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Patrick Wolff
Wolff 
 
Number of games in database: 288
Years covered: 1982 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2552 (2524 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2595

Overall record: +95 -75 =101 (53.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 17 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (60) 
    B89 B62 B32 B46 B33
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C60 C84 C85 C92 C80
 French Defense (15) 
    C05 C07 C01 C09 C03
 Sicilian Najdorf (12) 
    B90 B99 B96 B94 B93
 French Tarrasch (12) 
    C05 C03 C09 C07 C04
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (10) 
    C84 C92 C85 C90 C89
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (32) 
    B90 B63 B22 B65 B83
 Grunfeld (18) 
    D76 D86 D82 D85 D87
 English, 1 c4 e5 (15) 
    A20 A28 A21 A25 A29
 Modern Benoni (9) 
    A57 A58 A56
 Benko Gambit (8) 
    A57 A58
 Sicilian Najdorf (8) 
    B90 B96 B93
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kasparov vs Wolff, 1988 0-1
   Wolff vs T Wall, 1985 1-0
   J Hohmeister vs Wolff, 1993 1/2-1/2
   Wolff vs I Sokolov, 1987 1-0
   C Cuartas Bedoya vs Wolff, 1997 0-1
   Wolff vs O Adu, 2001 1-0
   Wolff vs Fedorowicz, 1991 1-0
   Wolff vs J A Rizzitano, 1984 1-0
   Wolff vs Fedorowicz, 1991 1/2-1/2
   Ivanchuk vs Wolff, 1993 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (1991)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   New York 1996 (Chess-in-the-Schools Festival) by Phony Benoni
   Hoogovens-B, proper round numbers by Stonehenge
   Pan-Pacific GM Tournament, San Francisco 1991 by wanabe2000
   US Championship 1991 by Phony Benoni
   US Championship 1991 by suenteus po 147

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 PRO Chess League (Pacific)
   Wolff vs G Petesch (Jan-11-17) 0-1, rapid
   Wolff vs Shabalov (Jan-11-17) 1-0, rapid
   Grant Y Xu vs Wolff (Jan-11-17) 1-0, rapid
   A Heimann vs Wolff (Jan-11-17) 0-1, rapid
   Wolff vs J Leon (May-05-13) 1-0, blindfold

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PATRICK WOLFF
(born Feb-15-1968, 52 years old) United States of America

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Patrick Gideon Wolff learned chess from his father at the age of five. In 1984, at the age of 16, he won the U.S. Junior Championship. At the age of 19, he earned the GM title. He won the US Championship two times, in 1992 http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp... and 1995 http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp.... One of Patrick's proudest moments was when he participated in a simultaneous exhibition in 1988 and, with the black pieces, forced world champion Garry Kasparov to resign in a mere 25 moves.

He has written many articles and books, made numerous contributions to chess video projects, and for many years maintained a website dedicated to chess learning at http://www.wolffchess.com/.

After several years as a professional chess player, Wolff went to work in the finance industry. From 2005 to 2010 he employed by Peter Thiel as managing director of Thiel's Clarium Capital hedge fund, and from 2010 to 2015 ran his own fund, Grandmaster Capital 1.

Wikipedia article: Patrick Wolff

(1) 2015 article on Grandmaster Capital: https://www.hfalert.com/search.pl?A...

Last updated: 2017-02-06 04:37:07

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 288  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Wolff vs J A Curdo 0-1281982Franklin K Young MemorialC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
2. Wolff vs M Ginsburg 0-1401983New York OpenB06 Robatsch
3. D Griego vs Wolff  1-0241983US Junior ChampionshipA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
4. Joel Benjamin vs Wolff  1-0601983US Junior ChampionshipA80 Dutch
5. Wolff vs M Ardaman  0-1241983US Junior ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
6. Rachels vs Wolff  ½-½511983US Junior ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
7. Wolff vs V Genfan  1-0421983US Junior ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
8. Dlugy vs Wolff 0-1651983US Junior ChampionshipA57 Benko Gambit
9. Wolff vs J Yedidia  0-1301983US Junior ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
10. J Litvinchuk vs Wolff  1-0461983US Junior ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
11. Wolff vs D Glueck  0-1351983US Junior ChampionshipC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
12. A Dreev vs Wolff 1-0231983Wch U16C42 Petrov Defense
13. Wolff vs J A Rizzitano 0-1501984Rhode Island State ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Wolff vs J A Rizzitano 1-0291984Massachusetts Open ChampionshipB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
15. Kasparov vs Wolff 1-0341984Clock simul, 10bC42 Petrov Defense
16. P K Wells vs Wolff 1-0481984Wch U20D85 Grunfeld
17. Anand vs Wolff  0-1221984Wch U20B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
18. Wolff vs L Day  ½-½521985Toronto CANC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. D B Gurevich vs Wolff 0-1321985BermudaA57 Benko Gambit
20. C Hertan vs Wolff  0-1411985Pugi memA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Igor Ivanov vs Wolff  1-0381985New York OpenA57 Benko Gambit
22. Wolff vs T Wall 1-02119859th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
23. Browne vs Wolff 1-0251985USA-chA57 Benko Gambit
24. D B Gurevich vs Wolff  1-0331985USA-chA58 Benko Gambit
25. Wolff vs Alburt  ½-½351985USA-chB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Feb-05-09  Jim Bartle: Going back to Buffett: The difference is that he's always made money by good investments in companies which produce something of value, rather than just manipulating money with "financial instruments."
Feb-05-09  pacorrum: One of Warren Buffett's most famous quotes is 'There are three I's in finance: Innovators, Imitators, and Idiots'. That carries over to chess as well.
Feb-05-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: It is good to see Patrick back in the chess world. He played in the U. S. Chess League last year. I see that chessgames has 3 of his games from it in their database. He EASILY drew Kudrin w/ black in 1 of those games, which is normally not the easiest thing in the world to do. Kudrin doesn't hand a game to someone on a silver platter very often. If you beat (or draw him), you almost always have to earn it. Although, Patrick made it look easy in this game. Obviously, Patrick went for a long time w/o playing in a tournament or match before he starting playing in the USCL, so I'm sure he couldn't complain after drawing Kudrin & Zivanic. Anyway, have a Happy Birthday Patrick!
Feb-05-09  WhiteRook48: howl, Wolff!!
Feb-05-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: It seems he is a good player - and I wish him all the best - but it seems from the above that is an evil capitalist.

