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Artur Yusupov
Number of games in database: 2,056
Years covered: 1975 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2573 (2563 rapid, 2547 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2680
Overall record: +602 -299 =1038 (57.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      117 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (154) 
    A46 D05 A40 E00 D04
 King's Indian (117) 
    E60 E76 E73 E62 E92
 Nimzo Indian (108) 
    E41 E52 E54 E30 E29
 Slav (82) 
    D10 D12 D19 D15 D16
 Queen's Indian (72) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17 E16
 Grunfeld (67) 
    D85 D86 D89 D87 D93
With the Black pieces:
 Petrov (161) 
    C42 C43
 French Defense (128) 
    C18 C09 C01 C19 C05
 Ruy Lopez (94) 
    C80 C82 C72 C73 C76
 Queen's Gambit Declined (85) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30
 Orthodox Defense (77) 
    D56 D58 D52 D55 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
   Yusupov vs P Scheeren, 1983 1-0
   Yusupov vs Ivanchuk, 1991 1-0
   Miles vs Yusupov, 1985 0-1
   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 A Reuss, 2005 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Montpellier Candidates (1985)
   German Championship (2006)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   32nd Rilton Cup (2002)
   NH Chess Tournament (2007)
   Toluca Interzonal (1982)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   50th USSR Championship (1983)
   34th World Open (2006)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   Qatar Masters (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Montpellier Candidates 1985 by Benzol

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(born Feb-13-1960, 55 years old) Russia (citizen of 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 disturbed burglars in his Moscow flat and was shot. Soon afterwards, 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 83; games 1-25 of 2,056  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. Z Sturua vs Yusupov  1-041 1976 URS-ch U18D59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
4. Yusupov vs Yurtaev 1-030 1976 Moscow (Russia)B33 Sicilian
5. Van der Wiel vs Yusupov 0-128 1976 telexB33 Sicilian
6. Yusupov vs Kasparov  ½-½41 1977 LeningradA05 Reti Opening
7. Yusupov vs M Sisniega  1-042 1977 Wch U20A05 Reti Opening
8. Yusupov vs M Rivas Pastor  ½-½43 1977 Wch U20A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
9. J Masculo vs Yusupov 0-174 1977 Wch U20A06 Reti Opening
10. Yusupov vs Groszpeter  ½-½37 1977 Wch U20A34 English, Symmetrical
11. Kasparov vs Yusupov ½-½20 1977 LeningradC42 Petrov Defense
12. Yusupov vs G Morrison  1-074 1977 Wch U20B53 Sicilian
13. Kouatly vs Yusupov 0-135 1977 Innsbruck, AustriaA44 Old Benoni Defense
14. P Popovic vs Yusupov  0-147 1977 Wch U20A00 Uncommon Opening
15. Yusupov vs C Ionescu  ½-½13 1977 Wch U20A34 English, Symmetrical
16. H Armando vs Yusupov  0-132 1977 Wch U20B33 Sicilian
17. Yusupov vs Skembris  ½-½10 1977 Wch U20A04 Reti Opening
18. J O Fries Nielsen vs Yusupov  0-140 1977 Wch U20C55 Two Knights Defense
19. W Ehrenfeucht vs Yusupov  0-130 1977 Telechess ol1 7778B33 Sicilian
20. Kasparov vs Yusupov 1-048 1977 RigaE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. Yusupov vs A Zapata 1-047 1977 Wch U20A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
22. R Vera vs Yusupov  ½-½13 1977 Wch U20C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
23. Yusupov vs S Taulbut  1-037 1978 IBM-BA04 Reti Opening
24. O Foisor vs Yusupov  0-176 1978 Wch U20E15 Queen's Indian
25. Yusupov vs A Kochyev  ½-½38 1978 URS-ch FL46E45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
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  whiteshark: Happy Birthday, GM Yusupov! :D
Feb-13-12  brankat: Happy Birthday!
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  Penguincw: Happy Brthday Artur Yusupov!
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  waustad: I ran across a player named Ekaterina Jussupow playing at the Neckar open. Does anybody know if she is his daughter? She's born in 1991 and is German. Jussupow is the German spelling of his family name.
Apr-07-12  King Death: <waustad> Ekaterina Jussupow.
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  Karpova: Yes, she is his daughter.
And this is his wife: Nadia Jussupow
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  whiteshark: I demand common ground for their family name! :D
May-07-12  JohnDahl: Yusupov interview from <NIC 1/88>:

<What are your favourite pastimes, your main interests outside chess?

I like music and movies. Both classical music and some pop and rock music. Bands like Dire Straits or singers like Stevie Wonder. Of the classical composers I like Mozart, Tchaikovsky and some music by Brahms. I usually bring records and videos from my travels and I have a good collection of them.

What films do you prefer?

I can give you some of my favourite films, Amadeus, Cabaret, The French Lieutenant's Woman, A Passage to India. On the hotel's video circuit they showed Gandhi, a video I also have at home.

Do you also read the books if these films are based on novels?

Yes, that helps me to study my English. I try to read as much as possible in English because two of my favourite writers are English, John Fowles and William Golding. Fowles wrote The French Lieutenant's Woman and many other books. I learned English in school, but I'm trying to improve it. I need to learn English, not only as a chess player, but also because I am very much interested in English culture.

Do you mean English culture or English and American?

English and American, yes. There are great American films as well. I am also very fond of musicals. Like My Fair Lady.

Did you see the musical Chess?

No, but I heard the soundtrack. There was some good music in it.

Do you also listen to Soviet pop music?

No, I don't, but we have singers, in Russian we call them bards, and I like their songs very much. Such singers as Bulad Okudzhava and Vladimir Vysotsky. They don't play traditional music, but simple songs accompanied on guitar, with nice lyrics that are worth listening to.

The other day a novel by the Soviet detective writer Semyonov appeared in an English translation for the first time. Do you like him?

Personally, I don't like him, but he is very famous in the Soviet Union, because of two TV-serials that were written by him. They were interesting enough to watch. Everybody knows him, he is extremely popular. But I do like detective stories. In fact I like Agatha Christie's books very much. Firstly because they were written in very simple English so that I could understand everything, secondly because I like detective stories.>

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  paulalbert: I had the pleasure of meeting Artur in NY, but quite a few years ago, an absolute gentleman of the highest order. Never had the pleasure of meeting his wife Nadia or daughter Ekaterina.
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  Cemoblanca: Artur Yusupov & Bud Spencer! These two should play in a movie together! What a nice couple! :D The name of the movie would be " search of Terence Hill!" ;0)
Dec-16-12  Conrad93: Sho for entering his own home. Burglars really are low-lifes...
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  waustad: Now I see yet another spelling of his name: http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.c...
Jan-17-13  dehanne: This man would do well in an Ernest Hemingway Lookalike contest.
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  WannaBe: Gotta wait a few (more) years, let that beard/hair turn a bit more. Otherwise, yes, he would be a front-runner. =)
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.

Feb-05-13  ketchuplover: His chess improvement series is now complete! see and or other sites for the best deal(s)

peace out!

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>!
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  paavoh: Does anyone know any notable players Yusupov is or has been coaching?
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  Penguincw: Happy 54th birthday GM Artur Yusupov!
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  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.

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