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Eduard Gufeld
Number of games in database: 584
Years covered: 1954 to 2001
Highest rating achieved in database: 2565
Overall record: +156 -131 =288 (52.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      9 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (93) 
    B44 B40 B46 B52 B62
 Ruy Lopez (56) 
    C92 C95 C64 C96 C69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (28) 
    C92 C95 C96 C98 C93
 French Defense (27) 
    C07 C03 C00 C05 C18
 French Tarrasch (17) 
    C07 C03 C05 C09 C04
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (14) 
    B62 B64 B61 B69 B65
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (84) 
    B32 B76 B36 B52 B72
 King's Indian (79) 
    E62 E80 E84 E97 E75
 Sicilian Dragon (30) 
    B76 B36 B72 B78 B35
 Pirc (16) 
    B08 B09 B07
 English (11) 
    A10 A15 A16
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A45 D01 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 0-1
   Gufeld vs B Ivanovic, 1979 1-0
   Smyslov vs Gufeld, 1967 0-1
   Gufeld vs U Tarve, 1969 1-0
   Gufeld vs Tal, 1959 1-0
   Gufeld vs Smyslov, 1975 1-0
   Gufeld vs Huebner, 1972 1-0
   Gufeld vs Fedorowicz, 1999 1-0
   Gufeld vs L Espig, 1980 1/2-1/2
   Smyslov vs Gufeld, 1960 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Plaza (1988)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   Sukhumi (1972)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   USSR Championship (1965)
   USSR Championship (1972)
   USSR Championship (1969)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Baku 1980 by suenteus po 147
   Plaza International Chess Tt 1988 by Benzol

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(born Mar-19-1936, died Sep-23-2002, 66 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Eduard Yefrimovich Gufeld was born in Kiev, Ukraine (formerly USSR). He was awarded the USSR Master title in 1958. In 1960 he won the USSR Armed Forces Championship. Awarded the GM title in 1967 he was a well respected chess journalist and trainer. He was the personal trainer of Woman's World Champion Maia Chiburdanidze.

In tournaments he was 1st at Gori 1971, 1st at Tbilisi 1971, 1st= at Tbilisi 1974, 1st at Tbilisi 1980, 1st= at Havana 1985 and 1st at the American Open 1999. He passed away in Ceders Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles in 2002.

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 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 584  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Zamikhovsky vs Gufeld  0-141 1954 UKR-chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
2. Gufeld vs M Levin 1-038 1954 UKR-chA80 Dutch
3. Gufeld vs Tal 0-125 1954 USSR Youth Team ChC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
4. Gufeld vs V Zurakhov  ½-½31 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
5. Krogius vs Gufeld  ½-½22 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
6. Gufeld vs J Yuchtman  ½-½31 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chB06 Robatsch
7. Y Sakharov vs Gufeld 0-141 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. S Khalilbeili vs Gufeld  1-051 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
9. Gufeld vs Polugaevsky  0-123 1956 Ch URS (1/2 final)B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
10. Gufeld vs Antoshin ½-½39 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chC00 French Defense
11. Koblents vs Gufeld  ½-½40 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chA15 English
12. Gufeld vs Tal ½-½59 1956 TbilisiB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
13. Gufeld vs T Giorgadze  ½-½16 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chC00 French Defense
14. A Buslaev vs Gufeld  1-041 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
15. Korchnoi vs Gufeld 1-038 1956 TbilisiA10 English
16. Gufeld vs Petrosian  0-138 1956 Ch URS (1/2 final)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Y Kotkov vs Gufeld  ½-½19 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
18. Gufeld vs J Klovans 1-018 1956 All-Union Mass TtC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
19. Gurgenidze vs Gufeld 1-025 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
20. Furman vs Gufeld  1-031 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
21. Gufeld vs Chukaev  ½-½30 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
22. Gufeld vs V Osnos  ½-½27 1958 URS-ch sfB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
23. Gufeld vs A Bannik  ½-½18 1958 UKR-chD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. B Vladimirov vs Gufeld  0-128 1958 URS-ch sfA61 Benoni
25. Korchnoi vs Gufeld  0-140 1958 TashkentD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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  wordfunph: ♔♕♗

1973 USSR Cup Tournament in Dnepropetrovsk: GM Eduard Gufeld played a 4-game match against Mikhail Tal. In the third game (the first two were draws), Gufeld had an obvious advantage but his flag started to rise. He asked Tal, "What is the next time control?" "Control?" Tal instantly replied, "There is no control. It's a 'sudden death' control." Gufeld immediately offered a draw and Tal won the fourth game and the match.


