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Artur Yusupov
Photograph copyright © Fred Lucas,  
Number of games in database: 2,079
Years covered: 1975 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2585 (2564 rapid, 2468 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2680
Overall record: +605 -298 =1037 (57.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 139 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (160) 
    A46 D05 A40 E00 D04
 King's Indian (116) 
    E80 E60 E73 E62 E61
 Nimzo Indian (109) 
    E41 E52 E54 E30 E29
 Slav (83) 
    D10 D12 D19 D15 D16
 Queen's Indian (72) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17 E16
 Grunfeld (67) 
    D85 D86 D89 D95 D93
With the Black pieces:
 Petrov (165) 
    C42 C43
 French Defense (132) 
    C18 C09 C01 C05 C19
 Ruy Lopez (94) 
    C80 C82 C72 C73 C77
 Queen's Gambit Declined (84) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D36
 Orthodox Defense (77) 
    D56 D58 D55 D52 D50
 Ruy Lopez, Open (57) 
    C80 C82 C81
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991 0-1
   Taimanov vs Yusupov, 1982 0-1
   Miles vs Yusupov, 1985 0-1
   Yusupov vs P Scheeren, 1983 1-0
   Yusupov vs Ivanchuk, 1991 1-0
   Yusupov vs Karpov, 1989 1-0
   Yusupov vs Anand, 1992 1-0
   Yusupov vs Kasparov, 1989 1-0
   Yusupov vs J Nogueiras, 1985 1-0
   Yusupov vs L Adasiak, 2005 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Montpellier Candidates (1985)
   32nd Rilton Cup (2002)
   German Championship (2006)
   NH Chess Tournament (2007)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Toluca Interzonal (1982)
   50th USSR Championship (1983)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Legend Yusupov by Gottschalk
   Strategie 1 - 6 Tigersprung auf DWZ 1500 by 5nizza
   Montpellier Candidates 1985 by Benzol
   Tilburg Interpolis 1987 by suenteus po 147
   Bugojno 1986 by suenteus po 147

   S Lobanov vs Yusupov (Dec-18-16) 1-0, blitz
   Yusupov vs S Lobanov (Dec-18-16) 0-1, blitz
   M Narmontas vs Yusupov (Dec-18-16) 0-1, blitz
   Yusupov vs M Narmontas (Dec-18-16) 0-1, blitz
   Yusupov vs R Skytte (Dec-18-16) 1-0, blitz

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(born Feb-13-1960, 56 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Germany)
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Artur Mayakovich Yusupov was born on the 13th of February 1960 in Moscow, USSR.

Awarded the IM title in 1977 for his victory in the World Junior Championship and the GM title in 1980, he was a World Title Candidate thrice running, losing the semi-final round in 1986, 1989 and 1992.

Other tournament results include 2nd in the USSR Championship of 1979, 1st at Erevan 1982, 4th= at Linares 1983, 1st at Tunis 1985, 1st= at Montpellier Candidates 1985 and 3rd at Linares 1988. In the early 1990s, he interrupted burglars in his Moscow flat, was shot and was fortunate to survive. Soon after his recovery, Yusupov moved to Germany, where he now works as a writer and trainer. He was German champion in 2005.

Wikipedia article: Artur Yusupov

 page 1 of 84; games 1-25 of 2,079  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Monakov vs Yusupov 1-029 1975 Moscow-chC77 Ruy Lopez
2. M Berkovich vs Yusupov 0-136 1975 Moscow-chA06 Reti Opening
3. Yusupov vs Yurtaev 1-030 1976 Moscow (Russia)B33 Sicilian
4. Z Sturua vs Yusupov  1-041 1976 URS-ch U18D59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
5. Yusupov vs A Zapata 1-047 1977 Wch U20A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
6. Kasparov vs Yusupov ½-½20 1977 LeningradC42 Petrov Defense
7. J Masculo vs Yusupov 0-174 1977 Wch U20A06 Reti Opening
8. Yusupov vs M Sisniega  1-042 1977 Wch U20A05 Reti Opening
9. P Popovic vs Yusupov  0-147 1977 Wch U20A00 Uncommon Opening
10. Yusupov vs Groszpeter  ½-½37 1977 Wch U20A34 English, Symmetrical
11. H Armando vs Yusupov  0-132 1977 Wch U20B33 Sicilian
12. Kouatly vs Yusupov 0-135 1977 Innsbruck, AustriaA44 Old Benoni Defense
13. Yusupov vs G Morrison  1-074 1977 Wch U20B53 Sicilian
14. Yusupov vs C Ionescu  ½-½13 1977 Wch U20A34 English, Symmetrical
15. W Ehrenfeucht vs Yusupov  0-130 1977 Telechess ol1 7778B33 Sicilian
16. Yusupov vs M Rivas Pastor  ½-½43 1977 Wch U20A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
17. Kasparov vs Yusupov 1-048 1977 RigaE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
18. J O Fries Nielsen vs Yusupov  0-140 1977 Wch U20C55 Two Knights Defense
19. Yusupov vs Skembris  ½-½10 1977 Wch U20A04 Reti Opening
20. Yusupov vs Kasparov  ½-½41 1977 LeningradA05 Reti Opening
21. R Vera vs Yusupov  ½-½13 1977 Wch U20C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
22. Psakhis vs Yusupov  ½-½55 1978 URS-ch U26C42 Petrov Defense
23. Tseshkovsky vs Yusupov  ½-½41 1978 URS-ch FL46B33 Sicilian
24. Yusupov vs G Zaichik  1-034 1978 URS-ch U26A34 English, Symmetrical
25. Yusupov vs S Makarichev  ½-½31 1978 URS-ch FL46A14 English
 page 1 of 84; games 1-25 of 2,079  PGN Download
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Jan-26-13  IndigoViolet: <In the early 1990's he disturbed burglars in his Moscow flat and was shot.>


<Gregory [Kaidanov]’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.>

<In 2011, Ivanchuk and his second wife were mugged by unnamed assailants the day they were set to leave from São Paulo, Brazil on a plane bound for Spain to finish the second half of the Bilbao Grand Slam Masters tournament. The muggers took the couple's money, identification, including passports, and cellular telephones, forcing Ivanchuk's wife to return to Ukraine. Ivanchuk threatened to withdraw from the tournament altogether, but his wife convinced him to continue. He had been leading in the tournament before this event, but did not play as well in the second half of the tournament.>

Other examples of chess players falling victim to violent crime are welcomed, though, not to be welcomed.

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Feb-09-13  IndigoViolet: <The 1994 Olympiad in Moscow served up enough mishaps to fill an entire article. Held at the grisly Cosmos Hotel, near to the former VDNH park, the players quickly realised that any venture outside the hotel doors was liable to see them mugged, robbed or worse. The captain of the Irish team was mugged in the street by a gang of gypsy children (a common problem in Moscow at that time – I know, I was living there!) and was only saved by an old lady, who waded into them with a brolly, to such effect that one later required hospital treatment! Another team captain unwisely visited the local bank to change several thousands of dollars in foreign currency, only for the bank, “coincidentally”, to be robbed at that very moment – he had, of course, been set up by the hotel reception staff, who had directed him to the bank in the first place.

But perhaps the worst incident involved GM Alex Yermolinsky. His presence in the city as part of the US team did not go unnoticed by his ex-wife, who lived in Moscow at the time. She telephoned him and asked to see him, so an unsuspecting Yermolinsky set off across town one evening, to the apartment she had specified. When he got there, he was greeted by several thugs, hired for the purpose, who beat him up and then sent him on his way, with a demand for $10,000 in cash before the end of the tournament. A battered and bruised Yermolinsky spent the rest of the Olympiad holed up in his hotel room, too terrified to set foot outside the Cosmos. 7. Set Upon at the Seaside

Despite its decline in status over the years, Hastings is still a Mecca for many foreign players, who are pleased to visit such a legendary chess venue. However, the young Azeri GM, Farhad Tahirov, may have ended up rather regretting his appearance at the Sussex seaside town in 2006-7. He played poorly, losing a hatful of rating points. Then, halfway through the event, he was seen to be suffering with a painful skin rash on his hands, and had to visit a doctor, who diagnosed some kind of eczema-type condition.

But worst of all was what happened after the last round. Having a couple of hours to kill before the prize-giving, he decided to take a walk along the seafront. Unfortunately, he passed by a particularly dodgy pub, frequented by various skinheads and other charmers, several of whom attacked and robbed him. He lost almost £1,000 in cash, plus a mobile phone and camera, as well as ending up in hospital for treatment to his injuries.>

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  whiteshark: Many happy returns of the Day, <Artur>!
Feb-13-14  paavoh: Does anyone know any notable players Yusupov is or has been coaching?
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  Penguincw: Happy 54th birthday GM Artur Yusupov!
Nov-16-14  Rookiepawn: <he had, of course, been set up by the hotel reception staff, who had directed him to the bank in the first place.>

This is high quality customer care, they organize everything for you.

Dec-01-14  john barleycorn: From bio above:

<In the early 1990s he disturbed burglars in his Moscow flat and was shot. Soon afterwards, Yusupov moved to Germany where he now works as a writer and trainer.>

That doesn't make a lot of sense. When he was shot, he would have been be moved and quitted working, instantly.

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  whiteshark: Great interview with him:

the original, even more extensive Russian version: (great photos, too!)

Dec-20-14  john barleycorn: <whiteshark: Great interview with him>


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  Penguincw: Congrats to Yusupov for his performance at the Reykjavik Open (2015). He was the 15th seed with 2573, and finished with 7.5/10, and 13th overall (near the end of a 11-way tie for 4th). He also gained 8.7 rating points.

BTW: Is Jussupow his German name or something? Thanks.

May-01-15  paavoh: @Penguincw: <Jussupow> is a typical German translitteration of his Russian surname.

For other options, please scroll down the page:

I am not aware if <Jussupow> is his current official surname - anyone?

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  TheFocus: <What distinguishes a Grandmaster from a master? Chess-lovers often ask questions like that. To many people it seems that Grandmasters simply calculate variations a little deeper. Or that they know their opening theory slightly better. But in fact the real difference is something else. You can pick out two essential qualities in which those with higher titles are superior to others: the ability to sense the critical moment in a game, and a finer understanding of various positional problems> - Artur Yusupov.
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  Willem Wallekers: It looks like Jussupow is indeed the official spelling nowadays. There is an Artur Jussupow playing in the World Open. Must be him.
Jul-02-15  paavoh: Thanks <Willem>!
Jul-09-15  Tomlinsky: "The problem with the Dutch is that Black very often in the middlegame finds that his best available move is f5-f7." - Artur Yusupov
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  offramp: <"In the early 1990s, he interrupted burglars in his Moscow flat, was shot and was fortunate to survive.">

I wonder if he was shot by a descendent of Rasputin?

Sep-13-15  Howard: Yes, 1990 was when he was shot. Inside Chess had a short article about that.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Artur Yusupov.
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  MissScarlett: < In the early 1990s, he interrupted burglars in his Moscow flat, was shot and was fortunate to survive.>

<In the lawless conditions of Russia’s 1990s, he was stabbed in the stomach by a robber at his Moscow flat and was lucky to survive.>

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  ketchuplover: now has "Revision & Exam 1 : The fundamentals"
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  posoo: WHEN do u think dat dis man is going to DIE?
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  The Chess Express: That's a bit rude considering what a great guy he is.
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  offramp: <The Chess Express: That's a bit rude considering what a great guy he is.>

Posoo was referring to Yusupov's having been both shot and stabbed and surviving Kasparov vs Yusupov, 1993.

Aug-16-16  morfishine: <posoo> Dis man is honly fiffy sit yeers he hus menny mo time a head uv hym
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