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Jonathan Levitt
J Levitt 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 170
Years covered: 1980 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2404
Highest rating achieved in database: 2485

Overall record: +32 -59 =79 (42.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E49 E45 E44 E47 E24
 King's Indian (14) 
    E81 E87 E84 E62 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    A40 A45 E00 A41 D02
 Modern Benoni (7) 
    A57 A71 A56 A70 A61
 Queen's Indian (5) 
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D84 D85 D82 D70
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (32) 
    C07 C02 C01 C19 C18
 French Tarrasch (12) 
 French Winawer (8) 
    C19 C18 C17
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A45 A46 E00 D04
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E32 E45 E30 E54
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E17 E12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Howell vs J Levitt, 2005 0-1
   J Levitt vs J D Tisdall, 1990 1-0
   J Levitt vs A D Martin, 1989 1-0
   Velimirovic vs J Levitt, 1987 0-1
   J Levitt vs Anand, 1987 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Staunton Memorial (2005)

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(born Jun-03-1963, 56 years old) United Kingdom

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Jonathan Paul Levitt was born in Southwark (London), England. Awarded the IM title in 1984, he is now a GM (1991) and a composer of problems. Winner of the Staunton Memorial in 2005. His notable works as an author include "Secrets of Spectacular Chess" and "Genius in Chess".

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 170  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Levitt vs I D Wells  1-0421980Lloyds Bank U21A45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. J Levitt vs I D Wells  ½-½361980Jersey Lloyds Bank InternationalE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
3. J Levitt vs E Schiller ½-½281981LondonD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. J Levitt vs G Miralles  0-1201982?E00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. J Levitt vs de Firmian  ½-½4619826th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
6. J Levitt vs Speelman 0-1311982BCF-chD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
7. J Levitt vs I R Watson 1-0411982BCF-chA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. A Dunnington vs J Levitt  0-14519826th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA05 Reti Opening
9. Nunn vs J Levitt  1-03019837th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
10. J Levitt vs J Gallagher  1-0751984BCF-chA61 Benoni
11. J Levitt vs Miles  ½-½4819848th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE12 Queen's Indian
12. Adams vs J Levitt ½-½2819848th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
13. Barbero vs J Levitt  1-0271986Winterthur (Switzerland)E12 Queen's Indian
14. V Tukmakov vs J Levitt  1-0301986Lugano openE00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Anand vs J Levitt  ½-½351987MatchC19 French, Winawer, Advance
16. A Kuligowski vs J Levitt  0-1351987Bundesliga 1987/88A64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
17. J Levitt vs Anand  0-1381987MatchE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
18. J Levitt vs Adorjan 1-0421987Geneva opE12 Queen's Indian
19. Velimirovic vs J Levitt 0-1411987Pinerolo opC18 French, Winawer
20. Anand vs J Levitt  ½-½501987MatchC19 French, Winawer, Advance
21. J Levitt vs Anand ½-½191987MatchE12 Queen's Indian
22. J Levitt vs P K Wells  0-1371987BCF-chE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
23. B Ivanovic vs J Levitt  1-0421988Saint John op-1C02 French, Advance
24. L Christiansen vs J Levitt  ½-½531988Bundesliga 1987/88E45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
25. Eingorn vs J Levitt  1-0461988World Chess FestivalE17 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-09-04  mack: I had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Levitt a few nights ago. We did play one game of blitz, which I lost, of course, very thoroughly. What a very nice chap he was too.
Apr-28-05  WorldChampeen: I would assume this would be some of Mr. Levitt's games as well at participating in this Staunton Memorial Tournament of 2004.
Jul-15-05  mack: You would assume correct.
Aug-30-05  aw1988: Levitt has won the Staunton Memorial.
Jun-03-06  BIDMONFA: Jonathan Levitt

LEVITT, Jonathan

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  whiteshark: His nice homepage:


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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" If it were just a question of winning or losing, if it were not possible to play a brilliant game, to make an incredible queen sacrifice, to play the occasional shocking or outrageous move, then I suspect many people would not play chess. It simply would not be worth it; such a difficult game and with so few rewards. "

-- Jonathan Levitt

Feb-06-08  MichAdams: "Chess can be compared with no other board game, because of a basic distinction which stamps it as an art; not that this implies any disparagement of other board games, each of which has its rightful place. This distinction lies in the fact that chess alone, in contrast to all these other games, has an aim other than mere capture or gain of territory, namely the conception of mate. Admittedly one must strive for gain of material or space to begin with. But as soon as mate, the idea of encircling the principal enemy piece, enters the scene, no sacrifice of time, space or material is too great to achieve it. This is why chess is necessary, this is why it is so attractive; because it calls forth in us - often only subconsciously, maybe - humanity's striving after an ideal; the joy of dedicating one's self for an idea. And this is why chess awakes in us aesthetic feeling, this is why conception of the beautiful is awakened in chess too; because its inner spirit corresponds in every way to the virtue of self-sacrifice in us."

-- Alexander Alekhine (attributed)

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  whiteshark: Today a.m. quote is again <Quote of the Day>.
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  whiteshark: Happy birthday, GM Levitt!
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  whiteshark: New link to his notable homepage:
Jun-03-09  WhiteRook48: Happy birthday!
Jun-03-12  Llawdogg: Wow! That is a fine quote from Alekhine.
Jul-01-12  RMKvdS: <Llawdogg> Indeed, worth bumping in my opinion.
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