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Jonathan Sarfati
Member since Sep-27-06 · Last seen Nov-25-15
FM, Ph.D. (physical chemistry), New Zealand Champion 1988, author of five books and co-author of two more, club captain of the Wellington Chess Club in New Zealand and Logan City Chess Club in Queensland, Australia for over a decade each, This site also has ~260 of my games, a mixed bag ;) See also bio I admire Capablanca and Karpov. Full Member

   Jonathan Sarfati has kibitzed 1037 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-24-15 Jose Raul Capablanca
Jonathan Sarfati: <visayanbraindoctor>, I had a chance to read the appendix in the Sanchez bio about Capa's death, written by neurologist Dr Orlando Hernández-Meilán.This was based on reading the autopsy. I am no medical doctor, but it seems like your own analysis was right. I'll try ...
   Nov-23-15 Capablanca vs T van Scheltinga, 1939
Jonathan Sarfati: Sanchez quotes Capa as saying that he had a mental lapse and forgot to make a move that would have enabled castling.
   Nov-18-15 Keene vs K Wockenfuss, 1977
Jonathan Sarfati: Yes, the sac is not quite as convincing against an immediate 9... h6, but still hard to deal with, e.g. Yusupov vs G Rastenis, 1978
   Nov-18-15 Smejkal vs L Bueno Perez, 1977
Jonathan Sarfati: 22...♔g7 23.♘f5+! then 24.♕h6 mating.
   Oct-11-15 M F Noble vs A F Ker, 1994
Jonathan Sarfati: The loser of this game authored a chess column in the Evening Post in Wellington, and had previously shown the Alekhine win. He wrote that no one should fall for this again. But in a later column, he sportingly included this game, repeating what he had said, then wryly ...
   Sep-30-15 Bronstein vs Reshevsky, 1973
Jonathan Sarfati: Nicely played by Bronstein. After move 44, Black is in what many people might call Zugzwang, in that none of the pieces can move. But as pointed out below, White is threatening Nxd6 even if Black were allowed to pass.
   Sep-07-15 Reshevsky vs J Waxman, 1986 (replies)
Jonathan Sarfati: 25... ♔h8 26. ♕xe8+!
   Sep-03-15 Reshevsky vs Geller, 1967
Jonathan Sarfati: It would have been a much more straightforward win, with no tablebase draw, if Reshevsky had just advanced his a-P in the Q endgame. He certainly has past skill in such endgames, e.g. C H Alexander vs Reshevsky, 1936
   Sep-03-15 Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (replies)
Jonathan Sarfati: <Phony Benoni>, Bronstein's statement could be plausible if modified to the *right* to make the next move.
   Sep-03-15 V Small vs Panno, 1988
Jonathan Sarfati: B Harper vs R Zuk, 1971 is a better candidate for Zugzwang, since white will be forced to move Qh3 putting it en prise to a P. Here too, even if White could pass, Black could win by capturing all Q-side Ps with a N, but the inability to pass accelerates the loss ...
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  OhioChessFan: I had no idea a PhD Creationist was on the site. I've had a bit of fun with some evolutionists on my forum, but should have simply pointed them in your direction.
May-18-11  newzild: <OhioChessFan> We should probably stick to chess on this page.

Jonathan, about a year ago I found all my old chessgames stuck away in a drawer. There are only 100 or so, as I only played club chess in 1995 (Hamilton) and 1996 (Civic), plus a few tourneys. Anyway, I found one of your old 30-30 games, which is a win against me:

[Event "Civic Quickplay"]
[Site "Wellington"]
[Date "1996.04.08"]
[Round "01"]
[White "MacLeod, Scott"]
[Black "Sarfati, Jonathan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C89"]
[WhiteElo ""]
[BlackElo "2223"]

