Born in Braysnk, Russia on July 14th 1990, Ian Nepomniachtchi is a Chess Grandmaster and one of the best Russian Chess players in the history of Chess.
Full name: Ian Alexandrovichi Nepomniachtchi
Born: July 14, 1990
Place of birth: Bryansk
The Super Grandmaster started playing Chess when aged four as he received guidance from his grandfather. Later Ian was coached by the Russian Grandmaster Sergey Yanovsky. He has been given tittle such as the grandmaster which he received in 2007. Ian’s ratings in chess are remarkable and the highest being 2792.
Ian performed from junior chess levels to world levels. and also has achieved a lot of awards as far as receiving gold awards. In 2016 he was ranked the 4th best player in chess. He became International Master (IM) when he was 13 years old.
Nepomniachtchi had his first open event success in 2003 January after he blitzed the field in the 17th Petrosian tournament Memorial, finishing first with 8/9, then joining participants being Viktor Kuznetsov and Anton Sitnikov.
In 2000 Nepomniachtchi begins his career by participating in the U10 European Champions’ which he won. He also participated in European U12 Champions’ in 2001 and 2002 by defeating his component, Magnus Carlsen. In 2003, he took part in the Russian U18 champions’ where he scored 7/10 points in an eleven-round contest.
He also participated in European U14 and later in world U14 Champions’ in 2003 the month of October where he scored 8.5/11 points which were half-points to the winner Sergei Zhigalko who was the cheerleader of the event maxime Lagrave. Still, at the tender age of 13th, he was able to win the Russian Champions’ U18 with 9/11 points which was few point ahead of his component in the year 2004.
When he was aged 15, he was alongside Maxime Lagrave and after Aleksandr Lenderman when they participated in world U16 Champions’ at Belfort in 2005 July.
In 2002, he took part in the Russian junior champions’ scoring 4/9 points in a field with a rating of over 2400 when he was 12 years. In 2004, he performed his first trial at Russian Champions, and he managed to score between 3-4 points out of the 9 points.
In 2007, Nepomniachtchi contested in continental champions’ at European Championship at just 16 years of age and managed to score 6.5/11 points and thus his second Grandmaster norm. Ian also participated in that event in 2008 where he scored 6/11 points in addition to winning the European Champions with 9/11 points.
In 2011, Ian took part in the European champions and he managed to score 7/11 points which qualified him to play in the world cup that year. He performed well in the world cup which enabled him to participate in the world cup of 2015.
In 2008 November, Nepomniachtchi contested the annual Russian Cup, a contest featuring two games between participants, with the winner progressing to the next round and the loser dropping out. Ian defeated Evgeny Romanov, Vadim Zyjaginsev, and Evgeny Romanov.
In September of 2010, Ian became the winner Russian Champions’ higher league. He also participated in the Russian Champions Superfinals where he qualified. He then proceeded to the Russian champions’ higher tournament in 2013 where he merged the winner with Peter Syidler.
In 2011, he took part in the world cup of 2011 along with Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez the grandmaster and Alexander Oriatz whom he defeated in the first 2 rounds. He then loses to grandmaster Gata Kamsky when they played the rapid game at the 3rd round after leveling the classical mini-match.
He was among those players of the World Cup of 2013 and he lose to grandmaster Wei Yi in round one. In the 2015 world cup, he was able to defeat Laurent Fressinet and Zhao Jun in the first two rounds. He gave in to Hikaru Nakamura after a long struggle.
Ian qualified to play in the world cup 2017 due to his ratings where he defeated his component Mladen Palec and lost to Baadur Jobava during their third round.
Nepomniachtchi was among the organizer’s nominees who participated in the Grand Mix 2017 series. In the event, FIDE Grand Prix of 2017 he managed to score 5/9 points half to the lead. In the same year, he took part in the Grand Prix Geneva where he managed to score 5.5/9 points which earned him 125 grand masterpoints placing him in the 9th position out of the 24 participants.
Nepomniachtchi received the first international master norm after scoring 6/9 points at Aeroflot open B tournament in 2003 February. Also, he received the 2nd IM norm in the Bled tournament with a score of 6/9 points in the same year. His third norm of IM was a result of participating in the Aeroflot Open on 2004 February 26th where he scored 4/6 points at the age of 13.
He won the first Grand Master norm by scoring 10/13 points at Corus Group C in the year 2007. He received the second GM norm after participating in the European Championship in the same year. With a score of 7/11 points in the word youth stars 2007, he received the gm 3rd norm. and his rating was above 2500 leading to achieving the GM title at 16 years old.
Nepomniachtchi played for the Russian Premier annually from the beginning of 2006. Of which he won team gold, in 2017 playing board four for Siberia Novosibirsk, three silvers in 2009, 2014, and 2016, and two bronzes in 2006 and 2007 for the team. Ian also won individual gold and silver twice in 2014 and 2016 and 2007 and 2010 respectively.
Ian also performed in European Club since 2006 apart from 2007, 2008, 2013, and 2016. He won two gold for the team and one individual. His experience in chess game has been since in the entire globe.
With a current FIDE classical rating of 2773, Ian is ranked #6 in the world. For more information on FIDE and ratings, see the step-by-step guide on how to get a FIDE rating. His games are studied immediately after the game ends by the top Chess engines and throughout the Chess community by players and fans.
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