was taught to play by his father at the age of 7. Although he says he wasn’t
interested at first he soon returned to the game and began to demonstrate his
talent. By the age of 10 he appeared on the FIDE rating lists at 2046 and he
first really started to make a name for himself at 14 in 2012. He won the
World’s Youth Stars tournament on tiebreaks ahead of 19-year-old Vladimir
Belous, starred for the gold-medal-winning Russian team in the U16 Olympiad and
beat Russian Champion Dmitry Andreikin and Sanan Sjugirov on his way to losing
the final of the Russian Rapid Grand Prix to the vastly experienced Alexey
Dreev. In 2013 Artemiev repeated his triumph at the Youth Stars tournament
while showing he’d already outgrown the competition – his stunning 10.5/11 left
him 2.5 points ahead of his closest rival.
Photo: Russian Chess Federation
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