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Conrad Holt
Number of games in database: 96
Years covered: 2008 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2559 (2562 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2574
Overall record: +44 -28 =24 (58.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E32 E34 E39
 Slav (12) 
    D15 D19 D18 D11 D12
 King's Indian (9) 
    E90 E70
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (20) 
    D17 D12 D10 D13 D19
 French Defense (17) 
    C03 C01 C18 C16 C00
 French Tarrasch (9) 
 French Winawer (4) 
    C18 C16 C15
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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

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

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(born Jul-09-1993, 21 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

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 96  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. C Holt vs F Berry 1-012 2008 Kansas OpenA52 Budapest Gambit
2. C Holt vs J Donaldson  ½-½56 2008 Stillwater Winter FIDED18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
3. C Holt vs D Aaron 1-025 2008 US Cadet ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
4. B G Smith vs C Holt  0-139 2010 38th World OpenC03 French, Tarrasch
5. S Zierk vs C Holt  1-040 2010 USA Junior ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
6. M Amanov vs C Holt  ½-½65 2010 38th World OpenD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. C Holt vs J Bryant 0-134 2010 USA Junior ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
8. C Holt vs J Stocek  ½-½76 2010 38th World OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. C Holt vs E Rosen  0-127 2010 USA Junior ChampionshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
10. C Holt vs Stripunsky 0-172 2010 38th World OpenD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. W Harper vs C Holt 0-142 2010 USA Junior ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
12. D Yang vs C Holt  1-044 2010 USA Junior ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. F Vallejo Pons vs C Holt 1-034 2010 38th World OpenC03 French, Tarrasch
14. C Holt vs P Zhao  1-035 2010 USA Junior ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. C Holt vs T Hughes ½-½19 2010 USA Junior ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
16. C Holt vs E Najer 1-041 2010 38th World OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. C Holt vs Robson  ½-½30 2010 USA Junior ChampionshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
18. M Neubauer vs C Holt  1-042 2010 38th World OpenA09 Reti Opening
19. S Shankland vs C Holt 1-027 2010 USA Junior ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. C Holt vs I Sipos 1-041 2011 Berkeley InternationalA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
21. C Holt vs A Getz  1-067 2011 U.S. Junior ChampionshipE70 King's Indian
22. C Holt vs L Milman 1-029 2011 Berkeley InternationalE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
23. C Holt vs V C Shen  1-031 2011 U.S. Junior ChampionshipE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
24. T Gareev vs C Holt  1-065 2011 39th World OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. D Yang vs C Holt  ½-½56 2011 Berkeley InternationalD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-17-10  wolfmaster: First!
Jul-18-10  HeMateMe: did he have a detective show on, in the 70s?
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  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.

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  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.
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