Full name                  Sergey Alexandrovich Karjakin
Country                     Ukraine (until 2009)
                                Russia (since 2009)
Born                          January 12, 1990 (age 26)
                                Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Title                          Grandmaster
FIDE rating                 2772 (September 2016)
Peak rating                2788 (July 2011)

 

Sergey Alexandrovich Karjakin born January 12, 1990is a Russian (formerly representing Ukraine) chess grandmaster. He is a formerchess prodigy and holds the record for the world's youngest Grandmaster, having qualified for this title at the age of 12 years and 7 months.

On March 28, 2016, Sergey Karjakin became the Challenger to Magnus Carlsen in the World Chess Championship 2016 after winning the Candidates Tournament 2016 in Moscow.

Karjakin won the 2012 World Rapid Chess Championship and the Chess World Cup 2015. He also won the Norway ChessTournament twice (2013, 2014) and the Corus Chess Tournament in 2009.

He has competed in six Chess Olympiads, three times for Ukraine and three times for Russia, winning three gold medals, two silver and a bronze. He won team gold with Russia at the World Team Chess Championship in Antalya in 2013. More details can be found at wikipedia