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Zvulon Gofshtein
  
Number of games in database: 260
Years covered: 1969 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2493 (2463 rapid, 2458 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2560

Overall record: +102 -61 =87 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 10 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (16) 
    B63 B48 B43 B32 B81
 King's Indian (12) 
    E92 E77 E60 E95 E81
 English (11) 
    A15 A10 A17 A14 A16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (11) 
    D38 D31 D37 D06 D39
 French Defense (9) 
    C11 C10 C16 C00 C07
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    A41 A46 A40 E00 E10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (27) 
    B42 B40 B85 B48 B32
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A46 E00 A41 A45 A50
 Robatsch (11) 
    B06
 Sicilian Kan (9) 
    B42 B41 B43
 Pirc (7) 
    B07 B09
 King's Indian (6) 
    E94 E71 E90 E92
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Z Gofshtein vs M Gurevich, 2001 1-0
   Z Gofshtein vs A G Ashton, 2006 1-0
   Z Gofshtein vs M D Tseitlin, 1991 1-0
   Z Gofshtein vs G Huber, 1997 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings Chess Congress (2007)
   Israeli Championship (2004)
   11th Essent Open (2007)

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 28th European Club Cup
   B Bok vs Z Gofshtein (Oct-17-12) 1-0
   Z Gofshtein vs D Svetushkin (Oct-16-12) 0-1
   R Edouard vs Z Gofshtein (Oct-15-12) 1-0
   Z Gofshtein vs G P Arnaudov (Oct-14-12) 1/2-1/2
   Z Gofshtein vs A Zhigalko (Oct-13-12) 0-1

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ZVULON GOFSHTEIN
(born Apr-21-1953, died Dec-23-2015, 62 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Israel)

[what is this?]
Aka Leonid Gofshtein. GM Zvulon was born in the Soviet Union as Leonid.

Wikipedia article: Leonid Gofshtein


 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 260  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Z Gofshtein vs Romanishin  1-0661969BeltsyE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
2. Karpov vs Z Gofshtein  1-037197101, Rostov on Don ttA10 English
3. Z Gofshtein vs T Georgadze 0-1121976Ch URS ( select )A15 English
4. Z Gofshtein vs Kupreichik  1-0341976URSD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
5. Kupreichik vs Z Gofshtein  1-0301976Ch URS (select)B06 Robatsch
6. Z Gofshtein vs E Vladimirov  1-0211977URS-ch YME91 King's Indian
7. Z Gofshtein vs Chekhov  0-1371977URS-ch YME60 King's Indian Defense
8. Z Gofshtein vs E Kengis  1-0311978USSRC11 French
9. Kupreichik vs Z Gofshtein  ½-½331978DaugavpilsC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. Igor Ivanov vs Z Gofshtein  1-0411978Daugavpils OtborochniiB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. Z Gofshtein vs Chekhov  ½-½231978URS-ch sfA56 Benoni Defense
12. Z Gofshtein vs Kupreichik 0-1251979URSD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Z Gofshtein vs Salov  0-1401979Ch URS (select)E52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
14. Tseshkovsky vs Z Gofshtein  1-0401985URS-ch sfB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
15. Z Gofshtein vs Yermolinsky  ½-½281985Ch URS (select)E90 King's Indian
16. Z Gofshtein vs G Timoshenko  1-0241986Kiev-chD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
17. Y Kruppa vs Z Gofshtein  1-0621986UKR-chC03 French, Tarrasch
18. Geller vs Z Gofshtein 1-0281989BelgradeB07 Pirc
19. Z Gofshtein vs V Vepkhvishvili  1-0451989Open VarnaA15 English
20. Z Gofshtein vs V Vepkhvishvili  1-0471989Open Bratislava-89E60 King's Indian Defense
21. N Davies vs Z Gofshtein  1-0381991It (cat.4)A80 Dutch
22. Z Gofshtein vs M D Tseitlin 1-0341991IsraelA48 King's Indian
23. Z Gofshtein vs Psakhis  0-1311991Tel AvivA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
24. Z Gofshtein vs Smirin  ½-½321991Tel AvivE81 King's Indian, Samisch
25. Z Gofshtein vs Murey  1-0451991It (cat. 4), Tel AvivA06 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 260  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-27-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: Zvulon Gofshtein. Zvulon is his first name.
Aug-30-06  BIDMONFA: Z Gofshtein

GOFSHTEIN, Zvulon
http://www.bidmonfa.com/gofshtein_z...
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Apr-14-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Is this the same person as Leonid D Gofshtein?
Jul-30-08  eyalbd: for <chessgames.com> The names "Zvulun Gofshtein" and "Leonid Gofshtein" are two different names for the same person. Leonid Gofshtein changed his name to a Hebrew name ("Zvulun") after immigrated to Israel.
Feb-14-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Did I write a bio on <Leonid D Gofshtein>? Anyway the postings there are gone now.
May-16-10  myschkin: . . .

<Lucky find> ?!

“In certain position, it is easy to find moves, because one’s choice is limited. In these types of positions, a club-player and a Grandmaster will pick the same moves. In other positions you have to choose between two or three approximately equal moves, and you have to reach a decision based on your style, your feeling your opponent. This is one of the hardest things in chess.” [B.G.]

Zvulon Gofshtein has quite a different approach to chess than Boris Gelfand. He states straight out that he is not the calculating type. That his analysis is frequently flawed and that his tactical ideas rest upon his strong intuition. He confesses that you cannot always play intuitively, that in some critical positions you must calculate, but that by and large playing by intuition is good. Gofshtein answers the questions of how far to calculate and when to stop as follows.

“When you feel that you position is good, that’s where calculation should end. You shouldn’t exert yourself unduly when effort is not required. This might cause harm.”

“If you continue to analyze beyond a certain point, you can miss something simple, and doubts begin to creep in. When you see too many things (some real, others imaginary) you may lose confidence.

“Moreover, by investing extra effort, you lose strength that may be needed later on in the game.”

(takeouts from The Grandmaster's Mind by Amatzia Avni)

Aug-11-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: <“Moreover, by investing extra effort, you lose strength that may be needed later on in the game.” >

I think that was a fundamental problem in the Man vs. Machine contests. Beyond the inevitable time trouble, the GMs wasted their energy staring at obvious moves for a longgggggg time. I suspect now the competition is so one sided it doesn't matter.

Jan-03-16  Eastfrisian: He died on 23. December 2015 after long illness. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leoni... RIP GM Gofshtein
Jan-03-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: RIP to another opponent of long ago--we met in the Quebec Open blitz event at Montreal in summer 1997.

Although I lost both games--the first on time in a balanced position from a Taimanov Sicilian, the second after hanging my queen in a won position--he complimented my play.

While I have never read Avni's book, I consider Gofshtein's advice above an excellent, pragmatic approach. In particular, from the excerpt given by <myschkin>, this was long a failing in my play and tended to lead to chronic time shortage:

<“If you continue to analyze beyond a certain point, you can miss something simple, and doubts begin to creep in. When you see too many things (some real, others imaginary) you may lose confidence.>

Jan-03-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: RIP to another opponent of long ago--we met in the Quebec Open blitz event at Montreal in summer 1997.

Although I lost both games--the first on time in a balanced position from a Taimanov Sicilian, the second after hanging my queen in a won position--he complimented my play.

While I have never read Avni's book, I consider Gofshtein's advice above an excellent, pragmatic approach. In particular, from the excerpt given by <myschkin>, this was long a failing in my play and tended to lead to chronic time shortage:

<“If you continue to analyze beyond a certain point, you can miss something simple, and doubts begin to creep in. When you see too many things (some real, others imaginary) you may lose confidence.>

Apr-21-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: His adopted first name is a version of the biblical name Zebulon, a son of the patriarch Jacob.

He would have been 64 today.

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