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Boris Avrukh
B Avrukh 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 558
Years covered: 1992 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2589 (2552 rapid, 2657 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2668

Overall record: +214 -110 =207 (59.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 27 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (46) 
    E71 E60 E92 E67 E61
 Slav (42) 
    D10 D17 D15 D16 D11
 Catalan (28) 
    E04 E06 E09 E01 E08
 Grunfeld (25) 
    D85 D71 D80 D97 D91
 Semi-Slav (24) 
    D45 D47 D44 D49 D43
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    E00 A41 A40 A50 E10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (77) 
    B63 B30 B42 B67 B22
 Grunfeld (35) 
    D85 D86 D80 D94 D97
 King's Indian (31) 
    E60 E63 E97 E81 E92
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (24) 
    B63 B67 B62 B64 B65
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C95 C78 C90 C77 C68
 Reti System (16) 
    A04 A05 A06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B Avrukh vs N Guliyev, 2006 1-0
   B Avrukh vs Rublevsky, 2003 1-0
   B Avrukh vs Eljanov, 2012 1-0
   M Roiz vs B Avrukh, 2008 0-1
   B Avrukh vs S Megaranto, 2006 1-0
   B Avrukh vs Mikhalchishin, 2005 1-0
   B Avrukh vs K Bischoff, 2009 1-0
   B Avrukh vs Macieja, 2008 1-0
   B Avrukh vs Kasparov, 2000 1/2-1/2
   B Avrukh vs G Sargissian, 2007 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Politiken Cup (2009)
   Israeli Championship (2008)
   Zurich Chess Club 200th Anniversary (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2005)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   European Individual Championship (2007)
   15th European Team Championship (2005)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   European Club Cup (2003)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2000 Corus (Group B) by gauer

   🏆 26th Chicago Open
   B Avrukh vs A Liang (May-27-17) 1-0
   L Mons vs B Avrukh (Dec-07-14) 0-1
   B Avrukh vs Nisipeanu (Dec-06-14) 1-0
   B Avrukh vs M Fedorovsky (Dec-05-14) 1-0
   E Deutsch vs B Avrukh (Jan-18-13) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-10-1978, 40 years old) Kazakhstan (federation/nationality Israel)

[what is this?]
Boris Leonidovich Avrukh is a Grandmaster (1997). He is one of many Soviet-born players who have represented Israel in top-level international chess. He has since moved to the Chicago area. Avrukh, who was born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, was world under-12 champion in 1990. He has gone on to win the Israeli Championship twice (2000, 2008) and play for Israel in every Olympiad since 1998. The 1998 event saw him win an individual gold medal with a 7/9 performance on sixth board, and in 2008 he helped Israel win the team silver medal. In 2012, he came =2nd at the Reykjavik Open (2012).

Avrukh is a noted author, having written acclaimed two-volume series on 1.d4 and the Gruenfeld Defense, among others. His most recent book (2015) is on the Catalan Opening. It is intended as the first volume in a four-volume series on 1.d4.

Wikipedia article: Boris Avrukh

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 558  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Avrukh vs Leko  ½-½221992WchJM U14 DuisburgA57 Benko Gambit
2. Shaked vs B Avrukh 0-1361992WchJM U14 DuisburgB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
3. Smagin vs B Avrukh 1-0491992Moscow Tal memB50 Sicilian
4. V Nevostrujev vs B Avrukh  1-0491992Moscow Tal MemorialB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. B Avrukh vs D B Gurevich  ½-½561992Tal memorialE10 Queen's Pawn Game
6. B Avrukh vs W Schmidt  0-1581993Katowice Fibak opE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
7. B Avrukh vs Leko  ½-½411993Budapest FS10D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
8. B Tondivar vs B Avrukh  ½-½361993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openA45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. B Avrukh vs F Berend  ½-½511993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
10. Skalik vs B Avrukh 0-1281993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openE97 King's Indian
11. B Avrukh vs A Scetinin  1-0501993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
12. A Berelowitsch vs B Avrukh  1-0851993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
13. B Avrukh vs T Manouck  1-0381993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openA53 Old Indian
14. M Brodsky vs B Avrukh 1-0281993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. B Avrukh vs K Berg  0-1671993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openA57 Benko Gambit
16. B Avrukh vs Rublevsky  ½-½291994Kurgan, RUSD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
17. E Mochalov vs B Avrukh  1-0331994Kurgan, RUSE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
18. B Avrukh vs Y Shulman  0-1461994KaragandaE73 King's Indian
19. P M Kotsur vs B Avrukh  ½-½341994Kurgan, RUSB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
20. Balashov vs B Avrukh  ½-½211994St.Petersburg opB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
21. B Avrukh vs V L Predein  ½-½331994Kurgan, RUSE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
22. B Avrukh vs Obukhov  1-0681994Kurgan, RUSE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. Balashov vs B Avrukh  1-0471994Kurgan, RUSE81 King's Indian, Samisch
24. E I Pospelov vs B Avrukh  ½-½421994Kurgan, RUSA45 Queen's Pawn Game
25. B Avrukh vs D Chuprikov  0-1541994Kurgan, RUSB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 558  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-24-04  WMD: TWIC reports from the Beer Sheva Rapid event: "Leader after day 2 Avrukh lost all remaining games by default on days 3 and 4 after withdrawing from the event after the birth of his child."

Alekhine never had this problem.

May-15-04  Tigran Petrosian: Rumor has it that Avrukh was the last person to play blitz with Tal right before he died.
Sep-04-05  OneArmedScissor: <Tigran Petrosian>
Interesting... where did they play?
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  JointheArmy: Very impressed with Avrukh's play today. It takes a considerable amount of understanding to play the moves dxc5, b4 and b5!

click for larger view

Very impressive the way Avrukh created pawn weaknesses for black.

Aug-02-07  melianis: Players like Avrukh (their style of play) prove to me that I could never have been an IM, at the same time they keep me interested in chess because half the time I don't have a clue of what they're doing!
Oct-04-07  Davolni: Man this is a funny pic of him!!!

Nov-07-08  notyetagm:

Grandmaster Repertoire 1 - 1.d4 volume one

<Expected publication date the 26th of November, but maybe the 19th with some luck.

Table of Contents

Key to symbols used & Bibliography 6
Foreword by Grandmaster Boris Gelfand 7
Foreword by the Author 8

The Catalan 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3
1 4...dxc4 and 5...Bd7 13
2 4...dxc4 and 5...c6 25
3 4...dxc4 and 5...Bb4† 39
4 4...dxc4 and 5...Nbd7 51
5 4...dxc4 and 5...c5 63
6 4...dxc4, 5...a6 and 6...b5 87
7 4...dxc4 and 5...b5 99
8 4...dxc4, 5...a6 and 6...Nc6 111
9 4...dxc4 and 5...Nc6 129
10 4...Bb4† 5.Bd2 Be7 151
11 4...Be7, 5...0-0 and 6...Nbd7 185
12 4...Be7, 5...0-0 and 6...dxc4 203

The Slav 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3
13 3...dxc4 247
14 3...Nf6 4.e3 g6 255
15 4...a6 267
16 Stonewall 281
17 4...Bg4 287
18 4...e6 Meran Style 297
19 4...Bf5 and 5...a6 307
20 4...Bf5 and 6...Be4 315
21 6...Bg4 and 6...Bg6 329

The Queen’s Gambit 1.d4 d5 2.c4
22 2...Bf5 343
23 2...c5 349
24 Albin Counter Gambit 355
25 Tarrasch Defence 369
26 Chigorin Defence 389

The Queen’s Gambit Accepted 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3
27 Minor lines 405
28 3...Nf6 4.Bxc4 e6 5.Nf3 a6 6.0-0 c5 7.Bb3 427
29 7...b5 437

Index of variations 450>

Dec-22-08  notyetagm:


December 17: IM Sam Collins on Avrukh

Our first review of Grandmaster Repertoire 1 - 1.d4 Volume one and it is ecstatic. A few sample quotes:

“The unusual thing about this book is the playing strength of its author. Avrukh is a top GM, a consistent member of the Israeli team, with a rating normally around 2650. For such a player to write an opening book on his own is almost unprecedented...”

“I was extremely surprised when I heard that Avrukh had agreed to take on this project, and I view his authorship as a significant coup for the Quality Chess stable, comparable to their discovery of Mihail Marin.”

“Avrukh's strength as an analyst is not in doubt, and is in fact even better than his high rating would suggest, since he has unusually good opening preparation and has been retained as the second of top players for important matches. He couples this with a very nice writing style in excellent English...”

“...but the depth to which he analysed the lines in this book is still surprising – there are literally hundreds of novelties (including some for Black!), all deeply analysed and very well explained.”

“...this book is really rather special and, I would say, brings opening literature to a new level.”

“Highly Recommended *****”

<<<Read the full review in Chess Today 2962>>>>

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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Avrukh!
Aug-20-09  timhortons:

Another controversy!

It was definitely a very successful tournament for me. I scored incredible + 6 ( 7,5 out of 9) and shared 1-2 with Ukranian Grandmaster Areshchenko. Apparently one of my greatest achievements in my chess career. There was a lot of luck in my last game against Alexander Morozevic, but to win such a strong tournament you definitely need some:). So in general I had a fantastic summer , sharing 1-2 place in two very strong Opens and gaining a lot of elo points.

Here in my blog I want to share my thoughts about last round game from Zurich Open, Kuzubov-Areshchenko , which cost me about 7,500 franks. I have no doubts the game was pre-arranged the day before, which was very obvious to any GM in the tournament. They are two friends and I will never believe that such a solid player like Kuzubov, will lose so badly (in 20 moves) with White pieces, then draw secures a big prize for both players. I also heard in tournament hall, that Morozevic was complained about this game and he was a bit shocked when he saw such an easy win for Black (during our game). It’s true I cannot prove nothing ( I didn’t have a recorder or camera to catch them), so I just have no respect to these players.

Sep-16-10  JG27Pyth: should put this game in the db (and put it in the GOTD queue as soon as a suitable pun is produced):

[Event "Linares Anibal op 8th"]
[Site "Linares"]
[Date "2001.01.11"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Avrukh, Boris"]
[Black "Skripchenko, Almira"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C24"]
[WhiteElo "2625"]
[BlackElo "2440"]
[Plycount "41"]
[Eventdate "2001.01.08"]
[Eventtype "swiss"]
[Eventrounds "11"]
[Eventcountry "ESP"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[Sourcedate "2001.03.20"]

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qxd4 Nf6 6.Nc3 c6 7.Bg5 d5 8.O-O-O Be7 9.Qh4 Nbd7 10.Rhe1 dxc4 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Ne4 O-O 13.Ng3 Kh8 14.Nf5 Bc5 15.Qh5 c3 16.Re4 Qb6 17.b3 Rg8 18.Qxf7 Qa5 19.Rxd7 Ba3+ 20.Kb1 Qxf5 21.Re8 1-0

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  whiteshark: I like the approach given in the foreword of Avrukh's book:

"It is our conviction that you will eventually be more successful by <playing the main lines>, simply because they are based on better moves. Instinctively most players know this, but they fear losing to a prepared line and thus turn to unambitious systems, or unhealthy surprises. The opponent will not be able to use his preparation but, sadly, will not need it. <These sidelines generally end in uninspiring positions almost automatically.>"

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  Penguincw: Happy 34th Birthday GM Avrukh!
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  offramp: I think he was referring to Y Kuzubov vs Areshchenko, 2009.
Jan-19-14  juanjoj: I do not understand why, in the game Kuzubov Areshchenko,instead of agreeing on a draw, by which both secured a good prize, supposedly Kuzubov let win Areshchenko. The prize would be higher? Merit for Areshchenko for being the winner of the tournament? Please clarify the reason for a supposed cheat. Thank you
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  offramp: I believe the logic goes like this:

Prize money:
1st. £400
2nd. £200
3rd. £100

Suppose that if two players drew their game they would finish 2nd=. They would receive £100 each.

But if one lost and finished 3rd=, and one won and finished 1st=, then they <might> end up with £125 each.

IF that was a possibility then that <might> lead to one player throwing the game on the understanding that the prizes would be split between the two conspirators.

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  Penguincw: Happy 36th birthday to GM Boris Avrukh!
Aug-03-14  juanjoj: Maybe the "logic" is real.But it seems to me that for accusing sb. of sth. you must explain the facts and numbers involved very clearly. Your example is not sufficent to prove guilt of 2 persons.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Boris Avrukh.
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  TheFocus: Have rook, will travel.
Feb-10-17  JohnBoy: This guys hands are as small as Trump's.
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