Ronen Har-Zvi (born 13 October 1976) is an Israeli chess player and writer. Har-Zvi won the under-16 title at the World Youth Chess Champion in 1992. He has held the title of Grandmaster of chess since 1995.[1]

Growing up in Israel, Har-Zvi was taught to play chess at the age of 5 by his grandfather.[1]

In 2008, Har-Zvi finished second in the "Ciudad de Dos Hermanas",[2] the largest online chess tournament in the world.[3] Har-Zvi lost 3.5-0.5 in the final to the untitled Jorge Sammour-Hasbun.[4]

Har-Zvi is a regular expert commentator and host on the Internet Chess Club.[5] He also operates an account, "Indiana-Jones", with a peak rating of 3215 for blitz chess and 2947 for bullet chess.[6] He is a columnist for CHESS magazine.[5][7]

Aside from chess, Har-Zvi works as a stock trader.[8] He lived in Saratoga, in the U.S. state of New York[9] with his wife Heather, whom he met online at the Internet Chess Club,[10] and their son, Aaron. In 2010, Har-Zvi became head chess coach at the University of Texas at Brownsville, and moved with his family to Brownsville, Texas[11] replacing Grandmaster Gilberto Hernández Guerrero, who had resigned from that position due to personal reasons. After more than two years of coaching the University of Texas Brownsville team, Har-Zvi left for the Greater Boston area to pursue other chess-related endeavors, and in 2013 he moved back to Israel.

Notable games

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c8 black rook
d8 black rook
g8 black king
a7 black pawn
f7 black pawn
a6 black bishop
b6 black pawn
c6 black knight
e6 black pawn
f6 black pawn
h6 black pawn
b5 white knight
d5 black rook
a4 white pawn
b4 black queen
d4 white pawn
h4 white pawn
e3 white bishop
g3 white pawn
b2 white pawn
e2 white queen
f2 white pawn
c1 white rook
d1 white rook
g1 white king
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Sammour-Hasbun - Har-Zvi, Dos Hermanas 2008. Har-Zvi played the questionable 21 ... Kh7, and subsequently lost.[2]

Vladimir Kramnik - Ronen Har-Zvi, Oakham 1992.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 c5 7. Nge2 Nc6 8. d5 Ne5 9. Ng3 e6 10. Be2 exd5 11. cxd5 a6 12. O-O b5 13. a3 Rb8 14. b4 Nfd7 15. Qb3 Nb6 16. Bf2 cxb4 17. axb4 h5 18. Rfc1 Qf6 19. Nf1 h4 20. Qd1 Nbc4 21. Ra2 a5 22. bxa5 b4 23. Rb1 Ba6 24. Na4 b3 25. Rxb3 Rxb3 26. Qxb3 Nxa5 27. Qd1 Bxe2 28. Qxe2 h3 29. Nb6 Nb3 30. Ra3 hxg2 31. Rxb3 gxf1=Q+ 32. Kxf1 Rb8 33. Qe3 Qd8 34. h3 g5 35. Ke2 Ng6 36. Kd2 Nf4 37. h4 Nh3 38. Be1 gxh4 39. f4 1212


  1. ^ a b Cullen, Allegra (2007-10-26). "Master's moves help promote chess". Times Union. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  2. ^ a b McClain, Dylan Loeb (2008-04-13). "He May Not Be a Grandmaster, but He's Hard to Beat at Blitz". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  3. ^ Doggers, Peter (2008-03-28). "Dos Hermanas (internet) starts today". ChessVibes. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  4. ^ Polgar, Susan (2008-04-13). "New Smart Chip?". Susan Polgar. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  5. ^ a b "Chess master to take on 40 players simultaneously". Marist College. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  6. ^ Har-Zvi, Ronen. "Indiana-Jones". Internet Chess Club. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  7. ^ Calderon, Herman; Zachary Calderon (2009-11-10). "GM Ronen Har-Zvi Hosts Kick off Schenectady Simul". United States Chess Federation. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  8. ^ "Meet CCSCSL Resident GM Ronen Har-Zvi - Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis". Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  9. ^ Barry, John W. (2009-09-20). "Grandmaster shows he has all the right moves at Marist". Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved 2009-10-23. [dead link]
  10. ^ Henner, Peter (5 August 2010). "Revival of a lost tradition The Albany-Schenectady Match set for August 19". Altamont Express. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Har-Zvi Joins UTB/TSC Chess Program". Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 

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