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Yehuda Gruenfeld
Number of games in database: 335
Years covered: 1974 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2423 (2429 rapid, 2397 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550

Overall record: +104 -89 =133 (52.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 9 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (75) 
    B42 B47 B81 B96 B94
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C95 C92 C72 C67 C79
 French Defense (25) 
    C05 C11 C07 C03 C16
 Sicilian Najdorf (16) 
    B94 B96 B97 B99 B90
 French Tarrasch (15) 
    C05 C07 C03 C04 C09
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (13) 
    C95 C92 C89 C99 C88
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (48) 
    B90 B23 B43 B92 B99
 Modern Benoni (25) 
    A65 A77 A60 A61 A70
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B90 B92 B99 B95 B93
 English (14) 
    A14 A15 A16 A13 A19
 Queen's Indian (14) 
    E12 E17 E15 E19
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E32 E42 E39 E48 E59
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Chandler vs Y Gruenfeld, 1979 0-1
   Y Gruenfeld vs Tal, 1979 1/2-1/2
   Y Gruenfeld vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1985 1-0
   Y Gruenfeld vs Soltis, 1979 1-0
   Tringov vs Y Gruenfeld, 1980 1/2-1/2
   F Baragar vs Y Gruenfeld, 1987 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   13th Unive Tournament (Open) (2009)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   World Senior Teams Championship (50+) (2017)
   Israeli Championship (2004)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

   🏆 World Senior Teams Championship (50+)
   T Viljava vs Y Gruenfeld (May-02-17) 0-1
   Y Gruenfeld vs Speelman (May-01-17) 1/2-1/2
   Y Gruenfeld vs A Denk (Apr-30-17) 1-0
   A Minasian vs Y Gruenfeld (Apr-29-17) 0-1
   Y Gruenfeld vs S V Ivanov (Apr-28-17) 0-1

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(born Feb-28-1956, 62 years old) Poland (federation/nationality Israel)

[what is this?]
Yehuda Gruenfeld was born in Dzierzoniow, Poland. Awarded the IM title in 1978 and the GM title in 1980, he was Israeli champion in 1982 and 1990. In tournaments he was 1st at Biel 1980, 1st at New York 1981, 1st at Dortmund 1984 and 1st at Munich 1987. In 1984 he led the Israeli Olympiad team.

References: (1) , (2) Wikipedia article: Yehuda Gruenfeld

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 335  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Van der Sterren vs Y Gruenfeld  1-0341974EU-ch U20 fin-AB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
2. Y Gruenfeld vs M Czerniak  1-0561976Israel chB01 Scandinavian
3. Y Gruenfeld vs Chekhov  0-1821976WchT U26 fin-AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. Y Gruenfeld vs A Malachi  1-0381977Netanya IM-BE97 King's Indian
5. Y Gruenfeld vs J Peters  0-1391978Lloyds BankB01 Scandinavian
6. Y Gruenfeld vs M Basman 0-1341978Lloyds BankA00 Uncommon Opening
7. K J Wicker vs Y Gruenfeld  1-0461978Lloyds BankA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Y Gruenfeld vs J O Lind  0-1261978Lloyds BankB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. Tarjan vs Y Gruenfeld  ½-½511978OlympiadA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
10. Y Gruenfeld vs Romanishin  ½-½731978OlympiadC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
11. Y Gruenfeld vs K Helmers  1-0361979European Zone 2 TtB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Browne vs Y Gruenfeld  ½-½531979Lone PineE17 Queen's Indian
13. Y Gruenfeld vs A Lein  ½-½591979Lone PineC05 French, Tarrasch
14. Tarjan vs Y Gruenfeld  ½-½631979Lone PineE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
15. Y Gruenfeld vs S Odendahl  ½-½411979Lone PineC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
16. Y Gruenfeld vs Quinteros  0-1251979Lone PineB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Joel Benjamin vs Y Gruenfeld  0-1531979Lone PineB50 Sicilian
18. Chandler vs Y Gruenfeld 0-1281979Lone PineB10 Caro-Kann
19. Y Gruenfeld vs Soltis 1-0191979Lone PineB06 Robatsch
20. G Sigurjonsson vs Y Gruenfeld  0-1321979Lone PineA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
21. Y Gruenfeld vs M Czerniak  1-0331979Biel IM OpenC03 French, Tarrasch
22. Y Gruenfeld vs Adorjan  ½-½151979Riga InterzonalB33 Sicilian
23. Y Gruenfeld vs Ljubojevic 0-1371979Riga InterzonalB03 Alekhine's Defense
24. H Van Riemsdijk vs Y Gruenfeld  1-0401979Riga InterzonalB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
25. Y Gruenfeld vs Mednis  1-0361979Riga InterzonalC05 French, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 335  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-28-03  huflix: Has he got anything to do with ernst gruenfeld?
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  Dillinger: Yes. He has the same last name.
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  Benzol: Yehuda Gruenfeld
Born 28th February 1956 in Zcerdziniov
Awarded the IM title in 1978 and the GM title in 1980. He was Israeli champion in 1982.
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  WTHarvey: Here are some diagrams of the critical positions in Yehuda's games:
Apr-17-05  cuendillar: <WTHarvey> You really make a lot of advertising on that, don't you?
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  TheSlid: <You really make a lot of advertising on that, don't you?> He has a most remarkable avatar, though. :)
Apr-17-05  Abaduba: <WTHarvey>
I am amazed every day by just how many players' games you have, including obscure ones like this one. How did your site come to have positions from all these players?
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  WTHarvey: <Abaduba> Thx! I go thru a bunch of games. :-) It's getting to be a morning ritual to pull up first thing and check out the 'GM of the Day'. To be sure, all soon to be GMs have plenty of beautiful combinations early in their career. It's nice to capture some of those brilliancies.
Jun-29-05  Giearth: Dear <>, I'm submitting one of Yehuda's game I think you don't have yet: (By the way, I found the pgn from

