I have been playing chess since I was 7 years old.
In 1985 at age 15 I won the Ukrainian under 18 Junior Chess Championship.
In 1986 I joined the Botvinnik- Kasparov chess school, as one of the students of this famous Chess University.
In 1987 in the strongest ever-Soviet Junior Chess Championship I shared 1-2 place with Gata Kamsky ahead of players like: Shirov, Akopian ,Ulibin, Sakaev etc.
Then in 1990 I won the Qualification tournament for the World Junior Chess Championship under 20 ahead of Vladimir Kramnik who came 3rd.
In 1991 I immigrated to Israel and achieved my IM and GM titles in just one year.
During the Manila chess Olympiad in 1992 I was awarded the GM title and after a few very successful results during the second part of 1992 my Elo rating has exceeded 2600 and I have broken into the list of top 50 chess players in the world.
During my active chess career I was winner of strong tournaments such as Munchen 1992, Haifa 1993 (cat 12) Bad Homburg 1996(Cat 12), Beijing open 1995 and 1997, Rishon leZion 1996 (Cat 13) and others.
In February 1999 Gary Kasparov asked me to supervise over the education projects of the Kasparov Chess Academy and to help him during his famous Microsoft Internet match versus The Rest of the World. I was the official second of Garry Kasparov during this well known game and we became very close friends since then.
When http://www.kasparovchess.com had opened its doors in summer 1999, I had the opportunity to run on with chess education programs such as “Searching for the new World Champion ” when we were helping best young players like Radjabov, Bu Xiangi and Elisabeth Paehtz to improve their chess skills and the Kasparov chess University Interactive lessons in which people all over the World could take chess lessons from the best ever chess stars: Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Viktor Korchnoi, Judith Polgar, to name a few.
In 2000 I joined the Team of Super Computer Deep Junior as a consult and the developer of its Opening Book. Since then Deep Junior won the WC title in 2001-2002, 2004 and in Turin 2006 ahead of the best chess software as Rybka, Shredder and Zappa.
In 2003 I was a part of Deep Junior Team in his match vs. Garry Kasparov in New York, which after magnificent clash finished in a tie 3:3.
Nowadays I rarely play professional chess. Most of my time is dedicated to giving chess lectures, Simultaneous exhibitions, private lessons and training sessions.