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Leonid Yudasin
Number of games in database: 601
Years covered: 1976 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2517 (2499 rapid, 2550 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2692

Overall record: +177 -100 =281 (56.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 43 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (122) 
    B50 B44 B30 B33 B40
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C91 C77 C92 C87 C86
 Two Knights (28) 
 French Defense (24) 
    C07 C03 C02 C00 C11
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (20) 
    C91 C92 C88 C86 C87
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B90 B96 B97 B93
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (69) 
    B42 B96 B65 B90 B82
 Queen's Indian (45) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E18
 Nimzo Indian (39) 
    E41 E32 E38 E20 E42
 Queen's Pawn Game (25) 
    A46 E00 E10 A45 D05
 English (25) 
    A15 A17 A19 A13 A16
 Sicilian Najdorf (20) 
    B96 B90 B91 B93 B97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   T Luther vs Yudasin, 1989 0-1
   Dreev vs Yudasin, 1990 1/2-1/2
   Yudasin vs S Makarichev, 1983 1/2-1/2
   Yudasin vs Judit Polgar, 1991 1-0
   Yudasin vs Balashov, 1986 1-0
   Yudasin vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1992 1/2-1/2
   Kramnik vs Yudasin, 1994 1/2-1/2
   Yudasin vs R Furdzik, 2000 1/2-1/2
   Khalifman vs Yudasin, 1994 1/2-1/2
   Yudasin vs Karpov, 1988 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Marshall Chess Club Championship (2003)
   Generation Chess International (2003)
   55th USSR Championship (1988)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   World Open: Open Section (2003)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1990 by suenteus po 147

   Yudasin vs Fishbein (Feb-15-17) 1-0
   Yudasin vs Stripunsky (Feb-15-17) 1/2-1/2
   Joel Benjamin vs Yudasin (Feb-15-17) 1/2-1/2
   Brandon Jacobson vs Yudasin (Feb-15-17) 0-1
   Yudasin vs Jorge Iglesias (Feb-01-17) 1-0, rapid

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(born Aug-08-1959, 58 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Israel)
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Leonid Grigoryevich Yudasin was born in Leningrad, USSR. He was awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1984. He was Leningrad champion in 1984. Joint winner of the 1990 USSR Championship and winner at León in 1993. Israeli champion in 1994.

Wikipedia article: Leonid Yudasin

 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 601  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Yudasin vs Kasparov 0-1461976TbilisiA07 King's Indian Attack
2. K Klaman vs Yudasin  0-1331979Leningrad-chE17 Queen's Indian
3. V Osnos vs Yudasin  ½-½471980Leningrad-chE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
4. Beliavsky vs Yudasin 1-044198149th USSR ChampionshipB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
5. Yudasin vs Psakhis  0-1371981FrunzeC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Yudasin vs Mikhalchishin  ½-½291981URS-ch49C87 Ruy Lopez
7. Yusupov vs Yudasin  1-0331981URS-ch49A19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
8. Yudasin vs Gulko  1-0331981URS-ch49C03 French, Tarrasch
9. Yudasin vs Kasparov 0-1241981FrunzeB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Yudasin vs G Kuzmin  ½-½291981URS-ch49C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Yudasin vs V Tukmakov  0-1691981URS-ch49B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Gavrikov vs Yudasin  1-0501981URS-ch49E17 Queen's Indian
13. Yudasin vs G Timoshchenko  1-0371981URS-ch49C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. Dolmatov vs Yudasin  0-1691981URS-ch49B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
15. Sveshnikov vs Yudasin  1-0381981URS-ch49B53 Sicilian
16. I D Dorfman vs Yudasin  ½-½421981URS-ch49A07 King's Indian Attack
17. Kupreichik vs Yudasin 0-1301981Frunze URS chB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
18. G Agzamov vs Yudasin  0-1801981URS-ch49E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
19. Yudasin vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½251981URS-ch49C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. Yudasin vs Romanishin  ½-½901981Frunze URS chC87 Ruy Lopez
21. Yudasin vs Chekhov ½-½411982URS-ch FL50C81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
22. Yudasin vs Balashov  1-0281982MinskB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
23. Anikaev vs Yudasin  ½-½411982TelaviA13 English
24. Yudasin vs Vasiukov  1-0331982URS-ch FL50C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. Psakhis vs Yudasin  0-1361982MinskE15 Queen's Indian
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  offramp: It's very hard to read the review - it's a Babelfish translation, I hope.

