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Lev Gutman
L Gutman 
Number of games in database: 613
Years covered: 1967 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2393 (2438 rapid, 2346 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2530

Overall record: +239 -226 =138 (51.1%)*
   * 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:
 Reti System (119) 
    A04 A06 A05
 King's Indian Attack (28) 
    A07 A08
 King's Indian (23) 
    E67 E60 E68 E62 E66
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E24 E20 E25 E46 E27
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A41 A40 A46 E00 A50
 Grunfeld (11) 
    D79 D78 D92 D94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (124) 
    B90 B92 B22 B96 B93
 Sicilian Najdorf (64) 
    B90 B92 B96 B93 B97
 Grunfeld (56) 
    D85 D86 D87 D78 D91
 English (42) 
    A15 A16 A17 A10
 King's Indian (41) 
    E70 E60 E91 E61 E73
 Sicilian Scheveningen (12) 
    B81 B82 B83 B80 B84
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Gutman vs Kholmov, 1975 1-0
   Razuvaev vs L Gutman, 1977 0-1
   G Meins vs L Gutman, 2004 0-1
   L Gutman vs M Knezevic, 1984 1-0
   L Gutman vs Bagirov, 1989 1-0
   Kupreichik vs L Gutman, 1995 0-1
   L Gutman vs V Levchenkov, 1976 1-0
   L Gutman vs C Azzopardi, 1982 1-0
   L Gutman vs S Polgar, 1987 1-0
   L Gutman vs Andersson, 1987 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bad Zwesten Open (2000)
   St. Ingbert Open (1988)
   Kiel Open (2004)
   Zaitsev Memorial (1978)
   Bad Endbach (1995)
   4th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1980)
   Nord West Cup (2001)
   Be'er Sheva (1982)
   Biel Interzonal (1985)
   Bad Zwesten Open (2002)
   Bad Zwesten Open (1999)
   GMA World Cup Open (1989)
   Wichern Open (1999)
   Dortmund Open-A (1992)
   European Championship (2007)

   🏆 Bundesliga 2019/20
   L Gutman vs T Banusz (Dec-07-19) 1-0
   U Kersten vs L Gutman (Nov-26-17) 1/2-1/2
   L Gutman vs G Legde (Nov-26-17) 1/2-1/2
   L Gutman vs T Guelsen (Nov-25-17) 1-0
   L Gutman vs E Flach (Nov-24-17) 0-1

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(born Sep-26-1945, 77 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality Germany)

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Lev Pinkhusovich Gutman was born in Riga, Latvia (formerly USSR). Awarded the GM title in 1986, he was Latvian champion in 1972. In tournaments he was 1st at Grindavik 1984, 1st at Beer-Sheva 1985 and 1st at Wuppertal 1986. He also played board three for Israel in the 1984 Olympiad.

Wikipedia article: Lev Gutman

Last updated: 2019-02-24 21:51:35

 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 650  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Gutman vs J Petkevich  0-1411967Latvian ChampionshipA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
2. A Vitolinsh vs L Gutman 1-0241967RigaB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. V Zhuravliov vs L Gutman  1-0331967Latvian ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. M Tseitlin vs L Gutman  1-0421970URS Army Championship FinalB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
5. L Gutman vs Klovans  0-1411970URS Army Championship FinalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. V Zheliandinov vs L Gutman  0-1431970URS Army Championship FinalB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. L Gutman vs Yanitsky  1-0411970URS Army Championship FinalE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
8. L Gutman vs V Zhuravliov  0-1431970URS Army Championship FinalA81 Dutch
9. S Khavsky vs L Gutman  ½-½401970URS Army Championship FinalB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Tseshkovsky vs L Gutman 1-0401970URS Army Championship FinalB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
11. L Gutman vs Klovans 0-1171970LAT-chTC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
12. Dzindzichashvili vs L Gutman 1-0311972URS-ch sfD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
13. Tseitlin vs L Gutman  1-0401972Moscow Army-chB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
14. L Gutman vs Suetin  0-1411972USSR 14/664A57 Benko Gambit
15. L Gutman vs Surkaev  1-0241972National Match-TournamentD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
16. L Gutman vs V Mikenas  0-1401972URSD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. Razuvaev vs L Gutman 1-0351972BeltsyD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
18. Tseshkovsky vs L Gutman  1-0311972URS-ch sfB01 Scandinavian
19. L Gutman vs A Vitolinsh  1-0211972Riga-chA05 Reti Opening
20. A Vitolinsh vs L Gutman 1-0231973LatviaB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. L Gutman vs Tseshkovsky 0-1331973URS-ch sf LvovA04 Reti Opening
22. L Gutman vs Kholmov  0-1471973URS-ch sf LvovE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
23. L Gutman vs Balashov  0-1571973URS-ch sf LvovE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
24. A Kapengut vs L Gutman  1-0291973URS-ch sf LvovB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
25. L Gutman vs A Smirnov  ½-½381974VUZ CupE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 650  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  jaime gallegos: the schach archives of Lev Gutman are highly recommended to study chess. Anybody knows where can I found them on internet ?
Aug-17-04  Kaspy2: I played with him for lower saxony championship 2004, where he was the only GM. But neither of us made it...
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  Benzol: Lev Gutman
Born 26th September 1945 in Riga
Latvian Champion 1972.
Aug-14-05  fred lennox: For those who like flank openings with dash and daring play, this GM is worth taking a look. I often play so, and Gutman continues to be a model for my own playing.
Sep-26-06  BIDMONFA: Lev Gutman


