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Joseph Bradford
J Bradford 
Photo courtesy of "WannaBe"  
Number of games in database: 121
Years covered: 1978 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2370 (2357 rapid, 2315 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2459

Overall record: +45 -36 =40 (53.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (15) 
    A04 A06 A05
 King's Indian (9) 
    E97 E69 E63 E67 E66
 English (8) 
    A14 A15 A17 A13
 English, 1 c4 c5 (7) 
    A30 A39 A35 A37
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E12 E15
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (26) 
    C05 C18 C00 C02 C03
 French Tarrasch (12) 
    C05 C03
 French Winawer (7) 
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E15 E12
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A40 A46 D02 E10
 English, 1 c4 c5 (4) 
    A30 A33 A31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Formanek vs Bradford, 1979 0-1
   Bradford vs Tarjan, 1978 1-0
   G Barrenechea Bahamonde vs Bradford, 2007 0-1
   N Weinstein vs Bradford, 1979 0-1
   D Gordon vs Bradford, 2007 0-1
   Bradford vs R Byrne, 1980 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   UTD GM Invitational (2006)
   United States Championship (1980)
   Foxwoods Open (2007)
   US Championship (2007)
   Isle of Man Masters (2007)
   Canadian Open (2007)
   Canadian Open (2009)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)

   🏆 National Open
   Robson vs J Bradford (Jun-15-12) 1-0
   J Bradford vs V West (Jun-15-12) 1/2-1/2

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(born Nov-01-1950, 71 years old) United States of America

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Joseph Mark Bradford was born in Meridian, Mississippi, USA. He was awarded the IM title in 2007. Bradford won the 1978 U.S. Open Championship.

Last updated: 2017-01-17 04:42:37

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 122  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Bradford vs Tarjan 1-031197879th US OpenB89 Sicilian
2. Lombardy vs J Bradford  1-0341979Lone PineE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
3. J Bradford vs Tarjan 0-1421979Lone PineE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
4. E Formanek vs J Bradford 0-1341979Lone PineC02 French, Advance
5. N Weinstein vs J Bradford 0-1361979Lone PineC05 French, Tarrasch
6. J Bradford vs Rajkovic  ½-½371979Lone PineA04 Reti Opening
7. J Bradford vs S Matera  1-0641979Lone PineE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
8. G Sigurjonsson vs J Bradford  1-0461979Lone PineA04 Reti Opening
9. J Bradford vs Miles ½-½451979Lone PineA05 Reti Opening
10. H C van Riemsdijk vs J Bradford  ½-½101979Lone PineE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
11. J Bradford vs James S Elis  1-027197980th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
12. J Bradford vs D Vasto  1-048197980th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
13. J Marfia vs J Bradford  0-135197980th US OpenC00 French Defense
14. J Bradford vs M Diesen  0-150197980th US OpenE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
15. Z Gajic vs J Bradford  1-058197980th US OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
16. J Bradford vs R Byrne 1-0341980United States ChampionshipA14 English
17. Browne vs J Bradford  1-0751980United States ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
18. J Bradford vs Bisguier  ½-½281980United States ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
19. Benko vs J Bradford  1-0301980United States ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. J Bradford vs J Peters  1-0381980United States ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
21. J Bradford vs L Christiansen 1-0621980United States ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
22. A Lein vs J Bradford  ½-½221980United States ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
23. J Bradford vs Seirawan 0-1321980United States ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
24. J Bradford vs V Zaltsman  0-1401980United States ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Evans vs J Bradford  ½-½601980United States ChampionshipA17 English
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 122  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-16-07  whiskeyrebel: Wow...fellow Texan Mr. Bradford drew Yury Shulman today. Decent start to the tournament. Go Joe...
May-17-07  whiskeyrebel: Wannabe, whoah Nelly; you need more light Brother. Did you snap it off in a bar?
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  WannaBe: American Open Tournament is well known for its 'mood' lighting... =)
May-17-07  Resignation Trap: When I was playing in the 1978 Michigan Open, I asked someone, "Who won the US Open?". The reply was "Joe Bradford". My astonished reply was <<WHO??>>. I believe that everyone else in the 1978 US Open was equally astonished.
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  Joshka: This guy has scalps from Browne and Christiansen, no one to mess with!
May-17-07  whiskeyrebel: He's very supportive of our Austin chess club and I know several members are following his games. I don't personally know him, but have seen him playing blitz with all comers ( pretty much annihilating everybody ) and even helping at post mortems..including one of my own losses in which he saw a brilliant Queen sac I hadn't considered at all. He's got my respect and support. I wouldn't be surprised no matter who he takes out at this event.
May-23-07  whiskeyrebel: Wow, he defeated Krush in the final round at the U.S championship leaving him with 5-4. Did he earn an IM norm I wonder? Congrats Mr. Bradford.
May-23-07  Resignation Trap: <whiskeyrebel> Joe gets his IM norm <and> title in Stillwater.
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  WannaBe: Congratulations to the new IM Bradford!!

