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Benjamin Finegold
B Finegold 
Photo courtesy of "WannaBe"  
Number of games in database: 379
Years covered: 1981 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2486 (2501 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2611

Overall record: +126 -69 =157 (58.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 27 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (39) 
    E32 E33 E38 E39 E34
 King's Indian (28) 
    E61 E97 E92 E94 E90
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    A45 D00 A41 A40 A46
 Semi-Slav (11) 
    D47 D45 D44 D43
 Sicilian (11) 
    B22 B50 B30 B52 B53
 Grunfeld (10) 
    D80 D94 D91 D85 D86
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (53) 
    B30 B32 B66 B89 B67
 Slav (19) 
    D19 D11 D10 D17 D16
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C65 C64 C97
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (13) 
    B66 B67 B65 B63
 English (10) 
    A15 A11 A10
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B18 B13 B16 B10 B14
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R N Bauer vs B Finegold, 2001 0-1
   Mamedyarov vs B Finegold, 2017 0-1
   J Kulbacki vs B Finegold, 1983 1/2-1/2
   B Finegold vs Anand, 1986 1/2-1/2
   B Finegold vs Joel Benjamin, 2010 1-0
   B Finegold vs D Kuljasevic, 2009 1-0
   G Johnstone vs B Finegold, 1992 1/2-1/2
   M J Herman vs B Finegold, 2011 0-1
   Yermolinsky vs B Finegold, 1994 0-1
   B Finegold vs T Palmer, 1983 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   SPICE Cup (B Group) (2009)
   World Open: Open Section (2003)
   12th Chicago Open (2003)
   US Championship (2008)
   34th World Open (2006)
   US Championships (2010)
   Spring North American FIDE Invitational (2006)
   National Open (2006)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)
   US Chess Championships (2013)
   US Championships 2003 (2003)
   National Open (2007)
   Chessmaster US Championships 2005 (2004)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2005 Chicago Spring invitational by gauer
   2011 Spice Cup (group C) by gauer

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 PRO Chess League (Knock-Out)
   B Finegold vs K Lie (Mar-26-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Carlsen vs B Finegold (Mar-26-17) 1-0, rapid
   B Finegold vs S Mihajlov (Mar-26-17) 1-0, rapid
   J Nilsen vs B Finegold (Mar-26-17) 1-0, rapid
   B Finegold vs Caruana (Mar-25-17) 0-1, rapid

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BENJAMIN FINEGOLD
(born Sep-06-1969, 48 years old) United States of America

[what is this?]

Benjamin Finegold was born in Detroit, Michigan. He is part of a strong chess-playing family, as both his father Ronald Finegold and older brother Mark Finegold are USCF masters. Ben became a USCF Life Master at 15, USCF Senior Master at 16, an International Master in 1989, and achieved his final GM norm at the SPICE Cup B Section in September, 2009.

Finegold was co-champion of the 1989 U.S. Junior Championship, and was awarded the prestigious Samford Fellowship in 1993. He has tied for first place in two U.S. Opens (Chicago, 1994; Cherry Hill, 2007). Other major tournament victories include co-champion of the 2002 World Open and the National Opens of 2005 and 2008. He has played in six U.S. Chess Championships: 1994 (Key West, FL), 1999 (Salt Lake City, UT), 2002 (Seattle, WA), 2005 (La Jolla, CA), 2006 (San Diego, CA), and 2008 (Tulsa, OK).

Finegold maintains a blog at http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/....

(1) https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast... (audio podcast with Ben Johnson from January, 2017), (2) Wikipedia article: Ben Finegold

Last updated: 2017-04-16 15:19:34

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 379  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Finegold vs D Moody 0-1301981Michigan OpenA27 English, Three Knights System
2. B Finegold vs Sorenson  1-0221982St PaulB02 Alekhine's Defense
3. B Finegold vs D Moody 1-0151983DetroitC44 King's Pawn Game
4. Dexter Thompson vs B Finegold 1-0771983Ann Arbor ch-MI opB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
5. J Kulbacki vs B Finegold ½-½771983Super Double TornadosC29 Vienna Gambit
6. B Finegold vs T Palmer ½-½541983Ann Arbor Victory TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
7. J Tomas vs B Finegold  ½-½121984Midwest Masters IID50 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. B Finegold vs E Schiller  1-0641984Tournament 'Midwest Masters'D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. B Finegold vs E Schiller  ½-½211986WorldOpenD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. B Finegold vs Anand ½-½611986OakhamD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. Suba vs B Finegold  0-1381987HastingsA15 English
12. B Finegold vs Sherzer  ½-½381987USA-ch U18A46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Gulko vs B Finegold  1-0661987PhiladelphiaD97 Grunfeld, Russian
14. B Finegold vs J Waxman  1-019198788th US OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. Browne vs B Finegold  ½-½27198788th US OpenE17 Queen's Indian
16. Kudrin vs B Finegold  1-0471988LondonC55 Two Knights Defense
17. B Finegold vs Gligoric  ½-½121988Saint John op-2E39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
18. B Finegold vs Smyslov  ½-½171988London LloydsE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
19. Plaskett vs B Finegold  1-0571988Hastings op 8889C42 Petrov Defense
20. J Howell vs B Finegold 1-0371988London (England)C55 Two Knights Defense
21. B Finegold vs Hebden  ½-½651988Hastings UENGOA57 Benko Gambit
22. B Finegold vs Sosonko  1-0621989AmsterdamE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
23. Judit Polgar vs B Finegold 1-0491989Amsterdam OHRA-BB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
24. B Finegold vs Gelfand 1-0251989Amsterdam OHRA-BE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
25. Psakhis vs B Finegold  1-0811989Amsterdam OHRA-BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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May-18-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: ...you know how hard it is to get spicy dumplings, in St. Louis...
Jul-16-11  Rook e2: An IM with a max rating of 2600+, is it very difficult to collect GM norms in the USA?
Jul-16-11  dx9293: <Rook e2> Finegold is a GM now, but the rating of 2604 in the picture must be a US Chess Federation rating.

