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Jonathan Levitt
J Levitt 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 378
Years covered: 1980 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2404
Highest rating achieved in database: 2485

Overall record: +122 -102 =154 (52.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (33) 
    E81 E84 E87 E61 E62
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E49 E42 E44 E21 E45
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    A40 A45 E00 A41 D02
 Modern Benoni (15) 
    A57 A56 A61 A70 A59
 Grunfeld (10) 
    D84 D82 D70 D85 D80
 Dutch Defense (9) 
    A90 A96 A81 A84
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (74) 
    C07 C02 C18 C01 C19
 French Winawer (26) 
    C18 C19 C17 C15 C16
 French Tarrasch (26) 
    C07 C03 C05
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E45 E32 E30 E29 E40
 Slav (15) 
    D15 D11 D10 D13 D17
 Queen's Indian (14) 
    E17 E12 E19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Howell vs J Levitt, 2005 0-1
   J Levitt vs Tisdall, 1990 1-0
   Velimirovic vs J Levitt, 1987 0-1
   J Levitt vs A D Martin, 1989 1-0
   J Levitt vs Anand, 1987 1/2-1/2
   J Levitt vs S Williams, 2000 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   GLC Masters (1986)
   Staunton Memorial (2005)
   Dublin Zonal (1993)
   British Championship (1995)
   British Championship (1992)
   British Championship (1989)
   British Championship (1985)
   17th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1993)
   14th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1990)
   British Championship (1986)
   British Championship (1993)
   Reykjavik Open (1990)
   British Championship (1982)
   18th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1994)
   British Championship (1998)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Staunton Memorial 2004 by Tabanus

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(born Jun-03-1963, 59 years old) United Kingdom

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Jonathan Paul Levitt was born in Southwark (London), England. Awarded the IM title in 1984, he is now a GM (1991) and a composer of problems. Winner of the Staunton Memorial in 2005. His notable works as an author include "Secrets of Spectacular Chess" and "Genius in Chess".

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 403  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Levitt vs I Wells  1-0421980Lloyds Bank U21A45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. J Levitt vs I Wells  ½-½361980Jersey Lloyds Bank InternationalE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
3. J Levitt vs E Schiller ½-½281981LondonD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. I Welch vs J Levitt  0-1331981ARC Young MastersC07 French, Tarrasch
5. J Levitt vs P Littlewood  0-1301981ARC Young MastersE20 Nimzo-Indian
6. A Lewis vs J Levitt  1-0321981ARC Young MastersA34 English, Symmetrical
7. J Levitt vs Hodgson  0-1401981ARC Young MastersA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. G Kenworthy vs J Levitt  1-0581981ARC Young MastersC19 French, Winawer, Advance
9. J Levitt vs S Caldwell  1-0251981ARC Young MastersA80 Dutch
10. Michel Aristegui vs J Levitt  0-14519815th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA56 Benoni Defense
11. J Levitt vs A Kosten  0-13819815th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
12. J Levitt vs Miralles  0-1201982?E00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. R Lancaster vs J Levitt  ½-½541982Kings Head InternationalC03 French, Tarrasch
14. J Levitt vs D Goodman  1-0721982Kings Head InternationalE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. J Tisdall vs J Levitt  1-0311982Kings Head InternationalE17 Queen's Indian
16. A Whiteley vs J Levitt  ½-½331982Kings Head InternationalE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
17. J Levitt vs C Laird  1-0291982Kings Head InternationalA53 Old Indian
18. M Basman vs J Levitt  ½-½181982Kings Head InternationalA00 Uncommon Opening
19. J Levitt vs E Schiller  ½-½281982Kings Head InternationalD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. E Formanek vs J Levitt  0-1311982Kings Head InternationalB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
21. J Levitt vs D E Rumens  0-1261982Kings Head InternationalA80 Dutch
22. J Levitt vs Speelman 0-1311982British ChampionshipD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
23. A Muir vs J Levitt  1-0391982British ChampionshipE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
24. J Levitt vs I R Watson 1-0411982British ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
25. B A Jacobs vs J Levitt  0-1481982British ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-09-04  mack: I had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Levitt a few nights ago. We did play one game of blitz, which I lost, of course, very thoroughly. What a very nice chap he was too.
Apr-28-05  WorldChampeen: I would assume this would be some of Mr. Levitt's games as well at participating in this Staunton Memorial Tournament of 2004.
Jul-15-05  mack: You would assume correct.
Aug-30-05  aw1988: Levitt has won the Staunton Memorial.
Jun-03-06  BIDMONFA: Jonathan Levitt

LEVITT, Jonathan

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  whiteshark: His nice homepage:


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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" If it were just a question of winning or losing, if it were not possible to play a brilliant game, to make an incredible queen sacrifice, to play the occasional shocking or outrageous move, then I suspect many people would not play chess. It simply would not be worth it; such a difficult game and with so few rewards. "

-- Jonathan Levitt

Feb-06-08  MichAdams: "Chess can be compared with no other board game, because of a basic distinction which stamps it as an art; not that this implies any disparagement of other board games, each of which has its rightful place. This distinction lies in the fact that chess alone, in contrast to all these other games, has an aim other than mere capture or gain of territory, namely the conception of mate. Admittedly one must strive for gain of material or space to begin with. But as soon as mate, the idea of encircling the principal enemy piece, enters the scene, no sacrifice of time, space or material is too great to achieve it. This is why chess is necessary, this is why it is so attractive; because it calls forth in us - often only subconsciously, maybe - humanity's striving after an ideal; the joy of dedicating one's self for an idea. And this is why chess awakes in us aesthetic feeling, this is why conception of the beautiful is awakened in chess too; because its inner spirit corresponds in every way to the virtue of self-sacrifice in us."

-- Alexander Alekhine (attributed)

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  whiteshark: Today a.m. quote is again <Quote of the Day>.
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  whiteshark: Happy birthday, GM Levitt!
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  whiteshark: New link to his notable homepage:
Jun-03-09  WhiteRook48: Happy birthday!
Jun-03-12  Llawdogg: Wow! That is a fine quote from Alekhine.
Jul-01-12  RMKvdS: <Llawdogg> Indeed, worth bumping in my opinion.

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