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Joshua E Friedel
J Friedel 
Photo courtesy of "WannaBe"  
Number of games in database: 448
Years covered: 1998 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2553 (2514 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2562
Overall record: +170 -118 =160 (55.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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Most played openings
C78 Ruy Lopez (22 games)
B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4 (13 games)
B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3 (11 games)
C45 Scotch Game (9 games)
C55 Two Knights Defense (9 games)
A46 Queen's Pawn Game (8 games)
A57 Benko Gambit (8 games)
C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8 games)
C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer (8 games)
A07 King's Indian Attack (7 games)

   🏆 St Louis Summer Classic (Group B)
   A Stukopin vs J Friedel (May-23-18) 1/2-1/2
   J Friedel vs C Ali Marandi (May-22-18) 1/2-1/2
   V Belous vs J Friedel (May-21-18) 1-0
   J Friedel vs R Aghasaryan (May-20-18) 0-1
   J Friedel vs D Saduakassova (May-19-18) 1-0

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(born Dec-03-1986, 32 years old) United States of America

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Josh Friedel was born and raised in Goffstown, New Hampshire. After reaching the master level at age 14, Josh worked with GMs Larry Christiansen, Gregory Kaidanov, and Alex Goldin. He made IM at age 18 and GM just before his 22nd birthday. Josh has been state champion of New Hampshire three times and state champion of California twice. He has also won or tied for first in several open tournaments in the United States, including the Pan Am, Eastern and National Opens. Thus far, in GM Josh Friedel's young chess career, he has played in four U.S. Championships. In 2008 he tied for fourth and scored his final GM norm. In May 2013, he was =1st at the Chicago Open, coming 2nd on tiebreak behind Ray Robson.

Wikipedia article: Joshua Friedel

Last updated: 2017-12-03 03:10:47

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 448  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Friedel vs M Casella  0-1321998Massachusets op 67thB72 Sicilian, Dragon
2. J Friedel vs R Nichols  1-0511998New Hampshire op 48thB40 Sicilian
3. J Friedel vs J A Curdo  1-0291999Southern New Hampshire OpenC56 Two Knights
4. J Friedel vs J Fang 0-1251999Queen City OpenA37 English, Symmetrical
5. L Chiong Zacarias Romero vs J Friedel  1-0341999100th US OpenA57 Benko Gambit
6. Nakamura vs J Friedel 1-0672000New Hampshire op 50thC45 Scotch Game
7. J Friedel vs A Karklins 0-1392000World OpenB56 Sicilian
8. J Friedel vs D Kopec  ½-½202000Monadnock Grand Prix opB89 Sicilian
9. J Friedel vs A Bennett  1-0252001Foxwoods OpenC41 Philidor Defense
10. J Friedel vs Fishbein 0-1212001Foxwoods OpenB89 Sicilian
11. Y Shulman vs J Friedel  1-030200129th World OpenA59 Benko Gambit
12. J Friedel vs V Pappu  1-0462001US OpenC17 French, Winawer, Advance
13. Stripunsky vs J Friedel  1-0232001US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
14. J Friedel vs W S Arluck  1-0292001US OpenC11 French
15. B Gast vs J Friedel  ½-½472001US OpenC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
16. Ashley vs J Friedel  1-0182001US OpenA22 English
17. J Friedel vs C Ehrman  1-0442001US OpenC10 French
18. Nakamura vs J Friedel 1-0472001US OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Wang Yue vs J Friedel  ½-½672002WYb16A57 Benko Gambit
20. J Friedel vs J A Curdo  1-049200327th Queen City opC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
21. J Friedel vs V Pupols  ½-½402003Vermont CCA opC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
22. Smirin vs J Friedel  1-0472003Foxwoods opC78 Ruy Lopez
23. Y Shulman vs J Friedel 1-0292003Foxwoods opA59 Benko Gambit
24. P Chubinsky vs J Friedel  0-12320035th Foxwoods OpenC55 Two Knights Defense
25. J Friedel vs Sadvakasov  ½-½382003World op 31stB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-21-05  hongisto24: This kid is 3.5 out of 4 against the big guns in Minneapolis. He just beat Vasquez who is a Phillipino GM.
Jan-22-06  EnglishOpeningc4: Wow one of NH's best players and he doesnt even have 3 posts yet
Jan-22-06  LancelotduLac: Yes he does
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  Joshka: He's on his way to beating Naka in Round 1!
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  chancho: <He's on his way to beating Naka in Round 1!>

He did.

Mar-03-06  Bobak Zahmat: Unbelievable. Nakamura is beaten by Friedel with the Black pieces Nakamura vs J Friedel, 2006. Great!
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  thegoodanarchist: Click on the above game link (Nakamura-Friedel) to see my game against Friedel in '03.

My impression of Josh is that he is a good person and a very gentlemanly competitor.

I wish him the best in chess and in life.

Feb-10-07  Goran: Josh is great guy and future US star.
Feb-10-07  whiskeyrebel: According to the USCF site Friedel has his IM title now; isn't it about time somebody did a bio on him on this page? Please, I wanna know more. Does he have any GM norms yet?
Feb-11-07  Goran: Looks like he has two GM norms. First won at The Berkeley Masters Tournament and 2nd he gained at the 2006 US Championship (according to

Here is an older bio but writen in his own words

Apr-22-08  timhortons: in the finger notes of national master terrie hal at icc hes saying josh is once his student
May-21-08  BIDMONFA: Joshua E Friedel

FRIEDEL, Joshua E.

May-21-08  whiskeyrebel: According to the Monroi website Friedel should earn his 3rd GM norm if he earns at least a draw in tomorrows final U.S. championship round (against Shulman).
May-21-08  whiskeyrebel: It's a draw. We have a new GM to spearhead U.S. chess on into the new millenium. Perhaps the first ever from New Hampshire? Good going!
May-21-08  dx9293: Congratulations GM-Elect Friedel.
Jun-09-08  Phoenix: Very strong performance by Friedel in the Vegas tourney, tied for first with 5-1, including 2 draws against Nakamura and Kamsky. Bravo!
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  WannaBe: <Phoenix> Friedel did really well in the last round against GM G. Kamsky. I was able to catch the action, late in the game. (Hey, had to watch the Lakers-Celtics game!)

It came down to minor + pawns vs. minor + pawns, and Friedel was able to draw a very strong GM!!

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  whiteshark: Grandmaster title approved to him at the 79th FIDE Congress which was held 16-26 November 2008 in Dresden, Germany.


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  jessicafischerqueen: <GM Josh Friedel> is also a brilliant, and very humorous, chess analyst/coach.'

Here are two of his best games which he has annotated on video-- highly recommended!

He beats <GM Nabokov> and <GM Gulko> in these games with ferocious attacking chess.

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  jessicafischerqueen: It is also well known that a <checked blue flannel short sleeved shirt> strikes fear into the opposition.

Very nice as well.

Jun-09-09  BAG: Wow nice Biography chessgames "He is a GM"
Dec-03-11  waustad: <jfq>I looked for a GM Nabokov and didn't find one, here or at FIDE. Perhaps the name is wrong. I'm trying to come up with a good joke about Loloita or Humbert squared ... but am coming up empty.
Feb-15-16  WTHarvey: I posted 7 mate puzzles from chess games of US GM Joshua Friedel @ What m8s?
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