Anish Giri

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Anish Giri
Anish Giri in Bundesliga 2014
Country Netherlands
Born (1994-06-28) June 28, 1994 (age 20)
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2790 (March 2015)
(No. 5 in the February 2015 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2797 (February 2015)

Anish Giri (born June 28, 1994)[1] is a Russian-born Dutch chess prodigy and Grandmaster.[2] He achieved the grandmaster title at the age of 14 years and 7 months.[3]

Giri is a three-time Dutch Chess Champion (2009, 2011 and 2012) and won the Corus Chess B Group in 2010. He has represented the Netherlands at three Chess Olympiads (2010, 2012, 2014).

Personal life[edit]

Giri was born in St Petersburg on 28 June 1994 to Nepalese father (Sanjay Giri),[3] and a Russian mother (Olga Giri).[4] In 2002, he moved to Sapporo, Japan with his parents and lived there until 2008. Since February 2008, Giri and his family have been living in Rijswijk, Netherlands where his father works at a research and consulting foundation. He has two sisters, Natasha and Ayusha.

In June 2013, Giri finished his 'Middelbare School' at Grotius College in Delft. His favourite subjects included physics, mathematics, geography and history. He says he wants to focus on chess for a year before attending university.

Chess career[edit]

Giri's first club was a local youth sport club 'DYUSH-2' in St. Petersburg, Russia. His trainers in this club were Asya Kovalyova and Andrei Praslov. He was a member of the Japan Chess Association and the Sapporo Chess Club during his stay in Japan.

Giri developed quickly as a junior, his rating increasing rapidly between April 2006 and July 2010 from 2114 to 2672.

Giri shared first place in the Russian Higher League Under-14s Boys Championship scoring 6.5/9, winning the St Petersburg Boys Under 16s and coming third in the Under 18s event in 2007. The next year saw him share first at the Blokadny St Petersburg Open and win the Petrograd Winter Open scoring 8.5/9. He followed with his first Grandmaster norm, achieved at the Intomart GfK Open sharing first with 7/9 in April 2008, sharing second at Kunsthalle GM Open and reaching his second Grandmaster norm at Groningen by sharing fourth place with 6.5/9.

Anish Giri, 2008

Giri's first appearance at a major tournament came in his shared second place at Corus Chess Group C in January 2009 giving him his third GM norm, his Grandmaster status being confirmed in June.[5] He also shared second at the Dutch Open, won the Dutch Championship and shared second at the Unive tournament.

His performance in the previous year's Corus Chess Group C earned him a spot in Group B in 2010. He won the tournament with a score of 9/13, half a point ahead of Arkadij Naiditsch. Despite a disappointing result in the European Individual Championships, he drew a match with Nigel Short and won the Sigeman & Co tournament scoring 4.5/5, coming second in the Dutch Championships behind Erwin L'Ami and was one of the best scorers for the Rising Stars team during the NH tournament against the Experienced team, but was unable to qualify for the Melody Amber tournament, losing in tiebreak against Nakamura.[6][7]

It was revealed in May 2010 that Giri had aided Viswanathan Anand in preparation for the World Chess Championship 2010 against challenger Veselin Topalov. Anand won the match 6.5-5.5 to retain the title.[8][9]

At his debut appearance at Tata Steel in 2011 he scored 6.5/13 and defeated Magnus Carlsen with Black in 22 moves. He also became Dutch champion for the second time and shared first place at Sigeman & Co with Wesley So and Hans Tikannen.

In January 2012, Giri won the 54th annual Reggio Emilia chess tournament. Despite being the lowest rated player in a category 20 tournament (average rating 2744), Giri scored four wins, two losses and four draws for a clear first place (performance rating of 2823).

Giri became threefold Dutch champion in 2012.[10]

  • He shared third place in Biel Chess Tournament 2012.
  • He won the match against Vassily Ivanchuk in 26th edition of the traditional tournament in León.
  • He was nominated to participate in FIDE Grand Prix Tournament series 2012-2013.
  • He is participating in FIDE Grand Prix Tournament series 2014-15.

Giri's current coach is Vladimir Tukmakov. He was previously coached by Vladimir Chuchelov.

Team Chess[edit]

Giri has represented the Netherlands at three Chess Olympiads (2010, 2012 and 2014).

  • He together with his team City Hoogeveen won the gold medal in World Cities Chess Championship 2012 in U.A.E.

Giri has played for numerous clubs in team tournaments including SK Turm Emsdetten since 2008 in the Chess Bundesliga, HSG (Hilversum Chess Society), the Delftsche SchaakClub (Delft Chess Club), HMC Calder and En Passant. He plays in Spanish league for chess club Sestao Naturgas Energia. He used to play in the French league (TOP-16) for l'Echiquier Châlonnais and Russian league for SHSM-64 (Moscow).

Other interests and skills[edit]

Giri speaks fluently Russian, English, Dutch and a little Japanese and Nepalese. In school, he studied German. He likes to play football and table tennis.

He annotated a number of top games for the popular chess site ChessBase,[11] and has written several articles, including analysis of his own games for chess magazines, such as New in Chess, 64 (chess magazine), and Schach Magazin 64. He used to be a columnist for the magazine ChessVibes Training. He has been regularly contributing to his own Official website.

In 2014, Anish Giri published his first book "My Junior Years In Chess".


  1. ^ "Anish Giri, 14, makes his final GM norm". 2009-01-31. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  2. ^ Giri, Anish. "Dutch". Twitter. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "NRN boy youngest grandmaster". 2009-02-01. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Promise of greatness in Dutch chess prodigy". 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  5. ^ "FIDE Title Applications". FIDE. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sigeman: Giri wins with 4.5/5 and a 2936 performance". ChessBase. 2010-05-31. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "NH Chess Tournament 2010". The Week in Chess. 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  8. ^ "Anand in Playchess – the helpers in Sofia". Chessbase. 2010-05-19. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  9. ^ "Carlsen, Giri, Kasparov and Kramnik all helped Anand". Chessvibes. 2010-05-20. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  10. ^ "Giri and Lanchava win Dutch Championship titles". The Week In Chess. Mark Crowther. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Sofia World Championship: Giri on game twelve". ChessBase. 2010-05-11. Archived from the original on 14 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 

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