GM Ruslan Ponomariov

Full name
Ruslan Ponomariov
Born
Oct 11, 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth
Horlivka, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Federation
Ukraine
Profiles

Ruslan Ponomariov was the quickest rising chess prodigy in history. Breaking the record at the time by becoming a Grandmaster at the young age of 14, his records didn’t stop there. When he was only 18 years old, he became the youngest World Champion in history, defeating Vassily Ivanchuk in the process. Since then, he has continued to be an elite-caliber player who has racked up the tournament victories over the years.

Ruslan Ponomariov was born in Ukraine. When he was 10 years old he came in third place in the World Under-12 Championship. He followed this up with winning the European Under-18 Championship when he was only 12 years old and then won the World Under-18 Championship the next year. At the time he was awarded the Grandmaster title in 1998 at the age of 14, he also broke the record for the youngest Grandmaster. Ponomariov has the distinguishment of also being the youngest World Champion in history. He accomplished this when he beat Vassily Ivanchuk in the 2002 World Chess Championship. Ponomariov was only 18(!) years old when he did this. He held on to this title until Rustam Kasimdzhanov won the World Championship in 2004. In the years since losing his world championship title, Ponomariov has continued to be a strong force in chess, winning multiple tournaments each year.

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White Pieces
Bishop's Opening (4) : C24 C28 C23
Petrov's Defense (28) : C42 C43
Queen's Pawn Opening (14) : D02 A40 D00 A41
Giuoco Piano Game (23) : C50 C53 C51
Pirc Defense (9) : B07 B09
Italian Game (3) : C55 C59
Alekhine Defense (5) : B05 B04
Queen's Indian Defense (27) : E15 E17 E16 E14 E12
Scandinavian Defense (8) : B01
Vienna Game (3) : C25 C29
Queen's Gambit Accepted (8) : D20 D27
Semi-Slav Defense (17) : D44 D43 D45
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58
Four Knights Game (9) : C46 C48 C49
King's Gambit Accepted (2) : C37
Bogo-Indian Defense (7) : E11
Hungarian Opening (2) : A00
Modern Defense (8) : B06 A42
Catalan Opening (19) : E01 E00 E04 E05
Reti Opening (9) : A04 A05 A09 A06
King's Indian Attack (9) : A07 A08
Scotch Game (14) : C45
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Dutch Defense (6) : A80 A88
Colle System (2) : D04
Blumenfeld Countergambit (1) : E10
Benoni Defense (4) : A77 A61 A60 A56
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (2) : A57
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D71
Old Indian Defense (1) : A53
Undefined (1) : A00
Torre Attack (2) : A48
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (1) : A01
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (1) : D44
Nimzowitsch Defense (1) : B00
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Lion Defense (1) : B07
Black Pieces
Queen's Pawn Opening (30) : D02 A41 A40 D00 D03 A43
Queen's Gambit Accepted (59) : D25 D20 D22 D27 D21 D23 D24
Giuoco Piano Game (8) : C50 C53 C51
Four Knights Game (11) : C48 C49 C46 C47
Benoni Defense (2) : A56 A65
Indian Game (19) : E10 A45 A46 A50
Pirc Defense (51) : B07 B08 B09
Italian Game (9) : C59 C55 C56
Semi-Slav Defense (16) : D43 D45 D44 D47
Trompowsky Attack (8) : A45
Scotch Game (15) : C45
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (5) : A58
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (5) : A01
Catalan Opening (29) : E00 E01 E05
Queen's Indian Defense (25) : E17 E15 E12 E18 E14
Reti Opening (19) : A04 A05 A09 A06
Vienna Game (2) : C26
King's Indian Attack (14) : A07
Hungarian Opening (3) : A00
Torre Attack (2) : A46
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C44
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Modern Defense (11) : B06 A42
Dutch Defense (16) : A81 A85 A86 A80 A90
Petrov's Defense (11) : C42 C43
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (2) : B06
Old Indian Defense (1) : A53
Bogo-Indian Defense (1) : E11
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (4) : D79 D71 D73
Lion Defense (1) : B07
Undefined (2) : A00
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (5) : A57
Alekhine Defense (6) : B05 B04 B03 B02
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Benko Gambit Declined (3) : A57
Tarrasch Defense (10) : D34 D33 D32
Colle System (1) : D04
Grob Opening (1) : A00
Polish Opening (1) : A00

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