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Jack Peters
J Peters  

Number of games in database: 261
Years covered: 1968 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2298
Highest rating achieved in database: 2495
Overall record: +82 -86 =91 (49.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (61) 
    B51 B56 B82 B90 B78
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C72 C95 C92 C70 C67
 Sicilian Najdorf (11) 
    B90 B92 B99 B91 B93
 French Defense (11) 
    C03 C05 C19 C11 C07
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B13 B17 B18 B16 B10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (10) 
    C95 C92 C96 C84 C91
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (33) 
    B23 B30 B83 B80 B20
 English, 1 c4 c5 (14) 
    A34 A30 A35
 Queen's Indian (9) 
    E12 E14 E17
 English (9) 
    A15 A13 A17 A19 A18
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C92 C81 C91 C60 C82
 Reti System (8) 
    A04 A05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Shirazi vs J Peters, 1984 0-1
   J Peters vs Lombardy, 1977 1-0
   J Peters vs L Day, 1977 1-0
   J Peters vs B Baczynskyj, 1976 1-0
   A Bisguier vs J Peters, 1980 0-1
   J Peters vs Kavalek, 1975 1-0
   J Peters vs B Gibbons, 1979 1-0
   J Peters vs J Tarjan, 1975 1-0
   J Peters vs V Zaltsman, 1979 1/2-1/2
   Petursson vs J Peters, 1980 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   2nd Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1978)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   United States Championship (1981)
   United States Championship (1980)
   Lone Pine (1980)
   United States Championship (1975)
   Hastings 1978/79 (1979)
   United States Championship (1984)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Lone Pine Open (1981)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Edward Lasker memorial by floryncd1970

   🏆 IM Jack Peters Simul
   J Peters vs C G Jaime (Feb-23-15) 1-0, exhibition
   J Peters vs J Friedel (Nov-25-12) 1/2-1/2
   J Peters vs T Gareyev (Aug-15-12) 1/2-1/2
   J Peters vs E Yanayt (Jul-29-12) 1-0
   J Peters vs J Stein (Jul-28-12) 1-0

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(born Feb-10-1951, 72 years old) United States of America

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John A Peters (now known as Jack Peters) was born in 1951 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was awarded the IM title in 1979 and edited a chess column for the Los Angeles Times,which ran from September 19, 1982 to November 28, 2010.

Wikipedia article: John Peters (chess player)

Last updated: 2022-03-10 16:41:46

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 261  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Curdo vs J Peters 1-0121968Boston tnB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. J Peters vs S Sloan 0-1231969Continental Amateur ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
3. L Day vs J Peters  ½-½201969USA Under20 Open ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
4. J Peters vs J Curdo 0-1291970Boston opC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
5. J Curdo vs J Peters 1-0351973New England OpenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
6. J Davies vs J Peters  ½-½36197374th US OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. J Curdo vs J Peters 1-0421973Boston OpenC49 Four Knights
8. J Peters vs J Curdo 1-0401974Boston OpenC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
9. J Peters vs J Curdo  0-1401974Boston opC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
10. J Peters vs A Soltis  ½-½261974Goldwater-Marshall TournamentB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
11. Browne vs J Peters ½-½211975United States ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
12. J Peters vs K Rogoff  0-1271975United States ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
13. Reshevsky vs J Peters 1-0481975United States ChampionshipE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
14. J Peters vs Kavalek 1-0411975United States ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
15. R Byrne vs J Peters  ½-½411975United States ChampionshipB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
16. J Peters vs J Tarjan 1-0311975United States ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. M R Vukcevich vs J Peters  1-0231975United States ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
18. J Peters vs Lombardy  1-0281975United States ChampionshipC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Benko vs J Peters  ½-½411975United States ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
20. J Peters vs A Bisguier  ½-½191975United States ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
21. K Commons vs J Peters  1-0341975United States ChampionshipA15 English
22. J Grefe vs J Peters  1-0401975United States ChampionshipA22 English
23. J Peters vs E Mednis  ½-½181975United States ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
24. E Meyer vs J Peters 1-033197576th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
25. J Peters vs Seirawan ½-½47197576th US OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-10-08  Joshka: Heck, need to get your page going at least with a Happy Birthday!!
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  Tabanus: According to from 2001,

"The tournament brings up an interesting point about the FIDE rating list. It seems its practically impossible to get a name changed in the list. Two of the players Andranik Matikozyan (his preferred spelling) is called "Matikozian" by FIDE and Jack Peters is still listed as John A. Peters, a name he hasn't used in more than 20 years."

Today (2009) there is no John Peters in the FIDE list. The above games should be transferred to Jack Peters.

Some of the games by Peters belong to Jack Peters:

K Shirazi vs Peters, 1984 is most well known.

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  Tabanus: Peters, John (Jack) A. (1951- )

John Peters was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 10, 1951. He was champion of New England in 1971, 1974, and 1975. He was a USCF life master at the age of 22. He was Massachusetts State Champion in 1974 and 1975 (tied with John Curdo). He played in the 1975 U.S. Championship (won by Browne), tieing for 10th-13th place.He was the winner of the American Open in 1977. In 1978 he was President of the Professional Chess Association (PCA). He was awarded the International Master title in 1979. He was a games editor for Chess Horizons and is a chess columnist for the Los Angeles Times. His current Elo rating is 2419. His maximum Elo rating was 2476.

