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  Azerbaijan
Born (1985-10-25) 25 October 1985 (age 29)[1]
Riga, Latvia
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2722 (August 2015)
(No. 44 in the May 2014 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2737 (December 2013)

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