Sam Palatnik

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Sam Palatnik
Country Ukraine
Born (1950-03-26) March 26, 1950 (age 73)
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR
TitleGrandmaster (1978)
FIDE rating2455 (December 2023)
Peak rating2520 (July 1992)

Semon (Sam) Alexandrovich Palatnik (Russian: Семён Александрович Палатник, Ukrainian: Семен Олександрович Палатнік, born March 26, 1950) is a Ukrainian-American chess Grandmaster, born in Odessa.[1]


He won four team and individual gold medals at the 20th World Student Team Chess Championship at Teesside 1974,[2] and 21st World Student Team Championship at Caracas 1976.[3]

Some of his tournament results include 2nd= at Kiev 1978, 3rd at Hradec Kralove 1981, 2nd= at Trnava 1987, 1st at Hradec Kralove 1988 and 1st= at Calicut 1988. He currently resides in Tennessee, USA and plays for the U.S. Chess Federation.[4]

Palatnik was awarded the International Master (IM) title in 1977 and the GM title in 1978.[1] He won the tournaments in Philadelphia (World Open) in 1991, Calcutta and Hradec Kralove in 1988. In the 2000s, Palatnik served as a coach for the American and Ukrainian youth teams. In the 2010s, he coached several national teams, including the Indian team.


  1. ^ a b Gaige, Jeremy (1987), Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography, McFarland, p. 317, ISBN 0-7864-2353-6
  2. ^ OlimpBase :: 20th World Student Team Chess Championship, Teesside 1974, individual results
  3. ^ OlimpBase :: 21st World Student Team Chess Championship, Caracas 1976, individual results
  4. ^ Semon Palatnik player profile and games at