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Tal Shaked
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Number of games in database: 217
Years covered: 1989 to 1999
Last FIDE rating: 2468

Overall record: +80 -74 =58 (51.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (51) 
    B22 B52 B40 B81 B53
 French Defense (9) 
    C18 C02 C05 C16
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (4) 
    B65 B62 B61 B64
 French Winawer (4) 
    C18 C16
 Four Knights (4) 
    C47 C49
 Two Knights (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (35) 
    E63 E97 E81 E90 E92
 Sicilian (27) 
    B33 B31 B22 B32 B40
 French Defense (17) 
    C05 C18 C01 C19 C02
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A45 D02
 French Winawer (7) 
    C18 C19 C17
 French Tarrasch (5) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Shaked vs J Hellsten, 1997 1-0
   Shaked vs M Morgan, 1993 1-0
   Shaked vs J Heger, 1992 1-0
   Shaked vs Morozevich, 1997 1-0
   Shaked vs Ashley, 1997 1-0
   Shaked vs N Raptis, 1991 1-0
   Waitzkin vs Shaked, 1997 1/2-1/2
   Shaked vs M Bezold, 1997 1-0
   Shaked vs Taimanov, 1998 1/2-1/2
   Shaked vs I E Morovic-Fernandez, 1997 1-0

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1995 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   1996 WYCC (open) U-18 by gauer
   1992 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer

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(born Feb-05-1978, 42 years old) United States of America

[what is this?]
Tal Shaked started playing chess in 1985 at age 7. He won the Arizona State Primary Championship in 1986, the National Elementary Championship in 1990, and at age 13 in 1991 became the youngest ever Arizona State Champion.

Awarded the IM title in 1994, he became the US Junior (under-20) Champion in 1995 and was awarded the prestigious Samford Chess fellowship the next year.

In 1997 Shaked won the U20 World Youth Championship and was awarded the Grandmaster title. In 1999, he participated in the World Chess Championship in Las Vegas, making it to the second round.

Currently, Shaked is on leave from his PhD program in computer sciences, and works for Google as a software engineer in the Search Quality team. His official website is at and he writes a weekly chess column for the Arizona Daily Star.

Wikipedia article: Tal Shaked

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 217  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Waitzkin vs Shaked 1-0171989National Elementary ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
2. M Guthrie vs Shaked  0-1401989Webb opB33 Sicilian
3. Shaked vs D Katzel ½-½151989Webb opC02 French, Advance
4. Shaked vs R Stetson 1-0271989Webb opC26 Vienna
5. R Adamson vs Shaked  1-0381989Webb opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. E Lupkowski vs Shaked 0-1291990?A57 Benko Gambit
7. D B Gurevich vs Shaked 1-0311990National OpenA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
8. Shaked vs J Kraai  1-050199192nd US OpenB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
9. Shaked vs S Boring 0-1451991Chicago National opA12 English with b3
10. C Van Tilbury vs Shaked  0-150199192nd US OpenA61 Benoni
11. Shaked vs N Raptis 1-024199192nd US OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
12. J Schroer vs Shaked  1-034199192nd US OpenA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
13. Igor Ivanov vs Shaked  1-0311992Tuscon opB33 Sicilian
14. K Gvein vs Shaked 0-1251992Wch U14B32 Sicilian
15. Shaked vs Leitao 0-1421992Wch U14B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Shaked vs Fedorowicz  0-1411992National OpenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
17. Shaked vs L B Hoyos Millan  1-0321992National OpenB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
18. Shaked vs P Rohwer  1-0401992USA Cadet chC55 Two Knights Defense
19. Shaked vs D Gadasi  1-0411992Wch U14B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Shaked vs B Avrukh 0-1361992Wch U14B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
21. Shaked vs E Klein 1-0231992USA Cadet chB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
22. Shaked vs P Jirovsky  1-0291992Wch U14B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
23. Z Tqebuchava vs Shaked  0-1331992Wch U14B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
24. J Manion vs Shaked  0-1371992USA Cadet chB33 Sicilian
25. A Gunnarsson vs Shaked  0-1401992Wch U14E60 King's Indian Defense
 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 217  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jun-10-05  aw1988: What nationality is Tal Shaked?
Jun-10-05  mohd rafi fan: American, I believe. I don't know what his origin is, though, if that is what you're looking for.
Jun-10-05  MrSifter: He comes from a Israeli-Jewish background.
Jun-10-05  WMD: Unfortunately his most famous game was a stinker: Shaked vs Kasparov, 1997
Jun-11-05  madlydeeply: Shaked grew up in Tucson Arizona and I think that his parents might have pushed him to play chess. Just a hunch...
Dec-28-05  Jim Bartle: Shaked wrote a fairly long article in Inside Chess about the "learning experience" of his disaster at Tilburg 1997. He sure sounded like a dedicated player, anxious to improve and move up in the world, but he seems to have played very little since. Maybe he went to college and gave up serious chess?
Apr-15-06  Knight13: <Shaked grew up in Tucson Arizona and I think that his parents might have pushed him to play chess. Just a hunch...> Yeah... But if he was pushed to play chess and he didn't like it much, he wouldn't be rated THIS high. ;)
Apr-15-06  Jim Bartle: Too bad he never played black vs. Mikhail Tal. Then you vs. yourself could have annotated the game.
Jun-09-06  babakova: I remember how Kasparov got pissed about how Shaked was invited to Tilburg in 1997. He really does have a winning personality that Mr. Kimovich.
Jun-09-06  Caissanist: <Maybe he went to college and gave up serious chess?> Basically, yes. He's pursuing a PhD in computer science from the University of Washington, although he seems to spend most of his time on leave working for various high tech companies. Last I heard he was at Google, and he's also worked for Microsoft and Intel. He still gives simuls from time to time, but that's all as far as chess is concerned.
Mar-07-08  mistreaver: I only remember this guy for blundering his queen in 1 move against Kasparov
Mar-20-08  waustad: His website link is now dead.
Apr-13-09  Dredge Rivers: He gave up chess for the computer industry? Fool! :)
May-16-09  myschkin: . . .

