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Radoslaw Wojtaszek
Warsaw, 2013. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Number of games in database: 1,695
Years covered: 1996 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2719 (2662 rapid, 2690 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2750
Overall record: +394 -132 =624 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 545 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (103) 
    D37 D31 D38 D35 D30
 King's Indian (96) 
    E60 E94 E97 E62 E67
 Slav (80) 
    D12 D15 D10 D11 D17
 Grunfeld (66) 
    D85 D97 D72 D78 D70
 Queen's Pawn Game (62) 
    E10 A41 D02 A45 E00
 Catalan (54) 
    E06 E04 E01 E07
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (274) 
    B90 B51 B92 B22 B50
 Sicilian Najdorf (141) 
    B90 B92 B91 B94 B96
 Queen's Pawn Game (77) 
    E10 A45 D02 A46 E00
 Nimzo Indian (73) 
    E53 E21 E47 E20 E54
 Caro-Kann (59) 
    B12 B17 B10 B18 B11
 English (52) 
    A13 A15 A18 A14 A10
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Wojtaszek vs Fressinet, 2011 1-0
   Shirov vs Wojtaszek, 2006 0-1
   Wojtaszek vs I Khairullin, 2011 1-0
   Wojtaszek vs Z Pakleza, 2010 1-0
   Wojtaszek vs Carlsen, 2015 1-0
   Wojtaszek vs Carlsen, 2023 1-0
   Wojtaszek vs E Sharapov, 2001 1-0
   Carlsen vs Wojtaszek, 2021 1/2-1/2
   M Kanarek vs Wojtaszek, 2016 0-1
   Wojtaszek vs Harikrishna, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Gyorgy Marx Memorial IX (2011)
   Biel (2020)
   European Championship (2011)
   European Championship (2018)
   Wch U18 (2005)
   Polish Championship (2007)
   Kolkata Open (2012)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   Rubinstein Memorial Open-A (2001)
   Gibraltar Masters (2013)
   World Junior Championship (2002)
   Bundesliga 2006/07 (2006)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   European Championship (2005)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wojtaszek by slomarko

   🏆 24th European Teams
   Wojtaszek vs I Schitco (Nov-20-23) 1/2-1/2
   L Moroni Jr vs Wojtaszek (Nov-19-23) 1/2-1/2
   Wojtaszek vs D Mastrovasilis (Nov-18-23) 1/2-1/2
   Wojtaszek vs D Mastrovasilis (Nov-18-23) 1/2-1/2
   Wojtaszek vs V Erdos (Nov-17-23) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-13-1987, 36 years old) Poland

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Polish U14 Champion (2001); Polish Junior (U20) Champion (2004 & 2005); Polish Champion (2005, 2014, 2016 and 2021). He is married to IM/WGM Alina Kashlinskaya.

Born in Elbląg, Poland. He was one of the seconds for Viswanathan Anand during both the 2008 and 2010 World Championship matches, and is Poland's top player.


<Youth> In 2001, Wojtaszek won the Polish U14 championship. In 2002, he was =1st (2nd on tiebreak) with Zbigniew Pakleza in the Polish Boys U16 championship in Bartkowa. In 2003, he came equal first (2nd on countback) to Grzegorz Gajewski at the Polish U18 championship, and finished the year with second behind Mateusz Bartel in the U18 European Championship. In 2004, he won the Polish U20 championship with 8/11, 1.5 points clear of the field, and <then> won the Polish U18 championship with 9.5/11, a point clear of the field.

Wojtaszek came =3rd with 7/10 in the 2001 World U14 championship. He was runner up to Levan Pantsulaia in the World U16 championship in 2002, In 2003, he came =4th with 8/11 at the World U16 Championship in Greece. In 2004, he was 5th in the European U18 championship before winning the 2004 U-18 World Youth Chess Championship In 2005, he was =1st (second on countback) with Ildar Khairullin at the U18 world championship at Belfort.

<Junior> Late in 2002, he was equal first (2nd on tiebreak) with Krzysztof Jakubowski in the Polish U20 championship. In 2004, he won the Polish U20 championship with 8/11, 1.5 points clear of the field and a year later in 2005 he again won the Polish U20 championship. He scored 7.5/13 in the World Junior Championship 2002 and placed 4th in the World Junior Championship 2004 in Cochin, India.

<National> In 2005, he won the powerful Polish Chess Championship in 2005 with 9.5/13, ahead of Bartosz Socko. In 2006, 2009 and 2010, he was second in the Polish Championship. In 2007, he came 4th in the Polish championship. In the 2011 Polish Championship he scored 6/9 to come equal second with Pawel Jaracz behind Mateusz Bartel. He won the Polish Championship 2014.

<Continental> He competed strongly in the European Championship (2005) scoring 8/13. He turned in a 2812 performance at the European Championship (2011) to score 8.5/11 and to place =1st, 2nd on count back, thereby qualifying for the World Cup 2011. He scored 7/10 in the European Championship (2013). In March 2014, he scored 7.5/11 in the European Championship (2014), thereby qualifying for the World Cup in 2015.

<World> At the World Cup (2011), he defeated Armenian GM Arman Pashikian in the first round, but lost to Georgian GM Baadur Jobava in the second round. He qualified for the World Cup (2013) because of his rating, and but in a major shock of the first round, he lost to Brazilian GM Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier and was eliminated from the Cup. At the World Cup (2015), he overcame Babu M R Lalith in the first round to progress to the second where he defeated Vladislav Artemiev. His third round win was against Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, earning him a place in the Round of Sixteen (round 4) where he played Anish Giri and, unfortunately for him, lost that match to exit the tournament.

Classical Tournaments:

Wojtaszek’s first serious result in International chess came at the 38th Akiba Rubinstein Open in July 2001, when he scored 7/10, one point behind the joint leaders, although he did well to score 5.5/9 at the Jantar Baltyku Open. Shortly afterwards he took first place with 8/11 at the Prerov 2001 IM tournament in the Czech Republic. In 2002, he finished the year with a strong showing at the Cracovia Open, scoring 6/9, a point behind the joint leaders. In 2004, he came 4th in the Friendship Grandmaster Tournament in the Czech Republic, =3rd in the XIII International Chess Festival Open (B) in Poznan and won the Cracovia Open with 7.5/9. In 2006, he came =1st with Peter Heine Nielsen at the International Open at Kalamaria-Thessaloniki in Greece and =1st with Borki Predojevic and Humpy Koneru at the Young Masters match tournament in Switzerland. In 2008, he was =1st at the Rilton Cup in Sweden, and won the Cracovia Open 2008 with 7.5/9. In 2009 Wojtaszek was again =1st in the Rilton Cup, =1st at the 66 Final Indywidualnych Mistrzostw Polski Mezczyzn in Poland, shared second with Michael Roiz at the international tournament in Lublin behind Boris Grachev and won the Najdorf Memorial (2009) in Warsaw with 6/9. He also won the Mazovian Chess Festival -Open A in Poland, with 6/9.

In 2010, Wojtaszek was =1st-5th with at the 39th Rilton Cup in Stockholm, won the 5th International Tournament of Polonia Wrocław and won the 4th San Juan International tournament in Pamplona with 6.5/9 on tiebreak from Laurent Fressinet. 2011 saw a modest start by the top-seeded Wojtaskek in the Tata Steel Group B (2011), where he came 8th with 6.5/13. He won the Gyorgy Marx Memorial IX (2011) convincingly with 8/10 and a TPR of 2892. In 2012, he placed =3rd in the category 18 Karpov Poikovsky (2012) behind Dmitry Jakovenko and Ruslan Ponomariov and finished off 2012 with a score of 7.5/11, placing =3rd at the Kolkata Open (2012) and a relatively poor 4.5/10 at the 1st International GM Round Robin Chess Tournament held in New Delhi in late December. His poor form continued at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2013) where his 7/10 lost 10 rating points. He finished 2013 in first place with 6/7 at the Zurich Open in December 2013.

Wojtaszek started 2014 with a win at the Basel Masters tournament in Zurich, followed by =6th with 7/13 at the Tata Steel Challengers (2014). In April 2014 he participated in the inaugural Gashimov Memorial (Group B) (2014), the second tier of a tournament commemorating the late Azeri grandmaster. He scored 4.5/9 and placed 5th. In July he placed 2nd at the Biel (2014).

2015 started with Wojtaszek's participation in the Tata Steel Masters (2015) super-tournament. Although he finished in the lower half of the field with 5.5/13 (+2 -4 =7), his two wins were against the world #1 and #2 players respectively, namely Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana. In July he placed 2nd to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with 6/10 in the category 19 Biel (2015) tournament.

Wojtaszek won Dortmund Sparkassen (2017) over a strong field.

Team events

<Olympiad> At the Turin Olympiad (2006) in Turin, Wojtaszek scored 9/11 as first reserve, with a rating performance of 2756. At the Dresden Olympiad (2008) in Dresden, he scored 7/10 on board 3. Playing top board for Poland in the 39th Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010), "Radek" scored 6/9 with a 2769 performance rating. At the 40th Istanbul Olympiad (2012) held in Istanbul, he won the silver medal for top board with 7.5/10 and a TPR of 2844. He played top board at the Tromso Olympiad (2014), scoring a par-for-rating 5/9.

<European Club Cup> Playing board 2 for the Czech team G-Team Nový Bor, Wojtaszek scored a powerful 5/6 (TPR 2876) to help his team to victory in the European Club Cup (2013), thereby winning both team and individual gold (and returning him to the 2700 club). In European Club Cup (2014), he played top board for the same team, and won individual and team silver.

<National leagues> Wojtaszek played board 3 for SK Schwäbisch Hall in the 2014-15 Bundesliga, his team placing 4th in the 16 team event. He has participated in the Czech Extraliga every year since 2005, apart from 2010. Since he joined the 1. Novoborský ŠK team, he has helped it to win the Extraliga every year from 2011 to 2015 inclusive. In the 2015 Russian Premier League, he played top board for Universitet Belorechensk, winning team and individual silver. In the French Top 12 league of 2015, he played board two for the Mulhouse Philidor club which placed sixth.


Wojtaszek was the European rapid chess champion in December 2008. In February 2013, he scored 10.5/14 to place =1st alongside Vladimir Malakhov at the GM Vladimir Petrov Memorial A tournament and in March 2013, placed 3rd at the 3rd Ferdynanda Dziedzica International Memorial Tournament played in Trzcianka in Poland. He wound up 2014 with a strong showing at the European Blitz Championship, scoring 9/11, a half point from the shared lead.

Rating and ranking:

Wojtaszek entered the world top 100 in July 2006, and has remained in that group continuously since July 2007. He crossed the 2700 rating level in September 2010, jumping from a rating of 2663 to 2711 in the process. His highest rating to date is 2749 on 1 June 2015, when he was ranked #16 in the world. His highest ranking to date was #14 in December 2014 and January 2015 when he was rated 2744.

Sources and references

Live rating:; Wikipedia article: Radosław Wojtaszek

Last updated: 2021-05-09 10:53:04

 page 1 of 69; games 1-25 of 1,718  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Radjabov vs Wojtaszek ½-½221996EU-ch U10A05 Reti Opening
2. D Szoen vs Wojtaszek  0-1371998POL-ch U12C01 French, Exchange
3. A Pashikian vs Wojtaszek ½-½441998Wch U12C13 French
4. K Jakubowski vs Wojtaszek  1-0231999MK Cafe Cup-BE12 Queen's Indian
5. Wojtaszek vs Lagno  1-0512000Artek ol U16A84 Dutch
6. G Lnenickova vs Wojtaszek  0-1462001Prerov Friendship IMA07 King's Indian Attack
7. E Vine vs Wojtaszek  0-1202001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Wojtaszek vs O Gritsak  ½-½322001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
9. Wojtaszek vs V Sergeev  1-0542001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
10. V Shishkin vs Wojtaszek  ½-½232001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AE20 Nimzo-Indian
11. Wojtaszek vs E Sharapov 1-0282001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AA57 Benko Gambit
12. L Cyborowski vs Wojtaszek  ½-½282001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AA21 English
13. Wojtaszek vs Miroshnichenko  1-0542001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AE61 King's Indian
14. V Malaniuk vs Wojtaszek  ½-½552001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
15. S Vysochin vs Wojtaszek 1-0202001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AC02 French, Advance
16. Wojtaszek vs P Staniszewski  1-0222001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. Wojtaszek vs O Boyum Fossum  1-0192001EU-ch U14D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. E Tanrikulu vs Wojtaszek  0-1302001EU-ch U14B50 Sicilian
19. Wojtaszek vs D Maghalashvili 1-0432001EU-ch U14B25 Sicilian, Closed
20. Vitiugov vs Wojtaszek  0-1342001EU-ch U14E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. Wojtaszek vs Predojevic 0-1442001EU-ch U14A57 Benko Gambit
22. D Baramidze vs Wojtaszek  1-0332001EU-ch U14B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. R Mamedov vs Wojtaszek  1-0412001EU-ch U14B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. Wojtaszek vs E Romanov  0-1392001EU-ch U14D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. Wojtaszek vs G Camus de Solliers  1-0242001WYB14E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
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Jan-15-15  Caissanist: A player's "Notable Games" list is created automatically, based on how many collections include a particular win or draw by that player. Since your comment it's been included in two collections and that was apparently enough to pop it onto his notable games list.
Jan-15-15  Whitehat1963: Three draws with black. Two chances with white. Wins against Carlsen and Caruana. Not a bad tournament so far is the obvious conclusion!
Jan-15-15  Chessinfinite: GM Wojtszek is now both Caruana killer and a Carlsen killer.. Congrats to Wojtasek on his fantastic wins.
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  Penguincw: Nice performance by Radoslaw Wojtaszek at the Tata Steel (2015) tournament. At first glance, -2 and -9.7 rating points seems bad, but he did beat the #1 and #2 players in the world.
Jan-26-15  GoldenBird: Congratulations Wojtaszek, on your recent wins against the world #1 and #2. I hope to see you in the 2016 candidates tournament.
Jul-27-15  zanzibar: Submitted this photo for <CG>:

Hopefully, it gets used.

