Nepomniachtchi has recently broken into the top 10 for the first time, reaching his peak rating to date of 2773 and thus becoming the highest rated Russian player. He became a Grandmaster at the age of 17and won the prestigious Aeroflot Open the next year, thus qualifying to 2008 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting. In 2010, he won the European individual championship as well as the Russian Superfinal after defeating Sergey Karjakin in a play-off. He has won two silver medals in World Rapid Championships and one in World Blitz Championship. He won the 2018 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting and was part of the Russian team which won the 2019 World Team Championship.