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Gregory Kaidanov
Kaidanov 
Photo courtesy of susanpolgar.blogspot.com.  
Number of games in database: 598
Years covered: 1979 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2548
Highest rating achieved in database: 2695

Overall record: +207 -112 =261 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 18 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (41) 
    B40 B90 B50 B33 B57
 King's Indian (27) 
    E73 E92 E75 E81 E90
 Catalan (23) 
    E06 E04 E01 E08
 Semi-Slav (19) 
    D47 D45 D43 D44 D49
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    E00 A41 A50 A46 A40
 Slav (15) 
    D15 D10 D19 D17 D11
With the Black pieces:
 Semi-Slav (63) 
    D45 D43 D44 D47 D48
 Ruy Lopez (54) 
    C80 C78 C77 C84 C69
 French Defense (23) 
    C11 C02 C01 C05 C18
 Queen's Gambit Declined (20) 
    D30 D31 D37 D35 D39
 English (18) 
    A13 A14
 Ruy Lopez, Open (18) 
    C80 C82
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kaidanov vs Anand, 1987 1-0
   Kaidanov vs Wojtkiewicz, 1994 1-0
   Taimanov vs Kaidanov, 1988 0-1
   Kaidanov vs J Donaldson, 1992 1-0
   Shaked vs Kaidanov, 1993 0-1
   Kaidanov vs E Perelshteyn, 2008 1-0
   Kaidanov vs Bareev, 1987 1-0
   L Kaushansky vs Kaidanov, 1992 0-1
   Kaidanov vs Piket, 1988 1-0
   K Burger vs Kaidanov, 1993 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Gausdal Chess Classic (2008)
   US Championships (2007)
   Chessmaster US Championships 2005 (2004)
   SPICE Cup (2008)
   US Championships 2003 (2003)
   US Championships (2010)
   US Championship (2008)
   Millionaire Chess (2015)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   erwinkru71939's favorite games by erwinkru71939
   2011 Saint Louis invitational by gauer
   villasinian's favorite games by villasinian
   Kaidanov's quickest wins by littleshiva
   SPICE Cup 2008 by Black Pawn
   RPaterno1's favorite games: Catalan by brucemubayiwa
   RPaterno1's favorite games: Catalan by RPaterno1

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 American Continental TB
   Kaidanov vs E Iturrizaga (Jun-18-17) 0-1
   Kaidanov vs A H T dos Santos Fier (Jun-18-17) 1/2-1/2
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs Kaidanov (Jun-18-17) 1-0
   Kaidanov vs C Umetsubo (Jun-18-17) 1-0
   R Hungaski vs Kaidanov (Jun-18-17) 0-1

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GREGORY KAIDANOV
(born Oct-11-1959, 58 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)

[what is this?]
Gregory S Kaidanov was born in Berdichev, (the) Ukraine. Awarded the IM title in 1987 and the GM title in 1988 he has won 1st prizes at Moscow 1987, Lvov 1988, Hastings 1990 and New York 1990. He immigrated to the United States in 1991 and the following year won both the U.S. Open and World Open tournaments. He has represented America at Olympiads on several occasions and is currently living in Kentucky. He lost to Alexander Areshchenko at the World Cup (2013) in the 1st round and was eliminated from the contest.

Wikipedia article: Gregory Kaidanov


 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 598  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kaidanov vs Razuvaev  0-1351979DubnaC02 French, Advance
2. Kaidanov vs Plachetka  ½-½411979DubnaB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
3. Glek vs Kaidanov  ½-½241981KuibyshevA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
4. Psakhis vs Kaidanov  ½-½271983IrkutskB83 Sicilian
5. Chekhov vs Kaidanov  ½-½191983URS-ch sfD85 Grunfeld
6. Kaidanov vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½171983URS-ch sfA15 English
7. Kaidanov vs E Vladimirov  0-1351983URS-ch sfA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
8. Yermolinsky vs Kaidanov  ½-½211984Vilnius URS ch ymA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Yermolinsky vs Kaidanov  ½-½211984Vilnius (Lithuania)A07 King's Indian Attack
10. Azmaiparashvili vs Kaidanov  ½-½301984young mastersD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. Kaidanov vs Glek  1-0351984Vilnius URS ch ymB06 Robatsch
12. S Terentiev vs Kaidanov 0-1331984USSR club ChC29 Vienna Gambit
13. Tseshkovsky vs Kaidanov 1-0271985Moscow-BC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. Kaidanov vs Khalifman  0-1381985Lvov (Ukraine)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
15. Vyzmanavin vs Kaidanov  1-0551985Lvov (Ukraine)A43 Old Benoni
16. Dreev vs Kaidanov  1-0421985Moscow (Russia)A43 Old Benoni
17. Kaidanov vs Glek  ½-½221985LvovE60 King's Indian Defense
18. Dreev vs Kaidanov  ½-½471985Lvov (Ukraine)C53 Giuoco Piano
19. Kaidanov vs Ehlvest  1-0691985URS-ch U26D89 Grunfeld
20. Kaidanov vs Khalifman  ½-½141985Moscow (Russia)E45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
21. Tal vs Kaidanov  ½-½181986TbilisiA13 English
22. Kaidanov vs Vasiukov  ½-½221986Moscow-BE77 King's Indian
23. Kaidanov vs Azmaiparashvili  0-1341986TbilisiB08 Pirc, Classical
24. G Orlov vs Kaidanov  ½-½611986Minsk (Belarus)C53 Giuoco Piano
25. Romanishin vs Kaidanov  ½-½291986TbilisiA06 Reti Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Feb-14-05  WillC21: what time(EST) does the tourney start and how can we watch it live?
Feb-15-05  hintza: <WillC21> You can watch 60 games live here: http://www.aeroflotchess.com/online....

The first round begins at 15:00 Moscow time, which I believe is 07:00 EST.

<iron maiden> The pairings have been put up now. You can find them at http://www.aeroflotchess.com/result....

Apr-18-05  WTHarvey: Here are some chess diagrams of winning combinations in Gregory's games. http://www.wtharvey.com/kaid.html
Jan-29-06  BIDMONFA: Gregory Kaidanov

KAIDANOV, Gregory S.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/campionats_...
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Oct-03-06  Karpova: <Kramnik goes into an endgame where he's worse, and there is nothing you can do about it.>

Today's quote is really hilarious! Thanks <chessgames.com>!

Oct-03-06  jackmandoo: so does this quote mean that you're going to lose even though you have the advantage? Just because he is so good?
Oct-03-06  hitman84: <jackmandoo>It means you cannot lock everything in the world or maybe Kaidanov aided by fritz made the comment while playing against Kramnik.
Oct-03-06  ARTIN: <jackmandoo> It means that although Kramnik's position is "worse", the opponent cannot get more than a draw.

Of course, objectively speaking there are no "worse" endgames. There are won, drawn and lost endgames. The quote is praising Kramnik's ability to be able to distinguish which seemingly "worse" endgames are lost and which are drawn.

Oct-11-06  BIDMONFA: Gregory Kaidanov

KAIDANOV, Gregory
http://www.bidmonfa.com/kaidanov_gr...
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Sep-13-07  dx9293: Kaidanov's greatest accomplishment no doubt was winning the very first Aeroflot Open held in 2002, ahead of 81 other GMs.
Apr-16-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Wild Bill: Congratulations to Greg Kaidanov for winning the Gausdal Classic today.

Way to go, guy.

Apr-22-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: Except that this guy dropped like 100 rating points. (99, if you wanna cut somebody's head off for being too general)
Sep-29-08  zoren: He absolutely nuked in SPICE cup... probably out of practice being a full time coach.
Oct-11-08  just a kid: Happy Birthday Kaidanov!
Feb-23-10  Albertan: I have posted analysis of the first game of the Sicilian Theme Match between GM Kaidanov and GM Judit Polgar to the first page of my blog at http://albertan1956.blogspot.com/ using the program Chess viewer deluxe. The game is number 41 in the games index in the Chessviewer deluxe program. I hope you drop by and play through this analysis.The analysis was done with the assistance of Deep Rybka 3 and Deep Shredder 12 on my quad core computer.
Oct-11-10  wordfunph: "I would never give up coaching, even if the money meant nothing to me."

