Peter Svidler: Player’s Profile of the Russian Chess Champion

For a long time Peter Svidler has been part of the world’s chess elite. Especially after his recent victory of the Russian National Championship, it is time to take a closer look at the grandmaster.


Two times World Champion of U18 category

Peter Svidler

On June 17th 1976 Pjotr Weniaminowitsch Swidler was born in St. Petersburg, which was still called Leningrad at his time of birth. At 6 years old he was taught to play chess and as a 17 year-old teenager he first won the World Championship of the under 18 year-olds. One year later, he repeatedly triumphed at this event. In between these first two milestones of his career, Svidler was awarded with the grandmaster title of the FIDE. In 1994, the Russian grandmaster was able to win the Russian National Championship for the first time, which he repeated another six times during the last decade; the last victory just recently. In the German Chess Major League, the Russian plays for the current Champion OSG Baden-Baden.


Several tournament victories during career

During his career, Peter Svidler (Elo 2740) has achieved many successes, such as tournament victories in Tilburg (1997), in Dortmund (1998 & 2006), in Biel / Bienne (2000), in Moscow (2003) and in Gibraltar (2008). The greatest success of the world’s number 17 is the triumph at the Chess World Cup 2011 in Chanty-Mansijsk. Also, since 1994, Svidler has lined up for his home country Russia in the Chess Olympics eight times. In 2001, he made it to semi-finals of the FIDE Chess World Championship in Moscow, but was defeated by the final winner Ruslan Ponomarjow at 1.5:2.5 points. Lastly, he was the runner-up at the FIDE World Championship 2005 in Argentina in and ranked 5th at the World Championship 2007 in Mexico.


Three times World Champion in Chess960

The Russian grandmaster is an enthusiastic representative of Chess960. At the annually carried out World Championship in Main, he replaced Péter Lékó as the World Champion in 2003 and successfully defended his title the following two years. In 2006, however, he was superseded by Levon Aronian. Furthermore, he became European Team Champion with the Russian national team at Crete in 2007, at which he was rated top-favorite player. In 7 duels he scored 6.0 points. Peter Svidler will most certainly continue his career with farther successes, as he showed us with his great performance at the Russian National Championship in 2013.


Picture: Soboky


written by Michael, translated by Birthe