Radosław Wojtaszek

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Radosław Wojtaszek
Radoslaw Wojtaszek POLch 2014.jpg
Radosław Wojtaszek during the Polish Chess Championship in Warsaw, 2014
Full name Radosław Wojtaszek
Country  Poland
Born (1987-01-13) 13 January 1987 (age 28)
Elbląg, Poland
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2746 (May 2015)
(No. 15 in the November 2014 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2746 (May 2015)
During the Schachfestival in Basel, 2014

Radosław Wojtaszek (born 13 January 1987, in Elbląg, Poland) is a Polish chess Grandmaster, currently the highest rated player from that country.

Chess career[edit]

In 2004 he won the European Youth Chess Championship (U-18), the World Youth Chess Championships (U-18)[1] and the Cracovia Open with 7½/9.[2][3] He won the Polish Chess Championship in 2005.[4]

In 2006 Wojtaszek played for the Polish team at the Chess Olympiad played in Turin scoring 9 points out of 11 games.[5] In December 2008 Wojtaszek became the European rapid chess champion.[6]

In 2009 Wojtaszek finished second in the Polish championship, shared second with Michael Roiz at the international tournament in Lublin and won the Najdorf memorial played in Warsaw. In 2009/10 he tied for 1st–5th with Eduardas Rozentalis, Pavel Ponkratov, Luke McShane and Igor Lysyj at the 39th Rilton Cup in Stockholm.[7]

In January 2010 Wojtaszek finished again second in Polish championship. Wojtaszek won the 5th International Tournament of Polonia Wrocław played between the end of June and beginning of July 2010.[8][9] He participated in the San Juan International tournament played in Pamplona during the end of July and beginning of August 2010 and scored 6½ points out of 9 games winning the tournament.[10][11]

At the Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk, Wojtaszek played on the first board for Poland scoring 6 points in 9 games. In June 2011 he won the 9th Gyorgy Marx Memorial in Paks, Hungary.[12] In December 2013 he took clear first with 6/7 in the 37th Zurich Christmas Open.[13]

He has been one of the four seconds to former world chess champion Viswanathan Anand since his successful title defence match against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008,[14] also assisting him in defending his title in 2010[15] against Veselin Topalov and in 2012 against Boris Gelfand.[16][17]

In January 2015, Wojtaszek took part in Tata Steel Masters tournament held in Wijk aan Zee, finishing 9th out of 14 players. He scored 5.5/13 and was the only player to have defeated World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen as well as the world's second highest rated player, Fabiano Caruana.[18]


  1. ^ "World Youth Chess Championships 2004". Greekchess.com. 2004-11-14. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  2. ^ Cracovia Open 2004
  3. ^ Highlights of Cracovia 2004
  4. ^ Polish chess championship 2005 from chessbase.com (German)
  5. ^ Wojciech Bartelski. "Men's Chess Olympiads :: Radosław Wojtaszek". OlimpBase. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  6. ^ "Wyniki końcowe - runda 13". Poloniachess.pl. 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  7. ^ Crowther, Mark (2010-01-05). "39th Rilton Cup 2009-10". Chess.co.uk. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "www.festiwalszachowy.eu". Turniej.polonia.wroclaw.pl. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  9. ^ Mark Crowther - Monday 5 July 2010 (2010-07-05). "Polonia Wroclaw Chess Festival | The Week in Chess". Chess.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  10. ^ Mark Crowther - Sunday 1 August 2010 (2010-08-01). "4th AD San Juan International 2010 | The Week in Chess". Chess.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  11. ^ "Chess-Results Server Chess-results.com - Tournament-Database". Chess-results.com. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  12. ^ Crowther, Mark (2011-06-28). "TWIC: IX Gyorgy Marx Memorial". Chess.co.uk. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Wojtaszek is first at Zurich Open". ChessBase. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Chess News - World Championship Picture Gallery of the final day". ChessBase.com. 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  15. ^ "WCh G12: Anand beats Topalov, retains world title". ChessVibes. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  16. ^ "WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH". FIDE. 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  17. ^ "FIDE World Chess Championship Moscow 2012". anand-gelfand.com. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  18. ^ http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/standings/year/2015/group/1

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