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Optiver loves chess

Strategy, problem solving and agility are why the game of chess and Optiver go hand in hand. Since 2016 Optiver has been supporting Anish Giri in his quest to conquer the game.
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  • Get to know Anish Giri

    It takes excellent numerical skills and a passion to prove yourself to succeed in the world of trading. Applying this mind-set at an early age is how our Dutch player became one of the brightest stars in Chess today. Optiver is proud to sponsor Anish Giri.


    • At the age of 14 Anish became the youngest Grandmaster in the world
    • He speaks 6 languages, including Japanese 
    • Anish is a four-time Dutch Chess Champion 
    • He was born in St. Petersburg to a Nepalese father and Russian mother
    • In 2014 he became a published author with his first book, My Junior Years In Chess

    *Video by Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Wijk aan Zee Chess Tournament 2018

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament's 80th edition was a historic moment for Dutch chess and for Optiver. Anish Giri played an outstanding two weeks of chess and came in second place.

After 13 rounds of classical chess, Anish was up against the World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in two tiebreak blitz games. This was the first year the tournament opted to include a tiebreak to determine a winner, whereas previously Anish would have shared the title. Although Anish did not secure the win, his strong performance and good nature claimed the spotlight.

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