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James Tarjan
Number of games in database: 520
Years covered: 1966 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2414
Highest rating achieved in database: 2530

Overall record: +205 -131 =170 (57.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 14 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (57) 
    B81 B23 B43 B50 B56
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C73 C69 C78 C96 C72
 Modern Benoni (15) 
    A70 A56 A58 A65 A77
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E41 E59 E53 E54 E45
 Queen's Indian (15) 
    E15 E14 E12 E17 E19
 English (14) 
    A10 A17 A11 A13 A15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (65) 
    B77 B78 B25 B92 B90
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B90 B92 B94 B99 B93
 Queen's Indian (16) 
    E12 E17 E15 E14 E19
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C83 C77 C80 C73 C70
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A45 E00 A46 D02 A40
 Grunfeld (14) 
    D79 D88 D85 D78 D82
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Nogueiras vs Tarjan, 1979 0-1
   M Kapelan vs Tarjan, 1983 0-1
   A Planinc vs Tarjan, 1974 0-1
   Tarjan vs J M Hodgson, 1983 1-0
   E Torre vs Tarjan, 1983 1/2-1/2
   J A Grefe vs Tarjan, 1973 1/2-1/2
   M Wilder vs Tarjan, 1981 0-1
   Tarjan vs Ljubojevic, 1979 1-0
   Tarjan vs R Hammie, 1976 1-0
   Tarjan vs Rattlinger, 1971 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (1973)
   Lone Pine (1971)
   Lone Pine (1972)
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   PokerStars IoM Masters (2014)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   PokerStars IoM Masters (2015)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Isle of Man Open (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   The Best of Tarjan & Schiffers by Garre
   US Championship 1978 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1977/78 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1975 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1973 by Phony Benoni
   1973 US open (supplemental games) by gauer

   J Friedel vs Tarjan (Feb-22-17) 1-0
   Tarjan vs Shabalov (Feb-15-17) 0-1
   Albert Lu vs Tarjan (Jan-25-17) 1-0, rapid
   K F Kiewra vs Tarjan (Jan-25-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Tarjan vs Dreev (Jan-25-17) 0-1, rapid

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(born Feb-22-1952, 65 years old) United States of America

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James Edward Tarjan was born in Pomona, California, 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, Tarjan came first at Subotica 1975 and at Vancouver 1976 and first equal at Vrsac 1983. By finishing second in the 1978 US Championship, he qualified for the Riga Interzonal in 1979, where he finished in 11th place. From 1974 to 1982, Tarjan played on five consecutive US Olympiad teams and on the first occasion, he won the board prize for those playing second reserve. Tarjan began playing chess again in 2014 after a 30-year hiatus.

Further reading: (1) Wikipedia article: James Tarjan , (2) (2016 Canadian open wall-chart).

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 520  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Tarjan vs D Amneus  1-023 1966 Los AngelesC39 King's Gambit Accepted
2. T Weinberger vs Tarjan  1-025 1966 Pacific Southwest OpenE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
3. Tarjan vs Benko  0-140 1966 67th US OpenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. Tarjan vs D Fulton  0-131 1966 67th US OpenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
5. E McCormick vs Tarjan  1-044 1966 67th US OpenB53 Sicilian
6. R W Schutt vs Tarjan  ½-½30 1966 67th US OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Tarjan vs B Gross  1-032 1966 67th US OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
8. T Weinberger vs Tarjan 1-046 1967 Santa Monica Masters InvitationalD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. T Weinberger vs Tarjan  1-027 1968 Long Beach OpenE65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
10. T Weinberger vs Tarjan 1-063 1968 West Coast OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Tarjan vs T Weinberger  0-155 1968 San Bernardino OpenB07 Pirc
12. H A Buczko vs Tarjan  0-126 1968 USA opB03 Alekhine's Defense
13. Tarjan vs Browne  1-027 1968 69th US OpenC16 French, Winawer
14. Tarjan vs Larsen 0-134 1968 US OpenB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
15. Robert E Byrne vs Tarjan 1-030 1968 USA opD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
16. Tarjan vs R Shean  1-040 1968 69th US OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
17. R J Gross vs Tarjan  ½-½18 1968 USA opE17 Queen's Indian
18. Tarjan vs D Fritzinger 1-032 1968 USA opB40 Sicilian
19. Kaufman vs Tarjan  1-056 1968 USA opB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
20. Tarjan vs Browne ½-½41 1969 USA Jch plof mB23 Sicilian, Closed
21. Browne vs Tarjan 0-138 1969 USA-ch U18 playoffC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
22. Tarjan vs Browne 0-130 1969 USA-ch U18 playoffB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Browne vs Tarjan  ½-½32 1969 USA-ch U18 playoffC70 Ruy Lopez
24. Tarjan vs Ljubojevic 0-127 1969 WchT U26 fin-A 16thB57 Sicilian
25. Tarjan vs C W Pritchett  ½-½28 1969 WchT U26 qual-CC33 King's Gambit Accepted
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 520  PGN Download
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Jan-05-12  Shams: <paris> Sounds like a collectible on par with the "butcher cover" pressings of "Yesterday and Today". I assume you have like twelve copies.
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  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  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.

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  parisattack: <Shams: <They're worth maybe $5 a throw.>>

LOL! No, not chess books. ;)

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  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.

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  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.
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  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.
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  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.

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  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  Interbond: Tarjan is now making a comeback at the US Open in Orlando . His last registered game was 30 years ago in 1984!!
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  Fusilli: He's playing the US Open in Orlando, after decades in retirement! GM Ron W Henley is playing too.
Sep-27-14  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.
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  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!!!
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  ketchuplover: Him Tarjan.
Oct-12-14  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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  Joshka: <waustad> yes, you're right, I never thought of myself as "someone born during the Truman administration", Congratulations on making me feel now so much older!!;-)
Feb-07-15  pazzed paun: interesting article in current Chess Life Magazine!
J T says a number of things that most chess layers would not agree with

a bit controversial

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  Joshka: <pazzed paun> I just recently let my membership lapse, could you fill us in a bit on what he said? He's from my generation, (I'm about 3 months older) and I'd be interested to hear about his views! thanks in advance!
Feb-08-15  pazzed paun: <JOSHKA> Ok but remember this MY summary of the article and if someone else has a different take on the article let us know

1) it was his choice and no one else influenced him to stop playing chess at age 32

2) he does not regret stopping active play -- he did not think he could have made a living at chess

3) he thinks that "old guys" can still play chess

4) he uses Steinitz Smyslov and Korchnoi as examples

5) big one!!
he says that USA chess would have been better off if there had never been a Robert J Fischer

6) the time and image of the crazed chess loner is past

--that is some stuff to chew on!--

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  Joshka: <pazzed paun> Hey thanks!!! I cannot disagree with anything you posted, except the big one Number 5. No, USA Chess would be basically nothing unless you get the flamboyant persona of a Fischer or reasonable facsimile!:-) .....World Professional Boxing....Ali brought the boxing game to it's greatest heights. Arnold Palmer in Golf. Tiger Woods in Golf. Jimmy Connor's in tennis......certain sports activities, need a kind of "bad boy" image.....maybe that's not the correct phrase, maybe it's 'controversial"...but without Fischer, chess in the USA would have stayed ASLEEP in a deep coma!!, IMHO. Thanks again, you minded me to to renew my subscription!!!:-)
Feb-22-15  Howard: Happy Birthday, Jim Tarjan !
Jul-13-15  Troller: Tarjan is playing the Politiken Cup this summer in Elsinore, Denmark. Decent lineup so far with 9 +2600 players:

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM James Tarjan.

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