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Kaido Kulaots
K Kulaots 

Number of games in database: 2,129
Years covered: 1990 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2524 (2574 rapid, 2508 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2609
Overall record: +752 -310 =818 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 249 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (384) 
    B90 B33 B92 B32 B30
 Ruy Lopez (134) 
    C78 C92 C65 C84 C67
 French Defense (108) 
    C11 C18 C10 C15 C01
 Caro-Kann (84) 
    B18 B17 B15 B12 B11
 Sicilian Najdorf (77) 
    B90 B92 B96 B91 B94
 French (56) 
    C11 C10 C12 C13 C00
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (386) 
    B90 B22 B51 B52 B42
 Sicilian Najdorf (97) 
    B90 B93 B92 B96 B91
 Queen's Pawn Game (84) 
    A45 A46 A40 E10 D02
 Grunfeld (64) 
    D85 D91 D78 D70 D83
 English (62) 
    A15 A10 A13 A18 A16
 King's Indian (48) 
    E62 E63 E60 E94 E70
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Kulaots vs J Geller, 2002 1-0
   K Kulaots vs L Meidla, 2016 1-0
   K Kulaots vs D Hausrath, 1992 1-0
   Carlsen vs K Kulaots, 2002 0-1
   S Kaplan vs K Kulaots, 2007 0-1
   K Kulaots vs Fedorov, 2004 1-0
   K Kulaots vs M Roiz, 2012 1-0
   K Kulaots vs Carlsen, 2005 1-0
   K Kulaots vs A Khudyakov, 2003 1-0
   K Kulaots vs Taavi Annus, 1996 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Aeroflot Open (2019)
   EST-chT (2001)
   Estonian Championship International (2001)
   Hastings 2012/13 (2012)
   Gibraltar Masters (2011)
   Chemnitz Open (1997)
   Benasque Open (1999)
   GRENKE Chess Open (2017)
   Asrian Memorial (2019)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2021)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2018)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   European Championship (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2013)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)

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

   🏆 Vezerkepzo GM April
   K Kulaots vs Chethan Anand Arhan (May-04-23) 1-0
   V Neverov vs K Kulaots (May-03-23) 1/2-1/2
   A Kayonde vs K Kulaots (May-02-23) 0-1
   K Kulaots vs M Karthikeyan (May-01-23) 1-0
   G Aczel vs K Kulaots (Apr-29-23) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-28-1976, 47 years old) Estonia

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He was awarded the title Grandmaster by FIDE in 2001.

He has won the Estonian Chess Championship in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2020. Külaots has represented Estonia in the Chess Olympiad (in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2018) and the European Team Chess Championship (in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2019).

He tied for 1st–2nd with Evgeny Alekseev at Kharkiv 2003 and with Vladislav Nevednichy at Paks 2003, tied for 1st–6th with Evgeniy Najer, Artyom Timofeev, Zoltan Gyimesi, Sergey Grigoriants and Oleg Korneev at the Cappelle-la-Grande Open 2004, tied for 1st–2nd with Artjom Smirnov at the Paul Keres Chess Festival in Tallinn 2004, came 2nd behind Sergei Tiviakov and ahead of Oleg Korneev at the Gausdal Classics 2005, came 1st at the Heart of Finland Open in Jyväskylä 2008, tied for 1st–3rd with Robert Ruck and Gabor Papp at the 1st Gedeon Barcza Memorial 2008, tied for 3rd–6th with Sarunas Sulskis, Tiger Hillarp Persson and Hans Tikkanen at Borup 2010 and won the 1st Festival Yvette 2010. Külaots competed in the FIDE World Cup in 2017 as a FIDE nominee. Here he was knocked out in the first round after losing to Nikita Vitiugov by ½–1½.12 In February 2019 Külaots won the Aeroflot Open edging out Haik Martirosyan on tiebreak, after both players scored 7/9 points. Thanks to this victory, Külaots earned an invitation to play in the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting. Külaots is one of the few players to have a positive lifetime record against World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

References / Sources (2017 World Cup participants).

Wikipedia article: Kaido Külaots

Last updated: 2022-01-22 23:50:00

 page 1 of 86; games 1-25 of 2,129  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Morozevich vs K Kulaots 0-1371990URS-ch U20B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
2. K Kulaots vs Zvjaginsev 0-1451990URS-ch U20C36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
3. K Kulaots vs J M Lauridsen  1-0231991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipB07 Pirc
4. Y Masserey vs K Kulaots  1-0331991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. C Jepson vs K Kulaots  1-0291991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
6. K Kulaots vs E Relange  0-1251991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipC12 French, McCutcheon
7. J Aagaard vs K Kulaots 1-0341991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
8. K Kulaots vs J Andersen  ½-½151991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipB07 Pirc
9. K Kulaots vs B Tabernig  1-0401991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipC13 French
10. Fridman vs K Kulaots  1-0521991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipA15 English
11. K Kulaots vs A Berestetsky  1-0301991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. T Oral vs K Kulaots  0-1251992Wch U16B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. K Kulaots vs A Lugovoi  0-1391992URS-ch U18B57 Sicilian
14. K Kulaots vs F Amonatov  1-0321992URS-ch U18B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
15. I Papaioannou vs K Kulaots  0-1351992Wch U16A31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
16. K Kulaots vs H A Gretarsson 0-1301992Wch U16C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
17. K Kulaots vs E Relange  1-0591992Wch U16C10 French
18. K Kulaots vs B Szuk 1-0211992Wch U16B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
19. K Kulaots vs D Hausrath 1-0331992Wch U16B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
20. T Oral vs K Kulaots  0-1251992Wch U16B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. Z Almasi vs K Kulaots  1-0451992Wch U16B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
22. Waitzkin vs K Kulaots  0-1281992Wch U16A07 King's Indian Attack
23. K Kulaots vs Svidler  ½-½121992Wch U16C49 Four Knights
24. G Schwartzman vs K Kulaots  1-0311992Wch U16E68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
25. Pelletier vs K Kulaots  0-1411992Wch U16E85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox 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).

Mar-03-19  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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