Some players, like Yudasin and Yudovich, have names which display their religion to the world. I suppose they have a choice of either revelling in their religion or becoming paranoid about it. I mean in a Soviet milieu.

Jan-06-06  ughaibu: Or changing their names.
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  offramp: Yeah... I didn't say that because Kasparov is the only Soviet player I can think of who did change his name - and it wasn't even him, it was his guardians.
Jan-06-06  weltschmertz: leonid yudasin is a wonderful man.
Feb-23-06  Poisonpawns: Yudasin played at the US amature team East in New Jersey from Feb18-20th Here is a game from my team mate Ernie Johnson rated 2000 against the GM.Yudasin hangs a piece! but he swindled a draw.

[Site"Parsippany NJ"]
[Date 2006.02.20"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Ernest Johnson 1993"]
[Black "Leonid Yudasin 2672"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 c5 4.Nc3 cd 5.Nxd4 a6 6.e3 Be7 7.Bd3 Qc7 8.0-0 d6 9.Qe2 Nbd7 10.Nf3 b6 11.b3 Bb7 12.Bb2 0-0 13.e4 Rac8 14.Rfe1 Rfe8 15.Rad1 Bf8 16.Qd2 Qb8 17.Qf4 Ba8 18.h3 Red8 19.Bf1 Ne5 20.Nd4 Ng6 21.Qe3 Rde8 22.Nf3 Nd7 23.Ba3 Nc5 24.Qd2 Red8 25.Qe3 Bb7 26.Rd2 Be7 27. R1d1 Bf6 28.Nd4 h6 29.N4e2 Bg5 30.f4 Nxf4 31.Nxf4 e5 32.Ncd5 Bxd5 33.Rxd5 Bxf4 34.Qf3 Bg5 35.Be2 Qc7 36.Bxc5 bxc5 37.Qd3 Qa5 38.Qc2 g6 39.R(5)d3 Kg7 40.Rf1 Qc7 41.R(3)f3 Rf8 42.Qd3 h5 43.Bd1 h4 44.Bc2 Rcd8 45.Rd1 Bf4 46.Qe2 Rh8 47.Rd5 Rh5 48.Bd1 Rg5 49.Rxf4 Rxg2+ 50.Qxg2 exf4 51Qg5 Qa5 52.Qxf4 Qe1+ 53.Kg2 Re8 54.Bf3 Qa1 55.Rxd6 Qxa2+ 56.Rd2 Qxb3 57.e5 Qc3 58.Qf6+ Kg8 59.Rd7 Qxc4 60.Bd5 Qxe2+ 61.Kg1 Qe1+ 62.Kg2 Qg3+ 63 Kf1 Qxh3+ 64.Kf2 Qg3+ 65.Kf1 Qh3+ Kf2 Maybe chessgames can post it officially.

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  al wazir: <J.A. Topfke>: That's a computer translation. Can you give me the URL for the Russian original of the review?
Aug-08-06  BIDMONFA: Leonid Yudasin


Dec-31-06  WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of puzzles from Leonid's games:
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  YouRang: A little observation: He had very different experiences with the Polgar sisters (at least according to this database)...

Leonid Yudasin beat <Judit> Polgar 4 to 0, with 2 draws.

