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Mikhail Gurevich
M Gurevich 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 1,308
Years covered: 1978 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2576 (2598 rapid, 2610 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2694

Overall record: +404 -194 =536 (59.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 174 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (107) 
    E32 E46 E39 E42 E38
 English (76) 
    A16 A10 A11 A13 A15
 King's Indian (59) 
    E97 E94 E70 E91 E61
 Slav (56) 
    D11 D10 D12 D17 D15
 English, 1 c4 e5 (54) 
    A28 A29 A20 A21 A25
 Queen's Gambit Declined (50) 
    D37 D31 D30 D38 D35
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (189) 
    C11 C07 C05 C02 C03
 French (96) 
    C11 C12 C10 C00 C13
 Semi-Slav (84) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44
 French Tarrasch (66) 
    C07 C05 C03 C08
 Pirc (53) 
    B09 B08 B07
 Queen's Pawn Game (43) 
    A41 D02 A46 E00 D00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Movsesian vs M Gurevich, 2000 0-1
   Ljubojevic vs M Gurevich, 1991 0-1
   M Gurevich vs N Miezis, 1996 1-0
   S Fedorchuk vs M Gurevich, 2010 0-1
   Salov vs M Gurevich, 1987 0-1
   Shirov vs M Gurevich, 2005 0-1
   Lautier vs M Gurevich, 1993 0-1
   M Gurevich vs R Ovetchkin, 2007 1/2-1/2
   M Sebag vs M Gurevich, 2008 0-1
   B Ivanovic vs M Gurevich, 1989 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus Group B (2001)
   6th Belfort Masters (2003)
   Cappelle la Grande (2010)
   Turkish Championship (2006)
   Jurmala (1985)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   29th Cappelle-la-Grande (2013)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   European Individual Championship (2007)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Cannes World Cup Rapid 2001 by KingG
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1990 by suenteus po 147
   Jurmala 1985 by Tabanus
   Tallinn 1987 by Chessdreamer
   Munich 1993 by suenteus po 147
   Corus Group B 2001 by Tabanus
   Reggio Emilia 1989/90 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 1st European Corporate
   M Gurevich vs M Sebag (Nov-25-17) 1-0
   Rublevsky vs M Gurevich (Nov-25-17) 1-0
   D Khismatullin vs M Gurevich (Nov-25-17) 1-0
   S Fedorchuk vs M Gurevich (Nov-25-17) 1/2-1/2
   M Gurevich vs K Bischoff (Nov-24-17) 0-1

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(born Feb-22-1959, 60 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Belgium)

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Mikhail Naumovich Gurevich was born on the 22nd of February 1959 in Kharkow, USSR. Awarded the IM title in 1985 and the GM title in 1986, he was USSR Champion in 1985 [rusbase-1] (after a play-off and tie-break). In 1987 he won the Keres memorial [rusbase-2], was 1st at Moscow and 2nd at Leningrad after Rafael Vaganian. In 2001 he won the Belgian Championship with a perfect 9/9 score. Gurevich qualified for his first Candidates match by placing 8th at the FIDE World Cup (2005), but lost to Peter Leko, 3 1/2 - 1/2.

He currently lives in Turkey, and has added a third national championship to his resume' by winning the Turkish Championship (2006). In 2008 he won the Turkish Championship again. He is also a FIDE Arbiter and a FIDE Senior Trainer.

Wikipedia article: Mikhail Gurevich (chess player)

Last updated: 2017-07-28 10:04:54

 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,308  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Gurevich vs Psakhis  0-1501978BakuA34 English, Symmetrical
2. V Tukmakov vs M Gurevich  1-0401982USSRA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
3. Gavrikov vs M Gurevich  1-0231982URS-ch sfA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
4. Tseshkovsky vs M Gurevich  0-1971982URS-ch sfB07 Pirc
5. M Gurevich vs Vyzmanavin  ½-½421983URS-ch Young MastersA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
6. M Gurevich vs Gavrikov  ½-½441983URS-ch Young MastersA00 Uncommon Opening
7. M Gurevich vs A Chernin  ½-½341983URS-ch Young MastersE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
8. Azmaiparashvili vs M Gurevich  ½-½541983URS-ch Young MastersA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
9. M Gurevich vs Kengis  ½-½281983URS-ch Young MastersA13 English
10. M Gurevich vs Salov  1-0411983URS-ch Young MastersA56 Benoni Defense
11. Yermolinsky vs M Gurevich  ½-½431983URS-ch Young MastersA04 Reti Opening
12. Kupreichik vs M Gurevich  ½-½441984URS-ch FL52C03 French, Tarrasch
13. M Gurevich vs Ehlvest  1-0431984URS-ch FL52D85 Grunfeld
14. M Gurevich vs Kupreichik ½-½771984URS-ch sfD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Bagirov vs M Gurevich  ½-½161984URS-ch sfE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
16. M Gurevich vs Kengis  ½-½301984URS sfE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
17. M Gurevich vs Psakhis ½-½241984URS-ch FL52C09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
18. M Gurevich vs V Osnos  ½-½411984URS-ch sfE46 Nimzo-Indian
19. M Gurevich vs Kholmov  ½-½251984URS-ch FL52A28 English
20. A Petrosian vs M Gurevich ½-½241984SverdlovskA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
21. Gavrikov vs M Gurevich  1-0601984URS-ch FL52A40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. M Gurevich vs Y Kruppa  ½-½441984URS-ch sfD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
23. M Gurevich vs Gavrikov  ½-½401984URS-ch sfD85 Grunfeld
24. A Chernin vs M Gurevich  ½-½311984URS-ch FL52D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. M Gurevich vs Gavrikov  ½-½311985URS-ch52 playoff 1-plE46 Nimzo-Indian
 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,308  PGN Download
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Apr-23-08  Knight13: Gurevich is getting out of 2600s soon.
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  GrahamClayton: <Benzol>An IM in 1985 he was USSR Champion (after playoff and tie-break) in the same year.

