Daniel Naroditsky

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Daniel Naroditsky
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Naroditsky in 2016
CountryUnited States
Born (1995-11-09) November 9, 1995 (age 27)[1]
San Mateo, California, U.S.
FIDE rating2618 (February 2023)
Peak rating2647 (May 2017)[2]
Daniel Naroditsky
Twitch information
Followers250 thousand
Follower and view counts updated as of November 24, 2022.

Daniel Naroditsky (born (1995-11-09)November 9, 1995),[1] also known as Danya,[3] is an American chess grandmaster, author, and commentator. He published his first chess book at age 14.

Chess career

Born in San Mateo, California,[4] Naroditsky learned chess at age six from his father, Vladimir. He was soon taking serious chess lessons. In May 2007, he won the Northern California K–12 Chess Championship, the youngest player ever to do so. Later that year, Naroditsky won the Under-12 division of the World Youth Chess Championship with 9½/11.[5] In May 2008, he won the Northern California 9–12 Chess Championship.

At the 2010 U.S. Open Chess Championship, 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.[6] 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.[7]

In March 2014, Naroditsky was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship.[8]

Naroditsky wrote "The Practical Endgame", a column in Chess Life,[9] from 2014–2020.[citation needed]

He is active on YouTube and Twitch, where he has over 258,000 subscribers and 227,000 followers, respectively. He plays on Chess.com under the handle DanielNaroditsky,[10] and on Lichess.org under the handle RebeccaHarris.[11] He frequently ranks close to, or at, the top on both websites' global leaderboards in Rapid and Blitz time controls.

In June 2022, he became the chess columnist for The New York Times.[12]

Personal life

Naroditsky's parents are Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union. His father Vladimir immigrated from Ukraine, while his mother Lena came from Azerbaijan.[3] Naroditsky graduated from Stanford University in 2019 with a degree in history. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he is the resident Grandmaster of the Charlotte Chess Center.[13]


  • Naroditsky, Daniel (2010). Mastering Positional Chess. New In Chess. ISBN 978-90-5691-310-6.
  • Naroditsky, Daniel (2012). Mastering Complex Endgames. New In Chess. ISBN 978-9056914059.


  1. ^ a b Naroditsky, Daniel (July 16, 2015). Mastering Positional Chess. New In Chess. ISBN 978-90-5691-310-6.
  2. ^ "Profile Info – Naroditsky, Daniel". International Chess Federation. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Pine, Dan (April 7, 2006). "10-year-old-chess-champ-is-king-of-the-board". Jewish News of Northern California. Archived from the original on September 12, 2021.
  4. ^ Murtagh, Heather (December 6, 2017). "Local youth wins chess championship". San Mateo Daily Journal. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  5. ^ World Youth Chess Championships 2007 - Home
  6. ^ "Philadelphia Open 2013 Standings – Open Section". CCA Chess Tournaments. Archived from the original on May 5, 2013.
  7. ^ "2014 Millionaire Chess Open - Open Section November 2014 United States of America". FIDE. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  8. ^ "2014 Samford Fellow: GM Daniel Naroditsky". US Chess. John Donaldson. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "US Chess Celebrates Its Award-Winning Journalists". United States Chess Federation. August 11, 2017. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  10. ^ "GM Daniel Naroditsky (DanielNaroditsky) - Chess Profile".
  11. ^ "Magnus Carlsen wins third consecutive Lichess Titled Arena". Lichess. March 2, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2021.
  12. ^ Amlen, Deb (June 12, 2022). "Meet The Times's New Chess Columnist". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  13. ^ https://www.charlottechesscenter.org/staff Charlotte Chess Center Staff Page

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