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Justin Tan
Number of games in database: 222
Years covered: 2008 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2515 (2260 rapid, 2469 blitz)

Overall record: +67 -30 =65 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 60 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (38) 
    B90 B48 B22 B33 B30
 Caro-Kann (16) 
    B18 B17 B13 B15 B12
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C78 C60 C92 C95 C75
 French Defense (11) 
    C10 C11 C03 C01 C07
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
 Sicilian Taimanov (8) 
    B48 B45 B47
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C95 C78 C90 C96 C84
 Semi-Slav (9) 
    D44 D43 D45 D47
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    D02 E00 A45 A46 D04
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
    C95 C96 C90 C84 C91
 Giuoco Piano (8) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Reti System (7) 
    A06 A04
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C E Murphy vs Justin Tan, 2018 0-1
   Justin Tan vs A Hunt, 2015 1-0
   A J Walton vs Justin Tan, 2015 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (2016)
   British Championship (2019)
   Hastings 2016/17 (2016)
   British Championship (2018)
   British Championship (2014)
   4NCL Div 1a 2018/19 (2018)
   London Chess Classic Open (2012)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Isle of Man Masters (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Xtracon Chess Open (2017)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

   🏆 British Championship
   Justin Tan vs S Williams (Aug-04-19) 1-0
   S Gordon vs Justin Tan (Aug-03-19) 1-0
   J Emms vs Justin Tan (Aug-02-19) 1/2-1/2
   Justin Tan vs Adams (Aug-01-19) 1/2-1/2
   Justin Tan vs D Howell (Jul-31-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-19-1997, 23 years old) Australia

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Grandmaster (2018).

FM (2013); IM (2015).

Justin Tan is one of Australia's promising juniors, and is one of two juniors amongst Australia's top ten players.

International Master Norms

Tan won his first IM norm during the 2013-14 NCL. His 2nd IM norm came at the Caissa GM tournament held in Kecskemet in Hungary in February 2014, and he secured his 3rd IM norm , and the IM title, at the Bunratty Classic 2015 in Ireland on 22 February 2015.


Tan scored his first positive result against an accredited Master when he drew with WIM Narelle Szuveges in the Noble Park Club Championship in February 2008. Six months later he scored his first win against a master at the Noble Park Grade A Championship when he defeated FM Al-Rashid Abdul Wahab of Iraq. At the age of 12, he competed in the World U16 Championship 2009 that was held in Antalya in Turkey, scoring a solid rating-enhancing 5.5/11. He scored 5.5/9 in the 2011 U14 World Championship, beating the eventual winner FM (and now GM) Kirill Alekseenko in their individual encounter. He first played in the Oceania Zonal 3.6 in 2011 and scored 6.5/9 in the Zonal 3.6 tournament in 2013, earning his FM title under the 50% rule. He placed second to Alastair Cameron in the 2012 Australian U18 Open with 7.5/9 and did well in scoring 6/11 in the 2012 Australian Championship. He was equal second at the Victorian Championship in 2013. In September 2015, he was equal first at the Illinois Open State Chess Championship.

In October and November 2015, Tan contested the World U18 Championship staged in Greece, and placed =4th with 8/11.


<2007-2009> Tan's first FIDE-rated event was the Arthur Tan Malaysian Open Championship in 2007. His first significant result at the sharp end of the leader board was equal first at the Noble Park Chess Club Open in Melbourne in May 2009.

<2010-2012> In May 2010, he scored his first win against an International Master when he defeated Mirko Rujevic at the City of Melbourne Open. He was equal first at the MCC ANZAC Day Weekender in 2010 alongside Erik O M C Teichmann and Mirko Rujevic, and won the same event in 2012 in Melbourne with 6.5/7. He won the Noble Park Grade A event in 2011, was equal first (second on tiebreak) at the 2011 Noble Park Club Championship, placed fourth in the Noble Park Club Championship 2012, and was equal first at the Noble Park Masters 2012. He finished 2012 by winning the Bob Brooking Round Robin ahead of IMs James Morris and Rujevic.

<2013-2015> 2013 started with equal first at the Noble Park Club Championship. He was equal first at the Canterbury Summer Swiss 2013 held in December 2013 in Melbourne. He chanced his arm at the powerful Isle of Man Masters (2015) held in October 2015, and scored a rating-neutral 4.5/9.

Team Events

6/10 on board 2 at the 2012 World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad, helping the Australia "A" team to 8th place. Tan played board 2 for Oxford 1 in the 2013-14 4NCL, winning his first IM norm during that event.

Rating and Ranking

Tan's initial rating was 1802 in April 2008. His highest rating and ranking to date is 2446 and Australian #6 in November 2015.

Last updated: 2019-02-23 11:19:14

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 222  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Justin Tan vs R Legaspi 0-1382008Malaysian OpenB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
2. Justin Tan vs O Phillips  1-0282012London Chess Classic OpenC10 French
3. Mohammed Islam vs Justin Tan  0-1212012London Chess Classic OpenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Justin Tan vs Sarakauskas  ½-½282012London Chess Classic OpenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. J Houska vs Justin Tan 1-0532012London Chess Classic OpenD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
6. Justin Tan vs A White  1-0232012London Chess Classic OpenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
7. T Weber vs Justin Tan  ½-½222012London Chess Classic OpenA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
8. Justin Tan vs P Golubka  0-1192012London Chess Classic OpenB54 Sicilian
9. Justin Tan vs T Villiers  1-0262014British ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
10. J Fathallah vs Justin Tan  0-1362014British ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Justin Tan vs Y Zhou  1-0522014British ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
12. Justin Tan vs J Hawkins 0-1312014British ChampionshipC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
13. S Williams vs Justin Tan 1-0752014British ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
14. Justin Tan vs M Fernandez  ½-½402014British ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. R Willmoth vs Justin Tan  0-1502014British ChampionshipA20 English
16. Arkell vs Justin Tan  ½-½142014British ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
17. Justin Tan vs R Haria  ½-½402014British ChampionshipA14 English
18. Justin Tan vs P J Batchelor  1-0232014British ChampionshipB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
19. J Emms vs Justin Tan  1-0382014British ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
20. V Durarbayli vs Justin Tan  1-0662014SPICE Cup OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
21. L D'Costa vs Justin Tan  ½-½322015Bunratty ClassicA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
22. Justin Tan vs B Thorfinnsson  0-1312015Bunratty ClassicC60 Ruy Lopez
23. L Trent vs Justin Tan  ½-½292015Bunratty ClassicC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Galego vs Justin Tan  ½-½182015Bunratty ClassicA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
25. Justin Tan vs S Maze  ½-½332015Bunratty ClassicB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-27-11  twinlark: He's on the map, now. Well done beating Alekseenko.
Dec-26-15  twinlark: Good result in the World U18.
Aug-05-16  CountryGirl: Brilliant result for Justin Tan in the British Championships 2016 - 3rd place. Justin has advanced in leaps and bounds thanks to his overseas experience. As has Moulthun Ly. Moulthun will surely be a GM soon, and Justin won't be far behind him. Great job lads!
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  wordfunph: ...and now Australia's newest GM!
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  Penguincw: (in July 2018)

(then) IM Justin Tan wins the Paracin Open with a score of 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3). His only 3 draws were vs. grandmasters. Was one of 2 players with a perfect score after 4 rounds.

Jul-26-19  BIDMONFA: Justin Tan

TAN, Justin

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