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  Penguincw: Say, is this picture new? I just saw it, and I think it looks great. :)
Jul-28-15  zanzibar: The url indicates it's from Warsaw 2013. There's also a 2014 photo on wiki as well:

I think I picked the other one because it has a clear shot of his face.

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  Penguincw: Sorry, I meant "is this picture new, as in just posted up on <cg> recently"?
Jul-28-15  zanzibar: Ah, yes, <CG> just added it, I believe.
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  ketchuplover: Happy Birthday young man
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Wojtaszek!
Jan-13-16  greed and death: Wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji urodzin i powodzienia z Gibraltar! :)
Apr-22-17  epistle: I-draw mo yan ha bata? Ibibili kita ng Rado watch pag naitabla mo.
Jul-25-17  diagonal: Wojtaszek is <multiple Polish National Champion>, and one of the seconds of Anand since 2008, assisting the former World Chess Champion in his title matches in 2008 against Vladimir Kramnik, in 2010 against Veselin Topalov, in 2012 against Boris Gelfand, in 2013 and in 2014 against Magnus Carlsen.

Wojtaszek already won the traditional <Rilton Cup (Open) in 2007/08 (first on tie-break), 2008/09 (first on tie-break), and shared first (second on tie-break) in 2009/10>, the <Zürcher Weihnachtsopen in 2013>, or the <Basler Neujahrsopen 2014>, amongst other tournaments in swiss system.

He took the <Metlife Najdorf Chess Festival, played at Warsaw in 2009>, a ten players round robin, ahead of Rozentalis as runner-up and fellow countryman Macieja (born 1977), considered as Poland's number one player after Krasenkow (born 1963), and before Socko (born 1978) and Wojtaszek (born 1987) raised.

Radoslaw Wojtaszek edged out Laurent Fressinet on tie-break score in the 4th <AD San Juan International Invitation held in Pamplona in 2010> (closed round robin, ten players including Morozevich).

Wojtaszek was clear first at the last edition of the pretty prestigious <György Marx Memorial series in 2012>:, list of winners:

Btw.: Winner of the women's section at Paks then was Alina Kashlinskaya :))

In January 2015 at Wjik aan Zee Tata Steel, Wojtaszek was the only player to have defeated World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, world's no. 1 ranked player, as well as the world's second highest rated player, Fabiano Caruana.

He was sole second at Biel 2015, behind Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, but ahead of Adams, Navara, Eljanov, and Rapport.

<Dortmund 2017> is now Rado's first supertpournament triumph, winning unbeaten and outright in a field including Kramnik and MVL.

Congratulation from the cg. Dortmund page: Dortmund (2017)

Picture from the winner at Dortmund 2017: (Photo by Gerhard Hund)

Together with his wife at Dortmund 2017: (Photo by Gerhard Hund)

Jul-25-17  Bratek: http://psychologiaiszachy.blogspot....
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  technical draw: From his bio:

<His highest ranking to date was #14 in December 2014 and January 2015 when he was ranked 2744.>

Wow, talk about a ranking drop!

Oct-03-18  epistle: The night is like a lovely tune
Beware, my Polish heart
How white the ever constant moon
Take care, my Polish heart
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  ketchuplover: All hail the Isle of Man 2018 champion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  Diademas: Doing a swell job in FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2019)

Getting to the semi finals without any tie breaks as the only one. Beating the higher rated Svidler and Mamedyarov.

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  Lech Kulejewski: What a pity...all the world and even such a patzer as myself saw the move Nf5 in the second 10+10 tie-break game...vs Nepo. Anyway, great performance and still big chances in the all cycle. Thank You Radek that polish chess fans have someone to kibitz for in the top of the world ...greetings!
Jul-30-20  Bratek: Congrats!
May-09-21  Bratek: Congratulations!
May-18-22  Albertan: Wojtaszek and Rudzinska win Polish Championships 2022:


May-18-22  Albertan: Radoslav Wojtaszek and Michalina Rudzinska win Polish Championship 2022:

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