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Ehsan Ghaem Maghami
E Ghaem Maghami 
Photography copyright © 2007 Arash Akbarinia.  

Number of games in database: 1,200
Years covered: 1999 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2561 (2566 rapid, 2751 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2633
Overall record: +265 -129 =411 (58.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 395 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (86) 
    B22 B50 B30 B40 B51
 English (64) 
    A13 A10 A16 A15 A18
 English, 1 c4 e5 (54) 
    A28 A20 A21 A22 A25
 English, 1 c4 c5 (43) 
    A33 A30 A34 A35 A37
 King's Indian (35) 
    E60 E94 E62 E73 E97
 Caro-Kann (29) 
    B10 B13 B14 B12 B18
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (181) 
    B90 B43 B92 B42 B22
 Queen's Pawn Game (73) 
    E10 D02 A45 A46 E00
 Nimzo Indian (73) 
    E32 E21 E56 E20 E47
 Sicilian Najdorf (61) 
    B90 B92 B93 B96 B98
 Sicilian Kan (41) 
    B43 B42 B41
 Caro-Kann (31) 
    B12 B13 B10 B17 B14
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Bakhmatov vs E Ghaem Maghami, 2005 0-1
   E Ghaem Maghami vs Chekhov, 2000 1-0
   M Al Dahbali vs E Ghaem Maghami, 2002 0-1
   E Ghaem Maghami vs R Bancod, 2004 1-0
   E Ghaem Maghami vs B Roselli Mailhe, 2008 1-0
   E Ghaem Maghami vs P Skatchkov, 2013 1-0
   E Ghaem Maghami vs A Gholami, 2017 1-0
   E Ghaem Maghami vs Wang Chen, 2012 1-0
   E Ghaem Maghami vs Karpov, 2009 1-0
   Firouzja vs E Ghaem Maghami, 2016 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Subic Open (2009)
   Iranian Championship (2001)
   Liverpool Open (2007)
   Dubai Open (2008)
   Asian Nations Cup (2014)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Asian U20 (2001)
   Asian Championship (2001)
   Dubai Open (2010)
   World Junior Championship (2000)
   World Junior Championship (2002)
   Dubai Open (2019)
   Dubai Open (2001)
   ADCF Masters (2003)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   B Cheng vs E Ghaem Maghami (Dec-30-22) 0-1, blitz
   E Ghaem Maghami vs K Nogerbek (Dec-30-22) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   E Ghaem Maghami vs S L Narayanan (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   A Nesterov vs E Ghaem Maghami (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   E Ghaem Maghami vs R Makarian (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz

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(born Aug-11-1982, 41 years old) Iran

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GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami won twelve Iranian Chess Championships (the last one in 2015). (1) On the 8th and 9th of February 2011, Maghami broke Israeli GM Alik Gershon 's 4 month old world record for the largest simul ever played by an individual by playing against 604 players, the result being +580 =16 -8 for a winning percentage 97.35%. (2) In July 2012, he won the Tehran Open Chess Championship with 8.5/9 and the Ramezan Open also held in Tehran (7.5/9). =1st (5th on tiebreak) at the 2015 World Open. 2nd behind Pouria Darini at the 4th Sardaran Open 2015 (in July). (3)

He's married to WIM Shayesteh Ghader Pour. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Law and in 2015 he completed his education in sports education from the University of Tehran. (4)

(1) Wikipedia article: Iranian Chess Championship and; (2); (3); (4)

Wikipedia article: Ehsan Ghaem-Maghami

 page 1 of 48; games 1-25 of 1,200  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Ghaem Maghami vs Sasikiran  ½-½291999Asia-ch U20E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
2. Sasikiran vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½361999Asia-chTD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
3. V Akobian vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½332000Memorial F.PripisA57 Benko Gambit
4. E Ghaem Maghami vs E Vorobiov  ½-½332000Pripis memB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
5. E Ghaem Maghami vs Chekhov 1-0142000Pripis memA04 Reti Opening
6. I A Zaitsev vs E Ghaem Maghami  0-1252000Pripis memB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
7. Vladimirov vs E Ghaem Maghami  1-0682000Penta Media GMA04 Reti Opening
8. Sasikiran vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½512000Penta Media GMA57 Benko Gambit
9. Ganguly vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½82000Penta Media GMA04 Reti Opening
10. E Ghaem Maghami vs T Petrik  1-0512000World Junior ChampionshipA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
11. S Kose vs E Ghaem Maghami  1-0352000World Junior ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
12. E Ghaem Maghami vs M Mahjoob  ½-½242000World Junior ChampionshipC10 French
13. M Senff vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½282000World Junior ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
14. E Ghaem Maghami vs M Gagunashvili  ½-½232000World Junior ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. H Kallio vs E Ghaem Maghami  0-1462000World Junior ChampionshipA57 Benko Gambit
16. E Ghaem Maghami vs J M Lopez Martinez  1-0372000World Junior ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
17. E Ghaem Maghami vs V Malakhov  1-0402000World Junior ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
18. P Acs vs E Ghaem Maghami  0-1462000World Junior ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
19. L Bruzon Batista vs E Ghaem Maghami  1-0312000World Junior ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
20. E Ghaem Maghami vs Aronian  ½-½172000World Junior ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
21. E Ghaem Maghami vs A Simutowe  ½-½302000World Junior ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. K Miton vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½262000World Junior ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
23. E Ghaem Maghami vs Navara  ½-½202000Wch U18B22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. A Volokitin vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½702000Wch U18B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. C Bauer vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½402000Istanbul OlympiadB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
 page 1 of 48; games 1-25 of 1,200  PGN Download
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Aug-10-06  BIDMONFA: Ehsan Ghaem Maghami