Homepage (up):

Jun-06-09  WhiteRook48: he was trying computer chess
Aug-29-09  melianis: But his surname isn't Visitor?
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  wordfunph: <He is on leave from his PhD program in computer sciences, currently working for Google as a software engineer in the Search Quality team.>

hope GM Tal Shaked gets back to his first love....chess!

Jun-24-10  Don Cossacks: OVERRATED
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: Aren't we all?
Jun-24-10  Don Cossacks: Just being an American made him popular...
Jun-24-10  Petrosianic: In that case, how come Bush isn't popular?
Dec-28-10  Queen 18: Tal Shaked is born in the United States, and grew up in Tucson. His mother, who does not play chess, didn't push him to play chess, but to play soccer.

Tal met a friend, who was in the chess club, and had to join, so his mother can carpool with his friend's mother to soccer's games. But, Tal started to like to play chess more than to play soccer.

Dec-29-10  kingfu: It sounds like Master Shaked is Arizonian in nationality.

Computer Science pays a lot better than chess, especially, when Google is about $600 a share.

Dec-29-10  ounos: Hey!! I'm in search quality too! I'll look for his office tomorrow. Nice, now I know with whom to play chess or go!
May-26-11  shalgo: Too bad that the database is missing what is arguably Shaked's most significant game--his win against Morozevich from the penultimate round of the World Junior Championship that helped clinch Shaked's victory:

[Event "Wch U20"]
[Site "Zagan"]
[Date "1997.07.26"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Shaked, Tal"]
[Black "Morozevich, Alexander"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D10"]
[WhiteElo "2500"]
[BlackElo "2590"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 e5 4. e3 e4 5. Qb3 Nf6 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Nh3 b6 8. cxd5 cxd5 9. Nf4 Bb7 10. Bb5+ Kf8 11. Be2 g6 12. f3 Nc6 13. fxe4 Na5 14. Qd1 dxe4 15. O-O Kg7 16. Rc1 Rc8 17. Nb5 a6 18. Na3 Rxc1 19. Qxc1 b5 20. Qe1 Nc6 21. Bd1 Qd6 22. Bb3 Nb4 23. Nb1 Nbd5 24. Nc3 Nb6 25. a3 Rc8 26. Qe2 Nc4 27. Be1 Qd7 28. h3 Ne8 29. a4 Ned6 30. axb5 axb5 31. Ncd5 Bd8 32. g4 Kg8 33. Nc3 Bc6 34. Na2 Na5 35. Bc2 b4 36. Nxb4 Bb5 37. Qf2 Bxf1 38. Qxf1 Nac4 39. Nfd5 f5 40. gxf5 Qxf5 41. Qxf5 gxf5 42. Bc3 Bh4 43. Ba4 Kh8 44. Nc2 h6 45. Kf1 Rb8 46. b3 Nb6 47. Nxb6 Rxb6 48. d5+ Kh7 49. Bd4 Rb7 50. Bc5 Bg3 51. Nd4 Rf7 52. Ke2 f4 53. exf4 Bxf4 54. b4 Bg3 55. Ne6 Rf5 56. Bc6 Nc4 57. d6 Nxd6 58. Bxd6 Bxd6 59. Bxe4 Bxb4 60. Bxf5+ Kh8 61. Kf3 h5 62. Kg3 Be1+ 63. Kf4 h4 64. Kg5 Kg8 65. Kg6 Bf2 66. Be4 Be1 67. Bc6 Bf2 68. Be8 Be1 69. Bf7+ Kh8 70. Nd4 Bf2 71. Nf5 Be1 72. Bc4 Bf2 73. Kf7 Be1 74. Bd3 Bf2 75. Ne7 Bc5 76. Ng6+ Kh7 77. Nxh4+ Kh8 78. Kg6 Kg8 79. Nf5 Bf2 80. h4 Bxh4 81. Nxh4 Kf8 82. Kf6 Kg8 83. Nf3 Kf8 84. Ne5 Kg8 85. Nf7 Kf8 86. Bh7 Ke8 87. Ne5 Kd8 88. Ke6 Kc7 89. Nd7 Kc6 90. Bd3 Kc7 91. Be4 Kd8 92. Kd6 Ke8 93. Bd5 Kd8 94. Bf7 Kc8 95. Nc5 1-0

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