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Silman 
Photograph courtesy of JeremySilman.com  
Jeremy Silman
Number of games in database: 167
Years covered: 1975 to 1999
Last FIDE rating: 2383
Overall record: +61 -51 =55 (53.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Modern Benoni (9) 
    A57 A70 A56 A65 A60
 King's Indian (8) 
    E77 E73 E95 E97 E75
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D85 D91 D78
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A45 A46 E10 E00
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E32 E39 E38
 Pirc (5) 
    B09 B08
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (29) 
    B32 B21 B31 B39 B57
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A45 A46 A50 A41 D00
 Bogo Indian (7) 
    E11
 English, 1 c4 e5 (6) 
    A29 A22 A20 A25
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B10 B17 B14
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A37 A36 A35 A30 A34
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Harris vs Silman, 1978 0-1
   Silman vs C Lakdawala, 1989 1-0
   Silman vs L Day, 1975 1-0
   Silman vs D Shapiro, 1990 1-0
   Silman vs M Wilder, 1979 1/2-1/2
   Saidy vs Silman, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Silman vs K Czerniecki, 1979 1-0
   D Levy vs Silman, 1975 0-1
   DeFirmian vs Silman, 1976 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Lone Pine (1975)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   strategy masterpieces by yahooman
   Silmans Reassess Book by howardb86
   1990 World open by gauer

GAMES ANNOTATED BY SILMAN: [what is this?]
   Beliavsky vs Gelfand, 1992

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JEREMY SILMAN
(born Aug-28-1954, 61 years old) United States of America

[what is this?]
Jeremy D Silman was born in Del Rio, Texas, USA and became an International Master in 1988. He has authored over 35 chess books, including How to Reassess Your Chess and The Amateur Mind. In 1981, he won the US Open. He was a former editor of the Players Chess News and a frequent contributor for Chess Life. He has also coached the US junior national chess team. In 1985 he was joint Washington State champion.

In 2001, he was the chess consultant for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and created the moves for the chess battle in that movie.*

*http://www.jeremysilman.com/movies_...

Wikipedia article: Jeremy Silman


 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 167  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Levy vs Silman  0-129 1975 Lone PineB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
2. Silman vs Z Vranesic  ½-½51 1975 Lone PineC02 French, Advance
3. H Rossetto vs Silman  1-037 1975 Lone PineA45 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Silman vs Suttles 0-134 1975 Lone PineB06 Robatsch
5. R Ervin vs Silman  1-077 1975 Lone PineA30 English, Symmetrical
6. Denker vs Silman ½-½50 1975 Lone PineB32 Sicilian
7. Silman vs Ghizdavu  1-023 1975 Lone PineB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. Pilnik vs Silman 1-046 1975 Lone PineB32 Sicilian
9. Silman vs L Day 1-059 1975 Lone PineC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
10. Silman vs A Kushnir 0-137 1975 Lone PineC02 French, Advance
11. Silman vs Smyslov 0-132 1976 Lone PineB42 Sicilian, Kan
12. Silman vs Fedorowicz 1-045 1976 Lone PineB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. Silman vs M Padovani 1-032 1976 Oakland Chess GroupD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
14. Najdorf vs Silman 1-038 1976 Lone PineD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. DeFirmian vs Silman 0-135 1976 Lone PineC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. T Taylor vs Silman 0-121 1976 Lone PineB32 Sicilian
17. R Ervin vs Silman  1-031 1976 Lone PineC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. Silman vs V Pupols  1-048 1976 Lone PineA06 Reti Opening
19. Silman vs S Tatai 0-136 1978 Lloyds BankC87 Ruy Lopez
20. Harris vs Silman 0-128 1978 ENGB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
21. Silman vs Kraidman  0-144 1978 Lloyds BankC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. Silman vs A Malachi 1-032 1978 Lloyds BankC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
23. Silman vs M Basman 1-027 1978 Aaronsons open (01)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
24. Silman vs D Root 0-138 1979 Lone PineB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
25. J Whitehead vs Silman  ½-½35 1979 Lone PineC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
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May-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <We all blunder, and after doing so its important to get up from the board, time permitting, and clear your head nothing good can happen if you're still in the midst of an emotional backlash. Forget about the earlier, happier, position and treat this new situation as a challenge. Hunker down, get tough and insist on finding a way to put up a long, grueling resistance!> - Jeremy Silman.
Aug-15-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  James Demery: Silman is a great writer. I love the way he twists off on some of his students. Sometimes he`s downright rude. Its hilarious. I wish there were more of his games here.
Sep-06-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Even the election of <Jeremy Corbyn> won't be enough to make the name Jeremy cool again (if it ever was). I knew a business associate of that name who shortened it to <Jez>, but I told him that if he wanted a popular name he should change it to <Mohammed>.
Oct-14-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Funny reads by Silman:

http://www.chess.com/article/view/c...

http://www.chess.com/article/view/m...

http://www.chess.com/article/view/f...

Oct-28-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: http://www.chess.com/article/view/c...
Nov-16-15  thegoodanarchist: <HeMateMe: You don't get the GM title by winning a satellite event. >

It isn't a satellite event, it is the world championship for the age group! Huge difference.

Plus, there ARE some events that will result in FIDE awarding the GM title on the spot if you win it.

For example, IIRC, back in the day when there were zonal and inter zonal tournaments, winning an IZT came with the GM title automatically, if you didn't already have it.

Nov-16-15  HeMateMe: Nothing against Mr. Silman, but if he couldn't get the GM title against people his own age, with his approximate 2400 rating, why should anyone respect him getting the title playing against older people with diminished skills?

of what use is a GM title if it isn't worth the paper it's written on?

I would guess a 60 year old American with a creaky 2400 rating is....about a 2250 FIDE rating? That doesn't feel like grandmaster, to me.

Nov-17-15  thegoodanarchist: <HeMateMe: Nothing against Mr. Silman, but if he couldn't get the GM title against people his own age>

Well, there is no guarantee that he would get it now! It is definitely a tough event, and to win it you must play very well.

And so how would that be different from someone eeking out a GM title while younger? I seem to recall someone getting the GM title by achieving 2 norms and then going years before finally getting the 3rd norm, just before the 10 year window ended.

If someone can go years without playing like a GM, and then finally get a 3rd norm and get awarded the title, why not achieve it this way, which by the way has been a route to the GM title for a long time?

After all, it isn't like he will be playing people who never had any talent - he will face a lot of folks who were and are legit GMs & IMs.

Hypothetically, a person could get the title with 3 norms in a ten-year window and then never ever play like a GM again (never again getting a result that would be a norm).

<of what use is a GM title if it isn't worth the paper it's written on? >

Which is why we have criteria for achieving it! It's not as if FIDE would be making an exception for Silman! If he plays, or if he doesn't, the winner of the World Championship still will get the GM title if he doesn't already have it, a route to the GM title that has been established for some time.

Nov-17-15  HeMateMe: The ratings within the seniors group are suspect, as they are all well past their peak, but are trading points with each other. Their points are not as valuable as those of younger players.

Any newly minted GM titles coming out of that event ever add up to anything, ever win a decent sized tournament, anything like that?

Nov-18-15  thegoodanarchist: <HeMateMe: The ratings within the seniors group are suspect, as they are all well past their peak,>

This is not a well-thought out argument. You contradict yourself right off the bat by saying the ratings are suspect because "they" are past their peak.

If the ratings are past their peak that means the ratings are doing what they should do! The decline in the ratings is expected, and reflects decline in playing ability.

But Karpov, for example, is well off his peak ability; his rating is well of its peak too, which makes it the opposite of being suspect. It is actually MORE believable because it reflects decline. (Which does not mean he isn't playing GM-strength chess).

<but are trading points with each other. Their points are not as valuable as those of younger players.>

They trade points in that ONE event. Outside of that, most events have no age restriction so the other times these folks are playing they are trading points with the rest of the tournament chess player population.

<Any newly minted GM titles coming out of that event ever add up to anything, ever win a decent sized tournament, anything like that?>

I don't really pay much attention to players who aren't in the world top 10. Why not check out Kaufman, for example, or some of the others who won the title, and answer the question yourself?

Nov-18-15  thegoodanarchist: <HeMateMe: Shams--you're right, Silman is definitely old enough to play in a senior event. Somehow I see him as this perpetual 22 year old, living in his mom's basement, studying new opening theory. like the AJ Florida guy>

AJ lives with his mom?

Nov-18-15  HeMateMe: <They trade points in that ONE event>

They play fewer events than younger players do, and more of those events have senior-related themes than are the ones that the younger players compete in.

I didn't say ALL of the senior's rated games are them swapping point with each, but MORE of it happens that way that is the case for younger players.