GHAEM, Ehsan

Mar-11-08  Karpova: Congratulations on winning the <Sixteenth International Fajr Men's Chess Tournament> wizh 9.5/11. He received a prize of US $3,500. Armenian IM Avetik Grigoryan came in second with 9.0/11. Kasparov came in 11th with 8.0/11.

The women event saw four players with 7.0/9: WIM Nino Batsiashvili, WIM Sopiko Tereladze, WIM Lilit Galojan and WIM Siranush Andriasian.

Mar-30-08  Karpova: He became Iranian Chess Champion in 2008 with 12.0/13! The Championship took place from 14th to 27th March 2008 and the time control was 90 min + 30 seconds per move. There was no prize fund and so he was the only GM participating (there were also 1 IM and 4 FMs).

Jan-24-09  Augalv: Karpov - Ghaem Maghami match in Tehran

Apr-01-09  Dredge Rivers: Iran. Iran so far away.

Couldn't get away!

Apr-14-09  myschkin: . . .

Iran emerges as a chess nation (2007)


Oct-30-09  oyeboli: hello Ghaem. . . congratulations on winning the PGMA and Pichay Cups. . . hope to see you again here in the Philippines. . .
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  Tabanus: Tournaments in Philippines 2009: (1st in Subic Open) (3rd in PGMA Cup (2nd in Pichay Cup)

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  Tabanus: He won today the strong Parsvnath International Open Tournament (New Dehli, India):, congratulations!

Jan-22-10  Wild Bill: [Event "8th Parsvnath Open"]
[Site "New Delhi"]
[EventDate "2010.01.14"]
[Date "2010.01.20"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Dzhumaev, Marat"]
[Black "Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.f3 Be6 9.Qd2 h5 10.O-O-O Nbd7 11.Kb1 Rc8 12.Be2 b5 13.Nd5 Bxd5 14.exd5 Nb6 15.Bxb6 Qxb6 16.Qd3 Nd7 17.f4 exf4 18.Nd4 Bf6 19.Qe4 Be5 20.g3 Nf6 21.Qf5 Qc7 22.gxf4 g6 23.Qd3 Bxf4 24.Rhf1 Be5 25.Nc6 Nd7 26.Qf3 O-O 27.Bd3 Rce8 28.Rg1 Bg7 29.Qg2 Ne5 30.Be4 Nc4 31.Rd3 Qb6 32.Bxg6 fxg6 33.Qxg6 Rf7 34.Nd4 Ne5 35.Qe4 Ree7 36.Rdg3 Ng4 37.Ne6 Qf2 38.a3 Qf6 39.c3 Qe5 40.Qg6 Qxd5 41.Ng5 Qf5 0-1

Aug-11-10  wordfunph: happy birthday GM Maghami! hope you play again in Philippine tourneys..
Feb-14-11  wordfunph: congrats GM Maghami!

new world record for 604-board simul by Iranian GM Maghami..

Sep-10-11  Cemoblanca: "I walked about 55 kilometers and was awake for 25 hours. Now I have to think about setting a sleeping record." - (after setting a World Record by playing 614 games simultaneously) - Ehsan Ghaem-Maghami


Feb-08-12  timhortons:

Organizers of an international chess tournament in Corsica said on Tuesday they had expelled Iranian Grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem Maghami for refusing to take on an Israeli player.

Mar-18-12  shivasuri4: Playing in the 12th round of the Bundesliga 2011-12, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Hamburger SK beat German GM Daniel Fridman of SV Mulheim Nord in a 51 move game.It was a complex game with exposed kings. Both missed many winning chances, with Fridman making the last critical error at move 40(Qb7, instead of the equal Qe6).
May-19-14  capafischer1: He is a great grandmaster and very good friends with Gelfand. Because of politics he can not play against Israeli players when he plays for Iran. By the way his last fide rating is 2580. He also beat Daniel Friedman in bundesliga a while back and he is jewish but not from Israel. Either way I know this guy personally and he loves all chessplayers.
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  Penguincw: Happy 32nd birthday to GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami. So far, at the Chess Olympiad (2014), he's 3/6 (+2,-2,=2). Good luck to him and his team as they face Ireland. On board 1, he has white against GM Alexander Baburin.
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  offramp: I've been thinking about that simultaneous world record, set in Tehran in 2011.

