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Eduard Gufeld
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 669
Years covered: 1954 to 2001
Highest rating achieved in database: 2565

Overall record: +181 -151 =325 (52.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 12 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (102) 
    B44 B40 B46 B62 B52
 Ruy Lopez (69) 
    C92 C95 C64 C67 C69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C92 C95 C96 C93 C98
 French Defense (29) 
    C07 C03 C09 C05 C00
 French Tarrasch (19) 
    C07 C03 C05 C09 C04
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (17) 
    B62 B67 B61 B64 B63
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (96) 
    B32 B76 B52 B77 B72
 King's Indian (89) 
    E62 E80 E84 E97 E60
 Sicilian Dragon (32) 
    B76 B77 B72 B78 B36
 Pirc (20) 
    B08 B09 B07
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    A45 D02 D01
 Modern Benoni (12) 
    A57 A60 A62 A67 A71
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 0-1
   Gufeld vs B Ivanovic, 1979 1-0
   Smyslov vs Gufeld, 1967 0-1
   Gufeld vs U Tarve, 1969 1-0
   Gufeld vs Tal, 1959 1-0
   A J Mestel vs Gufeld, 1987 0-1
   Gufeld vs Smyslov, 1975 1-0
   Gufeld vs Fedorowicz, 1999 1-0
   Gufeld vs L Espig, 1980 1/2-1/2
   Smyslov vs Gufeld, 1960 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Goglidze Memorial (1971)
   Jurmala (1978)
   Plaza (1988)
   Tallinn (1969)
   Keres Memorial 3rd (1981)
   October Revolution 50 (1967)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   Hastings 1986/87 (1986)
   Dortmund (1983)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   USSR Championship (1969)
   6th Soviet Team Cup (1968)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Tallinn 1981 by Chessdreamer
   Baku 1980 by suenteus po 147
   Tallinn 1969 by Chessdreamer
   Plaza International Chess Tt 1988 by Benzol
   The Complete Dragon (Gufeld & Stetsko) by AdolfoAugusto

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(born Mar-19-1936, died Sep-23-2002, 66 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Eduard Yefrimovich Gufeld was born in Kiev, Ukraine (formerly USSR). He was awarded the USSR Master title in 1958. In 1960 he won the USSR Armed Forces Championship. Awarded the GM title in 1967 he was a well respected chess journalist and trainer. He was the personal trainer of Woman's World Champion Maia Chiburdanidze.

In tournaments he was 1st at Gori 1971, 1st at Tbilisi 1971, 1st= at Tbilisi 1974, 1st at Tbilisi 1980, 1st= at Havana 1985 and 1st at the American Open 1999. He passed away in Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles in 2002.

Wikipedia article: Eduard Gufeld

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 897  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Yuchtman vs Gufeld  1-038195322nd Ch Ukraine (sf)B30 Sicilian
2. Gufeld vs M Levin 1-038195423rd Ch UkraineA80 Dutch
3. A Serebrisky vs Gufeld  0-150195423rd Ch UkraineE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
4. Gufeld vs A Matzkevich  0-148195423rd Ch UkraineA07 King's Indian Attack
5. V A Tokarev vs Gufeld  0-127195423rd Ch UkraineB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. Gufeld vs E Kogan  ½-½32195423rd Ch UkraineD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. E Bolshakov vs Gufeld  ½-½21195423rd Ch UkraineB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. Zveriaka vs Gufeld  ½-½52195423rd Ch UkraineB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. Gufeld vs M Lubensky  1-030195423rd Ch UkraineC00 French Defense
10. Gufeld vs Tal 0-1251954URS-chT JuniorsC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
11. A Zamikhovsky vs Gufeld  0-141195524th Ch UkraineE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
12. Gufeld vs D Koval  1-021195524th Ch UkraineE00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Gufeld vs V Shklovsky  ½-½47195524th Ch UkraineC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
14. Gufeld vs Klovans 1-0181956All-Union Mass TtC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
15. A Kofman vs Gufeld  ½-½33195625th Ch UkraineB50 Sicilian
16. V Shiyanovsky vs Gufeld  ½-½16195625th Ch UkraineB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
17. A Serebrisky vs Gufeld  ½-½27195625th Ch UkraineE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
18. Arkadiy A Makarov vs Gufeld  0-150195625th Ch UkraineB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
19. Gufeld vs A Khavin  ½-½22195625th Ch UkraineB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
20. Gufeld vs I Pogrebissky  ½-½14195625th Ch UkraineC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
21. A Matskevich vs Gufeld  1-037195625th Ch UkraineA48 King's Indian
22. Lipnitsky vs Gufeld  ½-½20195625th Ch UkraineB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
23. Gufeld vs Y Sheinberg  1-026195625th Ch UkraineB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. J Rotstein vs Gufeld  1-050195625th Ch UkraineE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
25. Gufeld vs A Bannik  ½-½30195625th Ch UkraineC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 897  PGN Download
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Aug-11-11  Antiochus: The most artistic victory of a Russian player in this side of Atlantic Ocean?

