Welcome to the Chess player profile of Anish Giri. Anish Giri is a Dutch Grandmaster with a current classical FIDE rating of 2761, making him one of the few players on the list of Chess Super Grandmasters. For more information on FIDE ratings, see the step-by-step guide on how to get a FIDE rating.
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Full name: Anish Kumar Giri
Title: Grandmaster (2009)
Born: June 28th, 1994
Place of birth: Saint Petersburg, Russia
World ranking: Active
Classical (std): 2761
Anish was born in Saint Petersburg in Russia on June 28th, 1994. He’s currently 27 years old and will be celebrating his birthday in June 2022. His mother is a Russian named Olga Giri, and his father is a Nepali named Sanjay Giri. In 2002, they both moved out of Russia and went to settle in Sapporo, Japan. They stayed there from 2002 up to 2008. They later went to settle in the Dutch town of Rijswijk. His father, Sanjay, worked in a research and consultancy foundation. Anish graduated from Grotius College and high school situated in Delft. And his favorite subjects were Physics and mathematics, and he also had a passion for Geography, Biology, and History.
Anish is conversant with several languages such as; English, Russian, Dutch, Nepali, Japanese, and Germany. On July 28th, 2015, he got married to a fellow chess player and an international master named Sopiko Guramishvili. They are blessed with two sons. He annotated several top games for the famous chess site by the name Chess Base. He is a blogger and has written several articles concerning chess games and also and also an analysis concerning his games.
Examples of the articles he has written are the ‘Schacht Magazine 64, New in Chess, 64. He was a former columnist for the ‘Chess Vibes Training.’ He also came up with two chessable courses that featured French Defense and Sicilian Najdorf openings, which later now led to some banter with other GMs. He published his first book in 2014, titled ‘My Junior Year in 20 Games. Apart from being a writer and a chess player, he is also a YouTuber, and for that, he has a YouTube channel featuring over 163,000 followers. Apart from YouTube, Anish is also active on Instagram and Twitter. He also likes to play tennis and football.
His mother, Olga, introduced him to chess playing when he was six years old. By the time he attained the age of 11, he had already been rated above 2100, which gave him the strength to forge ahead. His trainers in the first local club named DYUSH-2 were Andrei Praslov and Asya Kovalyova. When he was staying in Japan with his dearly parents, he was appointed as a member of the Japan Chess Association; this gave him a chance to participate in any opportunities. In 2014, he managed to win the Sapporo Chess Championship in Japan.
As a junior chess player, he developed his chess gaming step by step, and this increased his ratings rapidly in the sense that in the years between 2006 April and July 2010, his ratings flowed from 2114 to 2672. From 2009 to 2012, he was assigned to work as a trainer in Vladimir Churchelov. While in 2017, he resumed the collaboration. From 2013 to 2016, he had an opportunity to work with Vladimir Tukmakov.
Anish is a solid and conservative player, and many have found it very difficult to beat him in chess games; this has earned him many achievements. During the year 2007-2008, he played chess in a higher league among 14 champion players, and within 16 seconds of game, he had already scored. However, he came in the 3rd position in 2007 after 18 seconds of gaming. In April 2008, he achieved the first grandmaster under Intomart GfK, where he scored 7 /9. Later in the same year, he achieved a second grandmaster at Groningen when he became 4th after scoring 6.5/9.
In 2009, he appeared in a major tournament where he became position two at Corus Chess Group. In the same year, he also shared the second position, and this time round, he won the Dutch championship held for Unive Tournament. In 2010 the Corus Chess Group held another tournament, and he won by scoring 9/13; this was like a defeat to him, but he didn’t give up. He participated in another match against Nigel Short and scored 4.5/5, which landed him in position 2.
Anand was also was assigned to help Viswanathan Anand who was preparing for the World Chess Championship in 2010, and Anand was to play against Veselin Topalov. Anand managed to win the match through his effort and scored 6.5, and his competitor scored 5.5.
Again, 2011 shined for him, after he participated in a Tata Steel tournament in 2011, he scored 6.5/13, and he was declared the winner by his opponent Magnus Carlsen. In the same year, he won for the second time Dutch championship. Later between 2012 and 2013, he won in the Region Emilia Chess Tournament and claimed the Dutch champion for the 3rd time.
During 2014 – 2015 he played in the Tata Steel tournament, and became position two, and was awarded bronze for his performance. In 2015 in a live FIDE rating, he crossed the 2088 mark and defeated Peter Svidler at FIDE Grand Prix held in Tbilisi but failed to maintain the ranking level to enable him to appear in officials’ ratings.
Further, in 2016 he qualified for the first time in a tournament against candidates 2016 in Moscow; he drew in all 14 games. This year, he was being sponsored by Optiver – a proprietary trading firm. In 2017 he won the European Club Cup where he earned 15000 euros for appearing in Grand Chess Tour. In July 2018, he played in the 46th Dortmund Sparkassen, winning in the 2nd position.
In 2019, Giri qualified for a Candidates tournament, and it ranked him as the highest FIDE in 2020, and he was rated as the highest for 12 months; this was from January to December, and he led Maxime Vachier-Lagrave by six points.
The coronavirus in 2020 – 2022 had him play minimally. Before corona, he was playing for a candidate’s tournament, but it was later suspended. On June 14th, 2020, he took part in MrDodgy Invitational, and he won in the first position against Grandmaster David Navara, scoring seven while Nevara scored 2. Another tournament was the 83rd Tata Steel Masters held in January; he came in the first position, scoring 8/13.
In 2021, Giri won in the Magnus Carlsen Invitational tournament, and he defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi after the two had tied. He got defeated in the Chess World Cup of 2021 but rose again in September 2021 where he won in Tolstoy Cup Tournament. From February to March, he played for FIDE Grand Prix 2022 and won 4/6. He is still positive about gaining more wins and becoming the most powerful chess player globally.
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