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Yasser Seirawan
Number of games in database: 1,203
Years covered: 1973 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2620 (2647 rapid, 2523 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2658

Overall record: +339 -219 =501 (55.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 144 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (74) 
    E77 E73 E75 E81 E83
 English (55) 
    A10 A19 A16 A13 A18
 English, 1 c4 c5 (51) 
    A36 A30 A34 A31 A35
 Queen's Indian (48) 
    E12 E15 E17 E19
 English, 1 c4 e5 (46) 
    A28 A25 A20 A29 A21
 Queen's Gambit Declined (45) 
    D37 D31 D35 D30 D38
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (156) 
    B12 B18 B10 B13 B14
 Queen's Pawn Game (54) 
    A41 E00 D02 A46 A40
 Queen's Indian (51) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16 E14
 French Defense (51) 
    C16 C10 C14 C07 C00
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (44) 
    D21 D20 D27 D26 D24
 Pirc (26) 
    B08 B09 B07
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Seirawan vs Timman, 1990 1-0
   V Kovacevic vs Seirawan, 1980 0-1
   Seirawan vs Karpov, 1982 1-0
   Seirawan vs Spassky, 1990 1-0
   Seirawan vs Ivanchuk, 1997 1-0
   Sax vs Seirawan, 1988 1/2-1/2
   Seirawan vs Z Kozul, 1991 1-0
   Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1986 1-0
   Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Seirawan vs A Kuligowski, 1983 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Biel Interzonal (1985)
   Magistral Casino Barcelona (2011)
   Karpov - Seirawan Match (2012)
   Mar del Plata (1982)
   Phillips & Drew Kings (1982)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   US Championship (1991)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   Toluca Interzonal (1982)
   Niksic (1983)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   World Chess Team Championship (2011)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Seirawan's Excellent Games by Everett
   Some S-upermen Post WWII by fredthebear
   Seirawan! by larrewl
   Melody Amber 1992 (Rapid DRR) by amadeus
   Melody Amber 1993 by amadeus
   Reykjavik World Cup 1991 by suenteus po 147

   Kramnik vs Deep Fritz, 2006

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   G Guseinov vs Seirawan (Oct-14-15) 1-0, blitz
   Seirawan vs D Abel (Oct-14-15) 0-1, blitz
   D Hausrath vs Seirawan (Oct-14-15) 1-0, blitz
   Seirawan vs V Kovalev (Oct-14-15) 0-1, blitz
   K Kulon vs Seirawan (Oct-14-15) 1-0, blitz

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(born Mar-24-1960, 59 years old) Syria (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Grandmaster (1980) and FIDE Senior Trainer (2004) Yasser Seirawan was born in Damascus, Syria. When he was seven, his family emigrated to Seattle, Washington, USA, where he learned the game at the age of twelve. He is a four-time United States Champion 1981 1986 1989 and 2000 , won the World Junior Chess Championship in 1979, and played in the Candidates events at Montpelier 1985 and Saint John 1988. In July, 1990, he was #10 on the FIDE rating list at 2635.

Seirawan is a notable author of instructional and historical works, and was the editor of Inside Chess.

In 2001 he released a plan to reunite the chess world; Ruslan Ponomariov had gained the FIDE championship in 2003, while Vladimir Kramnik had beaten Garry Kasparov for the Braingames title. Seirawan's plan called for one match between Ruslan Ponomariov and Garry Kasparov, and another between Vladimir Kramnik and the winner of the 2002 Einstein tournament in Dortmund, Peter Leko. The winners of these matches would then play each other to become undisputed World Champion. This plan became the Prague Agreement and was signed by all parties in question. Four years later the unification process was completed, although not under the exact terms dictated by the agreement. He is married to Yvette Nagel.

Interview with IM Ana Matnadze on 28 October 2011:

Wikipedia article: Yasser Seirawan

 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,203  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Seirawan vs Suttles 0-125197374th US OpenA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
2. A Mengarini vs Seirawan 0-123197475th US OpenB07 Pirc
3. D Saxton vs Seirawan  0-166197576th US OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Seirawan vs Bisguier 1-053197576th US OpenA28 English
5. J Peters vs Seirawan ½-½47197576th US OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
6. Benko vs Seirawan 1-056197576th US OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
7. Seirawan vs J D Tisdall 1-0331976USA-ch U18D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Seirawan vs K Regan  1-0461976USA-ch U18A10 English
9. Seirawan vs R Henley 1-0411976USA-ch U18A28 English
10. Seirawan vs M Diesen  ½-½231976USA-ch U18A28 English
11. Rohde vs Seirawan 1-0581976US Junior ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
12. Fedorowicz vs Seirawan 1-0291976USA-ch U18B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. de Firmian vs Seirawan 1-0441976USA-ch U18B01 Scandinavian
14. Miles vs Seirawan 1-0601976Lone PineB08 Pirc, Classical
15. Seirawan vs J Meyers ½-½1001976Lone PineA34 English, Symmetrical
16. F Street vs Seirawan ½-½251976Lone PineA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
17. Seirawan vs D Berry  0-1391976Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
18. de Firmian vs Seirawan  ½-½281976Lone PineA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
19. D Fritzinger vs Seirawan  ½-½291976Lone PineB12 Caro-Kann Defense
20. Seirawan vs C N Barnes  0-1301976Lone PineA25 English
21. Seirawan vs L Christiansen  ½-½321977Golden Gate opA28 English
22. Seirawan vs P Cornelius  1-0441977Golden Gate opA16 English
23. Benko vs Seirawan ½-½191977Lone PineC00 French Defense
24. Seirawan vs Reshevsky ½-½191977Lone PineE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
25. Seirawan vs L Shamkovich ½-½501977Lone PineA36 English
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Mar-24-17  TheFocus: I have a full run of "Inside Chess."
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  saffuna: So do I, but spread into every nook and cranny of the house. My only connection to the world of chess back in the 90s.
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  hansj: I would like to echoe Ironmanth's fine words. Happy Birthday Yasser! and many good returns.
Mar-24-17  Howard: Well, what about a certain GM who was world champion from 1957-58? As Yasser himself has pointed out, the two of them shared the same birthday.
Mar-24-17  gars: Happy Birthday, Grandmaster Seirawan! I wish you the best.
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  saffuna: A promising junior:
May-24-17  Boomie: <saffuna: A promising junior...>

Nice picture. That's the Yaz I kept in lunch money at 5 minute back in the day. Within about 4 years, Yaz was one of the best 5 minute players in the US. Aside from a boatload of talent, he worked harder on the game than anybody else.

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  perfidious: Dang, that photo even antedates the tough player I first saw at the old Bond Court Hotel in Cleveland in May 1977.
May-01-19  Helios727: Has anyone else noticed that in Seirawan Chess an Elephant generally defeats a Rook or Bishop Pawn on the 7th rank (even if defended by its king), while a Queen generally only draws?
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  Joshka: The only American GM to visit with Bobby during his 92 Match with Boris. Bobby was very much appreciative. Happy belated Birthday and have many more!! PS You were the first GM I ever had the chance to meet and greet back in 1987 in Nevada at the National Open. You and Boris Gulko tied for first I believe and you guys were playing a tie breaker!? Anyway you were so gracious and made my first impressions on GM's very positive!!
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  Joshka: Yasser also has a resume any chess player would be able to boast about!! Scalps from Spassky, Karpov and Kasparov!! You can also throw in Korchnoi! In fact Korchnoi thought so much of Yasser he hired him to be his second in a Championship Match against Karpov. Any other American GM's who can claim these same scalps!??
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  Joshka: He also must have played some blitz games with Bobby as well. Has anyone ever asked him if he was able to beat Bobby a game or two? If he did that would be 4 World Chess Champions plus Korchnoi , who most agree was the strongest NON World Champ!! Let's give Yasser some props!!
May-02-19  JustAnotherMaster: Didnít V Pupols, just another master as myself beat this wimp down like clown?
May-02-19  JustAnotherMaster: Korchnoi said Aronian had infinite more chess talent than Carlsen...lmao
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  saffuna: <Korchnoi said Aronian had infinite more chess talent than Carlsen...lmao>

The player with more talent is not necessarily the better player.

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  perfidious: The world is rife with examples of those--and by no means is this true only in chess--with the harder-working of a pair making the most of themselves.
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  saffuna: Not just that--there's mental strength, ability to concentrate, deal with off-the-board factors, etc.
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  beatgiant: <Joshka>
<Any other American GM's who can claim these same scalps!??>

Kamsky has scalps from Tal, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand, Carlsen, and Korchnoi.

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  perfidious: <saffuna>, in one of the Baseball Abstracts, James quotes a manager discussing talent in what I considered an incisive way--do not believe he even mentioned the manager's name, but it went something to the effect of 'What the hell is talent? Talent is just doing what you're supposed to do' or some such words.
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  moronovich: <saffuna: Not just that--there's mental strength, ability to concentrate, deal with off-the-board factors, etc.>

Things which also can be improved by hard work.

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  keypusher: People think of talent as something youíre born with and hard work, gumption, strong nerves etc as something you do for yourself, but in fact all psychological traits are substantially heritable (see Robert Plomim, Blueprint).

Itís not particularly relevant here anyway. I think MC has better nerves and probably superior physical endurance than Aronian, but is that enough to explain his superiority over him? I doubt it. Korchnoi was talking rot.

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  saffuna: Of course the ability to concentrate and hold your nerve during a game could be considered a talent.
May-05-19  Helios727: Too bad Bobby chose to belittle him on the radio shows that came later.
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  PawnSac: < In July, 1990, he was #10 on the FIDE rating list at 2635. >

and today #10 is almost 130 pts higher.
talk about rating inflation!

But the Yaz is a very fine positional player. I enjoy his live commentary very much, and my pet peeve is when lesser players talk over him. He is very reserved but usually has some excellent observations.

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  WorstPlayerEver: Chessbrah uploaded some masterclasses with Seirawan:

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