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Jonathan D Sarfati
Number of games in database: 281
Years covered: 1977 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2251
Highest rating achieved in database: 2305
Overall record: +104 -65 =112 (56.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-01-1964, 52 years old) Australia (federation/nationality New Zealand)

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Dr Jonathan David Sarfati was born in Ararat, Australia in 1964. He later moved to New Zealand and was awarded the FM title in 1988. He was New Zealand Champion in 1987-88 and played for New Zealand on three Olympiad teams. He is currently living in the USA.

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Last updated: 2016-10-14 07:11:55

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 281  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Sarfati vs N Dixon 1-044 1977 New Zealand Schoolpupils ChampionshipC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
2. W Norton vs J Sarfati  1-037 1977 NZ Schoolpupils ChC77 Ruy Lopez
3. P S Spiller vs J Sarfati  1-025 1977 North Island ChC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
4. J Sarfati vs D Oliver 1-040 1978 Civic Easter TtC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. M R Freeman vs J Sarfati  1-024 1978 NZ Ch Premier ReserveC52 Evans Gambit
6. L Aptekar vs J Sarfati 1-021 1979 Queens Birthday Weekend TtD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. J Sarfati vs P Mataga  ½-½64 1979 NZ Junior ChC05 French, Tarrasch
8. L McLaren vs J Sarfati 1-031 1979 Civic Chess Club ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
9. J Sarfati vs D Cooper  ½-½28 1980 NZL-chBB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
10. P R Green vs J Sarfati  1-048 1980 NZL-chBA26 English
11. E Frost vs J Sarfati ½-½37 1980 Wellngton C C ChA57 Benko Gambit
12. J Sarfati vs M Steadman  ½-½42 1980 NZL-chBC05 French, Tarrasch
13. J Sarfati vs P W Power 1-057 1980 NZL-chBB23 Sicilian, Closed
14. J Sarfati vs P Mataga 1-043 1980 NZL-chBB24 Sicilian, Closed
15. J Sarfati vs Hammond B Williamson  ½-½41 1980 Burroughs Computers NZ JuniorC50 Giuoco Piano
16. A Lloyd vs J Sarfati  ½-½40 1981 NZ Junior ChC44 King's Pawn Game
17. J Sarfati vs K Hornung 1-022 1981 Australian JuniorC05 French, Tarrasch
18. P Broekhuyse vs J Sarfati  0-136 1981 Australian Junior ChA06 Reti Opening
19. K W Lynn vs J Sarfati  0-123 1981 North Island ChD00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. J Sarfati vs Hammond B Williamson  1-039 1981 South Island ChC94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense
21. P Garbett vs J Sarfati  1-021 1981 South Island ChD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
22. J Sarfati vs L Aptekar  ½-½37 1981 First CCL Whitcoulls WeekenderA43 Old Benoni
23. A Feneridis vs J Sarfati  0-130 1981 First CCL Whitcoulls WeekenderA35 English, Symmetrical
24. J Sarfati vs P B Weir  0-124 1981 8th Winstone OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
25. P R Green vs J Sarfati  ½-½28 1982 NZL-chA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
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  Benzol: <DarthStapler: Proof that you don't need to be intelligent to be a good chess player>

Jonathan Sarfati holds a Ph D in Chemistry. Better to be thought to be stupid than to post something like this and remove all doubt.

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  JointheArmy: < Better to be thought to be stupid than to post something like this and remove all doubt.>

That was the quote of the day a few days ago I believe.

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  DarthStapler: If he had a PH.D. in Biology you might have a point. Creationism is bull****, you know that right?
Dec-28-07  micartouse: <Darth> I'm sure he's struggling hard to be as intelligent and accomplished as you, but let's be patient.
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  Benzol: <Darth> You and I may not share Dr Sarfati's beliefs but anyone who obtains a doctorate in chemistry would have to be intelligent wouldn't you say? Lets stick to chess and not get into a slanging match about religion OK.
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  DarthStapler: Intelligent with regards to chemistry.... which is almost completely unrelated to evolution.
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  Jim Bartle: "Lets stick to chess and not get into a slanging match about religion OK."

I thought it was about science, but maybe that's where the disagreement starts.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Darth, the origin of *first* life is totally related to chemistry, and is usually called "chemical evolution" and sometimes "abiogenesis". I am very experienced in the chemistry involved, and it just wouldn't go the way the chemical evolutionists hope. E.g. if I wanted to make proteins from amino acids, the last thing I would add is water, because this helps break up any peptide bonds. Yet the hypothesised primordial ocean is full of water. I would also add protecting groups to prevent the wrong reactions, then remove them at the right time. There were no chemists on the primordial earth to do that.

Now do you have an intelligent CHESS-related comment to make?

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Thanx Benzol and RichardT.

Now has Darth any intelligent comments to make about my chess games or kibitzing?

May-19-08  Sularus: i guess darth is still trying to understand your comments.

give him more time.

Jul-11-09  ILikeFruits: abiogenesis and...
evolution are...
2 very...
different things...
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  Benzol: <Jonathan> Happy Birthday.


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  Jonathan Sarfati: <ILikeFruits:> Yawn, abiogenesis is often called "chemical evolution." You need to inform Scientific American then, since their Sept 1978 issue on evolution included an article "Chemical evolution and the origin of life".
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  Benzol: <Jonathan> Do you remember anything about the following game?

[Event "The Gap Open"]
[Site "Australia"]
[Date "1998.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Lovejoy, David"]
[Black "Sarfati, Jonathan D"]
[ECO "C89"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "50"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d4 Bd6 13. Re1 Qh4 14. g3 Qh3 15. Be3 Bg4 16. Qd3 Rae8 17. Nd2 Re6 18. a4 Qh5 19. axb5 axb5 20. c4 Nxe3 21. Rxe3 Be2 22. Qb1 Rh6 23. h4 Bf4 24. Re7 Bxd2 25. Qc2 Bf3 0-1

I found it in the 1999 February edition of the New Zealand Chess Magazine. An interesting encounter using the Marshall Gambit.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Benzol>, yes, that was a fairly early tournament success after I moved to Queensland. If 26.♕xd2, then 26... ♕xh4! forces mate on h1.
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  Benzol: Happy birthday Jonathan.


Did you know you shared the day with

Kenneth William Lynn ?

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  wordfunph: FM Jonathan Sarfati is the author of The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution..

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  perfidious: Maybe Sarfati and Jeff Reeve should have a go at it one day.
Apr-15-14  weary willy: <FM Jonathan Sarfati is the author of The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution..> Hardly a refutation - but developing the debate, which is a good thing in itself
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  offramp: I once met Jonathan D Sarfati / At a play-the-Cochrane party. He said we were all better off
Totally avoiding the Petroff.
Feb-09-16  Avun Jahei: I want to beliiiiiiieve!
So can anybody here tell me how the Pinguins managed to travel the whole way from Noah's ark to Antarctica?
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Avun Jahei:> See, which covers:

* How did animals get to Australia?
* How did the animals get from remote countries to the Ark? * After the Flood, did kangaroos hop all the way to Australia? * What did koalas eat on the way?

Aug-31-16  PaulLovric: Why are there no kangaroos in other countries then?
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <PaulLovric> More to the point: why would we necessarily expect them to survive elsewhere? There are problems with your view too, e.g.:

“Living marsupials are restricted to Australia and South America … In contrast, metatherian fossils from the Late Cretaceous are exclusively from Eurasia and North America … This geographical switch remains unexplained.” [Cifelli, R.L. and Davis, B.M., Marsupial origins, Science 302:1899–2, 2003.]

Oct-14-16  PaulLovric: Today, metatherians are abundant and taxonomically and morphologically diverse in Central America, South America, and Australia, and are the dominant mammals on only one continent, Australia. However, during the Late Cretaceous, they were a diverse group on the northern continents of Laurasia. In North America, metatherians were far more numerous and taxonomically diverse than were eutherian mammals, the stem placental mammalian group that is dominant across most of the world today.
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