Larry Kaufman

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Larry Kaufman
Full nameLawrence Charles Kaufman
CountryUnited States
BornNovember 15, 1947 (1947-11-15) (age 74)
TitleGrandmaster (2008)
FIDE rating2188 (February 2020)
Peak rating2424 (July 2001)[1]

Lawrence Charles Kaufman (born November 15, 1947) is an American chess and shōgi player. In chess, he was awarded the title Grandmaster by FIDE for winning the 2008 World Seniors Championship (which he later retroactively shared with Mihai Suba).[2][3] Kaufman had been previously awarded the title International Master in 1980.


A longtime researcher in computer chess, Kaufman has made several contributions to chess-related works. He helped write the opening book for the pioneering program Mac Hack, co-developed Socrates II and its commercial adaptation, Kasparov's Gambit, edited the journal Computer Chess Reports, and worked on many other research and commercial chess engines.[4] He is also known for his work on computer chess engine Rybka 3,[5] and several books and articles, including The Evaluation of Material Imbalances. He helped develop the chess program Komodo with Don Dailey, with whom he had worked on the Socrates series of programs. After Dailey's death in 2013, Kaufman resumed his work on Komodo with Mark Lefler.

Kaufman has reached a considerable level of competence in several other board games. He is one of the strongest shogi players in the west; he learned the game by the traditional method of studying handicap theory and is one of the leading experts in this field.[6] Go and Xiangqi are among his other past interests.


  • The Chess Advantage in Black and White: Opening Moves of the Grandmasters (2004).
  • The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White: A Complete, Sound and User-friendly Chess Opening Repertoire (2012).
  • Sabotage the Grunfeld: A Cutting-Edge Repertoire for White based on 3.f3 (2014).
  • Kaufman’s New Repertoire for Black and White: A Complete, Sound and User-friendly Chess Opening Repertoire (2019).
  • Chess Board Options: A Memoir of Players, Games and Engines (2021).
  • Kaufman, Larry (March 1999), "The Evaluation of Material Imbalances", Chess Life, archived from the original on July 14, 2012, retrieved June 21, 2006


  1. ^ "Ratings Progress Chart: Kaufman, Lawrence". Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  2. ^ "Seniorenschach".
  3. ^ "Presidential Board meeting 1st quarter 2009". FIDE. 2009-03-09.
  4. ^ "Larry Kaufman".
  5. ^ "Master Blaster".
  6. ^ "Introducing Larry Kaufman". February 9, 2000. Archived from the original on June 8, 2011.

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