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Sergey Karjakin
Baku, 2016. Photo Fide World Chess Cup.  
Number of games in database: 2,698
Years covered: 2000 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2752 (2709 rapid, 2766 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2788

Overall record: +369 -183 =763 (57.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1383 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (373) 
    B90 B33 B30 B42 B32
 Ruy Lopez (275) 
    C67 C78 C65 C84 C80
 French Defense (100) 
    C11 C18 C10 C07 C03
 Sicilian Najdorf (97) 
    B90 B92 B97 B96 B94
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (95) 
    C84 C95 C92 C89 C93
 Caro-Kann (77) 
    B12 B18 B10 B13 B11
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (210) 
    C67 C65 C78 C84 C92
 Sicilian (182) 
    B90 B92 B51 B22 B52
 Sicilian Najdorf (107) 
    B90 B92 B97 B96 B91
 Nimzo Indian (102) 
    E34 E20 E21 E32 E46
 Queen's Indian (99) 
    E15 E12 E14
 Queen's Pawn Game (84) 
    E00 D02 A45 E10 D00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karjakin vs V Malinin, 2002 1-0
   Karjakin vs Kosteniuk, 2003 1-0
   Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2010 1-0
   Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016 1-0
   Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 0-1
   Karjakin vs Anand, 2016 1-0
   Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2005 1-0
   Karjakin vs T Metsalu, 2001 1-0
   Karjakin vs E Alekseev, 2007 1-0
   Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2004 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   EU-ch U14 (2001)
   Corus Group B (2005)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque) (2013)
   World Cup (2015)
   China - Russia Challenge (2015)
   World Cup (2007)
   Cap d'Agde (2006) Speed Chess Championship 2017/18 (2017)
   World Cup (2021)
   European Championship (2005)
   Nikolaev (2001)
   World Cup (2009)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)

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   Karjakin vs A Tari (Sep-17-21) 1-0, armageddon
   Carlsen vs Karjakin (Sep-16-21) 1-0
   Karjakin vs Firouzja (Sep-15-21) 0-1
   Rapport vs Karjakin (Sep-14-21) 1-0

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(born Jan-12-1990, 31 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Russia)
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IM (2001) & GM (2002) Sergey Aleksandrovich Karjakin was World Rapid Champion (2012-13); World Cup Champion (2015), Candidate (2014 & 2016) and World Championship Challenger (2016).

Karjakin was born in Simferopol in Ukraine and learned to play chess when he was five years old. On 20 August 2002, at the international tournament in Sudak, he shocked the chess world by fulfilling his third and final GM norm, making him the youngest grandmaster in chess history, at the age of 12 years and 7 months (a record that still stands). At 11 years and 11 months, he had also been the youngest ever to acquire the IM title. While still 11 years old, Sergey Karjakin was one of the seconds for Ruslan Ponomariov during his world championship match against Vassily Ivanchuk in 2002. At age fourteen he defeated then reigning world champion, Vladimir Kramnik during the 2004 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, in a blitz game (ten minutes for the entire game, plus five seconds per move). Also in 2004, Karjakin was the only human to win against a computer in the Man vs Machine World Team Championship in Bilbao, Spain, where he was the youngest and lowest rated player. He won against the Deep Junior (Computer) program. On July 25, 2009 Karjakin took out Russian citizenship and now plays for the Russian team in the international arena.