According to Cafferty and Taimanov in "The Soviet Championships", Gurevich, Gavrikov and Chernin finished =1st with 11/19. A three way play-off ended with all games being drawn. An unknown journalist announced that there would be no further play and that Gurevich would win the title, based on his superior tie-break in the actual Championship. The arbiters were annoyed by the journalist's claim, but accepted his decision anyway!

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  Benzol: <GrahamClayton> Thanks. I actually have the Cafferty and Taimanov book but I think I posted that before I had obtained it. I can never remember everything I read these days. I'm just getting too old.


May-30-10  BradMajors: Hello.
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  Penguincw: Happy 52nd birthday <Mikhail Gurenvich> !
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  wordfunph: "1...d5 is the best reply for 1.Nc3."

- GM Mikhail Gurevich

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  brankat: Happy Birthday!
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Mikhail Gurevich!
Jul-14-12  italoma: Hospitality of the Turks to favorite
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday 55th birthday to GM Mikhail Gurevich.
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  offramp: Why did he choose to live in Turkey?
Mar-28-14  bien pensant: Anything wrong with Turkey?
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  OhioChessFan: <bp> Yeah, the tryptophan makes me fall asleep and miss the football games.
Feb-22-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Mikhail Gurevich.
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  zydeco: Does anybody know what happened in 1985 when Gurevich was the Soviet champion and was denied permission to play in the Interzonal?

Boris Gulko says that the Soviet authorities sometimes just decided to not allow Jews to play abroad - and that's what happened to Gurevich.

Mark Dvoretsky gives a longer version, saying that Viktor Gavrikov filed a complaint against Gurevich during the USSR Championship - it sounds like it was a pretty minor matter, something like not playing hard enough for wins, as would befit a Soviet athlete. Gurevich went to plead his case but was "keenly aware" that he wouldn't get any opportunities to travel abroad.

Is that the whole story or is there something more there? It feels like the Soviet authorities were categorically opposed to Gurevich, who was at that time a young player, and I'm curious why they were so obstinate.

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  perfidious: <zydeco....Mark Dvoretsky gives a longer version, saying that Viktor Gavrikov filed a complaint against Gurevich during the USSR Championship - it sounds like it was a pretty minor matter, something like not playing hard enough for wins, as would befit a Soviet athlete....>

One would imagine that for the chess authorities in those days, any excuse would do, though if Gavrikov's complaint was such and was used against Gurevich, it was supremely hypocritical--Petrosian was known to often expend relatively little effort, with six of fifteen drawn games in USSR Championship (1955) concluding in less than 25 moves, for which I believe he was reviled in the press.

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  whiteshark: <perfidious, zydeco> Indeed, Gurevich didn't play in any of the 1985 IZT (Biel Interzonal (1985), Taxco Interzonal (1985) and Tunis). Strangely enough Cafferty/Taimanov conveyed the impression in their 1998 published book that all 3 players played the Interzonals. You can read the corresponding passage here: (scoll halfway down to '4 Riga').
Jul-14-16  zanzibar: In the footnote, but not in the elaboration just below. But the xtab and fn seem taken from Graeme Cree's account.

The Weeks' link is stale to Graeme is stale, but it's currently here:

A photograph of all three co-winners can be found here:

I think the only <Cafferty & Taimanov> accounting is the final single paragraph excerpt in the Riga section. There, it seems to make the claim that a journalist decided, which is a bit hard to swallow.

On the other hand, given a 3-way tie in the tournament, followed by a 3-way tie in the playoff, the two highest rated players might be the best choice to send as a qualifier.

And, according to Graeme's table, that would be Gavrikov and Chernin with FIDE ratings of 2550 and 2495 vs. Gurevich's 2435.

A photograph of all three co-winners is here:


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  diagonal: Portrait (blog pages are a little slow):

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  diagonal: Biggest international tournament win of Mikhail Gurevich, Reggio Emilia 1988/89:

His highest world ranking was a tie for fifth place on the January 1990 and January 1991 FIDE half-year rating lists (with Elo ratings of 2645 and 2650 respectively - btw.: a nominal rating no longer enough for the Top Hundred today).

He was a top ten ranked player from 1988 to 1991, then dipped, climbing again into the top twenty in the early 2000s.

Feb-22-17  ColeTrane: ...hard to imagine THIS guy getting drunk on his birthday....!
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  diagonal: Detailed biography with a nice game from Misha:
Feb-22-17  Sularus: happy birthday, GM MG!
Jul-28-17  Eagle41257: He has returned to Belgium
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  Fusilli: Winner of three different countries' national championships. How cool is that! Anyone else with a similar accomplishment?
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