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Zviad Izoria
Z Izoria 
Number of games in database: 497
Years covered: 1997 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2602 (2579 rapid, 2626 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2660

Overall record: +147 -59 =200 (60.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 91 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (30) 
    A15 A16 A17 A13 A10
 King's Indian (24) 
    E94 E62 E66 E60 E67
 Queen's Indian (21) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14
 Slav (18) 
    D12 D11 D15 D17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (17) 
    D30 D37 D31 D38 D35
 Reti System (12) 
    A04 A06
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (40) 
    B18 B12 B10 B14 B11
 Sicilian (35) 
    B51 B56 B67 B20 B50
 Nimzo Indian (26) 
    E54 E32 E20 E53 E39
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    E10 A46 A41 D02 A40
 French Defense (17) 
    C07 C11 C10 C08 C00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (16) 
    D38 D31 D39 D37
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Herman vs Z Izoria, 2003 0-1
   Z Izoria vs T Luciani, 2005 1-0
   Caruana vs Z Izoria, 2018 0-1
   Z Izoria vs F Volkmann, 2003 1-0
   Z Izoria vs Nakamura, 2018 1-0
   P H Nielsen vs Z Izoria, 2008 1/2-1/2
   Z Izoria vs F Roisman, 2001 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs Z Izoria, 2003 1/2-1/2
   Z Izoria vs A Timofeev, 2001 1-0
   Z Izoria vs Tiviakov, 2005 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Foxwoods Open (2007)
   European Championship (2006)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Bastia Open (2005)
   World Junior Championship (2003)
   Dubai Open (2004)
   Batumi Open (2001)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   8th Dubai Open (2006)
   European Championship (2004)
   Aeroflot Open (2002)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   European Championship (2001)
   European Championship (2005)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

   🏆 Mechanics Institute Rapid
   E Rosen vs Z Izoria (May-02-19) 0-1, rapid
   V Artemiev vs Z Izoria (Mar-12-19) 1-0
   Z Izoria vs L Johansson (Mar-11-19) 1-0
   Makhnev vs Z Izoria (Mar-08-19) 1-0
   Z Izoria vs A Hesham (Mar-05-19) 1-0

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(born Jan-06-1984, 39 years old) Georgia (federation/nationality United States of America)

[what is this?]
Izoria's chess career began during his teenage years and resulted in him winning several youth titles, including the 2000 World Under-16 Championship and consecutive European Junior Championships in 2001 and 2002. He gained his grandmaster title in 2002. His greatest success to date is his victory in the HB Global Chess Challenge (2005), scoring 7.5/9 and in May 2010 he won the Texas State Championship with 6/7.

On the FIDE world ranking list of January 2006, Izoria was rated a career-high 2652, placing him joint 52nd.

Wikipedia article: Zviad Izoria

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 504  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Sargissian vs Z Izoria  1-0481997Wch U14C07 French, Tarrasch
2. Z Izoria vs V Vepkhvishvili  1-0361997Chess Palace CupC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. D Smerdon vs Z Izoria  0-1601998Wch U14B10 Caro-Kann
4. Z Izoria vs E Alekseev  ½-½701998Moscow Kasparov CupE73 King's Indian
5. A Korotylev vs Z Izoria 1-0291998Moscow-ch opE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
6. Jobava vs Z Izoria  1-0691999GEO team selectE15 Queen's Indian
7. Z Izoria vs T Gelashvili  ½-½441999GEO team selectA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
8. Z Izoria vs P Mach  1-0661999EU-ch U16E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. Jobava vs Z Izoria 1-0442000GEO-ch U18E15 Queen's Indian
10. Jobava vs Z Izoria  1-0662000GEO-ch 60thE15 Queen's Indian
11. Z Izoria vs T Gelashvili  ½-½1002000GEO-ch 60thA50 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Z Izoria vs I A Zaitsev  1-0612000Moscow Kasparov CupE60 King's Indian Defense
13. Z Izoria vs Kholmov  1-0292000Moscow Kasparov CupE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
14. Z Izoria vs Shengelia  1-0262000GEO-ch U20D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. M Gagunashvili vs Z Izoria  1-0662000GEO-ch U20E15 Queen's Indian
16. Z Izoria vs M Gagunashvili  1-0372000GEO-ch U16D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Z Izoria vs I Ivanisevic  ½-½1142000Yerevan zt 1.5A38 English, Symmetrical
18. Z Izoria vs Radjabov  ½-½762000EU-ch U20A13 English
19. Z Izoria vs Jobava  ½-½752000Wch U20E66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
20. Z Izoria vs M Gagunashvili  ½-½242000Wch U20B10 Caro-Kann
21. Z Izoria vs P Zhang  1-0402000World JuniorA65 Benoni, 6.e4
22. P Blehm vs Z Izoria  0-1512000World JuniorB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
23. Z Izoria vs A Gershon  ½-½282000World JuniorE15 Queen's Indian
24. Z Izoria vs Ganguly  0-1402000Wch U20D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. Z Izoria vs Khismatullin 1-0522000Wch U16E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 504  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Oct-23-05  Maroczy: What is Izoria's ethnicity?
Oct-23-05  Resignation Trap: <Maroczy> Izoria is from Georgia.
Jan-06-06  refutor: what's with his hat?
Jan-06-06  chessmaster pro: yeah it's like the first gm i have seen that has a hat on
Sep-23-06  positionalbrilliancy: I like the hat. But not with that brown shirt...
Dec-20-06  BIDMONFA: Zviad Izoria


