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Emre Can
E Can 

Number of games in database: 1,059
Years covered: 1999 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2569 (2541 rapid, 2502 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605
Overall record: +391 -239 =367 (57.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 62 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (126) 
    B22 B40 B30 B51 B31
 Catalan (33) 
    E04 E06 E01 E09
 Queen's Gambit Declined (31) 
    D38 D30 D39 D37 D35
 Slav (31) 
    D12 D11 D15 D18 D10
 French Defense (31) 
    C05 C07 C03 C10 C11
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    E10 D02 A40 E00 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (172) 
    B90 B51 B32 B22 B50
 King's Indian (83) 
    E67 E62 E97 E81 E92
 Queen's Gambit Declined (38) 
    D38 D35 D37 D30 D31
 Queen's Pawn Game (35) 
    D02 A40 A45 D05 A46
 French Defense (33) 
    C18 C05 C02 C00 C15
 Sicilian Dragon (32) 
    B77 B76 B70 B78 B75
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Can vs N Sakr, 2010 1-0
   E Can vs D Lomsadze, 2010 1-0
   E Can vs S Mazur, 2021 1/2-1/2
   E Can vs Shulman, 2010 1-0
   E Can vs P Maghsoodloo, 2022 1-0
   E Can vs Y Bayram, 2011 1/2-1/2
   D Shailesh vs E Can, 2019 0-1
   E Can vs N Petrov, 2019 1-0
   I Sokolov vs E Can, 2017 0-1
   Vachier-Lagrave vs E Can, 2022 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dubai Open (2018)
   Turkiye Isbank Chess Super League (2023)
   Turkish Championship (2006)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Dubai Open (2019)
   Reykjavik Open (2023)
   European Championship (2015)
   Golden Sands (2012)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   European Championship (2014)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Gibraltar Masters (2020)
   European Championship (2023)
   Chennai Olympiad (2022)

   🏆 FIDE World Cup
   E Can vs So (Aug-04-23) 0-1, rapid
   So vs E Can (Aug-04-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   E Can vs So (Aug-03-23) 1/2-1/2
   So vs E Can (Aug-02-23) 1/2-1/2
   L Quesada Perez vs E Can (Aug-01-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Jan-21-1990, 33 years old) Turkey

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FM (2006); IM (2007); Grandmaster (2010); Turkish U14 (Co-)Champion (2003) (3); Turkish U16 Champion (2005); Turkish University Champion (2009); Turkish Champion (2011).


Emre Can was born in İzmir, Turkey and learned to play chess when he was seven. (1)

Master Norms

<International Master> The first two of Can's norms were won at the Dubna GM in 2006 in Russia and at the Petrovskaya Ladya GM also in 2006. His third norm came when he scored 5/11 at the European Championship (2007).

<Grandmaster> GM Can's three GM norms came at the Olomouc Chess Summer - GM A - Valoz Cup in August 2007, the Kahraman Olgac Memorial Tournament in July 2009 and at the World Team Chess Championship held in Bursa, Turkey, in 2010. (2)


Can's first international win was his outright first with 7/8 at the Vojvodina Children International that was staged in Novi Sad. This, and a strong 10/19 at the Dubna 2006 GM and an almost equally strong 5.5/10 at the Dubna 2006 GM combined to increase his rating by almost 100 points, the latter two adding two IM norms to his regime. In late 2007, he won the Olomouc Chess Summer - GM A - Valoz Cup tournament in the Czech Republic with 8/11, 1.5 points clear of the field. In 2009, he was =1st at the Kahraman Olgac Memorial in Turkey, gaining his 2nd GM norm. His greatest success so far has been winning Aeroflot Open 2012 B outright with 7.5/9 (+6 =3), a clear point ahead of 2nd place, and with a TPR of 2728. In July 2013, he was outright 2nd with 7.5/9 behind Ioannis Papaioannou at the 5th International open "Artemis Cup" 2013 - A' Group - staged in Greece. At the end of 2014, he was =1st at the Lisbon Christmas International Chess Open in Portugal with 7/9 alongside Bartosz Socko, Rui Miguel Damaso Pereira de Almeida, Kevin Spraggett and Vladimir Burmakin.


<Youth> Can competed in the European U12 Championship in 2002, and placed =3rd behind Ian Nepomniachtchi and Dmitry Andreikin respectively, and ahead of many other future notables including Magnus Carlsen. He was =1st at the Turkish U14 Championship in 2003, and may have won. (3) In 2005 he won the Turkish U16 Championship.

<University> He won the 2009 Turkish Universities Individual Chess Championship in Istanbul.

<National> Can first played in the Turkish Championship in 2002 when he was 12 years old, and has played in most of the national championships since then. He won the Turkish Championship in 2011.

<Continental> He first played in the European Individual Chess Championship in 2003 and then again in 2006, 2007 (when he gained his 3rd IM norm), 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014. He scored 7.5/11 to place =5th at the European Individual Championship (2015), thereby qualifying to compete in the World Cup 2015.

<World> Can qualified via his result at the EICC 2015 (see above) to compete in the World Cup (2015). There he lost his first round match to Peter Svidler by 1.5-0.5 to be eliminated from the event.

Team Events (4)

<National Representative> Can first represented Turkey playing board 4 for its "B" team at the European U18 Team Championship in 2002; his team came in at 13th place. He next represented Turkey at the World U16 Olympiad in 2003. Playing board 4, he helped his team to 7th place. In later years, he played for Turkey at the Olympiads of 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, at the World Team Championships of 2010 (where he won his 3rd GM norm) and 2013, and at the European Team Championship of 2011.

