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Semon Palatnik
Number of games in database: 141
Years covered: 1967 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2515

Overall record: +46 -41 =54 (51.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A41 E00 A45 A40
 English, 1 c4 c5 (6) 
    A31 A30 A32
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D94 D90 D86
 English (5) 
    A14 A12 A13
 King's Indian (5) 
    E73 E75 E92 E94
 Catalan (4) 
    E04 E06
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (22) 
    B03 B05 B02 B04
 Sicilian (8) 
    B29 B50 B97 B80 B90
 English, 1 c4 c5 (7) 
    A34 A36 A32 A33
 Dutch Defense (6) 
    A88 A81 A87
 Modern Benoni (6) 
    A57 A58 A59
 Tarrasch Defense (6) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Palatnik vs Geller, 1980 1-0
   Ftacnik vs Palatnik, 1978 1/2-1/2
   Palatnik vs I Stohl, 1986 1-0
   J A Lawrence vs Palatnik, 2001 0-1

   🏆 Platonov Memorial
   Mikhalchishin vs Palatnik (Aug-01-12) 1/2-1/2
   Palatnik vs Kaidanov (Jul-31-12) 1/2-1/2
   Gulko vs Palatnik (Jul-30-12) 1/2-1/2
   Palatnik vs M Gurevich (Jul-29-12) 1/2-1/2
   Alburt vs Palatnik (Jul-28-12) 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-26-1950, 70 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Semon Palatnik was born in Odessa, Ukraine on March 26, 1950. Though his very noble name, "Semyon" means "heard by God," upon relocating to the United States of America, he found that his name was difficult for even educated westerners to pronounce and determined to change his name to the anglicized, "Sam," as a patriotic nod to the American symbol, Uncle Sam.

As a child, Palatnik was educated in world-class chess at the internationally renowned "Palace of Pioneers." Taking a break from chess to earn his Masters of Engineering Science (with an emphasis in Thermodynamics and Power Station Engineering) from Odessa Polytechnic University, he returned to active play in the late 1970's and swiftly earned his International Master title in 1977 and, shortly thereafter, the International Grandmaster title, in 1978.

As a scholastic chess prodigy, Palatnik won four team and individual gold medals at the 20th World Student Team Chess Championship at Teesside 1974 and also won the 21st World Student Team Championship at Caracas 1976. Later on, as a professional chess player, Palatnik's best tournament results include winning the World Open in 1971, 2nd= at Kiev 1978, 3rd at Hradec Kralove 1981, 2nd= at Trnava 1987, 1st at Hradec Kralove 1988 and 1st= at Calicut 1988. Most well known are the facts that GM Palatnik was twice the World Junior Champion and twice the European and Soviet Union Champion.

While GM Palatnik continued the tradition of top-flight Soviet-educated chess players, he is certainly better known for his spectacular results as a chess coach. While still in the former USSR, Palatnik served as the Executive Director of the Ukrainian National Chess Academy and the Vice President of the Ukranian Chess Association and was honored with the title of "Emeritus Chess Coach of the Ukraine."

Upon relocating to the United States in the 1990's alongside his longtime friend and frequent co-author, GM Lev Alburt, Sam Palatnik became, in 1994, the Grandmaster in Residence for the Nashville Chess Center. Continuing in his successful career representing American chess, Palatnik was named the American "Ambassador of Chess," by the United States Chess Federation, in 2003. Furthermore, he served as the US Chess Coach for the World Junior Championship and the Chess Olympiad, from 1999-2010.

Presently, GM Palatnik is a collegiate chess coach and assistant director for the nationally respected chess program at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and has served as the private coach of many successful scholastic players, including USCF Senior Master Warren Harper, Arena International Master Sean J. Manross and, more recently, the prodigy and International Master, Awonder Liang.

