Arkadij Naiditsch

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Arkadij Naiditsch
Naiditsch-Leko 2012 Dortmund.jpg
Naiditsch (on the left) playing with Peter Leko, Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting
Full name Arkadij Naiditsch
Country Latvia (until 2005)
Germany (2005–2015)
Azerbaijan (since 2015)
Born (1985-10-25) 25 October 1985 (age 30)[1]
Riga, Latvia
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2685 (August 2015)
(No. 56 in the FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2737 (December 2013)

Arkadij Naiditsch (born 25 October 1985 in Latvia) is a German and Azerbaijani chess Grandmaster (title awarded in April 2001).


He was the clear winner of the Dortmund Sparkassen 2005 Tournament, ahead of higher-rated and well-known players such as Loek van Wely, Veselin Topalov, Peter Svidler, Vladimir Kramnik, Michael Adams, and Peter Leko. In 2007, he won the German national championship based in Bad Königshofen.

In 2011 he won the 15th International Neckar Open with 8½/9, breaking the 2700 Elo barrier.[2]

In August 2014 he won with the black pieces against world champion Magnus Carlsen, playing first board for the German team in the chess olympiads. In December 2014 he finished first in 38th Zurich Christmas Open, one point ahead of Richard Rapport.[3]

Naiditsch tied 1st with Magnus Carlsen in the 3rd Grenke Chess Classic tournament played in Baden-Baden in February 2015, yet eventually finished second after a five-game tiebreak.

in July 2015 he switched to the Azerbaijan chess federation.


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