Peter Svidler

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Peter Svidler
Peter Svidler 2013.jpg
Peter Svidler, Warsaw 2013
Full name Pyotr Veniaminovich Svidler
Country Russia
Born (1976-06-17) June 17, 1976 (age 38)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2743 (November 2014)
(No. 10 in the December 2013 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2769 (May 2013)

Peter Veniaminovich Svidler (Russian: Пётр Вениами́нович Сви́длер; Pyotr Veniaminovich Svidler; born June 17, 1976, in Leningrad) is a Russian chess Grandmaster and seven-time Russian champion (1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2013).[1]

Chess career[edit]

Svidler learned to play chess when he was six years old. In 1992, he tied for 1st–2nd with Ragim Gasimov in the USSR Junior Open Chess Championship.[2] He became Grandmaster in 1994.

In 2001, he reached the semifinals of the FIDE World Championship. Andrei Lukin is his coach.

Svidler placed shared second (together with Viswanathan Anand) in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2005 with 8½ points out of 14 games, finishing 1½ points behind the winner, Veselin Topalov. In the World Chess Championship 2007, he placed 5th among the eight players. He has won five team gold medals and one individual bronze medal at Chess Olympiads.[3]

Svidler is a noted proponent of Chess960 (also called Fischer Random Chess). He won the first edition of the Chess960 Open held in Mainz, Germany. At the 2003 Mainz Chess Classic, he became Chess960 World Champion by beating Péter Lékó in an eight-game match. He successfully defended his title twice, defeating Levon Aronian in 2004 and Zoltán Almási in 2005, before losing it to Aronian in 2006.

In an interview[4] given for World Chess Network after the World Chess Championship 2005 held in San Luis, he said: "I only prepared seriously for San Luis, and I think it has paid off. But in general I spend most of my spare time with my wife and kids, so my relative success in 2005 was a pleasant surprise."

His San Luis result earned him direct entry to the World Chess Championship 2007. In that tournament he scored 6½ out of 14, placing 5th out of eight players.

In 2006 he went second behind Alexander Grischuk at the World Blitz Championship in Rishon Lezion, Israel, with 10½ points out of 15 games. He also finished tied for first with Vladimir Kramnik at the Dortmund 2006.

In February 2009 he came first at the 7th Gibtelecom Masters in Gibraltar Chess Festival.[5]

Svidler is a fan of cricket; his handle on the Internet Chess Club server is Tendulkar.[6]

Svidler won the Chess World Cup 2011 in Khanty–Mansiysk, defeating Alexander Grischuk in the finals 2½–1½.

2013[edit]

Svidler played in the 2013 Candidates Tournament, which took place in London, from 15 March to 1 April. He finished third, with +4−2=8. His four wins were against Radjabov, Aronian, Ivanchuk and Carlsen.[7]

In the 2013 Alekhine Memorial tournament, held from 20 April to 1 May, Svidler finished tenth out of ten participants, with +0−3=6.[8]

2014[edit]

Svidler was selected as the wild card for the 2014 Candidates Tournament, which took place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, from 13 March to 31 March. He finished seventh, with +3−4=7. His three wins were against Kramnik, Andreikin, and Topalov.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ChessBase News | Russian Super Final: Svidler, Gunina win". Chessbase.com. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  2. ^ "USSR Junior Open Chess Championship, Yurmala 1992". RusBase. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  3. ^ "Men's Chess Olympiads: Peter Svidler". OlimpBase. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Chess News & Events: Exclusive Interview: GM Peter Svidler". Chesslodge.blogspot.com. 2006-01-25. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  5. ^ "Peter Svidler wins the 7th Gibtelecom tournament in Gibraltar". ChessBase. 2009-02-06. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "ICC Chess.FM Archives". Chessclub.com. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  7. ^ "Tournament standings". FIDE. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Aronian and Gelfand win Alekhine Memorial 2013". ChessBase News. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Tournament standings". FIDE. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alexei Bezgodov
Russian Chess Champion
1994, 1995
Succeeded by
Alexander Khalifman
Preceded by
Alexander Khalifman
Russian Chess Champion
1997
Succeeded by
Alexander Morozevich
Preceded by
Alexander Lastin
Russian Chess Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Garry Kasparov
Preceded by
Alexander Morozevich
Russian Chess Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Alexander Grischuk
Preceded by
Ian Nepomniachtchi
Russian Chess Champion
2011
Succeeded by
Dmitry Andreikin
Preceded by
Dmitry Andreikin
Russian Chess Champion
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent