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Stan Vaughan
Number of games in database: 4
Years covered: 1987 to 1988
Overall record: +3 -1 =0 (75.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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Stan Vaughan is a USCF rated expert from Las Vegas, Nevada, best known as the longtime world champion of the World Chess Federation. According to the now-defunct WCF website, the organization was founded in 1992 by Bobby Fischer as a vehicle for defending his world champion title against Boris Spassky, and the title then passed to Vaughan when Fischer retired in 1994. As of November 2015, the WCF website lists Vaughan not only as world champion but the highest rated player, with a current rating of 4412 (Fischer is listed as second at 2897, despite having died in 2008).

Despite sporadic lawsuits and media appearances by Vaughan, the WCF's claims that the organization is a competitor to FIDE, as well as its recognition of Vaughan as world champion and highest rated player, were not widely accepted. As of 2017, the website no longer exists.

Last updated: 2017-10-03 01:57:02

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Vaughan vs J Ramsden  1-0261987Lucius Endzelins MemorialE70 King's Indian
2. S Vaughan vs F Gehlhoff 1-0391987corrE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
3. D Lovejoy vs S Vaughan 1-0191987Lucius Endzelins MemorialC18 French, Winawer
4. M Papa vs S Vaughan 0-1591988ASPCC PostalC00 French Defense
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  perfidious: Why bother playing any more, in the face of Vaughan's evident superiority? The bugger should, at least, be excluded from ordinary world title events, having proved his greatness beyond all cavil.
Apr-03-15  dumbgai: Is it even possible to reach a rating of 4412 on the FIDE scale? If the top engines are ~3300 right now, you have to think that somewhere higher up (say, around 3600), they'd be so strong that even against perfectly play they'd hold the draw often enough to prevent ratings from going up much higher than that.
Apr-03-15  Caissanist: Is this guy funny on purpose, or does he actually believe the stuff he writes? Either way, the wcfchess site is a great read. My favorite was this press release from last year:

<The World Chess Federation, in response to numerous inquiries, reiterates today that it does not in any way recognize competitor FIDE (International Chess Federation) promotion of upcoming match in Sochi between Carlsen and Anand as in any way being a so called world championship, which violates WCF’s registered trademark rights to “The World Chess Championship”. WCF does not sanction the match as such. WCF reiterates that the 2014 “The World Chess Championship” title match will between current recognized titleholder Vaughan and the winner of the upcoming “World Series of Chess” candidates matches in Las Vegas, that finals match winner becoming official challenger for a first to 11 wins title match for the official “The World Chess Championship.”>

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  perfidious: Dang, y'all mean Carlsen playing A-nand was a pointless exercise between two weakies that cain't even carry this guy's jockstrap? Makes any of us that watched that there match a buncha idiots!
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  offramp: Here is the latest top 10 of the WCF. From

Wesley So is sixth. Vaughan's rating has shot up. There are no Russians.

1. Stan Vaughan 4412 USA WCF Grand Master
2. Bobby Fischer (deceased 2008) 2897 Iceland WCF Grand Master 3. Vassily Ivanchuk 2845 Ukraine
4. Boris Spassky 2805 France WCF Grand Master
5. Gata Kamsky 2786 USA
6. Wesley So 2758 Philippines
7. Le Quang Liem 2735 Vietnam
8. Baadur Jobava 2696 Georgia
9. Emil Sutovsky 2679 Israel
10.Anna Muzychuk 2678 Slovenia

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  offramp: I have just received his book through the post: <Paul Morphy: Confederate Spy>.

I got it bon marché from the USA (the northern part).

It has a sticker on the front saying that it has been

<Nominated for the 2010 Faulkner, 2010 Pulitzer, and 2011 Gardner Prize awards for fiction; 2011 Cooper and 2010 O'Dell awards for historical fiction; 2010 Shaara award for excellence in Civil war fiction>

Anyone know anything about those awards?

I have only quickly flicked through it so far, and it seems RIDDLED with spelling mistakes. There is no E in Ministry, Stan!

I may post a longer review later, if I can finish it.

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  whiteshark: "I set the book down. I do not know if I will pick it back up again."

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  whiteshark: "I set the book down. I do not know if I will pick it back up again."

Aug-23-15  savagerules: Is Stan Vaughn currently living in a mental institution in Las Vegas? If not, he should be. What a putz this guy is! If I create my own bogus chess federation I pledge my rating will stay under 4000 and I will put Carlsen at 3100 out of the kindness of my heart.
Mar-28-16  Petrosianic: <offramp>: <Here is the latest top 10 of the WCF. From

Wesley So is sixth. Vaughan's rating has shot up. There are no Russians.

