Anish Giri

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Anish Giri
Anish Giri.jpg
Giri in May 2009 at age 14
Country Netherlands
Born (1994-06-28) June 28, 1994 (age 20)
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2768 (October 2014)
(No. 7 in the October 2014 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2768 (October 2014)

Anish Giri (born June 28, 1994)[1] is a Russian-Nepalese chess prodigy. He achieved the grandmaster title at the age of 14 years, 7 months and 2 days when he beat Venezuelan GM Eduardo Iturrizaga in the C Group of the 2009 Corus Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands.[2]


Giri is the son of a Nepalese father (Sanjay Giri),[2] and a Russian mother (Olga Giri).[3] Giri was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on 28 June 1994.[1] In 2002, he moved to Japan with his parents. Since then he had been residing in Japan, and visiting St. Petersburg regularly. Since February 2008, Giri and his family have been living in the Netherlands, in the Dutch city of Rijswijk where his father is working in a research and consulting foundation (Deltares). He has two sisters, Natasha and Ayusha.

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 has been playing for SK Turm Emsdetten since 2008 in the German Chess Bundesliga (the premier league of team chess in Germany). He is the youngest ever player in the history of this league. Furthermore, he has been affiliated with several Dutch chess clubs, including the 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).

He does not have intensive chess training facilities, he has mostly been working by himself. The Dutch Olympic Committee and KNSB (Dutch Chess Federation) is providing him support for some training sessions with Vladimir Chuchelov (although he is no longer an official coach of KNSB and working with other professional chess players).

Major events and achievements[edit]

  • In September 2009 he won at Haaksbergen the closed Dutch Championship, making him the youngest player to win this championship to date.
  • In January 2010, aged 15, he competed in the Corus Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee winning the B-group.[3]
  • In May 2010 it was revealed 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.[4][5]
  • At the end of May 2010, Giri convincingly won the 18th annual Sigeman & Co. Tournament with a performance rating of 2936.[6]
  • In August 2010, he 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 Amber tournament, losing in tiebreak against Nakamura.[7]
  • In October 2010, Giri won bronze at the 2010 Chess Olympiad at Khanty-Mansiysk, during his first Olympiad appearance. Giri had a performance rating of 2730, playing board 4 for the Dutch team.
  • In January 2011, Giri beat world number one Magnus Carlsen (Elo 2814) with Black in 22 moves at the Wijk Aan Zee chess tournament (category 20).
  • He became second time Dutch champion in 2011.
  • 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).
  • He became threefold Dutch champion in 2012.
  • He shared third place in Biel Chess Tournament 2012.
  • He together with his team City Hoogeveen won the gold medal in World Cities Chess Championship 2012 in U.A.E.
  • He won the match against Vassily Ivanchuk in 26th edition of the traditional tournament in León, Magistral Ciudad de León.
  • He was nominated to participate in prestigious FIDE Grand Prix Tournament series 2012-2013.


In June 2013, Giri finished his 'Middelbare School', the Dutch equivalent of High School / A-levels, by passing his national exams at Grotius College in Delft. His favourite subjects included physics, mathematics, geography and history.

Unlike most other prodigies, Giri had a rather regular High School career, following classes every day, save for some limited absences allowed by the school for major tournaments and events. He says he wants to focus on chess for a year before attending university.

Other interests and skills[edit]

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

He annotated a number of top games for the popular chess site ChessBase,[8] and has written several articles, including analyses 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.


  1. ^ a b "Anish Giri, 14, makes his final GM norm". 2009-01-31. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  2. ^ a b "NRN boy youngest grandmaster". 2009-02-01. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Promise of greatness in Dutch chess prodigy". 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  4. ^ "Anand in Playchess – the helpers in Sofia". Chessbase. 2010-05-19. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  5. ^ "Carlsen, Giri, Kasparov and Kramnik all helped Anand". Chessvibes. 2010-05-20. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  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. ^ "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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