Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Jonathan D Sarfati
Number of games in database: 293
Years covered: 1976 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2251
Highest rating achieved in database: 2305
Overall record: +113 -68 =112 (57.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

Repertoire Explorer
Most played openings
A57 Benko Gambit (23 games)
C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall (11 games)
E41 Nimzo-Indian (11 games)
A07 King's Indian Attack (11 games)
C77 Ruy Lopez (9 games)
C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack (8 games)
A58 Benko Gambit (8 games)
C05 French, Tarrasch (8 games)
A06 Reti Opening (7 games)
C45 Scotch Game (6 games)

   🏆 Simul, 16b
   J Sarfati vs NN (Oct-06-19) 1-0, exhibition

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Jonathan D Sarfati
Search Google for Jonathan D Sarfati
FIDE player card for Jonathan D Sarfati

(born Oct-01-1964, 57 years old) Australia (federation/nationality New Zealand)

[what is this?]

Dr Jonathan David Sarfati was born in Ararat, Australia in 1964. He later moved to New Zealand and was awarded the FM title in 1988. He was New Zealand Champion in 1987-88 and played for New Zealand on three Olympiad teams. He is currently living in the USA.

He is a frequent contributor to as User: Jonathan Sarfati

Wikipedia article: Jonathan Sarfati

Last updated: 2016-10-14 07:11:55

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 293  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Wansink vs J Sarfati  1-0231976National Schoolpupils ChC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. J Sarfati vs N Dixon 1-0441977New Zealand Schoolpupils ChampionshipC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
3. W Norton vs J Sarfati 1-0371977NZ Schoolpupils ChC77 Ruy Lopez
4. P S Spiller vs J Sarfati  1-0251977North Island ChC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
5. J Sarfati vs D Oliver 1-0401978Civic Easter TtC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. M R Freeman vs J Sarfati  1-0241978NZ Ch Premier ReserveC52 Evans Gambit
7. L Aptekar vs J Sarfati 1-0211979Queens Birthday Weekend TtD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. L McLaren vs J Sarfati 1-0311979Civic Chess Club ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
9. J Sarfati vs P Mataga  ½-½641979NZ Junior ChC05 French, Tarrasch
10. J Sarfati vs P W Power 1-0571980NZL-chBB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. J Sarfati vs P Mataga 1-0431980NZL-chBA07 King's Indian Attack
12. J Sarfati vs D Cooper  ½-½281980NZL-chBB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
13. P R Green vs J Sarfati  1-0481980NZL-chBA26 English
14. J Sarfati vs M Steadman  ½-½421980NZL-chBC05 French, Tarrasch
15. E Frost vs J Sarfati ½-½371980Wellington CC ChA57 Benko Gambit
16. J Sarfati vs Hammond B Williamson ½-½411980Burroughs Computers NZ JuniorC50 Giuoco Piano
17. J Sarfati vs P S Spiller  0-1391980North Island ChC05 French, Tarrasch
18. A Lloyd vs J Sarfati  ½-½401981NZ Junior ChC44 King's Pawn Game
19. J Sarfati vs K Hornung 1-0221981Australian JuniorC05 French, Tarrasch
20. P Broekhuyse vs J Sarfati 0-1361981Australian Junior ChA06 Reti Opening
21. K W Lynn vs J Sarfati 0-1231981North Island ChD00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. P Garbett vs J Sarfati  1-0211981South Island ChD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
23. J Sarfati vs Hammond B Williamson  1-0391981South Island ChC94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense
24. A Feneridis vs J Sarfati 0-1301981First CCL Whitcoulls WeekenderA35 English, Symmetrical
25. J Sarfati vs L Aptekar  ½-½371981First CCL Whitcoulls WeekenderA43 Old Benoni
 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 293  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Sarfati wins | Sarfati loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Jul-11-09  ILikeFruits: abiogenesis and...
evolution are...
2 very...
different things...
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <Jonathan> Happy Birthday.


Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: <ILikeFruits:> Yawn, abiogenesis is often called "chemical evolution." You need to inform Scientific American then, since their Sept 1978 issue on evolution included an article "Chemical evolution and the origin of life".
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <Jonathan> Do you remember anything about the following game?

