Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Jonathan D Sarfati
Number of games in database: 271
Years covered: 1977 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2251
Highest rating achieved in database: 2305
Overall record: +100 -63 =108 (56.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

Repertoire Explorer
Most played openings
A57 Benko Gambit (23 games)
E41 Nimzo-Indian (11 games)
C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall (10 games)
C77 Ruy Lopez (8 games)
A58 Benko Gambit (8 games)
C05 French, Tarrasch (7 games)
A06 Reti Opening (6 games)
C45 Scotch Game (6 games)
C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack (5 games)
A15 English (5 games)

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Jonathan D Sarfati
Search Google for Jonathan D Sarfati
FIDE player card for Jonathan D Sarfati

(born Oct-01-1964, 50 years old) Australia (citizen of New Zealand)

[what is this?]
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.

Wikipedia article: Jonathan Sarfati

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 271  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. L McLaren vs J Sarfati 1-031 1979 Civic Chess Club ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
8. J Sarfati vs P Mataga  ½-½64 1979 NZ Junior ChC05 French, Tarrasch
9. J Sarfati vs P Mataga 1-043 1980 NZL-chBB24 Sicilian, Closed
10. J Sarfati vs H Williamson  ½-½41 1980 Burroughs Computers NZ JuniorC50 Giuoco Piano
11. J Sarfati vs D Cooper  ½-½28 1980 NZL-chBB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
12. P R Green vs J Sarfati  1-048 1980 NZL-chBA26 English
13. J Sarfati vs M Steadman  ½-½42 1980 NZL-chBC05 French, Tarrasch
14. J Sarfati vs P W Power 1-057 1980 NZL-chBB23 Sicilian, Closed
15. J Sarfati vs K Hornung 1-022 1981 Australian JuniorC05 French, Tarrasch
16. P R Green vs J Sarfati  ½-½28 1982 NZL-chA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
17. B R Watson vs J Sarfati  ½-½50 1982 NZL-chA25 English
18. L Aptekar vs J Sarfati  1-032 1982 Queens Birthday Weekend TtA06 Reti Opening
19. J Sarfati vs O Sarapu ½-½39 1982 NZL-chC78 Ruy Lopez
20. J Sarfati vs P Clemance  1-033 1982 Civic Easter TtA07 King's Indian Attack
21. E M Green vs J Sarfati 0-126 1982 NZL-chC44 King's Pawn Game
22. P S Spiller vs J Sarfati 0-131 1982 NZL-chC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
23. P D Hawkes vs J Sarfati  1-037 1982 Queens Birthday Weekend TtC47 Four Knights
24. J Sarfati vs P Garbett  ½-½15 1982 NZL-chB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. R W Smith vs J Sarfati 1-021 1982 NZL-chC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 271  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Sarfati wins | Sarfati loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: From the report on the 1977 NZ Schoolpupils Championship from the October 1977 issue of the NZ Chess Magazine.

"Jonathan Sarfati, at 12 years, gave away too much experience to his rivals but had one nice win: J. Sarfati - N. Dixon, Ruy Lopez: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 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 Nf6 17.Nd2 Rae8 18.a4 Bf5 19.Qf1 Qh5 20.Bd1 Qg6 21.axb5 axb5 22.Nf3 Nd5 23.Nh4 Qf6 24.Nxf5 Qxf5 25.Bd2 Qg6 26.Bf3 Qc2 27.Rxe8 Rxe8 28.Bxd5 cxd5 29.Qc1 Qf5 30.Be3 h5 31.Qb1 Qf3 32.Qd3 h4 33.Qxb5! Rxe3 34.Ra8+ Kh7 35.fxe3 Qxe3+ 36.Kf1 hxg3 37.hxg3 Qf3+ 38.Ke1 Bxg3+ 39.Kd2 Bf4+ 40.Kc2 Qg2+ 41.Kb3 Bc1 42.Qd3+ Qg6 43.Qxg6+ Kxg6 44.Kc2 and White won in 57 moves".

Jonathan any chance of you still having the full score of this game somewhere?

Also what happened to Nigel Dixon?

Oct-05-07  Ziggurat: Apparently, Jonathan Sarfati has played a blindfold simul here in Singapore today. Unfortunately, I only found out about it after the fact, when I browsed the Straits Times on my way home from work.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: <Ziggurat> Sorry to miss you. I played about 12 sighted (12-0) then a blindfold with only 6 (still tired from the el-cheapo) overnight flight) scoring +4=2. A young lady called Dawn was the caller; she was pretty good, and has apparently played for Singapore.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: <Benzol>, thanx, but in my move to Oz, I lost a lot of old game scores. No idea where Nigel Dixon is now after 30 years, sorry. Interesting that he tried a Marshall, when even back then I was known to like it myself for Black.
Dec-27-07  RichardT: Really nice games you've got there Dr. Sarfati. I like your chess games and your articles on AiG / CotW. Keep up the good work.
Dec-27-07  DarthStapler: Proof that you don't need to be intelligent to be a good chess player
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Dec-28-07  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Dec-28-07  DarthStapler: Intelligent with regards to chemistry.... which is almost completely unrelated to evolution.
Dec-28-07  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.

Premium Chessgames Member
  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?

Premium Chessgames Member
  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...
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <Jonathan> Happy Birthday.


Premium Chessgames Member
  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".
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Happy birthday Jonathan.


Did you know you shared the day with

Kenneth William Lynn ?

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

Premium Chessgames Member
  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
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. Don't post personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific player and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2015, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies