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Yasser Seirawan
Number of games in database: 1,195
Years covered: 1973 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2620 (2647 rapid, 2523 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2658

Overall record: +334 -220 =498 (55.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 143 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, 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 A14
 English, 1 c4 c5 (51) 
    A36 A30 A34 A31 A35
 English, 1 c4 e5 (48) 
    A28 A25 A21 A20 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 B10 B18 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
 Pirc (26) 
    B08 B09 B07
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Seirawan vs Timman, 1990 1-0
   Seirawan vs Karpov, 1982 1-0
   V Kovacevic vs Seirawan, 1980 0-1
   Sax vs Seirawan, 1988 1/2-1/2
   Seirawan vs M Wiedenkeller, 1979 1-0
   Seirawan vs Z Kozul, 1991 1-0
   Seirawan vs B Kogan, 1986 1-0
   Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1986 1-0
   Seirawan vs Ivanchuk, 1997 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Magistral Casino Barcelona (2011)
   Biel Interzonal (1985)
   Karpov - Seirawan Match (2012)
   Phillips & Drew Kings (1982)
   Mar del Plata (1982)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   Toluca Interzonal (1982)
   Niksic (1983)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   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
   Reykjavik World Cup 1991 by suenteus po 147
   Skelleftea World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147

   Kramnik vs Deep Fritz, 2006

   Seirawan vs O Ladva (Oct-14-15) 1-0, blitz
   G Guseinov vs Seirawan (Oct-14-15) 1-0, blitz
   Seirawan vs D Abel (Oct-14-15) 0-1, blitz
   D Hausrath vs Seirawan (Oct-14-15) 1-0, blitz
   Seirawan vs V Kovalev (Oct-14-15) 0-1, blitz

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(born Mar-24-1960, 57 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 1,195  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. D Saxton vs Seirawan  0-166 1975 US OpenB06 Robatsch
4. Seirawan vs Bisguier 1-053 1975 US OpenA28 English
5. J Peters vs Seirawan ½-½47 1975 US OpenB19 Caro-Kann, Classical
6. Benko vs Seirawan 1-056 1975 US OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
7. DeFirmian vs Seirawan 1-044 1976 USA-ch U18B01 Scandinavian
8. Seirawan vs J D Tisdall 1-033 1976 USA-ch U18A13 English
9. Seirawan vs K Regan  1-046 1976 USA-ch U18A10 English
10. Seirawan vs R Henley 1-041 1976 USA-ch U18A28 English
11. Seirawan vs M Diesen  ½-½23 1976 USA-ch U18A28 English
12. Fedorowicz vs Seirawan 1-029 1976 USA-ch U18B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. Rohde vs Seirawan 1-058 1976 USAB01 Scandinavian
14. Miles vs Seirawan 1-060 1976 Lone PineB08 Pirc, Classical
15. Seirawan vs J Meyers ½-½100 1976 Lone PineA34 English, Symmetrical
16. F Street vs Seirawan ½-½25 1976 Lone PineA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
17. Seirawan vs D Berry  0-139 1976 Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
18. DeFirmian vs Seirawan  ½-½28 1976 Lone PineA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
19. D Fritzinger vs Seirawan  ½-½29 1976 Lone PineB12 Caro-Kann Defense
20. Seirawan vs C Barnes  0-130 1976 Lone PineA25 English
21. Seirawan vs E Winslow  1-038 1977 Columbus opA10 English
22. Seirawan vs L Christiansen  ½-½32 1977 Golden Gate opA28 English
23. Seirawan vs R Costigan  1-029 1977 openA28 English
24. Seirawan vs P Cornelius  1-044 1977 Golden Gate opA16 English
25. Benko vs Seirawan ½-½19 1977 Lone PineC00 French Defense
 page 1 of 48; games 1-25 of 1,195  PGN Download
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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.

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  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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  HeMateMe: korchnoi was just too old by the time Anand was at the big boys table. Even in his 50s Korchnoi would have taken some games from Vishy. Kasparov made it look pretty easy at the WC match at the old WTC.
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  HeMateMe: This 1981 article in sports illustrated gives some info on the working relationship between Yaz and Korchnoi


Aug-11-16  Chessinfinite: Nice commentary by Gm Seirawan.
It would have been even sweeter if he did not pass judgement on innocent youngsters on disrespecting elders.. wow. Poor Chandra was being only respectfully playful..But Yasser had some sort of resentment of him i guess... Good luck to Seirwan - please continue the great work on chess itself, it is always a pleasure
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  posoo: dis man looks like my BASBAL coch. dat was a LONG TIME ago before da trubles.
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  RookFile: It's a pretty impressive thing to have wins against the likes of Karpov, Kasparov, Topalov, Korchnoi, Short, Reshevsky, etc. on your resume.
Mar-16-17  pazzed paun: Not sure which page to post on but
The Washington state champ has a cover article
On the cover of the
With even a link to
Good interview with some great chess anecdotes!
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  lost in space: Happy Birthday, champ.
Mar-24-17  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster! You have provided all of us unmatched enjoyment with your marvelous commentary, and we are blessed to share your unalloyed joy of our beloved game. Be well Yasser!
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  Pantagruel: Yasser, he's the man.
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  TheFocus: This is a very poor bio for such s great player!!

Love your books!!

And your games.

Happy birthday, Yasser!!

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  saffuna: Don't forget "Inside Chess."
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  TheFocus: I have a full run of "Inside Chess."
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  saffuna: So do I, but spread into every nook and cranny of the house. My only connection to the world of chess back in the 90s.
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  hansj: I would like to echoe Ironmanth's fine words. Happy Birthday Yasser! and many good returns.
Mar-24-17  Howard: Well, what about a certain GM who was world champion from 1957-58? As Yasser himself has pointed out, the two of them shared the same birthday.
Mar-24-17  gars: Happy Birthday, Grandmaster Seirawan! I wish you the best.
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