[Event "Las Vegas"]
[Site "National Open"]
[Date "1996.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Eduard Gufeld"]
[Black "G Fritcchie"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B90"]
[Annotator "David Borensztajn"]
[PlyCount "77"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Qd2 Nbd7 9. f3 b5 10. a4 b4 11. Nd5 a5 12. Bb5 Bxd5 13. exd5 Be7 14. Bc6 Rc8 15. O-O O-O 16. Rfc1 Nc5 17. Nxc5 dxc5 18. c3 e4 19. cxb4 cxb4 20. fxe4 Nxe4 21. Qd3 f5 22. Bb5 Qd6 23. Rc6 Rxc6 24. dxc6 Qe5 25. Rd1 Rd8 26. Bc4+ Kf8 27. Qxd8+ Bxd8 28. Rxd8+ Ke7 29. Rd7+ Ke8 30. Rd5 Qe7 31. Rxa5 Qh4 32. Re5+ Kf8 (32... Kd8 33. Bb6+) 33. Rxf5+ Ke8 34. g3 Qg4 35. Re5+ Kf8 36. c7 Nd6 37. Bc5 Qd1+ 38. Kg2 Qc2+ 39. Re2 1-0

Mar-19-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Gufeld.
Mar-19-12  talisman: happy birthday and thanks for your book on Stein.
Mar-19-12  BlackSheep: I like Guefeld he's a character in the mostly personalityless (I just made that word up before a dictionary stasi-agent jumps on it) world of chess .
Oct-04-12  wordfunph: from D. Bjelica's Grandmasters in Profile..

<GM Eduard Gufeld told a story from one of the Soviet championships at which he and GM Lev Polugaevsky had played. Lev offered a draw and then immediately noticed that he was in a winning position. Gufeld also noticed and jokingly remarked to the grandmasters present: "Lev has offered me a draw and he is now trying to convince me not to accept it.">


Oct-04-12  Shams: <wordfunph> Surely this is that game: Gufeld vs Polugaevsky, 1959
Mar-19-13  Abdel Irada: Those anecdotes are pearls beyond price, <wordfunph>. Thank you for compiling and posting them.
Mar-19-13  BlackSheep: Happy Birthday Eddie .
Jan-26-14  offramp: Once again, thank you <wordfunph>!
Sep-08-14  SirChrislov: This month marks 12 years since his passing. He would be 78 years young. His games are his monument. And his big heart.

One of my recent tournament games, dedicated to my coach/trainer, GM Gufeld

SirChrislov vs. Tomer, Whittier CA, 2014 1.d4 f5 2.e4 d6 3.nc3 nc6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.f3 fxe4 6.Bg5 d4 7.Bb3 e6 8.fxe4 dxe4 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.n1e2 e3 11.Rf1 Qh4+ 12.g3 Qxh2 13.d5 Bd6 14.ne4 exd5 15.Qxd5 ne5 16.0-0-0 Qxe2 17.nxd6+ cxd6 18.Qxd6 nc6 19.Bf7#.

May-02-15  TheFocus: <For me, chess is life and every game is like a new life. Every chess player gets to live many lives in one lifetime> - Gufeld, Eduard.
May-25-15  TheFocus: <After losing a game I play the next one better, after losing the second game I play like a lion, but after three defeats in a row anyone can beat me!> - Eduard Gufeld.
Sep-12-15  ozmikey: I've just read GM Sosonko's chapter on Gufeld in "The Reliable Past" - it captures the man perfectly, at least as I remember him from his visits to Australia. Passionate and effusive, great fun to be around, but often manipulative, selfish and sulky.

Just after his visit, my father made a list of some of the classic "Gufeldisms" for our local chess rag, and I found the list recently. A sample:

"Why not you zis tek?" - Gambit declined
"Pliss tek my elephant!" - Bishop sacrifice
"Now giff mutt!!" - Show me the forced mate
"Oii! Iss trazhedy!" - Blunder
"Tsirkus (Circus)" - Simultaneous exhibition
"Zis pawn says 'fyollow me!'" - 1.e4

Mar-19-16  andrewjsacks: <ozmikey> Right. And those of us in Southern California did not much see the best of him, as it was late in his life, his playing strength somewhat diminished, and he was scrambling to make money on chess lessons.
Mar-19-16  TheFocus: I met him in Hawaii. Very nice man.
Mar-19-16  kamagong24: the Sicilian Dragon Maestro!
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  ketchuplover: Good job SirChrislov. May Mr.Gufeld rest with pieces.
Apr-09-16  john barleycorn: An instructive game in the Richter-Rauzer variant not in this database.

Gufeld, Eduard - Utasi, Tamas 1-0
B64 Havana-A
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. O-O-O O-O 9. f4 h6 10. Bh4 Bd7 11. Nf3 Qa5 12. Kb1 Rfd8 13. Bd3 b5 14. Rhg1 b4 15. Ne2 e5 16. g4 Be6 17. b3 d5 18. Bxf6 Bxf6 19. g5 hxg5 20. fxg5 Be7 21. g6 dxe4 22. gxf7+ Bxf7 23. Qh6 1-0

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  ketchuplover: chessbase has a nice article on him today
Apr-18-16  zanzibar: The guy must love red beets...

Maybe a little too much?

Apr-18-16  Retireborn: <z> LOL - he looks like Hellboy there!
Sep-09-18  SirChrislov: He's the uncle of <ketchuplover>
Mar-19-19  Ironmanth: Wonderful to have seen, met you, and followed your analyses at World Opens in the past, good sir. RIP, Grandmaster.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: R.I.P. Eduard Gufeld.
Apr-29-20  wordfunph: "After losing a game I play the next one better, after losing the second game I play like a lion, but aft er three defeats in a row anyone can beat me!"

- GM Eduard Gufeld

Source: NICM 2019 01

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