Happy Birthday Gennadi Sosonko

Happy Birthday Gennadi Sosonko


Gennadi (Gennady, Genna) Borisovich Sosonko (Russian: Геннадий Борисович Сосонко; born 18 May 1943, Troitsk, Russia) is a Russian-Dutch chess Grandmaster (GM) and author.

He is one of four Grandmasters born on this day, May 18th, in Chess History. The others are:

  1. Jean-Pierre La Roux of France, who was born in 1982 and became a GM in 2010.
  2. Eltaj Safarli of Azerbaijan was born in 1992 and received the GM title in 2008.
  3. Bai Jinshi of china was born in 1999 and became a GM in 2015.

At the beginning of his career, in 1958, Sosonko won the Leningrad juniors championship.

He legally emigrated from the Soviet Union to the Netherlands via Israel in 1972.

He won the Dutch Championship in 1973 and 1978 (jointly). His tournament record includes 1st at Wijk aan Zee 1977, 1st at Nijmegen 1978, 3rd at Amsterdam 1980, 1st at Wijk aan Zee 1981, 3rd at Tilburg 1982 and 4th at Haninge 1988. He also drew a match with Jan Timman (+1 =0 −1) in 1984.

Sosonko played for the Dutch team at the Chess Olympiads eleven times, in 1974-84, and 1988-96. He won two individual medals: gold at Haifa 1976, bronze at Nice 1974, and two team medals: silver at Haifa 1976, and bronze at Thessaloniki 1988.

FIDE awarded Sosonko the International Master (IM) title in 1974, the GM title in 1976 and the FIDE Senior Trainer title in 2004.