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Jonathan Tisdall
J Tisdall 
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Number of games in database: 491
Years covered: 1973 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2417
Highest rating achieved in database: 2492
Overall record: +151 -142 =198 (50.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (42) 
    E92 E91 E94 E97 E77
 Sicilian (26) 
    B81 B57 B70 B87 B46
 English (17) 
    A13 A15 A14 A10 A17
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E38 E41 E32 E42 E20
 Grunfeld (15) 
    D90 D85 D97 D86 D82
 Modern Benoni (12) 
    A57 A78 A65 A77 A58
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (55) 
    B21 B84 B22 B30 B33
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C99 C61 C73 C70 C72
 English (16) 
    A10 A13 A14 A16 A15
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A45 E10 A46 D01 D00
 Dutch Defense (13) 
    A90 A89 A85 A87 A84
 Queen's Gambit Declined (12) 
    D37 D31 D35 D36
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Tisdall vs G D Lee, 1981 1-0
   L Ogaard vs J Tisdall, 1987 0-1
   Short vs J Tisdall, 1985 1/2-1/2
   J Tisdall vs L Christiansen, 1995 1-0
   J Tisdall vs D Parr, 1975 1-0
   J Tisdall vs J Grefe, 1975 1-0
   J Tisdall vs E Martinovsky, 1977 1-0
   J Tisdall vs Jansa, 1988 1-0
   M Gurevich vs J Tisdall, 1988 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Kings Head International (1982)
   Lewisham International (1982)
   Oslo (1988)
   Reykjavik Open (1996)
   Helsinki (1986)
   Norwegian Championship (1994)
   Akureyri (1988)
   Edward Lasker Memorial (1981)
   Manchester Benedictine Open (1981)
   Reykjavik Open (1988)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Reykjavik Open (1990)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Moscow Olympiad (1994)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vestmannaeyjar 1985 by Tabanus

   🏆 TCh-NOR Codanserien
   F Urkedal vs J Tisdall (Jan-14-17) 1/2-1/2
   E Romanov vs J Tisdall (Oct-29-16) 1/2-1/2
   M Rodshtein vs J Tisdall (Sep-14-14) 1-0
   Harikrishna vs J Tisdall (Oct-26-13) 1-0
   J Tisdall vs J van de Griendt (Oct-25-13) 0-1

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(born Aug-26-1958, 65 years old) United States of America (federation/nationality Norway)

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Jonathan Tisdall (born in Buffalo, New York) is a Grandmaster (title awarded in 1993) and works as a freelance journalist. An American citizen by origin, he became Irish and later Norwegian. He was Norwegian Champion in 1987, 1991 and 1995. Tisdall is also a FIDE Senior Trainer.