Feb-05-10  talisman: happy birthday u.s.a. champ!
Feb-18-10  piroflip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgHB...

Anybody wanting to see Wolff's famous simul win over G.K. follow the above link. It is a video converted from an old VHS recording that I uploaded to youtube recently.

Jun-13-10  Caissanist: Today's NYT chess column covers the post-chess careers of Wolff and two other onetime child prodigies, Michael Wilder and Stuart Rachels. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/c....
Sep-17-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "Several days after the tournament was over, I was eating Christmas dinner at the home of my girlfriend's boss…seated immediately to my left was Charles Fried, the former Solicitor General in the Reagan Administration. We were exchanging pleasantries when he asked me what I do. What I do, of course, is play chess..but if I try to explain this to someone I find that his eyes will glaze over. I had come to falling back on what I am --- that is, a chess grandmaster. This time I responded for the first time in my life, "I am the U.S. Chess Champion." Ah, of course. To merely play chess is silly. But if you are U.S. Chess Champion, then it all makes sense."

- GM Patrick Wolff (in the book The United States Chess Championship 1845-1996 by Andrew Soltis)

Aug-29-11  ProjectR: This is the guy who when playing in a simul against Kasparov for the US juniors,told him to "shush" as Kasparov was telling one of the other players off for offering a draw !! Kasparov apologised !!
Aug-30-11  Pyke: <ProjectR: This is the guy who when playing in a simul against Kasparov for the US juniors,told him to "shush" as Kasparov was telling one of the other players off for offering a draw !! Kasparov apologised !!>

No, Stuart Rachels told Kasparov to be quiet.

Wolff played in the simul and was the only one to win against Kasparov.

Aug-30-11  BobCrisp: <Shush> seems to be a universally recognised sound that commands almost automatic respect. I read an article by <Peggy Noonan> in which she said that whenever she had to make a public address at political rallies, the usual exhortations for quiet often had little effect but <SHHHHHH!> was a sure fire way to command attention.
Aug-30-11  ProjectR: <pyke> Yes,you are indeed correct. My mistake
Sep-09-11  ProjectR: Is this the guy who wore that ridiculous hat in 'An american gambit' ?? Brilliant documentary by the way,never realised Kasparovs prep went so deep in what essentially is a "documented simul" !
Sep-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Pyke: ...Stuart Rachels told Kasparov to be quiet.>

At the 1984 NY Open, Wolff, with whom I was then well acquainted, introduced me to Rachels, who struck me as a decent kid, not at all the arrogant prodigy type.

The way <ProjectR> narrates it, though in error, would have struck me as the more plausible.

Feb-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < One of Patrick's proudest moments was when he participated in a simultaneous exhibition in 1988 and, with the black pieces, forced world champion Garry Kasparov to resign in a mere 25 moves. >

Stunning!

Feb-05-12  Isolani: It seems that he had difficulty when facing the Najdorf as white (using this database only) - 0 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses.
Feb-05-12  drkodos: ^ This is a ridiculously spartan database in some areas ... make generalizations at your own peril .... :-)
Feb-05-12  King Death: < drkodos: ^ This is a ridiculously spartan database in some areas ... make generalizations at your own peril ....>

And one of those areas is any player from the pre computer period that isn't at the very highest level. If I remember right Wolff used to play a lot of open Swisses so there'll be a lot of games missing from those.

Feb-05-12  Isolani: << drkodos: ^ This is a ridiculously spartan database in some areas ... make generalizations at your own peril ....> And one of those areas is any player from the pre computer period that isn't at the very highest level. If I remember right Wolff used to play a lot of open Swisses so there'll be a lot of games missing from those.>

I was already well aware that the database does not encompass every played game during his lifetime, but thanks for pointing that out anyway. Nevertheless there may be enough games included to conduct a non-scientific litmus test.

I just made an off-hand observation that this GM who almost exclusively played 1.e4, not to mention was also partial to main Sicilian lines as white as well, seemingly had difficulty playing against a rather common variation as that color.

Feb-15-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Wolff!
Feb-15-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: I had the privilege of meeting & talking to Patrick @ a chess tournament in new orleans back in '92 when he was the reigning US chess champion. (He also won it in '95). Unfortunately he's not playing in tournaments now but he did come back briefly & play in the US chess league in '08. Happy birthday Patrick!
Feb-15-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: User: PatrickWolff
Dec-30-12  happyjuggler0: Here is an extremely rare 1)d4 by Wolff. If memory serves it was from the US (closed) championship and had a TN in it...although I don't play the QGA myself so I can't be sure.

Also, if I recall correctly, in Inside Chess Seirawan commented that Rachels should have played *anything* but 1)...d5 in response because it was clear opening prep by a player who only play[s] 1)e4.

http://www.redhotpawn.com/chess/gra...

Dec-30-12  Jim Bartle: I remember Seirawan's comment, but I thought it was not to play the QG accepted.
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