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Evgeniy Najer

Country Russia
Born 22 June 1977
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2682 (October 2008)

Evgeniy Najer (Russian: Евгений Наер; born 22 June 1977 in Moscow) is a Russian chess Grandmaster and the current European champion. He is also one of the Russian women's national team's coaches.

In 2002 he shared the victory of the U.S. Open Chess Championship with Gennadi Zaichik and in 2003 won the Moscow City Chess Championship.

He won the Cappelle-la-Grande Open of 2004 on tiebreak over Kaido Külaots, Artyom Timofeev, Zoltan Gyimesi, Sergey Grigoriants and Oleg Korneev. In the same year he tied for 1st-3rd with Michael Roiz and Leonid Gofshtein in the Ashdod Chess Festival. In 2007 he won the 3rd Moscow Open edging out on tiebreak Vasily Yemelin.

Najer won the World Open in Philadelphia consecutively in 2008 and 2009. He was one of the seconds of Gata Kamsky in his 2009 match against Veselin Topalov ("Challenger Match"). In July 2009, Najer won the strong rapid round-robin tournament, whose field included Boris Gelfand and Judit Polgar among others, of the Richard Riordan Chess Festival at the 18th Maccabiah Games. Soon afterwards, in the same month, he tied for first with Robert Fontaine in the Paleochora Open Tournament.

In 2010, he tied for 2nd-5th with Michael Adams, Victor Mikhalevski and Jiří Štoček the 14th Chicago Open.

In 2015 he won the European Individual Chess Championship in Jerusalem with 8½/11. This victory qualified him for the Chess World Cup 2015, where he was eliminated in the first round by Rauf Mamedov.

Najer is Jewish.