Classical Tournaments

In June 2001, Karjakin was =1st in the Alushta Summer tournament with 7.5/11. He gained his first two GM norms at Aeroflot in 2002, and at the category 8 Alushta-100 tournament in May 2002 when he scored 9.5/13 to share first equal in the tournament with GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko. At Hastings (2002/03), he came fifth in the category 12 Premier division with 5/9 and a 2590 TPR, immediately moving on for his first taste of Corus, in the B Division where he came 5th with 7/13, a point behind the winner Peter Heine Nielsen. In December 2004, he finished second to Boris Gelfand at the category 16 Pamplona Tournament (2004). In January 2005, he won the Corus Tournament: Group B (2005) in Wijk aan Zee with 9.5/13 (TPR 2735), a full point clear of the field, and in April 2005 he became the first player born in the 1990s to enter the FIDE World Top 100 in rankings. In May 2005, he also won the Young Stars of the World tournament, scoring 8.5 points out of 11 (TPR 2677), a full point clear of Ildar Khairullin. In 2006, Karjakin won the category 18 double round robin 10th Petr Izmailov Memorial (2006) in Tomsk, Russia with 7/10 (TPR 2834). In 2007, after leading for most of the tournament, Karjakin came second at the 2nd Aerosvit (2007) with 7/11 (+3 -0 =8; TPR 2791), half a point behind the winner Vassily Ivanchuk; he came third in Aerosvit (2008) behind Magnus Carlsen and Ivanchuk with 6/11 (TPR 2741). Immediately after his narrow World Rapid Cup victory in Odessa in May 2010, Karjakin won the Karpov Poikovsky tournament on tiebreak from Victor Bologan scoring 7/11 (+4 -1 =6; TPR 2787). In October 2011, he was =1st with Etienne Bacrot at the Poikovsky Karpov Poikovsky (2011) with 5.5/9 (+2 =7), but came 2nd on count back.

<Super tournaments>: Karjakin’s first taste of a super tournament was the Dortmund Sparkassen (2004), where he finished last. He finished with a plus score in the A-group of Corus Group A (2006), came third in the double round robin quadrangular Grand Slam Chess Final (2009) and won his first super tournament with 8/13 (TPR 2798) in the category 19 Corus Group A (2009). He placed 6th in the Corus Group A (2010) with 7/13 (+2 -1 =10; TPR 2746) and narrowly came second on tiebreak with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov behind Levon Aronian at the Tal Memorial (2010) in November 2010, all three scoring 5.5/9 (Karjakin’s TPR was 2835). In June 2011, Karjakin scored 6.5/10 at the Category 21 Bazna King's Tournament (2011), coming second on tiebreak to Carlsen. In November 2011, he came =3rd (4th on countback behind Ivanchuk) in the category 22 Tal Memorial (2011) with 5/9 (+1 =8 -0 and TPR of 2820), behind Aronian and Carlsen respectively. He scored 6.5/13 (+5 -5 =3; TPR 2754) at the category 21 Tata Steel Group A (2012) (formerly Corus) tournament at Wijk aan Zee, placing 8th out of 13, and in July 2012, he scored =1st (2nd on tiebreak behind Fabiano Caruana) at Dortmund Sparkassen (2012). In October 2012, he came 4th at the Grand Slam Chess Final (2012), and a few months later in January 2013 placed =3rd behind Carlsen and Aronian and alongside World Champion Viswanathan Anand at the category 20 Tata Steel Group A (2013) tournament. In May 2013, Karjakin won the inaugural Norway Chess (2013), a category 21 event held in the Stavanger region of Norway, with a score of 6/9, half a point ahead of world number 1 Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura he also won the preliminary Norway Chess (Blitz) (2013) used to determine the draw with 6.5/9, earning the right to start with White in 5 games out of 9. Karjakin considers this the best tournament of his career so far. (1) Shortly afterwards, he scored a winless 4/9 in the category 22 Tal Memorial (2013).

He started 2014 with a promising 6.5/11 at the category 20 Tata Steel Masters (2014), placing =2nd behind Levon Aronian and 3rd on tiebreak behind Anish Giri. In April he participated in the inaugural Gashimov Memorial (2014), a category 22 6-player DRR event instituted to commemorate the late Azeri grandmaster, and finished =3rd with 5/10 behind Carlsen and Caruana, drawing all his games. He backed up his win at Stavanger in 2013 with another outright win at the next incarnation of that event in 2014, namely the Norway Chess (2014), scoring 6/9, again a half point ahead of Carlsen.

