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Yehuda Gruenfeld
Y Gruenfeld 
Number of games in database: 499
Years covered: 1974 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2424 (2399 rapid, 2433 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550

Overall record: +168 -127 =203 (54.1%)*
   * 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:
 Sicilian (97) 
    B47 B42 B77 B32 B81
 Ruy Lopez (55) 
    C92 C95 C72 C83 C79
 French Defense (35) 
    C05 C07 C11 C03 C04
 French Tarrasch (25) 
    C05 C07 C03 C04 C09
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (24) 
    C92 C95 C99 C96 C89
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B96 B94 B97 B99 B90
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (73) 
    B90 B92 B22 B99 B23
 Modern Benoni (34) 
    A61 A77 A70 A65 A60
 Sicilian Najdorf (33) 
    B90 B92 B99 B93 B95
 English (27) 
    A14 A15 A16 A19 A13
 Queen's Indian (21) 
    E12 E17 E19 E15 E14
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A45 A41 A46 E10 D00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Chandler vs Y Gruenfeld, 1979 0-1
   Y Gruenfeld vs Tal, 1979 1/2-1/2
   Y Gruenfeld vs Susan Polgar, 1985 1-0
   Y Gruenfeld vs Soltis, 1979 1-0
   F Baragar vs Y Gruenfeld, 1987 0-1
   Tringov vs Y Gruenfeld, 1980 1/2-1/2
   Y Gruenfeld vs O C Moen, 1980 1-0
   Y Gruenfeld vs Van der Wiel, 1985 1-0
   Y Gruenfeld vs Svidler, 1995 1/2-1/2
   Y Gruenfeld vs Tarjan, 1979 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dortmund (1984)
   Biel (1980)
   Rishon LeZion (1992)
   Tel Aviv (1988)
   Tel Aviv (1991)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Zagreb Interzonal (1987)
   Gideon Japhet Memorial (2014)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   13th Unive Tournament (Open) (2009)
   World Senior Teams Championship (50+) (2017)
   Valletta Olympiad (1980)
   Israeli Championship (1994)
   EUR-chT (Men) 9th (1989)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)

   🏆 Batumi Olympiad
   S Babarykin vs Y Gruenfeld (Oct-05-18) 1/2-1/2
   Y Gruenfeld vs R Makoto (Oct-03-18) 0-1
   B Magana vs Y Gruenfeld (Oct-02-18) 0-1
   K Farazi vs Y Gruenfeld (Oct-01-18) 1/2-1/2
   Y Gruenfeld vs O Husbands (Sep-30-18) 1-0

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(born Feb-28-1956, 67 years old) Poland (federation/nationality Israel)

[what is this?]
Yehuda Gruenfeld was born in Dzierzoniow, Poland. Awarded the IM title in 1978 and the GM title in 1980, he was Israeli champion in 1982 and 1990. In tournaments he was 1st at Biel 1980, 1st at New York 1981, 1st at Dortmund 1984 and 1st at Munich 1987. In 1984 he led the Israeli Olympiad team.

References: (1) , (2) Wikipedia article: Yehuda Gruenfeld

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 536  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Van der Sterren vs Y Gruenfeld  1-0341974EU-ch U20 fin-AB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
2. Y Gruenfeld vs K Regan  1-0401976WchT U26 fin-AC78 Ruy Lopez
3. K Regan vs Y Gruenfeld  1-0421976WchT U26 prel-2B22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. Y Gruenfeld vs M Czerniak  1-0561976ISR-chB01 Scandinavian
5. Y Gruenfeld vs Chekhov 0-1821976WchT U26 fin-AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
6. Y Gruenfeld vs A Malachi  1-0381977Netanya IM-BE97 King's Indian
7. Y Gruenfeld vs J Peters  0-13919782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB01 Scandinavian
8. K J Wicker vs Y Gruenfeld  1-04619782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Y Gruenfeld vs M Basman 0-13419782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
10. J C Henshaw vs Y Gruenfeld  0-19319782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. Y Gruenfeld vs G H James  ½-½4719782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
12. Y Gruenfeld vs J Lind  0-12619782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. Y Gruenfeld vs J Martin  1-0341978Buenos Aires OlympiadB42 Sicilian, Kan
14. Y Gruenfeld vs F J Sanz Alonso  1-0391978Buenos Aires OlympiadC60 Ruy Lopez
15. C Coudari vs Y Gruenfeld  ½-½331978Buenos Aires OlympiadA16 English
16. Y Gruenfeld vs J Letzelter  ½-½511978Buenos Aires OlympiadB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. K E Kivipelto vs Y Gruenfeld  ½-½501978Buenos Aires OlympiadA05 Reti Opening
18. Y Gruenfeld vs Romanishin  ½-½731978Buenos Aires OlympiadC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
19. Tarjan vs Y Gruenfeld  ½-½511978Buenos Aires OlympiadA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
20. Y Gruenfeld vs Csom  ½-½351978Buenos Aires OlympiadB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
21. O Borik vs Y Gruenfeld  ½-½131978Buenos Aires OlympiadB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
22. Y Gruenfeld vs H Olafsson  1-0431979LuzernC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
23. Lobron vs Y Gruenfeld  1-0351979LuzernB15 Caro-Kann
24. Y Gruenfeld vs K Helmers  1-0361979European Zone 2 TtB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Browne vs Y Gruenfeld  ½-½531979Lone PineE17 Queen's Indian
 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 536  PGN Download
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Apr-17-05  Abaduba: <WTHarvey>
I am amazed every day by just how many players' games you have, including obscure ones like this one. How did your site come to have positions from all these players?
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  WTHarvey: <Abaduba> Thx! I go thru a bunch of games. :-) It's getting to be a morning ritual to pull up first thing and check out the 'GM of the Day'. To be sure, all soon to be GMs have plenty of beautiful combinations early in their career. It's nice to capture some of those brilliancies.
Jun-29-05  Giearth: Dear <>, I'm submitting one of Yehuda's game I think you don't have yet: (By the way, I found the pgn from

