Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Jacob Yuchtman
Number of games in database: 112
Years covered: 1952 to 1980

Overall record: +50 -25 =37 (61.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (20) 
    B40 B31 B30 B22 B21
 King's Indian Attack (8) 
 French Defense (6) 
    C02 C11
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C77 C73
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B12 B11 B18
With the Black pieces:
 Modern Benoni (10) 
    A56 A60
 Pirc (7) 
    B07 B08 B09
 King's Indian (7) 
    E90 E92 E73 E62 E93
 Dutch Defense (5) 
    A89 A81
 Robatsch (5) 
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Osnos vs J Yuchtman, 1969 0-1
   J Yuchtman vs Tal, 1959 1-0
   V Tarasov vs J Yuchtman, 1957 0-1
   J Yuchtman vs G Ravinsky, 1959 1-0
   Alburt vs J Yuchtman, 1980 0-1
   J Yuchtman vs A Gorodezky, 1959 1-0
   J Yuchtman vs A Roizman, 1957 1-0
   Korchnoi vs J Yuchtman, 1959 1/2-1/2
   Gurgenidze vs J Yuchtman, 1957 1/2-1/2
   B M Kogan vs J Yuchtman, 1964 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   URS-YUG (1959)
   URS-ch sf (1956)
   USSR Championship (1959)

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Jacob Yuchtman
Search Google for Jacob Yuchtman

(born Jan-14-1935, died Jan-25-1985, 50 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

[what is this?]
Jacob Yuchtman (also known as Jakob Yukhtman) was born in Voronezh, USSR in 1935. At the beginning of the 1970s he first moved to Israel and later to the USA.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 124  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Yuchtman vs Y Neelov  1-034194914th Ch UzbekistanD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. J Yuchtman vs Yasevich  1-022194914th Ch UzbekistanC54 Giuoco Piano
3. B Verlinsky vs J Yuchtman  1-034194914th Ch UzbekistanC77 Ruy Lopez
4. A Poliak vs J Yuchtman  0-154194914th Ch UzbekistanD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. K Kotov vs J Yuchtman  0-163195221st Ch UkraineB07 Pirc
6. B Katalymov vs J Yuchtman  0-146195221st Ch UkraineA04 Reti Opening
7. J Yuchtman vs B Goldenov 1-042195221st Ch UkraineB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
8. Spassky vs J Yuchtman 1-0281952Rostov on DonE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
9. J Yuchtman vs J Rotstein  1-020195221st Ch UkraineB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
10. J Yuchtman vs S Kotlerman  1-0361953Odessa-chB01 Scandinavian
11. J Yuchtman vs B Korsakov 1-036195322nd Ch Ukraine (sf)B50 Sicilian
12. J Yuchtman vs Gufeld 1-038195322nd Ch Ukraine (sf)B30 Sicilian
13. J Yuchtman vs M Usachy  1-036195322nd Ch UkraineA07 King's Indian Attack
14. E Chetalbash vs J Yuchtman  0-135195322nd Ch UkraineB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
15. J Yuchtman vs Lipnitsky  1-031195322nd Ch UkraineA04 Reti Opening
16. J Yuchtman vs Braitman  1-0291954USSRB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. J Yuchtman vs V Djalolov 1-0201956MoscowB30 Sicilian
18. J Yuchtman vs Cherushev  1-0431956MoscowC77 Ruy Lopez
19. Stein vs J Yuchtman  1-0401956MoscowB06 Robatsch
20. Boleslavsky vs J Yuchtman  1-0381956MoscowC16 French, Winawer
21. J Yuchtman vs V Zurakhov  ½-½171956URS-ch sfB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
22. Furman vs J Yuchtman  ½-½411956URS-ch sfA56 Benoni Defense
23. J Yuchtman vs Petrosian ½-½191956URS-ch sfB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
24. B Voronkov vs J Yuchtman  ½-½421956URS-ch sfA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
25. J Yuchtman vs Kasparian  ½-½411956URS-ch sfC41 Philidor Defense
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 124  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Yuchtman wins | Yuchtman loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Feb-03-10  ChessMasta2000: what, in usa death certificate procedure totally sux, they ll put day body was found, acccording to new york social security, jacob yuchtman was dead late january 25 1985, good to know he made it to 5o! Today is when music was born, not died, the seed of 3stars brought good harvest thanx2 holly, valens, richardson.The roots r deep 2stay4goodd! Weird, Eddie Cochran recorded song 3 stars up above, how God wanted the 3 stars, and on 4 17 1960 he died, wow 50 years, rip! God can wait, after all earth was not made inn 6000 years nor universe, one day for him is billion years, but dont say when one dies God wanted him, there's no proof, its subjective. Amazing how valens lost coin toss, he was youngest, la bamba in stereo exists, i made my own mix from 2 versions, also deleted mistakee in the middle of the song when some jerk did not sing in key! Valens did not want to record that song. But certainly Donna would never beat it! At the time dating (especially in the south) somebody else out of your race was unacceptable, senator stron thurman was total hypocrite when he changed his stance, y?HE HAD TO, ALL OTHERS DID IT!
Apr-17-10  Robotics: According to police documents he died on the 25th but idiots always mess up days, above user is correct, after full investigation, correct day is january 25 close to midnight! Chessgames never cares of course!
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: 1959 Tbilisi Soviet Championship: Jacob Yuchtman (1935-1985) had a winning position in an adjourned game against World Champion Boris Spassky. However, an "Appeals Committee" ruled the game a draw without resumption of play, because of repetition of position which actually did not occur.
Apr-18-10  Caissanist: I have updated Yukhtman's biography from saying "At the beginning of the 60s he first moved to Israel and later to the USA" to "At the beginning of the 1970s ...", since he obviously was in the USSR through at least 1971.
May-03-10  Caissanist: Does anyone know of a definitive source for Yuchtman's date of death? It seems to be given as January 25, 26, and 28 in different sources.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: must have been tough in middle school...the kids called him "yucky"?
Jun-29-11  Jacob50: finally correct day, reminds me of idiots at ss, put george burns march 8 1996!
Jun-29-11  Jacob50: time is gift or people who die below 50 why,genetics a lil plays role but always watch out for doctors who barely reply, they are dangerous! yucky's success!
Jun-29-11  Jacob50: b grateful for efforts mr. chess champ started (world corespondence champ 1998-2003), for advices, etc!
Premium Chessgames Member
  technical draw: This is the player that played in a New York park for money with a sign that said. "Play the player that beat Tal"

