Nikita Vitiugov is a 23 year old Russian Chess Grandmaster born in Saint Petersburg, Soviet Union, on 4th February, 1987.
In 2006, Vitiugov became a Grandmaster, and he came 2nd in the Youth World Championships in the same year. In 2009, he played in the World Chess Championship Russian team which won the gold medal in Bursa.
Vitiugov was the European Under 18 vice champion in 2005, the Under 18 Russian champion in 2005, the Russian Under 20 vice champion in 2006 and 2007, stood eleventh in the Russian Superfinal Championship in 2006, was the 4th in the Russian Superfinal, 2007, won the Higher League Russian Championship in 2007 on a tiebreak, stood 4th at Russian Superfinal in 2008, stood third in the Russian Championship Superfinals in 2009 just behind Grischuk and Svidler, lost in the 1st round at the World Chess Cup in 2007 but succeeded in making it to the 4th round in 2009 to the World Cup before he lost to Karjakin.
Vitiugov was in the top one hundred in 2008 October and he stands at world no. 24 with ratings of 2722 in July 2010.