Republic of Poland
Dariusz Świercz is a young Polish chess grandmaster who was born in Tarnowskie Gory / Poland on 31 May 1994. He learnt chess from his grandfather when he was only three years old. He achieved his first international title just 8 years later, when he was declared a FIDE Master in 2004, at the age of 10. Four years later he was awarded the title of International Master, and in 2009, aged only 14, he became a grandmaster. At present he is ranked 17th in the list of the youngest grandmasters of all time.
Świercz is one of the most successful players of all time at world and European youth championships. His first appearance was in 2004, when he finished first equal in the European U10 championship then straight afterwards came second equal in the world U10 championship. In 2007 he celebrated his first title, winning the U14 European championship. In the following year he won the bronze medal in the U14 world championship.
He achieved his greatest international success so far in August 2011, when he won the U20 World Junior Chess Championship at the age of 17 – a tournament which includes the names of future world chess champions Boris Spassky, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand in its list of past victors. His success made Świercz the youngest player ever to win this tournament.
Świercz had his first major debut in the Polish national team in 2012, competing in his home country’s team on the 4th board at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul. With an outstanding result of 7 points from 10 games, and an Elo performance of 2705, he took 5th place in the board evaluation.