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Joseph M Bradford vs James Tarjan
79th US Open (1978), Phoenix, AZ USA, rd 11, Aug-17
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Main Line (B89)  ·  1-0
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Aug-01-04  Dick Brain: Too bad. Bradford lost a chance to be immortalized as the subject of a chessgames.com puzzle when he missed 28. Rd8+! Bxd8 29. Qh8+.
Dec-09-04  aw1988: <Dick Brain> You may have the board set up slightly wrong. 1) Rd8?? is not check, 2) Qh8+ is not a legal move.
Dec-09-04
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  tpstar: He means 29. Rd8+! which wins brilliantly because 29 ... Bxd8 30. Qh8+! Kxh8 31. Rxd8+ Rf8 32. Rxf8#, or 29 ... Bf8 30. Rxf8+! also mates (30 ... Kxf8 31. Qd8#; 30 ... Rxf8 31. Qg7#). Perfect combination, albeit missed OTB.
Dec-10-04  michaelcoolcat: aw 1988 hellooo which chess player ru would u like a chess game
Dec-10-04  aw1988: Heh, hello, but no thank you.
Jan-17-15  Howard: Wonder what tournament this game was played in. Anyone know ?
Jan-18-15
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  perfidious: Not sure; perhaps the US Open, held at Phoenix that year, or Lone Pine.
Jan-18-15
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  perfidious: <Howard> Definitely not Lone Pine; for Bradford did not participate that year .
Jan-18-15
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  Phony Benoni: <Howard> <perfidious> It was the US Open in Phoenix, round 11. That was the year Bradford came out of nowhere to blow away the field.
Jan-18-15
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  perfidious: <PB> Indeed; I recall Bradford as being quite a good player, but his win at Phoenix was beyond anyone's expectations.
Jan-18-15  Howard: Not to detract from Bradford's achievement, of course, but Soltis stated in one of his books that the 1978 edition of the 1978 U.S. Open was "relatively weak".

Incidentally, Bradford drew with Soltis in only about 20 moves in the last round, to clinch first place.

It was by way of that clear first finish that Bradford was seeded into the 1980 U.S. championship. The original intent was to have been in the 1979 edition, but there was no championship that year due to lack of funds.

Despite being the lowest rated player by far in the 1980 one, Bradford turned in a respectable performance. That partially came about due to his having two dead-lost positions against Christensen and the late Robert Byrne....but somehow WINNING both of them !

Jan-18-15
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  Phony Benoni: <Howard> Soltis is quite right that the 1978 US Open wasn't especially strong. From the late 1970s through the early 1980s it generally wasn't, especially in comparison with the World Open and other big Swisses. The 1982 edition in which Soltis was the co-champion may have been even weaker.

Here's what Bradford (2307) had to fight through in the last six rounds:

7) defeated Peters (2519)
8) drew Shampkovich (2493)
9) defeated Mengarini (2143)
10) defeated Root (2219)
11) defeated Tarjan (2493)
12) drew Soltis (2433)

Good, but hardly earth-shaking, This was a tournament where the kids were giving the established players a hard time. Others of note outside the top prize winners were Lein, Fedorowicz, and Bisguier. Shamkovich wound up tying for 2nd/3rd with Perry Youngworth.

I've been working on the US Open for some time, but am still quite a way from 1978.

Jan-27-19  BwanaVa: I played in that 1978 US Open, and would add one note. This was sort of Douglas Root's coming out party, and he had a performance rating in the 2500 range...so that win over a 2219 in Round 10 was actually a big deal.

This 24 month period or so was a big deal for Bradford. He scored two brilliancy prizes at Lone Pine 1978, won the US Open, then did well at the following US Championship.

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