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Mikhail Gurevich
M Gurevich 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 1,270
Years covered: 1978 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2549 (2582 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2694

Overall record: +391 -187 =520 (59.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 172 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (107) 
    E32 E46 E39 E38 E42
 English (71) 
    A16 A10 A13 A11 A15
 King's Indian (56) 
    E97 E94 E70 E91 E61
 Slav (56) 
    D11 D10 D12 D15 D19
 English, 1 c4 e5 (52) 
    A28 A29 A20 A21 A25
 Queen's Gambit Declined (48) 
    D37 D31 D30 D38 D35
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (183) 
    C11 C07 C05 C02 C03
 French (94) 
    C11 C12 C10 C13
 Semi-Slav (82) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44
 French Tarrasch (63) 
    C07 C05 C03 C08 C06
 Pirc (49) 
    B09 B08 B07
 Slav (43) 
    D12 D10 D11 D13 D19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Movsesian vs M Gurevich, 2000 0-1
   Ljubojevic vs M Gurevich, 1991 0-1
   M Gurevich vs R Ovetchkin, 2007 1/2-1/2
   Lautier vs M Gurevich, 1993 0-1
   M Gurevich vs N Miezis, 1996 1-0
   M Sebag vs M Gurevich, 2008 0-1
   Salov vs M Gurevich, 1987 0-1
   Shirov vs M Gurevich, 2005 0-1
   M Gurevich vs Short, 1990 1-0
   B Ivanovic vs M Gurevich, 1989 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Turkish Championship (2006)
   Cappelle la Grande (2010)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   Isle of Man International (2007)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   27th Cappelle-la-Grande (2011)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   29th Cappelle-la-Grande (2013)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Cannes World Cup Rapid 2001 by KingG
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1990 by suenteus po 147
   Tallinn 1987 by Chessdreamer
   Munich 1993 by suenteus po 147
   Reggio Emilia 1989/90 by suenteus po 147
   Reggio Emilia 1988/89 by suenteus po 147
   Dos Hermanas 2001 by suenteus po 147

   M Gurevich vs Dorian Micottis (Feb-19-17) 1-0, rapid
   M Gurevich vs Fressinet (Feb-19-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   J Iglesias vs M Gurevich (Feb-19-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   M Gurevich vs T Francois (Feb-19-17) 1-0, rapid
   A Pottier vs M Gurevich (Feb-19-17) 0-1, rapid

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(born Feb-22-1959, 58 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Turkey)

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Mikhail Naumovich Gurevich was born on the 22nd of February 1959 in Kharkow, USSR. Awarded the IM title in 1985 and the GM title in 1986, he was USSR Champion in 1985 [rusbase-1] (after a play-off and tie-break). In 1987 he won the Keres memorial [rusbase-2], was 1st at Moscow and 2nd at Leningrad after Rafael Vaganian. In 2001 he won the Belgian Championship with a perfect 9/9 score. Gurevich qualified for his first Candidates match by placing 8th at the FIDE World Cup (2005), but lost to Peter Leko, 3 1/2 - 1/2.

He currently lives in Turkey, and has added a third national championship to his resume' by winning the Turkish Championship (2006). In 2008 he won the Turkish Championship again. He is also a FIDE Arbiter and a FIDE Senior Trainer.

Last updated: 2016-11-02 10:28:32

 page 1 of 51; games 1-25 of 1,270  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Gurevich vs Psakhis  0-150 1978 BakuA34 English, Symmetrical
2. V Tukmakov vs M Gurevich  1-040 1982 USSRA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
3. Gavrikov vs M Gurevich  1-023 1982 SeverodonetskA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
4. Tseshkovsky vs M Gurevich  0-197 1982 URS-ch sfB07 Pirc
5. Azmaiparashvili vs M Gurevich  ½-½54 1983 Ch young masters URSA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
6. M Gurevich vs E Kengis  ½-½28 1983 URS-ch U26A13 English
7. Yermolinsky vs M Gurevich  ½-½43 1983 Ch URS (young masters)A04 Reti Opening
8. M Gurevich vs Salov  1-041 1983 Ch URS (young masters)A56 Benoni Defense
9. M Gurevich vs Gavrikov  ½-½44 1983 URS-ch U26A00 Uncommon Opening
10. M Gurevich vs A Chernin  ½-½34 1983 URS-ch U26E55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
11. M Gurevich vs Vyzmanavin  ½-½42 1983 Ch URS (young masters)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. M Gurevich vs Ehlvest  1-043 1984 URS-ch FL52D85 Grunfeld
13. M Gurevich vs E Kengis  ½-½30 1984 URS sfE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
14. Kupreichik vs M Gurevich  ½-½44 1984 SverdlovskC03 French, Tarrasch
15. Bagirov vs M Gurevich  ½-½16 1984 SverdlovskE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
16. M Gurevich vs V Osnos  ½-½41 1984 URS-ch sfE46 Nimzo-Indian
17. A Petrosian vs M Gurevich ½-½24 1984 SverdlovskA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
18. Gavrikov vs M Gurevich  1-060 1984 URS-ch FL52A40 Queen's Pawn Game
19. M Gurevich vs Kupreichik  ½-½77 1984 LvovD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. M Gurevich vs Psakhis ½-½24 1984 SverdlovskC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
21. M Gurevich vs Kholmov  ½-½25 1984 URS-ch FL52A28 English
22. M Gurevich vs Gavrikov  ½-½40 1984 URS-ch sfD85 Grunfeld
23. A Chernin vs M Gurevich  ½-½31 1984 URS-ch FL52D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. M Gurevich vs Y Kruppa  ½-½44 1984 URS-ch sfD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
25. E Kengis vs M Gurevich  ½-½24 1985 JurmalaA13 English
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Feb-22-08  HolyKnight: Wow maybe if I get started I can get a 2600 rating sincc Gurevich is a year younger than me.
Mar-17-08  russep: What's the next tournament he will be playing in?
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  Knight13: Gurevich is getting out of 2600s soon.
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  GrahamClayton: <Benzol>An IM in 1985 he was USSR Champion (after playoff and tie-break) in the same year.

