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Calvin Blocker
Number of games in database: 56
Years covered: 1972 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2360
Highest rating achieved in database: 2395

Overall record: +15 -36 =5 (31.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (4) 
    D16 D17 D15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (5) 
    B33 B93 B40
 Modern Benoni (4) 
    A58 A57 A77 A61
 French Defense (4) 
    C04 C00 C02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   de Firmian vs C Blocker, 1984 0-1
   C Blocker vs A Stamnov, 2001 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1979)

   🏆 Cleveland Open
   M Sana vs C Blocker (Aug-16-14) 1-0

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(born Jun-28-1955, 63 years old) United States of America

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Calvin Barry Blocker was born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He was awarded the FM title in 1981 and the IM title in 1982.

Wikipedia article: Calvin Blocker

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Noel vs C Blocker 1-0231972USAB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
2. C Blocker vs L Day  1-0501973Chess Corner ClassicA07 King's Indian Attack
3. C Bassin vs C Blocker  0-1171975MichiganC00 French Defense
4. G Trammell vs C Blocker 0-135197576th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
5. C Blocker vs Kaufman ½-½51197576th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
6. Tarjan vs C Blocker 1-0271977Paul Masson OpenA58 Benko Gambit
7. Joel Benjamin vs C Blocker  1-044197804, v New York CityB40 Sicilian
8. C Blocker vs Sahovic  0-1341979Lone PineC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
9. R Ayyar vs C Blocker 0-1271979Lone PineA28 English
10. C Blocker vs P Biyiasas  0-1541979Lone PineA25 English
11. J Thibault vs C Blocker 1-0561979Lone PineC02 French, Advance
12. C Blocker vs L Day  1-0451979Lone PineA53 Old Indian
13. Pachman vs C Blocker  1-0401979Lone PineA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
14. M Wilder vs C Blocker  1-0411979Lone PineC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
15. C Blocker vs P Whitehead  0-1351979Lone PineA26 English
16. R C Balinas vs C Blocker  0-1401979Lone PineC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
17. L Day vs C Blocker 1-03119797th World OpenC34 King's Gambit Accepted
18. C Blocker vs L Day  0-1551980Marshall Bar Point int.B27 Sicilian
19. K Spraggett vs C Blocker  1-0411982Ligue NationaleB33 Sicilian
20. C Blocker vs Igor Ivanov  0-1401983Region V ChampE12 Queen's Indian
21. C Blocker vs Igor Ivanov  0-1441983Cardinal opD80 Grunfeld
22. G Nesis vs C Blocker 1-0501984CorrespondenceE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
23. C Blocker vs P H Fields  0-1321984Gem City OpenD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
24. C Blocker vs Dzindzichashvili  0-1531984New York International OpenA16 English
25. de Firmian vs C Blocker  0-1381984New York International OpenB33 Sicilian
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Dec-27-06  viceman: Tony Dudley works as a barber in Shaker Hts.
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  Joshka: <viceman> Any new info on Calvin?
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  plang: I read somewhere that he was getting older but it may have just been a rumor.
Mar-15-07  wyattgwyon: Tony is back in Cleveland, and he can be found at Dewey's Coffee House on Shaker Square on a fairly regular basis playing chess, of course. He spent several years in England after high school playing. I run into him once in a while at Dewey's. I myself went to high school with him and moved back to Cleveland several years ago.
Apr-21-07  monopole2313: Shaker Heights had some great teams back in the day. The '66 squad with Mike Cavallo (later USCF executive director)and Charles Koplik won the state team championship.
Jul-10-07  Armakov: Greetings. My actual name is Brian Rudolph. I know Calvin personally. He attends a tournament I host each Labor Day at Edgewater Beach. Last I heard, he was living with a family and teaching their young son Benjamin to play, who has become quite the protegé.
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  Joshka: <Armakov> Hi Brian, Bruce here, thanks for the info on Calvin!..will you be holding another tourney this Labor Day weekend??..and will Calvin be attending if you do?...thanks again warm regards Bruce
Dec-23-07  Armakov: Hi Joshka. Sorry it took so long to return to this blog...To answer your first question, yes the Edgewater Tourney went on as planned. Unfortunately, Calvin was unable to attend this year as he was ill with pneumonia. There was a rumor going round that he chickened out and did not show because he heard that GM Shabalov was going to attend. However, Shabalov did not play in the tournament. He was there mainly to promote his weekly lectures in North Olmstead, OH. After talking to Calvin on the phone recently, he assured me that he was indeed ill and that he was actually planning on competing in the State Championship in Columbus and would not have shown anyway.
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  Joshka: <Armakov> Thanks for the Calvin update!! you know if Calvin plays on the ICC?....also there is someone <chessamateur> posting today on the kibitzer's cafe section, asking about simul information. Maybe you know some of the details as to what it costs, to run one?.....looks like no Cleveland Open again this year....guess the ICC and other internet playing sites are really taking over OTB play around our neck of the woods...not that it was so good before, but the lack of tourneys that I can see, are pushing folks more and more to play on-line. thanks again for the info!!!
Mar-01-08  Armakov: Joshka, you're welcome! Concerning Calvin playing online...I do recall him telling me that he does not play online. Mainly because he does not currently have an internet connection, as far as I know. It would be cool to watch him play online however. Also, whether he wants to admit to it or not, it would improve his game I believe. Concerning simuls; I never was too voyeur in that way. I don't know how serious players find the time to observe others games, although I can understand the commaradarie of it. And yes, it is sad to hear that more and more players are becoming recluse these days. Not sure if it is a bad thing or not. The internet seems to be taking over more than just Chess however. Too bad about no Tourney in Cleveland. It's squelching my efforts! Personally, I like playing online better than at clubs for several reasons...One being the obvious; convenience. Plus you save money. Also, there are other advantages, like filtering games, or just playing an aburd number of blitz games in one setting. Or not having to smell your opponents garlic breath, ect. Until the next time, take care my friend. :o)
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  TonyRo: I've been playing Blitz with Dudley on a regular basis in the Starbucks on Cedar Hill lately. I never knew him in his younger days, but I hear he's stronger now than when he was young. I can attest that he's quite strong these days.
Mar-28-08  wrap99: I remember him from 30 years ago. An accomplished pianist and a very nice guy.
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  Joshka: <Armakov> Thanks for responding, sorry this is so late. Happened to see Calvin at this months Cleveland Open, but was not able to chat with him. Had a chance to converse with GM's Lein and Shabalov, though and they even signed a book I purchased from Larry Rust. Great playing conditions, 2 boards per table!, as opposed to the traditional 3 boards.
Aug-18-08  Armakov: Hi Joshka. Been awhile since I've visited this blog as well... A signing by Shabalov eh? Nice. As aforementioned, he was at the Edgewater Chess Tournament last year where I had the honor of meeting him. Very nice, down to earth guy and speaks very good english I might add. By the way Joshka, you are more than welcome to attend this years Edgewater Tournament if you like. It is held on Labor Day (Sept. 1st) at noon. It is an Open, Unrated event. The entry fee is only 10 bucks, which basically covers the cost of food and beverages. You never know who is going to show. Blocker has come to 3 tourneys, however I don't know whether he will be there this year. Until next time, take care my friend.
Mar-01-13  waustad: I just looked at his FIDE card, and he played some FIDE rated games last that were listed in the October ratings. Those were the only FIDE rated games, I'm not sure about USCF. Their site seems to hang during the search.
May-11-15  bismuth: Calvin is fairly well known as a teacher as well as a player. I believe the last few years he's been giving lectures at the Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland.
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  HeMateMe: He shielded himself against religions...
Aug-01-15  sakredkow: He just finished competing in the Dayton Masters FIDE round robin at the Dayton Chess Festival. From a release from the Dayton Chess Club:

