Sergey Karjakin is a Chess Grandmaster from Russia with Elo ratings exceeding 2600 from FIDE, making him one of the best Russian chess players of all time.
Last Updated: August 28, 2022
Sergey Karjakin was also up until recently, the youngest chess player ever in the history of chess to receive the Grandmaster title from FIDE. The world’s youngest Grandmaster is now Abhimanyu Mishra, who recently broke Sergey’s record of 12 years and 10 months.
Full Name: Sergey Karjakin
Title: Grandmaster (2003)
International Master (2002)
Place of birth: Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Born: January 12, 1990
World ranking: 16
Peak rating: 2788 (July 2011)
Sergey Karjakin is a Russian chess Grandmaster, born on January 12, 1990, in Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. Karjakin was awarded the title of Grandmaster in 2003, and the title of International Master in 2002. As of August 2022, Karjakin’s FIDE rating was 2747 while his Peak rating was 2788 as of July 2011. He was named the globe’s youngest Grandmaster, and his name appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Sergey Karjakin is regarded as a chess master in both Ukraine and Russia. He is also regarded as an Olympic victor. In 2015, he achieved victory at the World Chess Championship. Furthermore, the young Grandmaster is involved in social and political matters. He came up with the idea of constructing a chess training center where several enthusiast individuals could improve their skills.
Karjakin began playing chess at the age of five. While aged 11 years and 11 months, Karjakin attended the A.V. Momot Club in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, and was trained by Vladislav Borovikov, acquiring the title of an International Master. Karjakin attained victory in both the Under-10 European Tournament and the Under-12 World Championship in 1999 and 2001 respectively. Karjakin also shared first place in the Under-14 European Tournament in 2001 with Borki Predojevi and Rauf Mamedov, acquiring silver in a deciding set. Karjakin was the approved 2nd for compatriots Ukrainian Ruslan Ponomariov in the FIDE World tournament final in January 2002, even though he had only attained 12 years of age at the period.
In addition, Karjakin made his debut in the Wijk aan Zee Corus A tournament in 2006, achieving 7 points in 13 games. In that year, he competed in the NH Chess Championship held in Amsterdam, a game involving two squads, “Rising Stars” Karjakin, Magnus Carlsen, Wang Hao, Daniel Stellwagen, and Jan Smeets, and “Experience” Alexander Beliavsky, Artur Yusupov, John Nunn, and Ulf Andersson. The latter earned the victory by a score of 28-22.
Moreover, Karjakin played and attained the play-offs of the 2007 Chess World Cup, which acted as a knockout competition for the 2010 World Chess Tournament against Alexei Shirov. With a current rating of 2732 and 13th place in the World ranking. Karjakin defeated Grandmaster Nigel Short in a rapid chess match of 7.5 to 2.5 points in July 2008. With an achievement of 8 points in 13 games, Karjakin claimed his 1st professional championship in group A of the 19th edition of the Corus chess championship in Wijk aan Zee in February 2009.
He emerged victorious in the ACP World Rapid Cup played from May 27th to 29th, 2010, trouncing Dmitry Jakovenko in the ultimate match 4-3. He attained victory in the 2015 Chess World Cup advancing him to the 2016 Candidates Tournament to be held in Moscow. The following year in March, Karjakin triumphed in the 2016 Candidates Tournament finishing with a score of 8.5 points out of 14 games.
Between March 31st and April 9th, he participated in the 2019 Shamkir Chess finishing second with a score of 5/9 points. The following year, Karjakin played in the 73rd Russian Chess Tournament placing 2nd with a score of 7 points out of 11 games.
Furthermore, in 2021, he competes in the 2021 Chess World Cup placing 3rd in the finals and the 2021 FIDE Rapid Tournament, coming 11th overall with 9/13 points on deciding set. In 2022, Karjakin participated in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament finishing 4th place with an outcome of 7/13 points.
- Won at the Under-10 European Chess Tournament in 1999 and the Under-12 Chess Tournament the following year.
- He received his International Master title at the age of 11 and the title of Grandmaster in 2003.
- In 2004, played for Ukraine at the Chess Olympiad, bagging both team and individual gold.
- Victorious at the Corus chess tournament in 2009.
- He has since competed for Russia in the Chess Olympiad on five occasions, gaining individual gold in 2010.
- In 2013 and 2019, he claimed team gold with Russia at the World Team Chess Championship.
- Karjakin won the 2012 World Rapid Chess Tournament, as well as the 2013 & 2014 Norway Chess tournament
- He finished 2nd in the 2014 Candidates Tournament.
- He won at the 2015 Chess World Cup, advancing to the 2016 Candidates Tournament which he also won.
- Karjakin won the World Blitz Chess Tournament in 2016.
- He finished third in the 2018 Candidates tournament and advanced to the 2022 Candidates Tournament by placing 2nd in the 2021 Chess World Cup.
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