Yair Kraidman (born 1 November 1932 in Haifa) is an Israeli chess grandmaster.
He played for Israel in ten Chess Olympiads.
He won individual silver medal on third board at Lugano 1968.
In 1959, he took 2nd in the Israeli championship.
In tournaments he was 4th= at Netanya 1961, 2nd= at Tel Aviv 1966 (Svetozar Gligorić won), tied for 7-10th at Netanya 1968 (Bobby Fischer won), 8th at Netanya 1969 (Samuel Reshevsky won), 6th at Netanya 1971, 13th at Manila 1974, 2nd at Netanya 1975, 1st= at Beer-Sheva 1976, 13th= at Hastings 1976/77 (Oleg Romanishin won), 3rd at Raman Ha-Sharon 1979.
In 2001, he was 9th= in Saint Vincent (European Seniors). The event was won by Jacob Murey.
In 2004, he played for Israel at third board, and won team gold medal at 1st World Senior Team Championship, Port Erin (Isle of Man).
He was awarded the International Master (IM) title in 1965 and the Grandmaster (GM) title in 1976, becoming the first sabra to earn the GM title.