Gregory Kaidanov, born Oct 11, 1959, is a Grandmaster (1988) who was Russian Boys under-14 champion in 1972. He won the New York Open in 1990. In 1992 he won the World Open, the US Open, the National Open, and the Novag Grand Prix. He now lives in Kentucky. His first experiences in the United States were not good. In the first week, as a tourist in New York city, all his and his wife’s luggage were stolen from the trunk of a car while he was having dinner at a restaurant. The next day, he was attacked by a gang, and robbed of all his money and airline tickets. To make money from his losses, he began to give simuls and play in chess tournaments. He was invited to Louisville, Kentucky to teach chess and made the decision to emigrate and live there.