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Jaan Ehlvest
Photography courtesy of United States Chess League.  
Number of games in database: 1,677
Years covered: 1977 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2517 (2554 rapid, 2506 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640

Overall record: +473 -242 =640 (58.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 322 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (129) 
    B90 B44 B41 B40 B89
 King's Indian (69) 
    E92 E97 E60 E63 E91
 Ruy Lopez (52) 
    C92 C67 C84 C91 C61
 English (50) 
    A13 A15 A14 A10 A17
 French Defense (48) 
    C11 C02 C00 C19 C18
 Queen's Indian (44) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (164) 
    B83 B81 B80 B42 B51
 Queen's Indian (49) 
    E12 E15 E17 E19 E13
 Sicilian Scheveningen (48) 
    B83 B81 B80 B82 B84
 Ruy Lopez (45) 
    C64 C62 C78 C84 C92
 Queen's Pawn Game (45) 
    A45 A46 A40 A41 D02
 Robatsch (43) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kramnik vs Ehlvest, 1995 0-1
   Ehlvest vs Andersson, 1988 1-0
   Ehlvest vs Nakamura, 2009 1/2-1/2
   Ehlvest vs S Savitskiy, 2019 1-0
   Ehlvest vs I Rausis, 1995 1-0
   Ehlvest vs Salov, 1984 1-0
   Ehlvest vs Beliavsky, 1991 1-0
   Kanep vs Ehlvest, 2003 0-1
   Ehlvest vs Anand, 1989 1-0
   Ehlvest vs Neverov, 2005 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Terrassa (1991)
   Reggio Emilia 1989/90 (1990)
   Belfort World Cup (1988)
   Zagreb Interzonal (1987)
   Reykjavik World Cup (1988)
   Tallinn (1985)
   Reykjavik Open (2000)
   Gibraltar Masters (2007)
   Dubai op (2001)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   PCA Qualifiers (1993)
   Moscow Olympiad (1994)
   Gibraltar Masters (2013)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Belfort World Cup 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Reykjavik World Cup 1991 by suenteus po 147
   Rotterdam World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Tallinn 1985 by Chessdreamer
   Belgrade 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Biel 1996 by suenteus po 147

   Zappa vs Ehlvest, 2005
   Ehlvest vs Zappa, 2005

   🏆 PRO League Group Stage
   Ehlvest vs L Paichadze (Mar-14-19) 0-1, rapid
   Martirosyan vs Ehlvest (Mar-14-19) 1-0, rapid
   Ehlvest vs Nihal (Mar-14-19) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   A Puranik vs Ehlvest (Mar-14-19) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Ehlvest vs D Frolyanov (Mar-14-19) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Oct-14-1962, 59 years old) Estonia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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GM Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest was born in the USSR. He was awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1987. He won the European Junior Championship in 1982-83 and was 2nd in the World Junior Championship of 1981. In 1987 he was 3rd= in the 54th USSR Championship, 2nd= at Zagreb, and 1st= at Vrsac. After this in 1990 he was 1st at Reggio Emilia ahead of Vassily Ivanchuk and Anatoly Karpov. He also was a World Title Candidate in 1988 but lost his first match (+0, =3, -2) against Artur Yusupov. American Continental Champion at Boca Raton 2008. Placed =2nd at the 2013 Dubai Open.

Wikipedia article: Jaan Ehlvest

Last updated: 2018-03-11 00:11:10

 page 1 of 70; games 1-25 of 1,736  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ehlvest vs Kasparov 0-1401977URS-chT U20B10 Caro-Kann
2. Kasparov vs Ehlvest 1-0381978Team TournamentB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. T Khasanov vs Ehlvest  0-1291979URS-ch U20B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
4. Wojtkiewicz vs Ehlvest  1-0391980URSB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Ehlvest vs Malisauskas  1-0461980USSR Junior ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. Wojtkiewicz vs Ehlvest  0-1251980USSR Junior ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
7. V Bezman vs Ehlvest  0-1271980USSR Junior ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
8. Ehlvest vs Krasenkow  1-0431980USSR Junior ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
9. Ehlvest vs Salov  0-1381980Junior Selection TournamentB33 Sicilian
10. Ehlvest vs V Maiorov  1-0311980Junior Selection TournamentD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Ehlvest vs B Asanov  1-0371980Junior Selection TournamentE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
12. T Imanaliev vs Ehlvest  0-1301980Junior Selection TournamentA08 King's Indian Attack
13. N Andrianov vs Ehlvest  1-0411980Junior Selection TournamentA48 King's Indian
14. A Sokolov vs Ehlvest  1-0311980Junior Selection TournamentB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
15. Ehlvest vs I Novikov  ½-½521980Junior Selection TournamentB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
16. Ehlvest vs Bronstein  ½-½301980URS-ch48 sfD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. Ehlvest vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½601980URS-ch48 sfD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
18. A Kremenietsky vs Ehlvest  ½-½521980URS-ch48 sfB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
19. Chekhov vs Ehlvest  1-0421980URS-ch48 sfE97 King's Indian
20. V Osnos vs Ehlvest  ½-½411980URS-ch48 sfA61 Benoni
21. Chiburdanidze vs Ehlvest  ½-½411981URS-ch YMB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
22. Ehlvest vs Tyomkin  1-0421981Bukhara U20D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Ehlvest vs V Malaniuk  0-1411981URS-ch YMD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Kuporosov vs Ehlvest  0-1501981Bukhara U20B83 Sicilian
25. Ehlvest vs Huzman  1-0471981Bukhara U20B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
 page 1 of 70; games 1-25 of 1,736  PGN Download
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Mar-03-09  jussu: Good to see Jaan back in action.
Premium Chessgames Member
  suenteus po 147: A small but very respectable tournament won by Ehlvest himself: Game Collection: Reggio Emilia 1989/90
Apr-21-09  Raisin Death Ray: Ehlvest has left the building!
Apr-21-09  I Like Fish: Ehlvest was...
and still is...
the king...
of rock n roll...
Apr-21-09  Raisin Death Ray: <I Like Fish> No way! Johnny Chasht was way better!
Apr-21-09  Jim Bartle: But not rock and roll.
Apr-21-09  Raisin Death Ray: <Jim Bartle> Maybe not, but I'M not telling him that! :)
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Ehlvest's blog can be read at:

Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: During a 1987 Candidates Match, Estonian top GM Jaan Ehlvest wore a white shirt and black tie when he played white, and a black shirt and white tie when he had black.

Happy Birthday GM Ehlvest!

Apr-13-11  myschkin: . . .

"The Player"

(Mängija, Estonia, 2008, 53 min, Portrait)

Synopsis: A documentary about the gifted Estonian chess grandmaster, Jaan Ehlvest. Playing chess is his only income, but above all, it is his calling. In the Soviet Union, Jaan belonged to the chess elite, in New York he has to take part in low-budget competitions, where the winner gets 200 dollars. This documentary poses the question: will Ehlvest break through one more time, will he reach the top again? Through this journey we will begin to see chess player Jaan Ehlvest as a person. The Player tells a story about being yourself in the conditions of social and individual upheaval.


Oct-14-11  minasina: <myschkin> can you watch that documentary more than one minute?
Oct-14-11  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Ehlvest!
Dec-21-11  Albertan: Response letter from Jann Ehlvest on FIDE President's visit to Estonia:
Jan-08-12  timhortons: ehlvest is playing in keres memorial. I added some of his exciting game in the database.

Jan-08-12  timhortons: i added the full pgn of this game in the database, nice end game win by ehlvest

Ehlvest,J - Volodin,A, XXI Paul Keres Memorial Main Tournament 2012

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black in accuracies hit the mark, though i cant figure out how good the engine evaluation in such end game.

Jan-08-12  timhortons: <black in accuracies hit the mark, though i cant figure out how good the engine evaluation in such end game.>

i mean in such end game position.

Oct-14-12  Eastfrisian: 50 years old. Congratulations to GM Ehlvest.
Oct-14-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Happy 51st Birthday GM Jaan Ehlvest! :D

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to the <POTD>: Jaan Ehlvest.
Jul-22-14  zanzibar: Both of his Blitz games from Dubai 2014 are missing.

For comparison purposes, Byambaa also dropped out early, but all three of his(?) games are on <CG>.

May-25-15  TheFocus: <Recently, I've had a lot of critics saying I should concentrate more during the game. But I'm usually very nervous, that's why I walk around. Chess is a horrible game. I mean, the game is very nice, but for a profession it's something else. It's not easy to concentrate, you know? If you try to over-concentrate, you can break down. It must be a balance. In American chess, concentration is not so important> - Jaan Ehlvest.
Sep-20-17  diagonal: At Zagreb Interzonal 1987 (Korchnoi won at age of 58), Ehlvest finished second / third together with Seirawan and thus qualified for the following FIDE Candidate matches, Jaan Ehlvest then was still an IM!! For that achievement, Ehlvest was awarded 1987 the FIDE GM title automatically.

In the GMA World Cup cycle 1988/89 Ehlvest placed fourth behind only Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, and Valery Salov (25 top players participating, point scoring system).

Ehlvest won at Reggio Emilia 1989/90, as clear first ahead of 2. Ivanchuk and 3. Karpov, followed by 4./5. Ribli and Andersson, etc., his maybe biggest success.

Estonian sportsman of the year in 1987 and 1989, a very rare distinction for a chess player.

Oct-14-17  waustad: Happy birthday!
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: People say we look alike. E.g.

<diceman: <FSR: There are a few actual pictures of me:>

Thats hilarious!
I never knew it was FSR's actual face.

I thought he was using a
"Jaan Ehlvest" avatar!>

Robert James Fischer (archived)

To my surprise, Jaan Ehlvest friended me on

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  thegoodanarchist: I see the resemblance!

More importantly, does your chess play resemble his chess play?

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