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John Alan Grefe
  
Number of games in database: 140
Years covered: 1969 to 1998
Last FIDE rating: 2316
Highest rating achieved in database: 2400

Overall record: +48 -46 =46 (50.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (24) 
    B77 B42 B22 B50 B84
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C69 C73 C91 C64 C60
 French Defense (7) 
    C18 C16 C17 C19 C02
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B10 B11 B19
 French Winawer (5) 
    C18 C17 C19 C16
 Sicilian Najdorf (5) 
    B98 B99 B94 B97 B92
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (16) 
    B46 B85 B82 B81 B52
 King's Indian (11) 
    E97 E81 E92 E99 E82
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 A45 A41 D01
 Modern Benoni (5) 
    A56 A70 A73
 English (4) 
    A15 A10
 Sicilian Scheveningen (4) 
    B85 B81 B82
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J A Grefe vs Browne, 1973 1-0
   J A Grefe vs A Karklins, 1973 1-0
   J A Grefe vs Najdorf, 1976 1-0
   J A Grefe vs Denker, 1979 1-0
   J A Grefe vs Tarjan, 1973 1/2-1/2
   L Christiansen vs J A Grefe, 1977 1/2-1/2
   J A Grefe vs Adianto, 1991 1-0
   Bisguier vs J A Grefe, 1973 0-1

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

[what is this?]
John 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 140  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Williams vs J A Grefe  0-123196970th US OpenA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
2. J A Grefe vs David Presser  1-059196970th US OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
3. K Fitzgerald vs J A Grefe  0-125196970th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
4. J A Grefe vs Popovych  0-132196970th US OpenB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. J A Grefe vs E Pruner  ½-½23196970th US OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
6. J Dunning vs J A Grefe  0-126196970th US OpenA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
7. S Matera vs J A Grefe  ½-½30196970th US OpenB06 Robatsch
8. J A Grefe vs W Shipman  0-152196970th US OpenC60 Ruy Lopez
9. J L Watson vs J A Grefe  0-140196970th US OpenB06 Robatsch
10. J A Grefe vs Tarjan 1-0301971National opC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
11. J A Grefe vs S Rubin 1-0281971Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
12. J Loftsson vs J A Grefe  0-1311971Lone PineA56 Benoni Defense
13. J A Grefe vs A Karklins  1-0251971Lone PineA00 Uncommon Opening
14. J A Grefe vs Nunn  0-1251973London-BB06 Robatsch
15. J A Grefe vs W Heidenfeld 1-0391973London-BA08 King's Indian Attack
16. P Brandts vs J A Grefe  0-1471973Lone PineA56 Benoni Defense
17. J A Grefe vs R Ervin  1-0461973Lone PineC12 French, McCutcheon
18. Larry Evans vs J A Grefe 0-1351973Lone PineA10 English
19. J A Grefe vs A Karklins 1-0301973US ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
20. G F Kane vs J A Grefe  ½-½401973US ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
21. J A Grefe vs L C Gilden  1-0251973US ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Bisguier vs J A Grefe  0-1361973US ChampionshipA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
23. J A Grefe vs Mednis 1-0891973US ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
24. W Martz vs J A Grefe  0-1551973US ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. J A Grefe vs Browne 1-0211973US ChampionshipB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
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May-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Feb-20-15  Oliveira: This guy dressed smart!
Feb-20-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: Nice POTD from one of his games today.

J Grefe vs A Karklins, 1973

Aug-24-15  OneBadDog: Does anyone know what are the 35 best books listed in Grefe's Progressing Through Chess?
Dec-22-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Rest in peace, John Grefe.
Jan-18-17  gars: <OneBadDog>: Here are the thirty-five books John Grefe put in his book:

1) "A Programmed Introduction to the Game of Chess" (Sullivan)

2) "Learn Chess: a new way for all", (Alexander & Beach)

3) "Understanding the Open Games" (Soltis, Mednis, Peters)

4) "The Art of Chess Combinations" (Znosko-Borovsky)

5) "Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge" (Averbakh)

6) "The 1000 Best Short Games of Chess" (Chernev)

7) "The Art of the Checkmate" (Renaud and Kahn)

8) "Logical Chess Move by Move" (Chernev)

9) "1001 Brilliant Ways to Checkmate" and "1001 Winning Sacrifices and Combinations", both by Reinfeld

10)"An Illustrated Dictionary of Chess" (Brace)

11) "The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings" (Fine)

12) "Better Chess for Average Players" (Harding)

13) "The Tactics of the Endgame" (Ban)

14) "How to Play Chess Endings" (Znosko Borosky)

15) "How to open a Chess Game" (Evans, Gligoric, Hort, Petrosian, Keres, Larsen, Portisch)

16) "Practical Endgame Lessons" (Mednis)

17) "Judgement and Planning in Chess" (Euwe)

18) "A Complete Defense to 1 P-K4"
"A Complete Defense to 1 P-D4" (both by Cafferty and Hooper)

19) "Modern Chess Tactics, two volumes" (Pachman)

20) "Modern Chess Strategy" (Pachman). Here you can choose between Dover short edition or Batsford three-volume edition

21) "The Art of Attack in Chess" (Vukovic)

22) "Pawn Structure Chess" (Soltis)

23) "Grandmaster of Chess: The Complete Games of Paul Keres". Here you can choose between the Arco edition in three volumes (Descriptive Notation) or the two-volume Nunn-Keres, "The Road to the Top" and "The Quest for Perfection", in Algebraic Notation.

24) "500 Master Games of Chess" (Tartakower and Dumont)

25) "Modern Chess Opening Theory" (Suetin)

26) "Chess Informant"

27) "Batsford, RHM opening Series"

28) "Basic Chess Endings" (Fine)

29) "Batsford Endgame Series: Rook Endings"

30) "My Best Games of Chess, 1908-1923, 1924-1937" (Alekhine)

31) "The Best Move" (Hort, Jansa)

32) "Psychology of Chess" (Krogius)

33) "Think like a Grandmaster", "Play like a Grandmaster", "Train like a Grandmaster", all of them by Kotov

34) "Grandmaster Preparation" (Polugayevsky)

35) "Encyclopedia of Chess Openings", Volumes one to five.

Jun-24-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  ColeTrane: At least he got out of Jersey..resting finally in SF no less, great Voyager
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