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J Grefe 
 
John A Grefe
Number of games in database: 131
Years covered: 1971 to 1998
Last FIDE rating: 2316
Highest rating achieved in database: 2400
Overall record: +43 -43 =45 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (21) 
    B77 B22 B84 B50 B69
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C69 C73 C80 C68 C64
 French Defense (7) 
    C18 C17 C12 C19 C16
 French Winawer (5) 
    C18 C17 C19 C16
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B10 B11 B19
 Sicilian Najdorf (4) 
    B98 B99 B92 B97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (16) 
    B46 B85 B58 B54 B82
 King's Indian (11) 
    E97 E92 E99 E81 E82
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A45 A46 D01 E10
 Modern Benoni (4) 
    A56 A73
 English (4) 
    A15 A10
 Sicilian Scheveningen (4) 
    B85 B82 B81
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Grefe vs Browne, 1973 1-0
   J Grefe vs Tarjan, 1973 1/2-1/2
   J Grefe vs A Karklins, 1973 1-0
   J Grefe vs Najdorf, 1976 1-0
   J Grefe vs Denker, 1979 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (1973)
   Lone Pine (1971)
   Lone Pine (1973)
   US Championship (1974)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Lone Pine (1981)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1974 by Phony Benoni
   US Championship 1973 by Phony Benoni

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JOHN A GREFE
(born Sep-06-1947, died Dec-22-2013, 66 years old) United States of America

[what is this?]
John Alan Grefe was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA. He and Lubomir Kavalek were co-winners of the 1973 U.S. Championship. FIDE awarded him the title of International Master in 1975. http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp.... He died in San Francisco on December 22, 2013.

Wikipedia article: John Grefe


 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 131  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Loftsson vs J Grefe  0-131 1971 Lone PineA56 Benoni Defense
2. J Grefe vs Tarjan 1-030 1971 National opC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
3. J Grefe vs S Rubin  1-028 1971 Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
4. J Grefe vs A Karklins  1-025 1971 Lone PineA00 Uncommon Opening
5. Kavalek vs J Grefe 1-040 1973 US ChampionshipD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
6. D Byrne vs J Grefe 0-133 1973 US ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
7. J Grefe vs R Ervin  1-046 1973 Lone PineC12 French, McCutcheon
8. J Grefe vs Larry Evans  ½-½17 1973 US ChampionshipB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
9. J Grefe vs Mednis 1-089 1973 US ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
10. J Grefe vs W Heidenfeld 1-039 1973 London-BA08 King's Indian Attack
11. J Grefe vs Tarjan ½-½25 1973 US ChampionshipB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. Benko vs J Grefe 0-158 1973 US ChampionshipA15 English
13. P Brandts vs J Grefe  0-147 1973 Lone PineA56 Benoni Defense
14. J Grefe vs Nunn  0-125 1973 London-BB06 Robatsch
15. G F Kane vs J Grefe  ½-½40 1973 US ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
16. J Grefe vs A Karklins 1-030 1973 US ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
17. J Grefe vs L C Gilden  1-025 1973 US ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. W Martz vs J Grefe  0-155 1973 US ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Bisguier vs J Grefe  0-136 1973 US ChampionshipA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
20. J Grefe vs Browne 1-021 1973 US ChampionshipB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. Larry Evans vs J Grefe  0-135 1973 Lone PineA10 English
22. J Grefe vs L C Gilden  1-040 1974 US ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
23. A Karklins vs J Grefe  ½-½60 1974 US ChampionshipB58 Sicilian
24. J Grefe vs Browne 0-141 1974 US ChampionshipB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
25. J Grefe vs Matera  1-026 1974 HoustonB69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
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Sep-28-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: Grefe is currently listed as an instructor at "Success Chess Schools" in Fremont, California. http://www.successchess.com/Instruc...
Oct-16-05  joddle: I recently played John Grefe at Success Chess Schools in a simultaneous exhibition:

Derek O'Connor(me)-John Grefe

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 Bd6 6.Bg5 Bc7 7.d6 Ba5 8.e4 0-0 9.e5 Re8 10.f4 h6 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Nh3 Qg6 13.Qf3 Qc2 14.Bc4 Qxb2 15.0-0 Qxc3 16.Bxf7+ Kf8 17.Qh5 Re6 18.Qf5 (I think Ng5 should have won) Rf6 19.exf6 Kxf7 20.fxg7+ Kxg7 21.Qg4+ Kh7 22. Qf5+ Kg7 23.Qg4+ Kh7 24. Qf5+ 1/2-1/2

Jan-31-06  cantdropwontstop: 'Can a cherry picker win the U.S.
Championship?' (John Grefe - C.L. -'73 or '74).
Jan-31-06  Fan of Leko: John Grefe gave everything to his Guru and his brain slowly turned to jello. The Guru rides in a Rolls-Royce while his worshippers live in vans or cardboard boxes.
Sep-06-06  BIDMONFA: John A Grefe

GREFE, John
http://www.bidmonfa.com/grefe_john....
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Sep-05-07  savagerules: I swear that Grefe guy bears a resemblance to some guy who was always in airports selling flowers and chanting Hare Krishna a couple decades ago. I bet the guru he worshipped is living it up in a mansion with the earnings from the beggars who were his followers.
May-06-08  Petrosianic: <I swear that Grefe guy bears a resemblance to some guy who was always in airports selling flowers and chanting Hare Krishna a couple decades ago.>

Yeah, Chessgames has a sense of humor, referring to him as "joint US Champion". (Yuck, yuck).

