Anish Giri

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Anish Giri
अनिश गिरी
Anish Giri in Bundesliga 2014
Country Russia (until 2009)[1]
Netherlands (since 2009)
Born (1994-06-28) June 28, 1994 (age 24)
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Title Grandmaster (2009)
FIDE rating 2780 (August 2018)
Peak rating 2798 (January 2016)
Ranking No. 15 (January 2018)
Peak ranking No. 3 (January 2016)

Anish Kumar Giri (Nepali: अनिश कुमार गिरी; born June 28, 1994)[2] is a Russian-born Dutch Grandmaster and former chess prodigy.[3] He achieved the grandmaster title at the age of 14 years and 7 months.[4]

Giri is a four-time Dutch Chess Champion (2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015) and won the Corus Chess B Group in 2010. He has represented the Netherlands at four Chess Olympiads (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016). He also won at the 2012 Reggio Emilia tournament.

Personal life[edit]

Giri was born in St Petersburg on 28 June 1994 to a Russian mother (Olga Giri)[5] and a Nepalese father Sanjay Giri.[4] In 2002, he moved to Sapporo, Japan, with his parents and lived there until 2008. Since February 2008, Giri and his family have been living in Rijswijk, Netherlands, where his father works at a research and consulting foundation. He has two sisters, Natasha and Ayusha.

In June 2013, Giri finished high school at Grotius College in Delft. His favorite subjects included physics, mathematics, geography and history. He married Sopiko Guramishvili on 18 July 2015.[6] He lives in The Hague. On October 3, 2016, while Anish was playing the Tal Memorial, his son Daniel was born.

Chess career[edit]

Giri began playing chess with his mother from the age of six.[7] 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 developed quickly as a junior, his rating increasing rapidly between April 2006 and July 2010 from 2114 to 2672.

Giri shared first place in the Russian Higher League Under-14s Boys Championship scoring 6.5/9, winning the St Petersburg Boys Under 16s and coming third in the Under 18s event in 2007. The next year saw him share first at the Blokadny St Petersburg Open and win the Petrograd Winter Open scoring 8.5/9. He followed with his first Grandmaster norm, achieved at the Intomart GfK Open sharing first with 7/9 in April 2008, sharing second at Kunsthalle GM Open and reaching his second Grandmaster norm at Groningen by sharing fourth place with 6.5/9.

Anish Giri, 2008

Giri's first appearance at a major tournament came in his shared second place at Corus Chess Group C in January 2009 giving him his third GM norm, his Grandmaster status being confirmed in June.[8] He also shared second at the Dutch Open, won the Dutch Championship and shared second at the Unive tournament.

His performance in the previous year's Corus Chess Group C earned him a spot in Group B in 2010. He won the tournament with a score of 9/13, half a point ahead of Arkadij Naiditsch. Despite a disappointing result in the European Individual Championships, he drew a match with Nigel Short and won the Sigeman & Co tournament scoring 4.5/5, coming second in the Dutch Championships behind Erwin L'Ami and 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 Melody Amber tournament, losing on tiebreaks against Nakamura.[9][10]

It was revealed in May 2010 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.[11][12]

At his debut appearance at Tata Steel in 2011 he scored 6.5/13 and defeated Magnus Carlsen with Black in 22 moves. He also became Dutch champion for the second time and shared first place at Sigeman & Co with Wesley So and Hans Tikkanen.

Despite being the lowest ranked player, Giri won the 2012 Reggio Emilia chess tournament, claimed his third Dutch championship and shared third place at the strong Biel Chess Festival.[13] His solid improvement continued with fourth place at the Reykjavik Open and a match victory against Vassily Ivanchuk at Leon in 2013.[14]

Giri took part in both the 2012/13 and 2014/15 FIDE Grand Prix cycles, but failed to qualify to the Candidates Tournament on both occasions. Instead Anish Giri qualified for the Candidates' Tournament 2016 by average rating.

In 2014 Giri shared second place at the Tata Steel tournament, won individual bronze for his first board performance at the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromso and finished second at the strong Qatar Masters Open.[15][16][17]

Giri's current coach is Vladimir Tukmakov. He was previously coached by Vladimir Chuchelov.

In March 2016, Giri participated in the Candidates Tournament 2016 in Moscow, Russia, where he drew all 14 games (+0-0=14). He went to the tournament with his wife Sopiko Guramishvili and his coach Vladimir Tukmakov.