1. e4 This game was played on ♗oard 1 - a rare privilege for me at that time 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. Bxd5 cxd5 13. d4 Bd6 14. Re1 More common is 14. ♖e3 ♕h4 15. h3, when ♗lack can draw with 15...♕f4 16. ♖e5 ♕f6 17. ♖e3 ♕f4, etc. 15...f5 is objectively okay, but risky in practice, eg 16. ♕f3 ♗b7 17. ♘d2 g5 18. ♕e2 f4 19. ♘f3 ♕h5 20. ♘xg5! Huebner-♘unn, 1989 Qh4 15. g3 Qh3 16. Qf3 Bf5 17. Qg2 17. ♕xd5!? looks dangerous because of the open diagonal, but might be okay Qh5 18. f3 Bh3 19. Qf2 Rae8 20. Bd2 It seems more natural to play 20. ♗e3, allowing 21. ♘d2. 20...f5 looks like the critical response. f5 21. Na3 f4 22. Rxe8 Rxe8 23. Re1 Rxe1 24. Bxe1 Qg6 25. Nc2 a5 26. a3 ? Losing. White had to try 26. ♘a1, Δ ♘b3-c5, although ♗lack is better Qd3 27. Na1 Qd1 28. Nc2 Bf5 0-1

May-19-11  Deus Ex Alekhina: <newzild> <we should stick to chess on this page> But Dr Sarfati is justifiably proud of his work in creation science, as he mentions it in his bio and lists his books on it. Hopefully I can find one or two of his works on the subject. If I may ask one little innocent question it would be: how old is planet earth? Tks.
May-20-11  newzild: <how old is planet earth?> When I was at school, about 30 years ago, I read that the earth was 6 billion years old. But according to radiometric dating of meteorite material, it is now estimated to be "only" 4.54 billion years old.
May-20-11  Deus Ex Alekhina: <newzild> Not according to creationists.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Thanks Scott. I have moved countries twice now, and a lot of old game records have disappeared.
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  OhioChessFan: It isn't often I am impressed with someone else's intellectual prowess. But after reading some of your articles, I am thoroughly impressed with your rigid logic and gentle demeanor. You have several discussions of loving God with all your mind, which I've often said is an incredibly under discussed point of Christianity.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Thanks, Ohio. I now live near Atlanta.
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  Benzol: <Jonathan> is Tom H Stonehouse playing in this years Hastings tournament or is it another player with the same name?
Jan-08-13  Travis Bickle: Hello I just happened upon your forum and was surprised to see you are a PhD and a creationist. I'd like to read one of your books on creation and anti-evolutionary ideas. I realize this is a chess site and your forum but I am a believer of God & creation and am interested. One question I have is why are the majority of evolutionists so angry at the idea of a God and creation? They antagonize anyone who doesn't accept their "science", that has more questions than answers. Cheers
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  OhioChessFan: I found the list of quotes about the old GM's on the best ever on page 1 to be very interesting. I have always leaned toward Alekhine and am surprised how much support he had. Kasparov was too late for consideration in the discussion, but surely he'd be mentioned by many.
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  playground player: <Travis Bickle> Chess site? Have you seen my page lately?
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  playground player: <Jonathan Sarfati> Welcome aboard, and salutations. Don't worry--I won't even try to draw you into any of the non-chess controversies that are ongoing in my forum. I'm sure you have other things to do.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: New opening trap that's a variant on a well known Cambridge Springs theme:

