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Kaido Kulaots
Number of games in database: 803
Years covered: 1990 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2555 (2544 rapid, 2546 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2609

Overall record: +219 -138 =258 (56.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 188 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (142) 
    B90 B92 B30 B43 B33
 Ruy Lopez (55) 
    C78 C92 C65 C84 C91
 Sicilian Najdorf (39) 
    B90 B92 B96 B91 B94
 Caro-Kann (30) 
    B18 B15 B17 B16 B10
 French Defense (29) 
    C11 C10 C18 C12 C07
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (23) 
    C92 C95 C84 C91 C96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (147) 
    B90 B42 B22 B43 B93
 Sicilian Najdorf (45) 
    B90 B93 B96 B92 B91
 Queen's Pawn Game (31) 
    A45 A46 A40 D02 E10
 Grunfeld (30) 
    D85 D91 D97 D90 D93
 Nimzo Indian (28) 
    E32 E46 E34 E36 E21
 English (27) 
    A15 A18 A13 A16 A10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kulaots vs J Geller, 2002 1-0
   S Kaplan vs Kulaots, 2007 0-1
   Kulaots vs D Hausrath, 1992 1-0
   Kulaots vs L Meidla, 2016 1-0
   Carlsen vs Kulaots, 2002 0-1
   Kulaots vs Carlsen, 2005 1-0
   Navara vs Kulaots, 2014 0-1
   Kulaots vs G Meier, 2017 1-0
   Kulaots vs L Trent, 2013 1-0
   Kulaots vs K Pilgaard, 2003 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 2012/13 (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Rilton Cup 2016/17 (2016)
   GRENKE Chess Classic (Open) (2017)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Rilton Cup 2017/18 (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   European Individual Championship (2007)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Cappelle la Grande (2006)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2017)
   Chess Olympiad (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1992 WYCC (open) U-16 by gauer

   🏆 Chess Olympiad
   O Husbands vs Kulaots (Oct-05-18) 0-1
   E Cordova vs Kulaots (Oct-04-18) 1-0
   Kulaots vs M Yilmaz (Oct-03-18) 1-0
   A Smirnov vs Kulaots (Oct-02-18) 1/2-1/2
   Kulaots vs Leitao (Oct-01-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-28-1976, 42 years old) Estonia

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Grandmaster, Estonian Champion in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014. He was selected to compete in the 2017 World Cup, (1) where he was knocked out in the first round by Nikita Vitiugov.

References / Sources

(1) (2017 World Cup participants).

Wikipedia article: Kaido Külaots

Last updated: 2018-04-27 05:03:20

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 803  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kulaots vs V Zvjaginsev  0-1451990Ch Yuniors, LeningradC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
2. Morozevich vs Kulaots 0-1371990Ch YuniorsB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
3. Kulaots vs E Relange  0-1251991EU-ch U20C12 French, McCutcheon
4. Y Masserey vs Kulaots  1-0331991EU-ch U20B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. Kulaots vs J M Lauridsen  1-0231991EU-ch U20B07 Pirc
6. C Jepson vs Kulaots  1-0291991EU-ch U20B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
7. Kulaots vs A Berestetsky  1-0301991EU-ch U20B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
8. D G Fridman vs Kulaots  1-0521991EU-ch U20A15 English
9. J Aagaard vs Kulaots 1-0341991EU-ch U20D85 Grunfeld
10. Kulaots vs B Tabernig  1-0401991EU-ch U20C13 French
11. Kulaots vs H A Gretarsson 0-1301992Wch U16C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
12. G Schwartzman vs Kulaots  1-0311992Wch U16E68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
13. Kulaots vs Svidler  ½-½121992ChWmU16 Duisburg UTYSOC49 Four Knights
14. Pelletier vs Kulaots  0-1411992Wch U16E85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
15. Oral vs Kulaots  0-1251992Wch U16B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
16. Z Almasi vs Kulaots  1-0451992Wch U16B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
17. Kulaots vs D Hausrath 1-0331992Wch U16B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
18. Kulaots vs E Relange  1-0591992Wch U16C10 French
19. I Papaioannou vs Kulaots  0-1351992Wch U16A31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
20. Kulaots vs B Szuk  1-0211992Wch U16B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
21. Waitzkin vs Kulaots  0-1281992Duisburg Wch U16mA07 King's Indian Attack
22. Kulaots vs R Sander 1-0221993Wichern op 2ndC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
23. Jansa vs Kulaots  1-0451993HamburgB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
24. Kulaots vs Glek  0-1341993HamburgC12 French, McCutcheon
25. Kulaots vs Pavasovic  1-0351993Wch U18C42 Petrov Defense
 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 803  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  Legend: Estonian GM Kaido Kulaots:

