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Arkadij Naiditsch (Azerbaijani: Arkadiy Naydiç; born 25 October 1985) is an Azerbaijani (since 2015) chess grandmaster that previously represented Latvia (until 2005) and Germany (2005–2015). As of November 2018, he is ranked as No. 20 in the world rankings.[2]

Arkadij Naiditsch
Naiditsch,Arkadij 2016 Karlsruhe.jpeg
Naiditsch in 2016
Full nameArkadiy Mixayloviç Naydiç
CountryLatvia (until 2005)
Germany (2005–2015)
Azerbaijan (since 2015)
Born (1985-10-25) 25 October 1985 (age 33)
Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (1999)
FIDE rating2681 (June 2019)
(No. 20 in the November 2018 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating2737 (December 2013)
Peak rankingNo. 18 (December 2013) [1]
Arkadij Naiditsch
Medal record
Representing  Azerbaijan
Men's Chess
European Team Championship
Gold medal – first place 2017 Crete Team



In 1995 he won the European Under-10 championship in Verdun.

Naiditsch was the winner of the Dortmund Sparkassen 2005 Tournament, ahead of higher-rated and well-known players such as Loek van Wely, Veselin Topalov, Peter Svidler, Vladimir Kramnik, Michael Adams, and Peter Leko.[3] In 2007, he won the German national championship based in Bad Königshofen.

In 2011 he won the 15th International Neckar Open with a score of 8½/9. This achievement enabled him to cross the 2700 Elo rating mark.[4] In the same year Naiditsch played on the top board for the German team that won the gold medal at the European Team Chess Championship in Porto Carras.

Naiditsch won the Grandmaster Group B of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2013 in Wijk aan Zee on tiebreak over Richárd Rapport after both finished on 9/13.[5] This victory qualified him for the Tata Steel Group A of 2014 (later renamed 'Tata Steel Masters').[6] In August 2014 he won with the black pieces against World Champion Magnus Carlsen, playing first board for the German team in the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø. The following month Naiditsch won the 2nd Grenke Chess Classic tournament in Baden-Baden. In December of the same year, he finished first in the 38th Zurich Christmas Open.[7]

In January 2015 he tied for 1st–5th with Alexander Donchenko, Eduardo Iturrizaga, Matthias Dann and Miloš Pavlović in the Masters section of the Basel Chess Festival, winning the tournament on best tiebreak score.[8] Naiditsch tied for first with Magnus Carlsen in the 3rd Grenke Chess Classic in February 2015, finishing second after a five-game blitz playoff, which ended with an armageddon game.[9]

In July 2015 he switched to the Azerbaijani Chess Federation.[10] On 30 December 2015 Naiditsch won for the second consecutive year the Zurich Christmas Open.[11] Six days later, he won also the Basel Chess Festival for the second year in a row.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

In October 2014, Naiditsch married Ukrainian-Israeli chess player IM Yuliya Shvayger.[13] He currently lives in Baku with his family.[14]


  1. ^ "Arkady Naiditsch Rating Progress". FIDE. 1 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Arkady Naiditsch FIDE Profile". FIDE. 1 September 2017.
  3. ^ Nyrne, Robert (7 August 2005). "Naiditsch, Ranked the Lowest, Takes Top Honors in Dortmund". New York Times. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Arkadij Naiditsch wins convincingly the 15th International Neckar Open". Chessdom. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Tata R13: Karjakin, Wang score, Carlsen wins Wijk by 1½ points". ChessBase. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Tata Steel 2014 starts tomorrow". ChessBase. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  7. ^ 38. Zürcher Weihnachtsopen Meisterturnier
  8. ^ "Arkadij Naiditsch wins another trophy in Switzerland". Chessdom. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  9. ^ McGourty, Colin (10 February 2015). "GRENKE Classic: Carlsen wins Armageddon". chess24. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  10. ^ Player transfers in 2015 FIDE. Retrieved 12 December 2015
  11. ^ "Arkadij Naiditsch repeats success in Zurich Christmas Open". Chessdom. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  12. ^ "GM Arkadij Naiditsch wins Basel Chess Festival 2016". Chessdom. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  13. ^ McGourty, Colin (12 August 2015). "Naiditsch: "I'm not afraid of anybody"". chess24.
  14. ^ "Arkady Naiditsch and Wife Move to Baku". chess-news. 13 August 2015.

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