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Conrad Holt
Number of games in database: 180
Years covered: 2008 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2592 (2572 blitz)

Overall record: +58 -40 =32 (56.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 50 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E32 E34 E39
 Slav (16) 
    D15 D19 D11 D18 D12
 King's Indian (13) 
    E90 E70
 Grunfeld (11) 
    D97 D83 D96
 Queen's Gambit Declined (8) 
    D38 D37 D31 D36 D06
 Modern Benoni (4) 
    A70 A59 A56
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (31) 
    D17 D10 D12 D19 D11
 French Defense (30) 
    C03 C18 C01 C00 C07
 French Tarrasch (12) 
    C03 C07
 French Winawer (8) 
    C18 C15 C17 C16
 King's Indian Attack (6) 
 French (5) 
    C00 C11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C Holt vs L Milman, 2011 1-0
   S Gaffagan vs C Holt, 2011 0-1
   C Holt vs K F Kiewra, 2011 1-0
   C Holt vs S Shankland, 2015 1-0
   Z Izoria vs C Holt, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   U.S. Junior Championship (2011)
   41st Annual World Open (2013)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   US Chess Championship (2013)
   USA Junior Championship (2010)
   US Open (2015)
   US Championship (2015)
   38th World Open (2010)
   39th World Open (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Millionaire Chess (2014)
   Millionaire Chess (2015)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

   🏆 Pro Chess League
   Yu Yangyi vs C Holt (Feb-28-18) 1-0, rapid
   C Holt vs Ruotong Chu (Feb-28-18) 1-0, rapid
   Di Li vs C Holt (Feb-28-18) 0-1, rapid
   C Holt vs Li Chao (Feb-28-18) 0-1, rapid
   A Smirnov vs C Holt (Feb-14-18) 1-0, rapid

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(born Jul-09-1993, 25 years old) United States of America

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Holt became a FIDE master in 2009 and an IM in 2011 and in 2012, he was awarded the GM title. Holt placed fifth in the US Chess Championships (2013) in his first participation in the national championship, thereby gaining qualification to the 2013 World Cup, in which he was eliminated in the first round by Russian super-GM Nikita Vitiugov. He has played on the Dallas Destiny team.

Wikipedia article: Conrad Holt

References: (1) , (2)

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 180  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Holt vs D Aaron 1-0252008US Cadet ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
2. C Holt vs J Donaldson  ½-½562008Stillwater Winter FIDED18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
3. C Holt vs F Berry 1-0122008Kansas OpenA52 Budapest Gambit
4. B G Smith vs C Holt  0-139201038th World OpenC03 French, Tarrasch
5. C Holt vs J Stocek  ½-½76201038th World OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
6. C Holt vs E Najer 1-041201038th World OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. C Holt vs Stripunsky 0-172201038th World OpenD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. F Vallejo Pons vs C Holt 1-034201038th World OpenC03 French, Tarrasch
9. M Neubauer vs C Holt  1-042201038th World OpenA09 Reti Opening
10. M Amanov vs C Holt  ½-½65201038th World OpenD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. C Holt vs T Hughes ½-½192010USA Junior ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
12. D Yang vs C Holt  1-0442010USA Junior ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. C Holt vs E S Rosen 0-1272010USA Junior ChampionshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
14. S Zierk vs C Holt  1-0402010USA Junior ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
15. C Holt vs Robson  ½-½302010USA Junior ChampionshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
16. C Holt vs P Zhao  1-0352010USA Junior ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. W Harper vs C Holt 0-1422010USA Junior ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
18. C Holt vs J Bryant 0-1342010USA Junior ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
19. S Shankland vs C Holt 1-0272010USA Junior ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. C Holt vs M Panchanathan 0-1332011Berkeley InternationalE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
21. J Gutman vs C Holt  0-1262011Berkeley InternationalD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. C Holt vs L Milman 1-0292011Berkeley InternationalE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
23. S Gaffagan vs C Holt 0-1192011Berkeley InternationalC03 French, Tarrasch
24. S Erenburg vs C Holt  1-0662011Berkeley InternationalC03 French, Tarrasch
25. D Kuljasevic vs C Holt  0-1612011Berkeley InternationalD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
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  HeMateMe: did he have a detective show on, in the 70s?
Jan-08-11  notyetagm: What a *tremendous* attacking game by FM Conrad Holt, from the just concluded Berkeley Open:

[Event "Berkeley op"]
[Site "Berkeley USA"]
[Date "2011.01.03"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Holt, Conrad"]
[Black "Milman, Lev"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2388"]
[BlackElo "2467"]
[ECO "E32"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "2011.01.02"]
[EventType "team ()"]
[EventRounds "10"]
[EventCountry "USA"]
[Source "Chess Today"]
[SourceDate "2011.01.08"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. e4 d5 6. e5 Ne4 7. Bd3 c5 8. Nf3 cxd4 9. Nxd4 Nd7 10. Bf4 Qh4 11. g3 Qh3 12. O-O-O Nxc3 13. bxc3 Ba3+ 14. Kb1 Nb6 15. Bf1 Qh5 16. Be2 Qh3 17. Nf3
Diagram # This position is already known to be quite bad for ♗lack. 17... Qf5
{ 17... dxc4 18. Nh4 Nd5 19. Rd4 Be7 20. Bg5 Bxg5 21. Bg4 Qxg4 22. Rxg4 Be7 was Zhao Xue-Chiburdanidze, Antakya Wch 2010, annotated in CT-3682. (Analysis in ♖ussian by WGM Grabuzova of this game can be found at After
17... Nxc4 18. Ng5 Qh6 19. h4
♗lack did not manage to overcome problems in Ganguly-Meier, ♙aks 2009.} 18. Bd3
{ Of course, 18. Qxf5 exf5 19. cxd5
with an extra pawn is good enough. ♗ut White plays for attack.} 18... Qh5 19. Ng5 h6
Diagram #
20. h4 Bd7
{ Allowing White to execute a beautiful combination.
After 20... f5 21. exf6
Rxf6 White could have continued the assault by} 22. ♗e5 $5 21. Bh7+ Kh8 22. Bg8 g6 23. Nxf7+
Diagram #
23... Kg7
{ After 23... Kxg8 24. g4 Ba4
25. Qd3 $1 dxc4 26. Qg3 Bxd1 27. Rxd1 White wins
The most stubborn, but still objectively lost for ♗lack was 23... Rxf7 24. Bxf7 Ba4 25. Qxg6 (also possible is} 25. ♕d3 $5) 25... ♕xg6+ 26. ♗xg6 ♗xd1 27. ♖xd1 ♔g7 28. ♗d3 ♖c8
24. g4
Diagram #
24... Qxg4
{ Or 24... Ba4 25. Qe2 Bxd1
26. Qxd1 and ♗lack is done.}
25. Rdg1 Qf5
{ After 25... Ba4 26. Qd3 $1
dxc4 27. Qe4 $1 Bc6 28. Bxh6+ Kxg8 29. Qxg4 decides} 26. Qxf5 exf5
Diagram #
27. Rxg6+ Kxg6 28. h5+ Kg7 29. Rg1#
Diagram # 1-0