At the closing ceremony IM Blocker and GM Xiong were each awarded $250 for the most exciting game of the tournament which matched the oldest player with white against the youngest with black. Even though it ended in a draw it was selected as the most exciting game of the event.

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  Joshka: >Armakov> Hi Brian was there a Cleveland Open last August??Anyone with any updates on IM Blocker? thanks in advance!
Apr-30-18  bismuth: @Joshka

There was a Cleveland Open last August, though Blocker didn't participate. The winner was OSU Student Mika Brittain, a strong FM.

Calvin doesn't play much tournament chess any more, though he does give the occasional simul, and he did play in a Chicago vs. Cleveland team blitz match last summer.

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  Joshka: <bismuth> Hey thanks for sharing that info, and posting the video from that Chicago/Cleveland Tourney!! Really appreciate it!!
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  Marmot PFL: Calvin was a little high strung but I never thought he would pull out all of his hair.
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  Joshka: <Marmot PFL> Have seen him at the board during crucial parts of his games, and yes he really gets very intense!!
Jun-26-18  wrap99: This was a link within the article bismuth posted:
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  Joshka: <wrap99> Thanks for posting!! One would think as Ohio's only home grown IM, there would be more info and articles. Wish there was more match play to create chess interest! Having a guy like Blocker matched against another IM in say a long 16 game match!! Oh well thanks again!!
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