Four times winner of the American Open (1977, 1982, 1984, 1988), see Today a well-known columnist in LA Times.

Apr-25-09  Raisin Death Ray: Everyone just calls him Jack. I don't think even his mother calls him John!
Feb-10-10  rogermorin: Hi Jack,Happy birthday from Roger Morin in Maine
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  WCC Editing Project: Good evening.

Does anyone have a copy of <Chess Life, December 1994>?

If you do, would you please look on <page 40> to check this quotation from <IM Jack Peters>, who I believe is <John Peters>?:

<" Lasker had noticed signs of uncertainty in Steinitz' handling of "simplified" middlegames, without <<<Queens.>>> Recognizing the champion's superiority in managing a full army of pieces, Lasker deliberately sought early Queen exchanges. This strategy certainly worked in Philadelphia.">

We are fact checking this citation in an effort to edit Lasker-Steinitz World Championship (1894).

So we need to know if this Peters quote is actually on page 40 of <Chess Life, December 1994>.

Aug-04-15  zanzibar: He wasn't always known as Jack, here's an early reference I found:

<Curdo dominates tourney
Boston Globe (1960-1983); Jan 12, 1969; pg A_96

At the M.S.C.A. Christmas tourney, which had a healthy 52 players [...] Jackie Peters won first junior prize.>

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  Phony Benoni: I can only offer observation and experience, not documentation, so I realize this doesn't count. But John. A Peters and Jack Peters are undoubtedly the same person,

In fact, since both the FIDE player card and USCF player page give <Jack Peters>, there is probably a good case for a name change,

Aug-04-15  zanzibar: <Phony> Yes, I don't think I ever saw him other than as Jack Peters. At least, as far as chess was concerned.
Aug-05-15  zanzibar: I have to amend my statement just above.

The early press would use both John and Jack (and Jackie).

I post more later, after I give it another run-through.

Feb-10-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Jack Peters.
May-12-20  wordfunph: "I came awfully close in a tournament in Philadelphia, after the World Open, in 1979. In the last round I needed to beat Michael Wilder, and he needed to make a draw to get an IM norm! So, it obviously was going to be a hard fought game. I got the advantage; I won a pawn. Then I got a little greedy and took a second pawn, and gave him a little counterplay. And even though we were in an ending and I had two extra pawns, I was in a bit of trouble and wasn't able to convert my advantage to a win. It came out a draw. That's how close I came. A few good moves away from making a third GM norm."

- IM John Peters (Chess Life 1998 February)

May-12-20  Kurakotsaba: From JOHN to JACK...
why the change-switch?

John is jinxed?

May-12-20  Granny O Doul: @Kurakotsaba: I don't know where you're from, but in English-speaking countries, Jack is frequently a nickname for John, illogical though this may seem. See "Jack" Kennedy and "Jack" Peters.
May-12-20  wtpy: Jack, I think he was John then, beat me like a red-headed stepchild in a simul in the mid 70s. I was 18 or 19, 1900-2000 player, trying out what used to be called the Center-Counter, might be called the Scandanavian today. His results at Lone Pine, where he had did very well several years running, convince me that he was definitely grandmaster strength.
May-12-20  Granny O Doul: If I played it myself, "Scandinavian Defense" is the name I'd use. Calling it the "Center Counter" is giving your game plan away.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Granny,

But if your opponent thinks; "Aha The Scandinavian." then they have not got the game plan.

The best plan is to sac three pawns and get in e5.

click for larger view

A reversed Danish from the Scandinavian!

This opening has a 100% record here and is so good the same game appears twice.

Olland vs G W Kloosterboer, 1926

Olland vs G W Kloosterboer, 1926

(correction slip sent.)


Aug-02-20  savage sanctuary: His victory over Tal @ Long Beach '88 is not in his notable games??

Come on people. He poured his heart out in the endgame of that Sicilian defense!

Nov-11-20  cameosis: does anybody know what his middle name is (-> a.) ? thanks!
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Kurakotsaba: From JOHN to JACK... why the change-switch?

John is jinxed?>

As <Tabanus> mentioned above,

<John Peters was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 10, 1951.>

I frequently used to carpool to work with a guy from Baahstun whose first name was John, but went by Jack. It must be some sort of Baahstun thing.

Jan-21-22  Z truth 000000001: Ha! Was Peters actually born in Boston, (im)proper?

In the March 2011 CL he pegs himself as growing up in Scituate:

<I remember a particularly grumpy copy editor who was assigned to review my
column. He knew nothing about chess,
but I could tell from his accent that he
was from Massachusetts, like me. I made
the mistake of telling him I grew up in Scituate, a small town about 20 miles from Boston. He said he was from South
Boston, a gritty part of the city totally
unlike my beach town. His glare widened
the cultural gap between us.>

FWIW - friends of John Kennedy called him Jack as well. So it could be a Hyannis-thing as well.


Jan-21-22  Z truth 000000001: Seems a shame he doesn't have a photo here on <CG>.

There's one over on Wikimedia, but the one I like best was taken by his son Bill:

Jan-21-22  Z truth 000000001: And to finish the story above...

<Without another word, he read my column while holding his blue pen ready to correct my errors. To my astonishment, he put down his pen without making a single mark. “You’re a good speller,” he said, and we got along fine for years. >

My fifth grade English teacher would be proud.

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