Additional bio info in Spanish here:

Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: This is the game:

J Yuchtman vs Tal, 1959

Premium Chessgames Member
  technical draw: Well maybe I'm wrong:

<Israel Zilber was Latvian Chess Champion in 1958. He defeated Tal in 1952 and once made a living in a park with a sign, "For $5 a photo or a game with the man who beat Tal.">

Jul-01-11  Jacob50: thats good if that brought him dough!@smart move, but im sure there were many like him, at least he played, i doubt many beat him!
Jul-30-11  Jacob50: He died in NY. Thanx to old time user who disappeared Chess Champ his death day is corrected, kudos to CC, bravo bravisimo!
Feb-25-12  CMBK: glad to know he died at 50, if it wasnt for dam kgb opresion, he would be gm easy!
Mar-01-12  thechosenme: GLAD HE MADE IT TO HALF CENTURY MARK!
If it wans for damn comis, he'd be GM easy!
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "In the 1950s the name of Yakov Yukhtman was well known among us young players. He undoubtedly possessed a natural and rare talent, one that particularly manifested itself in sharp positions, in which he was very resourceful and strong. But in simple, classical positions his ingenuity markedly waned, and his play was less strong."

- GM Lev Polugaevsky

* Sicilian Love - Chess Tournament Buenos Aires 1994 by Lev Polugaevsky

Sep-08-14  morfishine: Yuchtman was a natural player combining tactically wizardry with positional soundness. This formidable combination of strengths garnered Yuchtman a number of GM scalps including Averbach, Matulovic, Krogius, Alburt, Huebner and even the great Tal himself.

A great pity that due to personal circumstances, his opportunities in chess were limited and/or denied. On a positive note, his contributions to chess are unmistakable and permanent.


