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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.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (8) 
    E77 E73 E97 E75 E94
 Modern Benoni (7) 
    A57 A56 A60 A65 A61
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    E10 A45 A46 E00
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D85 D91 D78
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E32 E39 E38
 Pirc (5) 
    B09 B08
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (29) 
    B32 B21 B31 B57 B39
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A45 A46 A50 A41 D00
 Bogo Indian (7) 
 English, 1 c4 e5 (6) 
    A29 A22 A20 A25
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B17 B10 B14
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A34 A37 A36 A35 A30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Harris vs Silman, 1978 0-1
   Silman vs L Day, 1975 1-0
   D Levy vs Silman, 1975 0-1
   Silman vs C Lakdawala, 1989 1-0
   Silman vs K Czerniecki, 1979 1-0
   DeFirmian vs Silman, 1976 0-1
   Silman vs M Wilder, 1979 1/2-1/2
   Saidy vs Silman, 1989 1/2-1/2

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

   Beliavsky vs Gelfand, 1992

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(born Aug-28-1954, 60 years old) United States of America

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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.*


Wikipedia article: Jeremy Silman

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 167  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Ervin vs Silman  1-077 1975 Lone PineA30 English, Symmetrical
2. Denker vs Silman ½-½50 1975 Lone PineB32 Sicilian
3. Silman vs Ghizdavu  1-023 1975 Lone PineB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. Pilnik vs Silman 1-046 1975 Lone PineB32 Sicilian
5. Silman vs L Day 1-059 1975 Lone PineC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
6. Silman vs A Kushnir 0-137 1975 Lone PineC02 French, Advance
7. D Levy vs Silman  0-129 1975 Lone PineB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
8. Silman vs Z Vranesic  ½-½51 1975 Lone PineC02 French, Advance
9. H Rossetto vs Silman  1-037 1975 Lone PineA45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Silman vs Suttles 0-134 1975 Lone PineB06 Robatsch
11. T Taylor vs Silman 0-121 1976 Lone PineB32 Sicilian
12. R Ervin vs Silman  1-031 1976 Lone PineC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Silman vs V Pupols  1-048 1976 Lone PineA06 Reti Opening
14. Silman vs Smyslov 0-132 1976 Lone PineB42 Sicilian, Kan
15. Silman vs Fedorowicz 1-045 1976 Lone PineB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. Silman vs M Padovani 1-032 1976 Oakland Chess GroupD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
17. Najdorf vs Silman 1-038 1976 Lone PineD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. DeFirmian vs Silman 0-135 1976 Lone PineC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Silman vs Kraidman  0-144 1978 Lloyds BankC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. Silman vs A Malachi 1-032 1978 Lloyds BankC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
21. Silman vs M Basman 1-027 1978 Aaronsons open (01)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
22. Silman vs S Tatai 0-136 1978 Lloyds BankC87 Ruy Lopez
23. Harris vs Silman 0-128 1978 ENGB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
24. Silman vs K Czerniecki 1-054 1979 US OpenA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
25. Silman vs Tarjan 0-140 1979 Lone PineB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
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Jul-30-13  JoergWalter: <Robed.Bishop> another toilet gate? or simply peeing it away?
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  Robed.Bishop: My contract with Pepsi prevents me from discussing this further.
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  whiteshark: Train to nowhere with many stop along way.
Nov-03-13  Swedenborg: I have recently purchased two instructional chess books. They are 'Reassess Your Chess' and 'The Amateur's Mind'.

Which book would you recommend reading first to gain a full appreciation of what the author is trying to convey in these books... hopefully in a sequential manner.

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  Shams: <Swedenborg> "Reassess Your Chess", and it's not even close.
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  whiteshark: Jeremy, a cobbler should stick to his last.
Dec-24-13  micartouse: <whiteshark> I don't know, looks pretty solid to me!
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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" If your opponent cannot do anything active, then don't rush the position; instead you should let him sit there, suffer, and beg you for a draw."

-- Silman

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  Shams: I'm pressing IM Silman via twitter to consider coming out of retirement to play in next year's World Senior Championships. It'd be cool to see him get the GM title. If you feel like joining in, tweet encouragement to @JeremySilman. Be sure to stress that five of the past six winners were not grandmasters prior to winning the tournament.
Mar-03-14  HeMateMe: Would he be the first 2400 to get the GM title?
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  Shams: I shouldn't have said "pressing him". I sent him a couple tweets suggesting it. He apparently hasn't played a serious game in 15 years, but why not take a stab at it?

