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Benjamin Finegold
B Finegold 
Photo courtesy of "WannaBe"  
Number of games in database: 438
Years covered: 1981 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2476 (2501 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2611

Overall record: +142 -84 =179 (57.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 33 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (42) 
    E32 E38 E33 E34 E39
 King's Indian (33) 
    E61 E97 E92 E90 E76
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    A40 A41 A45 D00 A46
 Semi-Slav (13) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44
 Grunfeld (13) 
    D80 D94 D85 D82 D91
 Sicilian (12) 
    B50 B22 B52 B30 B27
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (54) 
    B30 B32 B62 B89 B58
 Slav (25) 
    D18 D17 D11 D10 D16
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C65 C64 C96 C97
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (14) 
    B62 B67 B65 B63
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D02 A45 D04 D00
 Caro-Kann (11) 
    B18 B13 B12 B14 B10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R N Bauer vs B Finegold, 2001 0-1
   B Finegold vs D Moody, 1983 1-0
   B Finegold vs K Sorenson, 1982 1-0
   B Finegold vs D Kuljasevic, 2009 1-0
   B Finegold vs J Gonzales, 2001 1-0
   G Johnstone vs B Finegold, 1992 1/2-1/2
   B Finegold vs Benjamin, 2010 1-0
   B Finegold vs Gelfand, 1989 1-0
   B Finegold vs A Zatonskih, 2006 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs B Finegold, 2017 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   93rd US Open (1992)
   SPICE Cup (B Group) (2009)
   34th World Open (2006)
   Hoogovens-B (1991)
   Hoogovens-B (1992)
   National Open (2006)
   Amsterdam OHRA-B (1989)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)
   United States Championship (2013)
   28th World Open (2000)
   Reykjavik Open (1990)
   United States Championship (2003)
   Chessmaster US Championship 2005 (2004)
   Dutch Open (1990)
   Groningen Open (1993)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2005 Chicago Spring invitational by gauer
   2011 Spice Cup (group C) by gauer

   🏆 49th Annual World Open
   B Finegold vs Xiong (Jul-04-21) 0-1
   B Finegold vs S Mihajlov (Mar-26-17) 1-0, rapid
   J Nilsen vs B Finegold (Mar-26-17) 1-0, rapid
   Carlsen vs B Finegold (Mar-26-17) 1-0, rapid
   B Finegold vs K Lie (Mar-26-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Sep-06-1969, 53 years old) United States of America

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Benjamin Finegold was born in Detroit, Michigan. His late father Ronald Finegold, older brother Mark Finegold, and son Spencer Finegold all are or were USCF masters. His ex-wife Gina L Finegold is a WIM. He was also previously married to Kelly Cottrell, who scored 0-9 in the US Championship (2006). Many of his videos are available on YouTube and Twitch.

Ben became a USCF Life Master at 15, USCF Senior Master at 16, and International Master in 1989. He achieved his final GM norm at the SPICE Cup B Section in September, 2009.

Finegold was co-champion of the 1989 U.S. Junior Championship, and was awarded the prestigious Samford Fellowship in 1993. He has tied for first place in two U.S. Opens (Chicago, 1994; Cherry Hill, 2007). Other major tournament victories include co-champion of the 2002 World Open and the National Opens of 2005 and 2008. He has played in six U.S. Chess Championships: 1994 (Key West, FL), 1999 (Salt Lake City, UT), 2002 (Seattle, WA), 2005 (La Jolla, CA), 2006 (San Diego, CA), and 2008 (Tulsa, OK).

Finegold was previously the grandmaster in residence at the St. Louis Chess Club and maintained a blog at From 2017 to 2022, Ben and his wife Karen Boyd operated the Chess & Scholastic Center of Atlanta.

(1), (audio podcasts with Ben Johnson from January and December, 2017), (2) Wikipedia article: Ben Finegold

Last updated: 2022-06-06 22:52:31

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 451  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Finegold vs D Moody 0-1301981Michigan OpenA27 English, Three Knights System
2. B Finegold vs K Sorenson 1-022198283rd US OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
3. D Thompson vs B Finegold 1-0771983Ann Arbor ch-MI opB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
4. J Kulbacki vs B Finegold ½-½771983Super Double TornadosC29 Vienna Gambit
5. B Finegold vs T Palmer ½-½541983Ann Arbor Victory TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
6. B Finegold vs D Moody 1-0151983Motor City OpenC44 King's Pawn Game
7. J Tomas vs B Finegold  ½-½121984Midwest Masters IID50 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. B Finegold vs E Schiller  1-0641984Midwest Masters-BD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. B Finegold vs I Gurevich  ½-½111986USA-ch U18A46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. B Finegold vs Anand ½-½611986OakhamD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. B Finegold vs E Schiller  ½-½21198614th World OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. B Finegold vs Kudrin  0-1401987Midwest Masters opD97 Grunfeld, Russian
13. B Finegold vs Sherzer  ½-½381987USA-ch U18A46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Gulko vs B Finegold 1-0661987Philadelphia opD97 Grunfeld, Russian
15. B Finegold vs J Waxman 1-019198788th US OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. Browne vs B Finegold  ½-½27198788th US OpenE17 Queen's Indian
17. B Finegold vs Hebden  ½-½651988Hastings op 1988/89A57 Benko Gambit
18. B Finegold vs Gligoric  ½-½121988Saint John op-2E39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
19. B Finegold vs F La Rota  1-0471988Saint John op-2B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
20. Plaskett vs B Finegold  1-0571988Hastings op 8889C42 Petrov Defense
21. F La Rota vs B Finegold 0-1261988Saint John op-1B12 Caro-Kann Defense
22. Suba vs B Finegold  0-1381988Hastings op 1988/89A15 English
23. B Finegold vs Smyslov ½-½17198812th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
24. M Bjertrup vs B Finegold  1-041198812th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
25. A Dunnington vs B Finegold  ½-½10198812th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 451  PGN Download
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Oct-18-13  PHILOCHESS: The last lecture by Ben Finegold!
Trying to Draw a Higher-Rated Opponent
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  OhioChessFan: Looking at his blog:

