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Gregory Kaidanov

Gregory Kaidanov
Kaidanov in Seattle, 2002
Full name Gregory Kaidanov
Country United States
Born (1959-10-11) 11 October 1959
Berdychiv, Ukrainian SSR
Title Grandmaster (1988)
FIDE rating 2560 (July 2016)
Peak rating 2646 (October 2002)

Gregory Zinovyevich Kaidanov (Russian: Григорий Зиновьевич Кайда́нов; born 11 October 1959) is an American-Ukrainian chess grandmaster. As of April 2007, his Elo rating was 2587, making him the No. 9 player in the US and the 179th-highest rated player in the world. His peak rating was 2646 in 2002. He was inducted into the United States Chess Hall of Fame in 2013.


  • Biography and chess career 1
    • Career highlights 1.1
  • Notable games 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Biography and chess career

Kaidanov was born in Berdychiv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR. In 1960 he moved to Kaliningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR. He learned chess from his father at 6 years of age, and at age 8 began attending a chess study group in "Pioneer's House".

He defeated future World Champion Viswanathan Anand in Moscow in 1987. The same year he earned the IM title, and the following year the GM title. He won the US Open and World Open tournaments in 1992.

Kaidanov is the head coach of the United States Chess School and teaches at the grandmaster level.[1] In 2009 he was awarded the title of FIDE Senior Trainer.

Kaidanov has resided in Lexington, Kentucky since 1991, where he coaches the chess team at Sayre School. He is married to Valeria Kaidanov, and together they have three children: Anastasia (born 1983), Boris (born 1986) and Sonya (born 1994).

Career highlights

  • 1972 – Boys under-14 Russian Federation Championship – 1st place
  • 1975 – achieved Candidate of Master (analog of expert in US)
  • 1978 – achieved Master
  • 1987 – achieved International Master
  • 1988 – achieved Grandmaster
  • 1992 – won World Open Chess Championship
  • 1992 – won US Open Chess Championship
  • 1993 – won World Team Chess Championship as a member of US team
  • 1998 – silver medal in 1998 Chess Olympiad as a member of US team
  • 2001 – won North American Open Chess Championship
  • 2002 – won Aeroflot Open (over 81 other grandmasters)[1]
  • 2008 – won the Gausdal Classic, held 8–16 April in Gausdal, Norway, scoring 7/9[2]

Notable games

  • Gregory Kaidanov vs. Viswanathan Anand, Moscow 1987, Caro–Kann Defense: Panov Attack (B13), 1–0
  • Gregory Kaidanov vs. Evgeny Bareev, Ch URS (1 liga) 1987, Vienna Game: Stanley, Frankenstein–Dracula Variation (C27), 1–0
  • Mark Taimanov vs. Gregory Kaidanov, Belgrade 1988, English Opening: Agincourt Defense, Wimpy System (A13), 0–1
  • Benjamin Finegold vs. Gregory Kaidanov, 12th Chicago Open 2003, Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45), 0–1


  1. ^ a b "GM Gregory Kaidanov". United States Chess Federation. Archived from the original on 28 May 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Greg Kaidanov wins Gausdal Classic", ChessBase News, 17 April 2008, retrieved 17 April 2008 

External links

  • Gregory Kaidanov player profile and games at
  • Gregory Kaidanov at
  • "GM Gregory Kaidanov" biography at
  • Gregory Kaidanov website
  • OlimpBase
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