Arkadij Naiditsch

Born: Oct 25, 1985 (Age 28),
Riga, Latvia
FIDE Title: Grandmaster
FIDE ID: 4650891
Federation: Germany

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Arkadij Naiditsch is, for many years,
Germany's undisputed Number One chess player.

As an outstanding scorer and constant pillar of his team, OSG Baden-Baden, Arkadij won the 9th Championship title in series with 30:0 points in April 2014 with his team. His previous best Elo rating of 2737 points in December 2013 earned Number 18 in the world ranking list.

At the beginning of 2013, Arkadij won the B Group at Tata Steel, the prestigious Dutch tournament in Wijk aan Zee thereby qualifying for the A Group the following year.

The winning of the European Champion Title as the top board and leader of the German National team in the 2011 Greek Porto Carras, was sensational.

The first outstanding international success was achieved by Arkadij, at the age of 19, in the summer of 2005 at the Dortmund Chess Meeting - the strongest German round-robin tournament. Despite being the lowest Elo-rated participant he challenged world class players including Kramnik, Topalov, Adams, Svidler and Leko and won the tournament.


Born on October 25, 1985 in Riga, Latvia. Single. Three younger sisters. Father is an engineer; mother is a teacher.

1995 moved to Dortmund. 2012 moved to Baden-Baden.

Hobbies: Karate 5th Kyu (first blue belt) as recreational sports.


  • 1995European Champion U10 in Verdun
  • 19962nd Place World Championship U12 in Cannes
  • 1999Awarded the title of International Master by the World Chess Federation, FIDE, at the age of 13.
  • 2001Awarded the Grandmaster title by FIDE at the age of 15, becoming the youngest German Grandmaster of all time.
  • 2003Victory over J. Timman, in the WDR broadcasted TV match "Chess of the Grandmasters," a tournament which first edition started back in 1983.
  • 2004Decided to play professional chess; Victory at the WDR-TV match against R. Kasimdzhanov.
  • 2005Sensational Victory at the Dortmund Chess Meeting, the strongest German round-robin tournament. As the lowest-rated participant he challenged world-class players V. Kramnik, V.Topalov, M. Adams and P. Leko. According to Elo, he has been the strongest German chess player continuously since 2005.
  • 2006Appointed to the German National team at the Chess Olympiads in Turin, Italy, as top board and leader (result: 6 out of 10); Since then, regularly the top board and leader of the German team at all international events.
  • 2007Victory at the German Individual Championship in Bad Königshofen (7 out of 9); First Place at the Presidents Cup in Baku (7.5 out of 9); from 2007 to 2014, German team champion with OSG Baden-Baden, producing outstanding individual and team results: record 13.5 out of 15 in the 2010-2011 season. 11 out of 15 in both the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons and team scoring 30:0 in the 2013-2014 season. Competed just as successfully in other leagues: team winner in Belgium with Wirtzfeld, in Holland with Groningen, in France with Marseilles, in Croatia with Rijeka and in Hungary with Nagykanizsa.
  • 2009First time breaking through the "Elo sound barrier" 2700 and thus officially Elite Grandmaster; Winner of the rapid chess tournament in the Spanish Villarrobledo; Victory in the round-robin tournament in Montreal; 2nd place at the European Cup with the Baden-Baden team in Ohrid (with 5.5 out of 7).
  • 2010Victory in a match against the Ukrainian top player, J. Efimenko, in Mukachevo with 3.5: 2.5
  • 2011Victory at the Neckar Open in Deizisau with an extraordinary 8.5 out of 9 (2922 Elo-Performance!); Sensational win as European Champion with the German National team, ranked at number 7, in Porto Carras; German Cup winner with OSG Baden-Baden.
  • 2013Winner of the B Group at Tata Steel Chess, the prestigious Dutch tournament, in Wijk aan Zee and thus became the first German qualifier for the A Group in many years; An outstanding result in the Spanish league with 5 out of 6 (Performance 2850). In the Elo-rating list from December 1st., 2013, achieved the personal best score of 2737 points and Number 18 world ranking.