GM Ian Nepomniachtchi
Ian Nepomniachtchi is a Russian Grandmaster. At just 26 years old, Nepo is in the prime of his career. In 2016 he won the Tal Memorial and has earned numerous medals representing Russia in international competition. Most recently Ian helped the Russian team earn the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Chess Olympiad, earning an individual Silver Medal for his performance on board four.
At the young age of just four, Nepomniachtchi learned to play chess by watching his grandfather and uncle. Soon thereafter he entered his first tournament; by 2000, at nine years old, he was the European Under-10 Champion.