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|Aug-13-06|| ||iWaNnAbAgM: his current rating is 2558.|
|Oct-10-07|| ||Riverbeast: "Johnny Royaaale! Johnny Royaaale!"|
|Jan-20-08|| ||Illogic: Great commentator on Chess.FM|
|Jan-20-08|| ||Joshka: When John placed first in 1990 Wijk aan Zee, this was the B group?.....or C?......|
|Jan-20-08|| ||nescio: <Joshka: When John placed first in 1990 Wijk aan Zee, this was the B group?.....or C?......>|
B-group. There wasn't a C-group in 1990.
Consequently he played in the A-group in 1991 and finished in the bottom half.
|Apr-19-08|| ||AmyBeercondo: Looks like Fed's lost weight, is this a new photo? Could it be the South Bronx Shore Diet, no beer or twinkies?|
|Apr-19-08|| ||Strongest Force: AmyBeercondo, Fed had to be in early 20 here... this is when he started hanging at the pubs around NYU... he lives in the area now... right around the corner from Fischer's sister's mother-inlaw.|
|Apr-19-08|| ||Jim Bartle: I'd think the "IM" on the sign would be a clear hint it's not too recent.|
|Apr-28-08|| ||Granny O Doul: <Jim Bartle> Not to mention the ash tray.|
|May-13-08|| ||Riverbeast: Good luck in the US Championship John...Some of us are hoping you can pull off a run like you did at the New York Open|
|Sep-27-08|| ||Strongest Force: Happy birthday Fed! I'll be playing in the park soon. When you walk by, maybe we can hit the pubs like in the old days.|
|May-12-09|| ||blacksburg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fVe...|
|May-12-09|| ||Jim Bartle: Really, really entertaining interview at Blacksburg's link.|
|Sep-27-09|| ||HeMateMe: Hmmm, no comments on Fed-player-of-the-day? I remember an article in chess life, where Fed was the trainer for a squad of US Juniors, playing south, maybe brazil. He said he badly wrecked a brand new pair of Nikes going through deep mud, doing something vitally important for the chess cause. Said the USCF was too cheap to reimburse him for the shoes. I thought that was funny. Maybe the USCF has to sell some more Informants. Fed probably got lost on his way home one night.|
|Sep-27-09|| ||DarthStapler: I met him at the World Open once|
|Sep-27-09|| ||HeMateMe: Did you get paper-holed?|
|Sep-27-09|| ||swordfish: Fedorowicz got crushed as White in the final round of this year's US Open, by Eric Rosen, a junior whose rating was just under 2200 USCF (and is now over that mark). Unfortunately, I don't know how to upload games to this site, but it is an interesting one.|
|Jun-27-10|| ||Knight13: Dude, I looked this guy on facebook and it says he's in a relationship with a girl who graduated from Georgetown.|
|Jun-27-10|| ||HeMateMe: Only 2200? looks like the Fed has hit a low, if he got beat by a guy with such an average rating.|
|Jun-01-11|| ||dangerhump: John was giving free game analysis for players at the Chicago Open this past weekend. He was extremely nice and personable. I took several of my games to him and he gave them a good review even though I wasn't in the top sections.|
|Sep-27-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM Fedorowicz!
|Sep-27-12|| ||HeMateMe: Hey, the Fed is in the news. John won the New York Open, back in the day. I remember the cover of Chess life (this was before people started using Chess Life to wrap fish and line bird cages) that showed Fed in the throws of ecstasy. I don't think it was the money, probably a few thousand dollars. It was beating the best USA players and some strong immigrants. Probably the high point of John's career, unless he has big moments in Olympiad play that he ranks highly.|
He was on the Deep Blue team that finally beat Kasparov. He worked with joel Benjamin and Nick deFirmian. They were the chess guys, who worked with Feng Su's programmers to build the silicon monster.
A couple of years ago the NY Times ran a chess column showing Fed beating John Nunn at a tournament in Israel, I think. It was kind of humorous, because John beat the famous Nunn using an opening in which Nunn had written a book about. Fed said "I remember his book better than HE remembers his book".
He was on another cover of Chess Life, in which he's laying on a bed with a beer or a drink, and british women's champ Mandy _________ is sitting on the bed. Some people were bothered, they felt the photo sent the wrong message. Tony Miles said "It's well known Fed is a complete animal".
|Sep-27-12|| ||Sneaky: As they say on Wall Street, "Don't fight the Fed!"|
|Sep-27-12|| ||Riverbeast: <John won the New York Open, back in the day>|
<I don't think it was the money, probably a few thousand dollars. It was beating the best USA players and some strong immigrants. Probably the high point of John's career, unless he has big moments in Olympiad play that he ranks highly>
You don't know the half
It was a beautiful thing when John got clear first in the New York Open that year
First of all, he won more than a 'few' thousand dollars
Second of all, it was the strongest New York Open field up until that point.... And maybe one of the strongest big money swisses ever held in the US up until that point
The Russians (Soviets, ex-Soviets, whatever) sent their strongest ever contingent to the NY Open that year....Strong GMs like Smyslov, Ehlvest, Dorfman, Mikhail Gurevich, etc
I think that was also the same New York Open where Gata Kamsky played for the first time, and a young Judit Polgar
Anyway 'Johnny Royale', the New York Boy, ended up taking clear first, ahead of all the strong Russians
The beauty of it was he ended up playing almost every member of the powerful Russian contingent, and didn't lose a single game...I think he played six of them, won four games and drew two (someone should probably look this up for accuracy)
All of us New York playas loved it
|Sep-27-12|| ||HeMateMe: Yeah, New York City chess was hot, back than, and this tournament had cache. Perhaps there were fewer big tournaments back then, because the USSR had not yet broken up, and a lot of talent was bottled up behind the iron curtain. Still, as <RB> says, the USSR sent over some good players.|
Now that I think about it, the prize money was about $23,000, if memory serves. It must be the US Open of these days, I'm thinking about, where you only get a few thouand for first place.
Fed should stop in here and post, now and then. I suppose like many players, he visits his page incognito, to see what people are writing about him.
Last I heard, he was working with one or more private school in the NYC area as a trainer, to prepare the kids for the national tournament.
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