Inarkiev at European Club Cup, 2008
|Born||9 December 1985|
Osh Region, Kirghiz SSR, Soviet Union
|FIDE rating||2693 (September 2019)|
|Peak rating||2732 (September 2016)|
Early life and careerEdit
Inarkiev, who was named after Ernesto "Che" Guevara, was born in the Osh Region, Kyrgyzstan (then part of the Soviet Union). He played for his native country in two Chess Olympiads: in 1998 and 2000. In 1999, he won the Asian under-16 championship and the Kyrgyz championship. He switched to the Russian Chess Federation in 2000, accepting Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's offer to move to Elista with his family.
He competed in the FIDE World Championship 2004, where he was knocked out in the first round by Leinier Dominguez. In 2006 Inarkiev finished third in the Superfinal of the 59th Russian Chess Championship, for which he qualified by winning the Russian Championship Higher League earlier in the same year. He took part in the first FIDE Grand Prix series from 2008 to 2010 as host city nominee of Elista. In 2010 he tied for 1st–4th with Konstantin Chernyshov, Lê Quang Liêm and Evgeny Bareev in the Moscow Open (ru), and placed third in the 14th Anatoly Karpov International Chess Tournament (pl) in Poikovsky, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Russia. Inarkiev won the Baku Open in 2014 edging out Constantin Lupulescu on tiebreak score. In 2015, he won the Moscow Open scoring 8/9 points and shared third place with Emil Sutovsky and Denis Khismatullin in the 16th Poikovsky Karpov Tournament. In May 2016 he won the 17th European Individual Chess Championship in Gjakova, Kosovo. Two months later, he played a friendly match against Boris Gelfand in Magas, Ingushetia, Russia consisting in 6 classical games and 6 rapid games. Inarkiev lost by 4-6 in both time controls. In November, he played for team SHSM Legacy Square Moscow in the European Club Cup in Novi Sad winning the team bronze medal. In 2017 he took part in the FIDE Grand Prix series events in Moscow, Geneva and Palma de Mallorca. In August 2017, Inarkiev played a second match against Gelfand, winning this time by 7-5. One year later, he played a friendly match with Wei Yi at the chess festival Tower of Concord in Magas, losing by 4½-7½. In March 2019 Inarkiev won the 3rd Sharjah Masters tournament in the United Arab Emirates on tiebreak from Wang Hao, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Alireza Firouzja, Maxim Matlakov, Nodirbek Yakkubboev and Sandro Mareco. All seven players scored 7/9 points.
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