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Alexander Goldin
Alexander Goldin, ICB 1998-01-02 (p13)
Courtesy of Illinois Chess Bulletin
Number of games in database: 435
Years covered: 1967 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2542
Highest rating achieved in database: 2630

Overall record: +148 -90 =191 (56.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (41) 
    E60 E62 E67 E69 E63
 Queen's Indian (18) 
    E15 E12 E17
 Slav (16) 
    D11 D12 D14 D18 D15
 Queen's Gambit Declined (13) 
    D35 D37 D39 D31 D30
 Nimzo Indian (12) 
    E32 E52 E46 E37 E54
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A41 E00 D02 A50 A45
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (45) 
    B43 B42 B31 B57 B22
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C92 C75 C91 C67 C73
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (27) 
    C92 C91 C87 C85 C90
 Queen's Gambit Declined (21) 
    D37 D31 D38 D39
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A41 E10 E00 A46 D00
 Sicilian Kan (16) 
    B43 B42 B41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Goldin vs Efimov, 1982 1-0
   Goldin vs Geller, 1989 1-0
   Chiburdanidze vs Goldin, 1989 0-1
   Goldin vs Grischuk, 2004 1/2-1/2
   Smirin vs Goldin, 1998 1/2-1/2
   Goldin vs A Lein, 1999 1-0
   Goldin vs E Tate, 2006 1-0
   Goldin vs A Mengarini, 1991 1-0
   Goldin vs Bronstein, 1988 1-0
   J Howle vs Goldin, 1999 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   United States Championship (2003)
   Rishon LeZion (1996)
   Petrov Memorial Open (1994)
   Cappelle Open (2001)
   American Continental (2003)
   Chessmaster US Championship 2005 (2004)
   Russian Championship (1996)
   Agzamov Memorial (1986)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   Russian Championship (1995)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)
   Russian Championship (1998)
   GMA World Cup Open (1989)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   112th US Open (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2001 Continental open by gauer

   🏆 US Senior Championship
   Shabalov vs Goldin (Oct-19-20) 1-0
   Goldin vs Kaidanov (Oct-19-20) 1/2-1/2
   P Wolff vs Goldin (Oct-19-20) 1/2-1/2
   Goldin vs I Novikov (Oct-18-20) 1/2-1/2
   L Christiansen vs Goldin (Oct-18-20) 1-0

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(born Feb-27-1965, 58 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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GM (1989) Alexander Vladilenovich Goldin was 1st= at Polanica Zdrój 1988 and currently plays for the US Federation. American Continental Champion with the same score of Giovanni Portilho Vescovi at Buenos Aires 2003.

Wikipedia article: Alexander Goldin

Last updated: 2018-03-15 01:28:30

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 532  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Chistiakov vs Goldin  1-0381967URS cand master mB40 Sicilian
2. A Chistiakov vs Goldin  1-0241967URS cand master mC67 Ruy Lopez
3. A Chistiakov vs Goldin  1-0371967URS cand master mB06 Robatsch
4. Goldin vs A Chistiakov  0-1271967URS cand master mC12 French, McCutcheon
5. Goldin vs A Chistiakov  ½-½361967URS cand master mC01 French, Exchange
6. Goldin vs A Chistiakov  ½-½561967URS cand master mC12 French, McCutcheon
7. A Chistiakov vs Goldin  1-0251967URS cand master mB15 Caro-Kann
8. Goldin vs A Chistiakov  0-1531967URS cand master mC02 French, Advance
9. A Chistiakov vs Goldin  0-1741967URS cand master mC23 Bishop's Opening
10. B Gruzmann vs Goldin  1-0231971Moscow Team ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
11. B Schipkov vs Goldin  ½-½291976Sverdlovsk ttB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
12. Goldin vs I Lutsko  1-0401980USSR Junior ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
13. Goldin vs I Efimov 1-032198212th Soviet Team CupE12 Queen's Indian
14. Goldin vs Khalifman  ½-½36198413th Soviet Team CupA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Salov vs Goldin  ½-½331986URS-ch FL54A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
16. V Osnos vs Goldin  ½-½251986URS-ch sfD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Ivanchuk vs Goldin ½-½941986URS-ch FL54C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. Goldin vs Y Kruppa  1-0621986URS-ch FL54D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Psakhis vs Goldin  ½-½231986URS-ch FL54C55 Two Knights Defense
20. Gleizerov vs Goldin  1-0311986SmolenskA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
21. Goldin vs Gleizerov  ½-½311986URSE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
22. Serper vs Goldin  ½-½211986URS-ch FL54C48 Four Knights
23. Psakhis vs Goldin  ½-½231986URS-ch FL54C55 Two Knights Defense
24. Goldin vs Romanishin  0-1381986URS-ch FL54A62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
25. G Timoscenko vs Goldin 0-1451986URS-ch FL54A53 Old Indian
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Oct-12-05  centercounter: GM Goldin is very talented apart from chess. He plays acoustic guitar and juggles very well. He is friends with a local chess store/school owner here in Orlando and comes to do simuls/lessons, as well as tournaments.
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  WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of Alexander's quick wins:
Feb-27-06  BIDMONFA: Alexander Goldin

GOLDIN, Alexander

Apr-28-06  a30seclegend: Will be participating at the dayton chess club in ohio April 29th in the Midwest open team chess festival. <Deefree> since you live in columbus you should look into it not too far from where you are.
Aug-03-08  myschkin: . . .
Interview with the 25 year old <Alexander Goldin> back in 1989 by Boris Schipkov

Sep-09-08  DarthStapler: I think I played this guy in an online simul in ICC once. He beat me.
Oct-09-08  DarthStapler: Although I did manage to win a pawn early on
Jan-04-09  WhiteRook48: that may have been a pawn gambit. I thought you never lost games. Seems this guy liked looking for gold.
Feb-27-11  wordfunph: 1996 World Open Goldin-Yermolinsky 5 Minutes Playoff Game:

In the middle of the game, a table holding many spectators collapsed and people fell over each other like logs! The game went on as if nothing happened..

though i couldn't find the game here in CG..

