Jan-Krzysztof Duda


The 20-year old prodigy earned the Grandmaster title at the age of 15 years and 21 days, which made him the second youngest Grandmaster in the world at the time and the second youngest Polish Grandmaster ever.

Duda's career has not been a long one, but what he's accomplished in that time has shown all the earmarks of a top player. In junior events, he has won the World U-10 Championship and the European U-14 Championship. He tied for first in the 2015 World Junior Championship and became the highest rated junior player in the world in July 2018. He is currently the 23rd highest rated chess player in the world.

Known for his creative chess and rapid and blitz skills, it is unsurprising that he won the European Rapid Championship and took silver in European Blitz Championship in 2014 at the age of 16. He first became part of the Polish National Team the same year, scoring 8.5/11 on board three at the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso. In 2018, he played board one at the Batumi Olympiad, claiming fourth place with his team. He finished second in the 2018 World Blitz Championship, just behind Magnus Carlsen and is currently the highest rated player in Poland.