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Boris Avrukh
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  

Number of games in database: 741
Years covered: 1991 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2567 (2552 rapid, 2625 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2668
Overall record: +288 -138 =282 (60.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 33 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (58) 
    E71 E60 E92 E67 E61
 Slav (46) 
    D10 D17 D15 D11 D16
 Grunfeld (37) 
    D85 D71 D94 D80 D86
 Catalan (32) 
    E04 E06 E09 E08 E01
 Semi-Slav (32) 
    D45 D47 D44 D49 D43
 Modern Benoni (26) 
    A64 A57 A70 A58 A62
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (98) 
    B30 B63 B22 B62 B42
 King's Indian (52) 
    E97 E63 E92 E60 E81
 Grunfeld (43) 
    D85 D86 D80 D91 D78
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (27) 
    B63 B62 B67 B64 B65
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C95 C78 C90 C68 C97
 Reti System (18) 
    A04 A05 A06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Avrukh vs N Guliyev, 2006 1-0
   Avrukh vs T Sanikidze, 2009 1-0
   Avrukh vs A Mikhalchishin, 2005 1-0
   Avrukh vs Rublevsky, 2003 1-0
   Avrukh vs Eljanov, 2012 1-0
   M Roiz vs Avrukh, 2008 0-1
   Avrukh vs Kasparov, 2000 1/2-1/2
   F Vallejo Pons vs Avrukh, 2000 0-1
   Avrukh vs G Sargissian, 2007 1-0
   Avrukh vs V Gashimov, 2005 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lost Boys Open (1999)
   Andorra Open (2001)
   Zurich Chess Club 200th Anniversary (2009)
   Politiken Cup (2009)
   Corus Group B (2000)
   Lost Boys Open (1997)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   London Chess Classic FIDE Open (2010)
   Lost Boys Open (1998)
   Gibraltar Masters (2009)
   Groningen Open (1996)
   World Junior Championship (1997)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Corus Group B 2000 by Tabanus
   2000 Corus (Group B) by gauer

   🏆 26th Chicago Open
   Avrukh vs A Liang (May-27-17) 1-0
   M Esserman vs Avrukh (May-24-15) 0-1
   Avrukh vs V Dobrov (May-23-15) 1/2-1/2
   Avrukh vs L Bregadze (May-22-15) 1/2-1/2
   R Li vs Avrukh (May-22-15) 0-1

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(born Feb-10-1978, 45 years old) Kazakhstan (federation/nationality Israel)

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Boris Leonidovich Avrukh is a Grandmaster (1997) and a FIDE Senior Trainer (2011). He is one of many Soviet-born players who have represented Israel in top-level international chess. He has since moved to the Chicago area. Avrukh, who was born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, was world under-12 champion in 1990. He has gone on to win the Israeli Championship twice (2000, 2008) and play for Israel in every Olympiad since 1998. The 1998 event saw him win an individual gold medal with a 7/9 performance on sixth board, and in 2008 he helped Israel win the team silver medal. In 2012, he came =2nd at the Reykjavik Open (2012).

Avrukh is a noted author, having written acclaimed two-volume series on 1.d4 and the Gruenfeld Defense, among others. His most recent book (2015) is on the Catalan Opening. It is intended as the first volume in a four-volume series on 1.d4.

Wikipedia article: Boris Avrukh

Last updated: 2019-05-02 03:41:37

 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 741  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Avrukh vs H A Gretarsson  0-1341991Wch U14A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
2. Avrukh vs N Haburdzania  0-1291991URS Junior ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
3. V Yemelin vs Avrukh  0-1281991URS Junior ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
4. Avrukh vs V Novgorodskij  1-0411991URS Junior ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
5. Avrukh vs M Kaminski  0-1301991Wch U14E73 King's Indian
6. V Nevostrujev vs Avrukh  1-0491992Moscow Tal MemorialB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Avrukh vs Gufeld  1-0321992Moscow Tal memE90 King's Indian
8. T Shaked vs Avrukh 0-1361992Wch U14B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
9. Avrukh vs Leko  ½-½221992Wch U14A57 Benko Gambit
10. Smagin vs Avrukh 1-0491992Tal MemorialB50 Sicilian
11. Avrukh vs D Gurevich  ½-½561992Tal MemorialE10 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Avrukh vs S Ovsejevitsch  ½-½711993Wch U16E71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
13. G Vescovi vs Avrukh  1-0581993Wch U16B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
14. Avrukh vs A Potapov  1-0671993Katowice Fibak OpenA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
15. J Urban vs Avrukh  0-1571993Katowice Fibak OpenE92 King's Indian
16. O Chernikov vs Avrukh  ½-½571993Katowice Fibak OpenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
17. Avrukh vs P Bogumil  ½-½551993Katowice Fibak OpenA84 Dutch
18. Avrukh vs A Maksimenko  1-0301993Katowice Fibak OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. J Meister vs Avrukh  1-0311993Katowice Fibak OpenE73 King's Indian
20. Avrukh vs V Kirilov  1-0261993Katowice Fibak OpenA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
21. D Anic vs Avrukh  1-0601993Budapest FS10 GME63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
22. P Murdzia vs Avrukh  ½-½401993Katowice Fibak OpenA48 King's Indian
23. Avrukh vs W Schmidt  0-1581993Katowice Fibak OpenE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
24. Avrukh vs Leko  ½-½411993Budapest FS10 GMD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
25. B Tondivar vs Avrukh  ½-½361993Groningen OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 741  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-24-04  WMD: TWIC reports from the Beer Sheva Rapid event: "Leader after day 2 Avrukh lost all remaining games by default on days 3 and 4 after withdrawing from the event after the birth of his child."

Alekhine never had this problem.

May-15-04  Tigran Petrosian: Rumor has it that Avrukh was the last person to play blitz with Tal right before he died.
Sep-04-05  OneArmedScissor: <Tigran Petrosian>
Interesting... where did they play?
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  JointheArmy: Very impressed with Avrukh's play today. It takes a considerable amount of understanding to play the moves dxc5, b4 and b5!

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Very impressive the way Avrukh created pawn weaknesses for black.

Aug-02-07  melianis: Players like Avrukh (their style of play) prove to me that I could never have been an IM, at the same time they keep me interested in chess because half the time I don't have a clue of what they're doing!
Oct-04-07  Davolni: Man this is a funny pic of him!!!

Nov-07-08  notyetagm:

Grandmaster Repertoire 1 - 1.d4 volume one

<Expected publication date the 26th of November, but maybe the 19th with some luck.

Table of Contents

Key to symbols used & Bibliography 6
Foreword by Grandmaster Boris Gelfand 7
Foreword by the Author 8

The Catalan 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3
1 4...dxc4 and 5...Bd7 13
2 4...dxc4 and 5...c6 25
3 4...dxc4 and 5...Bb4† 39
4 4...dxc4 and 5...Nbd7 51
5 4...dxc4 and 5...c5 63
6 4...dxc4, 5...a6 and 6...b5 87
7 4...dxc4 and 5...b5 99
8 4...dxc4, 5...a6 and 6...Nc6 111
9 4...dxc4 and 5...Nc6 129
10 4...Bb4† 5.Bd2 Be7 151
11 4...Be7, 5...0-0 and 6...Nbd7 185
12 4...Be7, 5...0-0 and 6...dxc4 203

The Slav 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3
13 3...dxc4 247
14 3...Nf6 4.e3 g6 255
15 4...a6 267
16 Stonewall 281
17 4...Bg4 287
18 4...e6 Meran Style 297
19 4...Bf5 and 5...a6 307
20 4...Bf5 and 6...Be4 315
21 6...Bg4 and 6...Bg6 329

The Queen’s Gambit 1.d4 d5 2.c4
22 2...Bf5 343
23 2...c5 349
24 Albin Counter Gambit 355
25 Tarrasch Defence 369
26 Chigorin Defence 389

The Queen’s Gambit Accepted 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3
27 Minor lines 405
28 3...Nf6 4.Bxc4 e6 5.Nf3 a6 6.0-0 c5 7.Bb3 427
29 7...b5 437

Index of variations 450>

Dec-22-08  notyetagm:


December 17: IM Sam Collins on Avrukh

Our first review of Grandmaster Repertoire 1 - 1.d4 Volume one and it is ecstatic. A few sample quotes:

“The unusual thing about this book is the playing strength of its author. Avrukh is a top GM, a consistent member of the Israeli team, with a rating normally around 2650. For such a player to write an opening book on his own is almost unprecedented...”

“I was extremely surprised when I heard that Avrukh had agreed to take on this project, and I view his authorship as a significant coup for the Quality Chess stable, comparable to their discovery of Mihail Marin.”

“Avrukh's strength as an analyst is not in doubt, and is in fact even better than his high rating would suggest, since he has unusually good opening preparation and has been retained as the second of top players for important matches. He couples this with a very nice writing style in excellent English...”

