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Daniel Fridman
Baden-Baden, 2013  
Number of games in database: 1,459
Years covered: 1991 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2615 (2606 rapid, 2644 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2670

Overall record: +381 -125 =539 (62.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 414 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (84) 
    E62 E60 E63 E67 E94
 Queen's Pawn Game (82) 
    D02 A46 A40 E10 E00
 Slav (76) 
    D11 D12 D15 D10 D17
 English (67) 
    A13 A15 A14 A10 A11
 Grunfeld (47) 
    D78 D85 D76 D94 D73
 Queen's Gambit Declined (40) 
    D30 D31 D37 D35 D38
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (98) 
    B12 B18 B13 B10 B11
 Petrov (91) 
    C42 C43
 Queen's Gambit Declined (85) 
    D31 D37 D30 D35 D36
 Semi-Slav (64) 
    D45 D43 D44 D46 D47
 French Defense (63) 
    C11 C07 C00 C10 C02
 English (36) 
    A13 A11 A14 A19 A15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Fridman vs Kurajica, 2005 1-0
   Fridman vs Kosteniuk, 2010 1-0
   I Saric vs Fridman, 2012 0-1
   Fridman vs A Zatonskih, 2010 1-0
   Fridman vs S Maze, 2006 1-0
   Pruijssers vs Fridman, 2008 0-1
   M Vavulin vs Fridman, 2014 0-1
   Fridman vs T Taylor, 2005 1-0
   P Verhaeghe vs Fridman, 2003 0-1
   P Carlsson vs Fridman, 2005 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Czech Open (1998)
   LGA Premium Cup (2006)
   Liverpool Open (2007)
   Bundesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   President's Cup (2008)
   Wroclaw Chess Festival (2010)
   European Union Championship (2008)
   Gibraltar Masters (2013)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   Bad Wiessee Open (2003)
   European Championship (2021)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)

   🏆 European Rapid Chess Championship
   J Santos Latasa vs Fridman (Dec-18-22) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Fridman vs A Rosell (Dec-18-22) 1-0, rapid
   Fridman vs P Pultinevicius (Dec-18-22) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   D Yuffa vs Fridman (Dec-18-22) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Fridman vs Navara (Dec-18-22) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Feb-15-1976, 46 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality Germany)

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International Master (1994); Grandmaster (2001); Latvian Champion (1996); 3-time German Champion (2008, 2012 & 2014) .

Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman was born in Riga, Latvia. He learned the rules of chess at the age of 4. He became an IM in 1994, Latvian Champion in 1996 and a GM in 2001. In 1999, Fridman moved to Germany. GM Fridman became German Chess Champion in 2008 and scored 7.5/11 in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), placing 25th on tiebreak and qualifying for the World Cup (2011) where he defeated Romanian GM Constantin Lupulescu in the first round by 1.5-0.5; in the second round, he drew with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the classical games, but lost in the 25 minute rapid-game tiebreaker, and thereby exited the tournament. Fridman won the German Championship again in 2012 and in 2014, both times coming outright first with 7.5/9. He represented Germany on board 4 at the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul, scoring 7/10 and winning the bronze medal for board 4.

He's married to WGM Anna Vitalyevna Zatonskih and they have a daughter (born in 2007).