Sep-15-14  Caissanist: Does anyone know whatever happened to all the annotated games Yuchtman gave to Leonid Shamkovich? I know that a few of them were published in Chess Life, a few more in Chess Today, but most of the rest never saw the light of day.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marcelo Bruno: <Caissanist> I have some of them, that I got from a copy of Shamkovich's article (in collaboration with Khodarkovsky) for the Inside Chess magazine. This I received from I colleague I have in São Paulo many years ago and under his request I translated to Portuguese.
Jan-14-18  morfishine: Yuchtman was a great player! Thank you <CG> for remembering him as Player of the day today!


Premium Chessgames Member
  Marcelo Bruno: <Caissanist> Here are more games besides the two first ones that Jaime Gallegos transcribed from my translation:

Jacob Yuchtman-V. Djalolov, Moscow, 1956 (B30): 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b4 cb4 4.d4 d5 5.ed5 Qd5 6.c4 bc3 7.Nc3 Qa5 8.c3 Qc3 9.Bd2 Qf6 10.dc6 bc6 11.Rc1 Bd7 12.Bc4 Qd6 13.Qe2 Nf6 14.0-0 e6 15.Ne5 Be7 16.Bf4 Qd4 17.Bg5 Nd5 18.Be7 Ke7 19.Bd5 f6 20.Nc6+ Bc6 21.Qe6+ 1-0

Jacob Yuchtman-A. Roizman, Minsk, 1957 (B21): 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cd4 3.c3 dc3 4.Bc4 e6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bc4 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Bf4 e5 9.Be3 Nf6 10.Ng5 0-0 11.Qb3 e5 12.Nd5 Nd5 13.Cf7 Rf7 14.Bd5 Qe8 15.f4 Bf6 16.fe5 Ne5 17.Bd4 Kh8 18.Bf7 Nf7 19.Rf6 Qe4 20.Qf7 Qd4 21.Kh1 h6 22.Qe8 1-0

Jacob Yuchtman-Ravinsky, Moscow, 1957 (C21): 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed4 3.c3 d5 4.ed5 Nf6 5.Nf3 Qd5 6.cd4 Bg4 7.Be2 Bb4 8.Nb3 Nbd7 9.0-0 Bc3 10.bc3 Nb6 11.Ng5 Be2 12.Qe2 Kd7 13.Qe8 Rae8 14.c4 Nc4 15.Qh3 Kd8 16.Rb1 h6 17.Nf3 Ne4 18.Ne5 b6 19.Qb3 Ned6 20.Ba3 b5 21.Bd6 cd6 22.Nc4 Qc4 23.Qf3 d5 24.Rfe1 Qa2 25.Rb5 1-0

Jacob Yuchtman-Mikhail Tal, Moscow, 1957 (C44): 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed4 3.c3 dc3 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bb4 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.0-0 Bc3 8.bc3 d6 9.e5 de5 10.Ng5 0-0 11.Ba3 Qd1 12.Rad1 Bf5 13.Bf8 Rf8 14.Rfe1 h6 15.Nf3 Bg4 16.Rb1 e4 17.Nd4 Ne5 18.Bf1 c5 19.Nb5 c4 20.f3 Bf3 21.gf3 Nf3 22.Kf2 Ng4 23.Kg3 Ne1 24.Re1 f5 25.Bc4 Kh7 26.Be2 Ne5 27.Kf4 Ng6 28.Ke3 f4 29.Kd4 Kh8 30.Rg1 Nh4 31.Ke4 Re8 32.Kd3 f3 33.Bd1 Ng2 34.Kd2 Nh4 35.Nd4 Rd8 36.Rf1 Rd5 37.Kd3 Ra5 38.Bb3 g5 39.Nf3 Rf5 40.Nd2 1-0