2015 did not start as promisingly as the previous year. His first event was the RR category 22 Zurich Chess Challenge (2015) (standard time section), where he scored 2/5 to place =4th behind Anand, Nakamura and Kramnik on points, behind Caruana on tiebreak but ahead of Aronian on tiebreak. His form did not improve in the second part of the event, namely the Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2015), where he against finished 4th, for an overall placing of 6th and last. Gearing up for his world title challenge in 2016, Karjakin scored a solid 6.5/9 at the powerful Qatar Masters (2015), half a point behind the the winnder Carlsen and runner-up on tiebreak Yu Yangyi.

The start to 2016 was again inauspicious, starting with a mediocre 6/13 at the annual Tata Steel Masters (2016) at Wijk aan Zee.


<Age championships>: Karjakin won the U10 European Championship in 1999 and placed =2nd in the U10 World Championship in 2000. In 2001 the 11-year old FM won the U12 World Championship, the Ukrainian U14 championship, competed in the Ukrainian U20 championship, scoring 5/10 and coming =5th and in the 2001 European U14 championship he came =1st (2nd on count back) behind Borki Predojevic.

<National> The then 13 year old Grandmaster came =2nd-9th in the 2003 Ukrainian Men’s Championship with 6.5/9. He lost an Armageddon blitz tiebreak to Nepomniachtchi at the Russian Championship Superfinal (2010) to place 2nd and then came =3rd with 4/7 in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2011). In 2012, he came =1st in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2012), but came 2nd in the round robin Russian Superfinals (Tiebreak) (2012) to place 2nd in the championship behind the winner, and therefore the 2012 Russian Champion, Dmitry Andreikin. He scored 4.5/9 to place =6th at the Russian Championship Superfinal (2013). He scored 4/9 in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2014) to place =8th. He was runner up in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2015) with 7/11, a half point behind the winner Evgeny Tomashevsky.

<Continental>: Karjakin came 4th in the European Championship (2005).

<World championships 2004-2014>: Karjakin played in the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) but was eliminated in the first round by Mikhail Kobalia. He has reached the semi-finals in two subsequent World Cups, losing to Alexey Shirov in the World Cup (2007) and to Boris Gelfand in the World Cup (2009). His results in the latter qualified him for participation in the World Cup (2011), where he defeated Mejdi Kaabi and Wesley So in the first two rounds, but was eliminated from the Cup when he lost to Judit Polgar in the third round. He qualified by rating to play in the World Cup (2013) and defeated Moroccan IM Sebbar Ali in the first round, Indian GM Krishnan Sasikiran in the second round, and Ukrainian GM Pavel Eljanov in the third round. However he was eliminated in the Round of 16 (round 4) by compatriot GM Dmitry Andreikin. Nevertheless, the qualification of Vladimir Kramnik for the World Championship Candidates (2014) by reason of reaching the final of the Cup, allowed Karjakin's qualification as a rating reserve into that Candidates event. There, he placed outright second behind Anand with 7.5/14, and with Anand was the only player to score more than 50%.

<2008-2010 FIDE Grand Prix series>: Karjakin’s performance in the Grand Prix series 2008-10 was mediocre by his standards. He was 10th at the Baku Grand Prix (2008), 7th at FIDE Grand Prix (2008) in Sochi, 10th at the 4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009) in Nalchik and 7th at the FIDE Jermuk Grand Prix (2009). The combined points from these results were insufficient for him to be seeded into the 2011 Candidates.

<2012-2013 FIDE Grand Prix series>: Karjakin started off the cycle in auspicious style be coming =1st (winning on tiebreak) alongside Wang Hao and Alexander Morozevich with 6.5/11 in the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012), kicking off his Grand Prix tally with 140 points. His next Grand Prix event, the FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013), was less successful, his 5/11 earning him only 50 points. In the third GP event in which he participated, the FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013), he placed =5th adding only 65 GP points to his tally. This eliminated him from contention from the top 2 in the series and would have eliminated him from qualification in the Candidates Tournament of 2014 had he not qualified as as a ratings reserve on Kramnik's win at the World Cup.

