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Trevor Tao
Number of games in database: 14
Years covered: 1994 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2361
Highest rating achieved in database: 2440
Overall record: +7 -4 =3 (60.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1977) Australia

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Tao is an International Master. He is the son of pediatrician Billy Tao and mathematician Grace Tao, brother of mathematics prodigies Terry and Nigel Tao (the former the 2006 Fields Medalist), and diagnosed from age two as autistic. Trevor also won prizes in mathematics and classical music compositions while a teenager.

Trevor won the Australian Junior in 1992 at the age of 14, represented Australia at the 1994 Olympiad on 1st reserve (aged 17, rated 2420), and won the South Australian Championship in 1994, 1996-7 and 2006. He won his first IM norm at the 1994 Australian Championship and came 4th in the Australian Championship of 2004, scoring his 2nd IM norm. He won his third norm from his 7/9 result (+6 -1 =2; TPR 2565) at the Queenstown Chess Classic (2012), his first FIDE rated games since he won the South Australian Championship in 2006.

Tao's highest rating was 2440 in March 2012.

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Latest update: 4 April 2015

 page 1 of 1; 14 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kudrin vs T Tao  ½-½261994OlympiadC07 French, Tarrasch
2. Y Shulman vs T Tao  1-0521994OlympiadE17 Queen's Indian
3. A Goldsmith vs T Tao  0-1332002Adelaide University opC46 Three Knights
4. A Goldsmith vs T Tao 1-0182002Adelaide University opC46 Three Knights
5. I Rogers vs T Tao 1-0272004ch-AUSC16 French, Winawer
6. T Tao vs N Goodhue  1-0602012Queenstown Chess ClassicA21 English
7. B Jones vs T Tao  0-1182012Queenstown Chess ClassicA53 Old Indian
8. T Tao vs M Repplinger  1-0342012Queenstown Chess ClassicC05 French, Tarrasch
9. T Tao vs Rozentalis  ½-½402012Queenstown Chess ClassicE10 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Zhao Jun vs T Tao  1-0482012Queenstown Chess ClassicA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
11. J Morris vs T Tao  0-1332012Queenstown Chess ClassicB15 Caro-Kann
12. T Tao vs T Reilly  1-0372012Queenstown Chess ClassicA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
13. J Ikeda vs T Tao  0-1562012Queenstown Chess ClassicA37 English, Symmetrical
14. T Tao vs Li Chao ½-½882012Queenstown Chess ClassicA16 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-08-07  KingG: I think this is the brother of the mathematical genius Terence Tao(, who won the Fields medal last year.
Feb-08-07  whatthefat: Indeed it is. He's the strongest untitled player in Australia.
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  Benzol: <whatthefat> <Indeed it is. He's the strongest untitled player in Australia.>

Trevor has now scored his third IM norm at the 2012 Queenstown Classic so a title should be awarded very shortly. Congratulations Trevor.


Apr-18-12  twinlark: Congratulations Trevor on having your IM title formally awarded to you. What an absolutely outstanding result to come back after 6 years and immediately win your 3rd IM norm and the title.

Hope you keep it up.

Apr-18-12  ozmikey: Congratulations to Trevor. If he'd had the inclination to really work at his game he would surely be a GM by the 1994 Olympiad he was already taking points and half-points off titled players (including a draw with black against Sergey Kudrin which unfortunately isn't in the database here), and this was when he was still almost entirely a "natural" player.
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