Promise to capture him in better light(ing) next time! :-)

Sep-25-07  dx9293: FIDE did not award FM Bradford the IM title according to the new List of Titles Awarded. I do not know why. His rating and norms seem to be in order.
Oct-02-07  dx9293: FM Bradford sez: GIMME THE DAMN IM TITLE!

He scores 5.5/9 in the Monarch Assurance (beating Sevestushkin, and Hebden in Rd 9!) which, according to the FIDE charts, should give him an IM norm.

I dunno why FIDE didn't give him the IM title at Mexico City, they apparently declined his application for some reason, but he should get it now!

Oct-02-07  Petrosianic: From what I hear, the courteous and efficient staff at USCF Headquarters forgot to file the paperwork, and so the 1978 US Open Champion's IM title will be delayed several months.
Oct-03-07  dx9293: <Petrosianic> LOL! That doesn't surprise me at all!
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  whiteshark: There is a big gap from 1981 to 2006 with only 4 games in between. Why this break ?
Oct-13-07  dx9293: It seems that IM Bradford has made yet another (!) IM norm, this time at the 7th Winterthur Open, with 6/9.

GM Caruana started with 5.5 out of 6, but struggled to the finish with 6.5 out of 9.

Oct-13-07  Petrosianic: <Why this break ?>

Because the database isn't complete. Bradford has been an active player continuously since the 70's, though not always that active at the international level.

Oct-13-07  pawnofdoom: Few people are 57 when they get their IM title. Wonder if he can continue to improve at such a late age and become a grandmaster at age 70
Oct-13-07  Petrosianic: It's not a question of improvement. Bradford has been IM strength for years. It's just been a lack of norm opportunities. He plays mostly in large swisses and things.
Oct-13-07  dx9293: <GM> Bradford seems tough enough to be a GM...his rating is climbing and he's holding his own with the GMs right long as he continues to play, I don't think it's impossible. Unlikely, but not impossible. I'd love to see it.
Oct-13-07  Petrosianic: To give you an idea of how tough Bradford has always been for years, he won the US Open outright in 1978, and finished only -2 in the 1980 US Championship (this back in the days when it was a Round Robin, rather than a Swiss).
Dec-13-08  wolfmaster: Not only is Bradford a great player, but he just won the Heisman trophy!
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  Phony Benoni: The 1978 US Open was not the strongest in the series, but Bradford's triumph included wins over Peters, Root and Tarjan, plus draws with Shamkovich and Soltis. But it was his style that impressed everyone. None of this accumulation of tiny advantages stuff; he went straight for the throat. The first game on this page is the victory over Tarjan; it's typical of his play.

Also, you might find E Formanek vs Bradford, 1979 enjoyable, where Black's attack concludes with 34...Kd8!

Jan-26-10  grok: In addition to his '78 US Open title, Bradford also has two National Open titles. In his prime he was probably GM strength, but he rarely played outside of Texas, which limited his norm opportunities. He's still the best player in Austin and a regular at the Austin Chess Club.
Jan-16-17  Helios727: Is it possible to get a FIDE rating without playing in international tournaments? Or how does that work? If it is possible, what are the criteria for an American tournament being FIDE rated?

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