<Summit> In September 2011, he was a member of the Turkish team that played Iran in the Turkey-Iran Friendship Chess Match in Ankara, the event being won by Iran.

<Continental League> In the European Club Cup, Can played for Turkey's Eczacıbaşı club in 2004 and for his country's Türk Hava Yolları club in 2007.

<City Team> He also played board 2 for Istanbul city at the 1st World Cities Team Championship (2012) staged in Al-Ain.

<National League> Can has played in the Turkish League since 2002.

Rating History

His peak rating was 2605 in 2017/18.

Sources and References

<Sources> (1) Wikipedia article: Emre Can (chess player); (2); (3) - clarificiation about the final placing of the top 2 was not found on the English language internet; (4)

<Reference: photo> Can's photo can be seen at

Last updated: 2021-04-12 11:59:42

 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,059  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Can vs I Popov  0-1331999EU-ch U10D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. D Sichinava vs E Can  1-0461999EU-ch U10B32 Sicilian
3. A Samsonkin vs E Can  1-0261999EU-ch U10B32 Sicilian
4. E Can vs Furkat Rakhimov  1-0321999Wch U10B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
5. K Sirotine vs E Can  1-0301999Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
6. M Rodshtein vs E Can  1-0281999Wch U10E91 King's Indian
7. E Can vs K Szabo  0-1261999Wch U10B06 Robatsch
8. E Can vs D Recuero Guerra  1-0422000Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
9. A Pena vs E Can  1-0332000Wch U10B32 Sicilian
10. E Can vs Josef Thomas  1-0412000Wch U10C47 Four Knights
11. A Utegaliyev vs E Can  ½-½272000Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
12. E Can vs A Volodin  1-0232000Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
13. E Can vs P Wang  1-0232000Wch U10C05 French, Tarrasch
14. M Kravtsiv vs E Can  1-0222000Wch U10B32 Sicilian
15. M Narmontas vs E Can  1-0622000Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
16. E Can vs P Kokol  1-0602001EYCC B12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
17. E Krivoborodov vs E Can 1-0362001EYCC B12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. T Papp vs E Can  ½-½352001EYCC B12B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
19. E Can vs P Potapov  1-0402001EYCC B12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
20. M Bobula vs E Can  1-0412001EYCC B12E10 Queen's Pawn Game
21. E Can vs N Kekatos  0-1382001EYCC B12C47 Four Knights
22. E Can vs T Banusz  0-1312001World Championship U12B10 Caro-Kann
23. M Grunberg vs E Can  1-0352002Antalya opA13 English
24. E Can vs A H Sahin  1-0302002Antalya opC05 French, Tarrasch
25. Elcin Esedov vs E Can  1-0472002Antalya opD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,059  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-05-08  Whitehat1963: Is he Ameri-can?
May-06-08  hitman84: Nope. He just has an American sounding name.
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Yes, He Can!
May-06-08  ahmadov: <hitman84: Nope. He just has an American sounding name.> He is definitely a Turk with his name and surname.

Interestingly, many Turkish names can be used for puns... I never thought anyone would read this as "can" as an English word, instead of "jan" as Turkish... :-)

May-06-08  hitman84: <ahmadov>Yes I got know he is a turk. I know a player called Emre who plays football for Turkey.

The captain of the Turkish football team has a nice name for puns. :)

Another pun of a footballer E-Lan ManSiege

May-06-08  hitman84: Here is something for Blackburn Rovers fans..

Kerimoglu toogay

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: < I never thought anyone would read this as "can" as an English word, instead of "jan" as Turkish...> The beautiful thing about English language is that when you write something it's up to you how you pronounce it. That makes plenty of room for pronounciation-based puns which are impossible in other languages.
May-07-08  ahmadov: <hitman84><The captain of the Turkish football team has a nice name for puns. :)> Do you mean Hakan Sukur?

Jan-06-10  ILikeFruits: who can...
e can...
Jan-06-10  sulotas: <ahmadov> I guess <hitman> refers to Emre Belezoglu, the current captain of Turkish national team, who played for Inter Milan and Newcastle United for some many years. 'Can' (pronounced as "dzan") means 'life' in Turkish. By the way, Hakan Sukur is retired in 2008.
Jan-08-10  swordfish: Nice victory over Yuri Shulman in the World Teams.
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Today he lost against a 1736. Missed mate in 1.

BTW the bio is wrong. He is a GM now.

Sep-21-10  frogbert: so, emre can blunder mate in one.
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: BTW when you search "can", you get "no player found".
Feb-15-12  Jason Frost: Just won Aeroflot B, with a commanding 7.5/9 and 2728 performance.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congratz to Can for winning the Aeroflot 2012 (Group B). May not receive as much attention, but still an interesting tournament.
Feb-20-13  BIDMONFA: Emre Can

CAN, Emre

Jul-03-13  MoonlitKnight: Emre Can is also the name of a German-Turkish footballer who already played for Bayern Munich's first team at the age of 19.
Jan-21-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Emre Can.
May-01-17  Whitehat1963: Our president's favorite Turkish chess player?
May-08-17  th3doctor: quite the footballer too ;)
Sep-10-22  Cibator: If the initial "C" in his name had a wee squiggle (called a cedilla) under it*, then that would alter the pronunciation to "Chan".

* But it doesn't - I've looked it up.

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