Ian Nepomniachtchi

GRANDMASTER

Russia

July 14, 1990

#5

Fide Rating

2798

Peak Rating

2821

2-time European U12 Champion

'02 World U12 Champion

2-time Aeroflot Open Winner

’10 Russian Chess Champion

This is a huge year for Russia’s number 1. The 31-year-old Muscovite is carrying his nation’s hopes on his shoulders after winning the FIDE Candidates tournament in April to become Carlsen’s official World Championship challenger. But first he will want to strike a blow in the Tour Finals and knock his contemporary off his perch at the top of online chess. If Nepo, as he is known, wins the finals that would send shockwaves through Carlsen’s camp. All eyes are on him!