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Jay R Bonin
J Bonin 
Photograph copyright © 2009 Terese Hatch.  
Number of games in database: 413
Years covered: 1976 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2261 (2316 rapid, 2274 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2440

Overall record: +137 -137 =127 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 12 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (39) 
    E97 E94 E91 E92 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (30) 
    D00 E10 A41 A46 D02
 Modern Benoni (24) 
    A70 A57 A61 A62 A59
 Queen's Indian (17) 
    E15 E12 E17
 Grunfeld (15) 
 Semi-Slav (8) 
    D45 D44
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (42) 
    C07 C02 C09 C13 C11
 Sicilian (33) 
    B32 B28 B33 B30 B47
 King's Indian (19) 
    E62 E81 E94 E90 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A46 E10 A45 A41 A40
 French Tarrasch (15) 
    C07 C09 C05
 Caro-Kann (9) 
    B10 B15 B18 B17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K G Shirazi vs J Bonin, 1990 0-1
   J Bonin vs Robert E Byrne, 1986 1-0
   P Large vs J Bonin, 1987 0-1
   J Bonin vs B G Campbell, 1988 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Open: Open Section (2003)
   Marshall Chess Club Championship (2003)
   Foxwoods Open (2008)

   🏆 PRO Chess League (Atlantic)
   J Bonin vs T Bartell (Jan-25-17) 0-1, rapid
   J Bonin vs A Vovk (Jan-25-17) 0-1, rapid
   S Erenburg vs J Bonin (Jan-25-17) 1-0, rapid
   Y Norowitz vs J Bonin (Jan-25-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   J Bonin vs Li Chao (Jan-11-17) 0-1, rapid

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(born Jul-07-1955, 64 years old) United States of America

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Jay Richard Bonin is an IM (1985). He won the New York State Championship in 1982 and 1997. In 1986, he won the New York Open. In 1997, he won the Manhattan Chess Club Championship. He won the Marshall Chess Club Championship in 1984, 1987, and 1997.

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 413  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Bonin vs L Shamkovich 0-1271976USAB89 Sicilian
2. L Christiansen vs J Bonin 0-1651976New YorkA48 King's Indian
3. J Bonin vs S Bernstein  0-1401977New YorkB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
4. A Williams vs J Bonin 1-0261979Marshall IntB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
5. Alburt vs J Bonin  1-0241979New YorkA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
6. Zuckerman vs J Bonin  1-0411979Marshall IntB10 Caro-Kann
7. Popovych vs J Bonin  ½-½521979Marshall IntB06 Robatsch
8. J Bonin vs M P S Da Cunha  1-0341979Marshall IntB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. E Formanek vs J Bonin 1-0171979Marshall OpenE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
10. J Bonin vs Soltis 0-1241979New York Marshall MaA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
11. J Bonin vs Plaskett  0-1471979Marshall IntA43 Old Benoni
12. C W Pritchett vs J Bonin  1-0351980USA New YorkB15 Caro-Kann
13. L Day vs J Bonin 1-0411980Marshall Bar Point int.B10 Caro-Kann
14. Reshevsky vs J Bonin 0-14319825th Annual CCA Summer InternationalA65 Benoni, 6.e4
15. Igor Ivanov vs J Bonin 1-0241983Marshall Int 6thA30 English, Symmetrical
16. K G Shirazi vs J Bonin  0-1541984New York IntA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
17. C Hertan vs J Bonin 1-0301984CCA February OpenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Dlugy vs J Bonin 1-0241984Winter InternationalE15 Queen's Indian
19. J Bonin vs Rohde 1-0311984New York IntA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
20. M Sharif vs J Bonin  ½-½421984New York IntB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. M Wilder vs J Bonin  1-0471984New York IntA61 Benoni
22. J Bonin vs H Ree  ½-½511984New York International OpenE97 King's Indian
23. J Bonin vs de Firmian  0-1421984New York International OpenA61 Benoni
24. T Renna vs J Bonin  1-0421984Barclay Int-NYA07 King's Indian Attack
25. J Bonin vs J Meyer  ½-½481984Barclay Int-NYE73 King's Indian
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Aug-08-09  kurtrichards: Hmmm...
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  wordfunph: IM Jay Bonin with 2314 elo, happy birthday Bigman Jay!
Jul-07-11  BIDMONFA: Jay R Bonin


