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Name: Dmitry Jakovenko
Place of birth: Omsik
Date of birth: 28th June 1983
ELO Rating: 2742
Dmitry Jakovenko is a former under-18 world chess champion. Currently he is a top 20 player in the world. His best Elo rating is 2760.
The Sicilian Defense, Ruy Lopez, Ruy Lopez closed, Slav Defense, French defense, and the Nimzo Indian are some of his favorite Chess openings. The Chess philosophy of Jakovenko is logical as well as positional.
He made it to the top ten ranking list once for the first time, in 2007. Apart from prowess in chess, he is a science and mathematics scholar.
Jakovenko learned the basics of chess from his father a Russian candidate master. He later got training from famous coach Alexander Nikitin.
At the age of seven, Jakovenko made it to the first category in Russian chess fraternity. In 1993, he became Russian Under-10 champion.
In 1997, Jakovenko became International Master, when he was only 14 years old. He finished runner-up at the 1999 World Under-16 Chess championship. He became Under-18 World champion, in 2001.He went on to win Valle d’Aosta Open later in that year.
Jakovenko turned a professional player in 2004. In 2006, Jakovenko finished runner-up at the 59th Russian Chess Championship after losing to Evgeny Alekseev in rapid playoffs, following a tie in the super final.
In 2007, Jakovenko finished runner-up at Pamplona tournament, Aeroflot open tournament and Corus B group tournament. Later in that year, he won the Poikovsky Karpov tournament.
At the 2007 Chess World cup, he made it to the semi-final. In that impressive run, he defeated Levon Aronian, the 2005 world cup winner. However, he lost to Alexei Shirov and made exit from the tournament.
He also became one of the best Russian Chess players after surpassing Vladimir Kramnik in the FIDE rankings in July 2009.