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Arkadij Naiditsch
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Number of games in database: 1,820
Years covered: 1994 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2626 (2584 rapid, 2581 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2737

Overall record: +590 -298 =529 (60.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 403 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (293) 
    B30 B42 B90 B91 B50
 Ruy Lopez (180) 
    C67 C69 C78 C77 C89
 French Defense (82) 
    C11 C07 C10 C18 C05
 Caro-Kann (76) 
    B12 B13 B18 B14 B17
 Sicilian Najdorf (67) 
    B90 B91 B96 B94 B99
 Sicilian Taimanov (38) 
    B45 B47 B48 B46
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (154) 
    B90 B30 B32 B52 B50
 Ruy Lopez (115) 
    C67 C65 C84 C92 C69
 Nimzo Indian (83) 
    E32 E20 E21 E59 E36
 King's Indian (58) 
    E67 E62 E73 E94 E60
 English (56) 
    A15 A13 A18 A17 A14
 Sicilian Najdorf (54) 
    B90 B92 B97 B93 B91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Fridman vs Naiditsch, 2013 0-1
   Naiditsch vs Hoang Thanh Trang, 1998 1-0
   O Kurmann vs Naiditsch, 2014 0-1
   Naiditsch vs Kramnik, 2008 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Stellwagen, 2006 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Leko, 2005 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Tischbierek, 2001 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Van Wely, 2008 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Kramnik, 2005 1/2-1/2
   Naiditsch vs A Galkin, 2006 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   Baku Chess Festival (2007)
   Tata Steel Group B (2013)
   Bundesliga 2007/08 (2007)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Corus Group B (2003)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Biel (2020)
   Bundesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Naiditsch's Endspiel by kavalerov
   2004 Wijk Aan Zee (Group B) by gauer
   Corus Group B 2004 by Tabanus
   Corus Group B 2003 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Group B 2003 by Chessdreamer
   Dortmund 2006 by Trudodyr

   🏆 World Rapid Championship
   Naiditsch vs Alisher Suleymenov (Dec-27-22) 0-1, rapid
   Naiditsch vs E Korelskiy (Dec-27-22) 1-0, rapid
   A Gadimbayli vs Naiditsch (Dec-27-22) 1-0, rapid
   K Nogerbek vs Naiditsch (Dec-26-22) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Naiditsch vs A Rosell (Dec-26-22) 0-1, rapid

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(born Oct-25-1985, 37 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality Azerbaijan)
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Originally from Latvia, Arkadi Naiditsch settled in Germany, where he has become its top player and also its youngest-ever grandmaster in April 2001, at the age of just under 15 years and 6 months - a few days younger than the benchmark age at which Robert James Fischer gained his title. In 2002, he drew an eight-game match with former Candidates' finalist Jan Timman in Dortmund. His greatest tournament success thus far is his clear first at the Dortmund Sparkassen (2005), ahead of Veselin Topalov, Peter Leko, Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Svidler, Etienne Bacrot, and Michael Adams, among others. He also placed =1st (2nd on tiebreak) alongside Richard Rapport at the Tata Steel Group B (2013). Placed =1st with 7/9 at the International Neckar Open 2013. 4.5/9 for =3rd at Dortmund Sparkassen (2013). Naiditsch's team "Liburnija" from Rijeka won the Croatian League 2013. He represented Germany at the World Team Championship (2013), helping his team to 7th place. In September he won the category 15 GRENKE Chess Classic (2014) with 5/7. He played with the Baden Baden team, which won the 2014-15 Bundesliga.

In May 2015, Naiditsch signed to play for Azerbaijan.

Naiditsch's highest standard rating to date is 2737 achieved in December 2013 when he was ranked #18 in the world, which was his highest ranking to date. He was married to Yuliya Shvayger.

Wikipedia article: Arkadij Naiditsch; live rating:

