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Emil Sutovsky
Number of games in database: 1,218
Years covered: 1990 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2619 (2622 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2703
Overall record: +448 -215 =484 (60.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      71 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (226) 
    B30 B43 B90 B31 B40
 Ruy Lopez (129) 
    C67 C91 C78 C65 C80
 French Defense (70) 
    C11 C18 C10 C12 C07
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (55) 
    C91 C88 C85 C84 C99
 Caro-Kann (53) 
    B12 B18 B17 B11 B19
 French (39) 
    C11 C10 C12 C00
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (193) 
    B90 B33 B31 B92 B50
 Grunfeld (134) 
    D85 D97 D86 D80 D76
 King's Indian (84) 
    E94 E62 E95 E67 E60
 Sicilian Najdorf (77) 
    B90 B92 B97 B93 B94
 English (43) 
    A15 A16 A10 A12
 English, 1 c4 c5 (21) 
    A34 A33 A37 A36 A31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Sutovsky vs Smirin, 2002 1-0
   D Gormally vs Sutovsky, 2005 0-1
   Sutovsky vs I Sokolov, 2005 1-0
   Areshchenko vs Sutovsky, 2005 0-1
   Sutovsky vs Kramnik, 2005 1-0
   Sutovsky vs E Inarkiev, 2009 1-0
   Sutovsky vs Sakaev, 2001 1-0
   L Vajda vs Sutovsky, 2006 0-1
   Sutovsky vs L Pantsulaia, 2008 1-0
   M Solleveld vs Sutovsky, 2001 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Inventi Chess Tournament (2009)
   Aeroflot Open (2005)
   Baku Open (2011)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   European Individual Championships (2013)

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(born Sep-19-1977, 37 years old) Azerbaijan (citizen of Israel)

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Emil Sutovsky was born September 19, 1977 in Baku, and began his chess career there before relocating to Israel in 1991. He was World Junior Champion in 1996 and European Champion in 2001 (following a playoff with Ruslan Ponomariov). In 2004 he raised his FIDE rating to a career-high 2697, but then lost over 30 points after a string of relatively poor tournament showings. He rebounded in February of 2005 by tying for first in two strong open tournaments: the Gibraltar Masters (2005) and the Aeroflot Open (2005). His superior tie-break at the Aeroflot event won him a spot in that summer's super-GM tournament in Dortmund, Germany, where he recorded a win against the then world champion Vladimir Kramnik. He helped his club Ashdod Elit to take second place in the Israel Chess League in March 2012.

In 2007, Sutovsky, known for his vast theoretical knowledge and analytical skills became a second of Gata Kamsky, helping him to win the World Chess Cup (2007).

At the World Cup (2011), he defeated Evgeny E Vorobiov and Laurent Fressinet in rounds one and two before being eliminated in the third round 25+10 rapid-game tiebreaker by Vassily Ivanchuk.

