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J Benjamin 
Joel Benjamin
Number of games in database: 1,353
Years covered: 1975 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2545 (2561 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2662
Overall record: +531 -261 =522 (60.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      39 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (153) 
    B90 B50 B23 B30 B40
 Ruy Lopez (79) 
    C69 C67 C78 C65 C64
 French Defense (48) 
    C02 C05 C11 C18 C03
 King's Indian (38) 
    E94 E76 E97 E73 E90
 Caro-Kann (35) 
    B12 B17 B14 B13 B10
 Queen's Pawn Game (33) 
    A45 A46 A41 D00 A40
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (143) 
    B40 B47 B46 B22 B32
 Queen's Pawn Game (71) 
    A46 A41 A45 E00 A50
 King's Indian (51) 
    E62 E60 E92 E61 E67
 Nimzo Indian (41) 
    E32 E33 E20 E30 E21
 Queen's Indian (40) 
    E15 E12 E13 E17 E14
 Sicilian Taimanov (36) 
    B47 B46 B48 B49 B45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Benjamin vs H Carter, 1982 1-0
   J Benjamin vs N Gamboa, 1995 1-0
   Kamsky vs J Benjamin, 1991 0-1
   Socrates vs J Benjamin, 1995 0-1
   Junior vs J Benjamin, 1995 0-1
   J Benjamin vs Stripunsky, 2006 1-0
   J Benjamin vs Gulko, 1991 1-0
   Igor Ivanov vs J Benjamin, 1990 0-1
   J Benjamin vs Gufeld, 1998 1-0
   J Benjamin vs I Sokolov, 1994 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (1991)
   Chessmaster US Championships 2005 (2004)
   US Championships 2003 (2003)
   32nd World Open (2004)
   34th World Open (2006)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   E.U. Championship and Cork Chess Congress (2005)
   US Chess Championships (2013)
   US Championship (2009)
   US Championships (2010)
   World Open (2009)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Lone Pine (1980)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   United States Chess League (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Joel Benjamin - Selected Games by Resignation Trap
   Szirak Interzonal 1987 by zanzibar
   Szirak Interzonal (1987) - Round II by zanzibar
   US Championship 1991 by Phony Benoni
   US Championship 1991 by suenteus po 147
   New York 1996 (Chess-in-the-Schools Festival) by Phony Benoni
   Pan-Pacific GM Tournament, San Francisco 1991 by wanabe2000
   US Open 1988, Boston by Phony Benoni

   J Benjamin vs Korchnoi, 1986

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(born Mar-11-1964, 51 years old) United States of America

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Joel Lawrence Benjamin was born in New York. He was awarded the IM title in 1980 and the GM title in 1986. At the World Junior Championship 1982 he finished 3rd=. In December 1983 in a match against Nigel Short he won decisively (+4, =3, -0) and finished 2nd= at Hastings 1984-85. In 2011, he tied for 1st-3rd with Walter Arencibia & Dejan Bojkov in the Canadian open. In the US Championships he was 2nd in 1985, 2nd= in 1986, 1st= in 1987, 1st outright in 1997 and 1st= in 2000

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 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,353  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Benjamin vs G Klinglesmith  ½-½50 1975 US OpenD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
2. J Benjamin vs Rohde  ½-½27 1976 New YorkB06 Robatsch
3. J Benjamin vs T Throop 1-026 1976 Fairfax USA opE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
4. J Benjamin vs A Lein 0-161 1976 New YorkE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
5. J Benjamin vs Feuerstein 1-025 1976 New YorkA04 Reti Opening
6. L Shamkovich vs J Benjamin 1-042 1976 USA 22/328C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. Short vs J Benjamin 1-044 1976 London txB41 Sicilian, Kan
8. B M Amos vs J Benjamin 0-140 1976 Manhattan International TournamentC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. J Benjamin vs S Bernstein ½-½67 1976 New York opC50 Giuoco Piano
10. Fedorowicz vs J Benjamin 1-042 1976 Fairfax USA opA00 Uncommon Opening
11. J Benjamin vs Nunn 0-123 1977 OxfordA60 Benoni Defense
12. J Benjamin vs W M Buehl  1-049 1977 Columbus opB02 Alekhine's Defense
13. J Benjamin vs Chandler 0-132 1977 London, EnglandB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
14. G Terry vs J Benjamin  1-047 1977 Columbus opB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
15. J Benjamin vs M Acosta  0-150 1977 Columbus opA17 English
16. A L Smith vs J Benjamin 0-126 1977 Columbus opC44 King's Pawn Game
17. D Haas vs J Benjamin  1-050 1977 Columbus opB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
18. R Buchanan vs J Benjamin  ½-½52 1977 U.S opE15 Queen's Indian
19. T C Fox vs J Benjamin  ½-½36 1977 Columbus opB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. A Haik vs J Benjamin  1-053 1978 London (England)A10 English
21. J Benjamin vs G Forintos  ½-½63 1978 London (England)B06 Robatsch
22. R C Balinas vs J Benjamin 1-0130 1978 London (England)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. J Benjamin vs M Yeo  1-034 1978 London (England)C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
24. J Benjamin vs C Blocker  1-044 1978 04, v New York CityB40 Sicilian
25. J Benjamin vs M Basman  1-043 1978 London (England)B15 Caro-Kann
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  Penguincw: Same quote as Mar-31-11.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Joel Benjamin!
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  Penguincw: Quote of the Day

< "Topalov plays without fear; he is ready to go full-steam ahead." >

--- Joel Benjamin

Sep-24-12  hedgeh0g: <Interestingly, I've never heard of 'Fed, Benjamin or DeFirmian making any public comments about Kasparov's allegations of "cheating" by IBM, or the controvery of these computer logs being made available. Maybe all three had to sign some sort of agreement with IBM permanently barring public comment about the project.>

Benjamin mentioned once how he never forgave Kasparov for the way he behaved during that match.

