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Sergey Erenburg
S Erenburg 
Photo copyright © 2008, courtesy of "WannaBe"  
Number of games in database: 368
Years covered: 1999 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2570
Highest rating achieved in database: 2637

Overall record: +127 -58 =133 (60.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 50 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (88) 
    B22 B90 B48 B42 B33
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C65 C69 C92 C78 C93
 French Defense (29) 
    C07 C03 C02 C05 C06
 French Tarrasch (20) 
    C07 C03 C05 C06 C08
 Sicilian Najdorf (14) 
 Sicilian Taimanov (11) 
    B48 B46 B49
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (63) 
    B12 B18 B14 B10 B17
 Semi-Slav (39) 
    D45 D43 D47 D46
 Slav (24) 
    D15 D12 D11 D10 D17
 Petrov (14) 
    C42 C43
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    D02 D00 D04 A45
 Sicilian (6) 
    B22 B46 B32 B43
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Erenburg vs D Fridman, 2005 1-0
   Kaidanov vs S Erenburg, 2005 0-1
   I Krush vs S Erenburg, 2007 0-1
   S Erenburg vs D Mastrovasilis, 2001 1-0
   S Erenburg vs R Pert, 2005 1/2-1/2
   S Erenburg vs I Khmelniker, 2004 1-0
   S Erenburg vs V Mikhalevski, 2004 1-0
   S Erenburg vs N Das, 2002 1-0
   S Erenburg vs S Williams, 2005 1/2-1/2
   S Erenburg vs T Luther, 2004 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Israeli Championship (2004)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2006)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2006)
   World Junior Championships (2003)
   National Open (2007)
   Reykjavik Open (2004)
   Politiken Cup (2013)
   41st World Junior Championships (2002)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   XXII Reykjavik Open (2006)
   World Open (2007)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2005)
   7th European Individual Championship (2006)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)

   M Arnold vs S Erenburg (Mar-01-17) 0-1, rapid
   P Charbonneau vs S Erenburg (Mar-01-17) 1-0, rapid
   S Erenburg vs R Hess (Mar-01-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   S Erenburg vs Nicolas D Checa (Mar-01-17) 0-1, rapid
   E Hansen vs S Erenburg (Feb-22-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-27-1983, 34 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Sergey Erenburg was awarded the Grandmaster title in 2003. In 2004, he won the championship of Israel. In 2003, he took 3rd place in the World Under-20 championship.

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 368  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Erenburg vs R Har-Zvi  0-135 1999 Israeli LeagueB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. Navara vs S Erenburg  ½-½23 2000 Wch U18B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
3. S Erenburg vs D Godes  ½-½56 2001 16th Maccabia IMB06 Robatsch
4. M Klenburg vs S Erenburg  0-125 2001 16th Maccabia IMA00 Uncommon Opening
5. S Erenburg vs M Shur  ½-½15 2001 16th Maccabia IMC02 French, Advance
6. G Kaganskiy vs S Erenburg  1-061 2001 16th Maccabia IMD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. S Erenburg vs A Rinberg  1-040 2001 16th Maccabia IMB06 Robatsch
8. S Erenburg vs E Carmel  1-041 2001 16th Maccabia IMC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
9. U Zak vs S Erenburg  ½-½55 2001 16th Maccabia IMD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
10. S Erenburg vs R Bar  ½-½49 2001 16th Maccabia IMB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. David Porat vs S Erenburg  0-168 2001 16th Maccabia IMD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. K Rusev vs S Erenburg  0-143 2001 WYB18B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
13. A Kovchan vs S Erenburg  1-047 2001 WYB18B12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. S Erenburg vs D Ortega Hermida  1-051 2001 WYB18B22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. Ni Hua vs S Erenburg  1-039 2001 WYB18B12 Caro-Kann Defense
16. S Erenburg vs V Teterev  1-042 2001 WYB18B22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. Kanep vs S Erenburg  0-165 2001 WYB18D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. S Erenburg vs M Paragua  1-051 2001 WYB18B22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. C Lupulescu vs S Erenburg  ½-½21 2001 WYB18B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
20. S Erenburg vs D Mastrovasilis 1-021 2001 WYB18B22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. S Erenburg vs Jakovenko  0-153 2001 WYB18B22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. S Erenburg vs Smirin  ½-½49 2002 ISR-chTB07 Pirc
23. A Rychagov vs S Erenburg  1-054 2002 Aeroflot OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. S Erenburg vs Dvoirys  ½-½25 2002 Aeroflot OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. S Erenburg vs S Iskusnyh  ½-½62 2002 Aeroflot OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 368  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-08-06  DutchDunce: Wow, I'm surprised no one has commented on this guy. I've never heard of him myself, and his rating looks mediocre enough (for a GM), but it looks like he is a blitz wizard. He scalped some pretty big names at the WBC, including Polgar, Grischuk, Sutovsky and Carlsen! Nice job.
Sep-09-06  ahmadov: <DutchDunce> He might also be a risng star.
Sep-09-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Sergey Erenburg, Israeli GM, born in 1983.

Current FIDE rating: 2585
Current world FIDE ranking: 177th
Current national FIDE ranking: 7th (behind Boris Gelfand, Ilya Smirin, Boris Avrukh, Michael Roiz, Emil Sutovsky, and Evgeny Postny)


Sep-09-06  ahmadov: <Current world FIDE ranking: 177th> Not very impressive though
Sep-09-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Not very impressive though>

I might be a modest man, but I think it is.

Dec-03-06  OlgaVerechtchaguina: Serega, Congratulations!

I knew that one day you will be GM!

My best wishes and GOOD LUCK!!!

Feb-17-07  Eastfrisian: He is born on 27. January 1983.
Jun-27-07  pocketkings: He plays board 1 for UMBC at the collegiate tournaments.
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  WannaBe: Check out that fancy carpeting!! :-)
Aug-15-08  rahidz2003: Congrats on winning the New England Masters :D
Aug-17-08  notyetagm: <DutchDunce: Wow, I'm surprised no one has commented on this guy. I've never heard of him myself, and his rating looks mediocre enough (for a GM), but it looks like he is a blitz wizard. He scalped some pretty big names at the WBC, including Polgar, Grischuk, Sutovsky and Carlsen! Nice job.>

Wow, I am glad I did not know that before I played him in an OTB rated game at the Blackstone Open (

I would have had a heart attack if I had known I was playing someone who had beaten Carlsen at blitz!

[Event "Blackstone Open"]
[Site "Comfort Inn, 2 George Street, Pawtucket, RI"]
[Date "2008.08.16"]
[Round "2"]
[White "GM Erenburg"]
[Black "notyetagm"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2582"]
[BlackElo "1794"]
[ECO "B22"]
[PlyCount "29"]
[EventDate "2008.08.16-17"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. d4 Nf6 6. Be3 cxd4 7. cxd4 Bg4 8. Nc3 Qa5 9. d5 Rd8 10. Bc4 e6 11. Qb3 exd5 12. Qxb7 dxc4 13. Qxc6+ Bd7 14. Qxc4 Bb5 15. Qxb5+

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  Eric Schiller: He thumped my Pterodactyl at the National Open this year. I chose an inferior line because I couldn't remember the theory of the main line. Nice guy. Game started 20 minutes late because TDs didn't know how to set the clocks.
Aug-18-08  notyetagm: <Eric Schiller: He thumped my Pterodactyl at the National Open this year. I chose an inferior line because I couldn't remember the theory of the main line. Nice guy. Game started 20 minutes late because TDs didn't know how to set the clocks.>

Yes, GM Erenburg is one of the nicest, most friendly chess players I have ever met. I wish him all the best in his future chess career.

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  WannaBe: <Eric Schiller> You mean either you or Erenburg knew how the clock works either? Does that mean either of you brought your own clock?
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  jessicafischerqueen: According to the photo there, his rating <is> or <was> 2613--

Contrary to what it says in his profile here.

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  WannaBe: <jessicafischerqueen> Do not trust the photo, I heard that, the photographer is an horrible chess player, and an even worse photo taker!!

(The ELO could be FIDE, or USCF, depending on which one the tournament TD wanted to use...)

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  jessicafischerqueen: Thanks <MannBee>!!

Who is this ELO fellow?

Is he related to ARPAD?

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  GrahamClayton: Sergey is recognised as an Outstanding Junior in Mathematics and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. After completing his doctoral work, he hopes to work in the finance industry and teach at the university level.

“During my undergraduate career at UMBC, I gained a lot of knowledge, learned to write reports, papers and how to approach problems from different perspectives and in a more systematic manner. UMBC has outstanding faculty and research facilities, which helped me become interested in quantitative finance, reaffirming my desire to pursue mathematical education in order to apply mathematical methods to the analysis of financial markets.”

Feb-24-11  BIDMONFA: Sergey Erenburg


Oct-17-13  hellopolgar: Citizenship: ISR. So he went from Russia to ISR, then to USA. It is also worth mentioning that he had to pay an application fee of 5000 euro to change his nationality from ISR to USA.
Feb-15-16  WTHarvey: I posted 9 mate puzzles from chess games of US GM Sergey Erenburg @ Find the winning move.
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