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James Tarjan
Number of games in database: 529
Years covered: 1966 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2412
Highest rating achieved in database: 2530

Overall record: +208 -133 =174 (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 (58) 
    B81 B23 B43 B50 B90
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C69 C96 C73 C78 C64
 Queen's Indian (15) 
    E15 E14 E12 E17 E19
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E41 E45 E54 E59 E53
 English, 1 c4 c5 (15) 
    A30 A37 A36 A34 A31
 Modern Benoni (15) 
    A70 A56 A58 A77 A57
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (65) 
    B77 B25 B78 B92 B90
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C83 C77 C80 C65 C78
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B92 B90 B94 B99 B93
 Queen's Indian (16) 
    E12 E17 E14 E15 E19
 Grunfeld (14) 
    D79 D88 D99 D92 D81
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A45 E00 A40 D02 A46
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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
   Tarjan vs Ljubojevic, 1979 1-0
   J A Grefe vs Tarjan, 1973 1/2-1/2
   Tarjan vs R Hammie, 1976 1-0
   M Wilder vs Tarjan, 1981 0-1
   Tarjan vs Rattlinger, 1971 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1972)
   US Championship (1973)
   Lone Pine (1971)
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   PokerStars IoM Masters (2014)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   PokerStars IoM Masters (2015)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Isle of Man Open (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)

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

   A Donchenko vs Tarjan (Apr-27-17) 1-0
   Tarjan vs B Thorfinnsson (Apr-26-17) 1/2-1/2
   H Ziska vs Tarjan (Apr-25-17) 1/2-1/2
   E Can vs Tarjan (Apr-23-17) 1-0
   Tarjan vs L Laustsen (Apr-22-17) 1-0

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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 22; games 1-25 of 529  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Weinberger vs Tarjan  1-0251966Pacific Southwest OpenE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
2. Tarjan vs D Amneus  1-0231966Los AngelesC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Tarjan vs Benko  0-140196667th US OpenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. Tarjan vs D Fulton  0-131196667th US OpenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
5. E McCormick vs Tarjan  1-044196667th US OpenB53 Sicilian
6. R W Schutt vs Tarjan  ½-½30196667th US OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Tarjan vs B Gross  1-032196667th US OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
8. T Weinberger vs Tarjan 1-0461967Santa Monica Masters InvitationalD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. T Weinberger vs Tarjan  1-0271968Long Beach OpenE65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
10. T Weinberger vs Tarjan 1-0631968West Coast OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Tarjan vs T Weinberger  0-1551968San Bernardino OpenB07 Pirc
12. H A Buczko vs Tarjan  0-126196869th US OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
13. Tarjan vs Browne  1-027196869th US OpenC16 French, Winawer
14. Tarjan vs Larsen 0-134196869th US OpenB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
15. Robert E Byrne vs Tarjan 1-030196869th US OpenD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
16. Tarjan vs R Shean  1-040196869th US OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
17. R J Gross vs Tarjan  ½-½18196869th US OpenE17 Queen's Indian
18. Tarjan vs D Fritzinger 1-032196869th US OpenB40 Sicilian
19. Kaufman vs Tarjan  1-056196869th US OpenB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
20. Browne vs Tarjan  ½-½321969USA-ch U18 playoffC70 Ruy Lopez
21. Tarjan vs Browne ½-½411969USA Jch plof mB23 Sicilian, Closed
22. Browne vs Tarjan 0-1381969USA-ch U18 playoffC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
23. Tarjan vs Browne 0-1301969USA-ch U18 playoffB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Tarjan vs Ljubojevic 0-1271969WchT U26 fin-A 16thB57 Sicilian
25. Tarjan vs C W Pritchett  ½-½281969WchT U26 qual-CC33 King's Gambit Accepted
 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 529  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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