The featured Annotated Game in Chess Today CT-3714.

Jan-09-11  notyetagm: Conrad Holt

A nice tactical finish to the above game <HOLT VS L.MILMAN BERKELEY INTERNATIONAL OPEN 2011>

[Event "Berkeley op"]
[Site "Berkeley USA"]
[Date "2011.01.03"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Holt, Conrad"]
[Black "Milman, Lev"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2388"]
[BlackElo "2467"]

27 ?

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White (Holt) sees that the Black g7-king is practically <TRAPPED IN A CORRIDOR> on the g-file. That is, the Black g7-king suffers from a <SHORTAGE OF FLIGHT SQUARES (LIBERTIES)>. He calculates a <MATE IN 3> based on sacrificing to open the g-file (<LINE-OPENING SACRIFICE>).

27 ♖g1xg6+!!

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27 ... ♔g7x♖g6

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28 h4-h5+!

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28 ... ♔g6-g7 29 ♖h1-g1#

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<Here Holt shows the importance of <KNOWING THE FLIGHT SQUARES> of *ALL* the enemy pieces, *ESPECIALLY* the enemy king, at *ALL*. TIMES> His observation that in the original diagram the Black g7-king had <FLIGHT SQUARES *ONLY* ON THE G-FILE> strongly suggests sacrificing to open the g-file (27 ♖g1xg6+!!) so as to give mate down it.


May-27-11  DanielBryant: Congratulations to Conrad for his IM title. He is thought to be the first IM from Kansas.
Mar-19-12  Llawdogg: Congratulations GM-Elect Holt!
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  wordfunph: congrats America's newest GM-Elect Conrad Holt!
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  pawn to QB4: just been watching him play GM Antonio at blitz for a score of about 25 - 5. Speed of thought is amazing.
Aug-02-12  belgradegambit: Just won his first round game at the World Junior Championship.
May-04-13  BIDMONFA: Conrad Holt

HOLT, Conrad

Apr-25-14  hudapri: Possibly the account Conrad93?
May-29-14  Grog: <hudapri: Possibly the account Conrad93?> That's not his account. It's some other bloke apparently with the same first name born in the same year.
May-30-14  Wyatt Gwyon: Conrad93 didn't know the en passant rule until a few months ago. Seriously. So no.
Apr-01-15  jtd200: Nice draw on Naka, Conrad!
Apr-01-15  AsosLight: What draw? The pure man had a winning position and then finally collapsed. The Japanese proved too strong for the redneck to the "american" championship.
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  perfidious: <AsosLight> We do not need such ignorance and pure hatred as you have displayed in your post.
Apr-01-15  AsosLight: So are you self appointed judge? Great, you can finally make something more than drinking beer in front of the cable Mr Al Bundy.
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  perfidious: <Asholight: So are you self appointed judge?>

Someone needs to call you out on the evident racial vitriol of your posts, as you have displayed on other occasions, regarding Kasparov.

<Great, you can finally make something more than drinking beer in front of the cable Mr Al Bundy.>

Beer's not my bag, thank you very much.

Now go back to sleep like a good boy, collect your pat on the head for serving as a shill for prejudice and all will be well.

Apr-02-15  AsosLight: Lose attitude and learn chess. Then you can probably play to the "american" championship. Everyone is welcomed except the Indians. Those are the ones they exterminated.
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  perfidious: <Asholight: Lose attitude and learn chess....>

Sound advice you would do well to heed.

<Then you can probably play to the "american" championship. Everyone is welcomed except the Indians. Those are the ones they exterminated.>

Thank you for another lovely dose of bigotry.

Apr-02-15  dumbgai: What in the world...?

Pretty sure <jtd200> was making an April Fool's joke about C Holt vs Nakamura, 2015 (either that or mistaken about the result).

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  Fusilli: <Asholight: Lose attitude and learn chess....>

<perfidious> is a fine player, which we know because he discloses who he is. If you are going to remain anonymous, the least you can do is behave respectfully.

There is a name for those who use offensive language and insults on the internet anonymously: here (in "America") we call them cowards.

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"Chieftain Iffucan of Azcan in caftan
Of tan with henna hackles, Holt!"

- Wallace Stevens

Apr-09-15  bbking689: Congrats on beating So!!!!! Have to admit that So was playing so-so.
Jul-09-15  waustad: Happy birthday!
Jul-09-15  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday! Conrad Holt!
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