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James Tarjan
Number of games in database: 465
Years covered: 1966 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2518
Highest rating achieved in database: 2530
Overall record: +186 -118 =159 (57.3%)*
   * 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.

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 E58
 King's Indian (15) 
    E73 E83 E74 E90 E88
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    E10 A40 D00 A50 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (64) 
    B77 B78 B90 B92 B25
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B90 B92 B94 B99 B93
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C83 C77 C80 C94 C70
 Queen's Indian (14) 
    E12 E17 E15 E14 E19
 Grunfeld (14) 
    D79 D88 D91 D85 D94
 King's Indian (14) 
    E92 E90 E83 E80 E98
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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
   E Torre vs Tarjan, 1983 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?]
   Lone Pine (1972)
   Lone Pine (1971)
   US Championship (1973)
   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)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)

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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(born Feb-22-1952, 63 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.

Wikipedia article: James Tarjan

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 465  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R W Schutt vs Tarjan  ½-½30 1966 67th US OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. T Weinberger vs Tarjan  1-025 1966 Pacific Southwest OpenE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
3. E McCormick vs Tarjan  1-044 1966 67th US OpenB53 Sicilian
4. Tarjan vs D Amneus  1-023 1966 Los AngelesC39 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Tarjan vs D Fulton  0-131 1966 67th US OpenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
6. Tarjan vs B Gross  1-032 1966 67th US OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
7. Tarjan vs Benko  0-140 1966 67th US OpenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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. R Byrne vs Tarjan 1-030 1968 USA opD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
11. Tarjan vs T Weinberger  0-155 1968 San Bernardino OpenB07 Pirc
12. Tarjan vs Larsen 0-134 1968 Ch USA (team)B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
13. Kaufman vs Tarjan  1-056 1968 USA opB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
14. R J Gross vs Tarjan  ½-½18 1968 USA opE17 Queen's Indian
15. H A Buczko vs Tarjan  0-126 1968 USA opB03 Alekhine's Defense
16. Tarjan vs D Fritzinger 1-032 1968 USA opB40 Sicilian
17. T Weinberger vs Tarjan  1-063 1968 West Coast OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. R Bandal vs Tarjan 1-050 1969 WchT U26 qual-CB03 Alekhine's Defense
19. Tarjan vs C W Pritchett  ½-½28 1969 WchT U26 qual-CC33 King's Gambit Accepted
20. Browne vs Tarjan 0-138 1969 USA-ch U18 playoffC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
21. Tarjan vs Ljubojevic 0-127 1969 WchT U26 fin-A 16thB57 Sicilian
22. Tarjan vs Browne 0-130 1969 USA-ch U18 playoffB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. E Mozes vs Tarjan  1-022 1969 WchT U26 fin-A 16thA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Browne vs Tarjan  ½-½32 1969 USA-ch U18 playoffC70 Ruy Lopez
25. Tarjan vs Browne ½-½41 1969 USA Jch plof mB23 Sicilian, Closed
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 465  PGN Download
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  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!

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  parisattack: <TheFocus> WOW!!! Christmas in January. Thank you, good sir.
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  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.

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  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?
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  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.
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  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.
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  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!!!
Oct-08-14  ketchuplover: Him Tarjan.
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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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  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 !
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