Gulko, Boris Frantsevich
Birth Feb 9, 1947
Erfurt, Germany.
Nationality USA - United States of America
Titles GM - International Grandmaster

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Last update Aug 10, 1999
Biographical data
US player, psychologist.
International Grandmaster, 1976.
International Master, 1975.
USSR Champion, 1977.
US Champion, 1994.

by Bill Wall
Former Soviet champion (1977) who tried to emigrate from the Soviet Union for over 7 years and was finally allowed to do so in 1986. We went on a 40 day hunger strike. His wife is one of the strongest women chessplayers in the world, Anna Akhsumarova. She won the Soviet women's championship twice and was cheated out of a third victory in 1982 when the result of a game she won was reversed. Boris refused to sign a form letter denouncing the defection of Victor Korchnoi in 1979. He was arrested for demonstrating in front of the Moscow Interzonal in 1982 and beaten up by KGB agents. He was denied entrance to the tournament even as a spectator. In 1991 Gulko had to be smuggled into Yugoslavia to act as a second to Irina Levitina in the 1991 Women's Interzonal. He was unable to get a passport from the tournament delegation so they smuggled him in from Hungary.

Chess Career
1st 1968 Gavirzhov
1st 1974 Moscow Championship
1st 1975 Vilnius
1st 1976 Cienfuegos
1st 1977 USSR Championship
1st 1978 Niksic
1st 1986/87 Clichy
1st 1987 Cannes
1st 1987 Biel
1st 1992 Leon
1st 1992 Moscow
1st 1994 Bern
1st 1998 Kona

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