GM Sam Palatnik is a prolific chess author of note, publishing such titles as: Chess Tactics for the Tournament Player, Chess Strategy for the Tournament Player, The King in Jeopardy, The Tarrasch Formula, The Chess GPS, and most recently, Platonov's Chess Academy: Using Soviet-era Methods to Improve 21st-Century Openings.

Grandmaster Sam Palatnik also holds the esteemed FIDE governance titles of International Organizer and FIDE Senior Trainer.

Wikipedia article: Sam Palatnik

Last updated: 2017-08-25 01:20:32

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 141  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karpov vs Palatnik 1-034196702, MoscowA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Palatnik vs Karpov ½-½61967LeningradC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
3. Vasiukov vs Palatnik  0-1411972URS-ch sfB50 Sicilian
4. L B Listengarten vs Palatnik  0-1371973USSRB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
5. Palatnik vs Gulko  ½-½411973URS-ch Young MastersA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
6. B Perenyi vs Palatnik  0-1281973OdessaB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
7. Vasiukov vs Palatnik  1-0521973URS-ch sfB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Palatnik vs Bagirov  ½-½36197341st URS-ch First LeagueA06 Reti Opening
9. V Osnos vs Palatnik  0-137197341st URS-ch First LeagueA58 Benko Gambit
10. Palatnik vs Dzindzichashvili  1-047197341st URS-ch First LeagueA12 English with b3
11. Palatnik vs Razuvaev  ½-½41197341st URS-ch First LeagueA14 English
12. Palatnik vs Tseshkovsky  0-133197341st URS-ch First LeagueA21 English
13. Palatnik vs Bronstein 0-129197341st URS-ch First LeagueA13 English
14. Palatnik vs Vasiukov  0-124197341st URS-ch First LeagueA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Palatnik vs J Ambroz  1-0421974WchT U26A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
16. Gligoric vs Palatnik  1-0481974Belgrade-MoscowA59 Benko Gambit
17. Palatnik vs Matulovic  ½-½351974Belgrade-MoscowB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
18. Palatnik vs Ljubojevic ½-½311974Belgrade-MoscowB50 Sicilian
19. N Minev vs Palatnik  1-0501975AlbenaB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
20. Palatnik vs Sveshnikov 1-0311976URS-ch YMD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. Razuvaev vs Palatnik  1-0351976URS-ch otborB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. Kholmov vs Palatnik 1-0501976URS-ch otborB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
23. O'Kelly vs Palatnik  ½-½3319761st ECC finalA14 English
24. O'Kelly vs Palatnik  ½-½2219761st ECC final play-offA34 English, Symmetrical
25. Palatnik vs G Agzamov  1-0481977OdessaA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 141  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-08-05  woodenbishop: In 2003, GM Palatnik had a USCF rating of 2538, which is the highest in the state of Tennessee (the state he currently resides in). He has won the TN State Championship 6 times: 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999 (shared with Todd Andrews), 2000, and 2001.
Dec-16-05  OneArmedScissor: This guy is very rude. I met him at the Memphis Chess Classic 2004. He was at a stand selling (attempting to at least) sell some of his books. Seeing as he had no one around the booth or anything, I went over to him. I looked at each book and asked him which he would recommend, etc. I then asked him a few questions about chess... just small talk. And after I asked my second question he says, "What is this? An interview? Are you going to buy the book or not?"
Dec-16-05  PivotalAnorak: <OAS> Did you buy it ? ^^
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  keypusher: Like Kieseritzsky and Von Bardleben, seems fated to be remembered for a loss.

