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|Full name||Дмитрий Олегович Яковенко|
June 29, 1983 |
Omsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|FIDE rating||2723 (March 2014)
(No. 21 in the May 2013 FIDE World Rankings)
|Peak rating||2760 (July 2009)|
He learned chess from his father at age 3, and was later coached by former Garry Kasparov trainer Alexander Nikitin. In 2001 he won the U18 World Championship and the Saint-Vincent Open, and in 2004 he decided to become a professional chess player. Recently he has achieved a lot of successes: he shared first in the Russian Championship 2006 (he lost the playoff against Evgeny Alekseev), got second place at Pamplona 2006/2007, Corus B Group 2007, and Aeroflot Open, and won first place at Poikovsky. In 2012, in Plovdiv, he won the European Individual Chess Championship with 8½/11.
In the July 2009 FIDE ratings Jakovenko became the fifth highest rated chess player in the world and overtook Vladimir Kramnik as the number one Russian chess player. Kramnik regained the position in September that year.
Notable chess games
- Evgeny Najer vs Dmitry Jakovenko, Russian Championship Superfinal 2006, Nimzo-Indian Defense: Romanishin Variation, English Hybrid (E20), 0-1
- Dmitry Jakovenko vs Emil Sutovsky, 8th Poikovsky Karpov Tournament 2007, Spanish Game: Open Variations, Main Lines (C80), 1-0
- Vugar Gashimov vs Dmitry Jakovenko, Elista Grand Prix 2008, Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation, Main lines (B18), ½-½
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