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Bryan G Smith
B G Smith 
Photo copyright 2010 Michael Aigner.  
Number of games in database: 153
Years covered: 2000 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2431 (2394 rapid, 2357 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2503

Overall record: +52 -43 =47 (53.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 11 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (35) 
    B90 B30 B43 B48 B94
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C65 C70 C81 C91 C96
 Sicilian Najdorf (10) 
    B90 B94 B96 B97
 Caro-Kann (9) 
    B12 B15 B10 B18
 French Defense (9) 
    C00 C03 C02 C07 C14
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C90 C85 C96 C91
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (21) 
    B78 B27 B77 B70 B23
 King's Indian (13) 
    E97 E92 E84 E60 E73
 Sicilian Dragon (9) 
    B76 B70 B78 B77 B75
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    A40 A45 A46 E00 E10
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E21 E43 E24 E45 E30
 French Defense (6) 
    C03 C02 C18 C12 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B G Smith vs G Braylovsky, 2001 1-0
   B G Smith vs K Oliva Castaneda, 2012 1-0
   D Rensch vs B G Smith, 2010 0-1
   B G Smith vs C Airapetian, 2007 1-0
   S Grover vs B G Smith, 2009 0-1
   B G Smith vs B Finegold, 2010 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Spice Cup (Group B) (2010)
   Zagreb op-A (2012)
   Isle of Man Masters (2014)
   34th World Open (2006)
   US Championship (2007)

   🏆 PRO Chess League (Knock-Out)
   Checa vs B G Smith (Mar-01-17) 1-0, rapid
   B G Smith vs P Charbonneau (Mar-01-17) 0-1, rapid
   B G Smith vs M Arnold (Mar-01-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   R Hess vs B G Smith (Mar-01-17) 1-0, rapid
   B G Smith vs A Lesiege (Feb-22-17) 0-1, rapid

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(born Feb-26-1980, 41 years old) United States of America

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Smith was awarded the IM title in 2007 and the GM title in 2013.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 156  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B G Smith vs A Passov  0-1432000Arlington CC-ch opC02 French, Advance
2. B G Smith vs R Goletiani  ½-½61200028th World OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. Shabalov vs B G Smith  1-0262001Millennium II OpenC02 French, Advance
4. W Morrison vs B G Smith  ½-½312001St John's UniversityA07 King's Indian Attack
5. J Bonin vs B G Smith  ½-½582001St John's UniversityE09 Catalan, Closed
6. B G Smith vs M Belorusov  0-1292001St John's UniversityC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
7. S Muhammad vs B G Smith  1-0322001St John's UniversityE10 Queen's Pawn Game
8. B G Smith vs S Glinert  1-0342001St John's UniversityB07 Pirc
9. E Gersov vs B G Smith  0-1242001St John's UniversityB02 Alekhine's Defense
10. B G Smith vs B Kurniawan  1-0582001St John's UniversityB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
11. B Szuk vs B G Smith  ½-½412001St John's UniversityA06 Reti Opening
12. B G Smith vs J Sarkar  ½-½232001St John's UniversityC18 French, Winawer
13. B G Smith vs J Roush  1-021200129th World OpenB40 Sicilian
14. Benjamin vs B G Smith  1-032200129th World OpenC00 French Defense
15. B G Smith vs M Esserman  ½-½52200129th World OpenD85 Grunfeld
16. B G Smith vs J S Rouleau  0-134200129th World OpenC00 French Defense
17. B G Smith vs G Braylovsky 1-0642001World op PhiladelphiaB30 Sicilian
18. Gleizerov vs B G Smith  1-03520015th OIBMA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
19. B G Smith vs I Farago  ½-½5820015th OIBMA07 King's Indian Attack
20. W B Wright vs B G Smith  ½-½38200110th OpenA75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
21. B G Smith vs R Wilson  1-033200110th OpenC02 French, Advance
22. D Kopec vs B G Smith  0-12620045th Millennium FestivalC12 French, McCutcheon
23. B G Smith vs J Stocek  0-153200432nd World OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. B G Smith vs Y Norowitz  1-023200432nd World OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
25. B G Smith vs Nakamura  0-1442005Virginia Beach Millennium opB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 156  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-21-06  AmandaW: Congratulations on qualifying for the US Champs 2007! I would like to take this opportunity to initiate some earnestly admiring kibitzment for one of the world's better chess players. Add some of his real games, people! Get with the program! You could not have found a less representational collection of games, in my very humble opinion.
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  keypusher: <AmandaW> Can't you upload some?
Mar-22-06  AmandaW: How do you do it?
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  keypusher: PGN Upload Utility
Dec-09-06  AmandaW: Congrats IM Smith! See Tenkes Kupa Open 2006, Baranya, Hungary.
Feb-06-07  Chess Carnival: Here is an amazing sacrificial game won by IM Smith:

[Event "World op Philadelphia"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2001.07.08"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Smith, B."]
[Black "Braylovsky, G."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B80"]
[WhiteElo "2325"]
[BlackElo "2285"]
[PlyCount "127"]
[EventDate "2001.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 d6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 e6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Qd2 Ng4 8. Bg5 Qb6 9. Ndb5 Qa5 10. Be2 a6 11. Na3 Nge5 12. f4 Ng6 13. Nc4 Qc7 14. f5 Nge5 15. O-O b5 16. fxe6 Nxc4 17. Bxc4 f6 18. Nd5 Qb7 19. Rxf6 gxf6 20. Nxf6+ Kd8 21. Nd5+ Ke8 22. Rf1 bxc4 23. Rf7 Be7 24. Rxe7+ Qxe7 25. Nxe7 Nxe7 26. Bxe7 Kxe7 27. Qg5+ Ke8 28. Qh5+ Kd8 29. Qd5 Ra7 30. Qd4 Re7 31. Qxh8+ Kc7 32. Qd4 Rxe6 33. Qxc4+ Kd7 34. Qd5 Re5 35. Qf7+ Re7 36. Qf5+ Kc7 37. Qf6 Kd7 38. Qf5+ Kc7 39. Qa5+ Kd7 40. Qa4+ Kc7 41. Kf2 Bb7 42. Kf3 Re5 43. g4 Re7 44. Qc4+ Kd7 45. h4 Bc8 46. g5 Bb7 47. h5 Re6 48. g6 hxg6 49. h6 Re7 50. Kf4 g5+ 51. Kxg5 Bxe4 52. Qxa6 Bxc2 53. Qb7+ Kd8 54. Qc6 Bb1 55. Qxd6+ Ke8 56. a4 Rd7 57. Qf6 Rd5+ 58. Kg4 Rd1 59. a5 Bd3 60. a6 Rg1+ 61. Kh3 Rh1+ 62. Kg2 Rc1 63. Qe6+ Kf8 64. Qd6+ 1-0

Feb-06-07  Chess Carnival: I've just submitted it to PGN Upload Utility I think it really deserves to be GOTD
Oct-31-08  Karpova: Hans Ree: <I found that IM Bryan Smith is considered by Jaan Ehlvest to be the best chessplayer ever from Alaska. Smith is now living in Philadelphia, working as a chess professional. There is certainly chess life in Alaska, but maybe not enough to sustain a professional player.>


Sep-03-09  Octal: He has a nice attacking style.
May-26-11  virginmind: smith is currently participating at a IX-th category tournament (2458 elo) in limpedea, romania. live games available here:
May-29-11  dx9293: Bryan has 6/7 in the Romanian (round-robin) tournament <virginmind> mentions. He has already played the strongest players, and needs only 0.5/2 or 1/3 for his second GM norm. Also, with these results, his "live" rating has crossed the 2500 Elo barrier. So he will just need that final norm and he will be a GM!
May-30-11  dx9293: Bryan has 7/9 (+6=2-1) with one round remaining, but he has already clinched a 10-game GM norm! Congratulations!

He has scored 4.5/5 against the GMs in the tournament(!) and his last opponent is also a GM, Vlad-Cristian Jianu.

I think now he must be very happy with his decision to move to Europe!

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  cro777: <dx9293: Bryan has 7/9 (+6=2-1) with one round remaining, but he has already clinched a 10-game GM norm! He has scored 4.5/5 against the GMs in the tournament(!) and his last opponent is also a GM, Vlad-Cristian Jianu. [The game ended in a draw]>

"In May 2011 I played in the Limpedea Cup in Romania, where I made my second GM norm. It was a round robin which included six GMs, and after eight of the ten rounds were completed I had already clinched the norm and first place (at that point my performance rating was 2780). This made me the first American to ever win a chess tournament in Romania, according to the people there.

I have also been told that I am the first American to play in Serbia since Bobby Fischer played his match against Spassky in 1992, although I am not sure about that. But definitely I am the first American to win a tournament in Serbia since then." (Bryan Smith)

In a series of articles at ( A Traveling Chess Player, Part 1-6), IM Bryan Smith described his trip to Europe in search of a better life as a chess player.

Very interesting stories, well written and honest!

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  cro777: Bryan's great European adventure has ended. He's playing in U.S. tournaments again.

He came second at the 134th Annual New York State Championship (August 31-September 3, 2012) scoring 4.5/6. GM Alex Stripunsky won the tournament finishing with 5.5/6.

Interesting comments on Bryan's return to the United States and his series of articles at, written by Dana Mackenzie, Bryan's fellow lecturer at, you may find here

Feb-26-13  Llawdogg: Happy 33rd Birthday!
Feb-26-13  Abdel Irada: Ah. Another player who shares my birthday. And this one also knows Dana Mackenzie, an old friend from Santa Cruz.

Something about "small world" comes to mind.

Feb-14-14  Shams: Bryan Smith's GM title is official. Can someone please update his biography?

Feb-15-14  Shams: Thanks to whoever changed the bio.

Smith wrote a good two-part article on the tourney where he finally secured the title:

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  Penguincw: Happy 34th birthday to GM Bryan Smith.
Jan-09-15  Shams: If you play the QGD Chigorin with either color, don't miss Bryan's stellar article on it.
Feb-26-15  BIDMONFA: Bryan G Smith

SMITH, Bryan G.

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  Breunor: Did he stop playing? No games from this year? For chess fans, that would be a shame.

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