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Optiver loves chess

Strategy, problem solving and agility are why the game of chess and Optiver go hand in hand.

Since 2016, Optiver has been a proud sponsor of Dutch champion and grandmaster Anish Giri. It takes excellent numerical skills and a passion for strategy to prove yourself and succeed in the world of trading. Applying this mindset at an early age is how our Dutch player became one of the brightest stars in chess today.

Get to know Anish Giri

  • At the age of 14, Anish became the youngest Grandmaster in the world
  • He speaks 6 languages, including Japanese
  • Anish is a four-time Dutch Chess Champion
  • He was born in St. Petersburg to a Nepalese father and Russian mother
  • In 2014 he became a published author with his first book, My Junior Years In Chess

Anish is currently showing incredible performance at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023.

Blindfolded chess challenge

In 2023, Anish Giri took one of Optiver’s top players in a blindfolded chess challenge.


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    Much like the rest of us, Chess Grandmaster Anish Giri thoroughly enjoyed The Queen’s Gambit, the biggest scripted series on Netflix to date. Based on Walter Tevis’ 1983 book by the same name, The Queen’s Gambit follows the life of a young chess prodigy. Her success - against the odds- speaks to the importance of determination, family and staying true to yourself. The Queen's Gambit is of course a play on the chess opening of the same name – it starts with the moves: 1. d4 d5: 2. c4. It is one of the oldest openings and is still widely used today. We asked Anish a few questions about the Queen’s Gambit.

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