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Jan Gustafsson
J Gustafsson 
Number of games in database: 551
Years covered: 1994 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2638 (2641 rapid, 2637 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2652

Overall record: +191 -56 =286 (62.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 18 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (31) 
    D10 D11 D14 D15 D13
 King's Indian (29) 
    E94 E92 E97 E60 E91
 Queen's Gambit Declined (29) 
    D37 D30 D38 D39 D35
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E32 E21 E38 E20 E40
 Semi-Slav (23) 
    D45 D43 D44 D46 D47
 English (20) 
    A15 A13 A10 A14 A17
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (59) 
    C84 C78 C89 C77 C69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C84 C89 C96 C88 C91
 Sicilian (28) 
    B22 B33 B47 B30 B50
 Semi-Slav (23) 
    D45 D47 D44 D43 D48
 Slav (17) 
    D11 D12 D10 D16 D19
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A45 D02 D00 A46 D04
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Naiditsch vs J Gustafsson, 2007 0-1
   J Gustafsson vs M Prusikin, 2004 1-0
   E Paehtz vs J Gustafsson, 2014 1/2-1/2
   J Gustafsson vs Naiditsch, 2008 1-0
   J Gustafsson vs Efimenko, 2011 1-0
   Van Wely vs J Gustafsson, 2008 0-1
   M Richter vs J Gustafsson, 2005 1/2-1/2
   E Paehtz vs J Gustafsson, 2015 0-1
   A Natri vs J Gustafsson, 2012 0-1
   J Gustafsson vs R Buhmann, 2003 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Club Cup (2010)
   11th BCC Thailand Open (2011)
   82nd German Chess Championship (2011)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Bangkok Chess Club Open (2015)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)

   🏆 Bundesliga 2017/18
   D Rogozenco vs J Gustafsson (Feb-04-18) 0-1
   J Gustafsson vs T Kahlert (Feb-03-18) 1-0
   J Gustafsson vs M Baldauf (Dec-10-17) 1-0
   J Loxine vs J Gustafsson (Dec-09-17) 1/2-1/2
   J Gustafsson vs NN (Nov-21-17) 1-0, blitz

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(born Jun-25-1979, 38 years old) Germany

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GM Gustafsson was born in Hamburg and learned the rules of chess at the age of 10. He won the German Youth Championships in 1994 (U15) and 1996 (U17). Gustafsson became an IM in 2002 and a GM in 2003. He tied for second at the very strong Sparkassen Chess Meeting (2008). He has been a member of the German team at the Olympiads and the European Team Championship on a number of occasions. Most notably, he was a member of the German team at the European Team Championship (2011), which won the event in a stunning upset, having been seeded only tenth. Gustafsson also won an individual bronze medal on Board 4. He is a co-founder of, and frequent commentator for, (audio podcast interview with Ben Johnson), Wikipedia article: Jan Gustafsson

Last updated: 2018-01-08 03:38:44

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 551  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Gustafsson vs C Scheerer  ½-½421994Bad Bevensen-ch U15D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
2. R Storm vs J Gustafsson ½-½851995Oberliga Nord N 9596B23 Sicilian, Closed
3. J Bathke vs J Gustafsson  ½-½371997Hamburg-chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. J Gustafsson vs K Bischoff  ½-½351999Bundesliga 1998/99, GermanyA10 English
5. R Sandkamp vs J Gustafsson  ½-½151999Bundesliga 1998/99, GermanyA04 Reti Opening
6. J Gustafsson vs P Backwinkel  0-1291999Bundesliga 1998/99, GermanyA44 Old Benoni Defense
7. D Hennig vs J Gustafsson 1-0221999Bundesliga 1998/99, GermanyA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. J Gustafsson vs Pavasovic  ½-½251999Bled op 20thD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Mikhalchishin vs J Gustafsson  ½-½141999Bled openA04 Reti Opening
10. J Gustafsson vs I Farago  ½-½181999Bled openE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. S Atalik vs J Gustafsson  ½-½421999Bled openE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. M Cebalo vs J Gustafsson  ½-½1201999Bled openE12 Queen's Indian
13. M Kill vs J Gustafsson 0-1481999Neckar op 3rdE12 Queen's Indian
14. Barsov vs J Gustafsson  ½-½171999Dutch OpenD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
15. P K Wells vs J Gustafsson  1-0252000Herzeliya ISRE12 Queen's Indian
16. Bacrot vs J Gustafsson  1-0412000Bundesliga 0001D73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
17. Plachetka vs J Gustafsson  ½-½182000Mitropa CupB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. K Opl vs J Gustafsson  0-1482001Tch-AUT 2000-01B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
19. J Gustafsson vs S Loeffler  1-0262001Tch-AUT 2000-01D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. H Kotz vs J Gustafsson  ½-½372001Tch-AUT 2000-01B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
21. E Schulzke vs J Gustafsson  0-1392001Bundesliga 2000-1B42 Sicilian, Kan
22. A van de Oudeweetering vs J Gustafsson  ½-½362001Tch-NEDB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. J Gustafsson vs D Tjiam  ½-½212001Tch-NEDE20 Nimzo-Indian
24. Bacrot vs J Gustafsson  1-0412001Bundesliga 2000-1D76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
25. J Gustafsson vs R Seger  0-1272001Bundesliga 2000-1D87 Grunfeld, Exchange
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  whiteshark: <zoren> I think he really lacks practice for the last 12 months or so. In fact he's having a full time job since then in a chess software startup (, so his spare time is also ltd.
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  whiteshark: Many happy returns, Herr Gustafsson!
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  Penguincw: Happy 35th birthday to GM Jan Gustafsson.
Aug-14-14  fisayo123: Really enjoyed his commentary with Trent. Really knows what he's talking about and he seems like a pleasant guy. I hope to see more of that duo.
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  Richard Taylor: Yes I saw that it was interesting and illuminated the game for me. Trent was the one I think who was getting excited last year then ended up, realising Anand had blundered or miscalculated with: "Poor Vishy, poor Vishy!"

Gustafsson forgot that Anand did play at least one c5 versus 1 e4 (in the Chennai World Champs) but he was right that he didn't essay many c5s, and he played 2. ... d6 only of course to face 3 Bb5+

But indeed, a good commentary.

Jan-18-15  SimonWebbsTiger:
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  docbenway: You made Zurich 2015 enjoyable-liked the bemused, ironic look straight into the camera-the cat that ate the canary and doesn't care if you know it.
Mar-20-15  Pyke: I really like Jan, but somehow he reminds me of William Shatner acting

Jun-18-15  mcaskin: Gustafsson looks exactly like Judge Reinhold.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to GM and chess24 commentator, Jan Gustafsson.
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  tpstar: <Jan Gustafsson> Happy Birthday!!
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  whiteshark: Herzlichen Glühstrumpf, <Jan>! You can also party in Norway, right?
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  FSR: Earlier today he and Pepe Cuenca completed a 72-hour banter blitz marathon.
Dec-05-15  kamagong24: LCC 2015

after Anish, Gustafsson also took a shot of Magnus during the post game analysis, asking Magnus when the Golden State will lose adding Magnus is more interested in basketball than chess

maybe Magnus needs a break from chess to recharge or he might be saving for his 2016 title defense

either way it gives entertainment after a barrage of draws in rounds 1 and 2

Jan-08-16  Moszkowski012273: If you can, check out his "Banter Blitz" sessions on Chess24... They're both hilarious and instructive...
Jan-08-16  waustad: He is funny. He drinks so much liquid on camera that I wonder if he has diabetic issues. Maybe it has nothing to do with it and he is just nervous on camera and the cup is his crutch. I'd be nervous on camera.
Mar-29-16  suenteus po 147: Just want to give a shout out to Gustafsson for his excellent post-game analysis. I recently saw him comment on Nakamura's win over Anand in this game Nakamura vs Anand, 2016 and I found it highly instructive. I could follow his analysis clearly and he was consistent about pointing out theory and explaining why Anand was making the moves he was in the game despite how disastrous it would turn out for him concretely on the board. He was also clear and concrete about Nakamura's preparation and how he built it on Anand's regularity in this opening system, trapping Anand in his own prep as it were. Really fascinating and insightful.
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  tamar: I don't know if Jan ever visits this page. He is probably coming off his 20 cups of coffee addiction right about now.

But I too found his the best and eerily correct analysis of the Candidates.

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  FSR: ♫♪♫ Back when the West was very Jan,

There lived a man named Gustafsson,

He loved to snack upon a pawn,

A greedy man, this Gustafsson. ♫♪♫

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  Dionysius1: Does anyone know why Jan seems to have stopped doing Banter Blitz? For more than a year it has been appearing on YouTube every few days but there's been nothing new for 3 weeks or so!
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  whiteshark: <Dionysius1> No worries!

End of March he played a 3 days a` 8 hours/day Banther(mara)thon together with Loek van Wely and Lawrence Trent

and from April 8-16, 2017 he played the 17th Bangkok Chess Club Open.

In between some holiday on Thai beaches me thinks.

From Wednesday on he will commentate the Grenke Classics together with Peter Leko.

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  Dionysius1: Phew - thanks <whiteshark>! I'd miss Jan if he stopped. Although I find that if I gorge on his YouTube banters I get sick of his facetiousness. Great in measured doses though - and always makes me feel I understand more about chess. If only I could remember everything he says when I come to play.
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Sep-13-17  Helios727: Has Jan ever lost or drawn any of his banter blitz games?
Sep-22-17  Helios727: Never mind. I found a video where he suffers and loss and a draw in banter blitz.
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