Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Nick DeFirmian
Number of games in database: 1,213
Years covered: 1973 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2511
Highest rating achieved in database: 2637
Overall record: +433 -269 =494 (56.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      17 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (234) 
    B89 B57 B90 B47 B82
 Ruy Lopez (121) 
    C92 C80 C78 C67 C72
 French Defense (70) 
    C19 C11 C10 C12 C18
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (58) 
    C92 C89 C96 C95 C99
 Caro-Kann (51) 
    B17 B19 B16 B15 B18
 Sicilian Najdorf (37) 
    B90 B93 B99 B96 B97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (204) 
    B90 B92 B99 B93 B50
 Sicilian Najdorf (125) 
    B90 B92 B99 B93 B91
 Modern Benoni (74) 
    A70 A61 A63 A56 A75
 English, 1 c4 c5 (74) 
    A33 A30 A37 A36 A35
 Nimzo Indian (70) 
    E32 E43 E44 E38 E41
 Queen's Pawn Game (65) 
    E10 A46 A45 E00 D05
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   DeFirmian vs P Nikolic, 1985 1-0
   Miles vs DeFirmian, 1990 0-1
   DeFirmian vs Azmaiparashvili, 1996 1-0
   DeFirmian vs N J Patterson, 1978 1-0
   DeFirmian vs N Ristic, 1981 1-0
   DeFirmian vs Robert E Byrne, 1994 1-0
   S D Sigfusson vs DeFirmian, 2005 1/2-1/2
   O Bjarnason vs DeFirmian, 2000 0-1
   F Hellers vs DeFirmian, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Kamsky vs DeFirmian, 1990 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Pan Pacific International (1995)
   Amsterdam (1996)
   Politiken Cup (2007)
   Politiken Cup (2006)
   Greenland Open (2003)
   US Championships 2003 (2003)
   Oslo Chess International (2011)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Chessmaster US Championships 2005 (2004)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   39th World Open (2011)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Biel 1995 by suenteus po 147
   Amsterdam 1996 by suenteus po 147
   Pan Pacific International, San Francisco, 1995 by Phony Benoni
   1995 Bermuda by gauer
   Intel Rapid Chess Grand Prix 1995 - New York by amadeus
   My Sicilians by Tridel
   bktattack's favorite games by bktattack

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Nick DeFirmian
Search Google for Nick DeFirmian
FIDE player card for Nick DeFirmian

(born Jul-26-1957, 58 years old) United States of America

[what is this?]
Nicholas Ernest DeFirmian was born in Fresno, California. Awarded the IM title in 1979 and the GM title in 1985. He was US Champion three times_in 1987 Joel Benjamin), 1995 and 1998. He also played on the US Olympiad teams of 1980, 1984 and 1986 He has a physics degree from UC Berkeley. In 1986, he won the World Open and first prize of $21,000, a record prize for a swiss event at the time. He was a founding member of Prochess, a GM advocacy group dedicated to promoting chess in America.

Wikipedia article: Nick de Firmian

 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,213  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. DeFirmian vs T Weinberger  0-125 1973 Greater Los Angeles OpenA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
2. B Gibbons vs DeFirmian  ½-½42 1975 West Covina SweepstakesA16 English
3. DeFirmian vs Martinovsky  1-051 1976 Lone PineC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
4. D J Strauss vs DeFirmian 0-118 1976 Lone PineB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
5. B Rogulj vs DeFirmian  1-042 1976 USAB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. R Blumenfeld vs DeFirmian  0-141 1976 Lone PineB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
7. J D Tisdall vs DeFirmian  1-030 1976 USAE97 King's Indian
8. K Spraggett vs DeFirmian 0-137 1976 Can. Open, TorontoB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
9. L D Evans vs DeFirmian  1-035 1976 Lone PineB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. Bisguier vs DeFirmian  0-149 1976 CAN-opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
11. N Weinstein vs DeFirmian 1-077 1976 Lone PineE74 King's Indian, Averbakh, 6...c5
12. DeFirmian vs Seirawan 1-044 1976 USA-ch U18B01 Scandinavian
13. DeFirmian vs Silman 0-135 1976 Lone PineC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. DeFirmian vs Seirawan  ½-½28 1976 Lone PineA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
15. DeFirmian vs D Fritzinger  0-139 1977 USAC41 Philidor Defense
16. Z Harari vs DeFirmian  1-028 1977 USAA76 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8
17. DeFirmian vs R C Balinas 0-136 1978 London (England)C60 Ruy Lopez
18. DeFirmian vs N J Patterson 1-023 1978 London (England)B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. Kraidman vs DeFirmian  1-066 1978 London (England)E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
20. G Forintos vs DeFirmian  1-028 1978 London (England)E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
21. H D MacPherson vs DeFirmian  1-050 1978 London (England)A14 English
22. DeFirmian vs M Diesen  ½-½14 1979 Lone PineB08 Pirc, Classical
23. DeFirmian vs Hort  0-142 1979 Lone PineB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
24. Pachman vs DeFirmian  0-155 1979 Lone PineE14 Queen's Indian
25. DeFirmian vs Benko  ½-½25 1979 Lone PineB42 Sicilian, Kan
 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,213  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | DeFirmian wins | DeFirmian loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 4 OF 4 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Jul-26-11  brankat: Happy Birthday GM DeFirmian!
Premium Chessgames Member
  talisman: happy birthday nick and thanks for the Book!
Jul-26-12  Llawdogg: Happy 55 Nicky D!
Jul-26-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM DeFirmian!


Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "If only we could grow old like Korchnoi."

- GM Nick DeFirmian

happy birthday, GM Nick!

Premium Chessgames Member
  redlance: Happy Birthday!!!
Aug-23-12  Troller: Unless they have split up, this is Nick's girlfriend/wife: Christine Jensen

She is suffering from muscular dystrophy; here is an article in Danish on how this complicated their lives after they had a son in the late 1990's:

Aug-30-12  RMKvdS: <Landman> Can't find the game on nor on chessbase... Just curious, cause I tend to lose games on overlooking the less obvious moves as well!
Sep-22-13  Karpova: Q: What was your most embarrassing moment at the chess board?

de Firmian: <When I knocked over my pint of beer against John Nunn in a blitz tournament in Lubeck. That was also painful, because the glass was practically full.>

'Kingpin', <Nick de Firmian: 20 Questions>, 19 September 2013,

Mar-31-14  Poisonpawns: [Event "Julian Borowski GM"]
[Site "Essen"]
[Date "1999.03.31"]
[Round "5"]
[White "De Firmian, Nick E"]
[Black "Sutovskij, Emil"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B33"]
[WhiteElo "2610"]
[BlackElo "2612"]
[PlyCount "83"]
[EventDate "1999.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c3 Rb8 12. Nc2 Bg5 13. a3 a5 14. Bd3 Ne7 15. Nxe7 Qxe7 16. Qe2 Qb7 17. O-O O-O 18. b4 a4 19. c4 Be6 20. cxb5 Rfc8 21. Ne3 g6 22. Nc4 Bxc4 23. Bxc4 Qb6 24. Ra2 Rc7 25. g3 h5 26. Kh1 Kg7 27. h4 Bh6 28. Kg2 Rbc8 29. Bd5 Rc3 30. Rd1 Bc1 31. Rd3 Rxd3 32. Qxd3 Qd4 33. Qxd4 exd4 34. b6 d3 35. b7 Rb8 36. Kf1 f5 37. Ke1 fxe4 38. Kd1 Bh6 39. Bxe4 g5 40. hxg5 Bxg5 41. f4 Bh6 42. Rh2 1-0

Mar-31-14  RedShield: Do you think the random posting of game scores is helpful?
May-27-14  Granny O Doul: Kilroy was here
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 57th birthday to GM Nick DeFirmian.
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: I'm curious to know why he was listed as Canadian for this year's Canadian Championship:

Did he move? FIDE still lists him as American.

Feb-07-15  pazzed paun: when is mco 16 due out?
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <A lot of the difference between an IM and GM is a seriousness to the game. The GM is willing to go through all this. He's willing to put up with anything. This shows his dedication. One other thing is the GMs superiority in tactics.

For example Christiansen can find tactics in any position. If you're a GM you should be able to overpower the IM tactically. The GM will often blow out the IM in this area> - Nick deFirmian.

Premium Chessgames Member
  andrewjsacks: Nick, happy birthday.
Premium Chessgames Member
  AdolfoAugusto: Happy Birthday Nick! Hope you keep playing for a long time! ;)
Jul-26-15  Olsonist: A lame claim to fame but I got crushed by Nick in high school.
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to the 3-time US Chess Championship champ who's 1 of my favorite players...GM Nick DeFirmian!
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: Happy birthday to GM DeFirmian, a true chess lover!

Two pictures from different epochs:

Nick playing Magnus at the second Arctic Chess Challenge in Tromsų in 2007 (scroll down a little, Magnus won that game, Nick won in a previous encounter at Gausdal Classics):

Nick winning as clear first the Gausdal Classics April I/2003, (invitation tournament), a certain kid named Magnus in rank 12:

Nick DeFirmian (front) with teammate's John Fedorowicz, Lubomir Kavalek, and Yasser Seirawan at the Chess Olympiad in 1986:

Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: <diagonal> Thx for posting those links! I just got a DeFirmian & MC history lesson!
Nov-16-15  wrap99: @Olsonist, wasn't Nick a D player in those days? I think I was in his section in 1975 when he was 18 and I think he won it -- I guess he was not a D player for very long.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: If so, that would be a quicker leap than Fischer made from 1726 to master level, as deFirmian played at Lone Pine 1976.
Nov-16-15  wrap99: @perfidious: that's interesting because I do remember playing at that event in 1975 with him. Obviously 40 years I could be recalling falsely. I do think he *was* a D player (I think you can skip that by a good initial performance.) Also, juniors played at Lone Pine if experts, not masters. Finally, maybe the rating list from 1975 is available online.
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 4)
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 4 OF 4 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. Don't post personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific player and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2015, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies