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Larry Kaufman
Photograph copyright © 2009 Terese Hatch.  
Number of games in database: 186
Years covered: 1965 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2282 (2179 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2424

Overall record: +71 -72 =43 (49.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B23 B53 B22 B51 B36
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E32 E39 E45 E34
 King's Indian (7) 
    E94 E81 E70 E97 E73
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D94 D91 D97 D70 D81
 Slav (5) 
    D11 D17 D12
 Modern Benoni (5) 
    A57 A65
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (22) 
    B23 B42 B93 B21 B32
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C78 C67 C90 C80 C65
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D80 D92 D85 D88 D71
 Semi-Slav (6) 
    D47 D43 D45
 Slav (5) 
    D17 D10 D19 D14
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B12 B13 B17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kaufman vs K Gulamali, 2012 1-0
   E Brandt vs Kaufman, 2001 0-1
   E McCormick vs Kaufman, 1975 0-1
   Kaufman vs S Ritvin, 2001 1-0
   Kaufman vs W Martz, 1972 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   32nd World Open (2004)
   US Championship (1972)
   National Open (2012)
   112th US Open (2011)
   US Championship (2008)
   Lone Pine (1980)
   US Championships 2003 (2003)
   41st Annual World Open (2013)

   Shabalov vs Kaufman (Dec-28-16) 1-0
   Kaufman vs K W Troff (Jul-07-13) 0-1
   J D Williams vs Kaufman (Jul-06-13) 0-1
   Lenderman vs Kaufman (Jul-05-13) 0-1
   Kaufman vs M Amanov (Jul-05-13) 0-1

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(born Nov-15-1947, 69 years old) United States of America

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GM Larry Charles Kaufman won the 18th Senior Chess World Championship in 2008 (shared jointly with Mihai Suba) for which he automatically earned the GM title. He tied for first at the 1966 American Open. He is also a noted author and has worked on many commercial chess engines. His son is Raymond S Kaufman.

Wikipedia article: Larry Kaufman

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 186  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kaufman vs J A Curdo  0-130 1965 Boston OpenD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. Kaufman vs J A Curdo  0-145 1966 Boston OpenA43 Old Benoni
3. D McCrory vs Kaufman  0-139 1968 69th US OpenE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
4. Kaufman vs Robert Enders  1-039 1968 69th US OpenB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
5. G A Koelsche vs Kaufman  0-145 1968 69th US OpenA37 English, Symmetrical
6. Kaufman vs Larsen 0-137 1968 USA opA81 Dutch
7. Ron Snyder vs Kaufman  ½-½19 1968 69th US OpenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Mark Wells vs Kaufman  0-135 1968 69th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
9. Kaufman vs D Fritzinger  1-040 1968 69th US OpenC16 French, Winawer
10. Kaufman vs Benko  0-146 1968 69th US OpenA57 Benko Gambit
11. B Haisfield vs Kaufman  0-127 1968 69th US OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Kaufman vs Tarjan  1-056 1968 USA opB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
13. A Malachi vs Kaufman  0-159 1972 WchT U26 19th fin-AB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
14. Kaufman vs Podgaets  0-148 1972 WchT U26 19th fin-AB08 Pirc, Classical
15. Kaufman vs W Martz  ½-½27 1972 US ChampionshipB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
16. Bisguier vs Kaufman  ½-½21 1972 US ChampionshipD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
17. Kaufman vs Larry Evans  ½-½56 1972 US ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
18. Lombardy vs Kaufman  1-045 1972 US ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Kaufman vs I A Horowitz  1-073 1972 US ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
20. Popovych vs Kaufman  0-164 1972 US ChampionshipC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
21. Kaufman vs Feuerstein 1-054 1972 US ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
22. Reshevsky vs Kaufman  1-041 1972 US ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
23. Kaufman vs Kavalek  0-123 1972 US ChampionshipA21 English
24. Kaufman vs Robert E Byrne  0-152 1972 US ChampionshipC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
25. Benko vs Kaufman  1-039 1972 US ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Apr-18-09  drukenknight: We just established that there is an Arlington Club that used to meet at that methodist church on Stafford St. Do you have any recollection of that one? They played in hte basement and the blitz guy from the national blitz whatever would show up there and give you the pairings. The regular time control games were done in a ladder format and you'd look at a list and sign up with someone equivalent.

I played a guy named Joe Harrington there at regular time controls in my only USCF rated game ever! I won quickly. I should find the score sheet.

As for time frame, I think it would have been from 2001 as it wasnt until 2000 that I got back into chess, but Feb. is possible. We played each other twice each in that blitz tournament, the incident w/ Kaufman was maybe not that particular one where I lost all my games but it was from that league. I can probably get the date from old USCF card which might still exist.

I do recall talking a long time to Adu and he told me was studying EE at Univ of Md. He wanted to give me lessons! (in chess not EE). He was from Nigeria I think and he told me had played in the Olympiads which really impressed me. I asked him if his game improved all of a sudden and I think he said he had been playing for a couple of years and then all of sudden he got real good. I drove him home all the way to Greenbelt. is this enuf detail for you?

Do you recall Ted Covey? He used to be active there and I would play him alot.

Apr-18-09  drukenknight: I know, why dont you ask Dan Heisman if he knows Ted Covey? He should they worked on some internet project or something together. Ted created a website called Economists for Bush or something (back in 2000, I know I know Ted has problems) Ted was my playing partner for several years back there...Go ahead I dare you.
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  sisyphus: Sure, I used to play at the United Methodist Church, and before that the Arlington Chess Club met at the Arlington YMCA.

IM Adu and GM Kaufman play there often, quick tournaments or on DC Chess League teams. And they get paired periodically, inasmuch as they both play first board. I've never seen any difficulty with either of them.

As for the others, for what it's worth, I seem to recall Covey (maybe it was from the Bush campaign), though he hasn't played in Arlington for three years. And Joe Harrington doesn't appear on the USCF rolls.

Apr-19-09  drukenknight: Yeah Covey and me both stopped playing for awhile. He was in my wedding party and got me back into the game in 2000. He is a repertoire player, no matter what opening I play he plays some odd variation that is maybe sound. I open with Spanish he does the Marshall attack. As white he would do that Goring gambit which is so annoying so I went to Sicilian. Or he would do the Cunningham Kings gambit or the Cochrane. So I went to sicilian and he does Smith Morra gambit. So I play French, he plays the albin-chatard attack.

I go d4 he goes Dutch; so I started playing the Staunton gambit. He was working on ALbin Counter Gambit when we stopped

A couple days ago you said that there is no chess club in no. virginia that meets in a church. Now you say you played there. Whatever

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  James Demery: sisyphus: You`re assuming his name is drunkenknight which it is not. I thought the same thing for a long time. You must look closely at the spelling.
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  James Demery: druken : Is Covey Larry Kaufman? Speaking of Larry Kaufman does anyone know how I can get my rating over 2400?
Apr-19-09  MaxxLange: <"then I just keep checking him.">


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  sisyphus: <James Demery: ... You`re assuming his name is drunkenknight which it is not.... You must look closely at the spelling.>

Ah, well, rhetorical shots about inebriation aside, messing up the factual details makes his eyewitness testimony dubious.

<Speaking of Larry Kaufman does anyone know how I can get my rating over 2400?>

This interview by Jim Eade details Kaufman's early steps:

Apr-19-09  Open Defence: <James Demery: sisyphus: You`re assuming his name is drunkenknight which it is not. I thought the same thing for a long time. You must look closely at the spelling.> well its a good test for sobreity...
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  sisyphus: Regarding the rules for blitz: the game nine years ago in which the disputed draw offer was made was probably played under the World Blitz Chess Association rules. WBCA is no longer with us, but the USCF rules then in effect state that a player may be awarded a draw in Blitz by demonstrating the ability to force a triple occurrence of position to a director.

As in all such matters, the ruling of the tournament director is definitive. People who want to dispute the decision should take it up with the TD, not the player.

Apr-19-09  Open Defence: aaah so its <Technical Draw>'s fault!! I KNEW IT!!!!!
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  technical draw: Anyone want to take up anything with me should first try the old $20 bill in the hand trick. I make decisions faster that way.
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  James Demery: Thanks for posting this interview sisyphus.
Apr-19-09  WhiteRook48: no, it's the <Tournament Director>'s fault! Sorry, that means the <Dournament Tirector>
Apr-19-09  drukenknight: It was not a repetition, that much was clear from the talk. Kaufman kept saying he could move his K around and " ...he just keeps checking me."

"Just keeps checking me" is not a draw.
It's simply out of time.

I wonder what factual detail sisph. says I messed up?

ANd you still havent answered my question: Why did you say no club in no. virginia meets in a church when you used to go there?

I really am at a loss. But that's chess players for you.

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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday to you Larry!! Are you related to Andy? :-))
Aug-02-10  GamerMan: I want to see a Chess and Shogi combined match between Larry Kaufman and Yoshiharu Habu. I am guessing Habu would win, but the matches would be intersting
Aug-02-10  MaxxLange: This guy is my hero today. He has shown unusual talent, energy, and ambition, for an old guy, over the last few years or decades
Sep-23-11  Albertan: The Evaluation of Material Imbalances:

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  ketchuplover: Due out 2-16-12 is The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White
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  ketchuplover: It's apparently an update on The Chess Advantage in Black and White
Feb-15-12  drkodos: New book is very good. Some interesting ideas on the KID.
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  OhioChessFan: <druken: I wonder what factual detail sisph. says I messed up?

ANd you still havent answered my question: Why did you say no club in no. virginia meets in a church when you used to go there?>

I have no idea how I ended up reading the discussion on this page, but the question posed is pretty on point.

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  OhioChessFan: Maybe it's not a club that meets in the church? I'm still working on this mystery.
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  Nightsurfer: There is some <Larry Kaufman>-bashing here that I do not understand. <Larry Kaufman> is a very creative guy - both in chess and in chess-like games. Therefore (rather belatedly, I have to admit!) I would like to say <domo arigato> to <ughaibu> because of his posting dating <Sep-01-03>: <ughaibu> has pointed out to the fact that <Larry Kaufman> "has been the top rated gaijin shogi player for more than twenty years"!

Herewith some additional information on that: <Larry Kaufman> has reached an impressive 2nd place at the <"1st International Shogi Forum Tokyo"> in June 1999, the report in the following: ; and herewith a historic photo that depicts <Larry Kaufman> (1st row, 2nd from right) during the closing ceremony of the <"1st International Shogi Forum Tokyo 1999">: :-)

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