[Event "It"]
[Site "Tel Aviv ISR"]
[Date "2001.??.??"]
[White "Gruenfeld,Y"]
[Black "Gyimesi,Z"]
[Round "3"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2520"]
[BlackElo "2564"]
[ECO "C80"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O
Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Nbd2
Nc5 10. c3 d4 11. Ng5 Qxg5 12. Qf3 O-O-O 13. Bxe6+
fxe6 14. Qxc6 Qxe5 15. b4 dxc3 16. bxc5 cxd2 17. Qxa6+ Kd7 18. Bxd2 Qxc5 19. Rfd1 Bd6 20. Be3 Qe5 21. g3 Ra8 22. Qb7 Rab8 23. Qg2 Ke7 24. Rac1 Rhd8 25. Bd4
Qg5 26. Qe4 Qg6 27. Qxg6 hxg6 28. Bxg7 Ra8 29. Rc2
Kf7 30. Bh6 Ra4 31. Rd3 e5 32. Be3 Rda8 33. Rdd2
Ke6 34. Kg2 Re4 35. Kf3 Raa4 36. h4 Rec4 37. Rxc4
Rxc4 38. g4 b4 39. h5 gxh5 40. gxh5 Rh4 41. h6
c5 42. Rd1 e4+ 43. Ke2 Rh5 44. Rg1 c4 45. Rg6+
Kd5 46. Rg5+ Rxg5 47. Bxg5 Be5 48. Kd1 Ke6 49. Be3
Kf7 50. Ke2 b3 51. axb3 cxb3 52. Kd2 1/2-1/2

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  chancho: This guy is a deaf mute, and a pretty strong Grandmaster.
Nov-18-05  atripodi: <This guy is a deaf mute> How does he offer a draw?
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  whiteshark: In 1990 he became Israeli Champion for the second time!

More details about his tournaments and Chess Olympiad's participation:

Feb-28-09  timhortons: is these guy still alive?

Feb-28-09  WhiteRook48: I think so
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  Stonehenge: <Dillinger> LOL!
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  Poisonpawns: Happy Birthday Yehuda!!
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  jontsef: He's playing in the Olympiad for ICSC (International Coalition for Silent Chess or something like that). He's on first board.
Feb-28-12  waustad: I recall spending a while trying to figure out what the listing was for in the olympiad. Happy b'day!
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  mike1: Yehuda is (was?) one of the strongest
speed chess players around; even though this is based on seeing him playing in Biel in the 80s. He played games for money and trashed some Yugoslawian GMs and IMs with 1 minute to 5!
Feb-28-12  BIDMONFA: Yehuda Gruenfeld


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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday POTD!
Mar-08-12  maor: Want to play against Yehuda Gruenfeld?
This sunday 11.3 at 16:00 PM GMT time, GM Gruenfeld is giving a simultaneous game at!id=175

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  Fusilli: <jontsef: He's playing in the Olympiad for ICSC (International Coalition for Silent Chess or something like that)>

And what exactly would that be, and why does it have the status of a country as far as the chess olympiad goes?

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  alexmagnus: International <Commitee> of Silent Chess. A chess federation for the hearing impaired. Part of the Olympiads just as the two others disability related federations (IBCA for the blind and IPCA for the physically disabled).
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Yehuda Gruenfeld.
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