Arkadij Naiditsch

Arkadij Naiditsch (born October 25, 1985 in Riga ) is a German and Azerbaijani chess player who was awarded the title of grandmaster in April 2001.

In 1995 he won the European under-10 championship in Verdun .

Naiditsch was the clear winner of the Dortmund Sparkassen 2005 Tournament, ahead of higher-rated and well-known players such as Loek van Wely , Veselin Topalov , Peter Svidler , Vladimir Kramnik , Michael Adams , and Peter Leko . In 2007, he won the German national championship based in Bad Königshofen .

In 2011 he won the 15th International Neckar Open with a score of 8½ / 9. This achievement enabled him to cross the 2700 Elo rating mark. [1] In the same year Naiditsch played on the top board for the German team that won the gold medal at the European Chess Championship in Porto Carras .

Naiditsch won the Grandmaster Group B of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2013 in Wijk aan Zee on tiebreak over Richard Report after both finished on 9/13. [2] This victory qualified him for the Tata Steel Group A of 2014 (later renamed ‘Tata Steel Masters’). [3] In August 2014 he won with the black pieces against World Champion Magnus Carlsen , playing first board for the German team in the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø . The following month Naiditsch won the 2nd Grenke Chess Classic tournament in Baden-Baden . In December of the same year, He finished first in the 38th Zurich Christmas Open . [4]

In January 2015 he tied for 1st-5th with Alexander Donchenko , Eduardo Iturrizaga , Matthias Dann and Miloš Pavlović in the Masters section of the Basel Chess Festival, winning the tournament on best tiebreak score. [5] The First Challenge of the Magnus Carlsen in the 3rd Grenke Chess Classic in February 2015, finishing second after a five-game playoff blitz , which ended with an armageddon game. [6]

In July 2015 he switched to the Azerbaijani Chess Federation. [7] On December 30, 2015 Naiditsch won the second consecutive year of the Zurich Christmas Open. [8] Six days later, he also won the Basel Chess Festival for the second year in a row. [9]

In October 2014, Naiditsch married Israeli chess player WIM Yuliya Shvayger. [10]


  1. Jump up^ “Arkadij Naiditsch wins convincingly the 15th International Neckar Open” . Chessdom . Retrieved 27 April 2011 .
  2. Jump up^ “Tata R13: Karjakin, Wang score, Carlsen wins Wijk by 1½ points” . ChessBase. 2013-01-27 . Retrieved January 26, 2016 .
  3. Jump up^ “Tata Steel 2014 starts tomorrow” . ChessBase. 2014-01-09 . Retrieved January 26, 2016 .
  4. Jump up^ 38. Zürcher Weihnachtsopen
  5. Jump up^ “Arkadij Naiditsch wins another trophy in Switzerland” . Chessdom. 6 January 2015 . Retrieved 28 December 2015 .
  6. Jump up^ McGourty, Colin (2015-02-10). “GRENKE Classic: Carlsen wins Armageddon” . Chess24 . Retrieved 28 December 2015 .
  7. Jump up^ Player transfers in 2015FIDE. Retrieved 12 December 2015
  8. Jump up^ “Arkadij Naiditsch repeats success in Zurich Christmas Open” . Chessdom . Retrieved January 2, 2016 .
  9. Jump up^ “Arkadij Naiditsch Wins Basel Chess Festival 2016” . Chessdom . Retrieved January 5, 2016 .
  10. Jump up^ McGourty, Colin (2015-08-12). “Naiditsch:” I’m not afraid of anybody ” ” . Chess24 .

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