<2014-2015 FIDE Grand Prix series> Karjakin played the requisite three legs of this series, the first two being at the FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014) and at the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014). In the former, he scored 6/11 to place 3rd-7th to earn 82 Grand Prix points. He followed up with a similar result at the Tashkent event, scoring 6/11 to place 4th-7th, again splitting the points for these places to add another 75 GP points to his tally. In the final event of the series, namely FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015), held in May 2015, he finished in the middle of the field to finish out of the top 2 needed to qualify for the Candidates Tournament 2016.

<World Championship 2015-2016> He took advantage of another chance to qualify for the Candidates when he qualified to play in the World Cup (2015). He won early round matches against Ermes Espinosa Veloz, Alexander Onischuk, Yu Yangyi, Dmitry Andreikin, Azeri GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Pavel Eljanov to proceed to the final where he met Peter Svidler. Both he and Svidler thereby qualified for the Candidates Tournament of 2016 and gain automatic qualification to the World Cup in 2017 should that be required. In the final, the standard match of four games was tied 2-2 after Svidler lead 2-0 in the first two games. The final was decided in Karjakin's favor in the blitz tiebreakers after the two sets of rapid game tiebreakers were tied 1-1 each, with Karjakin taking out the blitz games 2-0. He made the most of his qualification to the World Championship Candidates (2016) by winning with 8.5/14, a point ahead of his main rival in the final round, Caruana, against whom he won the dramatic last round game.

Karjakin contested the world title in New York. He drew the 12 game match of the Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship Match (2016) 6-6, only to go down in the 4-game rapid tiebreaker by 3-1 to cede his challenge.

Olympiads (2)

Karjakin’s first taste of the Olympiads was playing for Ukraine in the 2002 U16 Olympiad in Kuala Lumpur, at which time he scored both a team and an individual silver medal playing on board 2.

Karjakin has played in the Olympiads in 2004, 2006 and 2008 (for Ukraine) and in 2010, 2012 and 2014 for Russia. His debut in the Calvia Olympiad (2004) in Calvia was stunning, one team gold and one individual gold for best performance on 2nd reserve, where he scored 6.5/7 (TPR 2929). Although there were no medals forthcoming in 2006 in Turin Olympiad (2006) in Turin, he scored 8.5/11 (TPR 2798) on Board 3 (coming 4th) for Ukraine. The Dresden Olympiad (2008) in Dresden saw Ukraine place 4th and Karjakin 6th on Board 2 with 5/9 (TPR 2714). The Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010) in Elista saw Karjakin back in the medals with his new team Russia 1 taking the silver, ironically behind Ukraine, while Karjakin took individual gold for best performance on board 4 with 8/10 and a TPR 2859. His second stint with the Russian team at the Istanbul Olympiad (2012) on board 3 earned him a team silver and an individual bronze medal, scoring 7/10. His most recent stint in the Olympiad for Russia was playing board 4 at the Tromso Olympiad (2014), where he scored 7/10, and just missed out on a team medal on tiebreak (Russia placed 4th).

Other Team Events (2)

In 2006, Karjakin helped the Youth team win the Youth - Experience (2006) by 28-22. In 2007, he was the top scorer in the NH Chess Tournament (2007) Rising Stars vs Experience contest with 7/10 (TPR 2759), won 26.5-23.5 by the Rising Stars.

