GM Ian Nepomniachtchi

Full name
Ian Nepomniachtchi
Born
Jul 14, 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth
Bryansk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Federation
Russia
Profiles

The Russian superstar Ian Nepomniachtchi is knocking on the door of the elite players in the world. Currently rated right inside of the top 30 players in the world, he has had great success in tournaments and did it in a fairly short amount of time. Having been born in the same year as elite super-GMs such as Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi unfortunately has yet to reach their caliber of play and rating. He is playing in a lot of tournaments though and hopes to soon be mentioned among them as a comparable player.

Ian Nepomniachtchi was born in Russia and learned to play chess at the age of 4. He quickly won many chess achievements and tournaments, becoming the European U10 champion in 2000, European U12 champion in 2001 and 2002 and World U12 champion in 2002. A few years after these youth accomplishments, Nepomniachtchi he became an International Master in 2004 then a Grandmaster in 2007. This preceded a period of time where he won a few big tournaments. This includes the World Youth Stars in 2007 and the Aeroflot Open in 2008. Since then he has placed well in many tournaments including three tournaments in one year: the 2010 European Individual Championship, Capablanca Memorial (where he broke through the 2700 rating barrier for the first time) and Russian Championship. Aside from his strength at the classical time controls, Nepomniachtchi is also a great rapid player, having great success in tournaments such as the 2008 Ordix Open, 2009 Chess Classic Mainz, 2013 FIDE World Rapid Championship and 2013 FIDE World Blitz Championship. Another note is that he is one of Magnus Carlsen’s seconds who helps him prepare for tournaments. He is a terrific player who has a little bit more to go before he is talked about being one of the very best in the world, currently being ranked right inside the top 30.

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Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Petrov's Defense (38) : C42 C43
Giuoco Piano Game (25) : C53 C50
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
Caro-Kann Defense (61) : B12 B11 B10 B13 B18
Scotch Game (60) : C45 C44
King's Indian Defense (8) : E61 E60 E63 E62
Reti Opening (13) : A06 A05 A04
Torre Attack (1) : A48
Italian Game (7) : C55
King's Indian Attack (20) : A07 A08
Ponziani Opening (10) : C44
Center Game Accepted (16) : C22
Philidor Defense (8) : C41
Trompowsky Attack (3) : A45
Nimzo-Indian Defense (16) : E34 E32 E42 E54 E53
Scandinavian Defense (9) : B01
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (2) : A40
Four Knights Game (3) : C48 C47
Van Geet Opening (1) : A00
Queen's Gambit Declined (11) : D31 D37 D35 D52 D41
Bishop's Opening (1) : C28
Pirc Defense (21) : B07 B08
Queen's Indian Defense (1) : E15
Hungarian Opening (2) : A00
Modern Defense (7) : B06
Queen's Gambit Accepted (1) : D20
Slav Defense (6) : D10
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (1) : A01
Alekhine Defense (2) : B04
Queen's Pawn Opening (3) : D25 D02 D03
Bird's Opening (2) : A03 A02
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (5) : B06
Gruenfeld Defense (4) : D90 D85 D83
Benoni Defense (1) : A56
Indian Game (6) : A45 A49 A46
Undefined (3) : A00
Dutch Defense (1) : A81
Semi-Slav Defense (5) : D45 D47
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (1) : B00
King's Pawn Opening (1) : B00
Black Pieces
King's Indian Defense (51) : E60 D70 E62 E64
Torre Attack (13) : A48 A46
Semi-Slav Defense (18) : D43 D44 D45 D47
Queen's Pawn Opening (13) : D02 A41
Queen's Gambit Declined (8) : D08 D07 D30 D37 D36
King's Pawn Opening (1) : B00
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (3) : B06
Pirc Defense (10) : B09 B07 B08
King's Indian Attack (3) : A07
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (6) : A40
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (3) : A01
Reti Opening (49) : A04 A05 A09
Indian Game (23) : A45 A48 A49
London System (13) : A48
Modern Defense (14) : B06 A42
Trompowsky Attack (7) : A45
Ruy Lopez Opening (3) : C77 C71 C67
Bird's Opening (3) : A03
Van Geet Opening (1) : A00
Hungarian Opening (2) : A00
Caro-Kann Defense (2) : B12 B10
Scandinavian Defense (4) : B01
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (29) : D78 D71 D73
Lion Defense (1) : B07
Bishop's Opening (1) : C23
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D70
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (5) : A57
Slav Defense (15) : D11
Benko Gambit Declined (3) : A57
Undefined (4) : A00
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (3) : A59 A58
Catalan Opening (1) : E09
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Petrov's Defense (1) : C42
Four Knights Game (1) : C49
Alekhine Defense (1) : B02

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