<Zsuzsa> Polgar beat Leonid Yudasin 4 to 0, with 1 draw

Mar-25-08  thesonicvision: wow. i thought this was a chess
site. yes, the man's jewish.
moving on...

he's playing at a very high level in
the states right now. his uscf rating
is 2600+ and he keeps winning.

Mar-25-08  dx9293: He was also ranked as high as 7th or 8th in the World in the early 1990s.
Jan-14-09  Cactus: <YouRang> Yudasin vs Judit Polgar, 1991
Jan-14-09  hackmate: Yudasin also has a beard like the ZZ-Top band from the 80's.
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  wordfunph: GM Leonid Yudasin is an Orthodox Jew who can play on the Sabbath, but cannot keep score and thus gives up the option of making a time claim!

Happy Birthday GM Leonid Yudasin!

Aug-08-09  gendalf:
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  wordfunph: i forgot where i lifted this bit of info..

Lautier-Yudasin at the Manila 1990 Interzonal, yoga practitioner GM Leonid Yudasin meditated in lotus position for 20 minutes before making his first move. Some of the players, notably Short and Lautier, chuckled as they watched Yudasin do his act. "A bit strange." observed Chandler from afar. Yudasin lost his game against Joel Lautier.

happy birthday Leonid!

May-13-11  myschkin: . . .

Interview (audio):

by Lewis Frumkes, 2008

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  ketchuplover: He's currently giving lessons to a member of
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  Penguincw: Happy 55th birthday to GM and former WCC candidate Leonid Yudasin.
Mar-10-15  Moszkowski012273: Watching Yudasin kick some ass at the Marshall this evening at the annual "Bobby Fischer Memorial" blitz tournament.
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  offramp: Ivanchuk mentions the book in this Russian interview:

Dec-28-15  Flipboard Newsstand: Story bro, very cool it is.

- Yudasin (Yuda Sayings)

Dec-28-15  Flipboard Newsstand: Hardened thief you are
Stolen list you pad

- Yudasin (Yuda Sayings)

Aug-08-17  The Kings Domain: A staple from the good old days. Nice to see he's still around.
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  diagonal: Yudasin - The winner of <the inaugural edition at Pamplona Invitation Tournament> in December 1990 (9091), ahead of Viktor Korchnoi as sole second, and Zsuzsa (Susan) Polgar as clear third:

Pamplona 1990 was where Zsuzsa Polgar earned her final (male) GM norm to obtain the Grandmaster title by FIDE. Judit Polgar then missed a norm at same tournament. Pamplona always was a platform for young and rising players.

Yudasin (ranked as the world’s no.8= in January – June 1991), and Korchnoi were maybe also in training for their Candidate’s matches in the following January 1991 against Ivanchuk (a humiliating loss for Yudasin by 0.5-4.5) and Sax (4-4, Korchnoi at age of 60 advanced after rapid play-off), respectively.

A city of the north of Spain which has hosted 19 GM Tournaments (Magistral), held at end of Dec, or in Dec / Jan., mostly combined with an Open, already in 1985. The series lasted from 1990 to 2009 (no invitation tournament in 2000).

Due to financial problems the Magistral was no longer played in 2010 and the following years, but minor Opens were going on.

Top players participating but <not winning> at Ciudad Pamplona:

Korchnoi (2., 1990), Radjabov (2., 2001), Karjakin (2., 2004, 7., 2003), Zsuzsa Polgar (3., 1990, 3. 1991), Shirov (3., 2006), Topalov (4., 1994), Caruana (4., 2008), Kramnik (5., 1992 then already as top seed), Ljubojevic (6., 1995), Pia Cramling (6., 1996), Bacrot (6., 1997), Nakamura (6., 2003), Judit Polgar (7., 1990), Timman (7., 1999), Leko (8., 1993 as IM).

Yudasin won twice in a row!

List of winners: plus 19th and last edition in 2009 with a four-way-tie: Meier (best on tie-break), Granda Zuniga, Laznicka, and Kiril Georgiev.

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