<The 2012 National Open did not go well. I drew 3 games to start, and won in round 4 before calling it a tournament and withdrawing. I was winning in rounds 1 and 2 but was unable to convert easy wins against players under 2300.

Due to my bad play of late, and the fact that I can't seem to see tactics anymore, I have decided to retire from competitve chess. I will play events at the Chess Club when requested, and if members want to play ladder games, that is also fine, but I will not travel to tournaments anymore or play competitively.>

Feb-24-14  madlydeeply: finegold made a lovely salov vid. More salov!

May-30-14  Moszkowski012273: Anyone else find his "analysis" of Kamsky vs. Friedel kinda douchey?

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  HeMateMe: <when I left my king in check. He grabbed it>

The kid was 6, maybe he thought it was a Mars bar?

I read somewhere, on some chess site, that he is no longer the GM in residence at the St. Louie Chess Club. I think Susan Polgar mentioned that he coaches one of the college teams, in the area, but not Webster.

A paid residence at a chess club? Free coffee and twinkies? I would have kept that job.

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  Penguincw: Happy 44th birthday to GM and chess24 commentator, Benjamin Finegold.
Sep-06-14  waustad: Happy 45th!
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  HeMateMe: Ben has announced his retirement from active chess play? Perhaps time to write an auto bio.
Sep-06-14  Everyone:

would love it,
the bio

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  whiteshark: <iffy>

is <the word> I learned from his lectures, thank you very much.

Oct-06-17  dehanne: Finegold obliterated Simon Williams in a grudge match.

Oct-02-20  pazzed paun: Love to see an autobiography game collection of Bens
Oct-03-20  login:

You can watch some recent personal 'selections' of his by searching "years of + finegold" on YT. Not quite as comfortable as a finished project, but maybe better than nothing.

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  FSR: <Ben is a combination of scary-looking and adorable. His hooded eyes and hooked nose give him a severity of expression that would serve the social purposes of a vicious mafioso or a disapproving rabbi. He's broad, squat, and heavy, and has an intense gaze that sometimes indicates that you've been singled out for special criticism among all of the creatures in existence. But his mouth is often settled in an amused smirk, he's always in a grumpy kind of good cheer, and his gravelly voice has a cryptic musicality that makes it sound like he's been telling one long joke for his entire life, a joke which may or may not eventually find a punchline.>

Sasha Chapin, <All The Wrong Moves>, p. 114.

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  FSR: The secret of chess, according to Finegold:

<You have to play like you never want the game to end. In life, and in chess, people make terrible decisions just because they're impatient. They want things to end, right now, on their terms. They just want a reckoning, whether or not it's actually good. So they play f4, or they play bishop takes h7, and they just tear everything apart. But you don't have to play that way. You can play for hundreds of moves, if you want to. You could play for a thousand. And if you're happy with that, your opponent will be like, I want a sandwich, I want a beer, I want to get out of here. But meanwhile, you're content. You don't have to go anywhere. You just like moving the pieces around. You like playing chess.>

Sasha Chapin, <All The Wrong Moves>, p. 212-13.

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  MissScarlett: What’s the secret to eating?
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  FSR: In the picture of Ben that the Perpetual Chess Podcast posted for his recent interview, he looks to have lost weight. He's probably not the world's fattest vegan anymore.
Aug-12-21  Albertan: Famous GM blunders:

Apr-14-22  pazzed paun: All the wrong moves?
Worst chess book of the year!
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  Dionysius1: Why didn't FIDE disallow it then?
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  thegoodanarchist: Peter Leko said that Finegold won a brilliancy prize at Weijk aan Zee in 1992, but the game is not in the db.
Sep-20-22  Retireborn: <anarch> Probably means this:-

B Finegold vs G de Boer, 1992

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  thegoodanarchist: <Retireborn: <anarch> Probably means this:- B Finegold vs G de Boer, 1992>


de Boer is listed in the "b"s, not the "d"s, of the player directory.

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Finegold in the 60's would have been devoured alive .

Just sayin.

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Any Floooker two BIT GM can have his celebrity YT Vlog now days tho ..

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