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James Tarjan
Number of games in database: 452
Years covered: 1966 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2525
Highest rating achieved in database: 2530
Overall record: +182 -114 =154 (57.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      2 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (56) 
    B81 B23 B43 B50 B40
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C78 C73 C69 C86 C75
 Queen's Indian (15) 
    E15 E14 E12 E17 E19
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E41 E54 E45 E55 E59
 King's Indian (15) 
    E73 E83 E74 E90 E88
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    E10 A40 D00 A50 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (63) 
    B77 B78 B90 B92 B25
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B90 B92 B94 B99 B93
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C83 C77 C80 C94 C70
 Grunfeld (14) 
    D79 D88 D91 D85 D94
 King's Indian (14) 
    E92 E90 E83 E80 E98
 Sicilian Dragon (14) 
    B77 B78 B72 B73
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Nogueiras vs Tarjan, 1979 0-1
   Tarjan vs J M Hodgson, 1983 1-0
   A Planinc vs Tarjan, 1974 0-1
   M Kapelan vs Tarjan, 1983 0-1
   J Grefe vs Tarjan, 1973 1/2-1/2
   Tarjan vs R Hammie, 1976 1-0
   E Torre vs Tarjan, 1983 1/2-1/2
   M Wilder vs Tarjan, 1981 0-1
   Tarjan vs Ljubojevic, 1979 1-0
   Tarjan vs Rattlinger, 1971 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1972)
   US Championship (1973)
   Lone Pine (1971)
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   PokerStars IoM Masters (2014)
   Lone Pine (1978)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   The Best of Tarjan & Schiffers by Garre
   Hastings 1977/78 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1973 by Phony Benoni
   US Championship 1978 by suenteus po 147
   US Open 1968, Snowmass-at-Aspen by Phony Benoni

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JAMES TARJAN
(born Feb-22-1952, 62 years old) United States of America

[what is this?]
James Edward Tarjan was born in Pomona, USA. He was awarded the IM title in 1974 and the GM title in 1976, and was a member of the US team that won the World Student Team Championship in 1970. In tournaments he was 1st at Subotica 1975, 1st at Vancouver 1976 and 1st= at Vrsac 1983. By coming 2nd in the 1978 US Championship he qualified for the Riga interzonal in 1979 where he finished in 11th place. From 1974 to 1982 he played on 5 US Olympiad teams and on the first occasion he won the board prize for those playing second reserve.

Wikipedia article: James Tarjan


 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 452  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. T Weinberger vs Tarjan  1-025 1966 Pacific Southwest OpenE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
2. Tarjan vs D Amneus  1-023 1966 Los AngelesC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Tarjan vs D Fulton  0-131 1966 67th US OpenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
4. Tarjan vs Benko  0-140 1966 67th US OpenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. T Weinberger vs Tarjan 1-046 1967 Santa Monica Masters InvitationalD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Tarjan vs T Weinberger  0-155 1968 San Bernardino OpenB07 Pirc
7. Tarjan vs Larsen 0-134 1968 Ch USA (team)B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
8. Kaufman vs Tarjan  1-056 1968 USA opB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
9. R J Gross vs Tarjan  ½-½18 1968 USA opE17 Queen's Indian
10. H A Buczko vs Tarjan  0-126 1968 USA opB03 Alekhine's Defense
11. Tarjan vs D Fritzinger 1-032 1968 USA opB40 Sicilian
12. T Weinberger vs Tarjan  1-063 1968 West Coast OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. T Weinberger vs Tarjan  1-027 1968 Long Beach OpenE65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
14. R Byrne vs Tarjan 1-030 1968 USA opD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
15. R Bandal vs Tarjan 1-050 1969 WchT U26 qual-CB03 Alekhine's Defense
16. Tarjan vs C W Pritchett  ½-½28 1969 WchT U26 qual-CC33 King's Gambit Accepted
17. Browne vs Tarjan 0-138 1969 USA-ch U18 playoffC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
18. Tarjan vs Ljubojevic 0-127 1969 WchT U26 fin-A 16thB57 Sicilian
19. Tarjan vs Browne 0-130 1969 USA-ch U18 playoffB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. E Mozes vs Tarjan  1-022 1969 WchT U26 fin-A 16thA07 King's Indian Attack
21. Browne vs Tarjan  ½-½32 1969 USA-ch U18 playoffC70 Ruy Lopez
22. Tarjan vs Browne ½-½41 1969 USA Jch plof mB23 Sicilian, Closed
23. V Jensen vs Tarjan  0-141 1969 WchT U26 fin-A 16thC44 King's Pawn Game
24. Tarjan vs S Ivanov  ½-½28 1969 WchT U26 fin-A 16thC33 King's Gambit Accepted
25. J C Narbel vs Tarjan  0-170 1970 WchT U26 17thE00 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 452  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: GM Andrew Soltis remembered in the years of World Student Chess Olympiad, the Soviet team members wanted to trade books with Americans. James Tarjan, the future GM, was reluctant to swap because it would mean giving up his beloved MCO.

that's the true spirit of a librarian :-)

Jan-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <wordfunph: GM Andrew Soltis remembered in the years of World Student Chess Olympiad, the Soviet team members wanted to trade books with Americans. James Tarjan, the future GM, was reluctant to swap because it would mean giving up his beloved MCO. that's the true spirit of a librarian :-)>

That probably would have been MCO 11? My first was Evan's 10 which I think is still one of the best of the lot.

