The Top Chess Players in the World

GM Benjamin Finegold

Benjamin Finegold
Full name
Ben Finegold
Sep 6, 1969 (age 54)‎
Place of birth
United States



Ben Finegold is an American grandmaster, teacher, and streamer. Known for teaching kids and having a unique brand of humor, he is part of a three-generation chess family; his father Ronald, brother Mark, and son Spencer all became master-level players as well. After earning his IM title in 1989, Finegold saw his FIDE rating near 2600 at times, but it was not until 2009, at the age of 40, that he earned his final norm to become a grandmaster.

Among players Finegold has defeated are GM Boris Gelfand, who would soon reach number-three in the world, in 1989, and then-world number-eight GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov during the 2017 PRO Chess League.

After lecturing at the Saint Louis Chess Club for several years, Finegold opened the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Atlanta in 2017. Finegold is also a streamer on Twitch, often going online seven days a week. His streams include tournaments such as Arena Kings, games with viewers, and analyses of games, from those of past masters to viewer-submitted contests of their own. Countless hours of Finegold’s lectures and streams can be found on YouTube.

Best Game

Most Played Openings