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Maxim Dlugy

Number of games in database: 606
Years covered: 1979 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2513 (2577 rapid, 2602 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2531
Overall record: +181 -115 =221 (56.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 89 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (48) 
    E15 E17 E16 E19 E12
 Modern Benoni (44) 
    A57 A61 A56 A79 A58
 Queen's Pawn Game (43) 
    A45 A41 D02 D00 E00
 King's Indian (36) 
    E81 E84 E88 E94 E76
 Benko Gambit (23) 
    A57 A58 A59
 Grunfeld (19) 
    D97 D85 D86 D82 D99
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (66) 
    B62 B89 B58 B22 B56
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (56) 
    D20 D27 D22 D29 D26
 Caro-Kann (45) 
    B17 B14 B16 B10 B12
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (30) 
    B62 B65
 English, 1 c4 c5 (27) 
    A30 A36 A34 A37 A33
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    D02 A40 A45 D00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Dlugy vs Alburt, 1991 1-0
   Dlugy vs S Polgar, 1987 1-0
   Dlugy vs F Doettling, 2006 1/2-1/2
   Dlugy vs D Gurevich, 1988 1-0
   A Zapata vs Dlugy, 1985 0-1
   Dlugy vs I Khairullin, 2015 1-0
   Dlugy vs Lombardy, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Dlugy vs Fedorowicz, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Dlugy vs J Bonin, 1984 1-0
   D Gurevich vs Dlugy, 1993 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (1985)
   United States Championship (1984)
   Peao de Ouro Youth Tournament (1982)
   U.S. Senior Championships (2022)
   New York Open (1985)
   USA Masters (1990)
   World Junior Championship (1983)
   Tunis Interzonal (1985)
   New York Open (1992)
   New York Open (1986)
   Blagoevgrad Open (2013)
   11th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1987)
   New York Open (1987)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)
   New York Open (1994)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1990 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1991 by suenteus po 147
   1985 World Junior chess championship by gauer

   🏆 U.S. Senior Championships
   Shabalov vs Dlugy (Jul-16-22) 1-0
   Shabalov vs Dlugy (Jul-16-22) 1/2-1/2
   Dlugy vs D Gurevich (Jul-16-22) 1/2-1/2
   Dlugy vs V Akopian (Jul-16-22) 1/2-1/2
   L Christiansen vs Dlugy (Jul-16-22) 1-0

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(born Jan-29-1966, 57 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Maxim Dlugy was born in Moscow. He emigrated with his family to New York in 1977. He became a master in 1980, an International Master in 1982, and a Grandmaster in 1986. In 1984, he tied for 3rd at the U.S. chess championship. In April 1985, at the age of 19, he advanced to the interzonals (he played in the Tunis Interzonal), the youngest U.S. player since Robert James Fischer. He tied for 6th-8th place (won by Artur Yusupov). In 1985, he won the World Junior Chess Championship. In 1985, he took 2nd in the New York Open. In 1986 he played second reserve board on the U.S. Olympiad chess team in Dubai. In 1987, he won the National Open in Las Vegas. In 1987 he tied for 3rd in the U.S. Championship. In 1988, he won the $32,000 Samford Chess Fellowship. In 1988, he won the World Open in Philadelphia ($25,000). In 1988 and 1990, he won the US Open blitz championship. From 1988 to 1993, Dlugy was ranked number 1 in the world in the World Blitz Chess Association. In 1989, he tied for 1st at the American Open. He won the state of New Jersey championship in 1989.

He was elected President of the USCF (the first Grandmaster to be elected President) in 1990 and was USCF president from 1990 to 1993. In 1991, he won the 2nd Harvard Cup man-machine tournament. In 1992, he was the 3rd highest rated player in the USA, behind Gata Kamsky and Gregory Kaidanov.

In the 1990s he worked for Bankers Trust on Wall Street as a securities trader. In 2002, he was the investment manager to Russian Growth Fund (based in the Virgin Islands), which invested in a magnesium plant in Solikamsk (Russia's second biggest magnesium plant; the USA buys 60% of its production). Garry Kasparov also served as a senior advisor at the Russian Growth Fund. From June 2003 to August 2003 he was the plant's chairman of the board.

In April 2005 Dlugy was arrested at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow on fraud charges related to the Russian Growth Fund involving ten million dollars, and imprisoned in Russia. On December 20, 2005, Dlugy was acquitted of all charges.

Upon his release, Dlugy returned to the United States and resumed competitive chess. He played in the 2006 US championship, earning a plus score; he also became a member of (User: Maxim Dlugy) and posted several times in 2007. In addition, he established a personal website at, which includes several of his annotated games at

On two separate occasions in 2017 and 2020, Dlugy was suspected of, and later admitted to, having cheated himself in a Titled Tuesday online tournament run by The incident received renewed attention after Magnus Carlsen referenced it during the Carlsen–Niemann controversy, as Dlugy has previously served as a coach of Hans Niemann. Later, Vice published an article where released e-mails showing that Dlugy had confessed to cheating multiple times on and had to be banned entirely from all events with cash prizes.

References: (1) , (2) Wikipedia article: Maxim Dlugy

Last updated: 2022-10-04 08:13:53

 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 606  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dlugy vs W Lee 0-1161979Jamaica CCC57 Two Knights
2. Dlugy vs E Schiller 0-1301980Philidor FuturityA04 Reti Opening
3. Dlugy vs S Weeramantry 1-0311981Philidor InternationalA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
4. Dlugy vs G Ligterink  0-12819815th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE12 Queen's Indian
5. P Gerbert vs Dlugy  1-03119815th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
6. D Ciric vs Dlugy  ½-½231981Manchester Benedictine OpenB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
7. Dlugy vs A Haik  0-1351981Manchester Benedictine OpenA56 Benoni Defense
8. I Wells vs Dlugy  1-0331981Manchester Benedictine OpenB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. Dlugy vs Kudrin  1-0891982Gausdal IntE17 Queen's Indian
10. Dlugy vs R K Delaune  1-0621982Gausdal IntA40 Queen's Pawn Game
11. H R Lutz vs Dlugy  ½-½571982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Dlugy vs A Bettsak  1-0381982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Granda Zuniga vs Dlugy  ½-½841982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
14. Dlugy vs A Kuznecov  1-0451982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentD85 Grunfeld
15. G G de Carvalho vs Dlugy  0-1381982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
16. Dlugy vs A A Correa  0-1361982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
17. M Braitt vs Dlugy  0-1371982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. Dlugy vs S H Trindade  1-0531982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentA79 Benoni, Classical, 11.f3
19. Dlugy vs T Darcyl  1-0481982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
20. K Thorsteins vs Dlugy  1-0371982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. S Zakic vs Dlugy  1-0461982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
22. Dlugy vs I Wells  1-0331982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentD85 Grunfeld
23. I B de Souza vs Dlugy  0-1511982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
24. Dlugy vs C A Dona Paterson  1-0641982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
25. S Saeed vs Dlugy  ½-½561982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentA51 Budapest Gambit
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  FSR: If one wanted to have students vote on moves on a game being played in real time, you'd make it a longer game, not blitz; unrated; not in a tournament; with no prizes at stake. And you'd tell your opponent what you were doing, and get his/her consent. Dlugy's account is risible. And his conduct would still be cheating even if his account were true - which it plainly is not.
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  MissScarlett: I'm more interested in the off-board machinations to which Dlugy refers.
Oct-12-22  TommyChess:



BEFORE CHESS24 installs cheat tech..

