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Yehuda Gruenfeld
Number of games in database: 406
Years covered: 1974 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2424 (2399 rapid, 2433 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550

Overall record: +132 -110 =163 (52.7%)*
   * 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 (85) 
    B42 B47 B77 B96 B81
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C92 C72 C95 C82 C83
 French Defense (27) 
    C05 C11 C07 C03 C16
 Sicilian Najdorf (18) 
    B96 B94 B97 B99 B90
 French Tarrasch (17) 
    C05 C07 C03 C04 C09
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (16) 
    C92 C95 C99 C89 C84
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (59) 
    B90 B92 B99 B43 B23
 Modern Benoni (30) 
    A61 A77 A65 A70 A60
 Sicilian Najdorf (26) 
    B90 B92 B99 B97 B93
 English (21) 
    A15 A14 A16 A13 A19
 Queen's Indian (16) 
    E12 E17 E19 E15
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A45 E10 D00 D02 A46
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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 Zsuzsa Polgar, 1985 1-0
   F Baragar vs Y Gruenfeld, 1987 0-1
   Y Gruenfeld vs Soltis, 1979 1-0
   Tringov vs Y Gruenfeld, 1980 1/2-1/2
   Y Gruenfeld vs O 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?]
   Biel (1980)
   Dortmund (1984)
   Gideon Japhet Memorial (2014)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Zagreb Interzonal (1987)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   13th Unive Tournament (Open) (2009)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   World Senior Teams Championship (50+) (2017)
   Valletta Olympiad (1980)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   EUR-chT (Men) 9th (1989)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)

   🏆 Batumi Olympiad
   Stanislav 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, 65 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 19; games 1-25 of 466  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 Chekhov 0-1821976WchT U26 fin-AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. Y Gruenfeld vs M Czerniak  1-0561976ISR-chB01 Scandinavian
4. Y Gruenfeld vs A Malachi  1-0381977Netanya IM-BE97 King's Indian
5. Y Gruenfeld vs J Peters  0-13919782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB01 Scandinavian
6. Y Gruenfeld vs M Basman 0-13419782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
7. K J Wicker vs Y Gruenfeld  1-04619782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. J C Henshaw vs Y Gruenfeld  0-19319782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. Y Gruenfeld vs G James  ½-½4719782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
10. Y Gruenfeld vs J O Lind  0-12619782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. Y Gruenfeld vs J Martin  1-0341978Buenos Aires OlympiadB42 Sicilian, Kan
12. Y Gruenfeld vs F J Sanz Alonso  1-0391978Buenos Aires OlympiadC60 Ruy Lopez
13. C Coudari vs Y Gruenfeld  ½-½331978Buenos Aires OlympiadA16 English
14. Y Gruenfeld vs J C Letzelter  ½-½511978Buenos Aires OlympiadB03 Alekhine's Defense
15. K E Kivipelto vs Y Gruenfeld  ½-½501978Buenos Aires OlympiadA05 Reti Opening
16. Y Gruenfeld vs Romanishin  ½-½731978Buenos Aires OlympiadC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
17. Tarjan vs Y Gruenfeld  ½-½511978Buenos Aires OlympiadA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
18. Y Gruenfeld vs Csom  ½-½351978Buenos Aires OlympiadB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
19. O Borik vs Y Gruenfeld  ½-½131978Buenos Aires OlympiadB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. Y Gruenfeld vs H Olafsson  1-0431979LuzernC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
21. Lobron vs Y Gruenfeld  1-0351979LuzernB15 Caro-Kann
22. Y Gruenfeld vs K Helmers  1-0361979European Zone 2 TtB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Browne vs Y Gruenfeld  ½-½531979Lone PineE17 Queen's Indian
24. Y Gruenfeld vs A Lein  ½-½591979Lone PineC05 French, Tarrasch
25. Tarjan vs Y Gruenfeld  ½-½631979Lone PineE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 466  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?
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  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.

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  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.

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  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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