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Eduard Gufeld
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Number of games in database: 1,461
Years covered: 1953 to 2002
Highest rating achieved in database: 2565
Overall record: +476 -262 =698 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 25 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (217) 
    B44 B90 B81 B32 B39
 Ruy Lopez (133) 
    C92 C67 C95 C73 C99
 French Defense (60) 
    C00 C07 C05 C03 C09
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (56) 
    C92 C95 C99 C96 C89
 French Tarrasch (35) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C06
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (32) 
    B62 B67 B60 B65 B64
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (252) 
    B32 B76 B52 B60 B22
 King's Indian (198) 
    E70 E62 E60 E97 E84
 Sicilian Dragon (77) 
    B76 B77 B73 B72 B70
 Pirc (41) 
    B08 B07 B09
 Modern Benoni (28) 
    A56 A57 A65 A61 A60
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A45 D01 D02 A46 A41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 0-1
   Gufeld vs B Ivanovic, 1979 1-0
   Smyslov vs Gufeld, 1967 0-1
   Gufeld vs U Tarve, 1969 1-0
   Gufeld vs Tal, 1959 1-0
   A J Mestel vs Gufeld, 1987 0-1
   Gufeld vs Smyslov, 1975 1-0
   Gufeld vs Fedorowicz, 1999 1-0
   Gufeld vs Huebner, 1972 1-0
   Gufeld vs L Espig, 1980 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   URS-ch sf Vilnius (1960)
   URS-ch sf Kirovabad (1973)
   Goglidze Memorial (1980)
   Ukrainian Championship (1962)
   Laszlo Toth Memorial (1968)
   Ukrainian Championship (1963)
   Ukrainian Championship (1960)
   URS-ch semifinal Novosibirsk (1962)
   Plaza (1988)
   URS-ch sf Tashkent (1958)
   Ukrainian Championship (1964)
   October Revolution 50 (1967)
   Ukrainian Championship (1958)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   99th US Open (1998)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Baku 1980 by suenteus po 147
   Tallinn 1981 by Chessdreamer
   Tallinn 1969 by Chessdreamer
   Plaza International Chess Tt 1988 by Benzol
   The Complete Dragon (Gufeld & Stetsko) by AdolfoAugusto

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(born Mar-19-1936, died Sep-23-2002, 66 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Eduard Yefrimovich Gufeld was born in Kiev, Ukraine (formerly USSR). He was awarded the USSR Master title in 1958. In 1960 he won the USSR Armed Forces Championship. Awarded the GM title in 1967 he was a well respected chess journalist and trainer. He was the personal trainer of Woman's World Champion Maia Chiburdanidze.

In tournaments he was 1st at Gori 1971, 1st at Tbilisi 1971, 1st= at Tbilisi 1974, 1st at Tbilisi 1980, 1st= at Havana 1985 and 1st at the American Open 1999. He passed away in Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles in 2002.

Wikipedia article: Eduard Gufeld

 page 1 of 59; games 1-25 of 1,461  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Yuchtman vs Gufeld  1-038195322nd Ch Ukraine (sf)B30 Sicilian
2. V Tokarev vs Gufeld  0-1271954Ukrainian ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
3. Zveriaka vs Gufeld  ½-½521954Ukrainian ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. Gufeld vs M Levin 1-0381954Ukrainian ChampionshipA80 Dutch
5. Gufeld vs M Lubensky  1-0301954Ukrainian ChampionshipC00 French Defense
6. E Bolshakov vs Gufeld  ½-½211954Ukrainian ChampionshipB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
7. Gufeld vs E Kogan  ½-½321954Ukrainian ChampionshipD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. A Serebrisky vs Gufeld  0-1501954Ukrainian ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. Gufeld vs A Matskevich  0-1481954Ukrainian ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Gufeld vs Tal 0-1251954URS-chT JuniorsC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
11. Gufeld vs V Shklovsky  ½-½471955Ukrainian ChampionshipC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
12. A Zamikhovsky vs Gufeld  0-1411955Ukrainian ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
13. Gufeld vs D Koval  1-0211955Ukrainian ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Gufeld vs Klovans 1-0181956All-Union Mass TtC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
15. A Kofman vs Gufeld  ½-½331956Ukrainian ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
16. V Shiyanovsky vs Gufeld  ½-½161956Ukrainian ChampionshipB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
17. Gufeld vs I Pogrebissky  ½-½141956Ukrainian ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
18. A Makarov vs Gufeld  0-1501956Ukrainian ChampionshipB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
19. Gufeld vs A Khavin  ½-½221956Ukrainian ChampionshipB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
20. A Serebrisky vs Gufeld  ½-½271956Ukrainian ChampionshipE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
21. I Lipnitsky vs Gufeld  ½-½201956Ukrainian ChampionshipB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
22. Gufeld vs A Bannik  ½-½301956Ukrainian ChampionshipC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
23. Gufeld vs A Zamikhovsky  ½-½591956Ukrainian ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Gufeld vs Y Sheinberg  1-0261956Ukrainian ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. J Rotstein vs Gufeld  1-0501956Ukrainian ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
 page 1 of 59; games 1-25 of 1,461  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Mar-19-12  BlackSheep: I like Guefeld he's a character in the mostly personalityless (I just made that word up before a dictionary stasi-agent jumps on it) world of chess .
Oct-04-12  wordfunph: from D. Bjelica's Grandmasters in Profile..

