Eduard Gufeld

GM Eduard Gufeld
Eduard Gufeld
(1936 - 2002)


Eduard Gufeld was a Ukrainian International Grandmaster (1967) and a chess journalist. He competed in eight USSR championships from 1959-1972. His best international result was 2nd place (+9 =4 -2) after Andersson at Camaguey in 19744. During his many years of competitive chess, Eduard played in many countries and managed to defeat most of the leading players.

In 1986 Mr Gufeld visited Perth and during his stay he provided a simultaneous exhibition at the Willetton Sports Club. He also gave a talk to the WA chess community at the Q-Club in William Street, Perth and presented a perpetual trophy. This trophy became known as the Gufeld Cup and is contested each Easter .

Recently Mr Gufeld passed away due to a stroke at the age of 66.

Well known in Russia as a chess author of wit whose many books (over 100) had a reputation of being very instructive. Gufeld contributed two exciting games into the ‘Learn from the Grandmasters’ book edited by Raymond Keene in 1975. Here is an extract he included from the book:

‘It is well known that people in moments of emotional stress are capable of performing miracles. Once during a fire a man not renowned for his physical strength succeeded in carrying a large safe from a burning building, and later he could not even lift it off the ground. On another occasion a man was chased by a mad dog, and he not only managed to run away from it, he also jumped over a high fence, thereby unofficially breaking the world-jump record.

The same sort of thing happens with bursts of mental activity in which my opponent succeeded in doing at the Student Olympiad at Marianske Lazne in 1962.

On the evening before the match the traditional game of football was held in which I ran rings around my opponent, now a well-known grandmaster.

Kavalek was not amused by the result of the duel on the football field and vowed to annihilate me over the chessboard...

E.Gufeld - L.Kavalek

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 (this variation was coming into fashion at that time) 4. c3 f5 5. d4 fxe4 6. Ng5 Bb6 7. d5 (hoping for 7...Nc6-e7 8.Ne6!) 7... e3 (I just fell into a trap which I knew very well. The whole variation was shown to me in 1961 by master Konstantinov. This improvement had also been found by the members of the Prague club to which Kavalek belonged) 8. Ne4 Qh4 9. Qf3 Nf6 10. Nxf6+ gxf6 11. dxc6 exf2+ 12. Kd1 dxc6 13. Be2 Be6 14. Qh5+ Qxh5 15. Bxh5+ Ke7 16. b3 Bd5 17. Ba3+ Ke6 18. Bg4+ f5 19. Bh3 Rhg8 20. Nd2 Bxg2 21. Bxg2 Rxg2 22. Rf1 Rd8 23. Ke2 Rxd2+ 24. Kxd2 e4 25. Bf8 f4 26. b4 Rg5 27. Bc5 Rxc5 (black in time trouble) 28. bxc5 Bxc5 29. Rab1 f3 30. Rb4 Kf5 31. Rd4 Bxd4 32. cxd4 Kf4 0-1

Since this game I always maintain that the dark squared bishop has a magic all of his own.’

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