Zahar Efimenko is a Ukrainian Chess Grandmaster with current Elo ratings over 2500 in FIDE.
Last Updated: July 13, 2022
Full Name: Zahar Efimenko
Title: Grandmaster (2002), International Master (2001)
Born: July 3, 1985
Place of birth: Makiivka, Ukraine
World ranking: 248
Zahar Efimenko is a grand master born on July 3, 1985, in Makiivka, Ukraine. He started his chess career at an early age. He first featured in the chess tournaments when he won the 1999 world chess championship in the youth category. He participated in the Under 14 division of the game when he was 14. He continued with his chess career competing in different international tournaments and the national championships. Zahar met Maria Tantsiura and later got married on April 25, 2015.
Zahar Efimenko began his victory in chess games in 1999 when he won the World chess championships, youth category when he was just about 14 years old. This tournament was held in Oropesa del mar city of, Spain. This allowed him to participate in the Chess Olympiad Under 16 section as part of the National Ukrainian youth team. He helped the national team to win the 1999 chess Olympiad for under 16, held in Artek, Ukraine. Zahar continued with positive progress in his chess career, winning many chess matches since then.
In 2001, Zahar won the Stork Young Master tournament in Hengelo, Netherlands. He also participated in the Gibraltar chess games held in 2005, where he tied different positions from 1st to 5th with Alexei Shirov, Levon Aronia, Emil Sutovsky, and Kiril Georgiev. The following year, Zahar was named the champion of the Ukraine chess championship after winning the tournament. This made him gain more popularity in his chess career as he was the top-ranked chess player in the country with a peak ranking of 34.
Zahar also participated in the Isle of Man of the 16th monarch Assurance, an international chess tournament held in 2007. In this tournament, he tied many positions from 1st to 6th with veteran chess players such as Yuri Yakovich, Vitali Gold, Mikhail Kobalia, Michael Roiz, and Mateusz Bartel. He was also featured in the 40th Bosna international chess games in Sarajevo in May 2010. In this tournament, Zahar tied in the 1st and 2nd positions with a veteran chess player called Victor Bologan.
In the same year, Zahar competed in the 39th edition of the Chess Olympiads, which was held in Khanty Mansiysk. He won a gold medal with the team and a silver medal at the individual level when playing the games on board. In 2013 he also featured in the Abu Dhabi Chess games festival, a master tournament that brought together famous chess players from different countries. Zahar tied first to fourth place in this tournament with prominent chess players, including Igor Kurnosov, Avertik Grigoryan, and Mikhailo Oleksienko. Zahar also competed in the 2015 Ukrainian chess championships, held in Lviv, and tied in first to third place with chess players Martyn Kravtsiv and Andrei Volokitin.
Zahar is a self-motivated chess player with outstanding achievements in the chess industry. He won his international master title in 2001 and a grand master title in 2002, which were awarded to him by FIDE. He also won the Under 14 division of the world chess championships in the youth category. He was also the winner of the Under 16 chess Olympiad competitions held in Artek in Ukraine in 1999. In addition, he becomes the champion in the 2006 Ukrainian national chess championship. He also achieved his highest peak rating of 2708 in March 2011. Zahar also won a gold medal with the Ukraine national team and a silver medal at the individual level when he played in the 39th Chess Olympiad in 2010.
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