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Joshua E Friedel
J Friedel 
Photo courtesy of "WannaBe"  
Number of games in database: 398
Years covered: 1998 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2510 (2514 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2555

Overall record: +134 -87 =133 (56.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 44 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (67) 
    B93 B43 B76 B35 B27
 Ruy Lopez (35) 
    C92 C73 C67 C72 C95
 French Defense (28) 
    C11 C18 C10 C17 C03
 Caro-Kann (14) 
    B14 B13 B12 B16 B15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (14) 
    C92 C95 C96 C97 C91
 Sicilian Najdorf (13) 
    B93 B92
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (54) 
    C78 C96 C77 C87 C91
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    A46 E10 D02 E00 A40
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (20) 
    C96 C87 C91 C95 C85
 Modern Benoni (17) 
    A57 A58 A59 A61 A75
 Benko Gambit (15) 
    A57 A58 A59
 Nimzo Indian (13) 
    E32 E46 E20 E25 E21
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Friedel vs M de Jong, 2009 1-0
   Nakamura vs J Friedel, 2006 0-1
   J Friedel vs Gulko, 2008 1-0
   T Braunlich vs J Friedel, 2007 0-1
   J Friedel vs B Finegold, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   7th Foxwoods Open (2005)
   PWC Toronto Open (2009)
   National Open (2007)
   34th World Open (2006)
   US Championship (2008)
   Foxwoods Open (2009)
   US Championship (2014)
   Foxwoods Open (2008)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   13th Unive Tournament (Open) (2009)
   US Championship (2009)
   World Open (2007)
   National Open (2006)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2011 Spice Cup (group C) by gauer
   2012 American open by gauer

   J Friedel vs Tarjan (Feb-22-17) 1-0
   S J Breckenridge vs J Friedel (Feb-22-17) 1/2-1/2
   J Friedel vs G Orlov (Feb-01-17) 0-1, rapid
   Daniel Ming He vs J Friedel (Feb-01-17) 0-1, rapid
   J Friedel vs Ruifeng Li (Dec-30-16) 1/2-1/2

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(born Dec-03-1986, 30 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.

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 398  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Friedel vs R Nichols  1-051 1998 New Hampshire op 48thB40 Sicilian
2. J Friedel vs M Casella  0-132 1998 Massachusets op 67thB72 Sicilian, Dragon
3. J Friedel vs J Fang 0-125 1999 Queen City OpenA37 English, Symmetrical
4. J Friedel vs J A Curdo  1-029 1999 Southern New Hampshire OpenC56 Two Knights
5. L Chiong Zacarias Romero vs J Friedel  1-034 1999 U.S. OpenA57 Benko Gambit
6. Nakamura vs J Friedel 1-067 2000 New Hampshire op 50thC45 Scotch Game
7. J Friedel vs A Karklins 0-139 2000 World OpenB57 Sicilian
8. J Friedel vs D Kopec  ½-½20 2000 Monadnock Grand Prix opB89 Sicilian
9. J Friedel vs A Bennett  1-025 2001 Foxwoods OpenC41 Philidor Defense
10. J Friedel vs Fishbein 0-121 2001 Foxwoods OpenB89 Sicilian
11. Y Shulman vs J Friedel  1-030 2001 29th World OpenA59 Benko Gambit
12. J Friedel vs V Pappu  1-046 2001 US OpenC17 French, Winawer, Advance
13. Stripunsky vs J Friedel  1-023 2001 US OpenC26 Vienna
14. J Friedel vs W S Arluck  1-029 2001 US OpenC11 French
15. B Gast vs J Friedel  ½-½47 2001 US OpenC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
16. Ashley vs J Friedel  1-018 2001 US OpenA22 English
17. J Friedel vs C Ehrman  1-044 2001 US OpenC10 French
18. Nakamura vs J Friedel 1-047 2001 US OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Wang Yue vs J Friedel  ½-½67 2002 WYb16A57 Benko Gambit
20. J Friedel vs V Pupols  ½-½40 2003 Vermont CCA opC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
21. J Friedel vs J A Curdo  1-049 2003 27th Queen City opC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
22. Smirin vs J Friedel  1-047 2003 Foxwoods opC78 Ruy Lopez
23. Y Shulman vs J Friedel 1-029 2003 Foxwoods opA59 Benko Gambit
24. P Chubinsky vs J Friedel  0-123 2003 5th Foxwoods OpenC55 Two Knights Defense
25. J Friedel vs Sadvakasov  ½-½38 2003 World 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!
Dec-09-06  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.
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  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.

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  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).
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  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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