<HeMateMe> Given are the recent champions who earned the GM title by winning the event. I also give their rating at the time of the tournament and their peak rating in parentheses.

<2012> Jens Kristiansen, DEN 2429 (2454)

<2011> Vladimir Okhotnik, FRA 2427 (2510)

<2008> Larry Kaufman, USA 2391 (2424)

<2006> Algimantas Butnorius (LTU) 2397 (2449)

I was incorrect earlier in counting 5/6; 2009 winner Mišo Cebalo had already been a GM for a long time before the tournament.

It'd be a longshot but if he can recover his form he might have a shot. Well, I'm just being sentimental I guess.

Mar-04-14  HeMateMe: That sounds like an honorary title and not the real GM title.

Anyway, he looks to be retired. Perhaps on Vulcan?

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  Shams: It's a full title.
Mar-04-14  HeMateMe: You don't get the GM title by winning a satellite event. You get it by accomplishing GM norms and defeating GMs OTB. This event you are speaking of doesn't satisfy the norms requirement, and, the GMs here are somewhat retired, inactive GMs. Let's get real.
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  Shams: <HeMateMe> You can believe whatever you want, dude. It's a full title and not an honorary one. Also, there aren't satellite events in chess. Also, of course the GMs are "somewhat retired, inactive". You have to be 60 years old to participate. Most 60 year old players are "somewhat retired".

Anything else?

Mar-04-14  HeMateMe: Yes--have you checked to see if Vasily Smyslov is available?
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  Shams: Smyslov is dead, Beavis.
Mar-04-14  dx9293: <Shams: Smyslov is dead, Beavis> LOL!!

<Shams> bringing the fire to <HMM>!

But <HMM> has a habit of not checking his facts...

<Automatic> <GM> title awarded to:

-Winner of the Women's World Championship
-Winner of the World Junior Championship
-Winner of the World Senior Championship
-Reaching the last 16 in the World Cup

Mar-04-14  HeMateMe: and....winning the jr title or sr title is not worthy of being called a GM. The participants in the senior tournament are no longer active, and are just trading watered down points amongst themselves.

Winning the jr title means you have great potential, but it doesn't mean you are going to be a GM.

If FIDE wants to weaken the GM title even more, then fine. I don't have to believe in it.

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  Shams: <HeMateMe> <and are just trading watered down points amongst themselves.>

Arguing that the GM title is watered-down is plausible; in no way are the participants' <ratings> watered-down.

<I don't have to believe in it.>

That's true, you don't.

Mar-04-14  HeMateMe: I'm not saying anything against a Pal Benko or Zoltan Ribli, who might be competing. They've earned our respect.

It's just that I don't think a younger person should go in and get the GM title by beating these people. The title should go to those who can <prove they are worthy, against their peers>.

Men in their 70s are not the peers of a young chessplayer. Their titles were earned when THEY were young men, so it means less to chess fans if a middle aged guy like Silman should appear (or say, a Jay Whitehead, someone chasing the elusive GM title), and think he is a GM by beating two men in their 70s, who earned the GM title when they were in their 20s.

BTW, God still hates Seattle. Keep that in mind.

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  Shams: <HeMateMe> Since when is 60 years old a "younger person" in chess terms? Whatever.
Mar-04-14  dx9293: <HMM>

The winner of the World Junior is <MOST DEFINITELY> worthy of the GM title. If you don't believe this, you haven't been following the tournament for the past 15+ years. This tournament has become so brutal that as a rule the winner is usually a 2600 or even 2650+ GM.

The World Senior is less clear. Still, the tournament is most often won by a player who already holds the GM title, recent years notwithstanding. Adding a GM every 2-3 years from the World Senior is not such a big deal.

Mar-04-14  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, he'll be doing the same thing at age 80.

DX--I simply maintain that the Senior's GM points are not worth as much as the ones that Irina Krush had to get to receive her recent GM title. Their points were mostly earned up to about age 45, maybe younger. I don't think these playes have maintained the same playing strength over the passing 25 years. Common sense just leads me that way.

I'm glad we have the senior events to let past stars rev up their motors again, I just don't think victories against them should be allowed to count to raise one's status when playing against people 25 year's old. The older players are from a different generation, and so are their earned points.

Feb-02-15  MNW: I'm begging to fix the quote today by this man. The your should be you're. How embarrassing...
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