember, World Chess Champions Mikhail Tal, Boris Spassky, and Bobby Fischer, all took part at Havana Capablanca Memorial series, but <did not win>.

In the sixties (first edition in 1962) up to 1971, a world elite tournament, from 1972 on, switching to other venues (Cienfuegos, Matanzas, et al.), much weaker, especially during the 1980s. In the 21st century, the Capablanca Memorial certainly is (again) a major International Invitation tournament.

Capablanca Memorial series today does not feature current top ten players, but it offers former and future top players a chance to gain profile.

Nothing against these rabbits (sorry for my bad english, it's my fourth language) and online contests with mostly the same current top ten / top twenty players, but the long time running Capablanca Memorial, or the Biel Chess Festival (as a Swiss by random, I'm biased in that case), they have history!!

It would be appropriate, if Chessgames uploads the games of the Capa Elite tournament (the other groups, called Premier, etc., sometimes also an Open, are more of local character).

Just arbitrarily and silently months later (as it happened with the closed Dortmund invitation tournament from 2021, Eljanov won outright), or not at all so far (Biel Chess Festival, GMT 2021, Kamsky won the overall combined Triathlon tournament, eight players from eight nations), will reduce the cg. community's liveliness.

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