Ian Aleksandrovich Nepomniachtchi (Russian: Ян Алекса́ндрович Непо́мнящий, Yan Aleksandrovich Nepomniashchiy; born 14 July 1990) is a Russian chess grandmaster, and the 2010 Russian and European 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.

As of April 2016, Nepomniachtchi is ranked as one of the world's top five players in both rapid chess and blitz chess. In addition, he is one of the few players who have positive score against current world champion Magnus Carlsen.


Early career

Nepomniachtchi won the European Youth Chess Championship three times. In 2000, he won the under-10 category, and in 2001 and 2002, he came first in the U12 championship.[2] In 2002, Nepomniachtchi 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. The third and final norm required for the GM title was won at the 5th Vanya Somov Memorial – World's Youth Stars tournament in Kirishi.[4] Nepomniachtchi won the latter event edging Rauf Mamedov, Parimarjan Negi and Zaven Andriasian on tiebreak, after all the mentioned 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. In this tournament, he shared second place after an undefeated run. In the same year, he also won the Ordix Open, a rapid chess tournament in Mainz.[6][7]


In 2010, in Rijeka, Nepomniachtchi won the European Individual Championship with a score of 9/11.[8] Later the same year, in Moscow, he won the Russian Chess Championship, after defeating Sergey Karjakin in a playoff.[9]


In November 2011, Nepomniachtchi tied for 3rd–5th with Vasily Ivanchuk and Sergey Karjakin in the category 22 Tal Memorial in Moscow.[10]


In May 2012, Nepomiachtchi reached a FIDE rating of 2735. As of April 2016, this is his peak rating.


In May 2013, Nepomniachtchi 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.[11] The following month, Nepomniachtchi finished second to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the World Rapid Chess Championship, held in Khanty-Mansiysk.[12] In October 2013, he tied for first with Peter Svidler in the Russian Championship Superfinal, finishing second on tiebreak.[13]

Over the course of 2013, Nepomniachtchi's blitz rating surged from 2689 in January, to 2830 in December. He was now ranked as one of the top blitz players in the world.


Nepomniachtchi won the silver medal at the World Blitz Chess Championship of 2014 held in Dubai.[14]


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.[15] Later that year, in September, he won the Moscow Blitz Championship[16] and one month later, he took the silver medal at the World Rapid Chess Championship in Berlin.[17]

Personal life

Nepomniachtchi is Jewish.[18]

He graduated from the Russian State Social University.[19]


  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. ^ Doggers, Peter (2008-08-04). "Nepomniachtchi wins Ordix Open". ChessVibes. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Mainz 2008: Ian Nepomniachtchi wins Ordix Open". ChessBase. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Ian Nepomniachtchi is European Chess Champion". Chessdom. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "First Russian title for Nepomniachtchi". ChessVibes.com. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Carlsen catches Aronian in last round, wins Tal Memorial on tiebreak". ChessVibes. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Crowther, Mark (2013-05-16). "14th European Individual Championships 2013". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is 2013 World Rapid Chess Champion". Chessdom. 2013-06-08. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "Russian Super Final: Svidler, Gunina win". ChessBase. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  14. ^ FIDE World Blitz Championship 2014 Chess-Results
  15. ^ "Ian Nepomniachtchi dominates the Aeroflot Open". Chessdom. 2015-04-06. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "Ian Nepomniachtchi and Valentina Gunina win the Moscow Blitz Chess Championships". FIDE. 2015-09-11. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  17. ^ "Magnus Carlsen is 2015 World Rapid Champion!". Chessdom. 2015-10-12. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  18. ^ Ram Soffer (2013-07-24). "2013 Maccabiah Games - The Jewish Olympics". ChessBase. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  19. ^ "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