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Larry Kaufman
Photograph copyright © 2009 Terese Hatch.  
Number of games in database: 206
Years covered: 1965 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2188 (2186 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2424

Overall record: +79 -77 =50 (50.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (14) 
    B51 B22 B31 B40 B97
 King's Indian (11) 
    E70 E94 E81 E83 E97
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E32 E39 E45 E34
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D97 D94 D70 D91 D81
 Modern Benoni (6) 
    A57 A71 A65
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A40 E00 A41
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (21) 
    B23 B93 B42 B49 B99
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C91 C78 C90 C80 C67
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D80 D71 D92 D87 D85
 English (6) 
    A13 A17 A10 A18
 Semi-Slav (6) 
    D47 D43 D45
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B12 B17 B13 B18
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kaufman vs K Gulamali, 2012 1-0
   E Brandt vs Kaufman, 2001 0-1
   E McCormick vs Kaufman, 1975 0-1
   Kaufman vs T Redman, 2001 1-0
   Kaufman vs W Martz, 1972 1/2-1/2
   P Gallegos vs Kaufman, 2011 0-1
   Kaufman vs S Ritvin, 2001 1-0
   Kaufman vs Tarjan, 1968 1-0
   Kaufman vs C R Harmon, 2001 1-0
   J Elmore vs Kaufman, 2001 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Marshall Open (1979)
   102nd US Open (2001)
   69th US Open (1968)
   32nd World Open (2004)
   National Open (2012)
   US Championship (1972)
   Lone Pine (1980)
   112th US Open (2011)
   US Championship (2008)
   United States Championship (2002)
   United States Championship (2003)
   41st Annual World Open (2013)

   🏆 Airthings Masters
   Kaufman vs Anand Pranav (Feb-03-23) 0-1, blitz
   A Deviatkin vs Kaufman (Feb-03-23) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Kaufman vs M Muradli (Feb-03-23) 0-1, blitz
   Kaufman vs V Bernadskiy (Feb-03-23) 0-1, blitz
   Kaufman vs A Moiseenko (Feb-03-23) 0-1, blitz

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(born Nov-15-1947, 75 years old) United States of America

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GM Larry Charles Kaufman won the 18th Senior Chess World Championship in 2008 (shared jointly with Mihai Suba) for which he automatically earned the GM title. He tied for first at the 1966 American Open (winning on tiebreak). He is also a noted author and has worked on many commercial chess engines. His son is Raymond S Kaufman.

Wikipedia article: Larry Kaufman

Last updated: 2018-10-17 22:12:36

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 228  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kaufman vs J Curdo  0-1301965Boston opD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. Kaufman vs J Curdo  0-1451966Boston opA43 Old Benoni
3. M Schoeneberg vs Kaufman  1-0471967WchT U26 14thB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
4. D McCrory vs Kaufman  0-139196869th US OpenE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
5. Kaufman vs Robert Enders  1-039196869th US OpenB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
6. G A Koelsche vs Kaufman  0-145196869th US OpenA37 English, Symmetrical
7. Kaufman vs Larsen 0-137196869th US OpenA81 Dutch
8. Ron Snyder vs Kaufman  ½-½19196869th US OpenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Mark Wells vs Kaufman  0-135196869th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
10. Kaufman vs D Fritzinger  1-040196869th US OpenC16 French, Winawer
11. Kaufman vs Benko  0-146196869th US OpenA57 Benko Gambit
12. B Haisfield vs Kaufman  0-127196869th US OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Kaufman vs Tarjan  1-056196869th US OpenB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
14. Kaufman vs W Martz  ½-½271972US ChampionshipB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
15. Bisguier vs Kaufman  ½-½211972US ChampionshipD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
16. Kaufman vs Evans  ½-½561972US ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
17. Lombardy vs Kaufman  1-0451972US ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
18. Kaufman vs I A Horowitz  1-0731972US ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
19. O Popovych vs Kaufman  0-1641972US ChampionshipC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
20. Kaufman vs A Feuerstein 1-0541972US ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
21. Reshevsky vs Kaufman  1-0411972US ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
22. Kaufman vs Kavalek 0-1231972US ChampionshipA21 English
23. Kaufman vs R Byrne  0-1521972US ChampionshipC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
24. Benko vs Kaufman  1-0391972US ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Kaufman vs G DeFotis  0-1421972US ChampionshipB53 Sicilian
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Apr-19-09  drukenknight: Yeah Covey and me both stopped playing for awhile. He was in my wedding party and got me back into the game in 2000. He is a repertoire player, no matter what opening I play he plays some odd variation that is maybe sound. I open with Spanish he does the Marshall attack. As white he would do that Goring gambit which is so annoying so I went to Sicilian. Or he would do the Cunningham Kings gambit or the Cochrane. So I went to sicilian and he does Smith Morra gambit. So I play French, he plays the albin-chatard attack.

I go d4 he goes Dutch; so I started playing the Staunton gambit. He was working on ALbin Counter Gambit when we stopped

A couple days ago you said that there is no chess club in no. virginia that meets in a church. Now you say you played there. Whatever

Apr-19-09  James Demery: sisyphus: You`re assuming his name is drunkenknight which it is not. I thought the same thing for a long time. You must look closely at the spelling.
Apr-19-09  James Demery: druken : Is Covey Larry Kaufman? Speaking of Larry Kaufman does anyone know how I can get my rating over 2400?
Apr-19-09  MaxxLange: <"then I just keep checking him.">


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  sisyphus: <James Demery: ... You`re assuming his name is drunkenknight which it is not.... You must look closely at the spelling.>

Ah, well, rhetorical shots about inebriation aside, messing up the factual details makes his eyewitness testimony dubious.

<Speaking of Larry Kaufman does anyone know how I can get my rating over 2400?>

This interview by Jim Eade details Kaufman's early steps:

Apr-19-09  Open Defence: <James Demery: sisyphus: You`re assuming his name is drunkenknight which it is not. I thought the same thing for a long time. You must look closely at the spelling.> well its a good test for sobreity...
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  sisyphus: Regarding the rules for blitz: the game nine years ago in which the disputed draw offer was made was probably played under the World Blitz Chess Association rules. WBCA is no longer with us, but the USCF rules then in effect state that a player may be awarded a draw in Blitz by demonstrating the ability to force a triple occurrence of position to a director.

As in all such matters, the ruling of the tournament director is definitive. People who want to dispute the decision should take it up with the TD, not the player.

Apr-19-09  Open Defence: aaah so its <Technical Draw>'s fault!! I KNEW IT!!!!!
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  technical draw: Anyone want to take up anything with me should first try the old $20 bill in the hand trick. I make decisions faster that way.
Apr-19-09  James Demery: Thanks for posting this interview sisyphus.
Apr-19-09  WhiteRook48: no, it's the <Tournament Director>'s fault! Sorry, that means the <Dournament Tirector>
Apr-19-09  drukenknight: It was not a repetition, that much was clear from the talk. Kaufman kept saying he could move his K around and " ...he just keeps checking me."

"Just keeps checking me" is not a draw.
It's simply out of time.

I wonder what factual detail sisph. says I messed up?

ANd you still havent answered my question: Why did you say no club in no. virginia meets in a church when you used to go there?

I really am at a loss. But that's chess players for you.

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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday to you Larry!! Are you related to Andy? :-))
Aug-02-10  GamerMan: I want to see a Chess and Shogi combined match between Larry Kaufman and Yoshiharu Habu. I am guessing Habu would win, but the matches would be intersting
Aug-02-10  MaxxLange: This guy is my hero today. He has shown unusual talent, energy, and ambition, for an old guy, over the last few years or decades
Sep-23-11  Albertan: The Evaluation of Material Imbalances:

Nov-27-11  ketchuplover: Due out 2-16-12 is The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White
Nov-27-11  ketchuplover: It's apparently an update on The Chess Advantage in Black and White
Feb-15-12  drkodos: New book is very good. Some interesting ideas on the KID.
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  OhioChessFan: <druken: I wonder what factual detail sisph. says I messed up?

ANd you still havent answered my question: Why did you say no club in no. virginia meets in a church when you used to go there?>

I have no idea how I ended up reading the discussion on this page, but the question posed is pretty on point.

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  OhioChessFan: Maybe it's not a club that meets in the church? I'm still working on this mystery.
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  Nightsurfer: There is some <Larry Kaufman>-bashing here that I do not understand. <Larry Kaufman> is a very creative guy - both in chess and in chess-like games. Therefore (rather belatedly, I have to admit!) I would like to say <domo arigato> to <ughaibu> because of his posting dating <Sep-01-03>: <ughaibu> has pointed out to the fact that <Larry Kaufman> "has been the top rated gaijin shogi player for more than twenty years"!

Herewith some additional information on that: <Larry Kaufman> has reached an impressive 2nd place at the <"1st International Shogi Forum Tokyo"> in June 1999, the report in the following: ; and herewith a historic photo that depicts <Larry Kaufman> (1st row, 2nd from right) during the closing ceremony of the <"1st International Shogi Forum Tokyo 1999">: :-)

May-08-17  Caissanist: The old link to Kaufman's article <The Evaluation of Material Imbalances> seems to be dead, here's another one: .
Jun-22-21  Albertan: Larry Kaufman interview:
Jul-05-22  ajile: I have an idea for a new variant. I saw you liked Grand Chess but this is a very VERY complex version of chess. Plus you need a new board with more squares. But what if you simply replaced both King Knights on a REGULAR 64 square board with Cardinals? You only need the 2 extra pieces and the rest of the game remains the same. This would add another layer of complexity but not too complex. As you know the Cardinal combines the movements of Knight and Bishop. It could be called Cardinal Chess.
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