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Greg Hjorth
Number of games in database: 52
Years covered: 1977 to 1990
Last FIDE rating: 2378

Overall record: +13 -22 =17 (41.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (7) 
    B20 B21
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (7) 
    C05 C19 C02 C01
 French Tarrasch (4) 
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   Miles vs G Hjorth, 1984 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (1984)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)

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(born Jun-14-1963, died Jan-13-2011, 47 years old) Australia

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Dr. Gregory Hjorth was born in Melbourne, Australia. He was joint Commonwealth Champion in 1983. In 1984, he was awarded the IM title. He represented Australia in three Olympiads (1982, 1984 and 1986).

Dr. Hjorth was one of the World's greatest experts in the field of mathematical logics.

He suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of 47.

Dr. Michael Baron, Erinnerung an ein grosses Talent: Greg Hjorth, 22 November 2014,

Wikipedia article: Greg Hjorth

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 65  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A J Love vs G Hjorth  ½-½411977Australian Junior ChB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
2. G Hjorth vs Short ½-½111980Wch U20B06 Robatsch
3. Kasparov vs G Hjorth 1-0271980Wch U20D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. M Fuller vs G Hjorth  ½-½331982AUS-chA81 Dutch
5. R Rodriguez vs G Hjorth  1-0221982Zone 10 ChD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. S Aritonang vs G Hjorth 1-0541982Asian Qualifying TournamentA10 English
7. A Sokolov vs G Hjorth  ½-½161982World Junior ChampionshipC00 French Defense
8. A Greenfeld vs G Hjorth  1-0231982World Junior ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
9. G Hjorth vs Sandrasegaran  1-0261982World Junior ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. D Hergott vs G Hjorth  0-1401982World Junior ChampionshipA15 English
11. G Hjorth vs D Trifunov  1-0611982World Junior ChampionshipB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. N Murshed vs G Hjorth  1-0401982World Junior ChampionshipA10 English
13. G Hjorth vs D Barbulescu  ½-½131982World Junior ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
14. G Hjorth vs I Morovic Fernandez  0-1401982World Junior ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
15. C Hansen vs G Hjorth  ½-½471982World Junior ChampionshipA84 Dutch
16. M Condie vs G Hjorth  ½-½411982World Junior ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
17. G Hjorth vs E Arlandi  1-0231982World Junior ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
18. S Luce vs G Hjorth  ½-½641982World Junior ChampionshipA10 English
19. G Hjorth vs M J Tempone 1-0181982World Junior ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
20. G Hjorth vs K Pytel  1-03319825th Manchester Benedictine OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
21. G Hjorth vs Keene 0-1401983Novag Commonwealth chB20 Sicilian
22. G Hjorth vs D K Johansen  1-0261983Novag Commonwealth chA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
23. F Braga vs G Hjorth  1-0341984Ostend opC05 French, Tarrasch
24. Alburt vs G Hjorth  1-038198402, New York itE73 King's Indian
25. G Hjorth vs I Ivanov  0-1321984New YorkB20 Sicilian
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  Benzol: Gregory Hjorth
Born 14th June 1963 in Melbourne
Awarded the IM title in 1984 he was joint Commonwealth champion in 1983.
Jun-14-05  Knight13: Happy birthday, Greg Hjorth! Now you are 42 years old! 58 years to go!
Jun-14-05  aw1988: OK, that is really stupid.
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  TheAlchemist: <Knight13> Just 87 to go, keep it up :-)
Jun-04-09  myschkin: . . .

"A super-smart set theorist and model theorist"


Selected publications:

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Very sorry to report that Greg Hjorth died suddenly on January 13th 2011. See
Jan-17-11  ozmikey: Dreadful news. Greg was one of the great chess talents who emerged from the Victorian chess boom in the late seventies, along with Rogers, Johansen, West and others. But Greg reached IM strength very young and could almost certainly have achieved the GM title had he stuck with the game - he dedicated himself chiefly to his academic career from the mid-eighties onwards.

