|Full name||Hristodoulos Banikas|
May 20, 1978 |
|FIDE rating||2628 (May 2015)|
|Peak rating||2626 (January 2012)|
Achievements in chess
Banikas won the 1990 Greek U-12 championship, the 1993 Greek U-16 championship, and the 1996 Greek U-20 championship. He won eight Greek Championships from 2000 through 2005 and from 2008 to 2009. Ranked number 196 in the world, his July 2009 FIDE Elo rating is 2598, the highest he has yet achieved. Banikas has received the Grandmaster title from FIDE. He is the reigning Greek champion, although he is only the fourth-highest rated Greek player.
Banikas is well known for entering into tactical complications. With the black pieces he usually plays the Sicilian Defence against 1.e4. With the white pieces he prefers 1.d4, but occasionally plays 1. Nf3 or 1.c4.
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