Kaidanov in Seattle, 2002
|Full name||Gregory Kaidanov|
October 11, 1959 |
Berdychiv, Ukrainian SSR
|FIDE rating||2573 (December 2013)|
|Peak rating||2646 (October 2002)|
As of April 2007, his Elo rating was 2587, making him the #9 player in the US and the 179th-highest rated player in the world. His peak rating was 2646 in 2002.
He learned to play when he was 6 years old from his father. At age 8, he started to attend a chess study group in 'Pioneer's House.'
His first major tournament win came in Moscow 1987, where he defeated future World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand. He earned the IM title that same year, and was awarded the GM title just a year later in 1988.
He is the head coach of the www.uschessschool.com founded in 2006 by IM Greg Shahade.
He is one of the most active Grandmaster teachers in the United States. In 2009 he was awarded the title of FIDE Senior Trainer.
He is married to Valeria Kaidanov and together have three children: Anastasia (born April 18, 1983), Boris (born November 16, 1986) and Sonya (born December 1, 1994).
Highlights of his chess career
- 1972 - Boys under-14 Russian Federation Championship - 1st place
- 1975 - Became a Candidate of Master (analog of expert in US)
- 1978 - Became a Master
- 1987 - Became an International Master
- 1988 - Became a Grandmaster
- 1992 - Won World Open Chess Championship
- 1992 - Won U.S. 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 (one of the strongest open tournaments of all time, with 82 grandmasters participating)
- 2008 - Won the Gausdal Classic, held April 8–16 in Gausdal, Norway, scoring 7/9.
- 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
- "Greg Kaidanov wins Gausdal Classic", ChessBase News, 17 April 2008, retrieved 2008-04-17