Nikita VitiugovGM FIDE
Born in Russia, in St. Petersburg, on February 4, 1987. He achieved the FIDE Grandmaster title in 2007. He was a member of the winning Russian team of the World Team Chess Championship in 2009 and 2013. Vitiugov won the Gibraltar Masters tournament in 2013.
The Grenke Open in 2017 and the Russian championship in 2021.
Vitiugov was Russian U18 champion in 2005 and runner-up in the European U18 Championship the same year. He finished runner-up at the Russian Junior Championships in both 2006 and 2007. He finished runner-up in the 2006 World Youth Chess Championship.
Vitiugov is currently the 25th ranked player in the world. Due to the war and invasion of Ukraine, he decided to settle in Spain and currently plays under the flag of the international chess federation, FIDE. This is the first time he has taken part in the Magistral de León.