Eugene Perelshteyn

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Eugene Perelshteyn
Country United States
Zhytomyr, Ukraine
FIDE rating2494 (October 2019)
Peak rating2555 (July 2008)

Eugene Perelshteyn (born 1980) is a chess grandmaster and author. He earned the FIDE Master title in 1997, the International Master title in 2001, and the Grandmaster title in 2006. His peak FIDE rating is 2555 (achieved in July 2008), and his current rating is 2493. Among active chess players in the United States, Perelshteyn is currently ranked 38th.[1]

Perelshteyn began playing chess at around seven years old, taught by his father, Mikhail Perelshteyn, an FM and professional chess coach. At age 10, he played in his first tournaments. He moved to the United States in 2004.[2] He won the U.S. Junior Closed Championship in 2000 and was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship by the US Chess Trust in 2001.[3] After taking two years off from school to play chess professionally, Perelshteyn returned to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and graduated in 2004.

After graduating, Perelshteyn returned to chess, winning the 2007 Spice Cup[4] and tying for first in the B group in the 2009 Spice Cup.[5] Perelshteyn has also placed 2nd in the 2012 Canadian Open Chess Championship[6] and tied for first in the 2016 Golden State Open.[7] In March 2018, Perelshteyn tied for 4th in the Reykjavik Open, scoring 6.5/9.[8]

He has co-authored two chess books with Lev Alburt and Roman Dzindzichashvili: Chess Openings for Black, Explained: A Complete Repertoire (2009), and Chess Openings for White, Explained: Winning with 1.e4 (2010). He has since converted his books into a website,, in which he shares his knowledge of the Hyper-Accelerated Sicilian Dragon. Perelshteyn also developed the Android application Chess Genie in August 2015, which offers tactical exercises to its users.


  1. ^ "Perelshteyn, Eugene FIDE Chess Profile". FIDE. World Chess Federation. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  2. ^ Bogner, Hal. "The United States Chess Federation - GM Eugene Perelshteyn". Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  3. ^ "The U.S. Chess Trust". Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  4. ^ Shahade, Jennifer (19 November 2007). "Eugene Wins Spice Cup". The United States Chess Federation. United States Chess Federation. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  5. ^ "Chess, Goddess and Everything: 2009 SPICE Cup". 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  6. ^ "Victoria Chess Club / 49th Canadian Open Crosstable". Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  7. ^ "Golden State Open 2016 Standings « CCA Chess Tournaments". Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  8. ^, Dipl.Ing. Heinz Herzog -. "GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2018". Retrieved 2019-06-11.

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