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  Check It Out: <wordfunph> You are amazing...where do you come of with these tidbits??
Feb-27-12  wordfunph: <CIO> mostly from chess magazines and books.

"In Russia and continental Europe, a Grandmaster feels he's on top of the chess pyramid. Here in US, everyone asks me for autographs, but no one provides a hotel room or spending money!"

- GM Alexander Goldin

happy birthday GM Goldin!

Sep-16-14  MarkFinan: Goldin vs A J Goldsby, 1998

I've just been through this guys game with AJ and it's pretty good. I'm not posting with any intention of criticising Goldsby even if he did make 2 or 3 bad blunders, I'm posting it because every single move matches those of Stockfish's first choice. Maybe the paranoia that seems to affect a lot of chess players on this site is setting in, lol.

Or maybe I just realised he's a GM and obviously should have found all the moves!? Duhhh, lol. My bad. Nice little game though although AJ should have seen the final combination leading up to his queen being snatched a mile off!

Sep-16-14  john barleycorn: Mark, the weaker the opponent the more likely a GM will find the best moves according to an engine. Because the best moves may be pretty obvious.
Sep-16-14  MarkFinan: True Jay-B. But unless you're playing a very very weak player who plays every move like a starter then I wouldn't have thought that every move would match those of an engine. I know all the super GM's play "near perfect chess" (to borrow a quote, lol) and their moves are usually 9/10 spot on accurate. Maybe I'm just joining the rest of the paranoid chess players on this site, lol. Nah, I'm obviously not saying this guy cheated but if I hadn't realized he was 2600+ and he was more my strength then I might have been suspicious.. I've realized that a lot of chess players are just paranoid, I even saw one or two comments questioning Caruana after his tournament win the other week!? Just insinuations not accusations but even so? ✌
Sep-16-14  john barleycorn: <But unless you're playing a very very weak player who plays every move like a starter then I wouldn't have thought that every move would match those of an engine.>

He may have forgotten his CHECKLIST that day. It happens.

Sep-16-14  Caissanist: I don't think there were widely available engines in 1998 that were significantly stronger than Goldin himself. Deep Blue was much better of course, but of course it only played against Kasparov. Rebel was probably the best on commercial hardware, but it was still a few years away from being at Deep Blue's level.
Mar-20-15  zanzibar: Another photo of him:

(He's the guy on the left in case you were wondering!)

It comes from a 2003 chessbase article, wiki refs, about all the Russians living/playing in the US:

Mar-21-15  Karposian: <Caissanist: I don't think there were widely available engines in 1998 that were significantly stronger than Goldin himself.>

I believe that is correct.

Mar-21-15  Retireborn: <Karposian> I believe so too. Worth pointing out that much of Goldin-Goldsby was known theory at the time; only 19...Rxe5 was new. Given that 20.Rxe5 and 21.Rxc5 are very obvious captures, 10 moves is a very small sample to compare against an engine.
Mar-21-15  zanzibar: Of course 19...Rxe5 is "new" because it puts Black in hot water. The developing blockade move 19...Bd7 looks more natural to me.

After that, White just plays with precision. While I wouldn't find all the moves, I'd expect them to be found by a 2600+ player, as the position does suggest all of them.

Maybe 25.Nd5 stands out as being the nicest of the bunch.

On the other hand, did AJ really play all the way out to losing the Q before resigning? I'm doubtful.

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  FSR: Goldin vs A J Goldsby, 1998
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  perfidious: <zanzibar> In A J Goldsby vs Tkachiev, 1995, White played to mate against a player who would be awarded the GM title the following year.

To each his own: if still active, I should prefer to save energy for the game to come over playing out such a hopeless cause.

Feb-27-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Alexander Goldin.
Feb-27-17  diagonal: Alexander Goldin was <clear first at the prestigious New York Open in 1991>, ahead of players like Dreev, Ehlvest, Epishin, De Firmian, young Kamsky, or Lautier, amongst others.

He <shared first place at New York Open in 1993>, alongside with Joel Benjamin (best on tie-break), Jaan Ehlvest, Ilya Gurevich, Utut Adianto, Ferdiand Hellers, and Lev Alburt (who had already won the inaugural tournament).

The New York World Class Open series (1981 until 2000, no event in 1982 and 1999) organised by <José Cuchi> from Spain, President of Heraldica Imports, offered then arguably the greatest chess show on earth.

The "Big Apple" NYO was the strongest Open tournament series worldwide - in the '80s together with the <Lugano Open>, Switzerland (1976 until 1989), and during the '90s, as <Lone Pine>, California in the '70ies (1971 until 1981).

No offense intended to the <Llyods Bank Open series in London> (1977 until 1994), which was pretty strong, but not that internationally mixed as Lugano, and not of the same prize fund as in NY (to some extent, the New York Open could be considered the "father / mother" of all big money open chess tournaments in the U.S., and even world wide).

Those were the days! :)))

In addition, Alexander Goldin is a five-time first (alone or tied) at the traditional <World Open series>, mostly played in Philadelphia:

Goldin also took a strong round robin <Young Masters held at Vilnius in 1988> (joint with Gelfand, 16 players), and won one of the earlier closed invitationals at <Dos Hermanas International in 1991>, ahead of Granda Zuniga (remember, Garry Kasparov later did play there too, but failed to win in the series of Dos Hermanas, Spain)

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