Last updated: 2022-01-09 15:46:58

 page 1 of 76; games 1-25 of 1,886  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Naiditsch vs J Velichkov  ½-½491994Wch U10C45 Scotch Game
2. Naiditsch vs B Vermeulen 1-0471994Wch U10B01 Scandinavian
3. K Miton vs Naiditsch 0-1391994Wch U10A14 English
4. Naiditsch vs M Perunovic  ½-½531994Wch U10B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
5. I Cheparinov vs Naiditsch  1-0371995EU-ch U10E77 King's Indian
6. Smeets vs Naiditsch  ½-½621995EU-ch U10A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
7. Naiditsch vs Navara  ½-½441997Wch U12B53 Sicilian
8. Naiditsch vs M Gagunashvili  ½-½171997EU-ch U12A07 King's Indian Attack
9. O Sarana-Hungeling vs Naiditsch  0-1251997NRW-Cup Masters opE81 King's Indian, Samisch
10. Naiditsch vs M Nikolov  ½-½171997EU-ch U12B40 Sicilian
11. V Beim vs Naiditsch  ½-½201997Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 1stA04 Reti Opening
12. M Thuemmler vs Naiditsch  0-1241997Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 1stE81 King's Indian, Samisch
13. Naiditsch vs Kasimdzhanov 0-1521997Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 1stA07 King's Indian Attack
14. Naiditsch vs T Straeter  ½-½32199826. IDS IMC60 Ruy Lopez
15. Naiditsch vs R Mainka  1-035199826. IDS IMC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
16. A Mikhalchishin vs Naiditsch  1-034199826. IDS IMA15 English
17. Naiditsch vs N Bojkovic  0-139199826. IDS IMA07 King's Indian Attack
18. Glek vs Naiditsch  ½-½12199826. IDS IMA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Naiditsch vs B Trabert 1-038199826. IDS IMC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
20. A Czebe vs Naiditsch  1-0341998Budapest FS02 GMB42 Sicilian, Kan
21. A Petrosian vs Naiditsch  1-048199826. IDS IME75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
22. J Belic vs Naiditsch 1-026199826. IDS IMC12 French, McCutcheon
23. H Himmel vs Naiditsch ½-½271998Ruhrgebiet VL1 9899B42 Sicilian, Kan
24. T Vrenegoor vs Naiditsch  1-0421998Ruhrgebiet VL2 9798C12 French, McCutcheon
25. V Hodjko vs Naiditsch  1-0351998Budapest FS02 GMB42 Sicilian, Kan
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  whiteshark: He was found to be <Carlsen's Cryponite>.
Feb-04-15  Appaz: Win the opening, yes; win the middle game, yes; but then go on to also win the end game - this was what Naiditsch was able to do that not many can achieve.

Congratulations, great game!

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Naiditsch for coming close to winning the GRENKE Chess Classic (2015). He finished with 4.5/7 (+2,-0,=5). He also beat Carlsen with white in their meeting, but Carlsen still finished with 4.5 as well. Tiebreaks says Carlsen should've taken the title due to more wins (3 vs. 2), but a tiebreaker was held.

First came 2 blitz games (10:2), with Carlsen winning the first game, and Naiditsch the second (both with white). Then came 2 faster games (5:2), with both games drawn (Carlsen took white in the first game). In the Armaggedon game (6:0 vs. 5:2), Naiditsch took black, but blundered and lost.

Still an amazing performance, as he gained 11.3 ratings points and 6 spots on the live ratings to rise to 2717.3 and #32, respectively. The blitz games didn't count, but those 4 games would've earned him 30 ratings points, up to 2646.4.

Feb-09-15  Appaz: Congratulations to Naiditsch!

He beat the World Champ in classical chess and tied him in the tournament. Then he held the World Champ of rapids to a tie. Then he held the World Camp of blitz to a tie, before finally giving in on the Armageddon.

I'm sure most people rooted for this underdog in the end.

It probably felt a little bad to lose that last game but that feeling will soon pass.

Something to be proud of, the whole chess world is impressed!

Feb-13-15  pinoy king: Arkadij "Carlsen destroyer and exposer" Naiditsch.
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  Natalia Pogonina: Play GM Arkadij Naiditsch free of charge:
Feb-21-15  Laskerschueler: Olaf "Naiditsch destroyer and exposer" Wegener :D
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  AylerKupp: <Natalia Pogonina> Just think, the <> World Team was able to defeat the player who has recently defeated Carlsen twice in a row, yet we were only able to draw against you. Either you are better than some may think or maybe the <> World Team (and our chess engines!) is getting better. Or maybe a little of both. ;-)
May-20-15  sonia91: It seems he will change federation, from Germany to Azerbaijan:

May-22-15  fgh: Here's the English version:

Jul-07-15  epistle: Ang sabi ng kagalang-galang, kapitapitagan, maginoo, makisig na Aleman:

<cro777: Interesting Arkadij Naiditsch's remarks in the latest issue of Chess Evolution weekly newsletter (CEWN Nr.175) about his game against Wesley in Dortmund: "I have to say that to play against Wesley is everything but pleasant. He bangs the clock, caughs non-stop and plays the moves instantly without writing the move of the opponent down. Well, a lot of young players behave very badly at the board these days and I am sure that the incident of Wesley So during the US Championship where he got a 0 for writing strange things on his scoresheet will not be the last time he breaks the ethic chess rules.">

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  Penguincw: I see Naditisch now plays for Azerbaijan.