- GM Gregory Kaidanov

Oct-11-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: I met him at a simul once, though I didn't get to play him. He went 20-0 and finished in about 2 hours. I was surprised what a lighthearted personality he had. Before the match, he mentioned he was the highest rated American, but carefully explained in his Russian accent that he wasn't born here. One of his opponents was a father/son combo. About 10 moves in, the father made a blunder. Kaidanov blitzed out about 6 plies to show what was wrong, the father slapped his forehead in exasperation, but Kaidanov then reset the pieces and offered the son to make a different move.
Oct-14-10  Albertan: Here is a video about GM Kaidanov:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-...

Oct-14-10  BobCrisp: Something that <Kaidanov> alludes to in the vid.

<Gregory’s first day in America was on a visit in the summer of 1990, in the pre-Guiliani New York, when the city was notorious for a high crime rate. He and his wife were robbed twice in one day! In addition to his savings, he lost 10 years worth of chess analysis. He was devastated.>

http://main.uschess.org/content/vie...

Nov-01-10  wordfunph: "There is a big myth of the Soviet chess school --- people think of it as very structured. It was not."

- GM Gregory Kaidanov

(Source: Chess Life January 2009)

Nov-01-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tomlinsky: Here's an interesting, and lively, antidote for French players featured on Vol 2 of the Killer French DVD. It's always nice tearing those cheeky KIA merchants off a strip wherever possible. :)

[Event "US op 104th"]
[Site "Los Angeles"]
[Date "2003.08.11"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Stripunsky, Alexander"]
[Black "Kaidanov, Gregory S"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A08"]
[WhiteElo "2543"]
[BlackElo "2638"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "2003.08.03"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "12"]
[EventCountry "USA"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2003.09.04"]

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 Nc6 5. g3 g6 6. Bg2 Bg7 7. O-O Nge7 8. Re1 b6 9. c3 a5 10. a4 Ra7 11. exd5 exd5 12. Nb3 d4 13. cxd4 cxd4 14. Bg5 O-O 15. Rc1 h6 16. Rxc6 hxg5 17. Rc4 Ba6 18. Rc1 Nd5 19. Nbxd4 Nb4 20. Nc6 Nxc6 21. Rxc6 Rd7 22. Qb3 Bb7 23. Ne5 Bxe5 24. Rxe5 Bxc6 25. Bxc6 Rxd3 26. Qb5 Rd2 27. Re3 Qf6 28. Rf3 Qxb2 29. Rb3 0-1

Jan-10-12  Albertan: Kaidanovís chess homework pays at Eastern Open:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news...
Feb-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: Greg, you probably do not remember me because our last lesson together was about 15 years ago, but I think you are a superb chess teacher!
May-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <During my lessons I constantly emphasize the importance of open files and activity of the pieces. Unfortunately, the majority of club players worry more about such things as doubled pawns and weak squares, rather than worrying about the fact that their pieces are passive> - Gregory Kaidanov.
Oct-12-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: GM Kaidanov, inductee of the U.S. Chess Hall Of Fame - Portrait:

<Born in Berdychiv, Ukraine, USSR, Gregory Kaidanov learned chess from his father at the age of six. In the 1980s, he won many international tournaments while playing for the Soviet Union, and he earned the title of Grandmaster in 1988. Three years later, he and his family immigrated to the United States, settling in Lexington, Kentucky.

In 1992, he had an impressive string of victories, tying for first in the Chicago Open, before winning the top prizes in the World Open and the United States Open Championship.

Kaidanov also scored many great successes while playing for American teams. He played in the Olympiads six times between 1996 and 2006, winning a team bronze in 1996, a team silver in 1998, an individual silver in 2004, and a team bronze in 2006. Kaidanov also competed in the World Team Championships three times between 1993 and 2005, winning a team gold and an individual silver in 1993, and a team silver and individual gold in 1997.

His major tournament victories include the mentioned 1992 World Open, and 1992 U.S. Open, as well as the first Aeroflot Open in Moscow in 2002, and the last Gausdal Classic (international invitational tournament) in 2008.

Kaidanov, who is one of the most active Grandmaster teachers in the U.S., also coached the 2008 U.S. Womenís Olympiad Team to third place.>

https://worldchesshof.org/chess-hal...

For further tournament wins, see also in the cg. box above, ie. Kaidanov took the closed New York Manhattan together with veteran Efim Geller in 1990: https://www.365chess.com/tournament..., and co-won the Hastings Masters in the same year.

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