Grandmaster Bartosz Socko
born November 10, 1978 in Piaseczno
Winner of Russian Cup’2012
Bartosz Socko is a Polishchess Grandmaster and one of the most titled Polish player presenting a stable form for many years. Since 1995 he has participated in finals of Polish chess championships. He has 5 medals: gold gained in 2008 and four silver (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007). In 2007 and 2009 he represented Poland in World Cup.
In 2000-2012 years he played for Poland at seven chess Olympiads. In 2000 in Istanbul he won an individual bronze medal for the score on the 4th board. Seven times he represented Poland at European team championships (1999-2011). In 1996-2006 nine times he gained a title of Polish team champion with the club Polonia Warsaw.
In 2012 Bartosz Socko won the Chigorin Memorial in St. Petersburg and was promoted to the Russian Cup’ final.
In Khanty-Mansiysk he won in semi-final withEuropean champion Dmitry Yakovenko and in the final he defeated Denis Chismatulina.
He had the highest ranking in July 2007 – 2660 points Elo – he was first among Polish players and 49. in the world.
Grandmaster Grzegorz Gajewski
born July 19, 1985 in Skierniewice
Author of Gajewski Gambit
Grzegorz Gajewskiis a Polish chess player holding the title of Grandmaster in 2006. He competed in many finals of Poland’s championships, winning 3 medals. He has also successes in rapid chess – 3 gold medals and in blitz – 2 gold medals.
He was a member of the Polish team at the European Team Championship in Heraklion (2007), where he won a silver medal for individual score on the 3rd board. In 2008 he had a debut in the Polish representation at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden. In 2007 he qualified to the World Cup in Chanty-Mansiysk.
Gajewski is probably most known in the chess world by the gambit type move 10…d5!? in the Ruy Lopez opening which he introduced in July 2007 during a tournament in Pardubice. Variant of the polish chess player was spotted by magazine ChessBase and called novelty of 2007. It became popular and used by the best chess players in the world.
Since March 2011 his ranking has still risen. In February 2013 he achieved 2644 points Elo.
Grandmaster Dariusz Swiercz
born May 31, 1994 in Tarnowskie Gory
The youngest Polish Grandmaster, the World Champion under 20 in 2011
Dariusz Swiercz is a Polish chess prodigy and one of the world’s most promising junior. He is one of the youngest grandmasters in history and the youngest Polish grandmaster of all time, achieving the title at the age of 14 years and seven months.
Dariusz Swiercz has many successes in his short career: four times he was a Polish champion in junior categories. He represented Poland on an international scale in Europe and world championships: he won a bronze medal in the European Championship U10 in 2004 in Turkey. He won also a silver medal in the European Championship U14 in 2007, one year later he was third in the World Championship. The year 2008 was special for him: after three good tournaments he earned grandmaster norms and achieved a title of grandmaster.
In 2011 he became the world champion in the U20 category (as a first Polish player in this category). He is the youngest player ever to win gold at the world junior chess championship U20 at the age of 17. In 2012 he won World Championship U18 in Maribor.
Dariusz Swiercz had his first major and very successful debut in the Polish national team in 2012, competing on the 4th board at the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul. He achieved score 7/10 and was 5th on the board 4.
In October 2012 he broke 2600 points Elo.
Grandmaster Mateusz Bartel
born January 3, 1985 in Warsaw
Winner of the tournament Aeroflot Open’2012, Polish Champion’2012
The chess career of Mateusz Bartel started in 1995 when he became a Polish champion in the category U10. The next successes in the junior tournaments entailed a debut in Polish championship’s final at the age of 16.
In 2006 he won the Polish Chess Championship first time ahead of Bartosz Socko and Radoslaw Wojtaszek. One year later he came third. In 2010 in Warsaw he won a second title of Polish champion. In 2011 and 2012 he repeated his success winning again Polish chess championship. It was a fourth title of Polish champion and third in a row. Mateusz Bartel participated in the World Championship 2004 and in World Cup in 2007 and 2009.
