Maxim Dlugy

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Maxim Dlugy
Dlugy at the press room of the World Chess Championship 2012, Moscow
Full nameMaxim Alexandrovich Dlugy
CountryUnited States
Born (1966-01-29) January 29, 1966 (age 57)
Moscow, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (1986)
FIDE rating2520 (September 2023)
Peak rating2570 (January 1989)

Maxim Alexandrovich Dlugy[1][2] (born January 29, 1966) is an American chess player with the FIDE title of Grandmaster.[3]

He was born in Moscow, USSR, and arrived with his family in the United States in 1977. He was awarded the International Master title in 1982.[3] He won the World Junior Chess Championship in 1985.[4] He was awarded the Grandmaster title in 1986 for his result at the World Chess Olympiad in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At this event, he played on the U.S. team, which was in first place going into the last round.[3][5] Always a strong speed chess player, Dlugy was formerly ranked number one in the world by the World Blitz Chess Association.[6]

Chess career[edit]

In 1984, he finished 3rd in the U.S. Chess Championship. He was 2nd in New York 1985, 2nd in Clichy 1986–87 and 3rd in the 1987 U.S. Chess Championship. He graduated from the Dalton School in New York City in 1984.[7]

He was elected president of the United States Chess Federation in 1990.

Dlugy was the first chess grandmaster hired by IBM to work on the Deep Blue chess computer project, in 1990.[8]

In March 2006, after returning to the U.S., Dlugy received a special invitation to play in the U.S. Chess Championship in San Diego, California. He achieved a plus score.

Dlugy was one of the campaign managers along with Garry Kasparov for Anatoly Karpov when he ran for FIDE President in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia, in 2010.

Dlugy operates Chess Max Academy, a chess school with locations in New York City and Connecticut.[9][10]

In 2013, Dlugy helped investigate a cheating scandal involving Bulgarian FM Borislav Ivanov, who according to Dlugy was a using a device in his shoe that signaled him what moves to make.[11][12][13] Ivanov was subsequently banned by the Bulgarian Chess Federation.[14]

On two separate occasions in 2017 and 2020, Dlugy was suspected of, and later admitted to, having cheated himself in a Titled Tuesday online tournament run by The incident received renewed attention after Magnus Carlsen referenced it during the Carlsen–Niemann controversy, claiming that Dlugy had previously served as a coach of Hans Niemann.[15][16][17] Later, Vice published an article where released e-mails showing that Dlugy had confessed to cheating multiple times on and had to be banned entirely from all events with cash prizes.[18] On October 10, 2022, Dlugy made a lengthy statement denying that he had done any actual cheating, defending Niemann, and denying any involvement with Niemann's game.[19][20] Niemann has denied that Dlugy was ever his mentor.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Dlugy worked on Wall Street. He became a principal of the Russian Growth Fund, a hedge fund. Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov was formerly associated with Dlugy's Russian Growth Fund.[22]

Dlugy was imprisoned in Russia in April 2005 on charges of embezzlement, but he was acquitted and freed later that year.[23]


  1. ^ "Персона Дня - МАКСИМ ДЛУГИ" [Person of the Day - Maxim Dlugy]. (in Russian). Russian Chess Federation. January 29, 2021. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  2. ^ "Article on Dlugy's arrest in Russia". Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Dlugy, Maxim".
  4. ^ "Former Champions". 2008 World Junior Chess Championship.
  5. ^ "27th Chess Olympiad: Dubai 1986".
  6. ^ "W B C A Members". Blitz Chess. Vol. 5, no. 1. March 1993. pp. 24–28.
  7. ^ "GM Max Dlugy aquitted [sic] in $9 million embezzlement charge". Chess News. December 21, 2005. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  8. ^ Hsu, Feng-hsiung (2004) [2002]. Behind Deep Blue: Building the Computer that Defeated the World Chess Champion (revised ed.). Princeton University Press. pp. 128–129. ISBN 978-0-691-11818-5.
  9. ^ Dan Whitcomb (August 21, 2019). "Russian chess legend Anatoly Karpov unable to get U.S. visa, friend says". Reuters. Retrieved October 17, 2022.
  10. ^ "Chess Max Academy". Retrieved October 17, 2022.
  11. ^ "The shoe assistant – Ivanov forfeits at Blagoevgrad". Chess News. October 3, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  12. ^ "Ivanov ends his chess career". Chess News. October 5, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  13. ^ "Das Schachorakel von Oslo". (in German). Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  14. ^ Дневник (December 24, 2013). ""Серийният измамник" Борислав Иванов е изключен от българския шахмат". Dnevnik (in Bulgarian). Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  15. ^ "The people who police chess cheats: 'We built a crime scene analysis for every player in the world'". the Guardian. September 23, 2022. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  16. ^ nikita. "Niemann's mentor whom Carlsen mentions in the interview was banned from for cheating?! – Chessdom". Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  17. ^ "Magnus scores record win, breaks silence on Hans". chess24. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  18. ^ "Chess Grandmaster Maxim Dlugy Admitted to Cheating on, Emails Show". Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  19. ^ "GM Maxim Dlugy". Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  20. ^ Sergio. "Maxim Dlugy publishes a statement on the Hans Niemann cheating affair – Chessdom". Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  21. ^[bare URL PDF]
  22. ^ Gene Epstein (April 27, 1998). "Russian Chess Champs Test Skill At Capitalists' Game -- Investing". Barron's. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  23. ^ "GM Max Dlugy aquitted in $9 million embezzlement charge". ChessBase. December 21, 2005. Retrieved September 12, 2022.

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