1. d4 d5 2.c4 ♘f6?! 3.cxd5 ♘xd5 4.♘f3 ♘c6 5. e4 ♘f6 6.♘c3 ♗g4 7. d5 ♗xf3 [7... ♘e5 8. ♘xe5! ♗xd1 9. ♗b5+ c6 10. dxc6 , and Black will have to give back the Q because of 11. cxb7 or c7 discovered checks, remaining at least a piece down. This is a good simul trap.] 8. ♕xf3 ♘d4 9. ♕d1 c5 10. e5 ♘xd5 11. ♕xd4! cxd4 12. ♗b5+ ♕d7 13. ♗xd7+ ♔xd7 14. ♘xd5 and won easily with the extra N.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: [Site " "]
[Date "2013.10.28 "]
[Round "NA"]
[White "Sarfati_FM"]
[Black "ron123"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2240"]
[BlackElo "1533"]
[Board "9004125"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. ♘c3 ♗f5? (Exposing the ♗ to what Cecil John Seddon Purdy called ‘biff’) {4. e4 Bg6 5. Bxc4 e6 6. Nf3 Nc6 (Now the ♘ gets ‘biffed’ as well) 7. d5 exd5 8. exd5 ♘e7 9. ♕b3 b6? (White now has a forced win) 10. ♗b5 c6 11. dxc6 ♕c7 12. ♗f4! ♕xf4 13. c7+ ♘c6 14. ♗xc6 ♔e7 15. ♘d5+ 1-0
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  Jonathan Sarfati: [Date "2013.10.31"]
[White "maraton"]
[Black "Sarfati_FM"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Termination "White resigned"]
[WhiteElo "1568"]
[BlackElo "2240"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[DateLastMove "2013.11.1"]
[Board "9011405"]

1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗c4 ♘f6 4.d3 ♗c5 5.O-O d6 6.h3? h6! (The difference between these superficially identical moves is that White has castled. So White's move is just a target, while Black's is the forerunner to aiming at the target) 7.♗d2 g5 8.♘h2 ♖g8 9.♘c3 h5 10.♘d5 g4 11.♘xf6+ ♕xf6 12.hxg4 hxg4 13.♖e1 ♕xf2+ 14.♔h1 ♖h8 15.♖e2 g3 16.♖xf2 ♖xh2+ 17. ♔g1 ♗xf2+ 18. ♔f1 ♖h1+ 19.♔e2 ♘d4# (White resigned at B15) 0-1

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Kevin Bonham points out a quicker win by 15...Rxh2+ 16.Kxh2 Qh4#, and a way for White to hold out a few more moves: “16.Bh6! vacating its square for the king 16...Rxh6 17.Rxf2 Rxh2+ 18.Kg1 Bxf2+ 19.Kf1 Nd4 Closing the net but now white has the move. 20.Bxf7+ Kf8 21.Qh5 Bg4! Forcing the queen off the only square where it defends the mate yet is itself defended 22.Qh8+ [22.Qxh2 Be2#] 22...Rxh8 23.Bh5 Be2+ 24.Bxe2 Rh1# ”
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Time-wasting P mmoves can be weakening as well:

[Event " server game"]
[Site " "]
[Date "2013.10.31"]
[Round "NA"]
[White "Sarfati_FM"]
[Black "arted"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Termination "Black king mated"]
[WhiteElo "2240"]
[BlackElo "1493"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[DateLastMove "2013.11.5"]
[Board "9012665"]

1.c4 ♘c6 2.d4 a6 3.♘f3 h6 4.d5 ♘a7 5.e4 d6 6.♘c3 ♗d7 7.♗e3 c6 8.♗d3 c5 9.e5 dxe5 10.♘xe5 e6 11.♘xf7 ♔xf7 12.♕h5+ ♔e7 13.♗xc5+ ♔f6 14.♘e4+ ♗lack king mated 1-0

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  Benzol: <Jonathan> Take a look now at Craig Laird
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  Benzol: <Jonathan> Hope this might help you. Cheers matey.

Game Collection: Craig Laird at the 85th NZ Ch


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  Jonathan Sarfati: Very good, thanks <Benzol>!
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  scormus: Player of Gor!
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  wordfunph: <Jonathan Sarfati> Merry Christmas!
Jul-15-15  chessmaster102: hello Johnathan, i am doing some research on Ortvin sarapu and you seem to have known him much more personally than anyone else on this site judging from your comments on his page. Did you too ever study together or do post-mortem ? what was his upbringing as a chess player if you know by any chance ? (coached by anyone , favorite books etc..)
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <G'day, chessmaster102:> Yes, we did plenty of post-mortems together after games, and we corresponded for a time. His autobiography Mr Chess explains more of his pre-NZ career which was considerable for a young man. Unfortunately, he was 40 years older than I.
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