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Daniel Fridman

Daniel Fridman in 2013
Full name Daniels Fridman
Country Germany
Born February 15, 1976
Riga, Latvia
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2665 (July 2009)

Daniel Fridman (born February 15, 1976 in Riga) is a German chess grandmaster from Latvia. He was Latvian champion in 1996 and German champion in 2008,2012 and 2014.

Early chess career

Fridman learned the rules of chess when he was around four years of age. He soon became a regular player of youth tournaments, competing at the national, regional and international levels. His biggest junior success occurred at Duisburg in 1992, when he took home a bronze medal in the Under-16 category of the World Youth Chess Championship.

By the mid-1990s, Fridman was recognised as a serious force in Latvian chess. He went on to win the national championship in 1996, having gained the International Master (IM) title in 1994. Leaving his junior status behind, he had some early international tournament successes at the Wichern Open in Hamburg in 1997 (joint second place, behind Sergei Movsesian) and Senden in 1998 (joint winner with Frank Holzke).

In 1999 he relocated to Germany and qualified as a Grandmaster in 2001.

Further success

Most of Fridman's major tournament victories have occurred after the year 2000. These include outright or shared first places at Essen ('B' Group) 2001, Recklinghausen Summer Open 2002, Zurich Christmas Open 2002, Southampton, Bermuda 2003 ('B' Group), Stratton Mountain 2004, Marseille Open 2006, Nuremberg 2006, Lausanne 2006, Venaco (Corsica) 2006 and the Liverpool International Open of 2007.

He won the German Championship at Bad Wörishofen in 2008.

He is a renowned master of speed chess and, among other victories, took first places at the Essen rapid contest of 2000 and Dutch Open rapid tourney of 2008. Playing internet competitions, he has enjoyed success at the Dos Hermanas tournaments of 2004 and 2005.

Team events

He first represented the Latvian men's team on board 4 at the Yerevan Oympiad of 1996 and at the Pula 1997 European Team Chess Championship. He returned to the Olympiad team as first board in 2004 (Calvià) and in 2006 (Turin). Having become a German citizen, he has since switched chess federations and, as incumbent national champion in 2008, was an automatic choice for the German team at the Dresden Olympiad.

Playing league chess in the Bundesliga, he has been a member of the Mulheim Nord club since 2004.

Personal life

Fridman is married to American IM and Woman Grandmaster Anna Zatonskih. Having been based mainly in the U.S. since 2006, the couple now plan to reduce their need to travel frequently by spending more time in Germany. They have a daughter, Sofia, born in 2007. Fridman's younger brother Rafael (born 1979) is an IM.