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Radosław Wojtaszek (born 13 January 1987, in Elbląg, Poland) is a Polish chess grandmaster. He is a three-time Polish Chess Champion and the No. 1 ranked Polish player as of November 2018.[1]

Radosław Wojtaszek
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Radosław Wojtaszek during the Polish Chess Championship in Warsaw, 2014
Full nameRadosław Wojtaszek
Born (1987-01-13) 13 January 1987 (age 32)
Elbląg, Poland
TitleGrandmaster (2005)
FIDE rating2722 (March 2019)
(No. 16 in the November 2015 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating2750 (January 2017)

He has been one of the seconds to Viswanathan Anand since 2008. Wojtaszek assisted the former World Chess Champion in his successful title defence match against Vladimir Kramnik,[2] in 2010 against Veselin Topalov,[3] in 2012 against Boris Gelfand,[4][5] in 2013[6] and in 2014[7] against Magnus Carlsen.


Chess careerEdit

In 2004, Wojtaszek won the European Under-18 Championship, the World Under-18 Championship[8] and the Cracovia Open with 7½/9.[9][10] He won the Polish Chess Championship in 2005.[11]

In 2006, Wojtaszek played for the Polish team at the Chess Olympiad in Turin scoring 9 points out of 11 games.[12] In December 2008 Wojtaszek became the European Rapid Chess Champion.[13]

In 2009, Wojtaszek finished second in the Polish Championship, shared second place with Michael Roiz at the first Lublin Grandmaster Tournament and won the Najdorf Memorial in Warsaw.

In January 2010, Wojtaszek tied for 1st–5th with Eduardas Rozentalis, Pavel Ponkratov, Luke McShane and Igor Lysyj at the 39th Rilton Cup in Stockholm[14] and finished again second in the Polish Championship. He won the 5th Polonia Wrocław Open in July 2010.[15][16] In August of the same year, he won the 4th San Juan International Tournament in Pamplona with 6½/9.[17][18]

At the Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk, Wojtaszek played on top board for Poland scoring 6/9. In June 2011, he won the 9th Gyorgy Marx Memorial in Paks, Hungary.[19] In December 2013 he took clear first with 6/7 in the 37th Zurich Christmas Open.[20]

Radosław Wojtaszek and Alina Kashlinskaya, 2017 at Dortmund

In 2014, he won for the second time the Polish Championship.

In January 2015, Wojtaszek took part in Tata Steel Masters tournament in Wijk aan Zee, finishing ninth out of 14 players. He scored 5.5/13 and was the only player to have defeated World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen as well as the world's second highest rated player, Fabiano Caruana.[21] In July 2015, he placed second in the Biel Grandmaster Tournament scoring 6/10.[22]

In April 2016 he won the Polish Championship for the third time, scoring 6.5/9.[23]

In July 2017, Wojtaszek won the Dortmund chess, with overall score of 4.5 out of 7, ahead of players like Vladimir Kramnik and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. He was unbeaten in that tournament, winning games against Wang Yue and Nisipeanu (both with white pieces).[24]

In April 2018, he participated in the fifth edition of Shamkir Chess, finishing fifth with a score of 4½/9 (+1–1=7).[25]

In October 2018, his team finished second at the 34th European Chess Club Cup held in Porto Carras, Greece. During this tournament he drew against World Champion Magnus Carlsen.[26][27] In the same month, he also won the Isle of Man International Championship with a score 7/9 after a play-off match against Arkadij Naiditsch.[28]

Personal lifeEdit

Wojtaszek is married to the Russian IM Alina Kashlinskaya.[29]


  1. ^ Staff writer(s) (April 2018). "Federation Rankings – Poland". FIDE.
  2. ^ "Chess News - World Championship Picture Gallery of the final day". 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  3. ^ "WCh G12: Anand beats Topalov, retains world title". ChessVibes. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  4. ^ "WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH". FIDE. 31 May 2012. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  5. ^ "FIDE World Chess Championship Moscow 2012". Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  6. ^ "Carlsen Didn't Have Seconds in India". 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  7. ^ Sagar Shah (2014-11-08). "WCh Sochi: personalities, players and seconds". ChessBase. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  8. ^ "World Youth Chess Championships 2004". 14 November 2004. Archived from the original on 1 November 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  9. ^ Cracovia Open 2004 Archived 6 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Highlights of Cracovia 2004
  11. ^ Schüler gewinnt polnische Meisterschaft 2005-05-29 (in German)
  12. ^ Wojciech Bartelski. "Men's Chess Olympiads :: Radosław Wojtaszek". OlimpBase. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  13. ^ "Wyniki końcowe - runda 13". 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  14. ^ Crowther, Mark (2010-01-11). "Rilton Cup 2009-10". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  15. ^ "". Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  16. ^ Mark Crowther (2010-06-28). "Polonia Wroclaw Chess Festival". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  17. ^ Mark Crowther (2010-08-09). "IV Torneo Internacional A.D.San Juan". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  18. ^ "IV Torneo Internacional A.D.San Juan". Chess-Results. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  19. ^ Crowther, Mark (2011-06-20). "IX Gyorgy Marx Memorial". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  20. ^ "Wojtaszek is first at Zurich Open". ChessBase. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  21. ^ "Standings of Tata Steel Masters 2015". Retrieved 2015-08-26.[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ Alejandro Ramirez (2015-07-30). "Biel Final: MVL wins again!". ChessBase. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  23. ^ "Mistrzostwa Polskich w Szachach, Final Standings".
  24. ^ "Wojtaszek wins 45th Sparkassen chess meeting". sparkassen-chess-meeting. 2017-07-23. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  25. ^ Staff writer(s) (28 April 2018). "Results: Cross Table". Shamkir Chess.
  26. ^ "EUROPEAN CHESS CLUB CUP 2018 STARTS". Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  27. ^ "34th European Club Cup - Participants". Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  28. ^ "Latest News". Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  29. ^ "Another Chess Family Will Be Born Today in Moscow". 2015-09-07. Retrieved 10 July 2015.

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