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Jonathan Levitt
J Levitt 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 161
Years covered: 1981 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2404
Highest rating achieved in database: 2485

Overall record: +31 -56 =74 (42.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E49 E45 E44 E42 E40
 King's Indian (13) 
    E81 E87 E96 E92 E84
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A40 A41 E00 E10 D02
 Modern Benoni (7) 
    A57 A70 A56 A61 A67
 Queen's Indian (5) 
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D84 D82 D70 D85
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (31) 
    C07 C02 C01 C19 C18
 French Tarrasch (12) 
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E32 E45 E54 E30
 French Winawer (7) 
    C18 C19 C17
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A45 A46 D04 E00
 Queen's Indian (6) 
    E17 E12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Howell vs J Levitt, 2005 0-1
   J Levitt vs J D Tisdall, 1990 1-0
   J Levitt vs A D Martin, 1989 1-0
   J Levitt vs Anand, 1987 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Staunton Memorial (2005)

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(born Jun-03-1963, 53 years old) United Kingdom

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Jonathan Paul Levitt was born in Southwark (London), England. Awarded the IM title in 1984, he is now a GM (1991) and a composer of problems. Winner of the Staunton Memorial in 2005. His notable works as an author include "Secrets of Spectacular Chess" and "Genius in Chess".

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 161  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Levitt vs E Schiller ½-½28 1981 LondonD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. J Levitt vs DeFirmian  ½-½46 1982 London (England)A71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
3. J Levitt vs G Miralles  0-120 1982 ?E00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. A Dunnington vs J Levitt  0-145 1982 Lloyds Bank op 06thA05 Reti Opening
5. J Levitt vs Speelman 0-131 1982 Torquay (England)D09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
6. J Levitt vs I R Watson 1-041 1982 BCF-chA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Nunn vs J Levitt  1-030 1983 LondonC07 French, Tarrasch
8. J Levitt vs J Gallagher  1-075 1984 BCF-chA61 Benoni
9. J Levitt vs Miles  ½-½48 1984 London LBE12 Queen's Indian
10. Adams vs J Levitt ½-½28 1984 LondonB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
11. Barbero vs J Levitt  1-027 1986 Winterthur (Switzerland)E12 Queen's Indian
12. V Tukmakov vs J Levitt  1-030 1986 Lugano opE00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. A Kuligowski vs J Levitt  0-135 1987 Bundesliga 8788A64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
14. J Levitt vs Adorjan 1-042 1987 Geneva (Switzerland)E12 Queen's Indian
15. Velimirovic vs J Levitt 0-141 1987 Pinerolo opC18 French, Winawer
16. Anand vs J Levitt  ½-½50 1987 SwanseaC19 French, Winawer, Advance
17. J Levitt vs Anand ½-½19 1987 LondonE12 Queen's Indian
18. J Levitt vs P K Wells  0-137 1987 BCF-chE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
19. N Davies vs J Levitt  ½-½28 1988 It (cat.11)E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
20. J Levitt vs Wojtkiewicz  ½-½15 1988 C09,VIIIE92 King's Indian
21. J Levitt vs Hertneck  ½-½20 1988 AugsburgA57 Benko Gambit
22. Kupreichik vs J Levitt  1-053 1988 Copenhagen opC02 French, Advance
23. J Levitt vs D Norwood 1-049 1988 It (cat.8)A67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
24. J Levitt vs Razuvaev  ½-½17 1988 Moscow-AE12 Queen's Indian
25. S Smagin vs J Levitt  ½-½44 1988 Moscow-AE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-09-04  mack: I had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Levitt a few nights ago. We did play one game of blitz, which I lost, of course, very thoroughly. What a very nice chap he was too.
Apr-28-05  WorldChampeen: I would assume this would be some of Mr. Levitt's games as well at participating in this Staunton Memorial Tournament of 2004.
Jul-15-05  mack: You would assume correct.
Aug-30-05  aw1988: Levitt has won the Staunton Memorial.
Jun-03-06  BIDMONFA: Jonathan Levitt

LEVITT, Jonathan

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  whiteshark: His nice homepage:


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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" If it were just a question of winning or losing, if it were not possible to play a brilliant game, to make an incredible queen sacrifice, to play the occasional shocking or outrageous move, then I suspect many people would not play chess. It simply would not be worth it; such a difficult game and with so few rewards. "

-- Jonathan Levitt

Feb-06-08  MichAdams: "Chess can be compared with no other board game, because of a basic distinction which stamps it as an art; not that this implies any disparagement of other board games, each of which has its rightful place. This distinction lies in the fact that chess alone, in contrast to all these other games, has an aim other than mere capture or gain of territory, namely the conception of mate. Admittedly one must strive for gain of material or space to begin with. But as soon as mate, the idea of encircling the principal enemy piece, enters the scene, no sacrifice of time, space or material is too great to achieve it. This is why chess is necessary, this is why it is so attractive; because it calls forth in us - often only subconsciously, maybe - humanity's striving after an ideal; the joy of dedicating one's self for an idea. And this is why chess awakes in us aesthetic feeling, this is why conception of the beautiful is awakened in chess too; because its inner spirit corresponds in every way to the virtue of self-sacrifice in us."

-- Alexander Alekhine (attributed)

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  whiteshark: Today a.m. quote is again <Quote of the Day>.
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  whiteshark: Happy birthday, GM Levitt!
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  whiteshark: New link to his notable homepage:
Jun-03-09  WhiteRook48: Happy birthday!
Jun-03-12  Llawdogg: Wow! That is a fine quote from Alekhine.
Jul-01-12  RMKvdS: <Llawdogg> Indeed, worth bumping in my opinion.
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