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Jaan Ehlvest
Photography courtesy of United States Chess League.  

Number of games in database: 2,018
Years covered: 1977 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2517 (2554 rapid, 2506 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640
Overall record: +623 -284 =771 (60.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 340 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (170) 
    B90 B41 B89 B40 B44
 King's Indian (83) 
    E92 E60 E97 E94 E91
 Ruy Lopez (63) 
    C92 C84 C67 C91 C93
 Queen's Indian (57) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E19
 French Defense (55) 
    C11 C02 C19 C18 C00
 English (55) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (197) 
    B83 B80 B42 B81 B22
 Sicilian Scheveningen (60) 
    B83 B80 B81 B82 B84
 Queen's Pawn Game (56) 
    A46 A40 A41 A45 D02
 King's Indian (56) 
    E94 E61 E97 E81 E92
 Queen's Indian (53) 
    E12 E15 E17 E19 E13
 French Defense (52) 
    C07 C11 C02 C10 C16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kramnik vs Ehlvest, 1995 0-1
   Ehlvest vs Andersson, 1988 1-0
   Ehlvest vs I Rausis, 1995 1-0
   Ehlvest vs Nakamura, 2009 1/2-1/2
   Ehlvest vs Beliavsky, 1991 1-0
   Ehlvest vs S Savitskiy, 2019 1-0
   Ehlvest vs Anand, 1989 1-0
   Ehlvest vs V Neverov, 2005 1-0
   Ehlvest vs Salov, 1984 1-0
   K Spraggett vs Ehlvest, 1989 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Junior Championship 1982/83 (1982)
   Terrassa (1991)
   ESP-URS (1991)
   Zagreb Interzonal (1987)
   New York Open (1992)
   New York Open (1994)
   USSR Championship (1987)
   URS-ch sf Volgodonsk (1983)
   New York Open (1993)
   4th United Insurance (1999)
   URS-ch54 First League Kuybyshev (1986)
   Kotov Memorial (1984)
   Keres Memorial (1983)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Belfort World Cup 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Reykjavik World Cup 1991 by suenteus po 147
   Rotterdam World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Tallinn 1985 by Chessdreamer
   Belgrade 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Biel 1996 by suenteus po 147
   Horgen 1995 by suenteus po 147
   Parnu 1996 by suenteus po 147

   Zappa vs Ehlvest, 2005
   Ehlvest vs Zappa, 2005

   🏆 World Senior Teams +50
   Ehlvest vs T Thorhallsson (Jun-26-22) 1-0
   Ehlvest vs K Kulaots (Feb-07-21) 1-0
   K Kulaots vs Ehlvest (Feb-07-21) 1/2-1/2
   Ehlvest vs K Kulaots (Feb-07-21) 0-1
   K Kulaots vs Ehlvest (Feb-07-21) 1/2-1/2

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(born Oct-14-1962, 61 years old) Estonia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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GM Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest was born in the USSR. He was awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1987. He won the European Junior Championship in 1982-83 and was 2nd in the World Junior Championship of 1981. In 1987 he was 3rd= in the 54th USSR Championship, 2nd= at Zagreb, and 1st= at Vrsac. In 1990 he was 1st at Reggio Emilia ahead of Vasyl Ivanchuk and Anatoly Karpov. He also was a World Title Candidate in 1988 but lost his first match (+0, =3, -2) against Artur Yusupov. American Continental Champion at Boca Raton 2008. Placed =2nd at the 2013 Dubai Open.

Wikipedia article: Jaan Ehlvest

Last updated: 2022-08-01 18:37:21

 page 1 of 81; games 1-25 of 2,018  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ehlvest vs Kasparov 0-1401977URS-chT U20B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
2. P Kosokin vs Ehlvest  0-1431978USSR Junior ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
3. Ehlvest vs Y Fedoruk  ½-½281978USSR Junior ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
4. O Maiorov vs Ehlvest  0-1431978USSR Junior ChampionshipD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
5. Kasparov vs Ehlvest 1-0381978Team TournamentB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. T Khasanov vs Ehlvest  0-1291979URS-ch U20B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
7. Ehlvest vs Malisauskas  1-0461980USSR Junior ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
8. Ehlvest vs Krasenkow  1-0431980USSR Junior ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
9. V Bezman vs Ehlvest  0-1271980USSR Junior ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
10. Wojtkiewicz vs Ehlvest  0-1251980USSR Junior ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
11. T Imanaliev vs Ehlvest  0-1301980Junior Selection TournamentA08 King's Indian Attack
12. A Sokolov vs Ehlvest  1-0311980Junior Selection TournamentB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
13. N Andrianov vs Ehlvest  1-0411980Junior Selection TournamentA48 King's Indian
14. Ehlvest vs I Novikov  ½-½521980Junior Selection TournamentB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
15. Ehlvest vs Salov  0-1381980Junior Selection TournamentB33 Sicilian
16. Ehlvest vs V Maiorov  1-0311980Junior Selection TournamentD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Ehlvest vs B Asanov  1-0371980Junior Selection TournamentE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
18. Ehlvest vs A Ryskin  ½-½611980URS Team Cup First LeagueC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Ehlvest vs G Magalashvili  1-0421980URS Team Cup First LeagueE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
20. A Kveinys vs Ehlvest  ½-½401980URS Team Cup First LeagueB50 Sicilian
21. Ehlvest vs S Ionov  1-0351980URS Team Cup First LeagueB41 Sicilian, Kan
22. Wojtkiewicz vs Ehlvest  1-0391980URS Team Cup First LeagueB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. Ehlvest vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½601980URS-ch48 sf TallinnD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
24. V Osnos vs Ehlvest  ½-½411980URS-ch48 sf TallinnA61 Benoni
25. Gipslis vs Ehlvest  0-1601980URS-ch48 sf TallinnC07 French, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 81; games 1-25 of 2,018  PGN Download
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Apr-21-09  Raisin Death Ray: <I Like Fish> No way! Johnny Chasht was way better!
Apr-21-09  Jim Bartle: But not rock and roll.
Apr-21-09  Raisin Death Ray: <Jim Bartle> Maybe not, but I'M not telling him that! :)
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  GrahamClayton: Ehlvest's blog can be read at:

Oct-14-10  wordfunph: During a 1987 Candidates Match, Estonian top GM Jaan Ehlvest wore a white shirt and black tie when he played white, and a black shirt and white tie when he had black.

Happy Birthday GM Ehlvest!

Apr-13-11  myschkin: . . .

"The Player"

(Mängija, Estonia, 2008, 53 min, Portrait)

Synopsis: A documentary about the gifted Estonian chess grandmaster, Jaan Ehlvest. Playing chess is his only income, but above all, it is his calling. In the Soviet Union, Jaan belonged to the chess elite, in New York he has to take part in low-budget competitions, where the winner gets 200 dollars. This documentary poses the question: will Ehlvest break through one more time, will he reach the top again? Through this journey we will begin to see chess player Jaan Ehlvest as a person. The Player tells a story about being yourself in the conditions of social and individual upheaval.


Oct-14-11  minasina: <myschkin> can you watch that documentary more than one minute?
Oct-14-11  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Ehlvest!
Dec-21-11  Albertan: Response letter from Jann Ehlvest on FIDE President's visit to Estonia:
Jan-08-12  timhortons: ehlvest is playing in keres memorial. I added some of his exciting game in the database.

Jan-08-12  timhortons: i added the full pgn of this game in the database, nice end game win by ehlvest

Ehlvest,J - Volodin,A, XXI Paul Keres Memorial Main Tournament 2012

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black in accuracies hit the mark, though i cant figure out how good the engine evaluation in such end game.

Jan-08-12  timhortons: <black in accuracies hit the mark, though i cant figure out how good the engine evaluation in such end game.>

i mean in such end game position.

Oct-14-12  Eastfrisian: 50 years old. Congratulations to GM Ehlvest.
Oct-14-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Happy 51st Birthday GM Jaan Ehlvest! :D

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to the <POTD>: Jaan Ehlvest.
Jul-22-14  zanzibar: Both of his Blitz games from Dubai 2014 are missing.

For comparison purposes, Byambaa also dropped out early, but all three of his(?) games are on <CG>.

May-25-15  TheFocus: <Recently, I've had a lot of critics saying I should concentrate more during the game. But I'm usually very nervous, that's why I walk around. Chess is a horrible game. I mean, the game is very nice, but for a profession it's something else. It's not easy to concentrate, you know? If you try to over-concentrate, you can break down. It must be a balance. In American chess, concentration is not so important> - Jaan Ehlvest.
Sep-20-17  diagonal: At Zagreb Interzonal 1987 (Korchnoi won at age of 58), Ehlvest finished second / third together with Seirawan and thus qualified for the following FIDE Candidate matches, Jaan Ehlvest then was still an IM!! For that achievement, Ehlvest was awarded 1987 the FIDE GM title automatically.

In the GMA World Cup cycle 1988/89 Ehlvest placed fourth behind only Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, and Valery Salov (25 top players participating, point scoring system).

Ehlvest won at Reggio Emilia 1989/90, as clear first ahead of 2. Ivanchuk and 3. Karpov, followed by 4./5. Ribli and Andersson, etc., his maybe biggest success.

Estonian sportsman of the year in 1987 and 1989, a very rare distinction for a chess player.

Oct-14-17  waustad: Happy birthday!
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: People say we look alike. E.g.

<diceman: <FSR: There are a few actual pictures of me:>

Thats hilarious!
I never knew it was FSR's actual face.

I thought he was using a
"Jaan Ehlvest" avatar!>

Robert James Fischer (archived)

To my surprise, Jaan Ehlvest friended me on

Jan-24-21  thegoodanarchist: I see the resemblance!

More importantly, does your chess play resemble his chess play?

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  PawnSac: wow FSR that's funny! I just saw this silly rapid game and thought of you...

Jaan Ehlvest vs Alexander Shabalov
Tal Memorial (Rapid) (2017) (rapid), Jurmala LAT, rd 11, Mar-05 St. George Defense: General (B00) · 1/2-1/2

looked down here to see if by chance you commented here and sure enough! I was going to ask if he was a relative of yours lol

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  FSR: <PawnSac> Ehlvest vs Shabalov, 2017 is not quite as silly as Huebner vs K Rogoff, 1972, but it's up there.
Jul-20-22  Olavi: Another favourite is Miles vs Huebner, 1985
Mar-23-23  Olavi: Russell Enterprises has published Ehlvest's The Modern Gurgenidze From the foreword by Shabalov:

" The combination of the Caro-Kann with the fianchetto of the dark-square bishop bears the name of one of the most original minds in chess history, Georgian grandmaster Bukhuti Gurgenidze (1933-2008). “The most elegant man in Tbilisi” was a very likeable, sometimes almost comical person with whom I had the pleasure of meeting and talking. There are so many chess “folklore” stories attributed to him, while the compilation of his best studies still remains one of the best chess books ever written."

The great study composer David Gurgenidze is alive and going strong. Davit Gurgenidze

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