Sep-26-09  whiteshark: Is he still citizen of Israel? According to his FIDE-card he is registered for the German Federation. Even German + English wiki-Bios differ here. Probably dual citizenship.

His books, always on rare chess variants, are deeply researched (maybe his brand mark)

Sep-26-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM Gutman!


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  kevin86: Too bad there's no picture. I wonder if he looks like Sydney Greenstreet. lol
Mar-30-15  zanzibar: Wiki has his picture,

He shows up in Biel (1985) playing for Israel, but is currently German.

It would be nice if the bio could note this, and perhaps add the dates.

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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Gutman!
Oct-04-15  diagonal: It happens not often that a living Chess Grandmaster is honoured with a closed Invitation tournament of reasonable strength in classical chess (ten players, all above ELO 2400 but below 2600, meaning actually in the current range of the birthday kid who also participated in the field): Lev Gutman got this chance and homage in a a cozy little international jubilee tournament, organised by his german chess club, the SV (Schachverein) Lingen: (reports round by round) (standings) (pictures)

<Stelios Halkias> from Greece, the guy who easily drew Kramnik, first round at Qatar Masters (Open) 2014, won that <70th birthday Gutman>, alongside with the Israeli routinier <Alon Greenfeld>

Apr-02-21  Nosnibor: He holds a decent record against Miles. 2 wins 1 draw and 2 losses.
Nov-17-22  Nosnibor: I played Lev Gutman back in 1980 and append the game herewith. <Event: Atkins Memorial Open > <Round One, 29/8/1990> <White: Lev Gutman> <Black: John K. Robinson> < Reti`s Opening, Lasker Defence > 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 c6 4. 0-0 Bg4 5. d3 Nbd7 6. Nbd2 e6 7. e4 h6 8. Qe2 Be7 9.h3 Bh5 10. a4 a5 11. exd5 Nxd5 12. Nc4 0-0 13. Bd2 Nb4? 14. Bc3 Nd5 15. Bd4 Bc5 16. Bxc5 Nxc5 17. Qd2 Bg6 18. Rfe1 Qc7 19. Nfe5 Bh7 20. d4 Na6 21. Be4! Bxe4 22. Rxe4 Nf6 23. Rf4 Nd5 24. Rh4 Qe7 25. Nxa5 Qg5 26. Qe2 Nc5 27. dxc5 Rxa5 28. Nd3 Rfa8 29. Rg4 Qf5 30. Kh2 R5a7 31. b3 Ra5 32. Re1 Rd8 33. Qd2 Rda8 34. Re5 Qf6 35. Rd4 Rxc5 36. c4 Nb4 37. Nxc5 Qxe5 38. Nd7 Qa5? 39. Rg4 h5 40. Rg5 Qa7 41. Nf6+ Kf8 42. Qd6 mate. ( On my 38th move Qf5! was far better and gave chances. Gutman went on to take first prize.)
Nov-17-22  Nosnibor: Apologies the actual date should read as 29/8/1980 with reference to my posted game.
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  Stonehenge: It's in :)

L Gutman vs J K Robinson, 1980.

Nov-17-22  stone free or die: Some of this info, supplied by Gutman himself, should find its way into his <CG> bio:

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• b. 26.09.1945    in Riga, Latvia
• 1970 - 1979    coach in the Central Chess Club of Latvia
• 1980    Emigration of the family to Israel
• 1982 and 1984    member of the Israeli Olympic team
• 1980 - 1981    player in the 1st Bundesliga for Enger/Spenge
• 1986    grandmaster title

To this day I teach and play for various German clubs. From 1980 to 1983 I worked with Viktor Korchnoi and was his second in competitions against Hรผbner, Portisch, Karpov and Kasparov. > (de)

Especially the info from the last paragraph.

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