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

Chessgames premium membership fee will increase to $39 per year effective June 15, 2023. Enroll Now!

Jan Gustafsson
J Gustafsson 
Number of games in database: 622
Years covered: 1994 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2643 (2641 rapid, 2548 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2652

Overall record: +212 -62 =310 (62.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 38 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (36) 
    D10 D11 D15 D14 D13
 King's Indian (34) 
    E92 E94 E97 E60 E91
 Queen's Gambit Declined (34) 
    D37 D39 D38 D35 D31
 Nimzo Indian (26) 
    E32 E21 E38 E20 E33
 Semi-Slav (26) 
    D45 D44 D43 D46 D47
 English (23) 
    A15 A13 A10 A14 A17
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (64) 
    C84 C78 C89 C77 C69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (36) 
    C84 C89 C91 C96 C92
 Sicilian (30) 
    B47 B33 B22 B50 B21
 Semi-Slav (26) 
    D45 D44 D47 D43 D48
 Slav (20) 
    D12 D11 D18 D10 D15
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A45 D02 D00 A50 E10
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Gustafsson vs M Prusikin, 2004 1-0
   Naiditsch vs J Gustafsson, 2007 0-1
   J Gustafsson vs Buhmann, 2003 1-0
   Van Wely vs J Gustafsson, 2008 0-1
   J Gustafsson vs T Duong, 2019 1-0
   J Gustafsson vs Efimenko, 2011 1-0
   A Natri vs J Gustafsson, 2012 0-1
   E Paehtz vs J Gustafsson, 2014 1/2-1/2
   M Richter vs J Gustafsson, 2005 1/2-1/2
   J Gustafsson vs Naiditsch, 2008 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   11th BCC Thailand Open (2011)
   European Club Cup (2010)
   82nd German Chess Championship (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2010)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   European Championship (2007)
   Bangkok Chess Club Open (2015)
   Gibraltar Masters (2012)
   European Championship (2008)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)

   🏆 Banter Blitz 225
   J Gustafsson vs Moises Garcia Nevarez (Jun-17-20) 1-0, blitz
   NN vs J Gustafsson (Apr-15-20) 1-0, blitz
   NN vs J Gustafsson (Mar-30-20) 1-0, blitz
   J Gustafsson vs J Nebel (Mar-20-20) 1-0, blitz
   J Gustafsson vs Jari Reuker (Feb-23-20) 1/2-1/2

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Jan Gustafsson
Search Google for Jan Gustafsson
FIDE player card for Jan Gustafsson

(born Jun-25-1979, 43 years old) Germany

[what is this?]

GM Gustafsson was born in Hamburg and learned chess at age 10. He won the German Youth Championships in 1994 (U15) and 1996 (U17). Gustafsson became an IM in 1999 and a GM in 2003. He tied for second at the very strong Dortmund Sparkassen (2008).

Gustafsson has been a member of the German team at the Olympiads and the European Team Championship on a number of occasions. Most notably, he was a member of the German team at the European Team Championship (2011), which won the event in a stunning upset, having been seeded only tenth. He also won an individual bronze medal on Board 4.

In April 2011, he won the Bangkok Chess Club Open on tiebreak over former world championship challenger Nigel Short and Francisco Vallejo Pons. In April 2019, he again won that event, this time on tiebreak over Deep Sengupta, each scoring 7.5/9 ahead of 15 other grandmasters.

Gustafsson is a co-founder of, and frequent commentator for, He lives in a suburb of Hamburg, Germany with his wife and their two children. (audio podcast interview with Ben Johnson), Wikipedia article: Jan Gustafsson

Last updated: 2023-03-01 05:11:25

 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 638  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Gustafsson vs C Scheerer  ½-½421994Bad Bevensen-ch U15D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
2. E Dervishi vs J Gustafsson  ½-½211995EU-ch U16B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
3. R Storm vs J Gustafsson ½-½851995Oberliga Nord N 9596B23 Sicilian, Closed
4. J Gustafsson vs P Jaracz  1-0421995Wichern OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
5. J Gustafsson vs C D Meyer  ½-½491997Bundesliga 1997/98D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
6. J Bathke vs J Gustafsson  ½-½371997Hamburg-chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
7. E Kengis vs J Gustafsson  1-0671999Rowy opB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
8. J Gustafsson vs R Burnett  ½-½201999Fan Adams IntA45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. J Gustafsson vs T Markowski  1-0361999Rowy opD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. R Sandkamp vs J Gustafsson  ½-½151999Bundesliga 1998/99A04 Reti Opening
11. J Gustafsson vs K Bischoff  ½-½351999Bundesliga 1998/99A10 English
12. D Hennig vs J Gustafsson 1-0221999Bundesliga 1998/99A45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. J Gustafsson vs P Backwinkel  0-1291999Bundesliga 1998/99A44 Old Benoni Defense
14. A Mikhalchishin vs J Gustafsson  ½-½141999Bled opA04 Reti Opening
15. J Gustafsson vs I Farago  ½-½181999Bled opE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. S Atalik vs J Gustafsson  ½-½421999Bled opE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. J Gustafsson vs D Pavasovic  ½-½251999Bled opD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. M Cebalo vs J Gustafsson  ½-½1201999Bled opE12 Queen's Indian
19. M Kill vs J Gustafsson 0-1481999Neckar op 3rdE12 Queen's Indian
20. J Gustafsson vs I Farago  ½-½101999Neckar op 3rdA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Barsov vs J Gustafsson  ½-½171999Dutch OpenD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
22. J Gustafsson vs Hort  ½-½301999Dutch OpenD90 Grunfeld
23. V Golod vs J Gustafsson  ½-½141999Dieren opD90 Grunfeld
24. F Doettling vs J Gustafsson  ½-½101999Pyramiden Franken Cup 2ndD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
25. R Burnett vs J Gustafsson  0-1572000Jack Collins Int-BB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 638  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Gustafsson wins | Gustafsson loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Mar-29-16  suenteus po 147: Just want to give a shout out to Gustafsson for his excellent post-game analysis. I recently saw him comment on Nakamura's win over Anand in this game Nakamura vs Anand, 2016 and I found it highly instructive. I could follow his analysis clearly and he was consistent about pointing out theory and explaining why Anand was making the moves he was in the game despite how disastrous it would turn out for him concretely on the board. He was also clear and concrete about Nakamura's preparation and how he built it on Anand's regularity in this opening system, trapping Anand in his own prep as it were. Really fascinating and insightful.
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: I don't know if Jan ever visits this page. He is probably coming off his 20 cups of coffee addiction right about now.

But I too found his the best and eerily correct analysis of the Candidates.

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: ♫♪♫ Back when the West was very Jan,

There lived a man named Gustafsson,

He loved to snack upon a pawn,

A greedy man, this Gustafsson. ♫♪♫

Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: Does anyone know why Jan seems to have stopped doing Banter Blitz? For more than a year it has been appearing on YouTube every few days but there's been nothing new for 3 weeks or so!
Apr-17-17  whiteshark: <Dionysius1> No worries!

End of March he played a 3 days a` 8 hours/day Banther(mara)thon together with Loek van Wely and Lawrence Trent

and from April 8-16, 2017 he played the 17th Bangkok Chess Club Open.

In between some holiday on Thai beaches me thinks.

From Wednesday on he will commentate the Grenke Classics together with Peter Leko.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: Phew - thanks <whiteshark>! I'd miss Jan if he stopped. Although I find that if I gorge on his YouTube banters I get sick of his facetiousness. Great in measured doses though - and always makes me feel I understand more about chess. If only I could remember everything he says when I come to play.
Premium Chessgames Member
Sep-13-17  Helios727: Has Jan ever lost or drawn any of his banter blitz games?
Sep-22-17  Helios727: Never mind. I found a video where he suffers and loss and a draw in banter blitz.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Telemus: From his biography: <He is a co-founder of, and frequent commentator for,> Well, this is new to me.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: Well spotted <Telemus>
Jun-26-18  JimNorCal: I submitted a correction slip
Jun-26-18  JimNorCal: Happy belated birthday GM Jan
Jul-01-18  jith1207: Anyone knows Jan Gustafson's user name in this site?
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <johnbarleybore>
Jul-01-18  jith1207: Thank you
Jan-11-19  jith1207: LOL, the bio previously said Jan Gustafsson is co-founder of chessgames. Now I see it has been corrected, this makes sense.

This is the reason I had previously asked his username here, I thought he's a frequent commentator here. But equating him to <jbc> is an insult though.

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: He has just clinched at least a tie for first in the 19th Bangkok Chess Club Open. It looks like Deep Sengupta will win, in which case the two will split 1st-2nd. Congratulations, Jan!
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Jan just tied for first with Deep Sengupta at the 19th Bangkok Chess Club Open. Each of them scored 7.5/9, and finished ahead of 15 grandmasters, including former world championship challenger Nigel Short. See for games and standings. Congratulations!
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Apologies to <jbb>.
Apr-16-19  Imran Iskandar: Congratulations to Jan for winning this year's Bangkok Open!
Jun-15-19  whiteshark: GM Jan Gustafsson describes chess as an ongoing conflict between his desire not to think and his desire not to lose.

Of course he means that with a wink...

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Jan's daughter made an impromptu media appearances:

He certainly doesn't have any concerns regarding paternity. #spittingimage

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Saw Jan at the National Gallery today:

Premium Chessgames Member
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 3)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  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.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

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 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC