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Dmitry Jakovenko

Full name Дмитрий Олегович Яковенко
Country Russia
Born 29 June 1983
Omsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2760 (January 2009)
Peak ranking No. 5 (July 2009)

Dmitry Olegovich Jakovenko (Russian: Дмитрий Олегович Яковенко; born 29 June 1983) is a Russian chess grandmaster. He was a member of the gold medal-winning Russian team at the 2009 World Team Chess Championship and at the European Team Chess Championships of 2007 and 2015.

He learned chess from his father at age 3, and was later coached by former Garry Kasparov's trainer Alexander Nikitin. In 2001 he won the World Under-18 Championship and the Saint-Vincent Open, and in 2004 he decided to become a professional chess player. He shared first place in the Russian Championship Superfinal 2006 but lost the playoff against Evgeny Alekseev, got second place at Pamplona 2006/2007, Corus B Group 2007, and Aeroflot Open.

In the July 2009 FIDE World Rankings Jakovenko became the fifth highest rated chess player in the world and overtook Vladimir Kramnik as the number one Russian chess player. Kramnik regained the position in September that year.

He finished first in the Karpov Poikovsky Tournament in 2007 and 2012. Jakovenko won the 2012 European Individual Chess Championship in Plovdiv with a score of 8½/11 points. He won the Russian Cup knockout tournament in 2013 and 2014 by beating in the final Vladimir Fedoseev and Maxim Matlakov respectively. In December 2014, Jakovenko took second place behind Igor Lysyj in the Superfinal of the 67th Russian championship in Kazan.

Jakovenko shared first place with Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana in the last leg (Khanty Mansyisk) of the FIDE Grand Prix 2014-15. He placed third in the Grand Prix overall standings with 310 points.

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