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Yasser Seirawan
Number of games in database: 1,159
Years covered: 1973 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2620 (2641 rapid, 2598 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2658
Overall record: +336 -222 =497 (55.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      104 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (68) 
    E77 E73 E70 E81 E75
 English (52) 
    A10 A19 A13 A16 A18
 English, 1 c4 c5 (49) 
    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 (39) 
    E32 E39 E34 E38 E33
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (152) 
    B12 B18 B19 B10 B14
 Queen's Indian (51) 
    E12 E15 E16 E17 E14
 Queen's Pawn Game (51) 
    A41 E00 A46 D02 A40
 French Defense (51) 
    C16 C10 C14 C07 C00
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (44) 
    D21 D20 D26 D27 D24
 Pirc (26) 
    B08 B09 B07
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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, 1986 1-0
   Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Seirawan vs Ivanchuk, 1997 1-0
   Seirawan vs B Kogan, 1986 1-0
   Sax vs Seirawan, 1988 1/2-1/2
   Hort vs Seirawan, 1981 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Biel Interzonal (1985)
   Magistral Casino Barcelona (2011)
   Karpov - Seirawan Match (2012)
   Phillips & Drew Kings (1982)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   US Championship (1991)
   Mar del Plata (1982)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   Toluca Interzonal (1982)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   US Championships 2003 (2003)
   World Chess Team Championship (2011)
   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
   Skelleftea World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Reykjavik World Cup 1991 by suenteus po 147

   Kramnik vs Deep Fritz, 2006

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(born Mar-24-1960, 55 years old) Syria (citizen of 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 47; games 1-25 of 1,159  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. J Peters vs Seirawan ½-½47 1975 US OpenB19 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. D Saxton vs Seirawan  0-166 1975 US OpenB06 Robatsch
5. Seirawan vs Bisguier 1-053 1975 It (open)A28 English
6. Benko vs Seirawan 1-056 1975 US OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
7. Seirawan vs R Henley 1-041 1976 USA-ch U18A28 English
8. Seirawan vs D Berry  0-139 1976 Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Fedorowicz vs Seirawan 1-029 1976 USA-ch U18B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Seirawan vs J Meyers ½-½100 1976 Lone PineA34 English, Symmetrical
11. DeFirmian vs Seirawan 1-044 1976 USA-ch U18B01 Scandinavian
12. Rohde vs Seirawan 1-058 1976 USAB01 Scandinavian
13. Seirawan vs J D Tisdall 1-033 1976 USA-ch U18A13 English
14. Seirawan vs C Barnes  0-130 1976 Lone PineA25 English
15. F Street vs Seirawan ½-½25 1976 Lone PineA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
16. Seirawan vs K Regan  1-046 1976 USA-ch U18A10 English
17. D Fritzinger vs Seirawan  ½-½29 1976 Lone PineB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. DeFirmian vs Seirawan  ½-½28 1976 Lone PineA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
19. Miles vs Seirawan 1-060 1976 Lone PineB08 Pirc, Classical
20. Seirawan vs M Diesen  ½-½23 1976 USA-ch U18A28 English
21. M Diesen vs Seirawan  ½-½18 1977 Lone PineD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
22. Seirawan vs P Cornelius  1-044 1977 Golden Gate opA16 English
23. Szabo vs Seirawan ½-½79 1977 Lone PineC16 French, Winawer
24. Seirawan vs Reshevsky ½-½19 1977 Lone PineE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
25. Seirawan vs J Grefe  ½-½15 1977 Lone PineA34 English, Symmetrical
 page 1 of 47; games 1-25 of 1,159  PGN Download
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Mar-24-12  Nova: Happy Birthday Yasser! It was an honor to play you in the simul!
Mar-24-12  kamalakanta: Happy Brithday, Yasser!


May-20-12  ketchuplover: username Linden Lyons on is starting a quarterly periodical on Seirawan chess.

To subscribe,contribute article(s),or contribute game score(s) email

Jun-10-12  ketchuplover: Good luck vs. Karpov!
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  whiteshark: < Quote of the Day

< Bobby is the most misunderstood, misquoted celebrity wal♔ the face of this earth. >>

-- Seirawan

any updates?

Oct-18-12  ughaibu: How much colloquial russian did Seirawan understand in 1983?
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  norami: I just got the book on Anand's games by Anand and Nunn and at the end it quoted Seirawan from his book saying that he thought Anand was the 4th best player of all time. It didn't say who his top three were, but if you put Anand at #4 you must favor recent players, in which case the logical choices for the top three would be Kasparov, Fischer, Karpov, probably in that order. Anyone know?
Jul-18-13  RookFile: I can't imagine it not being Kasparov, Fischer and Karpov in some order.
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  offramp: I don't think Seirawan liked the early, brash Kasparov, but he would surely have him in his top three. Fischer has to be in there. But could the other one be Korchnoi? Possibly Alekhine?

A lot of these conundra could be solved by asking the statement-utterer.

Sep-06-13  redwhitechess: This utterly entertaint youtube video about Yasser story telling his past, Fischer, Korchnoi only got 30 views?

the best part is the Korchnoi story...can't spoiled it here, just watch

Dec-02-13  Boomie: <redwhitechess: video about Yasser>

Thanks for posting the link to that video.

I was one of the adults he mentions who accepted Yaz as "one of us". He was good company even when he was 12 and we enjoyed our time together.

Feb-11-14  RookFile: At the link in Yasser's bio he mentions that he is married to a Dutch lady, Yvette Nagel, who is a FIDE FM.
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  Check It Out: Happy CG-day, Yasser! You are an inspiration to the Seattle chess scene.
Mar-24-14  King Radio: Thanks for the video link. I can say, having personally seen Yasser at a simul years ago, that he was a perfect, old school gentleman, when he could have easily been a lout. Too bad every great chess player does not have his manners and character.

Yasser would be a credit to whatever profession he belonged, we are lucky he is a member of the chess world.

Mar-24-14  JustAFish: Happy Brithday, Yasser! I've been watching your lectures on the Saint Louis Chess Club YouTube page, and I love them. Keep of the great work!
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  Penguincw: Happy 54th birthdy to GM Yasser Seirawan.
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  offramp: I hope this doesn't count as spam...

This looks fantastic: Yasser's masterpiece.

It is 284 - count 'em - issues of Inside Chess in pdf format on 3 x DVDs. Only 60 euro (which is about 60 bucks).

Aug-19-14  Jim Bartle: That is a great deal.
Aug-19-14  Mr. V: Actually, 60 euros is like $80 I think.
Jan-16-15  Conrad93: The best commentator ever. I really can't think of a better one.
Jan-31-15  pcomanici: Probably one of the coolest professional chess players ever. Great GM! Great attitude! Serious steward for professional chess! Hope one day to get his autograph. One of "my all time" favorites! (as u can tell)
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  SteinitzLives: If other American players could muster 1/10th of Yasser's professionalism, personality and class, U.S. Chess would be much better off.
Feb-02-15  pcomanici: Totally agree!
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  lost in space: Totally agree!
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