Grandmaster Yona Kosashvili

GM Yona

Yona Kosashvili was born on July 3rd 1970 in Tbilisi, Georgia (former USSR). He immigrated with his parents to Israel in 1972. We got married in Israel in 1999 and have two sons, Alon (2000), and Yoav (2003).

Yona is one of the few people in the world to have earned the titles MD and GM. First of all he's a committed medical doctor, with a specialty in orthopedic surgery. Although he never practiced chess on a professional basis, Yona holds the title of International Chess Grandmaster. In 1995 he was ranked among the best 100 players in the world. He won several international chess tournaments and represented Israel in chess Olympiads as well as youth championships.

Chess Career Highlights

  • Curacao International Tournament, 2002. Shared 1st place
  • Kalmikia Chess Olympiad, 1998. Shared 3rd place
  • Computers vs. Humans "Aegon" tournament 197 DATE?. 1st place
  • Long Beach International Tournament 1996. 1st place
  • Israeli Team Championship, 1996. 1st place
  • Israeli Team Championship, 1995. 1st place
  • International GM Tournament, Haifa, 1995. 1st place
  • International Tournament Rishon LeZion, 1994. 1st place
  • International Tournament Rishon LeZion, 1993. 1st place
  • Israeli Open Chess Championship, 1993. 1st place
  • International Tournament Kfar Saba 1992. 1st place
  • Israeli Open Chess Championship, 1991. 1st place
  • Tel Aviv International Tournament, 1990. 1st place
  • Novi Sad Chess Olympiad, 1990. Individual silver medal, Board 6
  • ASA International Tournament, Tel-Aviv, 1989. 1st place
  • World Junior Championship, Under 20, 1989. 4th -7th place
  • Weekend Tournament, Kfar-Saba, 1988. 1st place
  • Israeli Championship, Under - 20 1984. Shared 1st-place
  • Israeli Championship, Under - 14 1982. 1st place

Chess Coaching and Management

In addition to actively competing, Yona was the Israeli junior team captain and trainer in 1993. One of his students won the Under 14 World Junior Championship in 1992, while another student won second place in the Under 12 World Junior Championship.

Before beginning his army service, he published a book for chess trainers that was adopted by the Israeli Chess Federation as its official trainers' guide. In 1995, Yona was the managing director of the European Junior Chess Championship and International Chess Festival. Luckily for both of us, the Polgar Sisters were invited... that's where the two of us met!