He competed at the World Junior three times in the early eighties, gaining a high place each time (ahead of plenty of future GMs).

Jan-17-11  ozmikey: A fine game of Greg Hjorth's from the 1980 Australian Championship (he was only 16 at the time):

[Event "AUS-ch"]
[Site "Adelaide"]
[Date "1980.01.04"]
[Round "8.4"]
[White "Hjorth, Greg"]
[Black "Parr, Peter"]
[Result "1-0"]
[BlackElo "2075"]
[ChessCat "CHESSCAT 1.0"]
[ECO "E92"]
[EventDate "1979.12.??"]
[PlyCount "115"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1998.11.10"]
[WhiteElo "1955"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Be2 e5 7. dxe5 dxe5 8. Qxd8 Rxd8 9. Bg5 Re8 10. O-O-O Na6 11. Ne1 Be6 12. f3 c6 13. Nc2 Nc7 14. Rd2 Red8 15. Rhd1 Rxd2 16. Rxd2 Kf8 17. Be3 Ke8 18. b4 Bf8 19. Kb2 b6 20. b5 cxb5 21. cxb5 Be7 22. a3 Rd8 23. Rxd8+ Kxd8 24. Na2 Bd7 25. a4 Kc8 26. Na3 Nfe8 27. Nc4 f6 28. Bxb6 axb6 29. Nxb6+ Kd8 30. Nxd7 Kxd7 31. b6 Ne6 32. Bb5+ Kd8 33. b7 Bd6 34. Nb4 Nd4 35. Na6 Nxb5 36. axb5 Ng7 37. Kc3 Ne6 38. Kc4 Kd7 39. b8=Q Bxb8 40. Nxb8+ Kc7 41. Na6+ Kd6 42. Nb4 f5 43. Nd3 fxe4 44. fxe4 Ng5 45. Nc5 Nf7 46. Kb4 Nd8 47. b6 Nc6+ 48. Kb5 Nd4+ 49. Kc4 Nc6 50. b7 h5 51. h4 Nb8 52. Kb5 Nc6 53. Na6 Na7+ 54. Kc4 Nc6 55. b8=Q+ Nxb8 56. Nxb8 Ke6 57. Kc5 Kf6 58. Kd6 1-0

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  GrahamClayton: <ozmikey?He competed at the World Junior three times in the early eighties, gaining a high place each time (ahead of plenty of future GMs).

Had Greg won his final game at the 1980 World Junior Championship, he would have finished 2nd to Garry Kasparov. A draw meant a very creditable finish in the top 6.

Here is a fine game played by Greg when he was only 14 years old:

[Event "AUS-ch"]
[Site "Perth"]
[Date "1978.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Hjorth, Greg"]
[Black "Musa, L"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. Bc4 Qc7 6. Qe2 Nb6 7. Bb3 Nc6 8. Nf3 d3 9. Qe4 Na5 10. Qxd3 Nxb3 11. axb3 e6 12. Na3 a6 13. Be3 Be7 14. O-O Nd5 15. Nb5 Qb8 16. Nd6+ Bxd6 17. exd6 Nxe3 18. fxe3 f6 19. Rad1 b6 20. Ng5 fxg5

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21. Qc2!! Kd8 22. Qxh7! 1-0

Mar-15-11  SvetlanaBabe: (Chesschat? Isn't that the website "moderated" by Australian Chess Federation officials most of whom wouldn't pass a Working with Childrens Check? Why would anyone want to access that site?)
I knew Greg Hjorth from VCA Centre and Melbourne Chess Club when it was in Elizabeth street. He was a talented player even back then. RIP Greg Hjorth.
Apr-12-11  myschkin: . . .