He earned the first grandmaster norm in 2003 in the Aeroflot Open in Moscow. In February 2012 he took part in this tournament again and won it on tie-break ahead of Anton Korobov and Pavel Eljanov. It was one of the biggest successes in his career. For the winning he got a promotion to the prestigious tournament Dortmunder Schachtage in Dortmund, where he took 9th place.
Bartel represented Poland in the chess Olympiad four times. He won the biggest individual success in 2010 in Khanty-Mansiysk, when he played on the 5th board scoring 7 points out of 9 games and got a silver medal for individual result on his board.
Grandmaster Kamil Mitoń
born April 12, 1984, Cracow
World under-20 Vice-champion, 2000.
Kamil Mitoń won his first medals in 1996 by winning the Polish under-12 championship (with 11 out of 11 score!) and under-13 rapid chess. In the same year he won the title of the junior world under-12 champion, and one year later in Cannes he became a world under-14 vice-champion.The following years were marked by his international achievements. He won the bronze medal in rapid chess in Paris twice (1997, 1999). In Yerevan in 2000, being only 16 years old, he gained the world under-20 vice-champion!
He has been succesful at numerous prestigious international tournaments. At the blitz chess World Cup (2000) he was placed high, on the 21st position among 535 participants, outrunning many recognized grandmasters. He won or shared first places at the tournaments in Cannes (2000), World Open in Philadelphia, and First Saturday in Budapest (2003). In 2005 he won World Open and Philadelphia and Santa Cruz de la Palma and in 2006 he was third at the Jose Raul Capablanca Memorial Tournament in Hawana. Moreover, he won a round-robin tournament in Skanderborg (2010). In 2013, he won a Spanish champion title in rapid chess.
He represented Poland four times at the chess Olympiads (2002, 2004, 2008, 2010). He took part twice in the European team chess championship in 2007 and 2011.
His highest rank so far he has scored January 1, 2007, with 2655 points. At this time, he was on the 50th place worldwide and 1st among Polish chess players.
Grandmaster Monika Socko
born March 24, 1978 in Warsaw
Number 1 among Polish women, Winner of bronze medal at the European Women Championship in 2010
Monika Socko is the strongest Polish female player and the leader of the Polish fide women’sratings. She is the one Pole whohas the title ofGrandmaster(earned in 2008). In March 2010 she won the bronze medal at the European Women Championship.
The first international success Monika Socko achieved in 1988 winning a silver medal in the World Championship U18. Two years later she repeated this success in the category U12. She has also three medals of European junior championship: bronze (1992) in the category U14, gold (1996) in U18 and silver medal (1997) in U20.
She is the multiple medalist of Polish women’s chess championship. She has 12 medals. Four times she won the championship (1995, 2004, 2008, 2010), five times she was second and three times third. Seven times she gained a title of Polish team champion with the club Polonia Warsaw.
She has played for Poland in a total of nine chess Olympiads, winning in 2002 two medals: team bronze medal and also an individual bronze medal. Four times she won medals at the European team championship – 2 gold in Göteborg in 2005 (for team and individual) and 2 team silver: in Heraklion (2007) and in Porto Carras (2011). She is also a Europe’s club champion (with club Monte Carlo).
Monika Socko represented Poland at the world championships. In 2012, in Khanty-Mansiysk she achieved a big success beating in the second round the then world champion, Hou Yifan from China.
Women Grandmaster Joanna Majdan-Gajewska
born June 28, 1988 in Koszalin
Winner of the individual gold medal for the best player on the 4th board at the Chess Olympiad in 2008
Joanna Majdan-Gajewska is the multiple medalist in Polish and world junior championships. In 2004 in Heraklion she became the world vice champion in the U16 category.
In 2005 and 2006 she achieved next successes: a bronze medal at the World Championship for juniors U18 in Belfort and a gold medal at the Polish Junior Championship U20 in Sroda Wielkopolska. She was also a member of national team at the Turin Chess Olympiad (2004).