Kasparov vs Palatnik, 1978

Dec-16-05  OneArmedScissor: <PivotalAnorak>
Hell no. I asked for him to describe each book he was selling (basically, I was wanting him to sell me the product). There was a book on the "Tarrasch System."- a book about his style of play, etc. I asked him what the book was about, etc. Palatnik replies, "Well, Tarrasch was good. So I wrote a book about it." What 'it' actually is has yet to be determined.
Excellent review!
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  offramp: "Hey, Semon! Nice load of books you got here. Listen, man. I gotta tell ya... I'm a *bit* of a time-waster..."
Dec-16-05  magerk2: He got rolled by a young expert this year at the Tennessee Open and withdrew after the second round.
Mar-26-06  BIDMONFA: Semon Palatnik

Palatnik, Semon

Mar-26-06  blingice: That reminds me of when I was in a magic store, and as I used to be a bit of a magic enthusiast, I knew a lot about tricks, etc.

So, the clerk was showing my younger cousin all these different tricks, and I told my cousin how to do every single one. After about the 5th trick I solved, (one that is supposedly difficult to understand, as the clerk confidently handed me the apparatus to do the trick to inspect [and I consequently explained]) the clerk says, "Look, are you gonna buy anything or not?"

Of course I wouldn't, as the prices were double what you payed for them off of websites.

Mar-26-07  RChambers: I met Palatnik once a couple of years ago and he was very nice and personable. I could understand him getting angry at a schmuck trying for chess "small-talk." Everybody wants to feel special and have people sell them their products, but come on, you don't have to play twenty questions before you buy the chess book.
Sep-10-07  chessamateur: He played in the DC Action Championship at the US Chess Center. Surprisingly he only tied for 3rd place with 4.5/6.
Aug-12-08  OneArmedScissor: <RChambers> I can assure you I wasn't just some "schmuck" and I didn't play twenty questions.

The only thing your post is indicative of is that you're a careless consumer. God forbid I want to know my $25 spent on the book is worth it as opposed to finding out the hard way.

I'm sorry I didn't know who Tarrasch was at the time. Apparently, inquiring about Tarrasch and how it relates to the man's book is too much to ask.

Sep-23-08  Whitehat1963: <OneArmedScissor> After such an exchange, I might have said something like, "Unfortunate first name." And walked away.
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  whiteshark: <OAS> Would you like to help expanding his bio? :D

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  wordfunph: <OneArmedScissor> nice story on Semon Palatnik...but i'm sad that you didn't buy his book "Tarrasch System"..

you may be referring to his book "The Tarrasch Formula"..

happy birthday Semon Palatnik! more chess books to write..

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  theagenbiteofinwit: Sam doesn't live in Tennessee anymore. I think he moved to New Jersey.
Apr-16-12  Everett: <I'm sorry I didn't know who Tarrasch was at the time. > reading this I wonder if Palatnik thought you were jerking him around. I mean, he is at a chess event where people who supposedly know something about the game have come to play or watch, so he may not have understood how someone there may not have know about Tarrasch.

Also, not everyone is into <small talk>, though admittedly this is a bad trait for a salesperson.

Jul-02-13  Alpinemaster: <RChambers>: I met Palatnik once a couple of years ago and he was very nice and personable. I could understand him getting angry at a schmuck trying for chess "small-talk." Everybody wants to feel special and have people sell them their products, but come on, you don't have to play twenty questions before you buy the chess book.

Calling a spade a spade, indeed <RChambers>. I have been Palatnik's student, and I teach the Terrasch Formula to my class, as it is an essential for any tournament player. If you don't know who Terrasch is, you probably should not be harassing a GM as to the merits of his authorship; then again, this statement is in defense of the good Herr Palatnik's reputation and to any potential student of his on this site. Obviously, rabble such as this kid are beyond reasoning and thus, I would not waste my time communicating with such.

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  pazzed paun: Is anyone planning on buying S.P. 's
new book where he updates the theories of Steinitz?
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Semon Palatnik.
Mar-26-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: Happy 70th birthday to the great Ukrainian and American chess player and coach Semon/Sam Palatnik! His 2 most famous games are his win against Efim Geller 1980 in Rostov on Don, which I saw in a chess magazine that time, and his loss against Garry Kasparov 1978 in Daugavpils/DŁnaburg, which I recognized later.
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