Alexander Goldin

Alexander Goldin (Russian Александр Владиленович Гольдин / Alexander Wladilenowitsch Goldin, born February 27, 1964 Novosibirsk, USSR ) is a Russian chess grandmaster, who now lives in the U.S., playing for the U.S. Chess Federation and according to FIDE 's 20 best active chess players in the USA belongs. From 1999 to 2001 he played for the Israeli Chess Federation.


Family & Childhood

Goldin grew up in a chess loving family, also in a city that was one of the leading chess centers in the USSR. At the age of four years Goldin learned from his father the rules of chess. The father called him early by only two towers and a lady gave to his son at the beginning to play, later only a lady until he was eight years old. " My older sister Maggy took part in the quarterfinals of the Soviet championship. My twin brother Roman, which is only a quarter of an hour younger, is also a contender for the grandmaster title. My mother played last year for their operation. " He reported in 1989 about his family. He is of the Jewish faith.

Early chess successes to grandmasters

At the age of seven, he started playing tournaments, of which he won most of his own words. His first coach was iogan Ioganovich Dukart, with whose help he gained a level as a good candidate for the title. Then he basically had no coach, but worked with strong players. Since his first major success in 1981, he played as a member of the team of the USSR Armed Forces. The victory at the 1988 Young Masters in Vilnius he looked at the time as his greatest success in the UdSSR.Zu the time he worked with the Grandmaster Gennady Timoščenko, a former coach of Garry Kasparov. Until 1989, he played few international championships, including in 1987 and 1988 in Poland and 1989 one in Czechoslovakia; The victory in the latter two, he received the Grand Master title at first attempt.

Chess as a profession

In 1989 he was in the USSR Army, in whose team he has played since 1982. Later he studied at the Institute for Water Transport, which he did not see as a vocation and it happy to give up the game of chess. His 1989 voiced target to increase its rating on over 2600 succeeded with a peak ranking of 2630th

He had no concrete chess idols, but he would take over Kasparov's aggressiveness in the game, the way he maneuvers the elegance of Spassky. He admires beyond Ivanchuk and Topalov as an independent thinker. As a recipe for a major championship, he said in an interview in 2011 one needed: 10% talent, 90 % hard work, and love the game. Hours of analyzing his own games has helped him a lot at a young age, as well as the joy of solving chess problems. But in general, he spent the time outside of tournaments so dear " to enjoy life than to study chess ." It is therefore not surprising that he already in 1989 reported that his chess life would take place only at tournaments, the rest of his time he reserved for leisure, he mainly his family spending, his wife and son Alexander. He likes to read and meditate on life after what brought him to write.

He now works among other things as a chess coach who teaches promising youngsters.