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Jan Gustafsson
J Gustafsson 
Number of games in database: 574
Years covered: 1994 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2641 (2641 rapid, 2637 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2652

Overall record: +197 -56 =293 (62.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 28 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (33) 
    D10 D11 D14 D13 D15
 King's Indian (31) 
    E92 E94 E60 E97 E91
 Queen's Gambit Declined (30) 
    D37 D39 D38 D35 D31
 Nimzo Indian (25) 
    E32 E21 E38 E20 E34
 Semi-Slav (24) 
    D45 D44 D43 D46 D47
 English (22) 
    A15 A10 A13 A14 A18
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (59) 
    C84 C78 C89 C77 C69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C84 C89 C96 C91 C92
 Sicilian (30) 
    B22 B33 B47 B50 B21
 Semi-Slav (24) 
    D44 D47 D45 D43 D48
 Slav (17) 
    D12 D11 D10 D18 D16
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    A45 D02 D00 D04 A50
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Gustafsson vs Duong The Anh, 2019 1-0
   J Gustafsson vs M Prusikin, 2004 1-0
   Naiditsch vs J Gustafsson, 2007 0-1
   Van Wely vs J Gustafsson, 2008 0-1
   J Gustafsson vs Efimenko, 2011 1-0
   J Gustafsson vs R Buhmann, 2003 1-0
   E Paehtz vs J Gustafsson, 2014 1/2-1/2
   J Gustafsson vs Naiditsch, 2008 1-0
   M Richter vs J Gustafsson, 2005 1/2-1/2
   E Paehtz vs J Gustafsson, 2015 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   11th BCC Thailand Open (2011)
   European Club Cup (2010)
   2nd Fraenkische Grossmeistertage (2004)
   82nd German Chess Championship (2011)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Bangkok Chess Club Open (2015)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)

   🏆 Banter blitz 193
   J Gustafsson vs NN (Aug-09-19) 1-0, blitz
   NN vs J Gustafsson (Jul-10-19) 1-0, blitz
   J Gustafsson vs Jorch Lopez (Jun-09-19) 0-1, blitz
   J Gustafsson vs Duong The Anh (Apr-13-19) 1-0
   J Gustafsson vs T Bromann (Mar-24-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jun-25-1979, 40 years old) Germany

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GM Gustafsson was born in Hamburg and learned chess at age 10. He won the German Youth Championships in 1994 (U15) and 1996 (U17). Gustafsson became an IM in 1999 and a GM in 2003. He tied for second at the very strong Dortmund Sparkassen (2008).

Gustafsson 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. He also won an individual bronze medal on Board 4.

In April 2011, he won the Bangkok Chess Club Open on tiebreak over former world championship challenger Nigel Short and Francisco Vallejo Pons. In April 2019, he again won that event, this time on tiebreak over Deep Sengupta, each scoring 7.5/9 ahead of 15 other grandmasters.

Gustafsson is a co-founder of, and frequent commentator for, He lives in a suburb of Hamburg, Germany with his girlfriend and their daughter. (audio podcast interview with Ben Johnson), Wikipedia article: Jan Gustafsson

Last updated: 2019-04-18 04:02:50

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 574  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 C D Meyer  ½-½491998Bundesliga 9798D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
5. R Sandkamp vs J Gustafsson  ½-½151999Bundesliga 1998/99A04 Reti Opening
6. J Gustafsson vs K Bischoff  ½-½351999Bundesliga 1998/99A10 English
7. D Hennig vs J Gustafsson 1-0221999Bundesliga 1998/99A45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. J Gustafsson vs P Backwinkel  0-1291999Bundesliga 1998/99A44 Old Benoni Defense
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. J Gustafsson vs Pavasovic  ½-½251999Bled op 20thD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. M Cebalo vs J Gustafsson  ½-½1201999Bled openE12 Queen's Indian
14. M Kill vs J Gustafsson 0-1481999Neckar op 3rdE12 Queen's Indian
15. Barsov vs J Gustafsson  ½-½171999Dutch OpenD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
16. P K Wells vs J Gustafsson  1-0252000Herzeliya ISRE12 Queen's Indian
17. Bacrot vs J Gustafsson  1-0412000Bundesliga 2000/01D76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
18. Plachetka vs J Gustafsson  ½-½182000Mitropa CupB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
19. K Opl vs J Gustafsson  0-1482001Tch-AUT 2000-01B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
20. J Gustafsson vs S Loeffler  1-0262001Tch-AUT 2000-01D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. H Kotz vs J Gustafsson  ½-½372001Tch-AUT 2000-01B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
22. E Schulzke vs J Gustafsson  0-1392001Bundesliga 2000-1B42 Sicilian, Kan
23. A van de Oudeweetering vs J Gustafsson  ½-½362001Tch-NEDB22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. J Gustafsson vs D Tjiam  ½-½212001Tch-NEDE20 Nimzo-Indian
25. Bacrot vs J Gustafsson  1-0412001Bundesliga 2000-1D76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
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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.
Jun-26-18  Telemus: From his biography: <He is a co-founder of, and frequent commentator for,> Well, this is new to me.
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  Diademas: Well spotted <Telemus>
Jun-26-18  JimNorCal: I submitted a correction slip
Jun-26-18  JimNorCal: Happy belated birthday GM Jan
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  jith1207: Anyone knows Jan Gustafson's user name in this site?
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  MissScarlett: <johnbarleybore>
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  jith1207: Thank you
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  jith1207: LOL, the bio previously said Jan Gustafsson is co-founder of chessgames. Now I see it has been corrected, this makes sense.

This is the reason I had previously asked his username here, I thought he's a frequent commentator here. But equating him to <jbc> is an insult though.

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  FSR: He has just clinched at least a tie for first in the 19th Bangkok Chess Club Open. It looks like Deep Sengupta will win, in which case the two will split 1st-2nd. Congratulations, Jan!
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  FSR: Jan just tied for first with Deep Sengupta at the 19th Bangkok Chess Club Open. Each of them scored 7.5/9, and finished ahead of 15 grandmasters, including former world championship challenger Nigel Short. See for games and standings. Congratulations!
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  MissScarlett: Apologies to <jbb>.
Apr-16-19  Imran Iskandar: Congratulations to Jan for winning this year's Bangkok Open!
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  whiteshark: GM Jan Gustafsson describes chess as an ongoing conflict between his desire not to think and his desire not to lose.

Of course he means that with a wink...

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