Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Jan Gustafsson
J Gustafsson 

Number of games in database: 643
Years covered: 1993 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2643 (2641 rapid, 2548 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2652
Overall record: +216 -63 =320 (62.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 44 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (37) 
    E92 E94 E60 E97 E91
 Slav (36) 
    D10 D11 D15 D13 D14
 Queen's Gambit Declined (34) 
    D37 D39 D38 D35 D31
 Nimzo Indian (27) 
    E32 E21 E38 E20 E40
 Semi-Slav (26) 
    D45 D44 D43 D46 D47
 English (25) 
    A15 A13 A17 A10 A14
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (64) 
    C84 C78 C89 C77 C69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (36) 
    C84 C89 C91 C96 C86
 Sicilian (33) 
    B33 B47 B22 B50 B40
 Semi-Slav (26) 
    D45 D44 D47 D43 D48
 Slav (21) 
    D12 D11 D10 D18 D15
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A45 D02 D00 D04 A50
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Naiditsch vs J Gustafsson, 2007 0-1
   J Gustafsson vs M Prusikin, 2004 1-0
   J Gustafsson vs Buhmann, 2003 1-0
   J Gustafsson vs T Duong, 2019 1-0
   Van Wely vs J Gustafsson, 2008 0-1
   J Gustafsson vs Efimenko, 2011 1-0
   E Paehtz vs J Gustafsson, 2014 1/2-1/2
   M Richter vs J Gustafsson, 2005 1/2-1/2
   A Natri vs J Gustafsson, 2012 0-1
   E Bricard vs J Gustafsson, 2003 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   11th BCC Thailand Open (2011)
   European Club Cup (2010)
   82nd German Chess Championship (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2010)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Bangkok Chess Club Open (2015)
   Bundesliga 2003/04 (2003)
   Gibraltar Masters (2012)
   European Championship (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   European Championship (2011)

   🏆 Banter Blitz 225
   J Gustafsson vs Moises Garcia Nevarez (Jun-17-20) 1-0, blitz
   NN vs J Gustafsson (Apr-15-20) 1-0, blitz
   NN vs J Gustafsson (Mar-30-20) 1-0, blitz
   J Gustafsson vs J Nebel (Mar-20-20) 1-0, blitz
   J Gustafsson vs Jari Reuker (Feb-23-20) 1/2-1/2

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Jan Gustafsson
Search Google for Jan Gustafsson
FIDE player card for Jan Gustafsson

(born Jun-25-1979, 44 years old) Germany

[what is this?]

GM Gustafsson was born in Hamburg and learned chess at age 10. He won the German Youth Championships in 1994 (U15) and 1996 (U17). Gustafsson became an IM in 1999 and a GM in 2003. He tied for second at the very strong Dortmund Sparkassen (2008).

Gustafsson has been a member of the German team at the Olympiads and the European Team Championship on a number of occasions. Most notably, he was a member of the German team at the European Team Championship (2011), which won the event in a stunning upset, having been seeded only tenth. He also won an individual bronze medal on Board 4.

In April 2011, he won the Bangkok Chess Club Open on tiebreak over former world championship challenger Nigel Short and Francisco Vallejo Pons. In April 2019, he again won that event, this time on tiebreak over Deep Sengupta, each scoring 7.5/9 ahead of 15 other grandmasters.

Gustafsson is an expert in opening theory, and was part of Magnus Carlsen's team for his successful efenses of the world championship in 2016 (against Sergey Karjakin), 2018 (against Fabiano Caruana), and 2021 (against Ian Nepomniachtchi. In 2018, he was awarded the title of FIDE Senior Trainer.

Gustafsson was a co-founder of, which was acquired by the Play Magnus Group and later by He lives in a suburb of Hamburg, Germany with his wife and their two children. (audio podcast interview with Ben Johnson), Wikipedia article: Jan Gustafsson

