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Igor Lysyj

Full name Игорь Лысый
Country Russia
Born 1 January 1987
Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster (2007)
Peak rating 2700 (January 2015)

Igor Lysyj (Russian: Игорь Лысый; born 1 January 1987) is a Russian chess grandmaster and the 2014 Russian champion.

Chess career

Lysyj was a member of the Russian team that placed fourth in the 2003 Under-16 Chess Olympiad in Denizli, Turkey. He won the silver medal for his performance (6/8 score) on the reserve board.

Lysyj won the Russian Junior Rapid Chess Championship in 2004. In 2006 he tied for first with Roman Ovetchkin in the Zudov Memorial. In 2007 he was awarded the grandmaster title and won the main event (Young Masters) of the Euro Chess Tournament in Hengelo, the Netherlands.

In 2008 he finished equal first (second on tiebreak) at the 10th World University Chess Championship held in Novokuznetsk.

In 2009, he finished equal first (second on countback) in the 13th Voronezh open tournament. In January 2010, Lysyj tied for first with Eduardas Rozentalis, Pavel Ponkratov, Radosław Wojtaszek and Luke McShane in the 39th Rilton Cup in Stockholm, placing fifth on tiebreak. He competed in the Chess World Cup 2011, where he knocked out Mikhail Kobalia and Alexander Ivanov in the first two rounds, then he was eliminated in round three by Leinier Dominguez Perez.

In 2012 he won the Moscow Open. Lysyj took part in the Chess World Cup 2013, where he was eliminated by Levon Aronian in round two, after beating Andrei Istrăţescu in the first round.

In June 2014, he won the Russian Championship Higher League in Vladivostock, thus qualifying for the Russian Championship Superfinal, that he won in December of the same year with a score of 5½/9.

At the Chess World Cup 2015 Lysyj defeated Constantin Lupulescu in the first round and lost to Yu Yangyi in round two, thus exiting the competition.