Wikipedia article: Daniel Fridman

Last updated: 2020-12-02 13:24:20

 page 1 of 63; games 1-25 of 1,562  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fridman vs V Yemelin  1-0401991URS Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Fridman vs I Odesskij  1-0421991URS Junior ChampionshipD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
3. Zvjaginsev vs Fridman  ½-½421991URS Junior ChampionshipD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. Fridman vs K Kulaots  1-0521991EU-ch U20A15 English
5. Topalov vs Fridman  ½-½141991Junior DMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. O Danielian vs Fridman 1-0241991URS Junior ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. M Dzhumaev vs Fridman  0-1361991URS Junior ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
8. V Orlov vs Fridman  ½-½861991URS Junior ChampionshipB72 Sicilian, Dragon
9. Fridman vs N Haburdzania  1-0531991URS Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Fridman vs Rublevsky  0-1481991URS Junior ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
11. E Petuchovskis vs Fridman 0-191992EU-ch U10B23 Sicilian, Closed
12. Fridman vs Svidler 0-1411992URS-ch U18A14 English
13. Svidler vs Fridman  1-0371992Wch U16C55 Two Knights Defense
14. Fridman vs D Ruzele  ½-½191993Vilnius ZonalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Fridman vs I Lutskan  ½-½141993Vilnius ZonalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. V Zhuravliov vs Fridman  ½-½271993Vilnius ZonalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
17. Fridman vs O Sepp  1-0701993Vilnius ZonalE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
18. Fridman vs K Kulaots  1-0571993Wch U18E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
19. Fridman vs M Rychagov  ½-½161993Vilnius ZonalA34 English, Symmetrical
20. Oll vs Fridman  ½-½341993Vilnius ZonalA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
21. Lanka vs Fridman  1-0261993Vilnius ZonalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
22. Fridman vs Malisauskas  ½-½501993Vilnius ZonalE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. Fridman vs A Sokolovs  ½-½181993Vilnius ZonalD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. A Butnorius vs Fridman  0-1711993Vilnius ZonalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. G Piesina vs Fridman  0-1491993Vilnius ZonalA06 Reti Opening
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  WannaBe: <waustad> that is just fool the immigration officials. Sshhhhhhh...
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  whiteshark: As active tournament players they are most of the time elsewhere on the globe. Gibraltar-Open for example is a kind of 'family reunification', so to say.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday (in about 15 days).
Feb-01-12  waustad: If he passes Georg Meier (they are very close), the top 2 Germans will both be from Latvia.
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  Penguincw: What's also interesting is that Arkadi Naiditsch is also from Latvia.
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  Penguincw: Reminds me of a player.
Mar-10-12  Eti fan: Daniel Fridman became German champion today winning the last game
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  whiteshark: yet again <Gluckw├╝nsch, Champ! <:D>>
Mar-10-12  waustad: Congrats! Eventually they'll probably post these games.
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  Penguincw: Fridman wins the German Championship!

Even though Arkadi Naiditsch and Georg Meier didn't play.

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  whiteshark: not to mention Jan Gustafsson. The German Individual Chess Championship is a rather 'weak tournament' due to the "federal composition" of the starting field.

Out of 42 participants there were only 5 GM, 4 IM and a WGM this year.

The average ELO of the tournament participants was (only) 2342.

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  whiteshark: So here's the chessbase article about the 83rd German Individual Championship:
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  HeMateMe: The bio says Friedman was born in Latvia, moved to Germany later. Nice pun.
Jan-03-13  ketchuplover: good luck in baden-baden
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  whiteshark: <ketchuplover> Are you thin♔ about the "Grenke chess classics" in February?
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  Everett: "Learned chess at four," when you should have been outside climbing trees or inside tearing up the house.

I hope my son doesn't learn until he is seven, or maybe never, considering how much time I fruitlessly waste on the activity.

The above is said "tongue in cheek," yet with the requisite "truth" in every joke.

Either way, I think there is no shame, and a lot to be said of learning late like Rubinstein and Seirawan.

Feb-15-14  waustad: It isn't just when you "learned the game" but when you took it seriously. In my case I learned the moves at around 7 or 8 but never took it at all seriously until the Fischer vs Spassky match when I was 22. I was on a high school team that lost to the junior high team because some of them had looked at chess books and studied some and we older "players" just knew the moves. The only thing I remember from that era was trying to make the Nimzo-Larsen work because I remembered seeing a pattern where the king side was messed up because of the fianchettoed bishop. I didn't have any way to say that then, but it is the first strategic notion I recall having. That is the first analysis I recall doing and it was not in any depth at all. After reading some books at least I'd have had some vocabulary.
Aug-01-14  CountryGirl: I enjoy Daniel's games very much, but am concerned about his future competitiveness. Top tournament chess is very gruelling, and going by his photo Daniel is way overweight. Eat well, exercise daily, and then you'll find extra energy in the fifth hour, Daniel!
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  whiteshark: Some were reluctant to leave the buses - here husband and wife duo Daniel Fridman (Germany) and Anna Zatonskih (USA).
Nov-30-14  Karpova: Congratulations on winning the German Individual Championship 2014 - his third title overall. He scored 7.5/9.


Feb-15-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Daniel Fridman.
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  thegoodanarchist: Did he convert to the Latvian Orthodox church?
Feb-15-17  gars: Congratulations, Grandmaster Fridman! And let's not forget that February 19 is David Bronstein's Day!
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  Penguincw: < Feb-01-12 Penguincw: Happy Birthday (in about 15 days). >

6 years and 14 days later, Happy 43rd!

Apr-22-19  sonia91: Congratulations to Fridman on winning the Grenke Open 2019!

He won the massive (over 900 participants!) A open on tiebreak from 7 other players (among them D Gukesh, 2nd youngest GM ever) with 7.5/9 and qualifies to next year's Grenke Classic:

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