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Yaroslav Zherebukh
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Number of games in database: 395
Years covered: 2005 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2620 (2634 rapid, 2520 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2642
Overall record: +132 -77 =140 (57.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 46 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (57) 
    B90 B28 B47 B92 B31
 French Defense (30) 
    C02 C18 C07 C03 C11
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C67 C99 C95 C69 C70
 Sicilian Najdorf (14) 
    B90 B92 B91
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B12 B10 B18
 Reti System (10) 
    A06 A04 A05
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (45) 
    B90 B51 B22 B33 B46
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C78 C65 C67 C95 C70
 Modern Benoni (12) 
    A67 A65 A60 A77 A64
 Semi-Slav (12) 
    D45 D43 D47 D49
 English (11) 
    A15 A10 A16 A14
 Grunfeld (10) 
    D85 D91 D80 D79 D83
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Zherebukh vs Mamedyarov, 2011 1-0
   Zherebukh vs Caruana, 2017 1-0
   Nepomniachtchi vs Zherebukh, 2012 1/2-1/2
   Kazhgaleyev vs Zherebukh, 2010 0-1
   R Li vs Zherebukh, 2017 0-1
   A Ermeni vs Zherebukh, 2011 0-1
   P Michalik vs Zherebukh, 2011 0-1
   Nakamura vs Zherebukh, 2018 1/2-1/2
   E Ioannidis vs Zherebukh, 2021 1/2-1/2
   A Donchenko vs Zherebukh, 2012 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   BDO Chess Tournament (2012)
   Femida Super (2007)
   Groningen Chess Festival (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Winter Classic (2017)
   15th Unive Open (2011)
   World Cup (2011)
   European Championship (2011)
   European Club Cup (2011)
   Ukrainian Championship (2008)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   European Championship (2008)
   Cappelle-la-Grande Open (2011)
   Chigorin Memorial Classic Open (2010)
   FIDE World Cup (2021)

   🏆 FIDE World Cup
   Shirov vs Zherebukh (Jul-17-21) 0-1, rapid
   Shirov vs Zherebukh (Jul-17-21) 1-0, rapid
   Zherebukh vs Shirov (Jul-17-21) 0-1, rapid
   Zherebukh vs Shirov (Jul-17-21) 0-1, rapid
   Zherebukh vs Shirov (Jul-16-21) 1-0

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(born Jul-14-1993, 30 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)
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Zherebukh started playing chess at the age of 7. He became an IM in 2007 and a GM with effect from October 2008 at the age of 15 years and 2 months and 18 days. Zherebukh started competing in FIDE rated tournaments in 2004 at the age of 10, including the 2004 Ukrainian Championship, and immediately immersed himself in tournaments both in Ukraine and in Europe. He became Ukraine’s U12 champion in 2005, and Ukraine's U14 champion in 2006 and 2007.

In 2006, he scored 5.5/8 at Ukrainian Championships, placed =2nd with 7/9 at the European Youth Championships U14, =3rd at the Cup of Chervonograd-2 in Ukraine and =1st alongside Andrey Vovk, Yuri Vovk, Vladimir Onischuk and Andrey Grekh at the Ukrainian Boys U20 Championship (Semi final), although he finished behind these players on count back. In 2007, he was =2nd at the Femida tournament in Kharkiv behind Sanan Sjugirov. He won his third IM norm, thereby gaining the IM title, at the European Individual Championships (2007) in Dresden. In 2008, he was =1st at the 4th Effim Geller Memorial held in Odessa, =2nd at the Podillya GM tournament in Khmelnitsky, Ukraine, outright first at the Vasylyshyn Memorial in L’viv and =1st at the 6th V.Somov's Memorial - World Youth Stars, coming second on count back to Aleksandr Shimanov. Also in 2008, Zherebukh gained his three GM norms: at the Moscow Open (2008) where he scored 5.5/9, the Voronezh Open (5.5/9) and at the Transcarparthian Cup in Mukachevo where he scored 7.5/11 to come second behind Darmen Sadvakasov.

In 2009 he won the First Saturday GM Aug 2009 in Budapest, and the Mukachevo Open. In 2010, he won the Cappelle la Grande (2010) , come second on count back behind Anton Kovalyov at the Open International de l'Ouest Toulousain - A in France, won the 8th V. Somov's Memorial - World Youth Stars in Russia and the 18th International Open Tournament "Honour to National Resistance" Group A, came second to Valentin Iotov in the University of Twente Young Masters held in the Netherlands and won the 18th Nikaia International Open Chess Tournament "Honour to National Resistance" 2010 Group A in Greece with 9/9. In 2011 so far he has scored 8/11 in the 9th International Open in New Delhi (1 point behind the leaders, albeit unplaced) and 7.5/11 in the 3rd Chennai International Open, 2 points from the lead. A strong showing with 7.5/11 (TPR 2712) in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011) placed him 20th on tiebreak and qualified him for his inaugural participation in the World Championship cycle, namely the right to play in the World Cup (2011), where he has been the dark horse of the contest, beating his countryman, GM Pavel Eljanov, Argentine GM Ruben Felgaer and most unexpectedly, Azeri super-GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the first three rounds to make it through to the Round of Sixteen to face David Navara, who eliminated him from the event with a convincing victory in the classical games 2-0. Zherebukh also competed in the Ukrainian Club Championships which finished in May 2011, scoring 5.5/6 and in the Turkish Clubs Championships which finished in July 2011, scoring 6/9. There followed an excellent result in the European Club Cup (2011) where he scored 5/6 and then placed =4th in the 15th Unive Open (2011), scoring 6.5/9, a half point behind the three co-winners. He finished 2011 strongly with 6.5/9 at Groningen (+4 =5), placing =3rd behind compatriot GM Alexander Kovchan and US GM Robert Lee Hess, and alongside Dutch GM Sergei Tiviakov.

Zherebukh started 2012 auspiciously with an outright first place at the Category 13 RSSU Student Grandmaster Cup (men) held in Moscow in conjunction with the Moscow Open, scoring 7/9 (+6 -1 =2), winning his six games in a consecutive sequence through to the last round. Following this, he placed =2nd at Groningen with 6.5/9, and then won Moscow Open 2012 D with 7/9. After this he competed at the Aeroflot Open (2012), scoring an excellent 5.5/9 (+3 -1 =5; TPR 2749) placing =9th (15th on tiebreak) after facing 9 other GMs, including 3 over 2700 against whom he also had a positive score of +1 =2, defeating Francisco Vallejo Pons. This excellent start to the bimonthly rating period to 1 March 2012 added 48 points to his rating and he was knocking on the door of the top 100. Since then, he scored 9/13 in the World Junior Championship (2012), a point off the lead, and won the BDO Chess Tournament 2012 - Premier held in August in the Netherlands, with 7/9. He also played in the Bundesliga for four rounds, scoring 3/4, defeating David Navara and Anish Giri and drawing with Andrei Volokitin and Laurent Fressinet.

In June 2014, he placed =1st alongside Ni Hua at the XXII Open Internacional Ciutat de Montcada. Grupo A held in Spain. In August 2014, he placed =2nd at the 3rd Annual Washington International with 6/9, a point behind the outright winner Sergei Azarov. The following month month he was sole 2nd at the 2014 US Masters held in Greenboro, North Carolina.

Zherebukh is currently playing for Texas Tech(1) and the USA.

Zherebukh's highest standard rating to date was 2641, reached in March 2012.

Homepage: * RSSU Student Grandmaster Cup (men) (1)

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Last updated: 2018-04-19 03:57:48

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 395  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Zherebukh vs M Kazakov  0-1262005UKR-chTB07 Pirc
2. S Sjugirov vs Zherebukh  1-0272005EU-ch U12B53 Sicilian
3. V Plat vs Zherebukh  ½-½412005EU-ch U12B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
4. Zherebukh vs D Olenichev  1-0562006UKR-ch U14B20 Sicilian
5. N Papenin vs Zherebukh  ½-½282006UKR-chTA65 Benoni, 6.e4
6. M Kazakov vs Zherebukh  ½-½562006UKR-chTA04 Reti Opening
7. Zherebukh vs A Sumets  ½-½202006ch-UKR sfC18 French, Winawer
8. Zherebukh vs A Vovk  ½-½382006Illichevsk Sunny Pawn-AB42 Sicilian, Kan
9. Zherebukh vs M Kazakov  1-0332006Lvov Vasylyshyn memC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. V Zakhartsov vs Zherebukh  1-0332006Lvov Vasylyshyn memE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. Zherebukh vs M Serik  1-0362007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Y Vovk vs Zherebukh  1-0402007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipA57 Benko Gambit
13. Zherebukh vs S Lots  0-1472007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
14. M Kravtsiv vs Zherebukh  1-0842007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
15. Zherebukh vs N Zhornik  1-0432007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
16. D Kononenko vs Zherebukh  1-0362007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
17. Zherebukh vs A Tukhaev  ½-½312007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
18. A Vovk vs Zherebukh  0-1422007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
19. Zherebukh vs V Onyshchuk  0-1292007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
20. Zherebukh vs A Grekh  ½-½672007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
21. A Ipatov vs Zherebukh  0-1592007Ukranian U20 ChampionshipA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
22. I Nyzhnyk vs Zherebukh  ½-½492007UKR-ch U14A78 Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6
23. Buhmann vs Zherebukh  ½-½322007European ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
24. Zherebukh vs D Solak  ½-½612007European ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
25. I Starostits vs Zherebukh  ½-½452007European ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
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Sep-05-11  twinlark: I've noticed the lad's extra solid defence in the tourney so far. He'll be a force to be reckoned with in the next few years.
Sep-05-11  notyetagm: <Troller: ... could be on his way to eliminating Mamedyarov now.>


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  Domdaniel: <twinlark> Yep, he seems to be very strong defensively - as well as being able to roll over a Sicilian or a Caro when playing White and an opportunity presents itself. He seems to have been seriously underrated, in both senses.
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  ketchuplover: Future world champion!?
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  Domdaniel: <ketchuplover> I think this is where the FIDE bosses step in and say "We already have a future world champion, we don't need another one".
Dec-25-11  achieve: <Zherebukh> is leading the Groningen Chess Festival with an as of yet flawless score: 4/4

Today's a restday, after which Tiviakov awaits on Monday.

Here a few of his games sofar:

[Event "Schaakfestival Groningen 2011 Open A"]
[Site "Groningen, NED"]
[Date "2011.12.21"]
[Round "1.4"]
[White "Rietveld, Renze"]
[Black "Zherebukh, Yaroslav"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B41"]
[Opening "Sicilian"]
[Variation "Kan, 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Qc7"]
[TimeControl "7200"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Bd3 Nf6 7. Qe2 Bc5 8. Nb3 Bd6 9. Be3 b5 10. O-O-O Be5 11. g4 Bb7 12. Bd2 b4 13. Na4 Bc6 14. Nac5 a5 15. Bb5 a4 16. Nxa4 Bxe4 17. Bxb4 Bxh1 18. Rxh1 Nd5 19. Bc5 Bd6 20. c4 Bxc5 21. Naxc5 Qf4+ 22. Kb1 Nc7 23. Nd3 Qd6 24. Rd1 Qb6 25. a4 Nxb5 26. axb5 O-O 27. Qe3 Qc7 28. c5 Qb7 29. Nd4 Qd5 30. Qf3 Qa2+ 31. Kc2 Na6 32. bxa6 Qc4+ 33. Kd2 Qxd4 34. Ra1 Rfb8 35. Ke2 e5 36. Qe3 Rxb2+ 37. Kf3 Rxf2+ 0-1

