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Illya Nyzhnyk (Ukrainian: Ілля Нижник) is a Ukrainian chess player. He was born September 27, 1996 in Vinnytsia (Ukraine)[1] and gained world-wide attention when he won Group B of the 2007 Moscow Open at the age of 10.[2] He attained a nearly flawless score of 8½/9 and his performance rating was 2633, that of a Grandmaster.[3] As of January 2009, his FIDE rating is 2504, the highest rating in the world in the under-12 age group. In 2007 he won the European Youth Chess Championship for under-12. In the 2007 World Youth Chess Championship he tied for first in the under-12 age group, placing second on tie-breaks.

In April 2008, Nyzhnyk won the Nabokov Memorial in Kiev, Ukraine, with 8½/11, and scored his first GM norm. In September 2008 he won, at the age of 12, the European Youth Chess Championship for under 16. Soon after, in December 2008, he placed 12th in the Ukrainian championship, with a performance rating of 2594, barely under the 2600 performance required for another GM norm.[4] In December 2009 he won the Schaakfestival Groningen tournament in the Netherlands with a performance rating of 2741.[5]


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