[Event "It"]
[Site "Tel Aviv ISR"]
[Date "2001.??.??"]
[White "Gruenfeld,Y"]
[Black "Gyimesi,Z"]
[Round "3"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2520"]
[BlackElo "2564"]
[ECO "C80"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O
Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Nbd2
Nc5 10. c3 d4 11. Ng5 Qxg5 12. Qf3 O-O-O 13. Bxe6+
fxe6 14. Qxc6 Qxe5 15. b4 dxc3 16. bxc5 cxd2 17. Qxa6+ Kd7 18. Bxd2 Qxc5 19. Rfd1 Bd6 20. Be3 Qe5 21. g3 Ra8 22. Qb7 Rab8 23. Qg2 Ke7 24. Rac1 Rhd8 25. Bd4
Qg5 26. Qe4 Qg6 27. Qxg6 hxg6 28. Bxg7 Ra8 29. Rc2
Kf7 30. Bh6 Ra4 31. Rd3 e5 32. Be3 Rda8 33. Rdd2
Ke6 34. Kg2 Re4 35. Kf3 Raa4 36. h4 Rec4 37. Rxc4
Rxc4 38. g4 b4 39. h5 gxh5 40. gxh5 Rh4 41. h6
c5 42. Rd1 e4+ 43. Ke2 Rh5 44. Rg1 c4 45. Rg6+
Kd5 46. Rg5+ Rxg5 47. Bxg5 Be5 48. Kd1 Ke6 49. Be3
Kf7 50. Ke2 b3 51. axb3 cxb3 52. Kd2 1/2-1/2

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  chancho: This guy is a deaf mute, and a pretty strong Grandmaster.
Nov-18-05  atripodi: <This guy is a deaf mute> How does he offer a draw?
Feb-07-08  whiteshark: In 1990 he became Israeli Champion for the second time!

More details about his tournaments and Chess Olympiad's participation:

Feb-28-09  timhortons: is these guy still alive?

Feb-28-09  WhiteRook48: I think so
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  Stonehenge: <Dillinger> LOL!
Feb-27-10  Poisonpawns: Happy Birthday Yehuda!!
Sep-21-10  jontsef: He's playing in the Olympiad for ICSC (International Coalition for Silent Chess or something like that). He's on first board.
Feb-28-12  waustad: I recall spending a while trying to figure out what the listing was for in the olympiad. Happy b'day!
Feb-28-12  mike1: Yehuda is (was?) one of the strongest
speed chess players around; even though this is based on seeing him playing in Biel in the 80s. He played games for money and trashed some Yugoslawian GMs and IMs with 1 minute to 5!
Feb-28-12  BIDMONFA: Yehuda Gruenfeld


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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday POTD!
Mar-08-12  maor: Want to play against Yehuda Gruenfeld?
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  Fusilli: <jontsef: He's playing in the Olympiad for ICSC (International Coalition for Silent Chess or something like that)>

And what exactly would that be, and why does it have the status of a country as far as the chess olympiad goes?

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  alexmagnus: International <Commitee> of Silent Chess. A chess federation for the hearing impaired. Part of the Olympiads just as the two others disability related federations (IBCA for the blind and IPCA for the physically disabled).
Feb-28-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Yehuda Gruenfeld.
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  FSR: He never played either side of the Gruenfeld Defense. Sad!
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  perfidious: <atripodi: <This guy is a deaf mute> How does he offer a draw?>

Good question.

On the other side of the ledger, Gruenfeld was once playing Korchnoi, who offered a draw. Gruenfeld made a move in reply and went on to lose. It turned out that Gruenfeld had not heard Korchnoi's proposal of a draw.

Sep-03-18  Retireborn: <perfidious> John Nunn related a similar tale about this game:-

Nunn vs J D Tisdall, 1995

Apparently Tisdall had the habit of playing with his thumbs in his ears and simply didn't hear the offered draw.

Sep-03-18  Sally Simpson: Hi Perfidious,

Do you have a source for the Korchnoi - Grünfeld incident.

I assumed it would be the first time they met. The first game here is dated 1982

Korchnoi vs Y Gruenfeld, 1982

Is not an Olympiad game it was played in 'Luzern' which does transpose into Lucerne where the Olympiad was held. But Korchnoi never played Yehuda Gruenfeld in the 1982 Olympiad.

(Israel did play Switzerland but it was against Switzerland II.)

The linked game is from the European Team Championship. The two met again in a later game (not on here). a draw in 53 moves.

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  perfidious: <Retireborn>, never heard the one about Nunn-Tisdall, though I recall meeting Tisdall in the mid 1970s. Jon always got in fierce time scrambles and kept his thumbs in his ears even then.

<Geoff>, believe the Gruenfeld-Korchnoi bit was mentioned in <New in Chess> in the mid 80s.

Sep-04-18  Sally Simpson: Thanks Perfidious,

Apparently Korchnoi annotated a game of his v Gruenfeld in NIC.

from here:

"...the players [Karpov and Kasparov] were following a game between Yehuda Gruenfeld and Viktor Korchnoi in the San Bernardino 1983 Open Tournament. Gruenfeld had continued with 16 B-B4 but later lost. Korchnoi, in his commentary on this game in New in Chess, Vol. 1, 1984A, suggested 16 P-KN3, PxP; 17 PxP, N-K2, which was adopted by Karpov and Kasparov here..."

That will be this game. Y Gruenfeld vs Korchnoi, 1983

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