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|Sep-27-12|| ||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".
|Sep-27-12|| ||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
|Sep-27-12|| ||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 .|
|May-23-15|| ||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.|
|May-23-15|| ||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.|
|Dec-06-16|| ||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.
|Sep-27-18|| ||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.|
|Nov-10-18|| ||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
|Nov-11-18|| ||HeMateMe: fed as a very young guy
seems to have put on a little weight, here with Maurice Ashley
|Nov-11-18|| ||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.
|Nov-12-18|| ||moronovich: Investigating the Fed !?|
|Dec-30-18|| ||siggemannen: <https://en.chessbase.com/portals/al...>
A Devils' fan, no wonder he's half-hiding the t-shirt|
|Dec-30-18|| ||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.|
|Jan-08-19|| ||louispaulsen88888888: “Throes”, not “throws”.|
|Jan-09-19|| ||zanzibar: <lp8^8> Throes has an interesting etymology:|
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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