GM Nikita Vitiugov

Full name
Nikita Vitiugov
Born
Feb 4, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR (now Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Federation
Russia
Profiles

One of Russia’s rising young stars, Nikita Vitiugov has recently cracked the top 20 of chess player rankings and isn’t looking back. From a young age, it was already apparent that he was going to be a star. He won multiple age category championships before being awarded his Grandmaster title and has continued to play well in many tournaments since then. With a tactical style of play, Vitiugov is sure to be a player to keep on the watch for.

Nikita Vitiugov was born in Russia and had a lot of success at a young age. He tied for first in the U18 European Championship in 2005, won the U18 Russian Championship in 2005, and tied for first in the U20 Russian Championship in 2006 and 2007. These tournaments led up to him becoming a titled player when he became an International Master in 2006 and a Grandmaster in 2007. After being awarded the title of Grandmaster, Vitiugov cracked the top 100 ranking and became an elite player. He continued his winning ways, coming in second place at the Aeroflot Open in 2011, tying for first place at the Russian Chess Championship Higher League in 2012 and won the Tradewise Gibraltar in 2013. Now that he is among the top 20 players in the world, we know he will not stop until he has reached the absolute top of the chess world.

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Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Italian Game (2) : C55
Petrov's Defense (1) : C43
Queen's Gambit Accepted (16) : D25 D27 D26 D20 D21 D22 D24
Scotch Game (1) : C45
Caro-Kann Defense (12) : B12 B10 B13 B16
King's Indian Attack (13) : A07
Queen's Pawn Opening (24) : D00 A40 D02 A41
Trompowsky Attack (55) : A45
Catalan Opening (10) : E05 E06 E01 E00
Bogo-Indian Defense (12) : E11
Queen's Indian Defense (36) : E16 E15 E18 E17 E12
Dutch Defense (6) : A80 A84
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Semi-Slav Defense (27) : D43 D45 D44 D47 D48 D46
Pirc Defense (7) : B08 B07
Blumenfeld Countergambit (2) : E10
Old Indian Defense (6) : A53 A54
Modern Defense (12) : B06 A42 A41
Bishop's Opening (2) : C24
Reti Opening (9) : A04 A05
Budapest Defense (2) : A52
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (5) : A01
Giuoco Piano Game (2) : C53
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D70
Torre Attack (3) : A48
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (2) : D44
Undefined (2) : A00
Tarrasch Defense (2) : D34
Van Geet Opening (1) : A00
Colle System (1) : D05
Benoni Defense (7) : A67 A56 A61 A70
Old Benoni Defense (3) : A43
Nimzowitsch Defense (1) : B00
Scandinavian Defense (2) : B01
Philidor Defense (3) : C41
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (2) : A57
Blumenfeld Countergambit Accepted (1) : E10
Alekhine Defense (1) : B04
Black Pieces
King's Indian Attack (26) : A07
Giuoco Piano Game (4) : C50 C54
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (1) : A01
Reti Opening (13) : A06 A04 A05 A09
Semi-Slav Defense (35) : D43 D45 D44 D48 D49
Catalan Opening (25) : E01 E00
Caro-Kann Defense (23) : B12 B11 B18 B19 B13 B15
Bogo-Indian Defense (24) : E11
Pirc Defense (2) : B07 B08
Old Indian Defense (1) : A53
Queen's Pawn Opening (18) : D02 D00 D03 A40
Four Knights Game (1) : C47
Queen's Indian Defense (7) : E17 E18 E15 E12
Modern Defense (5) : B06
Dutch Defense (2) : A81 A80
Colle System (4) : D04
King's Indian Defense (2) : E60 E81
Hungarian Opening (2) : A00
Trompowsky Attack (2) : A45
Alekhine Defense (3) : B04 B03
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A56
Scotch Game (1) : C45
Undefined (1) : A00
Queen's Gambit Accepted (4) : D22 D20 D25
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Benoni Defense (4) : A56 A57
Italian Game (1) : C55
Petrov's Defense (1) : C42
Torre Attack (2) : A46 A48
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (2) : A40
Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D94
Polish Opening (1) : A00
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D33

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