Svidler, who was born on 17 June 1976 in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, has been one of the best players in the world for decades, and in January 1998, when he was the world’s number nine with a rating of 2690, he was officially among the world’s top ten for the first time.
Svidler has achieved countless successes in national and international tournaments. To list just a few: In 1994 he became World Youth Champion U18 in Szeged, in 2003 he won the Chess960 World Championship in Mainz and in 2006 he finished second in the World Blitz Championship.
In 2011, Svidler won the World Cup and four years later, in 2015, he reached the final again, where he narrowly defeated by Sergey Karjakin.
Three times (2013, 2014 and 2016) Svidler took part in the Candidates Tournament, and in the 2005 FIDE World Championship he shared second and third place with Vishy Anand behind tournament winner Topalov.
Eight times – 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2017 Svidler became Russian Champion – no other player has won the prestigious and strong Russian or Soviet championships more often. Moreover, Svidler narrowly missed a ninth title: In the 1998 Russian Championship he shared first place with Alexander Morozevich who then won the tournament on tiebreak.
Svidler was and is also successful in team competitions. He has been playing for the St. Petersburg team for over 20 years, but has also team competitions in Germany, France and Great Britain with his respective teams.
For Russia, Svidler played successfully in ten Olympiads, five World Team Championships and seven European Team Championships.
But according to a report on chesstech Svidler has now left Russia to go to Israel.
Svidler, who is also a hugely popular commentator of top tournaments, was among the group of 44 leading Russian chess personalities who criticised the Russian invasion of Ukraine in a public letter and appeal for peace to Vladimir Putin in March 2022.
As chesstech reports, Alexander Shimanov and Daniil Dubov also joined the growing group of Russian grandmasters who have left the country after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Shimanov and Dubov have gone to Kazakhstan.