Nov-25-07  talisman: what was the problem with izoria's visa, keeping him out of the world cup?
Nov-25-07  dx9293: Since he can't play in Khanty-Mansyk, he's playing in the National Chess Congress in Philadelphia, USA! He has 3.4/4, in second place. Tournament is 6 rounds, rounds 5 and 6 today.
Apr-22-09  notyetagm: Anyone know GM Izoria's <ICC handle>?


Apr-22-09  Prugno: <notyet> Not 100% sure, but I think I remember watching Izoria playing blitz on ICC as "Pikaso" a few years ago. Don't know if his handle has changed since then, unfortunately.
Apr-22-09  notyetagm: <Prugno: <notyet> Not 100% sure, but I think I remember watching Izoria playing blitz on ICC as <<<"Pikaso">>> a few years ago. Don't know if his handle has changed since then, unfortunately.>

Yes, that is it, <Pikaso>.


Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Izoria recently won the 65th Texas State Championship:

Jan-06-11  theodor: great staff, Zviad, you'll persevere!
Jul-12-11  wordfunph: <May-22-05 Joshka: Wow, congradulations!.....this guy just pocketed the 50 grand at the HB Challenge...didn't even have to go to tie-breaks!.> a diamond-studded Polanti watch worth $7k!

Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: I posted 8 puzzles from chess games of US GM Zviad Izoria @ What wins?
Feb-15-16  ndg2: A serious hat.
Apr-21-18  ketchuplover: down goes fabi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr-21-18  offramp: Great name. A real Bond-villain name.

Great hat! That is less Bond-villainy.

Apr-22-18  The Boomerang: Fantastic game against Caruana!!
Apr-22-18  WorstPlayerEver: <offramp>

FTFY here's Zviad wearing his -original-
scumbag hat:

Apr-22-18  offramp: <WorstPlayerEver: <offramp> FTFY here's Zviad wearing his -original-
scumbag hat:

For those of you who prefer a text-only internet it is worth me giving a short description of the photo on Wikipedia.

It depicts GM Izoria in play at a chess board. Before him is a glass containing a blue drink. What could that be? Blueberry juice, I suppose [<Note to self, send GM Izoria some blueberry juice>].

He is wearing glasses and a navy blue and white vertically striped shirt.

His most noticeable item of apparel is the scumbag hat, which is a baseball-cap style hat with a design of plaid or tartan in muted colours ranging between very light beige and dark brown.

Crucially, the peak of the cap is not over GM Izoria's eyes, but over the back of his neck. The cap is placed very high on his head, and looks as if it could easily drop off.

This method of wearing a baseball-style cap backwards is normally described in very unfriendly terms, for example that the wearer is
[Continued on page 4]

Apr-22-18  bubuli55: If that picture was taken at the Tigran Petrosian Memorial 2014, he doesn’t have the games here at cg.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Izoria recently beat Caruana at the U.S. Championship. Maybe he should face Carlsen in November instead.
Apr-25-18  ketchuplover: Down goes Naka!
Jan-17-22  LoveThatJoker: I am surprised that no one has yet posted about GM Izoria's awesome YouTube channel ZChess.

He uploads something like 3 to 4 videos a day, and his analysis is of very high quality. This channel is very underrated!


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