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  yiotta: <MissScarlet>Give us some lol lol, loike, and i'd swear you were harrylime
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  HeMateMe: Didn't Dlugy get Jail time in Russia for securities violations? A trader/stockbroker working in Russia...wotta combination. That's gotta be a person who's so crooked they could eat soup with a fork.
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  FSR: <HeMateMe> Dlugy was indicted, but acquitted. Would doubtless be fascinating to know the full story there.
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  HeMateMe: Without knowing the situation, I can guess that the sharpies (the Dlugy group) were making money but didn't pay off the right people or at least didn't give them enough money to avoid lock up. I think Dlugy was actually locked up for a few months without bail before being allowed to leave the country.

Didn't Max also work for an American securities firm? I seem to remember reading that somewhere, Morgan or Bear.

Oct-13-22  DanLanglois: It seems to me, that online cheating is currently handled very discreetly and you have to be in the know it even happened. Also, zero tolerance rules are idiotic. Imagine you're streaming and someone in the chat, or someone watching you play suggests a winning move that you didn't see. You should get banned forever?

I don't know the guy Max Dlugy, but I am absolutely certain at this point, that Dlugy is not a cheating expert, or someone you would go to for advice on cheating. It would be like going to a 300kg person for dieting advice.

Actually, I am physically nauseated by some of these smears.

Thus, sure, I recall something of Dlugy working on Wall Street and operating a hedge fund. I would slow way down here, though, in jumping all over him for that. Maybe it's just that I'm in my fifties, I'm aware that in his on-again, off-again chess career, Dlugy has played (looking this up for the details) in nine U.S. Championships (from 1984-2006) with an overall plus score and two third-place finishes.

I know of what might be described as a love and proclivity for blitz, that Dlugy has maintained. From 1988-1993, he was the top-rated blitz player in the world.

In 1988, he played in the strongest blitz tournament of the era in Saint John, Canada (eventually won by 52-year-old GM Mikhail Tal!). In round two, Dlugy tied the sitting world champion, GM Garry Kasparov, 2-2 before losing in extra games.

Dlugy then went on to serve as USCF president in the early 1990s. I worry, then, that this can happen to just anybody, and that giving people due process is expensive and requires divulging some anti-cheat info., Lichess, Magnus Carlsen and organizers are under no such compulsion so can swing the ban hammer much more easily. Yet, I'm thinking that you cannot give the powers of FIDE OTB sanctions to private companies. If there is an official FIDE platform with transparent anti cheating measures, I'm all for it, but not as is.

Oct-13-22  DanLanglois: I can understand some dude who just learned that engines guarantee victory trying to game the system and win a couple of thousand bucks. I also understand some random person trying to see what happens if they start beating everyone and pretend to be a famous GM.

My thinking on Max Dlugy is that for this man to decide to repeatedly cheat for around 1500 or so bucks at most (if memory doesn't betray me), then get exposed, and then keep cheating the same way is not explicable. I'm skeptical of the idea, actually.

One possible reply is 'It's called being dishonest', but it's not the only logical possibility here.

Oct-13-22  DanLanglois: <FSR: Dlugy claims that in a 3-2 blitz game he was suggesting candidate moves and having students vote on them before he moved. How do you have time to do that in a <blitz game>? Ridiculous.>

You're just having trouble seeing how he could engage with students like that in such a quick time control?

It does occur to me, that trying to justify his cheating just makes him look worse and results in more scrutiny. And okay, Dlugy’s excuse is that he crowdsourced suggestions from his (apparently engine using) students for some of these moves. I picture it like a student shouts out the best move and Dlugy just plays it. I guess the reply is that this reads as clearly desperate, and alternatively, I can suppose he was just alone using an engine.

But that is not *my* reply -- it seems to me that either way, that's compatible with a 3+2. If you had just said, yes I cheated on titled tuesday, I had another person feed me engine moves -- same thing. What, you think anyone can actually buy this absolutely bogus story? I can.

I guess I was just thinking here that obviously Dlugy didn't cheat on every move.

Thus, it doesn't strike me as being that he's making these elaborate but senseless excuses for why he got caught cheating. My dog found the winning move, okay, sure, would strike me that way. It would be my own reaction, then, that this made him look like a fool his excuse was laughable. But, such a reaction seems appropriate only for a blatantly obvious lie, as if this all just reads like somebody who is trying desperately to believe their own lies. It's not like that. Instead, it's what I might describe as overall, a shambolic excuse I get that very few people are going to take it seriously. But it's not a case of 'to lie that you didn’t cheat is just silly'. Instead, it looks to me like Dlugy has owned up to some of his bad judgment here.

BTW, you can look at his match history of the titled tuesday games here:

Heck, to my eyes, none of those moves seem that deep or crazy on their own, given that the issue is not that the individual moves are impossible for GMs to find.

Oct-13-22  DanLanglois: Am I going to really think of chesscom as a legitimate measure of anything? Chesscom launched in May 2007 when Dlugy was 20+ years a GM. Imagine being an over the board player from back in the 80s and then playing on an online chess site, and encountering how many times people complain about playing cheaters.

As an analogy, maybe you have experience with this technology that banks use, to try to catch credit card fraud. Have you ever gotten a call after some purchase, or had some random charge on your credit card bill that your bank didn't catch? These are real world use cases. I have some opinions about this, my only formal education is in computer science, and it seems to me that the underlying programming techniques are surprisingly similar. In the case of a credit card fraud detection system you are looking at purchases and the buyer/seller, right?

Or you know what, look at the various auto-moderation bots that are used by twitch, discord and elsewhere to try to limit profanity, hate speech, etc. These systems, they regularly fail.’s classifiers should actually be much less accurate.

Sure, I get that you can infer that it is really unlikely that the person found a particular move without an engine, but then people also sometimes just blunder into the engine move. Suppose you mean to play b4 which loses to a tactic, but instead play b3 by mouse slip and that’s a positional brilliancy revealed by stockfish at depth 42. I'm half-kidding with that, and of course, no one's getting flagged due to playing 1 such move, but seriously, in the case of credit cards, online chat, email you can objectively investigate those things and see that they were correctly or incorrectly classified with very close to 100% certainty.

I imagine how easy it is for people to take this at face value -- 'cheat detection isn't going to flag you for a single odd game or a few engine moves'. Surely? 'The evidence has to be overwhelming for them to take action.' Right?


And they just leaked him. This isn't principled.

Oct-13-22  Chessius the Messius: He looks a bit like Marc Almond.
Oct-13-22  DanLanglois: It's fun to pick a side and place a bet on it. Drama watching is a sport. But, has been completely unprofessional in this whole fiasco. Imagine being flagged by a computer algorithm for cheating. And there is no way you can defend yourself. He has no recourse against their accusations based on some secret evidence.

He can either confess and they keep it private, or deny it and take a reputational hit. Of course it didn't matter because is run by gossipy little betches who can't keep to their agreements.

When they suspect someone of cheating they ban them. Then they try to cut a deal by getting an admission out of them in exchange for reducing the ban and allowing the person back on the site. The admission becomes the proof that a person cheated. Reality is that they cannot actually prove very many cheating circumstances despite being very very certain about it. It seems like Chesscom's modus operandi when they suspect cheating is to confront the player and ask them to confess while reiterating that any confession will remain private. They’ve solicited private confessions from all the titled players they ban, and if they don’t confess they stay banned.

The thing is this can be easily abused. Honestly this is borderline criminal behavior. The evidence/justification is peripheral or post-facto.

Why is okay to promise to keep a confession confidential and then leak it to media?

I figure there are those who say to this something like 'But really, Dlugy is a liar. He’s getting the treatment liars and cheaters deserve.' Well, I'm not defending anyone. Not even a former US Junior Champion, World Junior Champion, 2 times National Open Champion, 2 times World Open Champion, former President of the US Chess Federation. I'm not etc., I think things should work on mutual trust. Yet, I mean, I'm not too sure what validity can have if they offer to remove a ban in exchange for a confessiom.

Imagine an innocent being charged with murder and being offered freedom if they confess. They most likely would. Then imagine using that confession as proof of murder later down the line. Asking for a confession to avoid all the hassle is horrible practice. There has to be false confessions there for sure.

If the largest chess site in the world publicly calls a titled player a cheater the harm to their professional reputation and livelihood is significant. What would you do in the situation. You can't unring the bell. If you confess the whole thing goes away quietly. That's pretty tempting.

Oct-13-22  whiteshark: Do you have students that will back up your claim about how your 2017 Titled Tuesday went (on a non-Anonymous account)?
Oct-13-22  RookFile: <DanLanglois: Why is okay to promise to keep a confession confidential and then leak it to media? >

I don't think it is. Not that the police are going to show up at, but it seems to me that Dlugy would have a strong case for a civil lawsuit.

Oct-15-22  whiteshark: Popcorn time:

<Dlugy Fights with Hikaru and Magnus re Hans Niemann and Cheating in Chess> pt 3 fm Naka: (~13m31s)

Among other things, I would like to see a photo showing Maxim together with his students during one of the seven TT.

Were the 5-10 students standing or sitting behind his back looking at the screen like this?

What exactly was that supposed to do for his students (1500's?), after all he did it that way 7 times?

Oct-19-22  stone free or die: <> releases "Community Update":

<<Q. Why did you publish emails about Maxim Dlugy?>

A. When Magnus mentioned Maxim Dlugy in one of his post-game interviews, within hours the entire world was talking and speculating about Maxim. Streamers, bloggers, and podcasters were asking questions, and multiple news agencies were emailing us directly asking for clarification. There were calls from all around the world—both within the chess community and outside it—for to “be transparent” about what was already an “open secret” online: that Maxim had allegedly been removed from for cheating. Given that the issue had already been made public and in order to be fully transparent with the community, we released several emails with Maxim about his status on, while redacting his personal information. This release of emails was fully consistent with our legal rights and our terms of service.

<Q. What do you think of Maxim Dlugy?>

A. Maxim is a well-credentialed chess coach in New York who, as made clear in recent reporting by Vice, admitted to cheating in some online games on a few years ago. Maxim committed not to cheat again. Maxim is an incredibly strong player and tremendous trainer who has contributed a lot to the chess community, and we do not believe his actions in online games in the past should detract from who he is as coach or his many contributions to the chess community through the years. >

Of course, <> is both asking and answering the questions here.

Oct-19-22  boz: <... in order to be fully transparent with the community, we released several emails with Maxim>

Only in the interests of transparency obviously.

Oct-19-22  stone free or die: Once more I say <> has far too much leverage over any player who has played online and been tagged as a cheater (in a clearly opaque fashion).

To only have published the emails of Dlugy, and none of the other major players they claim to have caught cheating (including a 2700+ player)...

This is the kind of leverage the National Enquirer had, just do a google search on <catch and kill>.


Dec-08-22  RookFile: made a deal with Dlugy, and then decided the deal didn't matter. Nice of them.
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  perfidious: <boz: <... in order to be fully transparent with the community, we released several emails with Maxim>

Only in the interests of transparency obviously.>

Of course.

Hold an in camera session, proclaim oneself judge, jury and executioner--voila! everything turns out as even the biggest moron in the world could predict it would. knew it all along.

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  HeMateMe: Max has worked in the securities industry. Being accused of cheating is simply a badge of honor. It's part of the job description.
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  MissScarlett: <Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.>
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  louispaulsen88888888: I’ve not seen Dlugy in a few decades, but I once played him a bunch of blitz games (around 1980). Five minutes to one odds. I’d also get white every game. He would always no matter what play the Black Defensive System c6 and d5. He won every game, but after a few games gave me one word of advice: anticipate. He then beat me a few more games. But anticipating did get me closer! It avoids a lot of blunders too.
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  perfidious: We met in World Open rapid events in 1993 and 1994; I expected him to play the QGA or some such rot, but he played a King's Indian in the first meeting and a Gruenfeld the second.
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