One of the nicest players out there! I`ve read that he is always very friendly and kind to everyone he meets. It`s rare to find guys like him these days...

Actually he reminds me a little bit of Paul Keres, both by the looks and by wonderful personality. Plays not very bad either... :)

May-18-04  MoonlitKnight: Are all Estonian players that friendly? I heard that Lembit Oll used to be the nicest guy around.
Nov-05-05  WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of puzzles from Kaido's games:
Nov-05-05  Eastfrisian: He is born on 28.02.1976.
Nov-05-05  shinesaza: Strong player, he plays in a finnish team JyS also. Some of these strong estonians play in finnish club teams, which is very nice.
Apr-20-07  BIDMONFA: Kaido Kulaots


Jul-15-08  jon01: He just beat GM Tomi Nybäck with black pieces in Heart Of Finland and is leading with 6/6.
Feb-27-10  Poisonpawns: Happy Birthday Kaido!!
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Kaido Külaots> (born February 28, 1976) is an Estonian chess Grandmaster (2001).

He won Estonian Chess Championship in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010 and played for Estonia in the Chess Olympiads of 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.


Premium Chessgames Member
  Legend: GM Kulaots finished 3rd at Gibraltar tournament! Congratulations!
Jan-09-12  timhortons: game at the on going keres memorial

black to move

feedoseev still move the pawn at h4:) with black taking it will draw the game and pushing to g4 will give mate in 3

Kulaots,K - Fedoseev,V, XXI Paul Keres Memorial Main Tournament 2012

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1. (-#3): 63...g4
2. = (0.00): 63...gxh4
3. = (0.00): 63...Kg4 64.hxg5[] Kxg5[] 65.Kxf2 Kf4 66.Ke2 Ke4 67.Kf2 Kf5 68.Kf3

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  wordfunph: maybe i got this from the book Wonderboy Magnus Carlsen by GM Agdestein..

<GM Kaido Kulaots started with 8.5/9 in the Gausdal October 2003 Edition before calming down with two closing draws. He is a friend of the Carlsens. In Gausdal January 2000, he and the Carlsens shared a cabin and on the way back to Estonia he spent a night in their Lommedalen home. He borrowed the room of the eldest Carlsen daughter, and the family jokes that he was the first GM in Ellen's bed.>

happy birthday GM Kulaots!

Premium Chessgames Member
  Troller: 3/3 in the European Ch now after beating Roiz in an interesting game in rd 3. Now Kulaots faces MVL with the Black pieces, no easy task.

Nice story <wordfunph>.

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  MissScarlett: It's a pity that his name isn't <Kualots>, because that's what people used to do in former Soviet republics.
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: "I was really disappointed. I thought I saw a gal wearing a short skirt but it turned out to be Kulaots."
Feb-28-15  ketchuplover: groan
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <offramp> specialises in groan-up humour.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <offramp> indeed crosses the tracks and indulges himself thus every now and again.
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to the 7-time Estonian chess champ! I'm willing to bet that Keres & Oll would've liked this guy! 8 )
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Kaido Kulaots.
Feb-29-16  Chess Is More: Kulaots has won 7 nat'l championships.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: If he conspired with another player, they would be in Kulaots?
Jun-18-16  Imran Iskandar: I just noticed that GM Kulaots is one of the few people who have the privilege of a positive score against Carlsen.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Winner of the Budapest Spring Festival 2018, congrats! Schedule, regulations, etc.:


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