“...but the depth to which he analysed the lines in this book is still surprising – there are literally hundreds of novelties (including some for Black!), all deeply analysed and very well explained.”

“...this book is really rather special and, I would say, brings opening literature to a new level.”

“Highly Recommended *****”

<<<Read the full review in Chess Today 2962>>>>

Feb-10-09  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Avrukh!
Aug-20-09  timhortons:

Another controversy!

It was definitely a very successful tournament for me. I scored incredible + 6 ( 7,5 out of 9) and shared 1-2 with Ukranian Grandmaster Areshchenko. Apparently one of my greatest achievements in my chess career. There was a lot of luck in my last game against Alexander Morozevic, but to win such a strong tournament you definitely need some:). So in general I had a fantastic summer , sharing 1-2 place in two very strong Opens and gaining a lot of elo points.

Here in my blog I want to share my thoughts about last round game from Zurich Open, Kuzubov-Areshchenko , which cost me about 7,500 franks. I have no doubts the game was pre-arranged the day before, which was very obvious to any GM in the tournament. They are two friends and I will never believe that such a solid player like Kuzubov, will lose so badly (in 20 moves) with White pieces, then draw secures a big prize for both players. I also heard in tournament hall, that Morozevic was complained about this game and he was a bit shocked when he saw such an easy win for Black (during our game). It’s true I cannot prove nothing ( I didn’t have a recorder or camera to catch them), so I just have no respect to these players.

Sep-16-10  JG27Pyth: should put this game in the db (and put it in the GOTD queue as soon as a suitable pun is produced):

[Event "Linares Anibal op 8th"]
[Site "Linares"]
[Date "2001.01.11"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Avrukh, Boris"]
[Black "Skripchenko, Almira"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C24"]
[WhiteElo "2625"]
[BlackElo "2440"]
[Plycount "41"]
[Eventdate "2001.01.08"]
[Eventtype "swiss"]
[Eventrounds "11"]
[Eventcountry "ESP"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[Sourcedate "2001.03.20"]

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qxd4 Nf6 6.Nc3 c6 7.Bg5 d5 8.O-O-O Be7 9.Qh4 Nbd7 10.Rhe1 dxc4 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Ne4 O-O 13.Ng3 Kh8 14.Nf5 Bc5 15.Qh5 c3 16.Re4 Qb6 17.b3 Rg8 18.Qxf7 Qa5 19.Rxd7 Ba3+ 20.Kb1 Qxf5 21.Re8 1-0

Aug-07-11  whiteshark: I like the approach given in the foreword of Avrukh's book:

"It is our conviction that you will eventually be more successful by <playing the main lines>, simply because they are based on better moves. Instinctively most players know this, but they fear losing to a prepared line and thus turn to unambitious systems, or unhealthy surprises. The opponent will not be able to use his preparation but, sadly, will not need it. <These sidelines generally end in uninspiring positions almost automatically.>"

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  Penguincw: Happy 34th Birthday GM Avrukh!
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  offramp: I think he was referring to Y Kuzubov vs Areshchenko, 2009.
Jan-19-14  juanjoj: I do not understand why, in the game Kuzubov Areshchenko,instead of agreeing on a draw, by which both secured a good prize, supposedly Kuzubov let win Areshchenko. The prize would be higher? Merit for Areshchenko for being the winner of the tournament? Please clarify the reason for a supposed cheat. Thank you
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  offramp: I believe the logic goes like this:

Prize money:
1st. £400
2nd. £200
3rd. £100

Suppose that if two players drew their game they would finish 2nd=. They would receive £100 each.

But if one lost and finished 3rd=, and one won and finished 1st=, then they <might> end up with £125 each.

IF that was a possibility then that <might> lead to one player throwing the game on the understanding that the prizes would be split between the two conspirators.

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  Penguincw: Happy 36th birthday to GM Boris Avrukh!
Aug-03-14  juanjoj: Maybe the "logic" is real.But it seems to me that for accusing sb. of sth. you must explain the facts and numbers involved very clearly. Your example is not sufficent to prove guilt of 2 persons.
Feb-10-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Boris Avrukh.
Feb-10-16  TheFocus: Have rook, will travel.
Feb-10-17  JohnBoy: This guys hands are as small as Trump's.
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  FSR: <JohnBoy> Appropriate. Avrukh worships Trump. He said the day Trump was elected was the happiest of his (Avrukh's) life.

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