Karjakin has participated in Ukrainian, Spanish, Russian, European and World Team championships, as well as in Asian Club Cup and the Rising Stars vs Experience teams. Karjakin started playing in Ukrainian Club Championships since he was at least 11, and has been an outstanding team player in the European Club Cup. In his first experience in the ECC in 2002, 12 year old Karjakin played for the Momot Regional Donetsk; while the club finished midway down the table, Karjakin scored 5.5/7, including 2.5/3 against his GM opponents. In the 2005 ECC, he played for the powerful NAO Chess Club which came third, Karjakin scoring 6/7 (TPR 2798). Playing for Tomsk, which won silver, Karjakin scored 5.5/7 (TPR 2743) and won individual gold in the Russian Team Championship (2007). In 2008, he played for PVK Kiev, and while the club came third, Karjakin had a poor tournament. After moving to Russia in 2009, he has played for ShSM-64 Moscow. Thriving in the Russian environment, in April 2010, he helped ShSM-64 win the Russian Team Championship (2010) with 16 points from 9 rounds, and in so doing turned out a TPR for the tournament of 2889. His participation in the World Chess Team Championship (2011) saw a rare lapse of form when he only scored 2/6 (TPR 2624). However, in November he played board 3 for his adopted team Russia in the European Team Championship (2011), scoring 4.5/7 and winning individual silver, improving on his bronze medal he won for his native Ukraine on board 2 during the 2007 edition of the event. He won individual and team gold playing board 1, leading his team Tomsk to win the Russian Team Championship (2012) his TPR for the competition was 2896. Karjakin played for the Malachite team in the European Club Cup (2013), and playing board two he helped his team to win silver and picked up individual bronze in the process.

Karjakin's return to the World Team Championship redeemed his poor performance in his inaugural appearance two years earlier. Playing board 2 for Russia, he helped his team to win the gold medal at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013), winning individual silver for his efforts on board 2, narrowly missing the individual gold by the narrowest margin, viz the 3rd tiebreaker (in this case a small TPR difference less than the winner). In April 2014, he played top board for the Malachite team in the Russian Premier League, and helped his team to win every round and to gain the gold medal for the contest. He returned to international team chess once more when he played board 2 for Russia, winning individual bronze, with the team placing 4th. Karjakin returned the Russian Premier League in 2016 playing board one, but only for three games. Nevertheless, his team ShSM Moscow won silver.

In late July and early August 2015, Karjakin was a member of the Russian team that played the first half of the innovatively formatted China - Russia Challenge (2015), which involves a series of one-on-one sets between the teams with the winner of each match defending the stage against the next contestant in the opposing team. Drawn standard games are decided by rapid and Armageddon tiebreakers. In this format, Karjakin successfully defeated wunderkind Wei Yi, multiple Chinese national champion Ding Liren, Ni Hua and Yu Yangyi to virtually wrap up the challenge match by the end of the first half of the event, which will be completed in late 2015.


In the February 2003 Dannemann Match (2003), the then 13 year old Karjakin defeated the 18 year old vice-Women’s World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk in a six game match by 4-2 (+2 -0 =4). In December 2004, Karjakin played a best of six game match against 2004 US Champion 17 year old GM Hikaru Nakamura in the Karjakin - Nakamura Match (2004) aka "Duelo de los Jovenes Prodigios" (the Duel of the Wonder Boys) in Cuernavaca, Estado de Morelos, Mexico, losing 1.5 - 4.5 (+1 -4 =1).