Some of the early ones are fun - 1 to 4. I had the most difficulty getting 2 and of course there is the odd MCO 5 1/2...

Jan-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <parisattack> Sorry I haven't sent those excerpts of my Fischer book yet.

Look for them today or tomorrow. I think you will be pleased.

Jan-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <TheFocus> Wunderbar!

I wish you a wonderful 2012!

Jan-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <parisattack><I had the most difficulty getting 2 and of course there is the odd MCO 5 1/2...>

Is that the one where they only gave the moves for White? I could see how that might be confounding.

Jan-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <parisattack> Check your e-mail. I just sent you a chapter.

I hope it meets with your approval.

Jan-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <Shams> There is that also; certainly a bit bias. :) This was actually (I believe) an early run of 6 (by Fine) listed as 5 which had already been published. The 6 is usually a blue cover and very common, the 5 1/2 is either brown or maroon. I've never delved too deep but someone told me content was slightly different, also. If someone has the full details I am all ears.

Of course Fine also did Practical Chess Openings later. That, Horowitz's over-sized tome and MCO were the big opening guns in the 1960s...then came the British (chess) Invasion!

Jan-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <TheFocus> WOW!!! Christmas in January. Thank you, good sir.
Jan-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <paris> Sounds like a collectible on par with the "butcher cover" pressings of "Yesterday and Today". I assume you have like twelve copies.
Jan-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <Shams: <paris> Sounds like a collectible on par with the "butcher cover" pressings of "Yesterday and Today". I assume you have like twelve copies.>

Haha. Actually at one time I bought all the 6s I could find - perhaps 15 or so. They're worth maybe $5 a throw. Only two 5 1/2s I think.

Jan-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <They're worth maybe $5 a throw.>

"Five bucks a throw"-- I think I last read this phrase in "Catcher in the Rye". But Holden wasn't looking to buy chess books. Cheers.

Jan-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <Shams: <They're worth maybe $5 a throw.>>

LOL! No, not chess books. ;)

Feb-22-12  Penguincw: Happy Birthday!
Feb-22-12  karnak64: GM Tarjan, I remember your games well. I was in high school from 71-74, and was thrilled to see our school library subscribed to Chess Life -- there I found your games, saw your articles, followed your career.

So thanks for being an early influence, and have a Happy Birthday.

Feb-22-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: Yes, definitely happy birthday wishes to my favorite chess-playing librarian. Maybe someone can convince Art Drucker to organize another reunion of the Student Chess Club soon.
Feb-22-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <AylerKupp>--Art Drucker! That's a name I haven't heard since I played high school chess in L.A. in the late 1970's. Is he still around?
Feb-23-12  andrewjsacks: Yes, Art is still around and "threatens" to host another Student Club reunion. Would love to see it and attend again.
Feb-23-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Abdel Irada: My chess instructor (when I went to university in Santa Cruz in the early 1980s) was a Richard Flacco, who used to regale me with stories about his contemporary and boon companion James Tarjan.

The next I heard of Tarjan, he was working in the local library. Something about "small world" drifts in about now.

Feb-23-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Abdel Irada: Unusual: Over the course of his games in this database, Tarjan has distributed his defenses to d4-complex openings equally across the King's Indian, Queen's Indian and Grünfeld.
Jul-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Interbond: Tarjan is now making a comeback at the US Open in Orlando . His last registered game was 30 years ago in 1984!!
Aug-03-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: He's playing the US Open in Orlando, after decades in retirement! GM Ron W Henley is playing too.
Sep-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Interbond: He will be playing in the Isle of Man International 4-12 October . Top 10 players will be Vachier-Lagrave,Adams, Fressinet,Sargissian,Jones,Tiviakov, Granda Zuniga,Howell,Short and Fridman.
Sep-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: Great news on GMTarjan!! Well he's retirement age now, so he'll have time to devout to chess!! Wish him all the luck!!! Even great to hear about GM Henley!! He's was Karpov's 2nd many years back!!!
Oct-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Him Tarjan.
Oct-12-14
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  waustad: It's good to see him playing again. Maybe there is hope for those of us born during the Truman Administration.
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