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John Fedorowicz
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 1,050
Years covered: 1974 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2413
Highest rating achieved in database: 2634

Overall record: +350 -189 =493 (57.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 18 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (99) 
    B52 B42 B32 B90 B62
 King's Indian (61) 
    E73 E94 E62 E75 E63
 Modern Benoni (33) 
    A57 A70 A60 A56 A75
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C92 C91 C84 C72 C78
 French Defense (25) 
    C11 C02 C16 C18 C10
 Queen's Indian (25) 
    E15 E12 E17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (187) 
    B33 B57 B22 B62 B52
 King's Indian (93) 
    E92 E97 E60 E98 E81
 Modern Benoni (58) 
    A57 A58 A61 A59 A70
 Benko Gambit (41) 
    A57 A58 A59
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    A46 A40 A45 D02 E10
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (28) 
    B62 B67 B60 B64 B69
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Fedorowicz vs S Brower, 1994 1-0
   L Henry vs Fedorowicz, 2011 0-1
   A Luczak vs Fedorowicz, 1979 0-1
   P Peelen vs Fedorowicz, 1990 0-1
   Fedorowicz vs Joel Benjamin, 1976 1-0
   Fedorowicz vs M Bengtson, 1997 1-0
   J Sarkar vs Fedorowicz, 2005 0-1
   Fedorowicz vs K Leung, 2001 1-0
   Fedorowicz vs E B Meyer, 1978 1-0
   Fedorowicz vs J A Rizzitano, 1980 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   New York Open (1989)
   Dortmund (1986)
   US Championship 2003 (2003)
   Buenos Aires Najdorf (1991)
   Marshall Chess Club Championship (2003)
   New York op (1987)
   US Championship (1991)
   Lone Pine (1980)
   New York GHI (1977)
   US Championship (2008)
   34th World Open (2006)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)
   102nd US Open (1956)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USA Championship 1986 by Chessdreamer
   US Championsip 1987 by Phony Benoni
   1990 Wijk Aan Zee (group B) by gauer
   Pan-Pacific GM Tournament, San Francisco 1991 by wanabe2000
   US Championship 1991 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1991 by Phony Benoni

   🏆 U.S. Masters Championship
   Fedorowicz vs G Meier (Sep-01-13) 0-1
   Fedorowicz vs F Rhine (Oct-20-12) 1/2-1/2, exhibition

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(born Sep-27-1958, 62 years old) United States of America

[what is this?]
John Peter Fedorowicz was born in 1958 in New York City. He was awarded the IM title in 1978 and the GM title in 1986. He was 1st at the 1981 U.S. Open, 3rd= at the 1984 US Championship, 2nd= at Hastings 1984-85, 2nd= at Dortmund 1986, 1st at Cannes 1987, 1st at Sesimbra 1987, 3rd at the US Championship 1987, 1st at the 1989 New York Open, and 1st at Wijk aan Zee 1990. He lost a short match with Maxim Dlugy in 1984, won a short match against Irina Krush in 1998, and represented the US in the 1986 Olympiad at Dubai.

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 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,050  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J A Curdo vs Fedorowicz 1-0261974Boston OpenB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. Fedorowicz vs Seirawan 1-0291976USA-ch U21B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Fedorowicz vs R Eberlein 0-1411976National Chess LeagueA00 Uncommon Opening
4. Shamkovich vs Fedorowicz  1-0401976USAB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
5. Fedorowicz vs Popovych 1-0301976New York (USA)B94 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Rohde vs Fedorowicz  0-1351976Lone PineB06 Robatsch
7. Bisguier vs Fedorowicz  1-0401976Lone PineA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Fedorowicz vs J Loftsson  ½-½551976Lone PineA00 Uncommon Opening
9. Fedorowicz vs Saidy  ½-½741976Lone PineA00 Uncommon Opening
10. Silman vs Fedorowicz 1-0451976Lone PineB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. Fedorowicz vs L D Evans  0-1351976Lone PineA25 English
12. Fedorowicz vs Martinovsky  0-1511976Lone PineB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
13. L Day vs Fedorowicz  0-164197613th Canadian OpenB20 Sicilian
14. Fedorowicz vs Joel Benjamin 1-042197677th US OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
15. Fedorowicz vs E Bone 1-0191977PhiladelphiaC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
16. Fedorowicz vs Lombardy  ½-½581977Lone PineA04 Reti Opening
17. A Lein vs Fedorowicz  1-0921977Lone PineB58 Sicilian
18. Szabo vs Fedorowicz 1-0361977Lone PineA57 Benko Gambit
19. Fedorowicz vs J Whitehead  0-1191977Lone PineA04 Reti Opening
20. Fedorowicz vs Nickoloff  ½-½731977Lone PineB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
21. Martinovsky vs Fedorowicz  0-1291977Lone PineA40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Fedorowicz vs Henley ½-½351977Lone PineA66 Benoni
23. Dake vs Fedorowicz 0-1471977Lone PineE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. Fedorowicz vs K Frey Beckman  ½-½101977Lone PineC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
25. B Zuckerman vs Fedorowicz  ½-½221977USA-chB33 Sicilian
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  HeMateMe: Hey, the Fed is in the news. John won the New York Open, back in the day. I remember the cover of Chess life (this was before people started using Chess Life to wrap fish and line bird cages) that showed Fed in the throws of ecstasy. I don't think it was the money, probably a few thousand dollars. It was beating the best USA players and some strong immigrants. Probably the high point of John's career, unless he has big moments in Olympiad play that he ranks highly.

He was on the Deep Blue team that finally beat Kasparov. He worked with joel Benjamin and Nick deFirmian. They were the chess guys, who worked with Feng Su's programmers to build the silicon monster.

A couple of years ago the NY Times ran a chess column showing Fed beating John Nunn at a tournament in Israel, I think. It was kind of humorous, because John beat the famous Nunn using an opening in which Nunn had written a book about. Fed said "I remember his book better than HE remembers his book".

He was on another cover of Chess Life, in which he's laying on a bed with a beer or a drink, and british women's champ Mandy _________ is sitting on the bed. Some people were bothered, they felt the photo sent the wrong message. Tony Miles said "It's well known Fed is a complete animal".

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  Sneaky: As they say on Wall Street, "Don't fight the Fed!"
Sep-27-12  Riverbeast: <John won the New York Open, back in the day>

<I don't think it was the money, probably a few thousand dollars. It was beating the best USA players and some strong immigrants. Probably the high point of John's career, unless he has big moments in Olympiad play that he ranks highly>

You don't know the half

It was a beautiful thing when John got clear first in the New York Open that year

First of all, he won more than a 'few' thousand dollars

Second of all, it was the strongest New York Open field up until that point.... And maybe one of the strongest big money swisses ever held in the US up until that point

The Russians (Soviets, ex-Soviets, whatever) sent their strongest ever contingent to the NY Open that year....Strong GMs like Smyslov, Ehlvest, Dorfman, Mikhail Gurevich, etc

I think that was also the same New York Open where Gata Kamsky played for the first time, and a young Judit Polgar

Anyway 'Johnny Royale', the New York Boy, ended up taking clear first, ahead of all the strong Russians

The beauty of it was he ended up playing almost every member of the powerful Russian contingent, and didn't lose a single game...I think he played six of them, won four games and drew two (someone should probably look this up for accuracy)

All of us New York playas loved it

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  HeMateMe: Yeah, New York City chess was hot, back than, and this tournament had cache. Perhaps there were fewer big tournaments back then, because the USSR had not yet broken up, and a lot of talent was bottled up behind the iron curtain. Still, as <RB> says, the USSR sent over some good players.

Now that I think about it, the prize money was about $23,000, if memory serves. It must be the US Open of these days, I'm thinking about, where you only get a few thouand for first place.

Fed should stop in here and post, now and then. I suppose like many players, he visits his page incognito, to see what people are writing about him.

Last I heard, he was working with one or more private school in the NYC area as a trainer, to prepare the kids for the national tournament.

Mar-25-15  Pyke: Gm John Fedorowicz playing an online 20 game simul, while giving live commentary

I enjoyed it very much. Having a look at a GM thinking

May-23-15  TheFocus: <Chess is sometimes luck, you know how sometimes you play a tournament and out of nine rounds you get six or seven openings that you don't feel good about – and sometimes you play in a tournament where you've just been working on all the openings you get> - John Fedorowicz interviewed by Jennifer Shahade .
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  diceman: <Pyke: Gm John Fedorowicz playing an online 20 game simul, while giving live commentary>

Wow, what happened to his hair. :)

May-23-15  Howard: The NY Open victory, by the way, was in 1989.
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  diceman: ...back in the day I knew JF.

I remember when he got back from Hastings(77), he wanted to show me his game against Petrosian.

There were no seats available at the local chess club. So he took a vinyl board, some pcs, and sat in the middle of the floor!

To this day, I don't remember anything
he said about the game.
All I was thinking was:
Wow, someone I know played Petrosian.

May-23-15  Howard: According to the Informant, the Fed should have won that game !
May-23-15  N0B0DY: End the Fed!
May-23-15  Granny O Doul: Yeah, the CL report on that tourney quoted Petrosian thus--:Oh my god. Why did he exchange queens?". Which was rather a daring thing for Tigran to say, come to think.
Apr-16-16  N0B0DY: End the Fed!
Sep-27-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, John Fedorowicz.
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  fredthebear: <dangerhump: John was giving free game analysis for players at the Chicago Open this past weekend. He was extremely nice and personable. I took several of my games to him and he gave them a good review even though I wasn't in the top sections.>

The Fed continues to do so. He's a joy to be around.

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  HeMateMe: Fed is 60, does he still play?
Sep-27-18  Castleinthesky: I had the honor of losing to John Fedeorwicz, at a Chess In the Schools benefit in New York City. He is a great guy.
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  wordfunph: from New In Chess magazine 1990 #2..

"I never realized that cooking a good meal is like winning a good chess game. To cook something that people enjoy eating. And also it is relaxing to cook."

- GM John Fedorowicz

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  HeMateMe: fed as a very young guy


seems to have put on a little weight, here with Maurice Ashley


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  perfidious: That early photo appears to have the even younger Seirawan getting ready for battle with Fed.

Met Fedorowicz at Hartford, 1978 as I was sitting down to face my first titled player heads-up (Sal Matera). Had a pleasant chat.

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  moronovich: Investigating the Fed !?
Dec-30-18  siggemannen: <> A Devils' fan, no wonder he's half-hiding the t-shirt
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  perfidious: At least by the time the picture with Ashley was taken, Devils fans had had something to cheer about: at the time of the one above, featuring Fedorowicz as an IM, they had been typical expansion fodder, before and after relocating from Colorado. Gretzky's criticism of Devils comes to mind.
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  louispaulsen88888888: “Throes”, not “throws”.
Jan-09-19  zanzibar: <lp8^8> Throes has an interesting etymology:

<throe (n.)
c. 1200, throwe "pain, pang of childbirth, agony of death," of uncertain origin, possibly from Old English ţrawan "twist, turn, writhe" (see throw (v.)), or altered from Old English ţrea (genitive ţrawe) "affliction, pang, evil; threat, persecution" (related to ţrowian "to suffer"), from Proto-Germanic *thrawo (source also of Middle High German dro "threat," German drohen "to threaten"). Modern spelling first recorded 1610s. Related: Throes.>

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