1. Stan Vaughan 4412 USA WCF Grand Master
2. Bobby Fischer (deceased 2008) 2897 Iceland WCF Grand Master>

In real life, Vaughan is rated 2104. So if we pro-rate the two systems, with Vaughan's rating at 152% of Fischers, that means Vaughan considers Fischer to have been 1381 strength, USCF. And that's at his <peak>, mind you!

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  whiteshark: Stan Vaughan gಠ◡ಠgles himse1f!

┬┴┬┴┤( ͡° ͜ʖ├┬┴┬┴ related:

Sep-15-16  dumbgai: Stan Vaughan (Trump supporter?) attempted to ask Donald Trump a series of questions on Twitter, but sent them to a parody account instead (and with bad grammar, to boot):

He also seems to be a firm supporter of the Confederate flag, even though he lives in (and represents) a state that was not a part of the CSA:

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  alexmagnus: He himself is a parody - I mean, that WCF site is weird even for a parody.
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  offramp: To my amazement, to my DISGUST, this puffed-up Rodomontade has appeared on a stamp!
He appears on the 1020F stamp of the République de Burundi. Other people honoured by that fatuous country are:
1120F Emanuel Lasker
3000F Paul Morphy
3000F Alexandra Kosteniuk.

How much confidence should the financial world place in the economy of a country whose postal service believes the delusional witterings of an egoist like Stan Vaughan?


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  Fusilli: Wow. I had never heard of this guy until today.

<Caissanist> <WCF’s registered trademark rights to “The World Chess Championship”.>

Trademark rights? Hilarious. I'd love to see Vaughan sue FIDE over it.

Oct-03-17  Caissanist: Sadly, the World Chess Federation is no more. now redirects to the World Chess Hall of Fame, an organization which won a lawsuit (by default) which the WCF had brought against it several years ago. Google searches for "World Chess Federation" now all take you to the FIDE website. Sad to see greatness unrecognized in this way.
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  whiteshark: <Caissanist: Sadly, the World Chess Federation is no more.> In fact, we would need him now the most, to keep AlphaZero (Computer) in his place...
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  offramp: I have found another game by him, a loss. It is a Correspondence game so it does not belong in the database here.

There are two comments by me and two by an unknown person.

I am certain that both players blundered on move 90. I do not know what an "NM" is.

[Event "The WCA/WCF Correspondence Match"]
[Site "Las Vegas & Chicago 4/30/00"]
[Date "1999.08.08"]
[Round "?"]
[White "NM Vaughan, Stan"]
[Black "NM Steriev, Ljupco (Ljupce/Lupco"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A50"]
[Annotator "Alan OB"]
[PlyCount "210"]
[EventDate "1999.08.08"]
[EventType "game (corr)"]
[EventCountry "USA"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 b6 4. e4 Bb4 5. Bd3 Bb7 6. Qf3 c5 7. d5 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 d6 9. Bg5 Nbd7 10. Bf4 Qe7 11. Ne2 O-O When is best time to castle, just like when to play b2, g2 bishops is one of chess's unsolved mysteries, positional or open tactics & strategies; here black's perfect play is slowly turning into masterpiece! 12. O-O e5 13. Bg5 h6 14. Bh4 Qe8 15. Rfd1 Kh8 16. Bc2 Ng8 17. Ba4 Ne7 18. Ng3 Ng6 19. Nf5 Nxh4 20. Nxh4 Qd8 21. Nf5 Nf6 22. Qg3 g6 23. Nxh6 Nxe4 24. Qe3 Ng5 25. h4 Nh7 26. Qg3 Qf6 27. Ng4 Qe7 28. Ne3 Rg8 29. h5 gxh5 30. Qh3 Rg5 31. Kf1 Rag8 32. Bd7 Nf6 33. Bf5 Ne8 34. Qh4 Ng7 35. Qe4 Qf6 36. Bh7 Rf8 37. Qc2 Qh6 38. Bd3 e4 39. Bxe4 f5 40. Bf3 f4 41. Re1 fxe3 42. Rxe3 Nf5 43. Re6 Rg6 44. Re4 Rfg8 45. Ke2 Qf8 46. Rh1 h4 47. g4 Nh6 48. Rxh4 Qf6 49. Rh3 Bc8 50. Qd2 Rf8 51. Qe3 Kg8 52. Rxh6 Rxh6 53. g5 Qxf3+ 54. Qxf3 Rxf3 55. gxh6 Rf8 56. Re7 Ba6 57. Kd3 Rf7 58. Re6 Rxf2 59. Rxd6 Rf4 60. Rd8+ Kh7 61. a4 Kxh6 62. d6 Bxc4+ 63. Ke3 Rf7 64. a5 b5 65. Ke4 Kg5 66. Rh8 a6 67. Rh2 Rf4+ 68. Ke3 Rf5 69. Rd2 Re5+ 70. Kf2 Re8 71. d7 Rd8 72. Rd6 Kf4 73. Rxa6 Rxd7 74. Rc6 Rd2+ 75. Ke1 Ke3 76. Rg6 Re2+ 77. Kd1 Bb3+ 78. Kc1 Ra2 79. Rg5 Kd3 80. Rxc5 Rxa5 81. Kb2 Bc4 82. Rh5 Ra2+ 83. Kb1 Kxc3 84. Rh3+ Kd4 85. Rh4+ Kc5 86. Rh5+ Bd5 87. Rf5 Re2 88. Kc1 b4 89. Rf8 b3 90. Rd8 Kb4 Alan: This seems to be move played, as it is the ▢ that allows the subsequent moves to make sense. 91. Kd1 (Alan: 91. Rxd5 $11) 91... Bc4 92. Rb8+ Kc3 93. Rc8 Re4 94. Rh8 b2 Alan: ♗lack is bloody lucky that this still wins! 95. Rh3+ Bd3 96. Rxd3+ Kc4 97. Kc2 Re2+ 98. Rd2 Rxd2+ 99. Kxd2 b1=Q Vaughan's position was unstable, unbalanced long before the endgame. 100. Ke2 Qd3+ 101. Kf2 Kd4 102. Kg2 Ke3 103. Kh3 Qg6 104. Kh4 Kf3 Only careful play and precise order of moves won this game for Steriev. There were many traps for a theoretical draw that were well avoided! ♔udos, bravo, bravisimo!!! 105. Kh3 Qg3# 0-1

An odd game.

Feb-01-19  Granny O Doul: I imagine NM here means National Master, the nation being the USA. The other player is probably best known (aside perhaps from this game) for a meteoric rating increase that qualified him for the 1997 US Junior Championship, wherein he sadly failed to match his recent form.
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  offramp: <Granny O Doul> I thought either National or Non-.
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  whiteshark: "Stan Vaughan, representative of [the ♔dom of] <Ourania>, is an avid chess player, and has even managed to get his face on a stamp issued by Burundi."

Sep-08-19  Wanda Nida:
Sep-08-19  Wanda Nida: Lupco lost first game. In order to make time he played it from memory. He screwed up the position & lost major pieces in the opening. He asked Stan to allow him to take back a move but Stan true to his nature flatly rejected it & on October 13 1999, complained on how Lupco is no longer member of Stan's WCF.

I don't know why Stan did it. That did not merit worldwide attention. They were good friend until Lupco asked him to take the move back. Lupco won the other game but all the time, throughout the match Stan kept on telling Lupco to resign because Lupco's position was "lost!" Wow, go figure...

Sep-08-19  Wanda Nida: Lupco is promoting the Lubek Castle 0000 or The 2000 Castle, fine move: /LongLongCastle.txt
Sep-13-19  Wanda Nida: Here's another fine game by LS vs correspondence GM; with the long long castle move:

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[Round "1a-Official-Lubek's 0-0-0-0 Viewer Required!"] [White "GM Jan Lubek"]
[Black "GM Radovan Matic"]
[Result "1-0"]
[FEN "

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1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 b6 3.d4 Bb7 4.e4 Bb4 5.e5 Ne7 6.Qg4 Nf5 7.Bg5 h5 8.Qf5 ef5 9.Bd8 Kd8 10.0-0-0-0 Bc3 11.Rc3 Re8 12.Nf3 Be4 13.Kc1 Nc6 14.Be2 g6 15.a3 a5 16.Rd1 Bf3 17.Rf3 Rb8 18.Re3 a4 19.Kc210.0-0-0-0 ♗c3 11.♖c3 ♖e8 12.♘f3 ♗e4 13.♔c1 ♘c6 14.♗e2 g6 15.a3 a5 16.♖d1 ♗f3 17.♖f3 ♖b8 18.♖e3 a4 played before Na5 20.f4 c5 21.d5 Ke7 22.d6+ Kf8 23.Kc3 Nc6 24.Bf3 Nd4 25.Rxd4 cxd4+ 26.Kd4 Rec8 27.b4 ab3 28.Rb3 Kg7 29.h4 Kf8 30.Rb5 f6 31.a4 fe5 32.fe5 Ke8 33.Bd5 Rd8 34.c5 bc5 35.Kc4 White's Excellent Move, if the ♔ing takes the pawn, rook gets into white's territory, picks up pawns and has excellent winning chances! f4 36.a5 Rxb5 37.Kxb5! If... c4 38.♔xc4 ♖c8 39.♔b5!!! 1-0

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