He is currently #3 in that country (behind Radjabov and Mamedyarov), while Nisipeanu (who was formerly from Romania) is now #1 in Germany.

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  whiteshark: Interview after his switch:
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  whiteshark: Here's the translation by
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  Penguincw: Naiditsch wins the Zurich Open, which was a Swiss-style tournament, taking place on Swiss soil. He won with a score of 6/7, and joins the 2700 live ratings club, again.
Jun-22-16  Mr. V: Has Naiditsch ever progressed in the path to the World Championship? Not even sure how well he's done in the World Cup, despite his excellent performance in private tournaments.
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  alexmagnus: <Mr. V> IIRC his best World Cup result was reaching the third round. In 2009 I think.
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  Penguincw: Arkadij Naiditsch crushes the opposition at the Gideon Japhet Memorial, scoring 6.5/7 (+6,-0,=1), clinching first with a round to spare (and finishing 1.5 points ahead of the opposition).

He gains 15.2 rating points for his efforts.

Oct-25-16  diagonal: Happy birthday!

And good luck at the current (closed invitation) tournament at Barcelona:

Disclaimer: maybe Arkadij Naiditsch schould consider to up-date his official website (select english or german language) as of 2016:

<Born: Oct 25, 1985 (Age 28), Riga, Latvia, FIDE Title: Grandmaster, FIDE ID: 4650891, Federation: Germany


Arkadij Naiditsch is, for many years, Germany's undisputed Number One chess player>.

Oct-25-16  Mr. V: Naiditsch is one of the most dazzling recent players to never get close to competing for the WCC.
Jan-13-17  RookFile: 18th in the world is pretty good.
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  Penguincw: According to Peter Heine Nielsen‏ via. Twitter:

< "Naiditch becomes the first to win European team championship with two different countries, and not actually being born in neither!" >


Sep-30-20  login:

The Match Winner

'.. out of my last 100 games, 90 have just been terrible'. Later Naiditsch analyses his decisive Bundesliga win for his team OSG Baden-Baden on the channel, too.

Lots of hand sanitizers, masks, plexiglass arches, weird handshakes and some heavy lifting can be found here

The future of main sponsor and backer of the Bundesliga and German chess in general 'GRENKE' ( is heavily questioned these days by the public. Because the group has been accused of large scale money laundering and falsification of accounts investigations by the authorities are on its way, while a shift ot attention is noticed towards the accusor Fraser Perring's own financial gain for publishing the allogations. Perring is not only a former employee and enigmatic investor from Cantabury (UK) but an avid chessplayer himself.

In fact losing Grenke unprepared for the already planned 2021 campaign could turn out to be fatal for several (semi-)professional players' careers. Since Germany has not produced a single male/female top player for ages public interest plummeted into obscure media niches thus depending on few wealthy patrons. At this point the worst case scenario is unlikely, but together with an ongoing pandemic the German chess federation (DSB) has to produce evidence to counter these fears.

Mar-02-21  Octavia: 2018 he was 1st equal in IoM!!!

diagonal: the link you are talking about in 2016 doesn't exist anymore

Mar-02-21  Refused: Small additions/corrections to the Biography.

Naiditsch is a German citizen. (naturalized around 2005, I think, I am not sure about the exact year/date, but it was round about that year).

Also him and Shvayger are divorced by now.

Fun story. Arkadij has earnt himself a rep to be kinda jerk. So he locked horns with a lot of the higher ups in the German Chess Federation (at the core of it being lack of financial backing) thus he switched federations over to Azerbaijan. Him and Shvayger didn't enjoy Baku, and only stayed there for 9 months or so. Then they moved around a bit, first Budapest, then Israel. Naiditsch resides atm in Greece. He wants to switch back to the German Chess Federation, and like I said, he has earnt himself a certain rep and has left quite a bit of scorched earth behind, so the German Chess Federation told him: <Nope. You are a persona non grata here.> Note, the Azeris do not demand a release fee for him to switch back. And Arkadji has expressed his willingness to pay the FIDE fees (for the paperworks apparently) himself. The situation is quite comical, really. A German is prohibited to play under the German flag. I am sure it's not the first this happened, historically speaking. But I assume it's been a good 80 years since one of the leading German players was not allowed to represent Germany.

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