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Sergey Kudrin
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  

Number of games in database: 1,352
Years covered: 1978 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2420
Highest rating achieved in database: 2607
Overall record: +569 -271 =502 (61.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 10 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (322) 
    B90 B62 B43 B32 B33
 French Defense (75) 
    C05 C07 C03 C09 C10
 Sicilian Najdorf (69) 
    B90 B91 B92
 French Tarrasch (69) 
    C05 C07 C03 C09 C04
 Giuoco Piano (63) 
    C53 C50
 Caro-Kann (45) 
    B11 B10 B18 B15 B17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (226) 
    B76 B70 B32 B50 B78
 Grunfeld (130) 
    D85 D87 D76 D80 D71
 Sicilian Dragon (98) 
    B76 B70 B78 B77 B72
 Reti System (45) 
 English, 1 c4 c5 (45) 
    A30 A36 A37 A33 A34
 Queen's Indian (37) 
    E12 E15 E17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kudrin vs H A Machado Jr, 1988 1-0
   Kudrin vs R Douven, 1989 1-0
   W G Doubleday vs Kudrin, 2004 0-1
   Kudrin vs A C Chow, 1989 1-0
   Hitech vs Kudrin, 1988 0-1
   D Durham vs Kudrin, 1989 0-1
   Kudrin vs D King, 1988 1-0
   Kudrin vs B Finegold, 2001 1-0
   Kudrin vs Waitzkin, 1995 1/2-1/2
   G Grasser vs Kudrin, 2009 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   5th Manchester Benedictine Open (1982)
   Be'er Sheva (1984)
   Valjevo (1984)
   Bern (1988)
   Bor (1984)
   Marseille (1987)
   USA Masters (1990)
   Toronto Open (1998)
   New York Open (1987)
   Seville Open (1990)
   American Continental (2003)
   11th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1987)
   102nd US Open (2001)
   93rd US Open (1992)
   Graz Open (1987)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Open 1981, Palo Alto, CA by ghost5

   🏆 100th Edward Lasker Mem
   R A Allicock vs Kudrin (Dec-11-16) 1/2-1/2
   Kudrin vs D Brodsky (Dec-11-16) 1-0
   Kudrin vs Majur Juac (Dec-10-16) 1-0
   R Shtivelband vs Kudrin (Dec-09-16) 1/2-1/2
   Kudrin vs A Katz (Aug-28-16) 1/2-1/2

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(born Sep-07-1959, 64 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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IM (1980) and GM (1984) Sergey Viktorovich Kudrin.


A qualified mathematician (1), Sergey Kudrin is a popular and respected US Grandmaster who was born in Novosibirsk, the administrative center of Siberia in what was then the USSR. Since he arrived in the USA in 1978 (1), he has been one of the country's leading and most active players, participating in local, regional and national contests wherever they have been held. His first participation in a US tournament was the 1979 Marshall Open held in March of that year. He gained both his IM and GM titles after he arrived in the USA, and contested the World Championship at the 1999 and 2004 Knockout Tournaments.


Kudrin has built an impressive tournament record in the Americas and Europe, having played mainly in local, regional and national opens, and round robin invitational tournaments up to an including category 10 events. Some of the highlights of his career since 1980 are as follows:

• =2nd at Manchester in 1981 and 1982;
• =1st in Manchester in 1982;
• =1st at the Category 10 New York Tournament in 1983 behind Dmitry Gurevich and Miguel Quinteros
• =1st alongside Istvan Csom in the category 9 Politiken Cup held in Copenhagen in 1983;
• =1st at the category 2 Beer-Sheba Round Robin Tournament in 1984 alongside Viktor Korchnoi and ahead of Wolfgang Unzicker
• 2nd at the category 7 Valjevo Tournament in 1984 behind Vladimir Raicevic
• =2nd at the category 8 Bor Tournament in 1984 behind Slobodan Martinovic
• 1st in the United States Open Championship in 1984 and 2007;
• =1st at Torremolinos 1985;
• =1st at New York in 1985;
• =1st at the Midwest Masters Open in Chicago in 1986 and 1987;
• =2nd at the strong New York Open in 1987, behind Andras Adorjan, but ahead of players like Boris Spassky and Lajos Portisch
• =3rd at the category 10 Marseille event in 1987;
• =2nd at the category 8 Bern Tournament in 1988 behind Miso Cebalo
• =1st at the category 10 London NWYM in 1988 alongside Michael Adams and David Norwood
• =1st at the category 9 Salamanca Tournament in Brazil in 1989 alongside Manuel Rivas Pastor and Tamaz Giorgadze
• 1st at the Las Palmas Open in 1989;
• 1st at the Chania Open in Greece in 1995;
• =1st at the category 3 Mermaid Beach round robin tournament in 1997 alongside William John Donaldson
• =1st at the 3rd Foxwoods Open in 2001;
• 1st at the North East Winter Getaway in 2002;
• =1st at the 5th Foxwoods Open in 2003;
• 1st at the 2nd Annual Fairfield County Open in 2008;
• in 2008 and 2009, he finished runner-up to Aleksandr Lenderman in the USCF Grand Prix standings;
• =1st 41st Annual National Chess Congress in 2010;
• =1st at the Philadelphia Open in 2010;
• 1st at the 5th Annual Fairfield County Open in 2008 and 2011;
• 1st at the 2012 Manhattan Open;
• =1st at the 2013 US Senior Championship;
• 1st at the 2013 Northeast Open in Connecticut;
• =1st at the 31st Annual Sands Regency Reno - Western States Open, played in Reno, Nevada in October 2013;
• 1st at the 32nd Annual Empire City Open 2013 in New York City;
• =1st at the 13th Annual Manhattan Open 2014 in July; and
• 1st at the 44th Annual Continental Open 2014 held in Sturbridge, USA in August 2014.


<National> Kudrin has been participating in the US Championship since at least 1983. His 3rd place at the 1998 US Championship in Denver Colorado earned him a spot in the 1999 World Championship Knockout Tournament. His 4th place at the US Championship in 2004 qualified him for the World Cup 2005. He also won third place in the US Championship (2008) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

<World> Kudrin earned his qualification into the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999) when he won the playoff for 3rd in the 1998 US Championship (which doubled as Zonal 2.1) against Yasser Seirawan and Roman Dzindzichashvili. There he met Ivan Sokolov in the first round, losing by 1.5-0.5. Seeded directly into the 2nd round of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) in Tripoli, Kudrin was no more fortunate than in 1999, meeting Hichem Hamdouchi and losing by 4-3 in the Armageddon blitz tiebreaker. At the World Cup (2005), his run of luck continued when he met Ukrainian GM Pavel Eljanov in round 1, again losing in the blitz tiebreaker. At the World Cup (2007), he again lost in the first round this time to Francisco Vallejo Pons.


In 1985, Kudrin played board 2 for the USA at the U26 Olympiad, winning team silver. He also represented the USA in the Olympiads of 1988 and 1994, helping his team to 4th place and 7th place respectively.

Ratings and Rankings

Kudrin was ranked in the world's top 100 for extended periods of time between 1983 and 1993. In July 1984, he was rated 2550 and reached his peak world ranking of #32. He reached his peak rating of 2580 in July 1992 when he was ranked #67 in the world. (2)

References and Sources

(1) Profile:; (2) http://translate.googleusercontent....; Wikipedia article: Sergey Kudrin; (Polish)

Last updated: 2023-02-09 13:05:18

 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,352  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kudrin vs A Soltis  0-1301978Continental OpenB06 Robatsch
2. Seirawan vs Kudrin  1-0541979NWC October mA07 King's Indian Attack
3. Kudrin vs P Ostojic  0-1471979Marshall OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. M Paolozzi vs Kudrin  1-0601979Marshall OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. Kudrin vs A Williams  1-0461979Marshall OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Benjamin vs Kudrin  ½-½431979Marshall OpenA14 English
7. L D Evans vs Kudrin  0-1461979Marshall OpenB40 Sicilian
8. Kudrin vs J Tisdall  1-0281979Marshall OpenB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
9. P Biyiasas vs Kudrin  ½-½661979Marshall OpenA04 Reti Opening
10. Kudrin vs A Soltis  1-0321979Marshall OpenB06 Robatsch
11. B Zuckerman vs Kudrin  1-0491979Marshall OpenB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. Kudrin vs D Goodman  0-1401979Marshall OpenB06 Robatsch
13. Chandler vs Kudrin  ½-½821979Philadelphia InternationalE12 Queen's Indian
14. Kudrin vs B Gold 1-031197980th US OpenC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
15. Gheorghiu vs Kudrin 1-037197980th US OpenE12 Queen's Indian
16. D Gogel vs Kudrin  ½-½28197980th US OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
17. M Brooks vs Kudrin  1-026197980th US OpenA13 English
18. I Ivanov vs Kudrin  1-0351980Quebec opE12 Queen's Indian
19. Kudrin vs R Ekstroem  1-0521981WchT U26B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
20. Kudrin vs H Janssen  1-0351981WchT U26B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
21. J Przewoznik vs Kudrin  ½-½451981WchT U26B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
22. Kudrin vs S Kindermann  1-0411981WchT U26B06 Robatsch
23. Kudrin vs Psakhis  ½-½381981WchT U26C55 Two Knights Defense
24. Kudrin vs T Binham  1-0441981WchT U26B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
25. Kudrin vs Ivkov  1-0361981Lone Pine opC55 Two Knights Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-03-08  Cactus: And is so sucsessful with it!
Jan-03-08  whiteshark: ...if you only watch the <0-1> results, yes! :D
Feb-15-08  whiteshark: Oh, User: Cactus, where are thou ? http://understanding-axiao.blogspot...
Mar-09-08  DarthStapler: I just visited the Connecticut State Open Championship and Kudrin was there, I saw him playing. I was standing only a few feet away from him.
Mar-09-08  MichAdams: You should have summoned the courage to ask to kiss his ring.
Sep-07-08  SleepyEye: Sergey seems to be a very nice person. I once got a draw off him in a simul. He congratulated me after the game and actually seemed to be sincere about it. Unfortunately, very unusual for a GM.
Sep-07-08  Cactus: <Whiteshark> Huh?
Sep-07-08  artyom2008: happy bday
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  Tabanus: Philadelphia Open 2010 (United States of America), final ranking crosstable:

May-08-10  grasser: Grandmaster Kudrin Interview on "Chess Now" in Manhattan.

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  paulalbert: I've never seen this show on the tape for which you provided the link. I've known Sergei Kudrin for many years, a winner of my U.S. Championship Brilliancy Prize, a strong and serious GM. Frankly, had he gotten up and punched out the so-called host, I would not have objected. Paul Albert
May-20-10  grasser: The show is done just for fun. It's public access for beginner to Grandmaster. CheckerPhil did the best he could to keep the episode fun and lite.
Sep-07-11  newshutz: I had the privilege of being demolished by him in the 1st round of the 2011 Columbus Open!

I am still pondering that game.

Sep-07-11  belgradegambit: Many years ago I defeated Kudrin's (much weaker) younger brother. I played black in a Sicilian Dragon!
Aug-05-12  Joshka: He's here this weekend at the Cleveland Open along with Anatoly Lein.
Aug-10-13  Joshka: Had a very nice chat with the grandmaster last night at the Cleveland Open. He was the only GM playing in the 3 day section. The 2 day starts this afternoon, maybe there will be another GM playing. Usually GM Lein and GM Shabalov play in this yearly tourney.
Aug-25-13  Novirasputin: We just uploaded video of GM Kudrin commenting on this specific game on YouTube. This is a rare GM draw that got a standing ovation.
Aug-25-13  grasser: Sergey is very nice. The only GM to be on "Chess Now". Episode 59.
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  monopole2313: Sat next to him on a flight to North Bay several years ago. I didn't bother him until we got there (I was chatting with IM Silman,anyway). I wished him luck. He won his section, and I finished in the money, too.
Sep-07-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Sergey Kudrin.
Sep-07-16  thegoodanarchist: <Jul-07-06 Waffles: He looks frumpy.>

If you grew up in Siberia you'd look frumpy too

Feb-02-17  eriklundin: But his skin condition very much has cleared up. What was her name, Luna Tuesday ?
Nov-06-17  DarthStapler: They need to update this guy's picture. I just saw him at a tournament and he looks 30 or 40 years older.
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Kudrin!! I remember seeing him play @ a tournament in Denver that I played in.: It looks like he’s retired from playing in chess tournaments but I remember that when he played in them, u normally had to work hard to beat him. Of course sometimes he blundered but more often than not if he lost, it was b/c some1 accumulated different types of slight advantages. Then they converted those to wins. In the tournament that I mentioned he got 2 wins & 3 draws in a tournament loaded w/ chess masters. When he was active, he was tough to beat
Dec-22-21  JohnBoy: Why does his bio say that he’s a qualified mathematician? I checked https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nod... and nada. My contention is that the term gets thrown around by ignoranti.
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