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Remembering Grandmaster 
Eduard Gufeld 

(19 March 1936 - 23 September 2002)

Eduard (Eddie) Efimovich Gufeld was born in Kiev, Ukraine on March 19, 1936 and died on September 23, 2002 in Los Angeles at the age of 66.

Gufeld played in his first chess tournament in 1953 at the age of 17. He became an International Master in 1964  and finally became an International Grandmaster in 1967. In 1977 his Elo rating was 2570 and ranked 16th in the world.  In 2000 he had a USCF rating of 2565.

He was the trainer of Maya Chiburdanidze who became the youngest women's world chess champion in 1978. He later became coach and trainer of the Soviet men and women Chess teams.

He was a prolific author of books and had written more than 100 chess books, which sold 3.5 million copies worldwide. He was considered as the world's most flamboyant chess grandmaster. He was one of the most travelled grandmasters in chess history. He visited over 100 countries. In Russia he earned the status of "chess emeritus."

In 1973 he won a game against Bagirov and considered it his best game, his Mona Lisa (lesson 38). In his day, Gufeld defeated Tal, Spassky, Korchnoi, Bronstein (6 times), Polugaevsky (4 times), Taimanov (3 times), and Smyslov. He drew with Petrosian, Kasparov, Karpov, Geller, and Keres.

He will also be remembered for starting the FIDE Committee on Chess Art and Exhibition and being instrumental in reviving the chess brilliancy prizes in top tournaments.

He was a great player and an even greater ambassador of Chess. He was a generous man and will be remembered by many all over the world. I remember when he used to say to those who laughed at his English,”  "I think that my English is better than your Russian!"

Happy Birthday my friend!  
19 March 2007  

Game of the month (February 2007) 

Here is Gufeld's Immortal Game, The Mona Lisa of Chess.

Bagirov - E. Gufeld, Kirovabad, 1973 
1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 Nf6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Nge2 Rb8 8.Qd2 a6
9.Bh6 b5 10.h4 e5 11.Bg7 Kg7 12.h5 Kh8 13.Nd5 bc4 14.hg6 fg6 15.Qh6 Nh5 16.g4
Rb2 17.gh5 g5 18.Rg1 g4 19.0-0-0 Ra2 20.Nef4 ef4 21.Nf4 Rf4 22.Qf4 c3 23.Bc4
Ra3 24.fg4 Nb4 25.Kb1 Be6!! 26.Be6 Nd3 27.Qf7 Qb8+ 28.Bb3 Rb3+ 29.Kc2 Nb4+
30.Kb3 Nd5+ 31.Kc2 Qb2+ 32.Kd3 Qb5+ 0-1 

(There is no defense against 33.Kc2 Qe2+ 34.Kb3 Qb2+ 35.Kc4 Qb5 mate.)


National Age-Group 2007
(12 to 18 March 2007 )

Click here to view some of the results.

 IM Jimmy Liew vs Juniors Match No. 2 
(21 January 2007 )

In the 2nd clock match between IM Jimmy Liew and 8 juniors, Jimmy Liew recorded 7 wins and 1 draw. The players who took part in the match were Lee Joo Hui, Albert Ang, Camilia Johari, Hew Zhen Jing, Tan Wei Hao, Qistina Johari, Olivia Madhavan and Ian Parr. The match which was played at Wilayah Complex, Kuala Lumpur, was jointly organised by IM Jimmy Liew and Kids for Chess Program (Collin). 

Final position in Ian's game against IM Liew, with White to play.    

Ian Parr - Jimmy Liew, Jan  2007    



2nd MBSSKL Chess Open 2007  
Methodist Boys’ Secondary School, Kuala Lumpur (MBSSKL), will be organinsing the 2ND MBSSKL CHESS OPEN TOURNAMENT 2007. The details are as follows:

Venue: Hall 1, Mid Valley Exhibition Centre (MVEC), Mid Valley Mega Mall, Kuala Lumpur
Date:   21st April 2007 (SATURDAY)
Categories: Age Group (Male, Female), Women, Open, Special children (OKU), Veterans.

Contact persons: Mr. Chin NK: 016-3193878, Ms. Victoria: 017-8783650, Ms Asiah: 019-2614171, Ms. Gan SP: 03-20782293 (Office)


1st Kids for Chess Camp 2006

The 1st Kids for Chess Camp turned out to be a big success especially with the children enjoying themselves while learning or improving their game of chess. The three-day Chess Camp (December 5 to 7) which saw around 70 children taking part in it, was divided into 4 different levels. The 4 levels were tailored for the Absolute Beginner, the Beginner, The Intermediate Player and The Aspiring Tournament Player.

Click here for more photos from the Camp.

Gufeld Tan in deep thought. 

Gufeld Tan taking a BrEaK! Chess is tough work!


Chess Puzzles (March 2007)  


White to checkmate in 3 moves.  


White to play and win.   

Solution #9:  1.  Bxh7  Nxh7 2.  Qxf7   Kh8 3.  Ng6 checkmate          (If 1..... Kh8 2. Nf7 mate)

Solution #10  1.  Bxc6  Kf8 2.  Qd8   Bxd8 
3.  Re8 mate
 Nimzowitch - Alapin, 1913

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