GM Dmitry Jakovenko

Full name
Dmitry Jakovenko
Jun 29, 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth
Nizhnevartovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

One of the best players in Russia and one of the elite players in the world, Grandmaster Dmitry Jakovenko has scaled the chess mountain all the way to the top. His Karpov-like positional style and penchant for the endgame have helped him to win many tournaments and rise to the top of the rating charts. Once he finished his university studies and made the decision to become a professional, he has never regretted his decision and never looked back.

Dmitry Jakovenko was born in Russia and learned how to play chess at the age of 3. He was already playing against adults in tournaments when he was 5 years old. He became an International Master in 1997 at the age of 14 and a Grandmaster in 2001 at the age of 18. He received coaching at a young age from Garry Kasparov’s former trainer, Alexander Nikitin. Jakovenko made the decision to become a professional chess player in 2004 after finishing his university studies and quickly had a lot of success. He broke into the world’s top 100 in 2005. He tied for first at the 2006 Russian Championship, got second place at Pamplona in 2006, at the 2007 Corus B Group and at the Aeroflot Open and won first place at Poikovsky, all in the same year. He surpassed the 2700 rating in 2007 and reached his peak rating of 2760 in 2009 when he became the 5th ranked player in the world and highest rated Russian player, ahead of Vladimir Kramnik. Since then he has continued to be one of the strongest players in the world, rated within the top 20, while improving his game every step of the way. He has a strong positional playing style that is similar to Anatoly Karpov and Jakovenko says that the endgame is his strongest part of his game.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Petrov's Defense (28) : C42 C43
Reti Opening (17) : A04 A05
Queen's Gambit Accepted (16) : D20 D27 D21 D22
Queen's Pawn Opening (15) : D02 A40 A41
Queen's Indian Defense (20) : E12 E15 E17
Catalan Opening (6) : E00 E05 E01
Benoni Defense (7) : A65 A60 A61 A67 A70
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32
Italian Game (1) : C55
Semi-Slav Defense (26) : D45 D47 D43 D44
King's Indian Attack (9) : A07 A08
Pirc Defense (11) : B07 B08 B09
Giuoco Piano Game (7) : C50 C53
Scandinavian Defense (3) : B01
Indian Game (7) : A46 E10
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (2) : A40
Old Indian Defense (3) : A53
Dutch Defense (6) : A84 A90 A88
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58
Bogo-Indian Defense (11) : E11
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (4) : D71 D79 D78
Modern Defense (9) : A42 B06 B07
Scotch Game (2) : C45
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Undefined (1) : A00
Alekhine Defense (3) : B04 B02
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (1) : D44
Black Pieces
Queen's Indian Defense (43) : E15 E12 E14 E16 E18
Queen's Pawn Opening (11) : D02 D00
Reti Opening (10) : A06 A04 A05 A09
Scotch Game (26) : C45 C44
Giuoco Piano Game (27) : C53 C50 C52
Indian Game (22) : E10 A46 A45
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C44
King's Indian Attack (27) : A07
Gruenfeld Defense (6) : D93 D90 D85 D80 D84
Torre Attack (2) : A46
Four Knights Game (16) : C48 C49 C47
Trompowsky Attack (5) : A45
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C32
Van't Kruijs Opening (1) : A00
Semi-Slav Defense (40) : D47 D43 D44 D45
Bishop's Opening (3) : C28
Vienna Game (4) : C26 C25
Caro-Kann Defense (9) : B12 B10 B13 B19
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (3) : A01
King's Gambit Accepted (4) : C36 C34
Bird's Opening (1) : A03
Hungarian Opening (4) : A00
Colle System (1) : D04
Grob Opening (1) : A00
Bogo-Indian Defense (3) : E11
King's Indian Defense (5) : E60 E61 E97
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (2) : D44
Ponziani Opening (2) : C44
Undefined (1) : A00
French Defense (1) : C01
Petrov's Defense (8) : C42 C43
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32