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Artur Yusupov

Artur Mayakovich Yusupov was born on February 13, 1960 in Moscow, Russia. At the age of six, he learned how to play chess and quickly established himself as a formidable youth player. In 1977, he won the World Junior Chess Championship and earned the International Master title. In 1979, he finished in 2nd place at his first USSR Championship behind Geller. The next year, he earned his Grandmaster title.

Yusupov's international tournament successes continued. He finished 1st at Esbjerg in 1980, 1st at Erevan in 1981, tied for 4th at Linares in 1983, 1st at Tunis in 1985, tied for 1st at Montpellier in 1985, and 3rd at Linares in 1988. By this time, he was also chasing World Championship qualification. He reached the semi-final of the Candidates Tournament three times. He was defeated by Sokolov in 1986, beaten by Karpov in 1989, and lost to Timman in 1992.

In the early 90s, Yusupov returned to his Moscow apartment one day and interrupted some burglars. He was shot in the ensuing struggle and considers himself lucky to be alive. Not long after that, he decided to move to Germany, where he has lived ever since. Despite this, he continued winning on the tournament circuit. He placed 1st at Hamburg in 1991, 1st at Amsterdam in 1994, 2nd at Horgen in 1994, 1st at the 2002 World Open, 1st at the Basel Rapid in 2005, and 1st at Altenkirchen in 2005, which made him the German champion.

During his playing career, Yusupov has been coached and mentored by Mark Dvoretsky, an International Master and is widely considered to be the world's leading chess trainer. Yusupov freely acknowledges that Dvoretsky's influence has been instrumental in many of his biggest victories. The strong alliance and collaboration that developed, led to them setting up the Dvoretsky-Yusupov Chess School. It was there that many of the new crop of world beating grandmasters learned their trade in the early 90s, the most famous being Peter Svidler.

Yusupov is a leading authority on the Petroff Defence and in 1999, he wrote a book on it. It contains probably the most exhaustive analysis and encyclopaedic coverage of the opening thus far. He has also frequently contributed to Dvoretsky's books and has been a second and advisor to both Anand and Leko during their world championship campaigns.

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