All-Union Championship of Spartak Sports Society in Leningrad in 1957: GM Eduard Gufeld achieved a winning endgame against the experienced master Anatoly Ufimtsev. A victory by Gufeld will ensure the champion's title. With 40 moves made, Gufeld decided to adjourn the game and would like to make his opponent realize the futility of further resistance. He asked the arbiter to give him an envelope but his request was met with silence. He repeated his request two more times before the arbiter said, "Your time ran out. The time control was 45 moves."


Hastings International Congress: Elderly Russian Grandmaster Eduard Gufeld who always moved around the playing hall, could easily be recognized where he was because of the rustling of the bags he carried which contained varied items of East European chess goods he was seeking to sell.


34th Soviet Championship: GM Eduard Gufeld lost a game against Aivars Gipslis and dreamed of the right move. Since that time, he always has a scoresheet under his pillow.


When Eduard Gufeld caught sight of Anatoly Karpov for the first time, he said, "This little boy will never be a Grandmaster, he is too thin!" To which Efim Geller, standing beside him remarked, not without irony, "Well, of course everyone judges by his own standards, you, for for example, Edik became a grandmaster when your weight reached 100 kilograms."


1985 U.S. Open in Hollywood: GM Joel Benjamin claimed GM Eduard Gufeld as the worst person he ever met in chess. In their last game, Joel said that Eduard asked the arbiter to tell him that he would not shake his hand.


When GM Eduard Gufeld is in a good mood, he places the piece exactly in the center of the square but as soon as he is in doubt, the beauty of the geometrical proportions is disturbed and the pieces are practically thrown onto the board.


GM Eduard Gufeld was a devotee of King's Indian Defense, hence a black bishop can be found on his grave!

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  wordfunph: ♔♕♗

GM Eduard Gufeld was a very temperamental person, he would sometimes violently undergo the agonies of defeat. Having lost one of his games against Mikhail Tal, he walked around the tournament hall continually mumbling in suppressed anger, "No, Tal is not a genius!" It went on for about ten minutes and settled calmly.


During Fred Waitzkin's trip to the Soviet Union, GM Eduard Gufeld insisted to him that both Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov were much stronger players than Bobby Fischer.


GM Eduard Gufeld jestingly claimed that he is the World Champion in Chess by Telex, having won an experimental championship by telex for the USSR Team.


In Skokie, Illinois, USA, GM Eduard Gufeld's lecture was such a big hit that the Mayor, in grateful appreciation of Gufeld's invaluable contribution to education through chess, conferred on him the title of Honorary Citizen of Skokie.


GM Eduard Gufeld was once the Chairman of the FIDE Commission on Chess Art. He was instrumental in reviving the brilliancy prize in top tournaments. It was his contention that the real winner in a tournament is not the player who bags the top monetary prize for sporting results but to the one who played the most beautiful game.


27th Soviet Championship Leningrad 1960: After five successive losses by GM Eduard Gufeld, he finally won his game against Boris Spassky in 34 moves!


Saemisch Variation of the King's Indian Defence: When asked his opinion of this line, Eduard Gufeld, a keen fan of the g7-bishop and KID, once answered: "Asked the knight on g1."


One of Eduard Gufeld's jokes in his game collection was the queenside castling which he said that doesn't make the king secure. A second prophylactic move Kb1 is needed to complete the process. He was quoted, "Now I know why it's called castling long. It's carried out in two steps: 0-0-0 and Kb1."

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At the USSR Semi-Final in Beltsy, GM Eduard Gufeld, after resigning his game to Semion Palatnik, he stood up, turning to the players, arbiters and spectators, he loudly declared: "I will not shake the hand of the friend of a traitor to the Motherland!", having in mind Lev Alburt who also, like Palatnik, came from Odessa, and who a few months earlier had requested political asylum in Germany.


At a leather factory in Seville, after an excursion a group of chess players was invited to buy goods at reduced prices. Eduard Gufeld demanded a discount, explaining his motives with perfect clarity: "You should understand that I can't do otherwise; never in my life have I bought things at the prices shown on the tag." When his colleagues received a small discount, in a shop where they went with Gufeld, it turned out that the main discount was for him, receiving a sheepskin coat for free.


Before resigning a game, Eduard Gufeld sometimes made use of a last chance: he would place a piece - usually a queen or rook - on a square where it was undefended: if his opponent did not notice this, on the next move he himself would have his strongest piece taken or would be mated. To increase the effect, he could loudly shout: "Check!" This device could prove effective, especially if the opponent was in time trouble, and there was a chance he would instinctively move his king.


According to GM Genna Sosonko, Eduard Gufeld would persistently call an isolated pawn "a pawn which has no friend", priding himself on his invention and repeating it, like the majority of his jokes, a hundred times.


In Seattle, Bill Wall went with GM Eduard Gufeld to his downtown hotel room on the 10th floor after one of the evening games was over with Karpov. Bill didn't know it but Eduard was cooking in the hotel room. Eduard had forgotten and was talking about chess when the smoke alarm went off. Bill thought that Eduard didn't know what was happening. Bill went into the back room and put out a small grease fire that had started, which now smoked up the room even more. The room was next door to Karpov. Eduard opened up the outside window to a balcony and almost fell over, which Bill was glad he did not. Bill was quoted, "Hate to be accused of pushing a Russian grandmaster over the balcony of a 10 story building."

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  wordfunph: Geller-Korchnoi 2nd Game in 1971 Match: Geller's second, Grandmaster Gufeld, went mad in the press room. He had just published a book about the Dragon Variation in which he pointed out the faults of 11.0-0-0 and 12.Bh6 and now his "boss" is playing it! Later, when Gufeld asked Geller his reason for doing so, the smiling grandmaster joked, "I don't read your books!"


1993 Alushta Gufeld-Golubev: GM Mikhail Golubev related, "I am rather glad that I managed to meet such a colorful player as Gufeld over the board. He tried to offer me some apples during our game and immediately after the game ended, he started to tell everbody that he had created his new 'Gioconda'."


1999 Los Angeles Western Class Championship Lakdawala-Gufeld Game: According to Cyrus Lakdawala in his book Play the London System, after Gufeld was mated, he demanded to the director that the mate didn't count and the original move before his take-back move be played. However, the director let the mate stand. At the end of the game, Gufeld yelled out his familiar battle cry whenever a director ruled against him: "This is not chess!"


Magnus Carlsen's first opening book was The Complete Dragon by GM Eduard Gufeld.

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  TheFocus: <At the 1995 US Senior Open, GM Arnold Denker was pressing GM Eduard Gufeld in a marathon game. Gufeld, irked by Denker's refusal of his draw offer, told him, "You're a Grandmaster, you know it's a draw." Denker, unruffled, replied, "You're a Grandmaster, draw it!">

Priceless!! I have got to use that sometimes.

First I have to become a GM!

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  wwall: Good stuff on Gufeld. I knew him for many years. When he lectured in English, he would always say "My English is better than your Russian." The FBI thought he was a KGB agent. They contacted me after I set up a simul for Gufled in Palo Alto, CA. I told him all he did was play chess and tell funny stories.
Mar-11-11  SirChrislov: "In the opening, it is almost absurd for the king to be called king. He is like baby, crying, afraid and in need of shelter so you must put him in his crib(to castle) where he is happy and safe and can go to sleep. Next, you deploy all your pieces and finally, you call your military captain and say "Sir, the troops are ready for battle." -Gufeld
Mar-12-11  SirChrislov: <GM Eduard Gufeld was a devotee of King's Indian Defense, hence a black bishop can be found on his grave!>

No kidding, on Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 he wrote: "Since this game, I always maintain the dark square bishop has a magic all of its own."

Mar-12-11  ozmikey: <When he lectured in English, he would always say "My English is better than your Russian."> Ah, yes...a stock line of his, he used it many times during his two trips to Australia. His use of English was inimitable; he was interviewed on Australian TV just before the third K-K match in 1986, and one of the things he said was "We haff now unique position in chess history. We have two players what is MORE STRONG THAN EVERY ANOTHER!"

Another Gufeld specialty was the double or triple negative ("You never not understanding nothing about chess, my freeend!!").

<wwall> The FBI may have been acting on more than just paranoia there. I remember Korchnoi writing something to that effect about Gufeld in his autobiography. Certainly a few of the Russian GMs of that era (Antoshin, for one) have long been suspected of having at least watching briefs for the KGB.

Mar-14-11  SirChrislov: <In March, 2000, GM Eduard Gufeld tied for 1st-13th at the National Open in Las Vegas. At 64, he was the oldest grandmaster in the competition. He defeated Joel Benjamin in the final round with a queen trap, then danced around the table.>

danced around the table? talk about chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy, huh?

J Benjamin vs Gufeld, 2000

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  Phony Benoni: Just in case you don't believe a 13-way tie for first could exist:

Jun-28-11  JoergWalter: Gufeld vs B Ivanovic, 1979 is now on youtube with Gufeld presenting it in his particular style and english. say what you want: it is better than most instructional videos. very entertaining
Aug-11-11  Antiochus: The most artistic victory of a Russian player in this side of Atlantic Ocean?

[Event "Las Vegas"]
[Site "National Open"]
[Date "1996.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Eduard Gufeld"]
[Black "G Fritcchie"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B90"]
[Annotator "David Borensztajn"]
[PlyCount "77"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Qd2 Nbd7 9. f3 b5 10. a4 b4 11. Nd5 a5 12. Bb5 Bxd5 13. exd5 Be7 14. Bc6 Rc8 15. O-O O-O 16. Rfc1 Nc5 17. Nxc5 dxc5 18. c3 e4 19. cxb4 cxb4 20. fxe4 Nxe4 21. Qd3 f5 22. Bb5 Qd6 23. Rc6 Rxc6 24. dxc6 Qe5 25. Rd1 Rd8 26. Bc4+ Kf8 27. Qxd8+ Bxd8 28. Rxd8+ Ke7 29. Rd7+ Ke8 30. Rd5 Qe7 31. Rxa5 Qh4 32. Re5+ Kf8 (32... Kd8 33. Bb6+) 33. Rxf5+ Ke8 34. g3 Qg4 35. Re5+ Kf8 36. c7 Nd6 37. Bc5 Qd1+ 38. Kg2 Qc2+ 39. Re2 1-0

Mar-19-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Gufeld.
Mar-19-12  talisman: happy birthday and thanks for your book on Stein.
Mar-19-12  BlackSheep: I like Guefeld he's a character in the mostly personalityless (I just made that word up before a dictionary stasi-agent jumps on it) world of chess .
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  wordfunph: from D. Bjelica's Grandmasters in Profile..

<GM Eduard Gufeld told a story from one of the Soviet championships at which he and GM Lev Polugaevsky had played. Lev offered a draw and then immediately noticed that he was in a winning position. Gufeld also noticed and jokingly remarked to the grandmasters present: "Lev has offered me a draw and he is now trying to convince me not to accept it.">


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  Shams: <wordfunph> Surely this is that game: Gufeld vs Polugaevsky, 1959
Mar-19-13  Abdel Irada: Those anecdotes are pearls beyond price, <wordfunph>. Thank you for compiling and posting them.
Mar-19-13  BlackSheep: Happy Birthday Eddie .
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  offramp: Once again, thank you <wordfunph>!
Sep-08-14  SirChrislov: This month marks 12 years since his passing. He would be 78 years young. His games are his monument. And his big heart.

One of my recent tournament games, dedicated to my coach/trainer, GM Gufeld

SirChrislov vs. Tomer, Whittier CA, 2014 1.d4 f5 2.e4 d6 3.nc3 nc6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.f3 fxe4 6.Bg5 d4 7.Bb3 e6 8.fxe4 dxe4 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.n1e2 e3 11.Rf1 Qh4+ 12.g3 Qxh2 13.d5 Bd6 14.ne4 exd5 15.Qxd5 ne5 16.0-0-0 Qxe2 17.nxd6+ cxd6 18.Qxd6 nc6 19.Bf7#.

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  TheFocus: <For me, chess is life and every game is like a new life. Every chess player gets to live many lives in one lifetime> - Gufeld, Eduard.
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  TheFocus: <After losing a game I play the next one better, after losing the second game I play like a lion, but after three defeats in a row anyone can beat me!> - Eduard Gufeld.
Sep-12-15  ozmikey: I've just read GM Sosonko's chapter on Gufeld in "The Reliable Past" - it captures the man perfectly, at least as I remember him from his visits to Australia. Passionate and effusive, great fun to be around, but often manipulative, selfish and sulky.

Just after his visit, my father made a list of some of the classic "Gufeldisms" for our local chess rag, and I found the list recently. A sample:

"Why not you zis tek?" - Gambit declined
"Pliss tek my elephant!" - Bishop sacrifice
"Now giff mutt!!" - Show me the forced mate
"Oii! Iss trazhedy!" - Blunder
"Tsirkus (Circus)" - Simultaneous exhibition
"Zis pawn says 'fyollow me!'" - 1.e4

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