|May-16-07|| ||whiskeyrebel: Wow...fellow Texan Mr. Bradford drew Yury Shulman today. Decent start to the tournament. Go Joe...|
|May-17-07|| ||whiskeyrebel: Wannabe, whoah Nelly; you need more light Brother. Did you snap it off in a bar?|
|May-17-07|| ||WannaBe: American Open Tournament is well known for its 'mood' lighting... =)|
|May-17-07|| ||Resignation Trap: When I was playing in the 1978 Michigan Open, I asked someone, "Who won the US Open?". The reply was "Joe Bradford". My astonished reply was <<WHO??>>. I believe that everyone else in the 1978 US Open was equally astonished.|
|May-17-07|| ||Joshka: This guy has scalps from Browne and Christiansen, no one to mess with!|
|May-17-07|| ||whiskeyrebel: He's very supportive of our Austin chess club and I know several members are following his games. I don't personally know him, but have seen him playing blitz with all comers ( pretty much annihilating everybody ) and even helping at post mortems..including one of my own losses in which he saw a brilliant Queen sac I hadn't considered at all. He's got my respect and support. I wouldn't be surprised no matter who he takes out at this event.|
|May-23-07|| ||whiskeyrebel: Wow, he defeated Krush in the final round at the U.S championship leaving him with 5-4. Did he earn an IM norm I wonder? Congrats Mr. Bradford.|
|May-23-07|| ||Resignation Trap: <whiskeyrebel> Joe gets his IM norm <and> title in Stillwater.|
|May-23-07|| ||WannaBe: Congratulations to the new IM Bradford!!
Promise to capture him in better light(ing) next time! :-)
|Sep-25-07|| ||dx9293: FIDE did not award FM Bradford the IM title according to the new List of Titles Awarded. I do not know why. His rating and norms seem to be in order.|
|Oct-02-07|| ||dx9293: FM Bradford sez: GIMME THE DAMN IM TITLE!
He scores 5.5/9 in the Monarch Assurance (beating Sevestushkin, and Hebden in Rd 9!) which, according to the FIDE charts, should give him an IM norm.
I dunno why FIDE didn't give him the IM title at Mexico City, they apparently declined his application for some reason, but he should get it now!
|Oct-02-07|| ||Petrosianic: From what I hear, the courteous and efficient staff at USCF Headquarters forgot to file the paperwork, and so the 1978 US Open Champion's IM title will be delayed several months.|
|Oct-03-07|| ||dx9293: <Petrosianic> LOL! That doesn't surprise me at all!|
|Oct-04-07|| ||whiteshark: There is a big gap from 1981 to 2006 with only 4 games in between. Why this break ?|
|Oct-13-07|| ||dx9293: It seems that IM Bradford has made yet another (!) IM norm, this time at the 7th Winterthur Open, with 6/9.|
GM Caruana started with 5.5 out of 6, but struggled to the finish with 6.5 out of 9.
|Oct-13-07|| ||Petrosianic: <Why this break ?>
Because the database isn't complete. Bradford has been an active player continuously since the 70's, though not always that active at the international level.
|Oct-13-07|| ||pawnofdoom: Few people are 57 when they get their IM title. Wonder if he can continue to improve at such a late age and become a grandmaster at age 70|
|Oct-13-07|| ||Petrosianic: It's not a question of improvement. Bradford has been IM strength for years. It's just been a lack of norm opportunities. He plays mostly in large swisses and things.|
|Oct-13-07|| ||dx9293: <GM> Bradford seems tough enough to be a GM...his rating is climbing and he's holding his own with the GMs right now...as long as he continues to play, I don't think it's impossible. Unlikely, but not impossible. I'd love to see it.|
|Oct-13-07|| ||Petrosianic: To give you an idea of how tough Bradford has always been for years, he won the US Open outright in 1978, and finished only -2 in the 1980 US Championship (this back in the days when it was a Round Robin, rather than a Swiss).|
|Dec-13-08|| ||wolfmaster: Not only is Bradford a great player, but he just won the Heisman trophy!|
|Oct-11-09|| ||Phony Benoni: The 1978 US Open was not the strongest in the series, but Bradford's triumph included wins over Peters, Root and Tarjan, plus draws with Shamkovich and Soltis. But it was his style that impressed everyone. None of this accumulation of tiny advantages stuff; he went straight for the throat. The first game on this page is the victory over Tarjan; it's typical of his play.|
Also, you might find E Formanek vs Bradford, 1979 enjoyable, where Black's attack concludes with 34...Kd8!
|Jan-26-10|| ||grok: In addition to his '78 US Open title, Bradford also has two National Open titles. In his prime he was probably GM strength, but he rarely played outside of Texas, which limited his norm opportunities. He's still the best player in Austin and a regular at the Austin Chess Club.|