GM Daniel Naroditsky

Biography

 About Daniel: 

Daniel was born on November 9, 1995 in San Mateo, California, and learned how to play chess when he was six-and-a-half years old. He started to take serious chess lessons shortly thereafter, and has since studied with a number of famous grandmasters, including his current coach, GM Lev Psakhis from Israel.
Daniel graduated from Crystal Springs Uplands School.  He is currently a sophomore at Stanford University.   
Besides playing competitive chess, Daniel is an active ambassador for scholastic chess in the United States; he gives simuls to kids and adults in schools and senior centers, and has been featured in numerous TV and newspaper interviews and articles (both local and national).  He has also given numerous talks to chess clubs in local schools.
Daniel has many interests: history, music, foreign languages, art, and mathematics. However, most of his "spare" time is devoted to the study of chess. He is an avid researcher of historical chess facts. In the words of one of his coaches: “His pure love for the game of chess is enormous.” 

 Quick Facts as of December 2016: 

  • Daniel is currently ranked #8 in the U.S. for all players, and #120 for all FIDE players.
  • His current USCF rating is 2732 and his FIDE rating is 2646.


 
 

 Major Accomplishments: 

  • Chess Titles:
    • FIDE Titles
      • 2013 International Grandmaster
      • 2011 International Master
      • 2007 FIDE Master
  • Major Adult Tournaments and Results:
    • 2015 Chicago Open, Wheeling, IL, tied for 2nd Place
    • 2015 World Team Chess Championship, Tsakhkadzor, Armenia, 4th-5th Place with U.S. team
    • 2014 London Chess Classic Super Rapidplay, London, UK, tied for 3rd Place
    • 2014 Teplice Open, Teplice, Czech Republic, 2nd Place
    • 2014 U.S. Championship, St. Louis, MO, 4th-5th Place (4th Place on tiebreaks) 
    • 2014 Bay Area International, Santa Clara, CA, Shared 1st Place
    • 2013 XXXIII Open, Villa de Benasque, Spain, 3rd GM Norm 
    • 2013 Philadelphia Open, 1st-2nd Place, 2nd GM Norm
    • 2012 3rd Imre Konig Memorial Rapid, San Francisco, CA, 1st-2nd Place
    • 2011 XXXI Open, Villa de Benasque, Spain, 1st GM Norm
    • 2011 U.S. Championship, St. Louis, MO
    • 2011 Spice Cup, Lubbock, TX, 1st-2nd Place
    • 2010 U.S. Open, Irvine, CA, 2nd-5th Place
    • 2010 First Saturday GM Tournament, Budapest, Hungary, 1st Place
    • 2009 Western Chess Congress, Concord, CA, 1st Place
    • 2008 Far West Open, Open Section, Reno, NV, 2nd-5th Place
    • 2006 Western Class Championship, Agoura Hills, CA A Section, 1st Place
    • 2005 Far West Open, B Section, Reno, NV, 1st Place
    • Major Scholastic Tournaments and Results:
      • 2013 U.S. Junior Champion, St. Louis, MO
      • 2008 CalChess State High School Champion
      • 2007 Gold Medal, World Youth Chess Championship (Boys Under 12), Antalya, Turkey
      • 2007 CalChess State High School Champion  (youngest in history)
      • 2006 Bronze Medal, Pan American Youth Festival, Cuenca, Ecuador
      • 2006 National Scholastic Champion (4th Grade)
      • 2005 5th Place, World Youth Chess Championship, Belfort, France
      • 2005 National Scholastic Campion (K-3)
      • 2005 CalChess State Elementary School Champion
      • 2004 CalChess State Primary School Champion
    • Awards and Other Accomplishments:
      • 2014 Frank P. Samford Jr. Chess Fellow
      • 2006-2014 #1 rated player in his age category in the U.S.
      • 2006-2014 Member of San Francisco Mechanics' Chess Team in the U.S. Chess League
      • 2005-2014 All-America Chess Team
      • 2011 U.S. Closed Chess Championship, St. Louis, MO
      • 2012 Falconer Award
      • 2011 Falconer Award
      • 2010 Falconer Award
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