Rapids and Blindfold

A keen and deadly rapid player, Karjakin was 13 when played in the 2003 Ciudad de León tournament, making it to the semi final before being eliminated in the four game match by Veselin Topalov 1.5-2.5 (+1-2=1). He reached the final of the 2006 Cap d'Agde (2006), which he lost to Teimour Radjabov by 0.5-1.5. In 2007, he won the EURO Blitz tournament and was runner up in the Bilbao Blindfold Chess World Cup (2007) behind Bu Xiangzhi and ahead of Magnus Carlsen, Judit Polgar, Veselin Topalov and Pentala Harikrishna respectively. In July 2008 he won the ten game Karjakin - Short Rapid match (2008) by 7.5-2.5. In May 2009, he scored 5/8 playing for the FIDE World team which defeated the Azerbaijani team in the Azerbaijan vs the World (2009) rapid tournament, the President’s Cup. Also in 2009, he came equal second with Alexander Morozevich and behind Alexander Grischuk in the Moscow Blitz Championship, won the Aeroflot Blitz Qualifier for the World Blitz Championships with 15/18; in November 2009 he placed third in the World Blitz Championship (2009) behind Carlsen and Anand scoring 25/42. In 2010, he made it to the 8th round of the combined Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2010) / Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010) before being eliminated by Grischuk. In the fourth ACP World Rapid Cup (2010) which took place from in May in Odessa, Karjakin won the final against Dmitry Jakovenko in the Armageddon blitz game. In January 2011, the Russian State Social University staged a rapid game match between him and Nepomniachtchi, a reprise of the blitz tiebreak between the two that enabled Nepomniachtchi to win the 2010 Russian Superfinal; the two rapid games were drawn, and four subsequent blitz games were drawn with a win and a draw each. Karjakin won by drawing the Armageddon game as Black. Videos of the 5 blitz games can be seen at On 16 February 2012, Karjakin played in the Moscow blitz tournament that was held after Aeroflot, and won the contest outright with 15/18 ahead of a galaxy of GMs and other masters. (3) In July 2012, Karjakin won clear first place in the World Rapid Championship (2012) held in Astana with 11.5/15 and followed up by scoring 18.5/30 to take 3rd place behind Grischuk and Carlsen at the World Blitz Championship (2012). He then won the Aeroflot Open (Rapid Qualifier) (2013), a restructured version of the traditional Aeroflot Open, defeating Grischuk in the Armageddon final with 2 seconds left on his clock. (4) In June 2013, Karjakin won the Sberbank GM Rapid (2013) with 6.5/9, a half point clear of Veselin Topalov. In September 2013, he took clear first in the powerful 67th Moscow Blitz Championship (2013) with 14.5/19.

In 2014, he participated in the World Rapid Championship (2014), scoring 10/15, a point behind the leader Magnus Carlsen, and enhancing his rapid rating by 25 points to over 2800. The outcome of his efforts in the companion event, the World Blitz Championship (2014), was very poor by his standards as he scored only 10.5/21 losing 127 blitz rating points in that event alone. His poor form in this form of the game continued at the Moscow Championship Final A Blitz in September 2014, when he scored only 10.5/19, shedding another 31 blitz rating points. He regained some form in the 2014 Tal Memorial blitz tournament, scoring 12.5/22 and placing =3rd, gaining 50 blitz rating points.

Ratings and rankings

Karjakin entered the world's top 100 in the April 2005 FIDE list, where he was number 64 in the world with an Elo rating of 2635, the first time it rose above 2600. On the January 2008 FIDE rating list, published just before Karjakin's eighteenth birthday, he passed the 2700 mark for the first time. In the FIDE ratings list for 1 July 2011, Karjakin's rating reached an all time high of 2788 (and an all time high in the world ranking of number 4).


He married WIM Kateryna Dolzhykova in 2009, but they divorced. Karjakin is now married to Galia Kamalova.

Sources and references:

(1); (2); (3); (4)

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 page 1 of 108; games 1-25 of 2,698  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karjakin vs S Baranjuk 1-0332000UKR-ch U12B40 Sicilian
2. Karjakin vs A Grekh  0-1332000UKR-ch U12B40 Sicilian
3. G Kuzmin vs Karjakin 1-03920008th Ukrainian Team ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
4. N Khomenko vs Karjakin 0-14520008th Ukrainian Team ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Karjakin vs A Tamilin 1-04020008th Ukrainian Team ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
6. N Zdebskaja vs Karjakin 1-03820008th Ukrainian Team ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
7. A Mukomilov vs Karjakin 0-14220008th Ukrainian Team ChampionshipD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
8. Karjakin vs A Kulikovsky 1-03520008th Ukrainian Team ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. Karjakin vs K Gaynutdinov 0-16120008th Ukrainian Team ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
10. P Sinzhuk vs Karjakin 0-12120008th Ukrainian Team ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
11. Karjakin vs Vachier-Lagrave 0-1272000Wch U10B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
12. Karjakin vs V Kurochkin 1-0372001UKR-ch U14B42 Sicilian, Kan
13. Karjakin vs Areshchenko 1-0642001UKR-ch U20B22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. Y Zinchenko vs Karjakin  ½-½412001UKR-ch U14B22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. Karjakin vs D Kedyk 1-0592001UKR-ch U14B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Karjakin vs V Nazarevich  ½-½642001UKR-ch U14B32 Sicilian
17. Y Kruppa vs Karjakin  1-0392001UKR-chTD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
18. A Zaitsenkov vs Karjakin 0-1322001Keres Memorial OpenB32 Sicilian
19. Karjakin vs G Prakken 0-1202001Keres Memorial OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
20. Kulaots vs Karjakin  1-0322001Keres Memorial OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. Karjakin vs T Metsalu 1-0262001Keres Memorial OpenB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
22. Karjakin vs D Reizniece-Ozola  ½-½532001Keres Memorial OpenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
23. K Sarapik vs Karjakin  0-1372001Keres Memorial OpenB32 Sicilian
24. D Lybin vs Karjakin ½-½1142001Keres Memorial OpenE61 King's Indian
25. Karjakin vs T Fomina  ½-½532001Keres Memorial OpenC10 French
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Jan-12-17  sonia91: No mention in the bio that he won the World Blitz Championship (2016)?!!
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  Chessgames Bookie: The Grand Chess Tour - Paris (Rapid) 2017 & Grand Chess Tour - Paris (Blitz) 2017 are coming soon:

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Jul-31-17  sonia91: He became father for the second time:
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  tpstar: Escape the bubble before it's too late!

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  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster! All the best to you this year of 2018.
Jan-27-18  siamesedream: Congrats on great family, Sergey:

Good luck in Candidates!

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  MissScarlett: Sergei didn't have much to do with it...just a couple of little squirts.
Mar-13-18  breakbad: I don't think his long middle name is important for me to read every time I come across is name.
Mar-26-18  Rama: He's got a chance if he can beat Ding Liren on Wednesday, who is the only undefeated player in Berlin.
Jun-16-18  Pedro Fernandez: I didn't know Kariakin was so good in Blitz Chess. Further he was very dangerous vs the world champion. However Kariakin sometimes is irregular, i.e. unsteady, no like Caruana but some close.
Aug-11-18  1d410: If you're good at chessbookie I would recommend betting Fabiano Caruana will beat Sergei Karjakin, the Grand Chess Tour leader and a favorite for the overall tour win in their upcoming games... I suck at chessbokie though so don't sue me if you lose your bux
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  Pulo y Gata: It is time to score Sergey. The Filipinos will be praying for your victory. Claim it in the name of God, even if you're a communist.
Aug-21-18  epistle: Nice wish, procter and gamble
Mar-02-19  sonia91: He won the Aeroflot blitz, held right after the classical tournament, with 14.5/18:

After the victory, he gave an interview with Vladimir Barsky:

Apparently, the day before this tournament, he gave a simul with children.

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  Messiah: He has a very shaky position against Anish Giri after move 19 - sacrifices on h6, maybe even on g5 (later using that fantastic ♖ on a3) are not completely impossible. Maybe we will see Sergey using some tissues after the game. Truly amazing and exciting middlegame!
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  offramp: I can hardly believe this chess lookalike. It is even better than the David Koresh/Emmanuel Lasker one I posted earlier.

GM Sergei Karjakin:

Comedian Joe Lycett:

Separated at birth!

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

Looks strange that the bio header mentioned only this Karjakin's champ participation. Do you know that he played the WC final against the Carlsen robots in 2016?

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  Messiah: Except for being a Putinist, he is a really nice guy with a hyper deep understanding of virtually every possible structures after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3.
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  carpovius: <Karjakin was born in Simferopol, Kramatorsk in Ukraine>

Should we reckon that Karjakin was born twice, once in Simferopol and again in Kramatorsk?

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  perfidious: Miracles of reincarnation, don't you know.
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  carpovius: <prefidious> Looks like <CG> has corrected the typo. Thus, miracles did not occur again. Sad! Yours truly, <crapovius>
Jul-13-21  Albertan: Dark side of chess:when is a Grandmaster not so grand:

I believe you have to register for a free account at the New York Times website in order to read this article.

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  fabelhaft: <The Great Silk Road tournament, where Karjakin became the world?s youngest grandmaster in 2002, was held in the picturesque town of Sudak on the Black Sea. It was a mess, according to interviews with five people who were there.

The winner was Vasily Malinin. How he won was another matter. Aleksandr Areshchenko, a young player at the time, said Malinin paid Areshchenko?s mother in exchange for a victory in their match. Another player, Nazar Firman, said he was also paid. Malinin, who died in November, always denied paying for results. But in a letter published in Russian on an obscure chess website, he acknowledged playing an unusual role in the Sudak tournament.

The most notable game, he said, was one he agreed to lose.

Malinin told the story this way in his letter:

With Karjakin?s title as the world?s youngest grandmaster slipping away after his unexpected draw with Semyonova, Karjakin?s father, Aleksandr, approached several players to whom his son had lost points and offered them money to replay their games. Firman said he was among those to receive an offer of cash for an arranged draw.

Malinin, who had points to spare, agreed to replay his game with Karjakin. He said he did so for free and therefore did not consider it cheating. The two replayed a game that normally would have taken up to six hours; in the replay, Malinin said, it was played ?in a blitz? ? a high-speed variant of chess. Karjakin won.

Minutes later, the newly crowned grandmaster ran into the tournament?s main hall, radiant and proud as ?a peacock,? according to Areshchenko, who was present>

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  fabelhaft: <Like Karjakin?s parents more than two decades ago, Mishra?s father, Hemant, had a lot at stake in seeing his son claim the title. He said he spent more than $270,000 on making his son the world?s youngest grandmaster, and he had been collecting donations online to make their chess dream come true. The small advantages that the money could buy ? in scheduling, in opposition, in timing ? began to add up as he closed in on his final norm.

Mishra, who described Karjakin as his idol, played in five so-called norm tournaments in Charlotte, N.C., in the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021 but did not achieve a single norm. With the deadline to beat Karjakin?s record bearing down, he and his father next traveled to Budapest, where Abhimanyu Mishra played eight tournaments in a row>

<Gabor Nagy, a Hungarian grandmaster, played against Mishra in six of the tournaments in Budapest. (In Charlotte, no grandmaster played in more than three tournaments.) In one match, they agreed on a draw after 13 moves, and in another, after only six. To chess experts, this was an indication that the matches were not seriously contested. But in playing them, Mishra accumulated a precious half-point toward his goal in a matter of minutes.

In another tournament, Mishra played three games in a day, his father said. FIDE rules, which seek to protect players from overexertion in the grueling sport, set a limit of two games a day. By the time Mishra had usurped Karjakin?s throne, he had played 70 games of chess in only 78 days.

?It begins to smell,? Bruce Pandolfini, an accomplished American coach, said of the effort to chase the youngest grandmaster title using those methods>

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  edbermac: <Albertan: Dark side of chess:when is a Grandmaster not so grand:

I believe you have to register for a free account at the New York Times website in order to read this article.>

You can read it here for free.

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