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Jonathan D Tisdall
Number of games in database: 314
Years covered: 1973 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2417
Highest rating achieved in database: 2492

Overall record: +89 -102 =123 (47.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (26) 
    E92 E91 E94 E97 E70
 Sicilian (21) 
    B81 B57 B87 B92 B80
 English (12) 
    A13 A14 A15 A10 A12
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E41 E38 E42 E44 E32
 Reti System (9) 
    A04 A06
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D90 D86 D97 D87 D85
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (28) 
    B22 B84 B21 B90 B80
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C61 C99 C68 C91 C86
 English (12) 
    A16 A13 A10 A14 A15
 Dutch Defense (9) 
    A90 A87 A85 A89
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    A45 E10 D02 A46 D00
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D58 D63 D56 D60 D50
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Tisdall vs G Lee, 1981 1-0
   L Ogaard vs Tisdall, 1987 0-1
   Short vs Tisdall, 1985 1/2-1/2
   Tisdall vs L Christiansen, 1995 1-0
   Tisdall vs D Parr, 1975 1-0
   Tisdall vs Martinovsky, 1977 1-0
   Tisdall vs J A Grefe, 1975 1-0
   Tisdall vs E Berg, 1995 1-0
   M Gurevich vs Tisdall, 1988 0-1
   Tisdall vs Jansa, 1988 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Vestmannaeyjar (1985)
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)
   EUR-chT (Men) 9th (1989)
   EUR-chT (Men) 10th (1992)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   Moscow Olympiad (1994)
   European Club Cup (2003)
   European Club Cup (2010)
   European Club Cup (2011)

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

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

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(born Aug-26-1958, 62 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.

Wikipedia article: Jonathan Tisdall

Last updated: 2021-03-08 04:56:10

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 314  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tisdall vs E W Marchand  0-1401973Buffalo OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. Tisdall vs E Winslow  0-118197374th US OpenB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
3. Tisdall vs J A Grefe 1-0551975Lone PineB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
4. Tisdall vs Damjanovic  0-1311975Lone PineB44 Sicilian
5. W Martz vs Tisdall  ½-½231975Lone PineB08 Pirc, Classical
6. Tisdall vs L Day 0-1461975Lone PineC48 Four Knights
7. Z Vranesic vs Tisdall  0-1451975Lone PineA10 English
8. Pilnik vs Tisdall  1-0581975Lone PineB06 Robatsch
9. Tisdall vs R Ervin ½-½131975Lone PineC48 Four Knights
10. I Bilek vs Tisdall  1-0371975Lone PineA15 English
11. Tisdall vs D Parr  1-0291975Lone PineB89 Sicilian
12. C N Barnes vs Tisdall  0-1371975Lone PineA00 Uncommon Opening
13. Seirawan vs Tisdall 1-0331976USA-ch U21D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Tisdall vs de Firmian  1-0301976US Junior ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
15. Tisdall vs Browne  0-1391976Ch USAA57 Benko Gambit
16. Tisdall vs Forintos  ½-½411976Lone PineB06 Robatsch
17. T Weinberger vs Tisdall  0-1401976Lone PineA16 English
18. Miles vs Tisdall  1-0331976Lone PineA16 English
19. Tisdall vs Browne  0-1641976Lone PineB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
20. D J Strauss vs Tisdall 1-0181976Lone PineB06 Robatsch
21. J Loftsson vs Tisdall 1-0481976Lone PineD74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
22. Tisdall vs R Blumenfeld  1-0351976Lone PineB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
23. Tisdall vs Gheorghiu  0-1411977OrenseE14 Queen's Indian
24. Keene vs Tisdall  1-0301977OrenseA28 English
25. Browne vs Tisdall  ½-½371977OrenseD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
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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.

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  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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