Wikipedia article: Jonathan Tisdall

Last updated: 2023-08-26 14:34:22

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 491  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Tisdall vs E Marchand  0-1401973Buffalo OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. J Tisdall vs E Winslow  0-118197374th US OpenB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
3. J Tisdall vs J Grefe 1-0551975Lone PineB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
4. J Tisdall vs M Damjanovic  0-1311975Lone PineB44 Sicilian
5. W Martz vs J Tisdall  ½-½231975Lone PineB08 Pirc, Classical
6. J Tisdall vs L Day 0-1461975Lone PineC48 Four Knights
7. Z Vranesic vs J Tisdall  0-1451975Lone PineA10 English
8. Pilnik vs J Tisdall  1-0581975Lone PineB06 Robatsch
9. J Tisdall vs R Ervin ½-½131975Lone PineC48 Four Knights
10. I Bilek vs J Tisdall  1-0371975Lone PineA15 English
11. J Tisdall vs D Parr  1-0291975Lone PineB89 Sicilian
12. C Barnes vs J Tisdall  0-1371975Lone PineA00 Uncommon Opening
13. J Tisdall vs Browne  0-1391976USAA57 Benko Gambit
14. J Tisdall vs Forintos  ½-½411976Lone PineB06 Robatsch
15. T Weinberger vs J Tisdall  0-1401976Lone PineA16 English
16. Miles vs J Tisdall  1-0331976Lone PineA16 English
17. J Tisdall vs Browne  0-1641976Lone PineB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
18. D J Strauss vs J Tisdall 1-0181976Lone PineB06 Robatsch
19. J Loftsson vs J Tisdall 1-0481976Lone PineD74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
20. J Tisdall vs R Blumenfeld  1-0351976Lone PineB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
21. J Tisdall vs Fedorowicz  ½-½411976United States Championship (Juniors)A57 Benko Gambit
22. M Diesen vs J Tisdall  ½-½421976United States Championship (Juniors)E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
23. J Tisdall vs de Firmian  1-0301976United States Championship (Juniors)E97 King's Indian
24. K Regan vs J Tisdall  1-0501976United States Championship (Juniors)B08 Pirc, Classical
25. J Tisdall vs M Rohde  ½-½771976United States Championship (Juniors)A78 Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6
 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 491  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-01-04  MoonlitKnight: American-born Tisdall is the 7th highest rated Norwegian player as of today, although he is partly retired.
Apr-12-04  Phoenix: For anyone who seriously wants to get better, GM Jonathan Tisdall's book "Improve Your Chess Now" is a must. He suggests good ways to train yourself.
Apr-12-04  Bitzovich: Yep, i have that book, its really good, although the guy is a bit of eccentric..
Apr-13-04  TrueFiendish: All the better...
Jan-20-05  JamesKnight: Aren`t all chessplayers a bit ecentric?
Jun-12-05  aw1988: <JamesKnight> Yes.

Tisdall is a wonderful author in my opinion.

Sep-16-05  grasser: Anyone know how I can E-Mail or message Tisdall? Thank's George
Feb-24-06  fred lennox: Improve your chess now is an excellent book. I highly recommend it. As a guinea pig, it worked for me. not only did i become stronger as a player, i feel my rate of improvement is steadier. It is, in a way, a complement to Think like a grandmaster by Kotov. In my opinion, it is not a substitute for the book for the serious student but has the advantage of hindsight and latter games. The book is to Kotov's book what Keene's Reappraisal is to My System.
Aug-26-06  BIDMONFA: Jonathan D Tisdall

TISDALL, Jonathan D.

Oct-03-06  Chessbum1: I first met Tisdall back in '73 in Syracuse NY. He was just a teen, and I was truly impressed by his quick sight of the board, and blitz chess.
Aug-26-07  cheski: Happy Birthday!

What a checkered past! American, then Irish, then Norwegian. With Japanese ancestry mixed in.

Today's puzzle shows his amazing insight:
L Ogaard vs J D Tisdall, 1987

where finding move 32...Nxd5 was inspirational.

Aug-30-11  wordfunph: "I heard Kasparov say something to the effect that an attack begins when you get a pawn near the (enemy) king. He should know..."

- GM Jonathan Tisdall (from his book Improve Your Chess Now)

Jan-02-12  acmilan03c1: Full name: Jonathan David Tisdall (see the info box on the right side of the page)
Aug-26-12  talisman: happy birthday Jonathan.
Nov-23-18  alfamikewhiskey: A peak rating of 2515 (July 1996) for this eloquent and skilful writer.

(His lucid musings about the ongoing 2018 WCC: <> and <>

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  Knighthawkmiller: Photo of Tisdall on chessgames is not him. See link for some photos of JT:
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  MissScarlett: That's David Navara.
Sep-19-22  stone free or die: "That"?!

Again, a bit cryptic <Missy>, could you elaborate a little for your readers, please?

This "that", from <Knighthawkmiller> is indeed Tisdell:

The other "that", is from <CG> - see above (currentlY), is not Tisdell:

How does <CG> get this stuff wrong, one wonders? (Or wonder not, it being a general wonder so often).

Sep-19-22  stone free or die: BTW - credit on the current <CG> profile photo is -

Who the heck are they?

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