Bogdan-Daniel Deac is a Chess Grandmaster from Romania with Elo ratings exceeding 2500 from FIDE, making him one of the best Romanian chess players of all time.
Full Name: Bogdan-Daniel Deac
Title: Grandmaster (2016)
International Master (2014)
FIDE Master (2014)
Place of birth: Ramnicu Valcea Romania
Born: October 8, 2001
World ranking: 39
Bogdan-Daniel Deac was born on October 8th, 2001 in Ramnicu Valcea, Romania. Deac began being a chess enthusiast at the age of seven and shortly after Bogdan-Daniel Deac became Romanian youngest chess grandmaster in history. Deac was accorded the GM title at the age of 14 years and some months, ranking him on the record of the youngest GM of all time. During the Tradewise Gibraltar Championship in 2017, the young Grandmaster completed the tournament in the best 25 of the Grandmasters, 250-competitors open tournament. Deac is the 5th-top rated young player in the globe and the 2nd highest ranked sportsman altogether in Romania as of April 2021. Deac is presently authorized as a trainer at two teams namely; Chess Club Râmnicu Valcea where he received coaching from his trainer Ioan Varlan and Sports club- Ploiesti University.
Bogdan-Daniel Deac’s chess career path all began at the young age of 12 years when he clinched the title of International Master in 2014, thus making him the globe’s youngest International Master. Tracing back to 2014, Deac was accorded the title of FIDE Master after attaining the compulsory rating of 2300 which guaranteed qualification.
Becoming an International Master
Due to his exemplary results in the 2014 Gibraltar Masters, Deac was awarded his first International Master norm. Soon afterward, earning the 2nd International Masters norm in the 2014 Romanian Tournament after scoring 7.5 points out of 11. Then earning the 3rd International Masters norm in the 29th Swarzach Open in Austria after garnering outstanding results.
Since Deac had initially attained an official rating of 2400 as of July 2014, his International Master title became effective on August 23rd, 2014 during the 9th Swarzacher Open last round, where he earned his final International Master norm by competing against Grandmaster Vitaly Kunin.
Becoming a Grandmaster
Two years later, in June 2016, Deac earned the title of Grandmaster when he was just 14 years old, becoming one of the youngest grandmasters in the world. He was awarded the Grandmaster title after earning his 3rd grandmaster norm at the 2016 Zalakaros Open in June.
Before then, Deac had emerged the victor in his first and second grandmaster norm at the 2015 Zalakaros Open and the 2016 Graz Open respectively. In January 2016, Deac’s peak rating was at 2500.
In the 2014 World youth team chess Olympiad, Deac attained a score of 6.5 points out of 10 while representing his team on the top board.
One year later, Deac won the Romgaz Kings Championship defeating the professional player Daniel Friedman from Germany. At the 2016 International Chess Olympics held in Baku, Azerbaijan, Deac competed for the Romanian national team on the third board completing the event with an incredible performance score of 7 points out of 10. He was trounced while playing with Black pieces at the great Georgian Masters Levan Pantsulaia. When 2018 came knocking, Deac had the opportunity to compete at the European Individual Chess Tournament in March 2018 finishing 9th with a score of 6 points out of 11.
During the summer of 2021, Deac took part in the 2021 World Cup held in Sochi Russia but was knocked out of the competition in the fourth round by Grigoriv Oparin. In addition, Deac became a participant in the 2021 FIDE Grand Swiss where he tied for 4th to 16th place with 13 other competitors with a score of 7 points out of 11. He completed the tournament unbeaten. Deac achieved 5 points out of 8 in the 2021 European Team Tournament with wins over Michael Adams, Alexander Donchenko, and Ivan Saric, losing only to Alexey Shirov.
- Undefeated in the 2021 FIDE Grand Swiss
- Clinched the Romgaz Kings Championship in 2015
- Baku Olympiad – 2016
- European Individual Championship – 2022
Notable tournaments he competed in include;
- European Championship – 2021 (Reykjavik, Iceland)
- European Team Championship- 2019 (Batumi, Georgia)
- Lindores Abbey Tal Mem – 2021 (Riga, Latvia)
- FIDE Grand Swiss- 2021 (Riga, Latvia)
- Gibraltar Masters – 2020 (Europa Point Sports Complex)
- Masters of Gibraltar- 2017 (Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar)
- World Junior Championship- 2014 (Pune, INDIA)
- Batumi Olympiad- 2018 (Batumi, Georgia)
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