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Kaido Kulaots
Number of games in database: 889
Years covered: 1990 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2524 (2574 rapid, 2508 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2609

Overall record: +243 -159 =299 (56.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 188 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (156) 
    B90 B92 B51 B30 B46
 Ruy Lopez (67) 
    C78 C92 C65 C91 C67
 Sicilian Najdorf (43) 
    B90 B92 B96 B91 B94
 French Defense (33) 
    C11 C18 C10 C12 C04
 Caro-Kann (33) 
    B18 B15 B17 B10 B12
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (25) 
    C92 C91 C84 C95 C96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (162) 
    B90 B22 B42 B43 B51
 Sicilian Najdorf (50) 
    B90 B93 B96 B92 B91
 Grunfeld (34) 
    D85 D91 D97 D78 D80
 English (33) 
    A15 A18 A13 A16 A10
 Queen's Pawn Game (33) 
    A45 A40 A46 E10 D02
 Nimzo Indian (28) 
    E32 E46 E34 E21 E36
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kulaots vs J Geller, 2002 1-0
   Kulaots vs L Meidla, 2016 1-0
   Carlsen vs Kulaots, 2002 0-1
   Kulaots vs D Hausrath, 1992 1-0
   S Kaplan vs Kulaots, 2007 0-1
   Kulaots vs Carlsen, 2005 1-0
   Kulaots vs G Meier, 2017 1-0
   Kulaots vs A Khudyakov, 2003 1-0
   Navara vs Kulaots, 2014 0-1
   Kulaots vs Taavi Annus, 1996 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Aeroflot Open (2019)
   Estonian Championship International (2001)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Hastings 2012/13 (2012)
   GRENKE Chess Open (2017)
   Keres Memorial Open (1998)
   Asrian Memorial (2019)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Championship (2008)
   European Championship (2007)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   European Championship (2011)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1992 WYCC (open) U-16 by gauer

   🏆 Aeroflot Open
   Kulaots vs E Shtembuliak (Feb-27-20) 0-1
   N Abdusattorov vs Kulaots (Feb-26-20) 1/2-1/2
   Kulaots vs Maralakshikari Sreeshwan (Feb-25-20) 1-0
   V Zarubitski vs Kulaots (Feb-24-20) 1/2-1/2
   S Pogosyan vs Kulaots (Feb-23-20) 0-1

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(born Feb-28-1976, 45 years old) Estonia

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Grandmaster, Estonian Champion in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014. He was selected to compete in the 2017 World Cup, (1) where he was knocked out in the first round by Nikita Vitiugov.

References / Sources

(1) (2017 World Cup participants).

Wikipedia article: Kaido Külaots

Last updated: 2018-04-27 05:03:20

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 889  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kulaots vs Zvjaginsev 0-1451990URS-ch U20C36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
2. Morozevich vs Kulaots 0-1371990URS-ch U20B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
3. Kulaots vs A Berestetsky  1-0301991EU-ch U20B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
4. Fridman vs Kulaots  1-0521991EU-ch U20A15 English
5. Aagaard vs Kulaots 1-0341991EU-ch U20D85 Grunfeld
6. Kulaots vs B Tabernig  1-0401991EU-ch U20C13 French
7. Kulaots vs E Relange  0-1251991EU-ch U20C12 French, McCutcheon
8. Y Masserey vs Kulaots  1-0331991EU-ch U20B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. Kulaots vs J M Lauridsen  1-0231991EU-ch U20B07 Pirc
10. C Jepson vs Kulaots  1-0291991EU-ch U20B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
11. I Papaioannou vs Kulaots  0-1351992Wch U16A31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
12. Kulaots vs H A Gretarsson 0-1301992Wch U16C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. Oral vs Kulaots  0-1251992Wch U16B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
14. Z Almasi vs Kulaots  1-0451992Wch U16B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
15. Kulaots vs D Hausrath 1-0331992Wch U16B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
16. Kulaots vs E Relange  1-0591992Wch U16C10 French
17. Kulaots vs B Szuk 1-0211992Wch U16B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
18. Waitzkin vs Kulaots  0-1281992Wch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
19. G Schwartzman vs Kulaots  1-0311992Wch U16E68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
20. Kulaots vs Svidler  ½-½121992Wch U16C49 Four Knights
21. Pelletier vs Kulaots  0-1411992Wch U16E85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
22. Kulaots vs Pavasovic  1-0351993Wch U18C42 Petrov Defense
23. Kulaots vs R Sander 1-0221993Wichern op 2ndC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
24. Jansa vs Kulaots  1-0451993Wichern op 2ndB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. Kulaots vs H Teske  0-1431993Wichern op 2ndB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
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Mar-01-19  sonia91: Stefan Kuipers <Not sure what is more impressive:

- winning Aeroflot unbeaten as a 2542 with 7/9 and 2872 performance.

- beating Maghsoodloo, Firouzja, Dubov and Wei Yi with black during one tournament.