For many years though, Finegold was one of the highest-rated IMs in the world, reaching a peak ELO of over 2560 I believe.

A couple of years ago, Alex Lenderman reached 2601 ELO while still an IM (his first GM title application was rejected because one of his norms was discounted due to a technicality). Soon after he got the GM title though...after going to Europe and having a total of like five norms.

You are right though: it is not so easy to get (GM) norms in the USA. It is not a hopeless task, and some have done so recently, like Molner and Shankland for example, but lots of USA players go to Europe to make norms. The biggest and most well-known problem in the USA is that it is often a crapshoot whether you will face enough foreign players in the event to have a norm counted (you need 4 foreigners in 9 rounds usually), but I think another problem is that in tournaments like, say, the World Open, there are a lot of relatively low Elo rated players, and then a lot of very strong GMs. There doesn't seem to be an abundance of 2400-2500 level players to face round after round, because of the nature of the swiss system, which I would think gives the best chance of making a norm.

IMs Bryan Smith, Daniel Naroditsky, and Marc Esserman...they're all playing in Europe right now, going for GM norms.

Jul-19-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: OMG, Ben has a disco themed video on utube:

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfa_...;

Oct-27-11  waustad: His highest FIDE rating since the year 2000, which is when the chart begins was 2563 during 2006.
Feb-15-12  wordfunph: "Playing Black in a Najdorf Sicilian."

- GM Benjamin Finegold (when asked by NIC for his greatest fear)

May-12-12  knightsacrifice: "When I am White I win because I am White. When I am Black I lose."

- GM Benjamin Finegold (on the famous Bogolyubov quote)

Funny guy! nice commentary.

May-18-12  Edeltalent: <on the famous Bogolyubov quote>

Just for the record, Bogoljubov's original quote is "When I am White I win because I am White. When I am Black I win because I am Bogoljubov."

Jun-03-12  waustad: Considering how he looked during the US champs, that may be the least flattering picture I can recall seeing here.
Dec-28-12
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  SteinitzLives: Finegold is a true marvel to watch at play, similar to a glacier in movement, but never in demeanor.
Dec-28-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: "...similar to a glacier in movement, but never in demeanor."

He's always receding and lakes are created at his feet?

Dec-28-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: < SteinitzLives: Finegold is....similar to a glacier in movement, but never in demeanor.>

Try playing bullet with Ben live sometime, as I have. His movements are as far from glacial as one may imagine.

Dec-28-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: I remember Ben from a blitz tournament when he was six years old. Skinny little kid, blond and full of energy.

I suffered his only win late in the tournament when I left my king in check. He grabbed it, and solemnly showed it to the Tournament Director to prove he had actually won a game.

I don't think he's been solemn since.

Oct-18-13  PHILOCHESS: The last lecture by Ben Finegold!
Trying to Draw a Higher-Rated Opponent
http://goo.gl/oGrBmr
Oct-18-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: Looking at his blog:

<The 2012 National Open did not go well. I drew 3 games to start, and won in round 4 before calling it a tournament and withdrawing. I was winning in rounds 1 and 2 but was unable to convert easy wins against players under 2300.

Due to my bad play of late, and the fact that I can't seem to see tactics anymore, I have decided to retire from competitve chess. I will play events at the Chess Club when requested, and if members want to play ladder games, that is also fine, but I will not travel to tournaments anymore or play competitively.>

Feb-24-14  madlydeeply: finegold made a lovely salov vid. More salov!

http://www.chess.com/video/player/m...

May-30-14  Moszkowski012273: Anyone else find his "analysis" of Kamsky vs. Friedel kinda douchey?

http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/...

Jul-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: <when I left my king in check. He grabbed it>

The kid was 6, maybe he thought it was a Mars bar?

I read somewhere, on some chess site, that he is no longer the GM in residence at the St. Louie Chess Club. I think Susan Polgar mentioned that he coaches one of the college teams, in the area, but not Webster.

A paid residence at a chess club? Free coffee and twinkies? I would have kept that job.

Aug-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: I just found out who ate all the pies. He could singlehandedly blockade Gaza.
Sep-06-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 44th birthday to GM and chess24 commentator, Benjamin Finegold.
Sep-06-14  waustad: Happy 45th!
Sep-06-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Ben has announced his retirement from active chess play? Perhaps time to write an auto bio.
Sep-06-14  Everyone:

would love it,
the bio

Sep-10-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <iffy>

is <the word> I learned from his lectures, thank you very much.

Oct-06-17  dehanne: Finegold obliterated Simon Williams in a grudge match.

https://go.twitch.tv/videos/179914799

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