Gregory Kaidanov

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Gregory Kaidanov
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Kaidanov in Seattle, 2002
CountrySoviet Union
United States
Born (1959-10-11) 11 October 1959 (age 60)
Berdychiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (1988)
FIDE rating2546 (January 2020)
Peak Elo rating2646 (October 2002)

Gregory Kaidanov (Russian: Григорий Зиновьевич Кайда́нов, Grigoriy Zinovyevich Kaydanov; born 11 October 1959) is a Soviet-born American chess grandmaster. He was inducted into the United States Chess Hall of Fame in 2013. His peak rating is 2646, achieved in 2002.

Biography and chess career[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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[edit]


  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

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