Wikipedia article: Emil Sutovsky

 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,218  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Sutovsky vs V Mirumian 1-027 1990 juniorsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
2. Songulia vs Sutovsky  0-136 1990 juniorsA05 Reti Opening
3. Sutovsky vs A Aleksandrov  0-170 1991 juniorsC77 Ruy Lopez
4. D Rogozenko vs Sutovsky  0-136 1991 juniorsE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
5. Sutovsky vs Gorelov  1-028 1991 Gdynia B30 Sicilian
6. Rublevsky vs Sutovsky  1-047 1991 Alma-AtaA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
7. S Anapolsky vs Sutovsky  ½-½44 1991 juniorsA52 Budapest Gambit
8. S Volkov vs Sutovsky  0-137 1991 juniorsE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. Sutovsky vs V Mirumian ½-½44 1991 juniorsB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. I Almasi vs Sutovsky  0-126 1992 AjkaB33 Sicilian
11. Sutovsky vs P Petran  ½-½30 1992 AjkaC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
12. Y Afek vs Sutovsky  ½-½30 1992 MULTICOOP opB40 Sicilian
13. Sutovsky vs O Kozlov  ½-½62 1992 AjkaB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
14. Y Stisis vs Sutovsky  ½-½43 1992 AjkaB33 Sicilian
15. Sutovsky vs C Csiszar  1-042 1992 AjkaB30 Sicilian
16. Sutovsky vs V Burmakin  1-033 1992 AjkaB10 Caro-Kann
17. Vadasz vs Sutovsky  1-047 1992 AjkaE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
18. Sutovsky vs I Blasovszky  ½-½20 1992 MULTICOOP opC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
19. Sutovsky vs A Ryskin  0-142 1992 AjkaB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. K Kozma vs Sutovsky  0-142 1992 AjkaE17 Queen's Indian
21. J Markov vs Sutovsky  ½-½28 1992 MULTICOOP opE70 King's Indian
22. Sutovsky vs M Brodsky  ½-½27 1993 Groningen Chess Festival; GM openB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
23. Sutovsky vs J Delamarre  1-040 1993 ChWmU16 Bratislava B08 Pirc, Classical
24. Sutovsky vs B Reichstein  1-038 1993 Philadelphia World OpB50 Sicilian
25. D Anic vs Sutovsky  ½-½42 1993 HUNE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
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  notyetagm: An *excellent* endgame grind by Sutovsky.

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62 e7-e8=♕+! ♔f7x♕e8 63 ♔f5-e6 1-0

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[Event "Inventi GM"]
[Site "Antwerp BEL"]
[Date "2009.09.20"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Sutovsky,E"]
[Black "Howell,D"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2676"]
[BlackElo "2624"]
[EventDate "2009.09.18"]
[ECO "C67"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Be7 10. g4 Nh4 11. Nxh4 Bxh4 12. Nc3 Ke8 13. Ne2 h5 14. f3 Be7 15. Nf4 g6 16. Kg2 Be6 17. Be3 Rd8 18. Rfd1 a6 19. Rxd8+ Kxd8 20. Rd1+ Ke8 21. Nxe6 fxe6 22. f4 Rh7 23. Rd2 Rh8 24. Rd1 Rh7 25. Bf2 Rh8 26. Kf3 hxg4+ 27. hxg4 Rh2 28. Kg3 Rh7 29. Kg2 Rh8 30. Rh1 Rxh1 31. Kxh1 Bb4 32. Be3 b5 33. Kg2 Kf7 34. Kf3 Ke8 35. Ke4 Be1 36. Kd3 Bb4 37. Bd2 Be7 38. Ke4 Bc5 39. Ba5 Kd7 40. f5 gxf5+ 41. gxf5 exf5+ 42. Kxf5 Bd4 43. c3 Be3 44. e6+ Kd8 45. Kf6 Ke8 46. Bxc7 Bc1 47. b3 Bd2 48. Be5 Be1 49. Kf5 Ke7 50. Bf6+ Ke8 51. Ke4 Bf2 52. Bg5 Bg3 53. Bf4 Bh4 54. Bd6 Be1 55. Kd3 Kd8 56. c4 b4 57. Kd4 Bf2+ 58. Ke4 Be1 59. Kf5 Ke8 60. Bc5 Bc3 61. e7 Kf7 62. e8=Q+ Kxe8 63. Ke6

Sep-26-09  b3wins: Congratulations Emil on winning Inventi!!
As a tribute, I post here a game which Sutovsky won with black with his typical attacking style in 1992 in Israel against Hadas: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.e4 e5 8.h3 Re8 9.Re1 exd4 10.Nxd4 Nc5 11.Nb3 Nxb3 12.axb3 Bd7 13.e5 Rxe5 14.Rxe5 dxe5 15.Bxb7 Bxh3 16.Bxa8 Qxa8 17.f3 e4 18.Kh2? exf3 19.Kxh3 Qc8+ 20.Kh2 Ng4+ 21.Kg1 Qf5 22.Bf4 Qc5+ 23.Kh1 Nf2+ 24.Kh2 Qh5+ 25.Kg1 Nxd1 26.Rxd1 Qh3 0-1
It's surprising I still remember a game which I haven't played myself and hasn't been published, but it somehow got stuck in my memory.

I'm not sure how black planned to answer 18.fxe4 Nxe4 19. Qd5. (anyone out there with an engine can help?) This may be a hole in the combination, which is otherwise quite beautiful. It's nice how after move 21, it's white's turn but he is lost while being a rook up.

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  notyetagm: Great win for Sutovsky.

Anyone know what his new <LIVE RATING> is? He must be getting *really* close to 2700 again.

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  Tabanus: Placed 2nd in Baku Open (Azerbaijan) 23-31 August 2010:

Oct-03-10  laskersteinitz: Board 2 gold medal at the Olympiad with 6.5/8 and a 2895 rating performance.
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  twinlark: Emil has a great sense of humour. During an interview he was asked about his games so far, and his prospects against Ivanchuk. He said that:

<Q: Who is your next opponent? What are your chances?

A: I'll play with Vassily Ivanchuk. Hope to get lucky, because we have an «even» 6−6 score so far: 6 wins for Vassily and 6 draws.>

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  Peligroso Patzer: <jon01: Sutovsky has always started with 1. e4, <every single game in this database>.> Neverthess, <e4> on his first move must have some surprise value when Sutovsky plays it as Black!
Jan-30-12  Birthday Boy: It seems he's enjoying his drink.
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  twinlark: Sutovsky did get lucky and he beat Ivanchuk in one of their classical games in the World Cup: Ivanchuk vs Sutovsky, 2011 (great game!). Chucky still beat him in the rapid tiebreakers though.
Sep-19-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Sutovsky!
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  wordfunph: <we have an «even» 6−6 score so far: 6 wins for Vassily and 6 draws.> lol!

happy birthday GM Sutovsky!

Sep-19-12  Shams: I believe Sutovsky is an opera singer. Perhaps his biography could mention this notable fact.
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  wordfunph: ...and GM Aronian once called him "The World Champion in Open Positions".
Sep-19-12  Shams: <wordfunph>, <any> Speaking of open positions, Sutovsky won a game several years ago on the Black side of a KID, where he sacked a piece for just one pawn but gained great queenside play and perhaps a passer too. He ended up winning brilliantly, and afterward his play was validated by the engines (at the time). This would have been 5-10 years ago. Does anyone know the game I refer to?
Sep-19-12  Llawdogg: Perhaps Kotsur-Sutovsky, Aeroflot, 2005.
Sep-19-12  master of defence: Happy Birthday Emil Sutovsky, and by coincidence, for me too! Happy Birthday to us!
Sep-19-12  Shams: <Llawdogg> Thanks, that must be the game!
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  Karpova: Interview with Sutovsky:

Q: If you could go back in time, where would you go?

A: <Good question. You never know before you try . . . I’d like to visit quite a few destinations in the past, but staying there is another issue:) Chess-wise, I would just love to live in a world where I am given my 2.5 hours for 40 moves, where games are adjourned, computers don’t exist, and spectators have true respect for Grandmasters, and are not just judging the players based on the Houdini evaluations . . .>

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  waustad: I've seen a few of his games before and always wanted to look at more. This could be a fun journey of exploration! Happy b'day!
Sep-19-13  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Sutovsky!
Aug-27-14  ketchuplover: See for ACP doings :)

Thank you :)

Aug-27-14  Mr. V: President of the ACP, and a natural-born leader. Of course, also a great chess player.
Sep-19-14  Troller: Happy birthday, <master of defence>. Oh, and also to Emil of course!
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  Penguincw: Happy 27th birthday to GM (and former 2700 club member) Emil Sutovsky.
May-20-15  jrofrano: Emil Sutovsky is the fifth GM as part of my new series called the GM Spotlight!

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