<GM Eduard Gufeld told a story from one of the Soviet championships at which he and GM Lev Polugaevsky had played. Lev offered a draw and then immediately noticed that he was in a winning position. Gufeld also noticed and jokingly remarked to the grandmasters present: "Lev has offered me a draw and he is now trying to convince me not to accept it.">


Oct-04-12  Shams: <wordfunph> Surely this is that game: Gufeld vs Polugaevsky, 1959
Mar-19-13  Abdel Irada: Those anecdotes are pearls beyond price, <wordfunph>. Thank you for compiling and posting them.
Mar-19-13  BlackSheep: Happy Birthday Eddie .
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  offramp: Once again, thank you <wordfunph>!
Sep-08-14  SirChrislov: This month marks 12 years since his passing. He would be 78 years young. His games are his monument. And his big heart.

One of my recent tournament games, dedicated to my coach/trainer, GM Gufeld

SirChrislov vs. Tomer, Whittier CA, 2014 1.d4 f5 2.e4 d6 3.nc3 nc6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.f3 fxe4 6.Bg5 d4 7.Bb3 e6 8.fxe4 dxe4 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.n1e2 e3 11.Rf1 Qh4+ 12.g3 Qxh2 13.d5 Bd6 14.ne4 exd5 15.Qxd5 ne5 16.0-0-0 Qxe2 17.nxd6+ cxd6 18.Qxd6 nc6 19.Bf7#.

May-02-15  TheFocus: <For me, chess is life and every game is like a new life. Every chess player gets to live many lives in one lifetime> - Gufeld, Eduard.
May-25-15  TheFocus: <After losing a game I play the next one better, after losing the second game I play like a lion, but after three defeats in a row anyone can beat me!> - Eduard Gufeld.
Sep-12-15  ozmikey: I've just read GM Sosonko's chapter on Gufeld in "The Reliable Past" - it captures the man perfectly, at least as I remember him from his visits to Australia. Passionate and effusive, great fun to be around, but often manipulative, selfish and sulky.

Just after his visit, my father made a list of some of the classic "Gufeldisms" for our local chess rag, and I found the list recently. A sample:

"Why not you zis tek?" - Gambit declined
"Pliss tek my elephant!" - Bishop sacrifice
"Now giff mutt!!" - Show me the forced mate
"Oii! Iss trazhedy!" - Blunder
"Tsirkus (Circus)" - Simultaneous exhibition
"Zis pawn says 'fyollow me!'" - 1.e4

Mar-19-16  andrewjsacks: <ozmikey> Right. And those of us in Southern California did not much see the best of him, as it was late in his life, his playing strength somewhat diminished, and he was scrambling to make money on chess lessons.
Mar-19-16  TheFocus: I met him in Hawaii. Very nice man.
Mar-19-16  kamagong24: the Sicilian Dragon Maestro!
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  ketchuplover: Good job SirChrislov. May Mr.Gufeld rest with pieces.
Apr-09-16  john barleycorn: An instructive game in the Richter-Rauzer variant not in this database.

Gufeld, Eduard - Utasi, Tamas 1-0
B64 Havana-A
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. O-O-O O-O 9. f4 h6 10. Bh4 Bd7 11. Nf3 Qa5 12. Kb1 Rfd8 13. Bd3 b5 14. Rhg1 b4 15. Ne2 e5 16. g4 Be6 17. b3 d5 18. Bxf6 Bxf6 19. g5 hxg5 20. fxg5 Be7 21. g6 dxe4 22. gxf7+ Bxf7 23. Qh6 1-0

Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: chessbase has a nice article on him today
Apr-18-16  zanzibar: The guy must love red beets...

Maybe a little too much?

Apr-18-16  Retireborn: <z> LOL - he looks like Hellboy there!
Sep-09-18  SirChrislov: He's the uncle of <ketchuplover>
Mar-19-19  Ironmanth: Wonderful to have seen, met you, and followed your analyses at World Opens in the past, good sir. RIP, Grandmaster.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: R.I.P. Eduard Gufeld.
Apr-29-20  wordfunph: "After losing a game I play the next one better, after losing the second game I play like a lion, but aft er three defeats in a row anyone can beat me!"

- GM Eduard Gufeld

Source: NICM 2019 01

May-03-23  stone free or die: A picture of him as a younger man:


May-03-23  stone free or die: Maybe from 1967...
May-03-23  Granny O Doul: Wordfunph's quote above evokes a bit of wisdom ascribed to James Thurber: "One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough."
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