Zviad Izoria

Zviad Isoria (Georgian ზვიად იზორია; born January 6, 1984 in Honi, Imereti, Georgian SSR) is a Georgian chess master. Since March 2013, he plays for the U.S. Chess Federation.


Isoria came as eight or nine years in a chess club in Honi, Georgia. Later his family moved during the Civil War to Saint Petersburg, where Isoria, received instruction from strong chess coaches, last edit by Alexei Junejew. In 1996 the family moved back to Georgia, where Isoria were without permanent chess coach. Isoria now lives in Tbilisi.

Chess career

He won a number of national youth championships, in 2000 he became Junior World Champion U16, he became Junior European Champion in the categories U18 and U20, and U18 vice champion 2001. In 2002 he was again Youth European Championship U20 in the Georgian Championship adult second and banked by FIDE awarded the Grandmaster title. In the same year he represented the first time Georgia at the Chess Olympiad. In 2003 he celebrated split victories in Izmir and Hoogeveen. In 2004 he was at the Tigran Petrosian Memorial in Yerevan and shared second place after Vasyl Ivanchuk. In 2005 he celebrated his greatest success: he won in Minneapolis one of the bestdotierten Open the world, among other Gata Kamsky, Alexander Beliavsky, Pentala Harikrishna, and Artur Yusupov Jaan Ehlvest. At the World Chess Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk in 2007 he could not attend, even though he was qualified because his visa was not ready in time.

His previous highest Elo rating was 2660 in July 2006, which meant 48th in the world rankings.