Mar-11-13  ketchuplover: Happy Birthday Joel
Nov-03-13  Swedenborg: Has Grandmaster Joel Benjamin ever have written "instructional" books based on chess, particularly analysis? Preferably, his own games?
Nov-04-13  Strongest Force: I am sure he has. Eric Schiller would know. Ask him on his page
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  Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔

< "A few months after all the work I did on the Deep Blue project, at the US Championship, I thought 'miserable Earthlings, you have no chance against me!'" >

-Joel Benjamin

When he mentions "me", I assume he's talking about Deep Blue (Computer).

Mar-11-14  LivBlockade: Happy 50th to the Player of the Day!
Mar-11-14  HeMateMe: happy Birthday, Joel B. I have your excellent book American Grandmaster. Lots of good stories.

Do you still have old copies of your mail order magazine Chess Chow?

Only Kasparov could get emotional about losing to a software program. You and the other members of the Feng Hsu team are to be commended for not speaking out about his poor behavior. Such a bratty kid, at times, and with his mother Clara in attendance!

Mar-11-14  belgradegambit: Back in 1980 I was at a tournament in New Yorkwhere I was playing in a lower section but my opponents were very strong recent immigrants from Russia. (I drew a game with a very young Maxim Dlugy). In another round I was playing an older Russian when Joel Benjamin came over and started studying the position. He even came back a few times. I was up a whole rook but unfortutunately my opponent had 4 pawns as compensation. Afterwards he asked me about the outcome and when I said it was a draw he told me it would have been very difficult to win such a position. We graduated the same high school (James Madison in Brooklyn) although many years apart.
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  Castleinthesky: Happy Birthday! I had the honor of being beaten by Joel Benjamin in a simul at the Brighton Beach Chess Club (in Brooklyn-long since defunct) when I was 13 and Benjamin was 15. I am glad he has had such a successful career in chess.
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  thegoodanarchist: <rapidcitychess: <A few months after all the work I did on the Deep Blue project, at the US Championship, I thought "miserable Earthlings, you have no chance against me!">

--- Joel Benjamin

Don't the aliens usually end up losing?>

Only in the movies. Just ask any new world native tribe; that is, you can ask them if they are still around to hear it.

Mar-11-14  Howard: The first time that Joel Benjamin got his picture in Chess Life was back in 1975, when it was called Chess Life and Review (The name changed in 1980 I believe.). He was 11 at the time, and there was a nice shot of him at the 1975 U.S. Open, in Lincoln, NE.

Two years later.....he got his picture on the front cover (no less !) of CL & R (October, 1977) when he became a master at 13, beating Fischer's record by a couple of months. Great-looking photo, as I recall.

And now, the "kid" is 50 today ! How the years go by.

Mar-11-14  Petrosianic: It went BACK to being Chess Life in January 1980. When they bought Chess Review, the magazine had the combined titled for about 12 years. But when Burt Hochberg retired as editor, his successor (Fairfield W. Hoban?) decided to go back to the old title.

I guess he figured that it was long enough since Chess Review had existed as an independent publication that not many would remember it.

As I recall, it was a shame, because we had a dopey kid's joke to the effect that CL&R stood for "Cash Ledger & Register", that was totally ruined when the title changed.

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  norami: I remember well him breaking Fischer's "youngest master" record and being hyped as "the next Fischer". He was the first in a long line of American kids who broke that record, were hyped as the next Fischer, and never came close.
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  Penguincw: Happy 50th birthday to GM Joel Benjamin.
Mar-11-14  HeMateMe: When He won the USA championship around the age of 18 or 19 I remember the New York Post ran a story about him with a headline that read something like:

"Another Bobby Fischer From Brooklyn!"

chess players knew that at age 18 or 19 it was already too late for Benjamin to become the next Fischer, but it was a nice story and chunk of recognition.

Mar-13-14  Howard: Joel first won the title of U.S. champion in 1987, when he tied for first with Nick Defirmian. He was 23 at the time.
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  perfidious: First time I ever laid eyes on Joel was at the 1976 US Junior in Storrs, Conn. He was then ~2050.

A few other recollections from that event:

J Donaldson vs R Sulman, 2001

<Late in the tourney, Eric Moskow (who was built like a light tank) et al lifted a vehicle from the road to one of the greens, and one of the university suits gave us all a stern lecture before the last round that Friday morning.>

Joel and I next met-at the board this time-in the third round of the 1986 Massachusetts Open. Nimzo-Indian and he outplayed me efficiently in the middlegame, same as our last meeting at Saratoga 1993.

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  technical draw: I met him at a chess club I believe it was in San Diego. I can't remember the year but he had hair then.
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  technical draw: Or maybe it was Nick de Firmian?
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  thegoodanarchist: <norami: I remember well him breaking Fischer's "youngest master" record and being hyped as "the next Fischer". He was the first in a long line of American kids who broke that record, were hyped as the next Fischer, and never came close.>

I can count on one partially amputated hand the number of young masters who came close to being the next Fischer.

They are Karpov, Kasparov, and Carlsen.

None of them are American kids, clearly.

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  norami: <thegoodanarchist> Nakamura held that record for awhile and at least he became a top 10 player. Most of the others quit chess.
Mar-19-14  RookFile: I think that what the goodanarchist just wrote is correct.
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