According to Cafferty and Taimanov in "The Soviet Championships", Gurevich, Gavrikov and Chernin finished =1st with 11/19. A three way play-off ended with all games being drawn. An unknown journalist announced that there would be no further play and that Gurevich would win the title, based on his superior tie-break in the actual Championship. The arbiters were annoyed by the journalist's claim, but accepted his decision anyway!

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  Benzol: <GrahamClayton> Thanks. I actually have the Cafferty and Taimanov book but I think I posted that before I had obtained it. I can never remember everything I read these days. I'm just getting too old.


May-30-10  BradMajors: Hello.
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  Penguincw: Happy 52nd birthday <Mikhail Gurenvich> !
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  wordfunph: "1...d5 is the best reply for 1.Nc3."

- GM Mikhail Gurevich

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  brankat: Happy Birthday!
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Mikhail Gurevich!
Jul-14-12  italoma: Hospitality of the Turks to favorite
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday 55th birthday to GM Mikhail Gurevich.
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  offramp: Why did he choose to live in Turkey?
Mar-28-14  bien pensant: Anything wrong with Turkey?
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  OhioChessFan: <bp> Yeah, the tryptophan makes me fall asleep and miss the football games.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Mikhail Gurevich.
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  zydeco: Does anybody know what happened in 1985 when Gurevich was the Soviet champion and was denied permission to play in the Interzonal?

Boris Gulko says that the Soviet authorities sometimes just decided to not allow Jews to play abroad - and that's what happened to Gurevich.

Mark Dvoretsky gives a longer version, saying that Viktor Gavrikov filed a complaint against Gurevich during the USSR Championship - it sounds like it was a pretty minor matter, something like not playing hard enough for wins, as would befit a Soviet athlete. Gurevich went to plead his case but was "keenly aware" that he wouldn't get any opportunities to travel abroad.

Is that the whole story or is there something more there? It feels like the Soviet authorities were categorically opposed to Gurevich, who was at that time a young player, and I'm curious why they were so obstinate.

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  perfidious: <zydeco....Mark Dvoretsky gives a longer version, saying that Viktor Gavrikov filed a complaint against Gurevich during the USSR Championship - it sounds like it was a pretty minor matter, something like not playing hard enough for wins, as would befit a Soviet athlete....>

One would imagine that for the chess authorities in those days, any excuse would do, though if Gavrikov's complaint was such and was used against Gurevich, it was supremely hypocritical--Petrosian was known to often expend relatively little effort, with six of fifteen drawn games in USSR Championship (1955) concluding in less than 25 moves, for which I believe he was reviled in the press.

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  whiteshark: <perfidious, zydeco> Indeed, Gurevich didn't play in any of the 1985 IZT (Biel Interzonal (1985), Taxco Interzonal (1985) and Tunis). Strangely enough Cafferty/Taimanov conveyed the impression in their 1998 published book that all 3 players played the Interzonals. You can read the corresponding passage here: (scoll halfway down to '4 Riga').
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  zanzibar: In the footnote, but not in the elaboration just below. But the xtab and fn seem taken from Graeme Cree's account.

The Weeks' link is stale to Graeme is stale, but it's currently here:

A photograph of all three co-winners can be found here:

I think the only <Cafferty & Taimanov> accounting is the final single paragraph excerpt in the Riga section. There, it seems to make the claim that a journalist decided, which is a bit hard to swallow.

On the other hand, given a 3-way tie in the tournament, followed by a 3-way tie in the playoff, the two highest rated players might be the best choice to send as a qualifier.

And, according to Graeme's table, that would be Gavrikov and Chernin with FIDE ratings of 2550 and 2495 vs. Gurevich's 2435.

A photograph of all three co-winners is here:


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  diagonal: Portrait (blog pages are a little slow):

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  diagonal: Biggest international tournament win of Mikhail Gurevich, Reggio Emilia 1988/89:

His highest world ranking was a tie for fifth place on the January 1990 and January 1991 FIDE half-year rating lists (with Elo ratings of 2645 and 2650 respectively - btw.: a nominal rating no longer enough for the Top Hundred today).

He was a top ten ranked player from 1988 to 1991, then dipped, climbing again into the top twenty in the early 2000s.

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  ColeTrane: ...hard to imagine THIS guy getting drunk on his birthday....!
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  diagonal: Detailed biography with a nice game from Misha:
Feb-22-17  Sularus: happy birthday, GM MG!
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