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Raymond S Kaufman
Number of games in database: 70
Years covered: 1997 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2255 (2321 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2393

Overall record: +25 -34 =10 (43.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Modern Benoni (5) 
    A57 A58 A70
 Sicilian (4) 
    B68 B22 B90 B42
 Queen's Gambit Declined (4) 
    D31 D30 D37 D38
 Benko Gambit (4) 
    A57 A58
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E34 E32 E59
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (6) 
    B42 B57 B20 B31 B25
 French Defense (5) 
    C11 C18 C05 C01 C10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H Schneider-Zinner vs R Kaufman, 2007 0-1
   J Wang vs R Kaufman, 2011 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   PWC Toronto Open (2009)
   Foxwoods Open (2008)
   Liverpool op (2007)
   Hastings 2008/09 (2009)
   Hastings 2007/08 (2008)

   🏆 Northern Lights Open
   H S Gretarsson vs R Kaufman (Nov-12-17) 1-0
   R Kaufman vs Sarin Nihal (Nov-10-17) 1/2-1/2
   Le Quang Liem vs R Kaufman (Oct-21-14) 1-0
   R Kaufman vs A Kolev (Dec-26-12) 0-1
   R Kaufman vs S Sloan (Oct-27-12) 1-0

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(born Oct-26-1982, 38 years old) United States of America

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An International Master, and the son of Larry Kaufman.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 70  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs R Kaufman 1-0631997UMBC simulA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. R Kaufman vs E Schiller 0-1231997Western States OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
3. R Kaufman vs D Kopec  0-1191998Hampstead GM3B68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
4. O Adu vs R Kaufman  1-0281999Northern Virginia opC42 Petrov Defense
5. B Sheinfeld vs R Kaufman  0-1181999Northern Virginia opC47 Four Knights
6. A Hahn vs R Kaufman 1-0252000Foxwoods OpenE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
7. P Thiel vs R Kaufman  ½-½262000101st US OpenC18 French, Winawer
8. R Kaufman vs J Brownstein  1-0242001Virginia opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. A Pixton vs R Kaufman  1-0542001NCCD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
10. R Kaufman vs S Muhammad  0-1232001NCCA15 English
11. D E Vigorito vs R Kaufman  ½-½202003World Open: Open SectionD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. R Kaufman vs O Zaikov  0-1312006US Chess LeagueA57 Benko Gambit
13. R Kaufman vs Wei Ming Kevin Goh  0-1172007First Saturday JuneC10 French
14. M Galyas vs R Kaufman  1-0432007First Saturday JuneD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
15. R Kaufman vs H Asabri  1-0312007First Saturday JuneA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
16. E Kahn vs R Kaufman  0-1472007First Saturday JuneB20 Sicilian
17. R Kaufman vs N A Adams  1-0482007First Saturday JuneD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Z Csapo vs R Kaufman 0-1262007First Saturday JuneC10 French
19. H Schneider-Zinner vs R Kaufman 0-1292007Olomouc Ave Kontakt Cup IMCE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
20. V Meijers vs R Kaufman  0-1252007Liverpool opA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
21. R Kaufman vs S Haslinger  0-1392007Liverpool opD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. J Mollison vs R Kaufman  0-1282007Liverpool opB06 Robatsch
23. R Williamson vs R Kaufman  ½-½232007Liverpool opC78 Ruy Lopez
24. R Kaufman vs J Shaw  0-1332007Liverpool opC41 Philidor Defense
25. R Kaufman vs R C Cannon  1-0572007Liverpool opA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-25-07  Caissanist: FM, son of IM Larry Kaufman. Reuben Fine noted that parent-child masters are quite rare (much rarer than sibling masters) and considered this to be evidence of the Oedipal nature of chess. Besides the Kaufmans, the only parent-child titled players that I know of are the Needlemans.

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  Benzol: <Caissanist> The Vidmars also come to mind. Are there any others?
Aug-09-07  Caissanist: Thanks Benzol, I'd forgotten about them. There's one more--GM Thomas Paehtz and IM Elisabeth Paehtz.
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  whiteshark: Father: Michael Stock and daughter: Lara Stock
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  sisyphus: Ray Kaufman is now an International Master; title approved at the 79th FIDE Congress which was held 16-26 November 2008 in Dresden, Germany.
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  sisyphus: I saw Ray Kaufman at the Arlington [Virgina] Chess Club last night; he was there for a blitz tournament.

Afterwards, he was in the skittles room, playing cards – I presume poker. I don't know what the stakes were. But all the chess players who've taken up poker make me wonder if I could cash in.

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  Benzol: If I'm not mistaken Michael is the father of Jennifer and Greg.

Jun-28-10  Jim Bartle: Yes, according to an article in the Smithsonian on Jennifer Shahade from 2003, her father Michael was Pennsylvania state champion several times.
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  wordfunph: Philadelphia 1999, National Chess Congress:

National Master Raymond Kaufman is the son of GM Larry Kaufman. In the first round, they were somehow paired against each other. Larry protested and they were re-paired. As a result, both of them lost: Raymond to Yury Lapshun and Larry to the young Canadian player Zhe Quan.

(Source: Play 1.b4! by Yury Lapshun & Nick Conticello)

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  FSR: As usual, Wikipedia has the answer(s):
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  perfidious: One which might be missing: the Yudoviches, Mikhail Sr and Jr.
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  FSR: <perfidious> I've added them. Thanks.
Oct-11-12  Maatalkko: So, is there a parent-child set of GM's out there? I don't think so. There are famous father & son duos in baseball, boxing, driving, and American football. You'd think that, of the hundreds and now thousands of Grandmasters out there, some of whom even marry strong female players, one of them would have a child who is just as strong.

On the other hand, lots of strong players, perhaps even most, have a father who is an amateur player. It seems that being better than your dad is one of the main draws in chess, while having an indomitable father is just discouraging.

The same thing happens with brothers, I think; if one brother is always stronger than another, the weaker one tends to quit chess. Asoka Nakamura is a famous example, and my own brother is another. I would take a large bet that Adream Liang won't be playing tournaments as an adult.

Sisters tend to fare better, so much so that I think the ladies would put up a good fight in a "sisters versus brothers" match of the top sibling teams.

It definitely helps to have a family who understands or at least respects chess. However, my theory is that chess is such a test of pride and ego that it's very difficult to compete, even indirectly, against those closest to you.

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  SteinitzLives: Chess brothers are more common than one would think:

The Byrne Brothers,
The Bolbochan Brothers (or were they cousins?)
Lajos Portisch and his brother IM Ferenc Portisch,
The Horvath brothers (both GMs)
The Pert brothers, one IM and one GM, and they are twins, The Agdestein Brothers,
The Orso Brothers,
and lest we forget: The Pirranha brothers; "born on probation".

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  perfidious: <SteinitzLives> Per the reference provided by <FSR> above, the Bolbochans were brothers.
Oct-12-12  Maatalkko: <SteinitzLives> Good info. I always thought there was only one Horvath. Still, the Polgars are stronger than any of those, and there are also the Kosintsevas (both GM's) and the Muzychuks (GM and IM). I don't know if the Vasilevich women (both IM) are sisters or not. In the distant past, Vera Menchik had a less famous sister, Olga.

I guess I thought there were more sisters in top level chess than there really are because the Muzychuks, Kosintsevas, and Polgars are so famous. I do think those families would beat the top three brothers in a team tournament, however. That would be a fun idea for a team tournament similar to the veterans vs young ladies match.

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