Last updated: 2023-08-30 22:42:32

 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 643  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Gustafsson vs H Grund  ½-½411993Berlin-ch U15D50 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. J Gustafsson vs C Scheerer  ½-½421994Bad Bevensen-ch U15D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
3. E Dervishi vs J Gustafsson  ½-½211995EU-ch U16B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
4. R Storm vs J Gustafsson ½-½851995Oberliga Nord N 9596B23 Sicilian, Closed
5. J Gustafsson vs P Jaracz  1-0421995Wichern OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
6. H Grund vs J Gustafsson  0-1351995DLMB06 Robatsch
7. J Gustafsson vs C D Meyer  ½-½491997Bundesliga 1997/98D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
8. J Bathke vs J Gustafsson  ½-½371997Hamburg-chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
9. E Kengis vs J Gustafsson  1-0671999Rowy opB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
10. J Gustafsson vs R Burnett  ½-½201999Fan Adams IntA45 Queen's Pawn Game
11. J Gustafsson vs T Markowski  1-0361999Rowy opD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. R Sandkamp vs J Gustafsson  ½-½151999Bundesliga 1998/99A04 Reti Opening
13. J Gustafsson vs K Bischoff  ½-½351999Bundesliga 1998/99A10 English
14. D Hennig vs J Gustafsson 1-0221999Bundesliga 1998/99A45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. J Gustafsson vs P Backwinkel  0-1291999Bundesliga 1998/99A44 Old Benoni Defense
16. A Mikhalchishin vs J Gustafsson  ½-½141999Bled opA04 Reti Opening
17. J Gustafsson vs I Farago  ½-½181999Bled opE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
18. S Atalik vs J Gustafsson  ½-½421999Bled opE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. J Gustafsson vs D Pavasovic  ½-½251999Bled opD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. M Cebalo vs J Gustafsson  ½-½1201999Bled opE12 Queen's Indian
21. M Kill vs J Gustafsson 0-1481999Neckar op 3rdE12 Queen's Indian
22. J Gustafsson vs I Farago  ½-½101999Neckar op 3rdA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Barsov vs J Gustafsson  ½-½171999Dutch OpenD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
24. J Gustafsson vs Hort  ½-½301999Dutch OpenD90 Grunfeld
25. V Golod vs J Gustafsson  ½-½141999Dieren opD90 Grunfeld
 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 643  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Gustafsson wins | Gustafsson loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Mar-29-16  suenteus po 147: Just want to give a shout out to Gustafsson for his excellent post-game analysis. I recently saw him comment on Nakamura's win over Anand in this game Nakamura vs Anand, 2016 and I found it highly instructive. I could follow his analysis clearly and he was consistent about pointing out theory and explaining why Anand was making the moves he was in the game despite how disastrous it would turn out for him concretely on the board. He was also clear and concrete about Nakamura's preparation and how he built it on Anand's regularity in this opening system, trapping Anand in his own prep as it were. Really fascinating and insightful.
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: I don't know if Jan ever visits this page. He is probably coming off his 20 cups of coffee addiction right about now.

But I too found his the best and eerily correct analysis of the Candidates.

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: ♫♪♫ Back when the West was very Jan,

There lived a man named Gustafsson,

He loved to snack upon a pawn,

A greedy man, this Gustafsson. ♫♪♫

Apr-17-17  Dionysius1: Does anyone know why Jan seems to have stopped doing Banter Blitz? For more than a year it has been appearing on YouTube every few days but there's been nothing new for 3 weeks or so!
Apr-17-17  whiteshark: <Dionysius1> No worries!

End of March he played a 3 days a` 8 hours/day Banther(mara)thon together with Loek van Wely and Lawrence Trent

and from April 8-16, 2017 he played the 17th Bangkok Chess Club Open.

In between some holiday on Thai beaches me thinks.

From Wednesday on he will commentate the Grenke Classics together with Peter Leko.

Apr-18-17  Dionysius1: Phew - thanks <whiteshark>! I'd miss Jan if he stopped. Although I find that if I gorge on his YouTube banters I get sick of his facetiousness. Great in measured doses though - and always makes me feel I understand more about chess. If only I could remember everything he says when I come to play.
Premium Chessgames Member
Sep-13-17  Helios727: Has Jan ever lost or drawn any of his banter blitz games?
Sep-22-17  Helios727: Never mind. I found a video where he suffers and loss and a draw in banter blitz.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Telemus: From his biography: <He is a co-founder of, and frequent commentator for,> Well, this is new to me.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: Well spotted <Telemus>
Jun-26-18  JimNorCal: I submitted a correction slip
Jun-26-18  JimNorCal: Happy belated birthday GM Jan
Jul-01-18  jith1207: Anyone knows Jan Gustafson's user name in this site?
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <johnbarleybore>
Jul-01-18  jith1207: Thank you
Jan-11-19  jith1207: LOL, the bio previously said Jan Gustafsson is co-founder of chessgames. Now I see it has been corrected, this makes sense.

This is the reason I had previously asked his username here, I thought he's a frequent commentator here. But equating him to <jbc> is an insult though.

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: He has just clinched at least a tie for first in the 19th Bangkok Chess Club Open. It looks like Deep Sengupta will win, in which case the two will split 1st-2nd. Congratulations, Jan!
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Jan just tied for first with Deep Sengupta at the 19th Bangkok Chess Club Open. Each of them scored 7.5/9, and finished ahead of 15 grandmasters, including former world championship challenger Nigel Short. See for games and standings. Congratulations!
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Apologies to <jbb>.
Apr-16-19  Imran Iskandar: Congratulations to Jan for winning this year's Bangkok Open!
Jun-15-19  whiteshark: GM Jan Gustafsson describes chess as an ongoing conflict between his desire not to think and his desire not to lose.

Of course he means that with a wink...

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Jan's daughter made an impromptu media appearances:

He certainly doesn't have any concerns regarding paternity. #spittingimage

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Saw Jan at the National Gallery today:

Premium Chessgames Member
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 3)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific player only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!
Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC