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Mark Bluvshtein
M Bluvshtein 
Number of games in database: 302
Years covered: 1997 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2590
Highest rating achieved in database: 2611

Overall record: +126 -61 =115 (60.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E20 E46 E21 E25 E40
 Sicilian (24) 
    B42 B48 B33 B96 B40
 Semi-Slav (15) 
    D45 D43
 King's Indian (12) 
    E71 E90 E99 E92 E98
 Slav (10) 
    D10 D15 D17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D35 D30 D37 D31
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (28) 
    B90 B87 B88 B66 B60
 Modern Benoni (16) 
    A70 A62 A61 A67 A77
 Petrov (12) 
    C42 C43
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E32 E50 E24 E39 E22
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (11) 
    B60 B66 B63 B68 B65
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A46 A45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Shirov vs M Bluvshtein, 2005 0-1
   M Bluvshtein vs A Moiseenko, 2009 1-0
   M Bluvshtein vs E Romanov, 2001 1-0
   D Mehmeti vs M Bluvshtein, 2002 0-1
   Short vs M Bluvshtein, 2007 0-1
   Carlsen vs M Bluvshtein, 2002 0-1
   M Bluvshtein vs I Krush, 2003 1-0
   M Bluvshtein vs Topalov, 2010 1-0
   M Bluvshtein vs L Perez Rodriguez, 2004 1-0
   M Bluvshtein vs Tyomkin, 2004 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Wch U18 (2005)
   77th Canadian Championship (2004)
   Canadian Closed (2006)
   Montreal (2008)
   Montreal International Chess Tournament (2009)
   Tata Steel Group C (2011)
   Montreal International (2007)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Canadian Open (2009)
   39th World Open (2011)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   Aeroflot Open (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2004 Capablanca memorial (group I) by gauer
   2011 Capablanca Memorial by gauer

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(born Apr-20-1988, 34 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Canada)

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Mark Bluvshtein was born in Russia on April 20, 1988, but he now lives in Toronto, a graduate of York University who plans to pursue a banking career. He won the IM title in 2001, and in 2004, Bluvshtein became the youngest Canadian ever to earn the grandmaster title, later topping the Canadian player ratings on the 2010 March FIDE listings.

Improving on his 6th place U-14 finish in 2002 at same event series, he again finished 3rd in 2005 at the World Under-18 championship and got joint first place at the Canadian Open in the latter mentioned year, winning a game against Alexey Shirov. During the past decade, he participated in major team events such as Olympiad (2008) , 37th Chess Olympiad (2006) , 36th Olympiad (2004) and Bled Olympiad (2002) - and he has played as high as top board, with a score of 35 points accumulated in 54 games.

He attended the Chess Olympiad (2010) on top Canadian board (4 wins & 4 draws in 11 games played). He tied for 1st-2nd with Emilio Cordova in the Capablanca memorial 2011 Premier group & again tied for 1st-4th (6 wins, 3 draws in 9 games) with Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Giovanni Portilho Vescovi and Yuniesky Quesada Perez in the 2011 Pan-American Continental chess championship which qualified him for the World Cup (2011) where he was eliminated in the 1st round by Alexander Riazantsev of Russia. Alexander Huzman helped train him.

In October, 2011, Bluvshtein announced in a blog post that he was leaving chess to pursue a career in finance.

References: (Canadian zone site), (Ontario Chess Association - OCA), (Greater Toronto Chess League - GTCL), (personal blog), (Olympiad & team chess chronological catalog), (+15-0=0 (including Erwin Casareno who nearly found a draw) at a 2016 simul), Wikipedia article: Mark Bluvshtein.

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 313  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Radjabov vs M Bluvshtein 1-0171997EU-ch U10D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
2. E Romanov vs M Bluvshtein  1-0321999Wch U12A07 King's Indian Attack
3. M Bluvshtein vs Lorne Yee  ½-½352000Christmas TorontoB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. A Gurevich vs M Bluvshtein  ½-½292001CAN-chJE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
5. D Raheb vs M Bluvshtein  ½-½362001CAN-chJE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
6. M Bluvshtein vs D Gormally  0-1602001Oakham ENGB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. C McNab vs M Bluvshtein  1-0402001Oakham ENGA13 English
8. M Bluvshtein vs J Levitt  ½-½182001Oakham ENGB40 Sicilian
9. Tyomkin vs M Bluvshtein  0-1492001Oakham ENGE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. M Bluvshtein vs N R McDonald  ½-½382001Oakham ENGC18 French, Winawer
11. N Pert vs M Bluvshtein  1-0212001Oakham ENGE12 Queen's Indian
12. M Bluvshtein vs Koneru  0-1412001Oakham ENGB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
13. M Bluvshtein vs I Krush  1-0532001Oakham ENGB89 Sicilian
14. J Estrada Nieto vs M Bluvshtein  ½-½152001Oakham ENGC07 French, Tarrasch
15. M Bluvshtein vs I Lipnowski  1-0592001Canadian OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. M Bluvshtein vs M Mulyar  ½-½212001Canadian OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
17. F Kleist vs M Bluvshtein 1-0442001Canadian OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
18. A Gurevich vs M Bluvshtein  0-1202001Canadian OpenA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
19. E Lawson vs M Bluvshtein  0-1582001Canadian ClosedB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
20. M Bluvshtein vs A Lesiege  ½-½172001Canadian ClosedD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. T Roussel-Roozmon vs M Bluvshtein  ½-½422001Canadian ClosedA30 English, Symmetrical
22. M Bluvshtein vs R Gardner  1-0452001Canadian ClosedA57 Benko Gambit
23. R Phillips vs M Bluvshtein  ½-½232001Canadian ClosedE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
24. M Bluvshtein vs S Glinert  ½-½332001Canadian ClosedB07 Pirc
25. V Gaspariants vs M Bluvshtein  0-1662001Canadian ClosedA07 King's Indian Attack
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 313  PGN Download
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Aug-12-05  PhilFeeley: Mark lost to Irina Krush yesterday:

[Event "Montreal International"]
[Site "Montreal, Quebec Canada"]
[Date "2005.08.11"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Krush"]
[Black "Bluvshtein"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E39"]
[WhiteElo "2452"]
[BlackElo "2525"]
[PlyCount "97"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 c5 5. dxc5 O-O 6. a3 Bxc5 7. Nf3 b6 8. Bf4 Bb7 9. Rd1 Nc6 10. b4 Nh5 11. Bc1 Be7 12. e4 a5 13. b5 Nb8 14. Be2 Qc7 15. e5 g6 16. Ne4 f6 17. exf6 Nxf6 18. Nxf6+ Bxf6 19. Be3 d5 20. h4 Qe7 21. h5 g5 22. Rh3 Kh8 23. Rg3 Rg8 24. Nd4 Nd7 25. Nc6 Qd6 26. cxd5 exd5 27. Qf5 Raf8 28. Qxd5 Qxd5 29. Rxd5 Nb8 30. Bxg5 Nxc6 31. bxc6 Bxc6 32. Bxf6+ Rxf6 33. Rxg8+ Kxg8 34. Rg5+ Kf8 35. g3 Bd7 36. Rd5 Ke7 37. f4 h6 38. Kd2 Bc6 39. Re5+ Re6 40. Rxe6+ Kxe6 41. g4 Be8 42. g5 Kf7 43. Ke3 b5 44. Kd4 b4 45. axb4 axb4 46. Kc4 hxg5 47. fxg5 Ke6 48. h6 Bg6 49. Bd3 White wins 1-0

Aug-12-05  Koster: He should have lost today too but Nataf ran short of time and let him draw.
Sep-28-05  EeEk: Mark rules
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  WTHarvey: Here are some crucial positions from Mark's games:
Dec-17-05  Kelvieto: What school is this guy at?
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  IMlday: <Kelvieto> Mark's at Newtonbrook Secondary in Toronto.
Feb-04-06  BIDMONFA: Mark Bluvshtein


Feb-09-06  PinkPanther: LOL
Feb-09-06  refutor: why is that funny? and what does it have to do with bluvshtein? it's a picture of charbonneau, ivanchuk and mr.loverman (shabba!)
Feb-12-06  PinkPanther: It's because of their hats.
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  cu8sfan: Quote of the day <You don't get better off of playing. You get better off of studying.> I am not so sure about this one. Of course it takes both but if you all but study I am not sure you get to be a much better player.
Oct-20-06  aw1988: You get better off of both.
Apr-20-08  brankat: Happy Birthday Mark!
Apr-20-09  Adarsh Saji: Happy Birthday Marks!!
Jul-22-09  Dredge Rivers: So, he won a tournament in Canada. Whoopee! :)
Apr-20-10  wordfunph: "You don't get better off of playing. You get better off of studying." GM Mark Bluvshtein
Jun-06-10  refutor: mark's got a new blog and he mentioned that he will be taking a year to play 'professional' chess in europe, including Corus C
Sep-28-10  Chuckles: Congratulations to Mark for his win over Topalov today!
Sep-28-10  Anubis33: Yes, great win for Mark. Reminiscent of Charbonneau's victory over Anand a few years back.
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  Penguincw: Finally there have a picture of him.
Aug-07-11  Bratek: <I will change gears after the World Cup and pursue a career in investment banking.>
Oct-06-11  PhilFeeley: Recent update by Mark on his blog tells us he's leaving chess for good. I don't know if that means he'll play exhibitions or Olympiads, but it looks like another loss for Canada.

Oct-11-11  benjinathan: Disaster. I think he realized he would never make it to the top in chess and therefore, what was the point of it all. He might as well use his talents for something productive. sad day for Canadian chess.
Jul-22-14  posoo: I think Bloovoston got scared when I made fun of him on da Tiviakov game he got roaled in!

Don't give up so easy Bloovoston, Canada needs you!!!

Dec-16-21  posoo: He gave up.
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