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Yasser Seirawan
Number of games in database: 1,194
Years covered: 1973 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2620 (2647 rapid, 2523 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2658
Overall record: +335 -222 =497 (55.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      140 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (72) 
    E77 E73 E75 E81 E83
 English (53) 
    A10 A19 A13 A16 A18
 English, 1 c4 c5 (51) 
    A36 A30 A34 A31 A35
 English, 1 c4 e5 (48) 
    A28 A25 A20 A21 A29
 Queen's Indian (47) 
    E12 E15 E17 E19
 Nimzo Indian (41) 
    E32 E39 E34 E38 E33
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (161) 
    B12 B18 B10 B19 B14
 Queen's Pawn Game (53) 
    A41 E00 A46 D02 A40
 Queen's Indian (51) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16 E14
 French Defense (51) 
    C16 C10 C14 C07 C00
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (44) 
    D21 D20 D26 D27 D24
 English, 1 c4 e5 (26) 
    A25 A29 A20 A26 A27
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Seirawan vs Timman, 1990 1-0
   V Kovacevic vs Seirawan, 1980 0-1
   Seirawan vs Karpov, 1982 1-0
   Seirawan vs Z Kozul, 1991 1-0
   Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Sax vs Seirawan, 1988 1/2-1/2
   Seirawan vs B Kogan, 1986 1-0
   Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1986 1-0
   Seirawan vs Ivanchuk, 1997 1-0
   Hort vs Seirawan, 1981 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Biel Interzonal (1985)
   Magistral Casino Barcelona (2011)
   Phillips & Drew Kings (1982)
   Mar del Plata (1982)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   US Championship (1991)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   Toluca Interzonal (1982)
   Niksic (1983)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   US Championships 2003 (2003)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Seirawan's Excellent Games by Everett
   Seirawan! by larrewl
   Melody Amber 1992 (Rapid DRR) by amadeus
   Melody Amber 1993 by amadeus
   Reykjavik World Cup 1991 by suenteus po 147
   Skelleftea World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1992 by suenteus po 147
   Mar del Plata 1982 by Tabanus

   Kramnik vs Deep Fritz, 2006

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(born Mar-24-1960, 56 years old) Syria (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Grandmaster (1980) and FIDE Senior Trainer (2004) Yasser Seirawan was born in Damascus, Syria. When he was seven, his family emigrated to Seattle, Washington, USA, where he learned the game at the age of twelve. He is a four-time United States Champion 1981 1986 1989 and 2000 , won the World Junior Chess Championship in 1979, and played in the Candidates events at Montpelier 1985 and Saint John 1988. In July, 1990, he was #10 on the FIDE rating list at 2635.

Seirawan is a notable author of instructional and historical works, and was the editor of Inside Chess.

In 2001 he released a plan to reunite the chess world; Ruslan Ponomariov had gained the FIDE championship in 2003, while Vladimir Kramnik had beaten Garry Kasparov for the Braingames title. Seirawan's plan called for one match between Ruslan Ponomariov and Garry Kasparov, and another between Vladimir Kramnik and the winner of the 2002 Einstein tournament in Dortmund, Peter Leko. The winners of these matches would then play each other to become undisputed World Champion. This plan became the Prague Agreement and was signed by all parties in question. Four years later the unification process was completed, although not under the exact terms dictated by the agreement. He is married to Yvette Nagel.

Interview with IM Ana Matnadze on 28 October 2011:

Wikipedia article: Yasser Seirawan

 page 1 of 48; games 1-25 of 1,194  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Seirawan vs Suttles 0-125 1973 USA opA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
2. A Mengarini vs Seirawan 0-123 1974 US opB07 Pirc
3. Seirawan vs Bisguier 1-053 1975 It (open)A28 English
4. Benko vs Seirawan 1-056 1975 US OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
5. J Peters vs Seirawan ½-½47 1975 US OpenB19 Caro-Kann, Classical
6. D Saxton vs Seirawan  0-166 1975 US OpenB06 Robatsch
7. Seirawan vs J D Tisdall 1-033 1976 USA-ch U18A13 English
8. Seirawan vs C Barnes  0-130 1976 Lone PineA25 English
9. F Street vs Seirawan ½-½25 1976 Lone PineA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
10. Rohde vs Seirawan 1-058 1976 USAB01 Scandinavian
11. Seirawan vs K Regan  1-046 1976 USA-ch U18A10 English
12. D Fritzinger vs Seirawan  ½-½29 1976 Lone PineB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. Seirawan vs M Diesen  ½-½23 1976 USA-ch U18A28 English
14. Seirawan vs R Henley 1-041 1976 USA-ch U18A28 English
15. Seirawan vs D Berry  0-139 1976 Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
16. DeFirmian vs Seirawan  ½-½28 1976 Lone PineA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
17. Miles vs Seirawan 1-060 1976 Lone PineB08 Pirc, Classical
18. Fedorowicz vs Seirawan 1-029 1976 USA-ch U18B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. Seirawan vs J Meyers ½-½100 1976 Lone PineA34 English, Symmetrical
20. DeFirmian vs Seirawan 1-044 1976 USA-ch U18B01 Scandinavian
21. N Weinstein vs Seirawan 1-066 1977 Lone PineC10 French
22. Seirawan vs E Winslow  1-038 1977 Columbus opA10 English
23. Seirawan vs R Costigan  1-029 1977 openA28 English
24. Seirawan vs K Frey Beckman 1-065 1977 Lone PineA13 English
25. Seirawan vs L Shamkovich ½-½50 1977 Lone PineA36 English
 page 1 of 48; games 1-25 of 1,194  PGN Download
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Nov-29-15  HeMateMe: Girl's 45, but she will NOT act her age! DAYEM!