In 2008 she participated at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden where she scored an excellent 9½ points out of 11 games winning the individual gold medal for the best player on the 4th board. In 2009 she played at the European Team Chess Championship in Novi Sad and won an individual gold medal for being the best player on the board 5.
In 2008 she came second in Women Polish Championship. One year later she was third. In 2012 she won silver medal again.
In 2011 in Porto Carras she won the team silver medal at the European Team Championship.
Women Grandmaster Iweta Rajlich
born March 16, 1981 in Warsaw
Polish Champion’2012, Winner of silver medal for individual score on the 4th board at the European Team Championship in 2011
The first international success Iweta Raijlich achieved in 1992 winning the title of world champion U12. In 1998 she won a silver medal in the World Championship U20. She has also 5 medals of European junior championship (3 gold) and 5 gold medals of Polish junior championship.
Iweta Rajlich is the multiple winner of Polish women’s chess championships. Seven times she became Polish champion (1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012), in 2004 and 2010 she was second.
For many years she represented Poland at the chess Olympiads. In 2002 in Bled she lead Polish team to bronze medal, achieving score 8/13 on the board 1. It was the biggest success of Polish representation since 1980. In 2005 in Göteborg she won a gold team medal in the European Team Championship. Two years later in Iraklion she won silver team medal and silver medal for score on the board 2.
Six times she was promoted to women world championships. In 2007 she was the best Polish player (6th place) in the Women European Individual Championship.
As of September 2009, she is the 31th ranked female chess player in the world with an Elo rating of 2465 and was second among Polish players. He is also an International Master and has two grandmaster norms.
Women Grandmaster Jolanta Zawadzka
born February 8, 1987 in Wroclaw
Winner of the silver medal for the individual score on the 4th board at the Chess Olympiad in 2012
Jolanta Zawadzka had the first successes in 1997, when she was first in the Polish junior championship in the category U10. In next years she won consecutive titles of Polish champion: up to 12, 16, 18 and 20 years. She achieved also many successes in the international arena. She won a silver medal in the European Championship U16 in 2002, the gold medal in the World Championship U18 in Heraklion in 2004 and a silver medal in the World Championship U20 in 2007.
Since 2001 she has participated in the Polish women’s chess championship. She has 7 medals. She became a Polish women’s championship in 2006 and 2011. Two times she came second (2007, 2008) and three times she was third (2005, 2010, 2012). She participated also in world championship.
Since 2006 she has represented Poland in fourth women’s chess Olympiads. She achieved the biggest success in Istanbul, where she won a silver medal for the individual score on the 3rd board. She won the gold medal with the Polish team in the European Team Championship in Goteborg in 2005 and silver medal in 2007 in Heraklion. In Porto Carras in 2011 at the European Team Championship she won 2 silver medals: for team and for individual score on the 2nd board.
Women Grandmaster Karina Szczepkowska-Horowska
born October 28, 1987 in Rybnik
Winner of the bronze medal for individual score on the 4th board at the European Team Championship in 2011
Karina Szczepkowska-Horowska is the multiple medalist in the Polish junior championships. She represented Poland at the world and European junior chess championships. In 2003 she became the world vice champion in the U-16 category in Chalkidiki. It was a biggest success in her junior career.
She has played in the Polish women’s championship six times, taking fourth place three times (in years 2006, 2007, 2009). In 2011 in Warsaw she was third. In the same year she won in Orlova and came first (with Iweta Rajlich) in the I Women International Chess Tournament in memory of Krystyna Holuj-Radzikowska. In 2011 in Porto Carras she won the team silver medal and individual bronze medal at the European Team Championship.
In 2009 she participated in the Women World Team Championship. In January 2010 she was awarded the title of woman Grandmaster.In 2012 she has represented Poland in Olympiad in Istanbul.
In 2010 and 2012 she came first in the Academic Polish Championship.