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Mark Bluvshtein
M Bluvshtein 
Number of games in database: 301
Years covered: 1997 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2590
Highest rating achieved in database: 2611

Overall record: +126 -60 =115 (61.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E20 E46 E21 E25 E42
 Sicilian (24) 
    B42 B48 B96 B33 B99
 Semi-Slav (15) 
    D45 D43
 King's Indian (12) 
    E71 E90 E99 E91 E98
 Slav (10) 
    D10 D15 D17
 French Defense (9) 
    C18 C11 C00 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (28) 
    B90 B87 B60 B63 B88
 Modern Benoni (16) 
    A70 A62 A61 A67 A77
 Petrov (12) 
    C42 C43
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (11) 
    B66 B68 B60 B63 B69
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E32 E50 E24 E39 E31
 King's Indian Attack (9) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Shirov vs M Bluvshtein, 2005 0-1
   Short vs M Bluvshtein, 2007 0-1
   D Mehmeti vs M Bluvshtein, 2002 0-1
   Carlsen vs M Bluvshtein, 2002 0-1
   M Bluvshtein vs A Moiseenko, 2009 1-0
   M Bluvshtein vs I Krush, 2003 1-0
   M Bluvshtein vs E Romanov, 2001 1-0
   M Bluvshtein vs Tyomkin, 2004 1-0
   M Bluvshtein vs Vera Gonzalez-Quevedo, 2004 1/2-1/2
   E Safarli vs M Bluvshtein, 2005 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   77th Canadian Championship (2004)
   Canadian Closed (2006)
   Montreal (2008)
   Tata Steel Group C (2011)
   Montreal International Chess Tournament (2009)
   Generation Chess International (2003)
   Montreal International (2007)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   39th World Open (2011)
   Canadian Open (2009)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   Aeroflot Open (2011)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2004 Capablanca memorial (group I) by gauer
   2011 Capablanca Memorial by gauer

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(born Apr-20-1988, 33 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Canada)

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Mark Bluvshtein was born in Russia on April 20, 1988, but he now lives in Toronto, a graduate of York University who plans to pursue a banking career. He won the IM title in 2001, and in 2004, Bluvshtein became the youngest Canadian ever to earn the grandmaster title, later topping the Canadian player ratings on the 2010 March FIDE listings.

Improving on his 6th place U-14 finish in 2002 at same event series, he again finished 3rd in 2005 at the World Under-18 championship and got joint first place at the Canadian Open in the latter mentioned year, winning a game against Alexey Shirov. During the past decade, he participated in major team events such as Olympiad (2008) , 37th Chess Olympiad (2006) , 36th Olympiad (2004) and Bled Olympiad (2002) - and he has played as high as top board, with a score of 35 points accumulated in 54 games.

He attended the Chess Olympiad (2010) on top Canadian board (4 wins & 4 draws in 11 games played). He tied for 1st-2nd with Emilio Cordova in the Capablanca memorial 2011 Premier group & again tied for 1st-4th (6 wins, 3 draws in 9 games) with Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Giovanni Portilho Vescovi and Yuniesky Quesada Perez in the 2011 Pan-American Continental chess championship which qualified him for the World Cup (2011) where he was eliminated in the 1st round by Alexander Riazantsev of Russia. Alexander Huzman helped train him.

In October, 2011, Bluvshtein announced in a blog post that he was leaving chess to pursue a career in finance.

References: (Canadian zone site), (Ontario Chess Association - OCA), (Greater Toronto Chess League - GTCL), (personal blog), (Olympiad & team chess chronological catalog), (+15-0=0 (including Erwin Casareno who nearly found a draw) at a 2016 simul), Wikipedia article: Mark Bluvshtein.

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 301  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Radjabov vs M Bluvshtein 1-0171997EU-ch U10D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
2. M Bluvshtein vs Lorne Yee  ½-½352000Christmas TorontoB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
3. A Gurevich vs M Bluvshtein  ½-½292001CAN-chJE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
4. D Raheb vs M Bluvshtein  ½-½362001CAN-chJE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
5. M Bluvshtein vs D Gormally  0-1602001Oakham ENGB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
6. C McNab vs M Bluvshtein  1-0402001Oakham ENGA13 English
7. M Bluvshtein vs J Levitt  ½-½182001Oakham ENGB40 Sicilian
8. Tyomkin vs M Bluvshtein  0-1492001Oakham ENGE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
9. M Bluvshtein vs N R McDonald  ½-½382001Oakham ENGC18 French, Winawer
10. N Pert vs M Bluvshtein  1-0212001Oakham ENGE12 Queen's Indian
11. M Bluvshtein vs Koneru  0-1412001Oakham ENGB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
12. M Bluvshtein vs I Krush  1-0532001Oakham ENGB89 Sicilian
13. J Estrada Nieto vs M Bluvshtein  ½-½152001Oakham ENGC07 French, Tarrasch
14. M Bluvshtein vs I Lipnowski  1-0592001Canadian OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
15. M Bluvshtein vs Mulyar  ½-½212001Canadian OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
16. F Kleist vs M Bluvshtein 1-0442001Canadian OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. A Gurevich vs M Bluvshtein  0-1202001Canadian OpenA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
18. E Lawson vs M Bluvshtein  0-1582001Canadian ClosedB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
19. T Roussel-Roozmon vs M Bluvshtein  ½-½422001Canadian ClosedA30 English, Symmetrical
20. M Bluvshtein vs A Lesiege  ½-½172001Canadian ClosedD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. M Bluvshtein vs R Gardner  1-0452001Canadian ClosedA57 Benko Gambit
22. R Phillips vs M Bluvshtein  ½-½232001Canadian ClosedE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
23. M Bluvshtein vs S Glinert  ½-½332001Canadian ClosedB07 Pirc
24. V Gaspariants vs M Bluvshtein  0-1662001Canadian ClosedA07 King's Indian Attack
25. M Bluvshtein vs J Ochkoos  1-0502001Canadian ClosedC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 301  PGN Download
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Feb-29-04  ConLaMismaMano: Is this a canadian prodigy? he was born in 88'.
Feb-29-04  refutor: yes...i believe he's still the youngest international master in north america (i believe GM nakamura is older than him). he had a great start to aeroflot, beating vladimir belov, and dolmatov and then drawing inarkiev (above) to be amongst the leaders at 2.5/3, but then he fell off. he will most likely be canada's next GM (after pascal charbonneau who already has his norms and just needs to get his rating over 2500)
Feb-29-04  Bitzovich: I know Mark in person.. he is nice guy, (in grade 10 now, i believe) and for all i know, he has a lot of GM potential.
Mar-23-04  ruylopez900: Here are some career highlights to a Canadian prodigy (up to 2002):

IM Mark Bluvshtein - Toronto, ON
1998 1st Israel ch B10
1998 World ch B10
1999 1st Israel ch B12
1999 World ch B12
2001 1st Canada ch B14
2001 1st Canada ch Grade 7
2001 3rd Canada ch
2001 8th World ch B14
2001 IM

Oct-16-04  Lawrence: Mark Bluvshtein must be one of the youngest players at the Calviā Olympiad--or any Olympiad.
Oct-16-04  percyblakeney: Bluvshtein is indeed young, but he's no record holder, 10-year-old Heidi Cueller of Guatemala participated in 1986, see "Olympiads":
Oct-24-04  tldr3: Today Mark Bluvshtein was awarded the GM title at the FIDE meeting at the Calvia olympics. Congratulations Mark, Canada is proud of you!!!
Oct-24-04  morphy234: I think I met this guy before at my school.
Dec-07-04  ruylopez900: Congrats to Bluvshtein for being voted the Canadian Chess Player of the Year with 40 votes total. Second place was Charbonneau with 9 votes and third, Zhe Quan with 7 votes.
Apr-02-05  mellow: I'm gonna have to jump on borad this train...
Way to go Mark! Make us proud eh.
Jul-16-05  CdnPathfinder: Mark (2525)just beat Shirov (2705) at the Canadain Open.

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nf6
3. Nxe5 d6
4. Nf3 Nxe4
5. d4 d5
6. Bd3 Bd6
7. 0-0 0-0
8. c4 c6
9. Qc2 Na6
10. a3 Bg4
11. Ne5 Bf5
12. b4 f6
13. Nf3 Qe8
14. b5 Qh5
15. bxa6 Bg4
16. Re1 Bxf3
17. gxf3 Qxh2+
18. Kf1 f5
19. cxd5 cxd5
20. fxe4 fxe4
21. Bxe4 dxe4
22. Be3 Bg3
23. Ra2 Rf3
White resigns

Jul-16-05  CdnPathfinder: Using the Petroff with a sacrifice(?) thrown in for good measure
Jul-16-05  tldr3: Congratulations to GM Bluvshtein. A fantastic game against one of the world's best. Good luck tommorrow in the last round.
Jul-16-05  CdnPathfinder: Boards 1 - 3 of final round of Canadian Open. They'll be broadcast live on ICC, starting 2pm central. 1 Ivanchuk, Vassily [7.5] : Bologan, Viktor [7.5]

2 Bluvshtein, Mark [7.5] : Kunte, Abhijit [7]

3 Chanda, Sandipan [7] : Shirov, Alexei [7]

Jul-18-05  refutor: Bluvshtein ended up tying for first with Ivanchuk, Bologan, Shirov and IM Chowdhury (who got a GM norm). maybe this will add fuel to my proposed nakamura-bluvshtein match ;)
Jul-18-05  VishyFan: <refutor> can u post the important results of the final round? i don't have access to the official site.....
Jul-18-05  Chuckles: 1 Ivanchuk, Vassily [7.5] =:= Bologan, Viktor [7.5]

2 Bluvshtein, Mark [7.5] =:= Kunte, Abhijit [7]

3 Chanda, Sandipan [7] 0:1 Shirov, Alexei [7]

4 Chowdhury, SR [7] 1:0 Moiseenko, Alexander [7]

5 Quan, Zhe [7] =:= Ganguly, SS [7]

6 Kidambi, S. [7] =:= Tyomkin, Dmitri [6.5]

7 Gentes, Kevin [6.5] =:= Nataf, Igor-Alexandre [6.5]

8 Roussel-Roozmon, Thomas [6.5] 1:0 Krush, Irina [6.5]

9 Lawson, Eric [6.5] 0:1 Krnan, Tomas [6.5]

Jul-18-05  capablancakarpov: Here is the link to the tournamentīs official page results:

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  IMlday: A remarkable result from the young prodigy! I suspect the Shirov game was very well prepared beforehand.
Jul-18-05  CdnPathfinder: I second refutor. A Bluvshtein - Nakamura match would be awesome.
Jul-18-05  Montreal1666: Well you guys have to contact the proper Canadian chess autorities and ask them to initiate such a match. Have anyobody here met Bluvshtein in person? Is he 17 years old now?
Jul-18-05  aw1988: I third that match.
Jul-18-05  CdnPathfinder: From the FIDE site, Mark's DOB is Apr 20, 1988 (17 years old). Don't know him personally, but have seen him play live. Seems like a nice enough young man.

Jul-18-05  Montreal1666: The photo in chessbase article makes him look older than 17. Are there more photo's somewhere?
Jul-18-05  CdnPathfinder: here's a link to some photos taken in rd 9. Mark's the guy wearing the yellow shirt at one of the head tables.

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