Jaan Ehlvest

Jaan Ehlvest ( born October 14, 1962 in Tallinn) is an Estonian chess grandmaster.


He learned chess at the age of six years by his mother. At eight, he received a qualified trainer with 14, he won the city championship of Tallinn of adults. Because of his talent, he was invited to the courses run by former world champion Mikhail Botvinnik Soviet chess school, where he made the acquaintance of, among others, Garry Kasparov.

In 1981, he won the Junior Championship of the USSR, 1983, he was second at the Junior World Championships and won the European Junior Championship in Groningen. In 1986, he won the national championship of Estonia, although he suffered at this time from alcohol problems. In 1987 he finished his studies in psychology at the State University of Tartu. One of his greatest chess success was the third place in the World Cup tournament in Belfort in 1988 Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov numerous behind, but in front of world-class players. He also won in 1989 a highly respected league in Reggio Emilia against Vasyl Ivanchuk. The New York Open 1994, he won ahead of his compatriot Lembit Oll.

Ehlvest played in several World Championships, FIDE:

His current Elo rating is 2595 (as of January 2009). His previous highest Elo rating was 2660 in January 1996. He plays since 15 March 2006 the Chess Federation of the United States.

His brother Jüri Ehlvest was a famous Estonian writer.


  • Estonian Sportsman of the Year 1987, 1989
  • Order of the Estonian Red Cross 4th category (2001)