Hans Niemann scores 8/9 to win strong Grenke Open

by Carlos Alberto Colodro
4/2/2024 – The strong A-Open, played alongside the Grenke Chess Classic, saw Hans Niemann becoming the outright winner after scoring 8/9 points. A victory with black in the final round, over Velimir Ivic, gave the rising star clear first place. Nine players finished a half point behind the winner, with Ivan Saric and Vladimir Fedoseev grabbing second and thid place on tiebreaks. | Photo: Angelika Valkova

ChessBase 17 - Mega package - Edition 2024 ChessBase 17 - Mega package - Edition 2024

It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it. Start your personal success story with ChessBase and enjoy the game even more.


Back in the top 50

Hans Niemann achieved a peak rating of 2708 in May 2023, but saw his rating falling to 2659 by November. There followed a remarkable showing in Zagreb and a fifty-percent performance in the London Classic to end the year. At the start of 2024, Niemann scored 7/13 at the Tata Steel Challengers before sharing first place with Daniel Dardha in Djerba. All these events left him with a 2676 rating in the official FIDE ranking for March 2024.

At the main section of the Grenke Chess Open, Niemann was the fifth seed, as one of 19 players rated 2600 or above. An outstanding performance with 7 wins and 2 draws saw him grabbing clear first place after winning his final-round game over Velimir Ivic. The result gained the 20-year-old 12.3 rating points, allowing him to climb to 47th place in the live ratings list with 2688 Elo points to his name.

Niemann entered the final round as one of six co-leaders, and was paired up against Ivic (with the black pieces) on board 3. Draws were seen on the first two boards, which meant the full point obtained by Niemann granted him outright victory.

After obtaining a strategic edge in a queenless position with pairs of bishops for both sides, Niemann showed good technique to obtain his final-round victory.

Black’s outside passer on the h-file is very strong here, while Ivic’s 37.Rh1 turned out to be too passive going forward. Resignation by the Serbian GM came only six moves later.

Niemann’s victory is likely to gain him an invitation to next year’s Grenke Chess Classic.

Also outstanding was the performance of Yagiz Kaan Erdogmus, who scored 7/9 points to become the fourth-youngest grandmaster in history, as he obtained the most prestigious title in chess at the age of 12 years, 9 months and 29 days. The Turkish representative is also the youngest GM in the world at the moment.

After kicking off the event with four consecutive wins against lower-rated opponents, Erdogmus grabbed draws against Abhimanyu Mishra and eventual tournament winner Hans Niemann. The only loss suffered by the youngster was seen in round 8, when he was defeated by top seed Arjun Erigaisi.

Erdogmus came from winning the Jeddah Youth Chess Festival, where he outscored fellow prodigies Volodar Murzin and Raunak Sadhwani in a 10-player single round-robin.

Expert analysis by IM Robert Ris

Final standings

Rk. SNo Name Rtg Club/City Pts. TB1
1 Niemann, Hans Moke 8 56
2 Saric, Ivan 7,5 58
3 Fedoseev, Vladimir 7,5 56,5
4 Kollars, Dmitrij 7,5 56
5 Chigaev, Maksim 7,5 55,5
6 Erigaisi Arjun, 7,5 54
Shevchenko, Kirill 7,5 54
8 Anton Guijarro, David 7,5 53,5
9 Tiglon, Bryce 7,5 53
10 Bluebaum, Matthias 7,5 51,5
11 Svane, Frederik 7 58,5
12 Svane, Rasmus 7 58
13 Yoo, Christopher Woojin 7 57
14 Maurizzi, Marc`Andria 7 56,5
15 Sjugirov, Sanan 7 55,5
Ivic, Velimir 7 55,5
17 Sarana, Alexey 7 55
18 Gavrilescu, David 7 54,5
19 Kamsky, Gata 7 54
Erdogmus, Yagiz Kaan 7 54
21 Pultinevicius, Paulius 7 51,5
Nasuta, Grzegorz 7 51,5
Vogel, Roven 7 51,5
24 Indjic, Aleksandar 7 51

...935 players

All available games


Carlos Colodro is a Hispanic Philologist from Bolivia. He works as a freelance translator and writer since 2012. A lot of his work is done in chess-related texts, as the game is one of his biggest interests, along with literature and music.
Discussion and Feedback Submit your feedback to the editors