Jul-07-11  waustad: A win against Reshevsky would put anyone on cloud 9.
Dec-22-11  Whitehat1963: Interesting name.
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  WannaBe: A lot of people are named Jay...
Dec-23-11  Whitehat1963: LOL! Exactly.
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  hansj: How come there isnt more research on Jay Bonin. Surely he has set an all time record for winning most tournaments? I worked out that he had played more than 15000 tournament games since 1990!
Feb-14-13  Strongest Force: Jay told me he played his first rated game ever against me. If anyone wants to know who I am, just ask Jay.
Jan-23-14  dx9293: Bonin beat Alexander Shabalov yet again, this time in Round 1 of Foxwoods 2014. As far as I can tell, he is now 3-0 against the 4-time US Champion, all in classical time control games 11 years apart, with wins in 1992, 2003, and 2014.
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  perfidious: It has not all been sweetness and light for Jay when facing Shabalov (and I agree with those who see him as a nice guy):

Jan-23-14  dx9293: <perfidious> Aha, hadn't seen the National Chess Congress game (New York Masters is rapid of course). Still, an inconvenient opponent, for sure.
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  HeMateMe: no games in the database for 2013--has he been ill?
Feb-09-15  Caissanist: <hansj>: According to the Wikipedia entry for world records in chess, John A Curdo has won more tournaments, than anyone else--865, as of December 2011.
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  thegoodanarchist: I remember a tournament in 2002 or 2003 in upstate NY, could have been as late as 2004. Jay Bonin playing Yudasin! (Game is not in this data base). My friend Isaac (known as pawntificator on and I were looking at the pairings and the results sheet and noticed Bonin had entered 1/2-1/2.

I turned to Isaac and wondered "How did Bonin draw with Yudasin?"

Just then up walks...
Yudasin himself! He heard my comment, and to my surprise he got a sheepish look on his face. He then said to me "I forgot the idea of my opponent."

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  HeMateMe: Is it true that Bonin had himself cloned, so that he could compete in even more tournaments?
Aug-28-15  TheFocus: <HeMateMe>< Is it true that Bonin had himself cloned, so that he could compete in even more tournaments?>

It is true. When they first began the cloning, sometimes he would be paired against his clone.

I never knew who to root for.

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  naisortep: His book has just been released on the forward Ipad app and will be available on Amazon in February.

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  naisortep: Disclaimer I purchased this book first and foremost because IM Jay Bonin - the most active chess player in history - is a friend. But I have been pleasantly surprised at how much I am learning from the book about positional chess. Jay does an excellent job of concisely explaning the key elements of the position. Great stuff for players who want to learn about how to take advantage of good pieces, pawn majorities, and endgame play. Also, plenty of attacking chess. This is a classic.
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  HeMateMe: The 'Bone, on Amazon:


Jan-25-17  Howard: For the record, I remember back around 1982 Chess Life ran an interesting piece on America's two most active USCF members at the time---Leslie Braun (who died a long time ago) and...Jay Bonin.

The two of them had played far more tournament games than any other USCF members in 1981 or 1982 (don't recall the exact details). If I remember correctly, the story said that Bonin had been known to play in two different tournaments SIMULTANEOUSLY at the Manhattan chess club.

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  HeMateMe: The NY Times covers Bonin:



Jan-25-17  Granny O Doul: The late Robert Feldstein (approximately 1900-2000 [the ELO ratings, not the years]) played simultaneously in two tournaments separated by two or three miles (at the Marshall on West 10th Street or perhaps the Chess Center on West 14th, and the Casa de Espana on East 39th, where Jose Cuchi had his tourneys).

In fairness to Jay, I'm sure he played better moves and probably scored better results.

Mar-04-17  wrap99: <Granny> I remember Robert doing this I think at Paul Masson in the 1970, played in two separate sections.
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  WTHarvey: Here's are a couple dozen mates and combinations from Jay's chess games: Find the winning move.
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