#WellPlayedSir #Kulaots>

Mar-01-19  paavoh: @zanzibar: Is he the first <FI> to win Aerofloat?

If <FI> stands for "foreign individual", then no. Nine non-Russian citizens have won it before him <>.

If <FI> stands for "Finland", then sadly no. Külaots is a southern brother to us.

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  beatgiant: <zanzibar>
I'm guessing FI stands for FIDE Instructor, as shown on his FIDE profile. I'm not sure if he's the first, but Kovalev (last year's winner) is a FST (FIDE Senior Trainer).
Mar-01-19  zanzibar: <beatgiant> thanks for that info. You're right that FI stands for FIDE Instructor, I was just having some fun after the FIDE Country Code discussion.

(PS- FIDE also puts all these extra titles in their downloadable DB, in addition to the GM/IM/FM/CM titles)

I think FST is more prestigious than FI (?). Generally, these titles are sought by older players after they've pasted their competitive peak.

But I guess not always!


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  beatgiant: <zanzibar>
Based on a quick check of FIDE profiles, at least the 2016 winner Najer is also an FST. There might be others.

<I think FST is more prestigious than FI (?).>

That's correct, as you can see from the FIDE TRG Regulations for the Titles of Trainers in the FIDE handbook.

But that leaves me with one question. Why is TRG the abbreviation for the FIDE Trainers' Commission? ;-)

Mar-01-19  dehanne: "Kaido" means highway in Japanese.
Mar-01-19  zanzibar: <<bg> But that leaves me with one question. Why is TRG the abbreviation for the FIDE Trainers' Commission? ;-)>

Ha! You got me stumped. Beat at my own game.

Might be a French thing, but that's mere speculation in lieu of real research...

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  alexmagnus: I suspect it's just TRaininG.
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  Fusilli: How is his last name pronounced?
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  chancho: Cool out? 😂😂😂😂
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  alexmagnus: As for having a tournament of his life at the age of 42-43, I come to think of Karpov's Linares 1994 (at 43) and Gelfand qualifying for a WC match (at 42, match itself played at 43). And Korchnoi had to wait another 5 years to reach his peak :D
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  perfidious: Karpov was aged 42 when he won Linares 1994--his birthday is in May.
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  Fusilli: <alexmagnus> And... what about the age of some world champions (Lasker, Botvinnik, even Anand)? Also, Smyslov reached world semifinals in his 60s, didn't he? And Geller won the USSR championship at 54. And Korchnoi? His longevity was legendary. Sorry, just rambling, off the top of my head.
Mar-02-19  zanzibar: <alexM> I tried to do a little research in the matter, and came up with nothing, well at least as concerns the acronym.

I think I'll go with your quite reasonable suggestion of TRG=TRainG.

I did find a trove of downloadable instructional training material, freely available as PDF's, from FIDE:

Also mentioned by <CB> here:

* * * * *

As far as great performances in old age, I always make mention of Lasker:

Vladimir Kramnik (kibitz #42330)

(Though this post is only for a 3rd place finish, he was 66 years old at the time, in a field of the world's best)

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  alexmagnus: <And... what about the age of some world champions (Lasker, Botvinnik, even Anand)?>

They didn't <peak> at the said age though. Except possibly Anand. Lasker and Botvinnik had their best years in their 30s.

Mar-02-19  zanzibar: Sonas has this graph of player rating vs. age:

<Age List: All ages>

In the 50+ area, notable pop-outs are Lasker (of course), Alekhine(!-albeit briefly), Steinitz, and the endurable Korchnoi (a mention of Symslov also deserves mention).

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  whiteshark: On this extended weekend he played three games* in the German Bundesliga (+0 -2 =1). Maybe Aeroflot took a late toll.

*on board 1 of BCA Augsburg;

0 vs Leon Mons (2553)
= vs Z. Almasi (2680)
0 vs K. Piorun (2631)

Mar-03-19  nimh: Just reversion to the mean at work.
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  Fusilli: Magnus posted this on Twitter: "Congrats to Kaido Kulaots for an absolutely amazing victory at the Aeroflot Open! 19 years ago, he shared a flat with my father and I at the Gausdal tournament, and inspired an unrated 9 year old by predicting that he would one day be rated 2650"
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  alexmagnus: Kulaots, by the way, has a positive score against MC (+2 -1 =3), but of course, MC was a child when all of those games were played (the earliest one in 2002, the latest one in 2007).
Mar-05-19  zanzibar: <am> Well, it's like John Curdo always said, "Get 'em when they're young."


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  perfidious: <zed>, ah, memories--and that is one I well remember from John, that most ferocious of competitors and fine gentleman.
May-02-19  sonia91: <How 62nd seed Kaido Kulaots won the Aeroflot Open 2019> An interesting 2-part interview by Shah Sagar :

May-02-19  JimNorCal: Terrific interview! Thanks for posting it
Jun-13-19  JimNorCal: GM Kulaots is playing in the Karen Asrian Memorial 2019. His second round game as Black against WIM Siranosh is brisk and pretty.
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