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Jan Gustafsson
J Gustafsson 
Number of games in database: 540
Years covered: 1994 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2626 (2623 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2652

Overall record: +186 -56 =284 (62.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 14 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (31) 
    D10 D11 D14 D13 D15
 Queen's Gambit Declined (29) 
    D37 D30 D38 D39 D35
 King's Indian (28) 
    E92 E94 E97 E60 E91
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E32 E21 E38 E20 E40
 Semi-Slav (23) 
    D45 D43 D44 D46 D47
 English, 1 c4 c5 (19) 
    A31 A30 A34 A35 A38
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (58) 
    C84 C78 C89 C77 C69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (31) 
    C84 C89 C96 C88 C91
 Sicilian (27) 
    B22 B33 B47 B30 B50
 Semi-Slav (22) 
    D47 D45 D44 D43 D48
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A45 D02 D00 A50 D04
 Slav (16) 
    D11 D12 D10 D18 D19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Naiditsch vs J Gustafsson, 2007 0-1
   J Gustafsson vs M Prusikin, 2004 1-0
   J Gustafsson vs Efimenko, 2011 1-0
   E Paehtz vs J Gustafsson, 2014 1/2-1/2
   E Paehtz vs J Gustafsson, 2015 0-1
   Van Wely vs J Gustafsson, 2008 0-1
   J Gustafsson vs Naiditsch, 2008 1-0
   M Richter vs J Gustafsson, 2005 1/2-1/2
   A Natri vs J Gustafsson, 2012 0-1
   J Gustafsson vs A Kunte, 2015 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   75th German Championship (2004)
   2nd Fraenkische Grossmeistertage (2004)
   European Club Cup (2010)
   82nd German Chess Championship (2011)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   11th BCC Thailand Open (2011)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Bangkok Chess Club Open (2015)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)

   J Gustafsson vs D Kollars (Mar-19-17) 1-0
   L van Foreest vs J Gustafsson (Feb-19-17) 1/2-1/2
   J Gustafsson vs A Cioara (Feb-18-17) 1-0
   Falk Hoffmeyer vs J Gustafsson (Oct-16-16) 1/2-1/2
   J Gustafsson vs T Reich (Oct-15-16) 1-0

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(born Jun-25-1979, 37 years old) Germany

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GM Gustafsson was born in Hamburg and he learned the rules of chess at the age of 10. He won the German Youth Championships in 1994 (U15) and in 1996 (U17). Gustafsson became an IM in 2002 and a GM in 2003. (audio podcast interview with Ben Johnson), Wikipedia article: Jan Gustafsson

Last updated: 2017-03-19 22:45:34

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 540  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Gustafsson vs C Scheerer  ½-½42 1994 Bad Bevensen-ch U15D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
2. R Storm vs J Gustafsson ½-½85 1995 Oberliga Nord N 9596B23 Sicilian, Closed
3. J Bathke vs J Gustafsson  ½-½37 1997 Hamburg-chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. R Sandkamp vs J Gustafsson  ½-½15 1999 Bundesliga 1998/99, GermanyA04 Reti Opening
5. J Gustafsson vs P Backwinkel  0-129 1999 Bundesliga 1998/99, GermanyA44 Old Benoni Defense
6. D Hennig vs J Gustafsson 1-022 1999 Bundesliga 1998/99, GermanyA45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. J Gustafsson vs K Bischoff  ½-½35 1999 Bundesliga 1998/99, GermanyA10 English
8. J Gustafsson vs Pavasovic  ½-½25 1999 Bled op 20thD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Mikhalchishin vs J Gustafsson  ½-½14 1999 Bled openA04 Reti Opening
10. J Gustafsson vs I Farago  ½-½18 1999 Bled openE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. S Atalik vs J Gustafsson  ½-½42 1999 Bled openE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. M Cebalo vs J Gustafsson  ½-½120 1999 Bled openE12 Queen's Indian
13. M Kill vs J Gustafsson 0-148 1999 Neckar op 3rdE12 Queen's Indian
14. Barsov vs J Gustafsson  ½-½17 1999 Dieren opD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
15. P K Wells vs J Gustafsson  1-025 2000 Herzeliya ISRE12 Queen's Indian
16. Bacrot vs J Gustafsson  1-041 2000 Bundesliga 0001D73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
17. Plachetka vs J Gustafsson  ½-½18 2000 Mitropa CupB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. K Opl vs J Gustafsson  0-148 2001 Tch-AUT 2000-01B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
19. J Gustafsson vs S Loeffler  1-026 2001 Tch-AUT 2000-01D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. H Kotz vs J Gustafsson  ½-½37 2001 Tch-AUT 2000-01B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
21. E Schulzke vs J Gustafsson  0-139 2001 Bundesliga 2000-1B42 Sicilian, Kan
22. A van de Oudeweetering vs J Gustafsson  ½-½36 2001 Tch-NEDB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. J Gustafsson vs D Tjiam  ½-½21 2001 Tch-NEDE20 Nimzo-Indian
24. Bacrot vs J Gustafsson  1-041 2001 Bundesliga 2000-1D76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
25. J Gustafsson vs R Seger  0-127 2001 Bundesliga 2000-1D87 Grunfeld, Exchange
 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 540  PGN Download
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Jun-01-11  boz: Three minor pieces, I should say.
Jun-01-11  Nietzowitsch: Here's the a.m. game:

[Event "DEM2011 Herren"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2011.06.01"]
[Round "7.3"]
[White "Gustafsson, Jan"]
[Black "Svane, Rasmus"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2646"]
[BlackElo "2297"]
[PlyCount "155"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Qc2 O-O 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. e4 Nxc3 8. Qxc3 a5 9. a3 Bb4 10. axb4 axb4 11. Rxa8 bxc3 12. Rxb8 cxb2 13. Bxb2 Qd6 14. Kd2 Qb6 15. Bc3 Qa7 16. Rxc8 Qa2+ 17. Ke3 Rxc8 18. Bd3 Qa3 19. Kd2 Qd6 20. Ra1 b6 21. Ke3 h6 22. h4 Rd8 23. Ke2 c5 24. Rd1 c4 25. Bc2 b5 26. Rb1 Qc6 27. d5 exd5 28. Nd4 Qg6 29. g3 dxe4 30. Rxb5 Qg4+ 31. Ke3 Re8 32. Rc5 g6 33. Rxc4 Rc8 34. Rxc8+ Qxc8 35. Bd2 Qe8 36. h5 Qe5 37. hxg6 Qg5+ 38. Ke2 Qxg6 39. Bf4 h5 40. Ke3 Qf6 41. Bxe4 h4 42. gxh4 Qxh4 43. Nf5 Qh3+ 44. Bg3 Qf1 45. Bd5 Qc1+ 46. Ke4 Qh1+ 47. Kf4 Qc1+ 48. Kg4 Qd1+ 49. f3 Qa1 50. Kg5 Qc1+ 51. Kf6 Qa1+ 52. Be5 Qa6+ 53. Nd6 Qd3 54. Bxf7+ Kf8 55. f4 Qh7 56. Bg6 Qh4+ 57. Ke6 Qg4+ 58. f5 Qh3 59. Nc8 Qg4 60. Nb6 Kg8 61. Nd5 Kf8 62. Nf4 Kg8 63. Bf7+ Kh7 64. Ng6 Qh3 65. Kf6 Qh6 66. Ke7 Qg5+ 67. f6 Qe3 68. Ke8 Qe4 69. Nf8+ Kh6 70. Nd7 Qa8+ 71. Ke7 Qa3+ 72. Bd6 Qe3+ 73. Be6 Qg5 74. Ne5 Kh7 75. Bc4 Qe3 76. f7 Qa7+ 77. Ke6 Qb7 78. Bd3+ 1-0

Jun-01-11  progrock64: He won eventually because his opponent could not find a winning line under time pressure. I wonder how Gustafsson could miss that Bb4 combination in the first place though.
Sep-14-11  Cemoblanca: NDR (German TV) Talk Show with Guest Star Jan Gustafsson! ;0)


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  wordfunph: "Rybka 3, alas…"

- GM Jan Gustafsson (when asked by NIC Magazine 2009/02 for his favorite player)

Jul-20-12  zoren: About his ongoing disaster at Dortmund...

It's been a perennial problem for Gusti, which is his laziness at the board (and sometimes off) at the professional level. His theoretical knowledge and solid play allows him to put up good results but if nobody is walking into his pet lines or letting him get comfortable, he shows relative weakness for a player of his strength.

These problems are exacerbated due to his opening repertoire being an open book. Also, he often makes remarks about his own dislike for particular positions, and endgames overall. It is not very surprising that these factors are spots where he is getting in trouble, especially against players that have the skill set to exploit.

All that being said I hope he recovers - I was a fan of GodGusti since his commentaries on ICC during Kramnik - Anand match and his contributions to Chess.FM which brought a lot light on the issues facing professional chess players.

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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.
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  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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