Boris Spassky-Jacob Yuchtman, Moscow, 1957 (B07): 1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.h4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Be2 c5 6.d5 h5 7.Nh3 Nbd7 8.f4 Ng4 9.Qd3 Ndf6 10.Bd2 a6 11.a4 Bd7 12.Qg3 b5 13.e5 b4 14.ef6 bc3 15.fg7 cd2 16.Kd2 Rg8 17.Bg4 Bg4 18.Qc3 Qb6 19.b3 Qb7 20.Qc4 e6 21.Rae1 Kd7 22.de6 fe6 23.Qc3 Qb4 24.Qb4 cb4 25.Re4 a5 26.Nf2 Bf5 27.Rd4 Rg7 28.Ne4 d5 29.Re1 Kc6 30.Ng3 Kc5 31.c3 Rb8 32.Ne2 bc3 33.Kc3 Rgb7 34.Nc1 Kd6 35.Kb2 Rc7 36.Nd3 Rbc7 37.Nc1 Rc8 38.Nd3 Rcb8 39.Nc1 Rc8 40.Nc3 Rbc7 41.Re2 The article's writers (Shamkovich and Khordakovsky) pointed: "Here the game was declared as drawn, although it might be won by Black after 41.…Rc3 42.Rd2 R8c7 43.Ne1 Rc3 44.Nd3 Rg3. A possible continuation would be 45.b4 ab4 46.Nb4 R8c3."

Jacob Yuchtman-Roman Pelts, Ukrainian Championship, 1968 (B81): 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g4 h6 7.Bg2 Nc6 8.Nb3 Bg7 9.h4 Nd7 10.Be3 a6 11.Qe2 Bh4 12.0-0-0 Be7 13.f4 Rf8 14.e5 de5 15.f5 ef5 16.gf5 Bg5 17.Ne4 Be3 18.Qe3 Qe7 19.f6 gf6 20.Nd6 Kd8 21.Bh3 f5 22.Bf5 Nd4 23.Nd4 ed4 24.Qe7 Ke7 25.Nc8 Rac8 26.Rhe1 Kf6 27.Bd7 Rc4 28.b3 Rc3 29.Rd4 Rg3 30.Be8 Kg5 31.Rd7 f5 32.Rg7 Kh4 33.Rb7 f4 34.Rb6 f3 35.Rh6 Kg5 36.Rh5 Kf4 37.Bc6 Kg4 38.Rhh1 f2 39.Rd1 Re3 40.Bg2 Re2 41.Bf1 Re1 42.Bh3 1-0

Jacob Yuchtman-Vladimir Tukmakov, Ukrainian Championship, 1969 (A07): 1.g3 Nf6 2.Bg2 d5 3.Nf3 c6 4.0-0 Bf5 5.d3 h6 6.Nc3 e6 7.Nd2 Nbd7 8.e4 Bh7 9.Qe2 de4 10.d4 Be7 11.Nc4 0-0 12.Bf4 b5 13.Ne5 Ne5 14.Be5 b4 15.Nd1 Qa5 16.Bf6 Bf6 17.a3 Rab8 18.Qc4 Rfd8 19.Qa2 ba3 20.c3 Qb5 21.Qa3 Qe2 22.Qa6 Qc2 23.Qc6 Bd4 24.Qa4 Qa4 25.Ra4 Bb6 26.Rc4 Rd2 27.b4 f5 28.e5 Bg6 29.Rc6 Rbd8 30.Bf3 R8d3 31.Re6 Bf7 32.Rd6 Rd6 33.ed6 Rd6 34.Nb2 Rd2 35.Nd1 Bb3 36.Ne3 g6 37.Re1 g5 38.Re2 Rd3 39.c4 Be3 40.Bd5 Kg7 41.Re3 Re3 42.fe3 1-0

Shaul Dudakov-Jacob Yuchtman, Israeli Championship, 1972 (A89): 1.Nf3 g6 2.c4 f5 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.g3 0-0 6.Bg2 d6 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne5 9.Ne5 de5 10.e4 f4 11.gf4 ef4 12.e5 Ng4 13.e6 Ne5 14.b3 f3 15.Bh3 g5 16.Re1 Qe8 17.Qc2 g4 18.Bf1 g3 19.hg3 Ng4 20.Re4 Qh5 21.Rg4 Qg4 22.Be4 Be5 23.Rd1 h5 24.Ne4 Rf5 25.Bd4 h4 26.Be5 Re5 27.Rd4 Qg7 28.Qd3 b6 29.Qf3 Bb7 30.Bg2 c6 31.gh4 cd5 32.Ng5 Re1 33.Kh2 Rf8 34.Qh5 Rf2 35.Rg4 Qe5 36.Rg3 Rg2 37.Kg2 Re2 38.Kh1 Re1 39.Kh2 Re2 40.Rh1 dc4 41.Nf3 Qg3 42.Qf7 Kh8 43.Qh5 Kg7 44.Qf7 Kh6 45.Qf8 Qg7 0-1