[Event "Schaakfestival Groningen 2011 Open A"]
[Site "Groningen, NED"]
[Date "2011.12.22"]
[Round "2.4"]
[White "Zherebukh, Yaroslav"]
[Black "Pijpers, Arthur"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B78"]
[Opening "Sicilian"]
[Variation "Dragon, Yugoslav, Main Line, 12.Kb1"]
[TimeControl "7200"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Qd2 O-O 9. Bc4 Bd7 10. O-O-O Rc8 11. Bb3 Ne5 12. h4 h5 13. Kb1 Nc4 14. Bxc4 Rxc4 15. Nde2 b5 16. Bh6 b4 17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18. Nd5 Nxd5 19. exd5 e5 20. dxe6 Bxe6 21. Nd4 Qf6 22. b3 Rc3 23. Ne2 Rc5 24. Qxb4 Rfc8 25. Rd2 Bf5 26. Rc1 Qe7 27. Ng3 Be6 28. Ne4 Rd5 29. Rxd5 Bxd5 30. Qxd6 Qxd6 31. Nxd6 Rd8 32. Nb5 Bc6 33. Nxa7 Be8 34. c4 1-0

Dec-25-11  achieve: [Event "Schaakfestival Groningen 2011 Open A"]
[Site "Groningen, NED"]
[Date "2011.12.23"]
[Round "3.3"]
[White "Michalik, Peter"]
[Black "Zherebukh, Yaroslav"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E94"]
[Opening "King's Indian"]
[Variation "7.O-O exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 9.f3 c6"]
[TimeControl "7200"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O exd4 8. Nxd4 Re8 9. f3 c6 10. Re1 Nh5 11. g4 Be5 12. gxh5 Qh4 13. f4 Bxd4+ 14. Qxd4 Qxe1+ 15. Kg2 Qh4 16. Be3 Bg4 17. h6 f6 18. Bxg4 Qxg4+ 19. Kf2 Nd7 20. Qxd6 Ne5 21. fxe5 Rad8 22. Qc5 Rxe5 23. Qxa7 Rh5 24. Rh1 Rh3 25. Bd4 Qf3+ 26. Kg1 Rh4 27. h3 Qg3+ 28. Kf1 Qd3+ 29. Kg2 Rxd4 30. Qxb7 Qd2+ 31. Kg1 Qe1+ 0-1

Zherebukh's positional piece sac in worth noting, and analysing, <20 ... Ne5!!?>

A swift mating attack follows.


[Event "ronde 4"]
[Site "Groningen"]
[Date "2011.12.24"]
[Round "4.1"]
[White "Zherebukh, Yaroslav"]
[Black "Poetsch, Hagen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C02"]
[Opening "French"]
[Variation "Advance, 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4"]
[TimeControl "7200"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Qb6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. a3 Nh6 7. b4 cxd4 8. Bxh6 gxh6 9. cxd4 Bd7 10. Be2 Rg8 11. O-O Rg4 12. h3 Rf4 13. g3 Rxf3 14. Bxf3 Qxd4 15. Qxd4 Nxd4 16. Bh5 a5 17. Nc3 Rc8 18. Ne2 Nc6 19. Rfc1 axb4 20. axb4 Rb8 21. f4 Bxb4 22. Rc2 Ke7 23. Rca2 f6 24. exf6+ Kxf6 25. Ra8 Rxa8 26. Rxa8 e5 27. fxe5+ Nxe5 28. Kh2 Bc6 29. Rh8 Kg7 30. Rc8 Bd6 31. Be8 Bxe8 32. Rxe8 Nc6 33. Re6 Bf8 34. Nf4 Kf7 35. Re3 d4 36. Rb3 Nb4 37. Kg2 Kf6 38. Kf3 Ke5 39. Rb1 b5 40. Re1+ Kd6 41. h4 Nc6 42. Re6+ Kc5 43. Ke4 b4 44. Rf6 Be7 45. Rxh6 b3 46. Nd3+ Kb5 47. Rxh7 Kc4 48. h5 Kc3 49. h6 b2 50. Nxb2 Kxb2 51. Rxe7 Nxe7 52. h7 Ng6 53. Kxd4 Kb3 54. Ke4 1-0

Very nice technique on display after some 25 moves, gradually outplaying POETSCH for another smooth conversion.

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  Penguincw: < achieve >

Thanks for the games. :)

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  OhioChessFan: I am more and more impressed the more I look at his games.
Feb-05-12  bronkenstein: Yaroslav just won the ´young GM´ section of the Moscow 2012 , full point ahead of the pack (including Robson,Avetik, Matlakov, Ipatov...).

He finished strongly, by making 6 victories <in a row> in last 6 rounds.

Feb-05-12  wordfunph: <bronkenstein: He finished strongly, by making 6 victories <in a row> in last 6 rounds.>

awesome perf!

GM Zherebukh's rating progress chart..

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  tamar: After a bad loss yesterday, Zherebukh found a shot today and looks to be on the way to victory against Daniel Alsina Leal.

26 Bc2-g6!

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  WTHarvey: Here 15 critical positions from Yaroslav's games: What's the best move?
Mar-11-13  joeyj: Yaroslav Zherebukh (born: July 14, 1993) who earlier in 14 August 2008 had achieved his 3rd & final GM norm at Transcarparthian Cup-2008 in Mukachevo had to work on his rating to reach the 2500(minimum), a requirement for a GM title, which he achieved on October 2, 2008 at “Podillya-2008″-Khmelnitsky in round-9 by submitting a ‘Live Rating’ of 2505.6 at age <15yrs-2mos-18days>.

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May-18-13  akinov: very very impressive !
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  ketchuplover: Apparently he'll join the USCF soon. Welcome aboard young man :)
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  OhioChessFan: Back 5 or 6 years ago, he looked like he could be headed toward the elite level. There's nothing wrong with being a 2600, but sometimes you wonder what causes players to peak at such a relatively young age.
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  saffuna: I know this is an obvious answer, but I just think that chess is really, really hard. As he moves up he tends to play better and better players, and some players improve to meet the challenge and some don't.
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  tamar: Interesting parallels between So and Zherebukh. Both learned chess at age 7 and progressed rapidly.

The World Cup 2011 remains in So memory. He recalled Zherebukhs making a great impression there, beating Eljanov and Mamedyarov.

He himself beat Ding Liren in the first rd, but lost to Karjakin, not bad, but overshadowed by Z

Apr-06-17  SirRuthless: A future 4th or Reserve board for the US olympiad team? Very impressive result for Yaroslav. His performance in this event will open doors for him overseas.
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  ketchuplover: apparently he's applying/applied for a green card recently. thought that would be done by now.
Sep-04-17  Ilkka Salonen: United States is more and more copying the faults of late Soviet Union? This time a chess player can leave the country for an important tournament. Does anybody know the details?
Sep-06-17  jamesmaskell: Zherebukh may have forfeited the World Cup first round match but he is at the Fall Chess Classic B Group starting today.
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  Richard Taylor: Does Zherebukh have both US and Ukrainian citizenship? One parent is from the US?
May-13-18  spirit: Chilean GM Mauricio Flores Rios made an insightful comment in his book "Chess Structures" about a symmetric benoni position he played as black against GM Yaroslav Zherebukh in 2013 : "White does not seem to know what he is doing. He has not developed a single piece while black has already castled. However, he has obtained a symmetric benoni structure, which often gives white a stable center and a lasting spatial advantage. I knew that if I allowed white to organise his pieces harmoniously, then i would be inferior despite my lead in development." When this game was played white outclassed black by more than 100 ELOs, and yet black developed a ferocious attack only to falter in mutual time pressure before the game was drawn! Flores mentioned at the beginning of the book that he became a GM at age 18 without knowing half of what he taught in the book! Food for thought!
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