Giri was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and was introduced to the game in the classic Russian school of chess. By the time his family moved to Europe, and Giri started representing the Netherlands, he was among the most talented youngsters in the world. He quickly became a grandmaster, noted for having a very sharp eye for tactics and a constantly evolving opening repertoire. Despite his youth, it could be easily argued that he makes fewer mistakes than any of the other top players in the world.

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