After the 14 year-old Yi Wie from China caused a stir at the Chess World Cup, we will take a closer look at the young chess generation of Europe.
Anish Giri: 19 year-old Dutchman best junior player
Europe’s biggest hope among the chess youngsters is by far the strongest player of all juniors. Anish Giri is 19 years old, lines up for the Netherlands and is also well known in Germany for playing in the major league team SK Turm Emsdetten. Giri is the son of a hydrologist from Nepal and a Russian mother. The early grandmaster was born and raised in St. Petersburg, before he moved to Japan, Russia, and later on the Netherlands. At only 15 years ols, Anish Giri officially became a grandmaster and has a current Elo-rating of 2737 which makes him number 20 in the FIDE world rankings and therefore the most successful junior player.
Three remarkable Europeans of 1996 vintage
A further glance at the world’s best chess players shows that three European players born in 1996 are already among the top-class of the world. The Hungarian Richard Rapport with an Elo of 2693 and a current 59th rank in FIDE world rankings has very well established his name in the competition. Rapport received the grandmaster title in 2010 at 17 years old. Furthermore, chess fans might want to remember the names Illya Nyzhnyk and Daniil Dubov. For the Ukrainian Nyzhnyk and the Russian Dubov both obtain the grandmaster title at 16 years with Elo-rating of 2625 and 2624.
Vlasidlav Artemiev outstanding 15 year-old Russian player
One of the most noteworthy talents of European juniors is Vladislav Artemiev. The Russian is only 15 years old and already has a slightly higher Elo-rating (2560) than the Chinese Yi Wei (Elo 2551) who
made it to 3rd round at the Chess World Cup 2013. Up to now, Artemiev is an International Master only, but most certainly we will hear and see many great things from the Russian talent in the next years.
Picture: wikipedia / Anaso1970
written by Michael, translated by Birthe