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Jaan Ehlvest
Photography courtesy of United States Chess League.  
Number of games in database: 1,454
Years covered: 1977 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2536 (2591 rapid, 2533 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640

Overall record: +422 -221 =584 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 227 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (118) 
    B90 B44 B41 B40 B47
 King's Indian (61) 
    E92 E97 E91 E60 E63
 Ruy Lopez (48) 
    C92 C67 C84 C91 C96
 French Defense (41) 
    C11 C02 C00 C19 C18
 Slav (39) 
    D11 D10 D15 D12 D17
 English (36) 
    A15 A13 A14 A17 A10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (150) 
    B81 B83 B90 B42 B40
 Queen's Indian (45) 
    E12 E15 E17 E19 E14
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C64 C62 C78 C90 C92
 Queen's Pawn Game (40) 
    A40 A46 A45 A41 A50
 Sicilian Scheveningen (40) 
    B83 B81 B82 B80 B85
 Nimzo Indian (35) 
    E32 E55 E46 E58 E52
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ehlvest vs Nakamura, 2009 1/2-1/2
   Ehlvest vs Ulf Andersson, 1988 1-0
   Kramnik vs Ehlvest, 1995 0-1
   Ehlvest vs Salov, 1984 1-0
   Ehlvest vs Anand, 1988 1-0
   Ehlvest vs Beliavsky, 1991 1-0
   Ehlvest vs Yusupov, 1988 1/2-1/2
   S Novikov vs Ehlvest, 2004 1/2-1/2
   Yermolinsky vs Ehlvest, 2010 0-1
   Ehlvest vs Zappa, 2005 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Marshall Chess Club Championship (2003)
   Paul Keres Memorial (2011)
   World Open: Open Section (2003)
   Foxwoods Open (2007)
   Generation Chess International (2003)
   Reykjavik Open (2010)
   Reykjavik Open (2004)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   XXII Reykjavik Open (2006)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   39th World Open (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Rotterdam World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Reykjavik World Cup 1991 by suenteus po 147
   Belfort World Cup 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Tallinn 1985 by Chessdreamer
   Reggio Emilia 1990/91 I by suenteus po 147
   Belgrade 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Biel 1996 by suenteus po 147
   Reggio Emilia 1989/90 by suenteus po 147
   Horgen 1995 by suenteus po 147
   Parnu 1996 by suenteus po 147

   Zappa vs Ehlvest, 2005
   Ehlvest vs Zappa, 2005

   R Jumabayev vs Ehlvest (Mar-05-17) 1-0, rapid
   Ehlvest vs Shabalov (Mar-05-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   V Onischuk vs Ehlvest (Mar-05-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Ehlvest vs A Aleksandrov (Mar-05-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Ehlvest vs A Neiksans (Mar-05-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Oct-14-1962, 54 years old) Estonia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Jaan Ehlvest was born in the USSR. He was awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1987. He won the European Junior Championship in 1982-83 and was 2nd in the World Junior Championship of 1981. In 1987 he was 3rd= in the 54th USSR Championship, 2nd= at Zagreb, and 1st= at Vrsac. After this in 1990 he was 1st at Reggio Emilia ahead of Vassily Ivanchuk and Anatoly Karpov. He also was a World Title Candidate in 1988 but lost his first match (+0, =3, -2) against Artur Yusupov. American Continental Champion at Boca Raton 2008. Placed =2nd at the 2013 Dubai Open.

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 page 1 of 59; games 1-25 of 1,454  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Ehlvest vs Kasparov 0-140 1977 MoscowB10 Caro-Kann
2. Kasparov vs Ehlvest 1-038 1978 BakuB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. T Khasanov vs Ehlvest  0-129 1979 URS-ch U20B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
4. Wojtkiewicz vs Ehlvest  1-039 1980 URS 29/346B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Ehlvest vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½60 1980 URS-ch48 sf TallinnA48 King's Indian
6. Chekhov vs Ehlvest  1-042 1980 URS-ch48 sf TallinnE97 King's Indian
7. Wojtkiewicz vs Ehlvest 0-118 1980 URSB83 Sicilian
8. Ehlvest vs Bronstein  ½-½30 1980 Tallinn ch-URS sfD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. V Osnos vs Ehlvest  ½-½41 1980 URS-ch48 sf TallinnA61 Benoni
10. A Kremenietsky vs Ehlvest  ½-½52 1980 URS-ch48 sf TallinnB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
11. Ehlvest vs M Krasenkow  1-043 1980 URS-ch U20C67 Ruy Lopez
12. Ehlvest vs Salov  1-041 1981 Ch World Yunior's ( under 20 )E52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
13. Chiburdanidze vs Ehlvest  ½-½41 1981 URS-ch YMB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
14. Ehlvest vs Huzman  1-047 1981 BukharaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
15. V Kuporosov vs Ehlvest  0-150 1981 Bukhara U20B85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
16. Ehlvest vs A Kuzmin  1-063 1981 Bukhara U20E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
17. Ehlvest vs Vasiukov  ½-½31 1982 URS-ch sfA58 Benko Gambit
18. Ehlvest vs A Kakageldyev 1-026 1982 URS-ch sfB06 Robatsch
19. Ehlvest vs Salov 0-144 1982 It (cat.11)E16 Queen's Indian
20. Salov vs Ehlvest  ½-½40 1982 Ch URS (select)D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. S Makarichev vs Ehlvest  1-034 1982 USSRB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
22. Schussler vs Ehlvest  0-136 1983 Keres memA15 English
23. Ehlvest vs Gulko  ½-½36 1983 VolgodonskD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. Ehlvest vs Azmaiparashvili  0-142 1983 VolgodonskA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
25. B Abramovic vs Ehlvest  ½-½52 1983 TallinnB83 Sicilian
 page 1 of 59; games 1-25 of 1,454  PGN Download
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May-03-08  dx9293: <aleister23> Ehlvest was once ranked #5 in the World...
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Ehlvest!
Oct-14-08  drkodos: Strongest toking player in the US.
Oct-14-08  drkodos: And a snazzy dresser, to boot.
Mar-03-09  jussu: Good to see Jaan back in action.
Mar-31-09  suenteus po 147: A small but very respectable tournament won by Ehlvest himself: Game Collection: Reggio Emilia 1989/90
Apr-21-09  Raisin Death Ray: Ehlvest has left the building!
Apr-21-09  I Like Fish: Ehlvest was...
and still is...
the king...
of rock n roll...
Apr-21-09  Raisin Death Ray: <I Like Fish> No way! Johnny Chasht was way better!
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  Jim Bartle: But not rock and roll.
Apr-21-09  Raisin Death Ray: <Jim Bartle> Maybe not, but I'M not telling him that! :)
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  GrahamClayton: Ehlvest's blog can be read at:

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  wordfunph: During a 1987 Candidates Match, Estonian top GM Jaan Ehlvest wore a white shirt and black tie when he played white, and a black shirt and white tie when he had black.

Happy Birthday GM Ehlvest!

Apr-13-11  myschkin: . . .

"The Player"

(Mängija, Estonia, 2008, 53 min, Portrait)

Synopsis: A documentary about the gifted Estonian chess grandmaster, Jaan Ehlvest. Playing chess is his only income, but above all, it is his calling. In the Soviet Union, Jaan belonged to the chess elite, in New York he has to take part in low-budget competitions, where the winner gets 200 dollars. This documentary poses the question: will Ehlvest break through one more time, will he reach the top again? Through this journey we will begin to see chess player Jaan Ehlvest as a person. The Player tells a story about being yourself in the conditions of social and individual upheaval.


Oct-14-11  minasina: <myschkin> can you watch that documentary more than one minute?
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Ehlvest!
Dec-21-11  Albertan: Response letter from Jann Ehlvest on FIDE President's visit to Estonia:
Jan-08-12  timhortons: ehlvest is playing in keres memorial. I added some of his exciting game in the database.

Jan-08-12  timhortons: i added the full pgn of this game in the database, nice end game win by ehlvest

Ehlvest,J - Volodin,A, XXI Paul Keres Memorial Main Tournament 2012

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black in accuracies hit the mark, though i cant figure out how good the engine evaluation in such end game.

Jan-08-12  timhortons: <black in accuracies hit the mark, though i cant figure out how good the engine evaluation in such end game.>

i mean in such end game position.

Oct-14-12  Eastfrisian: 50 years old. Congratulations to GM Ehlvest.
Oct-14-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Happy 51st Birthday GM Jaan Ehlvest! :D

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to the <POTD>: Jaan Ehlvest.
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  zanzibar: Both of his Blitz games from Dubai 2014 are missing.

For comparison purposes, Byambaa also dropped out early, but all three of his(?) games are on <CG>.

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  TheFocus: <Recently, I've had a lot of critics saying I should concentrate more during the game. But I'm usually very nervous, that's why I walk around. Chess is a horrible game. I mean, the game is very nice, but for a profession it's something else. It's not easy to concentrate, you know? If you try to over-concentrate, you can break down. It must be a balance. In American chess, concentration is not so important> - Jaan Ehlvest.
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