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Igor Khmelnitsky
I Khmelnitsky 

Number of games in database: 160
Years covered: 1984 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2469
Highest rating achieved in database: 2479
Overall record: +54 -58 =48 (48.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (30) 
    B22 B40 B84 B31 B44
 Alekhine's Defense (8) 
    B03 B05 B04 B02
 French Defense (7) 
    C15 C01 C11 C13
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C69 C78 C92
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A45 D02 A40
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (20) 
    B04 B02 B03
 Slav (16) 
    D15 D10 D17 D18
 Sicilian (9) 
    B45 B40 B47 B85 B29
 Sicilian Taimanov (6) 
    B45 B47
 Old Benoni (6) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 D00 D02 A45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Andreev vs I Khmelnitsky, 1988 0-1
   I Khmelnitsky vs Alburt, 1996 1-0
   I Khmelnitsky vs S Palatnik, 1989 1-0
   I Khmelnitsky vs Plachetka, 1997 1-0
   I Khmelnitsky vs Waitzkin, 1995 1-0
   M Brodsky vs I Khmelnitsky, 1989 0-1
   I Khmelnitsky vs V Zvonitsky, 1988 1-0
   I Khmelnitsky vs S Kozlov, 1988 1-0
   I Khmelnitsky vs A Kaspi, 1988 1-0
   Shabalov vs I Khmelnitsky, 1996 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters) (1988)
   United States Championship (1995)
   Philadelphia International (1992)
   Ukrainian Championship (1989)
   United States Championship (1996)
   United States Championship (2002)
   USSR Team Championship (1988)
   20th World Open (1992)

   🏆 U.S. Senior Championships
   Kaidanov vs I Khmelnitsky (Jul-16-22) 1/2-1/2
   I Khmelnitsky vs D Gurevich (Jul-15-22) 0-1
   Shabalov vs I Khmelnitsky (Jul-14-22) 1/2-1/2
   I Khmelnitsky vs I Novikov (Jul-13-22) 1/2-1/2
   V Akopian vs I Khmelnitsky (Jul-11-22) 1-0

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(born Aug-21-1968, 55 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)

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He is an IM.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 160  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Golubev vs I Khmelnitsky  1-0471984Novaya KachovkaB02 Alekhine's Defense
2. Golubev vs I Khmelnitsky  ½-½221984Aleksandriya Ch-UKR jrB02 Alekhine's Defense
3. I Khmelnitsky vs Golubev  ½-½251984Ukraine jr ChT, EvpatoriaB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. I Khmelnitsky vs V Zvonitsky  1-0271986UKR-ch sfB30 Sicilian
5. Tiviakov vs I Khmelnitsky 1-0371987URSB01 Scandinavian
6. I Khmelnitsky vs D Brianski  ½-½191988Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
7. V Golod vs I Khmelnitsky  ½-½801988Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. V Pesotskyi vs I Khmelnitsky  ½-½271988Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters)B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
9. I Khmelnitsky vs V Zvonitsky  1-0601988Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. I Khmelnitsky vs A Kaspi  1-0351988Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. I Khmelnitsky vs M Brodsky 0-1301988Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters)B01 Scandinavian
12. I Khmelnitsky vs L Shmuter  0-1591988Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters)B07 Pirc
13. V Neverov vs I Khmelnitsky  ½-½161988Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters)C71 Ruy Lopez
14. I Khmelnitsky vs A Frolov ½-½151988Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters)C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
15. I Khmelnitsky vs I Drozdov  1-0241988Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters)B06 Robatsch
16. M Brodsky vs I Khmelnitsky  ½-½211988?B03 Alekhine's Defense
17. Y Kruppa vs I Khmelnitsky  ½-½171988Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. D Berkovich vs I Khmelnitsky  1-0261988Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters)D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. I Khmelnitsky vs V Sergeev  1-0241988Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
20. A Nosenko vs I Khmelnitsky  ½-½391988Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters)A12 English with b3
21. B Alterman vs I Khmelnitsky  1-0421988Ukrainian Championship (Young Masters)D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
22. I Khmelnitsky vs S Kozlov 1-0261988USSR Team ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. A Andreev vs I Khmelnitsky 0-1181988USSR Team ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
24. Z Sturua vs I Khmelnitsky  ½-½221989Memorial Em.LaskerA12 English with b3
25. V Faibisovich vs I Khmelnitsky  1-0541989Berlin Empor OpenB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 160  PGN Download
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  cu8sfan: Poor Igor, another victim of the persistent vowel draught in Eastern Europe...
Oct-11-05  midknightblue: This guys book, "Chess Exam and Training Guide" is simply outstanding. If you dont have it then please check the reviews, including, they say it better than i can. One of few chess books that kept my interest from page one right through the back cover. Check it out!
Aug-21-06  BIDMONFA: Igor N Khmelnitsky


May-10-09  Brown: I agree with you <midknightblue>. Among the many great things about the book, his was the first to give a position, give a variation to consider, and only THEN decide how to continue, whether it's better for black or white, etc. It forces visualization and support positions like no other book I've read.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Everett: New book out: "You vs Bobby Fischer"

Same format as his previous books, but with positions straight from Fischer's games. It's up to you to play up to, or better than, than level of his opponents.

Mine is coming in the mail. He's books are some of the best instructional quality books out there.

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  GrahamClayton: Khmelnitsky has a regular instructional column on the Chessville web site:

Jul-07-11  wordfunph: IM Khmelnitsky's 320-page book reminds me of GM Chris Ward's Chess Choice Challenge series.

first, he presents a position and the reader to pick his evaluation from the 4 choices, and finally decide for the best move from 4 alternatives.

my rating = 8/10

btw, Igor has beaten 30 different GMs.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: A lot of games played in Denmark and Norway seem to belong to Henrik Holmsgaard.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: The two Peer Gynt games in Norway were indeed played by Igor, see
Jul-03-23  Ninas Husband: With the sideburns, he looks like a bad Elvis impersonator! :)
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: I don't believe that is Igor Khmelnitsky in the above picture, it's probably Alex Yermolinsky.

Here is a picture of Khmelnitsky:

Premium Chessgames Member
  fredthebear: Agreed. I wouldn't know about Igor (who is supposed to be 55 years old), but the existing photo does look like a younger Yermo.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: I don't know who made that mistake but I have uploaded another photo.
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: The upload is taking an eternity.

I still see Yermo.


Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Looks fixed now
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: I took the picture from It's very visible to me.

But I only work in God Mode of course :)

Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: <chancho>
It's possible you have to clear your history/cookies.
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: I did that yesterday, Stoney.
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  HeMateMe: I owned a book he had written, long lost. Fifty Positions, something like that. Maybe it was a sex primer and not a chess book, my memory is hazy.

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