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John Fedorowicz
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 1,035
Years covered: 1974 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2425
Highest rating achieved in database: 2634

Overall record: +345 -185 =489 (57.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 16 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (93) 
    B42 B32 B52 B62 B90
 King's Indian (61) 
    E73 E94 E62 E75 E92
 Modern Benoni (34) 
    A57 A70 A56 A60 A65
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C92 C91 C65 C80 C86
 Queen's Indian (25) 
    E15 E12 E17
 French Defense (24) 
    C11 C02 C16 C10 C18
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (188) 
    B57 B33 B62 B22 B90
 King's Indian (93) 
    E92 E97 E60 E98 E81
 Modern Benoni (56) 
    A57 A58 A59 A61 A70
 Benko Gambit (41) 
    A57 A58 A59
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    A46 A40 A45 E00 E10
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (29) 
    B62 B67 B60 B69 B64
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Fedorowicz vs S Brower, 1994 1-0
   L Henry vs Fedorowicz, 2011 0-1
   Fedorowicz vs Joel Benjamin, 1976 1-0
   A Luczak vs Fedorowicz, 1979 0-1
   Fedorowicz vs K Leung, 2001 1-0
   Fedorowicz vs E Meyer, 1978 1-0
   P Peelen vs Fedorowicz, 1990 0-1
   Fedorowicz vs K Shirazi, 1979 1-0
   Fedorowicz vs Rachels, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Fedorowicz vs J A Rizzitano, 1980 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championships 2003 (2003)
   US Championship (1991)
   Marshall Chess Club Championship (2003)
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)
   US Championship (2008)
   Lone Pine (1980)
   World Open (2007)
   34th World Open (2006)
   32nd World Open (2004)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   World Open (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1990 Wijk Aan Zee (group B) by gauer
   Pan-Pacific GM Tournament, San Francisco 1991 by wanabe2000
   US Championship 1991 by Phony Benoni
   US Championship 1991 by suenteus po 147

   Fedorowicz vs G Meier (Sep-01-13) 0-1
   Fedorowicz vs F Rhine (Oct-20-12) 1/2-1/2, exhibition
   M Esserman vs Fedorowicz (Nov-09-11) 1-0
   Fedorowicz vs V Pechenkin (Jul-17-11) 1/2-1/2
   D Cummings vs Fedorowicz (Jul-16-11) 1/2-1/2

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(born Sep-27-1958, 58 years old) United States of America

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John Peter Fedorowicz was born in 1958 in New York City. He was awarded the IM title in 1978 and the GM title in 1986. He was 1st at the 1981 U.S. Open, 3rd= at the 1984 US Championship, 2nd= at Hastings 1984-85, 2nd= at Dortmund 1986, 1st at Cannes 1987, 1st at Sesimbra 1987, 3rd at the US Championship 1987, 1st at the 1989 New York Open, and 1st at Wijk aan Zee 1990. He lost a short match with Maxim Dlugy in 1984, won a short match against Irina Krush in 1998, and represented the US in the 1986 Olympiad at Dubai.

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 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,035  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J A Curdo vs Fedorowicz 1-026 1974 Boston OpenB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. Fedorowicz vs Seirawan 1-029 1976 USA-ch U18B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Fedorowicz vs R Eberlein  0-141 1976 National Chess LeagueA00 Uncommon Opening
4. L Shamkovich vs Fedorowicz  1-040 1976 USAB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
5. Fedorowicz vs Popovych 1-030 1976 New York (USA)B94 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. L Day vs Fedorowicz  0-164 1976 Canadian OpenB20 Sicilian
7. Rohde vs Fedorowicz  0-135 1976 Lone PineB06 Robatsch
8. Bisguier vs Fedorowicz  1-040 1976 Lone PineA40 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Fedorowicz vs J Loftsson  ½-½55 1976 Lone PineA00 Uncommon Opening
10. Fedorowicz vs Saidy  ½-½74 1976 Lone PineA00 Uncommon Opening
11. Silman vs Fedorowicz 1-045 1976 Lone PineB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. Fedorowicz vs L D Evans  0-135 1976 Lone PineA25 English
13. Fedorowicz vs Martinovsky  0-151 1976 Lone PineB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
14. Fedorowicz vs Joel Benjamin 1-042 1976 Fairfax USA opA00 Uncommon Opening
15. Zuckerman vs Fedorowicz  ½-½22 1977 Ch USAB33 Sicilian
16. Mednis vs Fedorowicz  0-151 1977 New York (USA)B33 Sicilian
17. Fedorowicz vs Soltis  1-049 1977 Ch USAB06 Robatsch
18. Fedorowicz vs L Christiansen 1-085 1977 Ch USAB32 Sicilian
19. A Lein vs Fedorowicz  1-040 1977 Ch USAA04 Reti Opening
20. Ghizdavu vs Fedorowicz  ½-½29 1977 Ch USAB56 Sicilian
21. Tarjan vs Fedorowicz  ½-½21 1977 Ch USAA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
22. Fedorowicz vs J Peters  ½-½37 1977 Ch USAB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. J A Grefe vs Fedorowicz  1-045 1977 Ch USAA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
24. Robert E Byrne vs Fedorowicz  1-030 1977 Ch USAB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
25. Fedorowicz vs L Shamkovich 0-129 1977 Ch USAB42 Sicilian, Kan
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May-12-09  blacksburg:
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  Jim Bartle: Really, really entertaining interview at Blacksburg's link.
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  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.
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  DarthStapler: I met him at the World Open once
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  HeMateMe: Did you get paper-holed?
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  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.
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  Knight13: Dude, I looked this guy on facebook and it says he's in a relationship with a girl who graduated from Georgetown.
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  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!


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  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".

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  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

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  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.

Mar-25-15  Pyke: Gm John Fedorowicz playing an online 20 game simul, while giving live commentary

I enjoyed it very much. Having a look at a GM thinking

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  TheFocus: <Chess is sometimes luck, you know how sometimes you play a tournament and out of nine rounds you get six or seven openings that you don't feel good about and sometimes you play in a tournament where you've just been working on all the openings you get> - John Fedorowicz interviewed by Jennifer Shahade .
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  diceman: <Pyke: Gm John Fedorowicz playing an online 20 game simul, while giving live commentary>

Wow, what happened to his hair. :)

May-23-15  Howard: The NY Open victory, by the way, was in 1989.
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  diceman: ...back in the day I knew JF.

I remember when he got back from Hastings(77), he wanted to show me his game against Petrosian.

There were no seats available at the local chess club. So he took a vinyl board, some pcs, and sat in the middle of the floor!

To this day, I don't remember anything
he said about the game.
All I was thinking was:
Wow, someone I know played Petrosian.

May-23-15  Howard: According to the Informant, the Fed should have won that game !
May-23-15  N0B0DY: End the Fed!
May-23-15  Granny O Doul: Yeah, the CL report on that tourney quoted Petrosian thus--:Oh my god. Why did he exchange queens?". Which was rather a daring thing for Tigran to say, come to think.
Apr-16-16  N0B0DY: End the Fed!
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, John Fedorowicz.
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  fredthebear: <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.>

The Fed continues to do so. He's a joy to be around.

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