Tihon Chernyaev

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Tihon Chernyaev
Tykhon Cherniaiev(Tihon Chernyaev).jpg
Full nameTihon Chernyaev
Born1 March 2010 (2010-03) (age 9)
World ChampionDouble World Chess Champion Rapid and Blitz U10(Minsk, 2018)
FIDE rating2112
Peak rating2156 (June 2019)

Tihon Chernyaev (Ukrainian: Тихон Черняев; born 1 March 2010) is a Ukrainian chess prodigy.

Chess career[edit]

In February 2017, at age 6, Chernyaev was featured on TV Channel Ukraine as he took part in a simultaneous exhibition game that ended 4-0 in his favor.[1]

In September 2017, at age 7, he achieved a 50% score in the Ukrainian under-18 championship.[2]

In June 2018, at age 8 years and 4 months, Chernyaev participated in the 2018 FIDE World Cadet rapid and blitz chess championship held in Minsk.[3] While he was qualified to compete in the under-8 section, he chose to compete in the under-10 section for both the rapid and blitz events.[4] Chernyaev started as the top seed by 235 rating points in the rapid under-10 section[5] and by 223 rating points in the blitz under-10 section.[6] He won both events as well two FIDE-recognized "World Champion" titles.[7]

From September 2016 to November 2018 Tihon was assisted by grandmaster Alexander Goloshchapov.[8]

Since December 2018 Tihon has been coached by IM Pavel Sevostianov.

In March 2019, at age 9 years, he received his first official FIDE title - Arena Grand Master. [9][10]

In May 2019 Tihon became the winner of the 11-th Ukrainian Award "Miracle Child 2019". [11][12]

In August 2019 in Minsk(Belarus), at the age 9 years and 5 months, Tihon Chernyaev became a Vice World Champion in Rapid[13] at the World Cadet Championships under-12 section.

Notable games[edit]

In February 2018, at age 7 years and 11 months, Chernyaev won a 3-minute game against FIDE master Eduard Miller (FIDE rating 2334) in 23 moves.[14][15]

In June 2018, at age 8 years and 3 months, he defeated Grandmaster Francisco Vallejo Pons (FIDE rating 2713) in a 10-minute game.[16][17]

In February 2019, at age 8 years and 11 months, he won an informal 12-game internet blitz match with Grandmaster Mikhail Golubev by a score of 6.5-5.5 (5+4-3=).[18][19]


  1. ^ PeshkaCh Tihon Chernyaev (2017-04-05), Юный шахматист из Харькова готов дать отпор взрослым экспертам, retrieved 2018-09-14
  2. ^ Barden, Leonard (2017-09-08). "Leonard Barden on Chess". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  3. ^ AM. "2nd World Cadets Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships finished in Minsk". fide.com. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  4. ^ Корба, Галина (2018-07-20). "Як виростити чемпіона: історія успіху від мами 8-річного шахіста з України". BBC News Україна. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  5. ^ "Chess-Results Server Chess-results.com - 2nd FIDE World Cadets Rapid Chess Championship". chess-results.com. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  6. ^ "Chess-Results Server Chess-results.com - 2nd FIDE World Cadets Blitz Chess Championship". chess-results.com. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  7. ^ ChessNetwork (2018-06-26), 8-year-old Tihon Chernyaev is a Double World Chess Champion - Under 10, retrieved 2018-09-12
  8. ^ "Students". chess.coach. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  9. ^ https://arena.myfide.net/ratings-and-titles/titles
  10. ^ https://live.staticflickr.com/7916/47544808061_96b1de9627_o.png
  11. ^ https://www.facebook.com/dyvo.dytyna/photos/a.243803082422340/1662748320527802/?type=3&theater
  12. ^ http://divo-dutuna.com/peremozhtsi/finalisti-premiyi-divo-ditina-2019
  13. ^ "Chess-Results Server Chess-results.com - 3rd FIDE World Cadets Rapid Chess Championship".
  14. ^ ChessNetwork (2018-02-28), 7-Year-Old Chess Prodigy gives "Very Epic Mate" to Chess Master, retrieved 2018-09-12
  15. ^ "Blitz Chess • LM PeshkaCh vs FM Fluffey". lichess.org. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  16. ^ "Rapid Chess • LM PeshkaCh vs GM GMVallejo". lichess.org. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  17. ^ PeshkaCh Tihon Chernyaev (2018-08-29), Bright CHESS moments of the 8 y.o. WORLD CHAMPION #3, retrieved 2018-09-12
  18. ^ https://www.chess.com/blog/Mikhail_Golubev/losing-to-an-8-year-old-again
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oY-fIsA6qQ

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