In April 2017, Giri won the Reykjavik Open with a score of 8.5/10 (+7-0=3).[18]

Giri started off 2018 by placing joint-first with Carlsen on a score of 9/13 at the 80th Tata Steel Masters. He was defeated in the blitz tie-break by Carlsen 1½–½.

In April 2018, he participated in the fifth edition of Shamkir Chess, finishing sixth with a score of 4½/9 (+1–1=7).[19]

In July 2018, he competed in the 46th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, placing second with a score of 4/7 (+2–1=4).[20]

Team chess[edit]

Chess Olympiads[edit]

Giri has represented the Netherlands at three Chess Olympiads earning two individual Bronze medals and scoring a total of 20 points from 29 games(+13=14-2).[21]

Olympiad Board Individual result Team result
Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 Fourth 8/11 (Bronze) 15th
Istanbul 2012 First 4/7 6th
Tromso 2014 First 8/11 (Bronze) 12th
Baku 2016 First 7/11 36th

Other team results[edit]

Giri has also competed in a World Team Championship, two European Team Championships and a World Cities Championship, earning a team gold medal in the World Cities Championship:

Event Board Individual result Team result
2011 European Team Championship Fourth 5/9 (7th) 6th
2012 World Cities Championship First 5/7 Gold
2013 European Team Championship First 6½/9 (7th) 11th
2013 World Team Championship First 5/9 (5th) 6th

Giri has played for numerous clubs in team tournaments including SK Turm Emsdetten since 2008 in the Chess Bundesliga, 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).


Giri has a very solid, conservative style. This makes him very hard to beat, but also leads to him not translating his chances into wins.[22] His infamous streak of 14 draws at the 2016 Candidates Tournament is illustrative, and led to him being the butt of many jokes, such as a April Fool's piece about Giri writing a book entitled My 60 Memorable Draws (a play on Bobby Fischer's My 60 Memorable Games).[23] Nonetheless his peers acknowledge his strengths as a player, with Grandmaster Arkadij Naiditsch opining that beating world champion Magnus Carlsen is easier than beating Giri.[24]

Other interests and skills[edit]

Giri is fluent in Russian, English, and Dutch and is moderately proficient in Japanese, Nepali and German.[25] He likes to play football and table tennis.

He annotated a number of top games for the popular chess site ChessBase,[26] 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.

In 2014, Anish Giri published his first book, My Junior Years In Chess.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Player transfers in 2009 FIDE
  2. ^ "Anish Giri, 14, makes his final GM norm". 2009-01-31. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  3. ^ Anish Giri [@anishgiri] (7 February 2014). "Dutch" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  4. ^ a b "NRN boy youngest grandmaster". 2009-02-01. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  5. ^ "Promise of greatness in Dutch chess prodigy". 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  6. ^ Another Chess Wedding: Anish Giri becomes a Son in Law of Georgia, and Sopiko Guramishvili Marries One of the World's Top Players -, 18 July 2015
  7. ^ "Exclusive Interview with GM Anish Giri | Chess Blog of iChess.NET". Chess Videos, Chess DVDs, Chess Software and more. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2017-11-14. 
  8. ^ "FIDE Title Applications". FIDE. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ "NH Chess Tournament 2010". The Week in Chess. 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  11. ^ "Anand in Playchess – the helpers in Sofia". Chessbase. 2010-05-19. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  12. ^ "Carlsen, Giri, Kasparov and Kramnik all helped Anand". Chessvibes. 2010-05-20. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  13. ^ "Giri and Lanchava win Dutch Championship titles". The Week In Chess. Mark Crowther. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Giri beats Ivanchuk in Leon". ChessBase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Results - Tata Steel Chess". Tata Steel Chess. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Tromso Final". ChessBase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Yu Yangyi wins Qatar Masters Open 2014". ChessBase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "Tournament Standings". Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  19. ^ Staff writer(s) (28 April 2018). "Results: Cross Table". Shamkir Chess. 
  20. ^ 46th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2018 The Week in Chess
  21. ^ "Men's Chess Olympiads: Anish Giri". Olimpbase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  22. ^ "Candidate Profile: Anish Giri". 3 March 2016. 
  23. ^ "Giri's 60 Memorable Draws (exclusive excerpt!)". 1 April 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2018. 
  24. ^ "Chessbase India interview with Delhi International 2018 winner GM Arkadij Naiditsch". 16 January 2018. 
  25. ^
  26. ^ "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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