GM Boris Gelfand

Full name
Boris Gelfand
Jun 24, 1968 (age 50)
Place of birth
Minsk, Belarussian SSR, Soviet Union

The top Grandmaster hailing from Israel, Boris Gelfand is a World Championship challenger and winner of around 30 international tournaments. His strong positional style and ability to make only minor mistakes helps him to be one of the world’s best players. Learning from the Tigran Petrosian School, Gelfand rocketed to the top of the rating charts and has never looked back.

Boris Gelfand learned to play chess when he was 4 years old. When he was a bit older, he went to the Tigran Petrosian School, met the former world champion and got some advice that he remembers to this day: “Never make a single move without having an idea”. As a young player he won titles such as the Junior Champion of the Soviet Union, European Junior Champion and World Junior Champion. He became an International Master in 1987 and a Grandmaster in 1989. During his chess career he has won around 30 tournaments and placed very high in many other ones. He played in many Candidates Tournaments which were tournaments used to find a challenger for the World Championship. It wasn’t until 2012 that he played well enough to get to the finals and face the World Champion. In order to do this, he had to win multiple mini-matches against some of the world’s toughest players. He did this and faced off against Viswanathan Anand in the World Championship match but lost to him in the title match. His strong positional ability and skill of hardly ever making mistakes allows him to continue to be one of the strongest players in the world to this day.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D73
Queen's Pawn Opening (44) : D02 A40 D00 A41 E00 A43
Trompowsky Attack (4) : A45
Queen's Indian Defense (136) : E15 E18 E17 E16 E12 E14
Reti Opening (22) : A04 A09 A05
Queen's Gambit Accepted (54) : D20 D27 D21 D26 D25 D22 D24
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (2) : A40
Torre Attack (9) : A48
King's Indian Attack (5) : A07
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (4) : A58
Bogo-Indian Defense (35) : E11
Old Indian Defense (9) : A54 A53
Pirc Defense (16) : B07 B09 B08
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Modern Defense (12) : A41 B06 A42
Old Benoni Defense (2) : A43 A56
Benko Gambit (1) : A57
Tarrasch Defense (7) : D34 D32
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (7) : D78 D73 D71 D79
Blumenfeld Countergambit (2) : E10
Undefined (4) : A00
Giuoco Piano Game (7) : C53
London System (1) : A48
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Caro-Kann Defense (22) : B13 B12 B17 B16 B15
Italian Game (4) : C55
Petrov's Defense (4) : C42 C43
Bishop's Opening (2) : C24
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (3) : A57
Scotch Game (2) : C45
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Black Pieces
Queen's Pawn Opening (20) : D02 D03 D00 A40 A41
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (8) : A01
Hungarian Opening (4) : A00
Semi-Slav Defense (113) : D45 D43 D47 D44 D48
Catalan Opening (25) : E01 E00 E04 E05 E02
King's Indian Attack (20) : A07 A08
Torre Attack (7) : A48 A46
London System (6) : A48
Trompowsky Attack (8) : A45
Petrov's Defense (130) : C42 C43
Caro-Kann Defense (5) : B10 B13 B12
French Defense (26) : C02 C10 C08 C11 C07
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Four Knights Game (7) : C48 C47
Queen's Indian Defense (68) : E15 E17 E19 E12 E18 E14
Bishop's Opening (8) : C24
Undefined (2) : A00
Benoni Defense (9) : A61 A75 A60 A67 A56
Center Game Accepted (1) : C22
Italian Game (2) : C55
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C33
Vienna Game (1) : C26
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Ruy Lopez Opening (5) : C67 C65
Bird's Opening (2) : A03
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (2) : A58
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (1) : A57
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (7) : D78 D79 D73
Pirc Defense (2) : B07 B08
Bogo-Indian Defense (1) : E11
Queen's Gambit Accepted (1) : D24
Old Indian Defense (2) : A53 A54
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01