But I saw a recent picture of him a few years ago and he seemed to have ditched the hippy look. (Not sure about his devotion to Prem Wawat, formerly Maharajah Ji, who's still in the Transcendental Dissertation business).

<cantdropwontstop> <'Can a cherry picker win the U.S. Championship?' (John Grefe - C.L. -'73 or '74).>

Actually, that's the article he wrote about the 1977 Championship, his last one. But I think it was apple picker (picky, picky... pun intended).

Apr-25-09  Dredge Rivers: Good Grefe!
May-22-09  Agent Bouncy: I played Grefe in a 4 round Swiss in Berkeley the year before he won the US championship. I still remember the game very clearly. At the time I was a low A, but improving rapidly. This tournament was my best to that date. I beat my first master in round 2 and a very high expert in round 3, and sat down to play Grefe, with naively high hopes, in the final round. I had white, and he played a Benoni. Altho material was even, my position was in shambles after about 30 moves, and Grefe finished me off with a simple but very artistic mating combination.
Mar-01-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Here is a Grefe victory that I have just uploaded to the database:

[Event "?"]
[Site "Berkeley, California"]
[Date "1988.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "John A Grefe"]
[Black "Alan Pollard"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e4 b5 6. e5 Nd5 7. Ng5 e6 8. Qh5 Qc7 9. Be2 h6 10. O-O g6 11. Qh3 Nd7 12. a4 N7b6 13. Nge4 a6 14. b3 Nxc3 15. Nf6+ Kd8 16. Qxc3 b4 17. Qf3 c3 18. a5 Nd5 19. Nxd5 1-0

Source: Nick DeFirmian, Modern Chess Openings, 13th Edition, David McKay Company, New York, 1990, p. 434

Mar-16-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: In a preview of coming attractions, here is the finish of Evans - Grefe, Lone Pine 1973.


click for larger view

White has just blundered with <34.Be7>. Prove it.

Mar-16-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Phony Benoni> From the diagram, 34....Nh3 is a killing shot, exploiting the undefended heavy pieces in conjunction with White's exposed king. Impossible to hold onto everything.
Mar-19-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Here's J Grefe vs A Pollard, 1988.
Dec-23-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  naisortep: Sadly, he has passed away. RIP John Grefe.

http://www.thechessmind.net/blog/20...

Dec-24-13  DoctorD: http://www.uschess.org/content/view...
Dec-24-13  Murky: Good Grief! The passing of my friend John Grefe is rather distressing. I could never win games from John, as he was just too strong. But I always enjoyed his company in and around the cafes of Berkeley, California. He preferred modern set-ups, keeping his pawns and pieces fluid, and excelled at exploiting static weaknesses. He had great results in the mid to late 70's, but he seems to have phased out of chess after that. Rest in peace John Grefe; a disturbance in the 'force' is felt with your departure.
Dec-24-13  andrewjsacks: I am saddened to hear of the passing of a very fine player, very gentle guy, and very unusual character.
Dec-25-13  abcpokerboy: John was a friend of mine. Very gentle, very kind. I haven't seen him in a month or so and wondered what had happened. I hope he is at rest.
Dec-25-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: http://www.uschess.org/content/view...
Dec-31-13  JohnBoy: http://www.chess.com/article/view/j...
Jan-01-14  gregory2188: I just phoned his best buddy... So sad to hear that...Few months ago I played a couple of blitz games with him, no indication that he'll be leaving us so soon... To a wonderful person and a great chess mind. May you rest in peace.
Feb-04-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: oh ohhh, just learned IM Grefe's passing from Chess Life.

RIP IM Grefe.

Jul-15-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  docbenway: For a more intimate portrait of IM Grefe check out Silman's article at http://www.chess.com/article/view/j.... The problem like position that FSR gave the right move to above is there along with the "sockdollager" follow up when white "saves" his queen.
Jul-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheBish: Why are there no Guess-the-Move games for Grefe? Can this be corrected soon?
Sep-06-14  gars: Were he still alive IM John Grefe would be sixty-seven years old today. In 1983 I bought a copy of his "Progressing through Chess" (Players Press, Los Angeles) and this book have helped me to improve my chess understanding. If a were a bit more strongwilled this book would have helped me much much more.

It is a sad thing that only today I was told about his death. RIP, IM Grefe.

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