Daniel Naroditsky

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Daniel Naroditsky
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Daniel Naroditsky, Groningen 2012
Country United States
Born (1995-11-19) November 19, 1995 (age 24)
San Mateo, California, United States
FIDE rating2621 (September 2020)
Peak rating2647[1] (May 2017)

Daniel Naroditsky (born November 19, 1995 in San Mateo, California) is an American chess grandmaster. He has been a published chess author since age 14.

Naroditsky learned chess at age six from his father, Vladimir; shortly thereafter, he started to take serious chess lessons. In May 2007, he won the Northern California K-12 Chess Championship, becoming the youngest player ever to do so. Later that year, Naroditsky won the Under-12 division of the World Youth Chess Championship with a score of 9½/11.[2] In May 2008, he won the Northern California 9-12 Chess Championship.

At the 2010 U.S. Open, Naroditsky scored 7½/9 to share second through fifth places, behind Grandmaster Alejandro Ramírez and tied with Grandmasters Alexander Shabalov and Varuzhan Akobian. Naroditsky played in the 2011 U.S. Chess Championship but finished with more losses than wins. In July 2011 he earned his first Grandmaster norm. Naroditsky earned his second Grandmaster norm at the 2013 Philadelphia Open by tying for first place with GM Fidel Jimenez.[3] In 2014 Naroditsky tied for 1st–5th with Timur Gareev, Dávid Bérczes, Sergei Azarov and Sam Shankland in the Millionaire Chess Open in Las Vegas, Nevada.[4]

In March 2014, Naroditsky was awarded the prestigious Samford Chess Fellowship.[5]

He graduated Stanford University in 2019 with a degree in History. He is active on YouTube and Twitch.

Naroditsky writes a well-received endgame column for "Chess Life" magazine that began in the mid 2010s.


  • Naroditsky, Daniel (2010). Mastering Positional Chess. New In Chess. ISBN 90-5691-310-7.
  • Naroditsky, Daniel (2012). Mastering Complex Endgames. New In Chess. ISBN 978-9056914059.


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