That to me, devalues the so called Senior GM title.

I'm happy they are out there competing. the 90-100 age group is the fastest growing segment of our population. I just think the classification of a separate GM title for people past a certain age has to be removed, in order for the GM title to mean something.

If someone has never been a GM but they suddenly become one at age 61, it's just a big joke, it's a fraud and an embarrassment. Chess has enough problems without having watered down titles.

Nov-19-15  thegoodanarchist: <HeMateMe: <They trade points in that ONE event>

They play fewer events than younger players do, and more of those events have senior-related themes than are the ones that the younger players compete in.

I didn't say ALL of the senior's rated games are them swapping point with each, but MORE of it happens that way that is the case for younger players.

That to me, devalues the so called Senior GM title. >

Look, I am not saying you are wrong. But it sounds like you are just guessing.

Senior GM title? I don't follow chess as closely as some, but I have never heard any reference to a "senior GM" title.

As far as I know the title is GM. When someone gets to be in the senior category, their GM title is not changed. When Carlsen gets old he will still be GM. Korchnoi is "GM" not "senior GM".

"They play fewer events than younger players" you say? I think you just made that up as a guess. Everyone is different - some players play more than others and that happens in every age group! This is just a total baloney claim by you. When Fischer was young he took a year off more than once, in his twenties.

Without looking, could you even say how many games Kaufman played the year before and the year of his Senior WC win? Could you even say how it compared with how many games Giri or Naka played in those years, without looking at the data? I doubt it.

Sounds like you are just talking out of your rear end. You just want to hate on the title if someone gets it that way, and are just coming up with lame guesses to justify hating on it.

Nov-19-15  HeMateMe: <Senior GM title? I don't follow chess as closely as some, but I have never heard any reference to a "senior GM" title.>

It's a title won for winning a tournament against guys in their 60s. I have nothing against any age group, I just don't think it's a grandmaster title.

Nov-20-15  thegoodanarchist: <HeMateMe: <Senior GM title? I don't follow chess as closely as some, but I have never heard any reference to a "senior GM" title.>

It's a title won for winning a tournament against guys in their 60s. I have nothing against any age group, I just don't think it's a grandmaster title.>

OK, That may be legit, but I read the Chess Life article about Kaufman when he won the Senior World Championship. He got the GM title, IIRC. I don't recall anything about it being a "senior" GM title.

So maybe the senior GM title is a real thing, but IIRC, winning the Senior WC earns the GM title, not "senior GM".

Nov-20-15  paavoh: The closest you get to a real senior title is the Senior International Master (SIM) by ICCF, the correspondence chess organization. Their GM title is actually an International Grandmaster, but no "senior" prefix there either.
Nov-20-15  thegoodanarchist: <paavoh: The closest you get to a real senior title is the Senior International Master (SIM) by ICCF, the correspondence chess organization. Their GM title is actually an International Grandmaster, but no "senior" prefix there either.>

OK, as usual, <HeMateMe> doesn't know what he's talking about.

Nov-20-15  HeMateMe: goodcrist--I think it's absurd to give a middle aged person the GM title for winning a seniors event contested by 60 year olds, and thinking that the newly minted GM titleholder is now truly playing at GM strength.

Goodness, was he taking brain steroids over say, the past 12 months? He wasn't a GM at age 59, but "I got GOOD at 60"? His play suddenly improved?

Nov-20-15  thegoodanarchist: <HeMateMe: goodcrist--I think it's absurd to give a middle aged person the GM title for winning a seniors event contested by 60 year olds, and thinking that the newly minted GM titleholder is now truly playing at GM strength.>

Is 60 the cutoff? Usually "senior" is much younger than that, especially in sports.

I just think you've made assumptions that it is all players over 60, but haven't verified it. I know I could be wrong, but that's the impression I get.

Nov-23-15  paavoh: All I recall is that they have championships for 50+ and 60+ players, the former being a recent addition.
Nov-25-15  paavoh: Sorry, it should be 50+ and 65+.
May-23-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: Silman writes an article a week on chess.com, almost all of them are entertaining and/or instructive: https://www.chess.com/members/view_... .
Jun-17-16  dehanne: According to his chess.com profile he's living in Tokyo, Japan.

How did he end up there?

Jun-17-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Probably took a plane.
Jun-17-16  dehanne: <Probably took a plane.> :-)
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