I live in London, the centre of the world, and if I was asked to find 600 chess players I could probably do it. I could teach some myself.

But most of those players would be incredibly weak, barely above beginner-level. I'd expect them to lose in about a dozen moves.

In Tehran it may be different. It may be possible in that focus of chess history to find 600 strong chess players who are all available for the same time-window. Or perhaps 95% of the 600 were total and utter patzers who were only barely aware of the right way to move the pieces.... I don't know, I'm just a caveman!!

Jan-06-16  Bruce Graham: GM makes news by not playing:
Jan-06-16  greed and death: <Bruce Graham> Isn't the reason Iranian players do that because if they play an Israeli, their government will punish them?
Jan-06-16  Bruce Graham: <greed and death> Quite possibly you are correct. Which raises a question- what about a Saudi player? Or one of their close allies?
Sep-06-16  Randyyhonson: One day if I have the chance I will challenge you again,I will know more about Chess and I'll beat you!!!
Oct-11-16  diagonal: First international Chess Grandmaster in Iranian history and record National Champion:

Won or shared first at Rasht Iran 2001, 1st; Dubai Intl (closed) 2004, 1st; Yemen Pres. Cup 2004, 1st; Saipa Tehran 2004, 1st; <Isle of Man ("Monarch Assurance") Open in Port Erin 2004, =1st (winner on tie-break)>; United Insurance Dhaka 2007, 1st; <ZMDI Dresden Open 2007 1st> and <ZMDI Open 2008, =1st (winner after play-off vs. Ovsejevitsch)>; <Fajr Open 2008, 1st>; Dubai Open 2008, 1st -4th (with So, the winner on tie-break, Gagunashvili, and Li Chao); Subic Open 2009, 1st; Parsvnath International Open Tournament 2010, 1st; Ramezan Open, Tehran 2012, =1 st; Canadian Open 2014, that year held in Montreal, 1st-3rd (with Tiviakov, the winner after play-off), and Van Kampen, and World Open, played in Arlington 2015, =1st (5th on tiebreak)

He defeated Anatoly Karpov in a friendly (propaganda) match in celebration of 30 years of the Islamic Revolution of Iran in Tehran 2009: (FIDE), totaling 20 games (combined standings of classical, rapid and blitz games) with 10½-9½.

Incident at <Basel Schachfestival (Open) in 2016>, report by Hartmut Metz:

<Der iranische Grossmeister Ehsam Ghaem Maghami verzichtete auf das Duell mit der Israelin Yuliya Naiditsch Shvayger, obwohl ihn die kampflose Niederlage um alle Chancen auf den Turniersieg und die 2500 Franken Preisgeld brachte.

Ghaem Maghami hatte den Veranstaltern schon nach der ersten Runde mitgeteilt, dass er gegen die Israelin nicht antreten dürfe.

Dort hatte das Paarungsprogramm auch bereits das iranisch-israelische Duell ausgespuckt. «Wir losten aber noch einmal neu, weil wir Ghaem keinen Stein in den Weg legen wollten», gesteht Organisator Zanetti.

In der Runde 5 konnten die Organisatoren aber keine Milde mehr walten lassen – schliesslich hätte kurz vor Toreschluss eine neue Auslosung die Preisränge deutlich mehr beeinflussen können. «Da konnten wir nicht mehr anders. Ich erklärte es Ghaem. Er verstand es», berichtet Zanetti.

Der Iraner war schon einmal vor ein paar Jahren auf Korsika von einem Turnier ausgeschlossen worden, als der Spitzenspieler gegen einen Israeli nicht antrat. Maghami dürfte allerdings kein Vorwurf gemacht werden, glauben die Organisatoren.

Ihm und seiner Familie drohen dem Vernehmen nach ansonsten Repressalien in Teheran. Dass er ansonsten aus persönlicher Überzeugung auf die Chance verzichtet hätte, mit einem Sieg gegen die weit schwächere Internationale Meisterin auf Platz zwei vorzustossen, bezweifelt das Team um Organisator Bruno Zanetti. Der international spielende Grossmeister und seine Frau, die ebenfalls Nationalspielerin ist, geben sich sonst weltoffen.>

Oct-12-16  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: ...
I live in London, the centre of the world,>

Haha I love your funny posts!

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  Penguincw: GM Maghami placed 3rd at a recent tournament.

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