"I went to school with Greg & I can tell you he had a double nature. I remember Greg - having finished the Applied Maths exam (early) he put his head down and went to sleep. The examiner had to wake him as his snoring was disturbing other students. He would miss every monday of school to play high level chess. Despite missing classes he topped all of us. I also recall a heart rendering punk rendition of "Wild Thing" to the school on the morning of the year 12 muckup day. Even so, I am glad that his attitude for mathematics led him away from a career in punk music. His gift to the world is greater for it." * (excerpt)

Photo (young):

in memoriam I*:

in memoriam II:

Wild Thing:

Jul-10-14  optimal play: New game submitted – Greg Hjorth holds GM Eric Lobron (elo 100+ higher) to a draw:-

[Event "Adsteam-Lidums International"]
[Site "Adelaide, Australia"]
[Date "1987.01.02"]
[EventDate "1986.12.28"]
[Round "5"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Greg Hjorth"]
[Black "Eric Lobron"]
[ECO "E06"]
[WhiteElo "2405"]
[BlackElo "2515"]
[PlyCount "105"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 e6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. d4 O-O 6. Qc2 Nc6 7. Nbd2 b6 8. a3 Bb7 9. O-O dxc4 10. Qxc4 Na5 11. Qc2 c5 12. dxc5 bxc5 13. b3 Qb6 14. Bb2 h6 15. Be5 Rac8 16. Rac1 Rfd8 17. Nc4 Nxc4 18. bxc4 Be4 19. Qc3 Rd7 20. Rcd1 Rcd8 21. Rxd7 Rxd7 22. Nd2 Bxg2 23. Kxg2 Ng4 24. Nf3 Nxe5 25. Qxe5 Qb3 26. Qe4 Qb7 27. Qc2 Qa6 28. Ne5 Rd4 29. Rb1 f5 30. Rb5 Kh7 31. a4 Qd6 32. Nf3 Qc6 33. Qc3 Rd7 34. Qc2 a6 35. Rb1 Bf6 36. h3 Qe4 37. Qxe4 fxe4 38. Ng1 Rd4 39. Rb6 a5 40. Rb5 Rxc4 41. Rxa5 Kg6 42. e3 Rc2 43. Kf1 Rc1+ 44. Kg2 Rc2 45. Kf1 Rc1+ 46. Kg2 c4 47. Ne2 Ra1 48. Nf4+ Kf7 49. Ra7+ Ke8 50. Nxe6 c3 51. Rc7 Rxa4 52. Nd4 Bxd4 53. exd4 1/2-1/2

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From the Adsteam-Lidums International Chess Tournament (Adelaide, South Australia) held from 28th December 1986 to 10th January 1987.

Nov-18-14  Jeschess: I've just found out, 3 years on, with tremendous sadness, that Greg's gone! I played in the Aust. Junior Chess Championships in Hobart in Jan 1975, when Rogers, Johansen, and West cut their teeth, and Greg was the "baby" at 11.5 y.o. His games even then had the poetry of maths or music, and I have followed them since, when I could. Here's one from the 1977 Australian Chess Championships (Perth). The rook sacs itself at move 20, and the rest flows like a symphony. Thanks Greg, for the beauty you've left us.


White: G.Hjorth Black: W.Jordan

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Bf4 d5 4. f3 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bf5 6. e4 dxe4 7. fxe4 Nxe4 8.Qf3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 Qc8 10. Bc4 e6 11. Ne2 Nd7 12. O-O Bd6 13. Rab1 O-O 14. Rxb7 Nf6 15. Bd3 Bxd3 16. cxd3 Bxf4 17. Nxf4 c5 18. dxc5 Qxc5+ 19. d4 Qa5 20. Rxf7 Kxf7 21. Qb7+ Kg8 22. Nxe6 Nh5 23. Nxf8 Rd8 24. Qf7+ Kh8 25. Ne6 Rg8 26. Qxg8+ 1-0

Dec-13-14  MelbourneChessClub: For a series of lectures on IM Greg Hjorth's games (by GM Ian Rogers), visit the Melbourne Chess Club youtube channel:

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  Benzol: <MelbourneChessClub> Were you aware of the Melbourne Chess Club file here at this site?

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