Lev Alburt-Jacob Yuchtman, New York, 1980 (E20): 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 cd4 4.Nd4 e6 5.g3 Bb4 6.Nc3 0-0 7.Bg2 d5 8.cd5 Nd5 9.Bd2 Bc3 10.bc3 e5 11.Nb3 Nc6 12.c4 Nb6 13.Rc1 Qe7 14.c5 Nd7 15.0-0 Rd8 16.Na5 Ndb8 17.Qe1 Be6 18.Nb3 Bd5 19.Be3 Bg2 20.Kg2 Na6 21.Rc4 Qe6 22.Rc4 Rd7 23.Qb1 h6 24.f3 Rad8 25.Qb2 Nab4 26.Bf2 g5 27.Re4 f5 28.Re3 Nd5 29.Rd3 e4 30.fe4 fe4 31.Rd5 Qd5 32.Be3 Rf7 33.Rf6 Ne5 34.Rh6 Qd1 35.Rh8 Kh8 36.Qe5 Re8 37.Qg5 Rg7 38.Qh5 Qd5 39.Qh6 Qc4 40.Qh5 Qf7 41.Qe5 Re8 42.Qb2 Rf8 43.Nd2 Rg6 44.Qb4 Qd5 45.Qa4 Ra6 46.Qb4 Ra2 47.c6 Rd2 48.Bd2 e3 49.Kg1 Rf1 0-1

I only didn't mention the "?" and "!" signs and their combinations "!?" and "?!" as well as the comments to the remaining games.

Jan-14-21  Caissanist: A few anecdotes from Mark Ginsburg's blog at

<In Lenk, Tukmakov was very entertaining, telling me many ribald stories about Yakov Yukhtman’s exploits in Odessa, the little grizzled fireplug that terrorized the New York city blitz scene in the 1980s. Apparently Tukmakov and Yukhtman went way back in their chess careers. Yukhtman scored many fine OTB wins in his career, vs World Champion Tal and others and was a very tough blitz customer in the first half of the 1980s. He would bedevil me when he was black with the insouciant 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Ng8!? until I finally realized that 3. d4 d5 4. exd6 e.p.! was a good idea, so he couldn’t reach his favorable French structure (when I didn’t take en passant).

Some of Yukhtman’s running blitz patter included:

“Go back to school, moron.” (emphasis on the moron – after his opponent blunders). He would also come out with the shorter “@#$%face!” after spotting a blunder.

“Two dollar, @#$%face?” (Yukhtman inviting a new opponent to sit down and play him).

“I go Lantic.” (This requires some explanation — Yukhtman indicating he is almost up enough money (in a 2 dollar match) to go to Atlantic City.) One time Yukthman said “I go Lantic” to Fedorowicz and Fedorowicz brought out a confusing rejoinder “I go Specific.” After some cogitation, Yukhtman fired back, “Moron.”

Hopefully I’m giving you a taste of the sheer wit of Yukhtman’s blitz commentaries. At some point, somebody was collecting his games and I don’t know what happened to that project. But I remember the collector, perhaps it was Brandwein, saying “I felt very sorry for his opponents” (because Yakov often swindled people).

Unfortunately Yukhtman suffered a congestive heart failure (the little fireplug smoked like a fiend) probably at or near the Game Room chess club on West 74th Street and Broadway, NYC, where he always hung out and the only person I know of that visited him before his demise was the Mechanic Institute’s own Steve Brandwein.>

Sep-30-21  WNRRRWN: jacob yuchtman was gm no doubt like mir khan sultan: here is fine story:
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific player only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!
Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC