Evgeniy Najer (Russian: Евгений Наер; born 22 June 1977 in Moscow) is a Russian chess Grandmaster and the former European champion. He is also one of the coaches of the Russian women's national team.

He won the Moscow City Chess Championship in 1998 and 2003.[1][2] In 2002 he shared the victory of the U.S. Open Chess Championship with Gennadi Zaichik.[3]

Najer won the Cappelle-la-Grande Open of 2004 on tiebreak over Kaido Külaots, Artyom Timofeev, Zoltan Gyimesi, Sergey Grigoriants and Oleg Korneev.[4] In the same year he tied for 1st–3rd with Michael Roiz and Leonid Gofshtein in the Ashdod Chess Festival.[5] In 2007 he won the 3rd Moscow Open edging out on tiebreak Vasily Yemelin.[6]

Najer won the World Open in Philadelphia consecutively in 2008 and 2009.[7] He was one of the seconds of Gata Kamsky in his 2009 match against Veselin Topalov ("Challenger Match").[8] In July 2009, Najer won the strong rapid round-robin tournament, whose field included Boris Gelfand and Judit Polgar among others, of the Richard Riordan Chess Festival[9] at the 18th Maccabiah Games.[10] Soon afterwards, in the same month, he tied for first with Robert Fontaine in the Paleochora Open Tournament.[11] In 2010, he tied for 2nd–5th with Michael Adams, Victor Mikhalevski and Jiří Štoček the 14th Chicago Open.[12]

In 2015 he won the European Individual Chess Championship in Jerusalem with 8½/11.[13] This victory qualified him for the Chess World Cup 2015, where he was eliminated in the first round by Rauf Mamedov. Najer won the 2016 Aeroflot Open edging out Boris Gelfand on tiebreak, after both scored 6½/9 points; this achievement earned him a spot in the 2016 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting.[14]

Najer is Jewish.[15]


  1. ^ "Евгений Наер во второй раз взял Москву" (in Russian). Sovetsky Sport. 2003-05-15. Archived from the original on 2012-06-28. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Tournament report July 2003: Final Moscow Men Ch. – Russia". World Chess Federation. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Donaldson, John. "Mechanics' Chess Club – Newsletter #068-119 (compilation)". Mechanics' Chess Club. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Crowther, Mark (2004-03-08). "TWIC: Cappelle-la-Grande open". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Crowther, Mark (2005-01-10). "TWIC 531: 2nd Ashdod Chess Festival". London Chess Center. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Illya Nyzhnyk wins Group B in Moscow Open". ChessBase. 2007-02-07. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  7. ^ In 2008 after play-off with Parimarjan Negi, Lubomir Ftacnik and Alexander Moiseenko; in 2009 after play-off with Hikaru Nakamura. The Week in Chess 713
  8. ^ "Topalov-Kamsky starts with a draw and an odd legal note". ChessVibes. 2009-02-17. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  9. ^ The Richard Riordan Chess Festival was sponsored by the former mayor of Los Angeles and included various tournaments for players of different levels: Chessdom article
  10. ^ "Najer wins Maccabiah rapid". ChessVibes. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "Paleohora International Open Chess Tournament". Chessdom. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  12. ^ Crowther, Mark (2010-05-01). "The Week in Chess: 14th Chicago Open 2010". London Chess Centre. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  13. ^ "Evgeniy Najer is new European Chess Champion". Chessdom. 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  14. ^ McGourty, Colin. "Najer wins Aeroflot ticket to Dortmund". chess24. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Chess in Maccabiah". International Chess Tournaments Maccabliah 2013 – תחרויות שחמט בינלאומיות, מכביה 2013. 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 

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