Arkadij Naiditsch

Name: Arkadij Naiditsch
Age: 27
Country: Germany
World rank: No. 29

Arkadij is the German number one and with a current Elo rating of 2716 is ranked 29 in the world. For years now he’s played with great success for OSG Baden-Baden and also trains the OSG junior team when his other chess commitments allow.

He learned the royal game from his father at the age of five, though he was also an enthusiastic ice-hockey player. A year after he won the U10 European Chess Championship and finished runner-up in the World Youth Championship his family moved from Latvia to Dortmund. He earned the international master title in 1999 before becoming Germany’s youngest grandmaster as a 15-year-old in 2001. Due to support in Dortmund he was able to take part in the annual Dortmund supertournament, which he sensationally won in 2005, leaving world class players like Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Leko, Veselin Topalov and Michael Adams in his wake.

For years now Arkadij has played on top board for the German national team, with the absolute highlight coming in November 2011 when Germany scored a stunning victory in the European Team Championship. Two other members of that team, Daniel Fridman and Georg Meier, will also compete in the GRENKE Chess Classic.

A few months ago Arkadij moved to live in Baden-Baden. He’s very glad to be able to participate in the tournament and notes the crucial role played in holding the event by the main sponsor GRENKE along with the other sponsors. His goal at the GRENKE Chess Classic is to play good chess and, with a little luck, to finish in the Top 3. He comes into the event in fine form after winning the Tata Steel B Tournament in Wijk aan Zee.