Ian Nepomniachtchi

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Ian Nepomniachtchi
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Nepomniachtchi in 2014
Full name Ян Алекса́ндрович Непо́мнящий
Country Russia
Born (1990-07-14) 14 July 1990 (age 25)
Bryansk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2720 (February 2016)
Peak rating 2735 (January 2012)

Ian Aleksandrovich Nepomniachtchi (Russian: Ян Алекса́ндрович Непо́мнящий, Ian Aleksandrovich Nepomniashchiy; born 14 July 1990) is a Russian chess grandmaster and the 2010 Russian Chess Champion. He was a member of the gold medal-winning Russian team at the 2013 World Team Chess Championship in Antalya[1] and at the 2015 European Team Chess Championship in Reykjavík.


Nepomniachtchi won the European Youth Chess Championship three times, in 2000 in the Under-10 category, and in 2001 and 2002 in the U12.[2] In 2002 he also won the World Youth Chess Championship in the U12 category.

In 2007 he finished second in the C group of the Corus Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee[3] earning his first grandmaster (GM) norm. Later that same year, Nepomniachtchi gained his second GM norm at the European Individual Chess Championship in Dresden and the third and final one at the 5th Vanya Somov Memorial - World's Youth Stars tournament in Kirishi.[4] He won this latter edging out on tiebreak Rauf Mamedov, Parimarjan Negi and Zaven Andriasian, having all players scored 7/11 points.[5]

By winning the Aeroflot Open in Moscow in February 2008, he qualified for the 2008 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, where he shared second place after being undefeated. In 2010, in Rijeka, he won the European Individual Championship with 9/11.[6] In the same year, in Moscow, he won the Russian Chess Championship, defeating Sergey Karjakin in a playoff.[7] In November 2011 Nepomniachtchi tied for 3rd–5th with Vasily Ivanchuk and Sergey Karjakin in the category 22 Tal Memorial in Moscow.[8] In 2013 he tied for 1st–8th with Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Romanov, Alexander G Beliavsky, Constantin Lupulescu, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Sergei Movsesian, Hrant Melkumyan, Alexey Dreev and Evgeny Alekseev in the European Individual Championship.[9]

Nepomniachtchi won the silver medal at the World Blitz Chess Championship of 2014 held in Dubai.[10] In April 2015, he won the Aeroflot Open for the second time in his career, edging out Daniil Dubov on tiebreak, having played more games with the black pieces, and earned a spot in the 2015 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting. Right after the end of the tournament he also won the Aeroflot blitz tournament.[11] Later that year, in September, he won the Moscow Blitz Championship[12] and one month later, he took the silver medal at the World Rapid Chess Championship in Berlin.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Nepomniachtchi is Jewish.[14]

He graduated from the Russian State Social University.[15]


  1. ^ "World Team 09 Russia takes gold; China silver". ChessBase. 2013-12-06. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Week In Chess 420". The Week In Chess. Mark Crowther. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Standings of grandmaster group C 2007 Tata Steel Chess
  4. ^ GM title application FIDE
  5. ^ Crowther, Mark (2007-05-28). "TWIC 655: Somov Memorial Kirishi". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ian Nepomniachtchi is European Chess Champion". Chessdom. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "First Russian title for Nepomniachtchi". ChessVibes.com. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Carlsen catches Aronian in last round, wins Tal Memorial on tiebreak". ChessVibes. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Crowther, Mark (2013-05-16). "14th European Individual Championships 2013". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  10. ^ FIDE World Blitz Championship 2014 Chess-Results
  11. ^ "Ian Nepomniachtchi dominates the Aeroflot Open". Chessdom. 2015-04-06. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "Ian Nepomniachtchi and Valentina Gunina win the Moscow Blitz Chess Championships". FIDE. 2015-09-11. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "Magnus Carlsen is 2015 World Rapid Champion!". Chessdom. 2015-10-12. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  14. ^ Ram Soffer (2013-07-24). "2013 Maccabiah Games - The Jewish Olympics". ChessBase. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  15. ^ "Vladimir Palikhata opened 9th International RSSU Cup Moscow Open 2013". Moscow Open 2013. 2013-02-02. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 

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Preceded by
Alexander Grischuk
Russian Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Peter Svidler
Preceded by
Evgeny Tomashevsky
European Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Vladimir Potkin