Happy 44th Birthday to Peter Svidler

Happy 44th Birthday to Peter Svidler

(World #24)! The eight-time Russian Champion is one of the most popular chess commentators in the world today. His peak ranking was World #4 (in January 2004, rated 2747).

Photo: Lennart Ootes via STLChessClub

Pyotr Veniaminovich Svidler (Russian: Пётр Вениами́нович Сви́длер; born 17 June 1976) is a Russian chess grandmaster and an eight-time Russian Chess Champion who now frequently commentates on chess.

Svidler has competed in three World Championship tournaments—in the period with split title the FIDE World Chess Championship 2002 and 2005, and after reunification the World Chess Championship 2007. He also played in three Candidates Tournaments, in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Svidler assisted Vladimir Kramnik at the Classical World Championship matches in 2000 and 2004.

Eight-time Russian Champion (1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2017), he has represented Russia at the Chess Olympiad ten times (1994-2010, 2014) winning five team gold medals, two team silvers and an individual bronze. Svidler won the Chess World Cup 2011, was runner-up in the World Blitz Championship in 2006 and won at Fontys Tilburg, Biel and Gibraltar. Svidler also tied for first at Dortmund, Aeroflot Open and Karpov Poikovsky.

Svidler is a frequent commentator on important chess tournaments and matches on the chess website Chess24. He received praise for his online real-time analysis (assisted at times by top-10 players Anish Giri and Alexander Grischuk) and solo post-game summaries of the 2018 FIDE World Chess Championship final in which Magnus Carlsen defeated Fabiano Caruana.