Merab Gagunashvili

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Merab Gagunashvili
Merab Gagunashvili 2013.jpg
Merab Gagunashvili, Warsaw 2013
Full name Merab Gagunashvili
Country Georgia
Born (1985-01-03) 3 January 1985 (age 33)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster (2002)
FIDE rating 2578 (October 2018)
Peak rating 2625 (April 2007)

Merab Gagunashvili (Georgian: მერაბ გაგუნაშვილი; born 3 January 1985) is a Georgian chess grandmaster. He is a two-time Georgian Chess Champion.[1]

Chess career[edit]

In 2001, he won the silver medal in the World Junior Chess Championship. He became a grandmaster at the age of 17. Gagunashvili won the 2006/07 Hastings International Chess Congress edging out on tiebreak defending champion Valeriy Neverov, after both players scored 7/9 points. In 2009 he tied for 3rd–8th with Anton Filippov, Elshan Moradiabadi, Vadim Malakhatko, Alexander Shabalov and Niaz Murshed in the Ravana Challenge Tournament in Colombo.[2] In 2010 he won the Tbilisi Municipality Cup.[3] In 2011 he tied for 1st–4th with Gadir Guseinov, Evgeny Gleizerov and Sergei Tiviakov in the 19th Fajr Open Chess Tournament.[4]

He took part in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004, but was knocked out in the first round by Smbat Lputian. He played for Georgia in the Chess Olympiads of 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010.[5]

Gagunashvili has stated his favourite players were Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov because "they both brought something new to chess."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Campeonato de Georgia". Ajedrezdeataque.com. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Tournament report November 2009: The Ravana Challenge". World Chess Federation. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Open Int. Tbilisi Municipality Cup". FIDE. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  4. ^ "19th Fajr International Open Chess Tournament". FIDE. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Men's Chess Olympiads: Merab Gagunashvili". OlimpBase. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  6. ^ "GM Merab Gagunashvili vs GM Evgeny Shaposhnikov - Interview "How to be a Chess Grandmaster" | Chess Blog of iChess.NET". Chess Videos, Chess DVDs, Chess Software and more. 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2017-11-23.

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