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Artur Mayakovich Yusupov (Jussupow in German) was born on February 13, 1960 in Moscow. 

He learned the game of chess in 1966 at the age of 6 and trained at the Moscow Young Pioneers’ Palace.

In 1977, at the age of 17, he won the World Junior Chess Championship, held in Innsbruck, Austria.  He was then awarded the International Master title.

In 1979, playing in his first USSR championship, he took 2nd place, behind Efim Geller.

In 1980, at the age of 20, he was awarded the International Grandmaster title.

In 1985, he took 1st place at the Tunis Interzonal.

In 1985, he took equal first place at the Montpellier Candidates.

In 1986, he won the Canadian Open.

In 1986, he reached the Candidates Tournament semi-final, losing to Andrei Sokolov.

From 1986 to 1992, he was ranked number 3 in the world, just behind Kasparov and Karpov.

In 1989, he reached the Candidates Tournament semi-final, losing to Anatoly Karpov.

In 1990, along with Mark Dvoretsky, he opened a chess school for gifted young chess players.  The school lasted for 3 years.  8 of their students became grandmasters, including Peter Svidler.

Yusupov represented the USSR with which he won  five Olympic titles, two European team championships, and one world team championship.

In 1991, his daughter, Ekaterina, was born.

In 1992, he reached the Candidates Tournament semi-final, losing to Jan Timman.

In 1993, he was in his Moscow apartment when some burglars broke into his apartment.  Artur was shot, but survived.  Soon after that, he decided to move to Germany.

In 1994, he authored a Chess Informant book on the Petroff’s (Russian) Defense.  He is a world leading expert on the opening.

In 1995, he served as second to Vishy Anand in the World Championship Finals in New York against Kasparov.

In July 1995, he reached his peak Elo rating of 2680.

In 1996, he wrote Positional Play with Mark Dvoretsky.

In 1998, he served as second to Vishy Anand in the World Championship Finals in Lausanne against Karpov.

Between 1999 and 2002, he produced and published a series of ten training booklets, each covering a particular chess theme.

In 2000, he represented Germany, which took 2nd place at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad.

In 2002, he took 1st place at the World Open in Philadelphia.

In 2005, he won the 76th German championship, scoring 7 out of 9 and a performance rating of 2750.

In 2007, he wrote Build Up Your Chess with Artur Yusupov, The Fundamentals.

In 2008, he wrote Build Up Your Chess, Beyond the Basics.

In 2009, he won the Boleslavsky Medal for the best instructional book (Build Up Your Chess).

In 2010-2011, he wrote the Boost Your Chess series.


  • 4 years ago · Quote · #1


    canadaire wrote:

    Why I am not Yusupov ?  

    Sorry but you cant be someone who is already me..... Wink Jokes...

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #2


    One of the greatest !!;)

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #3


    A follower.

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