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Gregory Kaidanov
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Number of games in database: 935
Years covered: 1979 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2549
Highest rating achieved in database: 2695
Overall record: +345 -168 =404 (59.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 18 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (67) 
    B30 B22 B33 B90 B50
 King's Indian (41) 
    E73 E75 E92 E90 E81
 Catalan (37) 
    E06 E04 E01 E08 E02
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    E00 A46 E10 D02 A50
 English (27) 
    A15 A13 A16 A17 A14
 Queen's Gambit Declined (25) 
    D37 D30 D31 D38 D35
With the Black pieces:
 Semi-Slav (99) 
    D45 D43 D44 D47 D48
 Ruy Lopez (74) 
    C80 C78 C77 C84 C82
 French Defense (30) 
    C11 C05 C02 C16 C03
 Queen's Gambit Declined (27) 
    D30 D31 D37 D39 D35
 Ruy Lopez, Open (25) 
    C80 C82 C83 C81
 English (24) 
    A13 A14 A15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kaidanov vs Anand, 1987 1-0
   Taimanov vs Kaidanov, 1988 0-1
   Kaidanov vs Wojtkiewicz, 1994 1-0
   Kaidanov vs W J Donaldson, 1992 1-0
   T Shaked vs Kaidanov, 1993 0-1
   Kaidanov vs Bareev, 1987 1-0
   L Kaushansky vs Kaidanov, 1992 0-1
   K Burger vs Kaidanov, 1993 0-1
   Kaidanov vs Piket, 1988 1-0
   Kaidanov vs de Firmian, 1995 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lvov (1988)
   Moscow-B (1987)
   93rd US Open (1992)
   20th World Open (1992)
   Goodricke Open (2000)
   Gausdal Chess Classic (2008)
   14th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1990)
   United States Championship (1996)
   New York Open (1994)
   United States Championship (1993)
   Chessmaster US Championship 2005 (2004)
   New York Open (1993)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Gibraltar Masters (2018)
   American Continental (2014)

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   🏆 FIDE World Cup
   Kaidanov vs V Karthik (Jul-31-23) 0-1
   V Karthik vs Kaidanov (Jul-30-23) 1/2-1/2
   Kaidanov vs A Donchenko (Dec-08-22) 1-0
   J Santos Latasa vs Kaidanov (Dec-07-22) 1/2-1/2
   Kaidanov vs H H Celik (Dec-06-22) 1-0

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(born Oct-11-1959, 63 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Gregory Zinovyevich Kaidanov was born in Berdichev, (the) Ukraine. Awarded the IM title in 1987 and the GM title in 1988 he has won 1st prizes at Moscow 1987, Lvov 1988, Hastings 1990 and New York 1990. He immigrated to the United States in 1991 and the following year won both the 93rd US Open (1992) and the World Open. He has represented America at Olympiads on several occasions and lives in Kentucky. He lost to Alexander Areshchenko at the World Cup (2013) in the 1st round and was eliminated from the contest.

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Last updated: 2022-09-07 21:37:10

 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 935  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kaidanov vs P Lukacs  1-0401979DubnaC53 Giuoco Piano
2. Kaidanov vs Plachetka  ½-½411979DubnaB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
3. Kaidanov vs K Georgiev  1-0411979DubnaB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Kaidanov vs Razuvaev 0-1351979DubnaC02 French, Advance
5. Kaidanov vs Suetin  0-1391979DubnaC02 French, Advance
6. Kaidanov vs K Grigorian  0-1451981Duz-Khotimirsky MemorialA57 Benko Gambit
7. E Dragomarezkij vs Kaidanov  1-0441981Duz-Khotimirsky MemorialA22 English
8. Glek vs Kaidanov  ½-½241981Duz-Khotimirsky MemorialA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
9. G Kuzmin vs Kaidanov  ½-½451983URS-ch sf IrkutskC77 Ruy Lopez
10. Psakhis vs Kaidanov  ½-½271983URS-ch sf IrkutskB83 Sicilian
11. Chekhov vs Kaidanov  ½-½191983URS-ch sf IrkutskD85 Grunfeld
12. Kaidanov vs V Arbakov  1-0641983URS-ch sf IrkutskA15 English
13. A Panchenko vs Kaidanov  ½-½221983URS-ch sf IrkutskC42 Petrov Defense
14. Chernin vs Kaidanov  1-0461983URS-ch sf IrkutskA13 English
15. Kaidanov vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½171983URS-ch sf IrkutskA15 English
16. Kaidanov vs A V Kharitonov  ½-½161983URS-ch sf IrkutskD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
17. S Palatnik vs Kaidanov  ½-½241983URS-ch sf IrkutskE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
18. Lputian vs Kaidanov  1-0261983URS-ch sf IrkutskD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. Kaidanov vs Vladimirov  0-1351983URS-ch sf IrkutskA00 Uncommon Opening
20. Kaidanov vs V Zilberstein  1-0381983URS-ch sf IrkutskD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
21. Kaidanov vs H Tavadian  ½-½341983URS-ch sf IrkutskD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. G Timoscenko vs Kaidanov  ½-½171983URS-ch sf IrkutskA21 English
23. Kaidanov vs Pigusov  ½-½241983URS-ch sf IrkutskD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. A Bykhovsky vs Kaidanov  ½-½551983URS-ch sf IrkutskE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. Kaidanov vs I Polovodin  ½-½181983URS-ch sf IrkutskE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 935  PGN Download
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Nov-01-10  Tomlinsky: Here's an interesting, and lively, antidote for French players featured on Vol 2 of the Killer French DVD. It's always nice tearing those cheeky KIA merchants off a strip wherever possible. :)

[Event "US op 104th"]
[Site "Los Angeles"]
[Date "2003.08.11"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Stripunsky, Alexander"]
[Black "Kaidanov, Gregory S"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A08"]
[WhiteElo "2543"]
[BlackElo "2638"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "2003.08.03"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "12"]
[EventCountry "USA"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2003.09.04"]

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 Nc6 5. g3 g6 6. Bg2 Bg7 7. O-O Nge7 8. Re1 b6 9. c3 a5 10. a4 Ra7 11. exd5 exd5 12. Nb3 d4 13. cxd4 cxd4 14. Bg5 O-O 15. Rc1 h6 16. Rxc6 hxg5 17. Rc4 Ba6 18. Rc1 Nd5 19. Nbxd4 Nb4 20. Nc6 Nxc6 21. Rxc6 Rd7 22. Qb3 Bb7 23. Ne5 Bxe5 24. Rxe5 Bxc6 25. Bxc6 Rxd3 26. Qb5 Rd2 27. Re3 Qf6 28. Rf3 Qxb2 29. Rb3 0-1

Jan-10-12  Albertan: Kaidanov’s chess homework pays at Eastern Open:
Feb-01-14  thegoodanarchist: Greg, you probably do not remember me because our last lesson together was about 15 years ago, but I think you are a superb chess teacher!
May-23-15  TheFocus: <During my lessons I constantly emphasize the importance of open files and activity of the pieces. Unfortunately, the majority of club players worry more about such things as doubled pawns and weak squares, rather than worrying about the fact that their pieces are passive> - Gregory Kaidanov.
Oct-12-17  diagonal: GM Kaidanov, inductee of the U.S. Chess Hall Of Fame - Portrait:

<Born in Berdychiv, Ukraine, USSR, Gregory Kaidanov learned chess from his father at the age of six. In the 1980s, he won many international tournaments while playing for the Soviet Union, and he earned the title of Grandmaster in 1988. Three years later, he and his family immigrated to the United States, settling in Lexington, Kentucky.

In 1992, he had an impressive string of victories, tying for first in the Chicago Open, before winning the top prizes in the World Open and the United States Open Championship.

Kaidanov also scored many great successes while playing for American teams. He played in the Olympiads six times between 1996 and 2006, winning a team bronze in 1996, a team silver in 1998, an individual silver in 2004, and a team bronze in 2006. Kaidanov also competed in the World Team Championships three times between 1993 and 2005, winning a team gold and an individual silver in 1993, and a team silver and individual gold in 1997.

His major tournament victories include the mentioned 1992 World Open, and 1992 U.S. Open, as well as the first Aeroflot Open in Moscow in 2002, and the last Gausdal Classic (international invitational tournament) in 2008.

Kaidanov, who is one of the most active Grandmaster teachers in the U.S., also coached the 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympiad Team to third place.>

For further tournament wins, see also in the cg. box above, ie. Kaidanov took the closed New York Manhattan together with veteran Efim Geller in 1990:, and co-won the Hastings Masters in the same year.

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  OhioChessFan: I remember another game in the simul I cited 8 years ago. The game started 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 g6. (I admit losing a skittles game to that once and my opponent being shocked when I resigned after Qxe5). The hapless patzer-an adult man, not a kid-played on until mate, and seemed completely oblivious to what a breach of etiquette that was. Move after move, Kaidanov came to that table and moved instantly. When it got to the last 3-4 players, just about everyone was wondering why the guy didn't resign, wondered how he couldn't notice Kaidanov had to stop at all the other boards and not just slap a piece down as he walked by. As time went on, I realized the guy had probably never played a game where either side resigned. Just that skittles stuff where you play it out to mate.

Anyway, it was truly maddening when it was over that one of the patzer's friends came up and said, "Good work, you held on for a long time." I probably wasn't the only one who wanted to tell him what everyone else thought.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Ohio,

Some taking part in a simul view it as them against him (or her) a team event rather than a skittles solo game v the master.

Anyone who resigns early is then chastised and I've heard of cases where one lad has pepped talked the 'team' prior to the master appearing telling everyone not to resign because this gives a better chance to the rest of the tem. Keep him playing.

Also, it is not uncommon for casual players to think you must play on till you are mated and resigning is unsportsmanlike akin to sulking.

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  perfidious: <Geoff>, a most interesting viewpoint--in my simul days, I never witnessed such behaviour.
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  Sally Simpson: He perfidious,

I gave the same 'team' a pep talk prior to the Edinburgh C.C. new season curtain raiser, last's years club champion takes on the club champion in a sumul. That year is was Keith Ruxton.

I wanted him to score P.20 L.20. Sadly he won the lot.

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  OhioChessFan: <Sally: Some taking part in a simul view it as them against him (or her) a team event rather than a skittles solo game v the master.>


<Anyone who resigns early is then chastised and I've heard of cases where one lad has pepped talked the 'team' prior to the master appearing telling everyone not to resign because this gives a better chance to the rest of the tem. Keep him playing.>

I get that, but I wouldn't go along with it-unless it was a clock simul. At the Kaidanov simul, the other breach of etiquette I saw was a Master level player, on the University team, who thought it was cute to blitz out a 5 move combination. Kaidanov went along with it, and clearly saw farther than the Master, who looked a bit chagrinned at Kaidanov's last move. As it turned out, the last man standing was a bit below 2000. At the time of the 5 move blitz, I thought he was going to have a stroke when he saw that other player making things easy on the GM.

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  perfidious: Dang, Kaidanov's hourly rate was half that when I worked with him in 2000-01.
Nov-26-19  Dionysius1: Where did you see his rates? I'm always curious how GMs earn their money.
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  OhioChessFan: From his website:

The current rate for new students is $120/h.

I am working almost within a full capacity, so when you call/e-mail about lessons, please indicate some choices regarding your schedule.>


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  perfidious: <Dionysius1>, believe I first contacted Kaidanov by phone; there was a small ad in the back of <Chess Life>.
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  MissScarlett: Wasn't Kaidanov robbed on his first day in America? He's come a long way.
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  FSR: <OCF> $80/hour is typical. Cyrus Lakdawala could charge more, but charges $60. You can get IMs and even GMs from third world countries for way less.
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  Diademas: : I know some top players, like Svidler, gives private lessons. Anyone who knows what they could charge?
Not that I'm in the market. Just curious.
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  FSR: <Diademas> I hadn't heard that Svidler gives lessons. I was actually in a group workshop (about 3 hours) with him a few months ago for which I paid $100, but that was a one-off. (I've also done such workshops with Short and Leko.) I'm sure someone like Svidler could charge a high rate ($200/hour or more) if he wanted. You can find lots of coaches (dunno about Svidler) online, for example at
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  Diademas: Thanks <FSR>.

<I hadn't heard that Svidler gives lessons.>
He mentioned a businessman he was coaching on a a livestream. Can't remember the context, and I don't think I could dig up a reference.

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  FSR: <Diademas> He's on Twitter (@polborta) and I think livestreams on Twitch, so it shouldn't be hard to contact him if one wants to.
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  Diademas: <FSR: <Diademas> He's on Twitter (@polborta) and I think livestreams on Twitch, so it shouldn't be hard to contact him if one wants to.>

I'm afraid that would be a waste of time for both of us. Like getting Rembrandt to teach a toddler how to draw.

Jan-12-21  fabelhaft: On coaches, there’s also Cochess

with for example

Darius Swiercz $90/lesson
Romain Edouard $100
Laurent Fressinet $250
Jon Ludvig Hammer $250


Jul-27-21  Albertan: Kaidanov won thé U.S Seniors:

Jul-27-21  Albertan: Gregory Kaidanov is U.S. Senior Champion 2021:

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  OhioChessFan: 62 YO today. Apparently he only plays clasical time controls.
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