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About myself
I was born on the 2nd July 1967 in Kharkov in Ukraine, which was the part of the Soviet Union at that time.

I was taught chess by my mother at the age of five and three years later I went to my first chess club.  From that time, for some years afterwards, my attitude to playing was not very serious and I was lucky to meet a number of chess friends of a similar age and played just for fun.
All this changed when I met Alexander Vaisman, who has been my chess coach for many years. Thanks to him, I have become who I am.

The following are key moments in my chess career:

  • victory at the Ukranian School Championship 1982
  • when I became an International Master in 1993
  • when I became an International Grand Master in 1997
  • when I won the Ukranian Championship in 2001 (shortly after I moved to Germany)

I am married with two children (both daughters).  
Because I work actively as a coach now, I do not play in many tournaments, but I am a member of a few chess clubs. In Germany I play for Mülheim Nord; we achieved third place in the 2007/2008 1st Bundesliga.