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  MissScarlett: The chess world's favourite Syrian refugee.
Jan-16-16  MCDreamz: Very likeable, this man.
Jan-17-16  Howard: Regarding that priceless photo of Yasser from 1976 (see several postings above this one), that reminds me of the first time Yasser had his picture in Chess Life and Review.

It was in late 1975, in Pal Benko's article on the U.S. Open. He said that there was one youngster who drew a lot of attention at the event, "not just because of his mature play, but also due to his unique appearance." Benko said that this 15-year-old wore beads and also had thick, wavy hair.

He also said "At first glance I thought he was a girl (forgive me, Yasser)".

On the other hand, Benko beat Yasser in this tournament. Not only that, Yasser beat his first grandmaster there---Art Bisguier.

But, also......Seirawan had a completely won position against IM Jack Peters, but fell for a trap and had to settle for a draw.

And the rest is history !

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  perfidious: <HMM: Girl's 45, but she will NOT act her age! DAYEM!>

Is there a problem? I'll put things right, iffen ya git mah drift!

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Yaz!!
Mar-24-16  Howard: Well, what about Smyslov? His birthday is also today.
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  TheFocus: <Howard> I sent him birthday wishes, too.
May-01-16  mucher1: I'd wish someone would tell Seirawan not to constantly make fun of Caruana's name. The 'Don Fabi' moniker got old really fast, and 'Caryuana' is just plain wrong.
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  Reisswolf: <<mucher1>: I'd wish someone would tell Seirawan not to constantly make fun of Caruana's name.>

True. The "Carry-wana" mispronunciation is conspicuous. On the other hand, spare a thought for him because both of his names have often been mispronounced by others.

May-01-16  HeMateMe: does that girl really have red hair, or is it dyed? What about the eyes? contact lenses? Red hair and green eyes? I guess that's a typical genotype.
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  perfidious: <HMM> Only time I saw her, at Foxwoods 2000, it was dark brown, so who knows?

Have not yet played poker with her.

I was much amused at your description of her as a champion elsewhere, some months ago; the event she won had a grand total of 23 players and none of the other three who cashed had done so in any other event. She would have had a much tougher time in about any live event I have played, including the one I won.

May-02-16  HeMateMe: I thought she had some history of being a winning poker player, as does her brother Greg Shahade? Perhaps their efforts were overstated.
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  perfidious: <HMM> You are correct in that Shahade has numerous smallish cashes, but for all those, there have been three which account for almost 75 per cent of her take, including the 23-player tourney:

Before and since, deep runs, but low-level stuff.

Your humble poster has played very few live events, but cashed twice:

Brother Greg has cashed for barely $6 K in all.

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  Boomie: <mucher1: I'd wish someone would tell Seirawan not to constantly make fun of Caruana's name.>

I nominate you for this assignment. Yaz always appreciates corrections. If he has made a mistake with a name, be assured that it isn't intentional.

Yaz is essentially the person you see on the broadcast. He likes to laugh and is very kind to everyone. He has always had these two admirable character traits. So don't hesitate to inform him of his error.

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  Boomie: <Howard: It was in late 1975, in Pal Benko's article on the U.S. Open.>

I played in that Open in Lincoln, Nebraska. The whole Pacific NW contingent did great in that tournament. It was Yaz's coming out party, Uncles Vik and Jim scored well and I shared the class B prize. At the award ceremony, Yaz said to me, "Laugh all the way to the bank". That was my Summer of Chess. Before the US Open, I won the Class C prize at the Canadian Open in Calgary.

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  perfidious: <Boomie> Would 'Uncle Jim' have been James McCormick, aka 'Dirty Jim'?
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  perfidious: <Boomie> Would 'Uncle Jim' have been James McCormick, aka 'Dirty Jim'?
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  Boomie: <perfidious: Would 'Uncle Jim' have been James McCormick, aka 'Dirty Jim'?>

Yes and yes.

Jim and I had many enjoyable adventures. I may have been the only one able to get along with both Jim and Vik. Well, Yaz was friends with both, too. They were complete opposites, yet between them, they won about a dozen WA state championships.

Curiously, they have the results of the 1975 Open here - Game Collection: US Open 1975, Lincoln. Notice Uncle Vik tied for 4th with 9 points. Yaz tied for 9th with 8.5. Dirty Jim and I tied for 48th with 7.5. Altogether, not too shabby for the Last Exiteers.

May-04-16  HeMateMe: so, who is "uncle Vic?"
May-04-16  Howard: That would have been Victor Pupols. He was Yasser's chess coach back when the lad was just starting to learn chess.
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  diceman: <HeMateMe: so, who is "uncle Vic?">

<Howard: That would have been Victor Pupols. He was Yasser's chess coach back when the lad was just starting to learn chess.>

If you have to have an "Uncle Vic"
Id rather it be Korchnoi!

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  Boomie: <diceman: If you have to have an "Uncle Vic" Id rather it be Korchnoi!>

Well, he didn't hang out at the Last Exit on Brooklyn. Only registered Exiteers merit the "Uncle" title.

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  Boomie: Uncle Vik has a page here - Viktors Pupols.
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  offramp: Imagine what it would be like to have Kortschnoi as a chess tutor! Can you imagine the criticism!?

VK has never beaten Anand, but after every one of VK's losses he has told VA that he has no idea about chess.

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