[Event "The Gap Open"]
[Site "Australia"]
[Date "1998.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Lovejoy, David"]
[Black "Sarfati, Jonathan D"]
[ECO "C89"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "50"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d4 Bd6 13. Re1 Qh4 14. g3 Qh3 15. Be3 Bg4 16. Qd3 Rae8 17. Nd2 Re6 18. a4 Qh5 19. axb5 axb5 20. c4 Nxe3 21. Rxe3 Be2 22. Qb1 Rh6 23. h4 Bf4 24. Re7 Bxd2 25. Qc2 Bf3 0-1

I found it in the 1999 February edition of the New Zealand Chess Magazine. An interesting encounter using the Marshall Gambit.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: <Benzol>, yes, that was a fairly early tournament success after I moved to Queensland. If 26.♕xd2, then 26... ♕xh4! forces mate on h1.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Happy birthday Jonathan.


Did you know you shared the day with

Kenneth William Lynn ?

Jul-16-12  wordfunph: FM Jonathan Sarfati is the author of The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution..

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Maybe Sarfati and Jeff Reeve should have a go at it one day.
Apr-15-14  weary willy: <FM Jonathan Sarfati is the author of The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution..> Hardly a refutation - but developing the debate, which is a good thing in itself
Aug-19-15  offramp: I once met Jonathan D Sarfati / At a play-the-Cochrane party. He said we were all better off
Totally avoiding the Petroff.
Feb-09-16  Avun Jahei: I want to beliiiiiiieve!
So can anybody here tell me how the Pinguins managed to travel the whole way from Noah's ark to Antarctica?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: <Avun Jahei:> See, which covers:

* How did animals get to Australia?
* How did the animals get from remote countries to the Ark? * After the Flood, did kangaroos hop all the way to Australia? * What did koalas eat on the way?

Aug-31-16  PaulLovric: Why are there no kangaroos in other countries then?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: <PaulLovric> More to the point: why would we necessarily expect them to survive elsewhere? There are problems with your view too, e.g.:

“Living marsupials are restricted to Australia and South America … In contrast, metatherian fossils from the Late Cretaceous are exclusively from Eurasia and North America … This geographical switch remains unexplained.” [Cifelli, R.L. and Davis, B.M., Marsupial origins, Science 302:1899–2, 2003.]

Oct-14-16  PaulLovric: Today, metatherians are abundant and taxonomically and morphologically diverse in Central America, South America, and Australia, and are the dominant mammals on only one continent, Australia. However, during the Late Cretaceous, they were a diverse group on the northern continents of Laurasia. In North America, metatherians were far more numerous and taxonomically diverse than were eutherian mammals, the stem placental mammalian group that is dominant across most of the world today.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Peligroso Patzer: Dr. Sarfati –

Whilst recently giving a glowing recommendation of your work (including <Refuting Compromise>) to a friend from church (who, regrettably, is presently an admirer of Dr. Hugh Ross) in connection with your forthcoming visit to Utah, I provided the following summary of your stance regarding the age of the earth:

“I believe I would be fairly (if briefly) summarizing Dr. Sarfati’s position with the following points:

1. Scientific evidence is inconclusive on the age of the earth;

2. There is in fact considerable scientific evidence pointing to a young earth, but such evidence is typically dismissed out-of-hand [on the <a priori> assumption that there must be “something wrong with it”] by those who adhere to the prevailing paradigm of secular science, i.e., “Long Ages” or “Billions of Years” (which paradigm is based partly on the “Uniformitarian” paradigm in geology, a paradigm that is currently popular but not well-supported by evidence) ;

3. The Bible unambiguously teaches historically that the earth was created approximately six thousand years ago, and this is entirely plausible scientifically (albeit counter to the currently prevailing paradigm of secular science);

4. “Day-Age” and “Gap Theory” interpretations of the Biblical creation account only emerged after the “Long Ages” view became the accepted secular scientific paradigm, and only as an attempt to accommodate contemporary scientific fashion;

5. To interpret the Bible in an artificial way in order to accommodate scientific fashion undermines Biblical authority;

6. One particular problem with the “Long Ages” or “Progressive Creationist” position is that it leaves Christians without an effective response to the challenge of theodicy.

“On point 6, see the following article by a colleague of Dr. Sarfati’s:

Due to a desire to keep the above communication to my friend reasonably succinct, I felt compelled to forbear going into any reference to subjects on issues relating to radiometric dating or distant starlight, making Uniformitarian Geology the only ‘scientific’ point specifically mentioned (and that, only briefly). Although I would have loved to get into those other areas, I think Uniformitarianism is the first ‘scientific’ issue to mention in this discussion since Lyell’s <Principles of Geology> seems to me to be the <fons et origo mali> for the whole “Long Ages” / “Progressive Creationism” view (unless one wants to trace the evil back to Hutton, but he was not the successful popularizer that Lyell became).

I would welcome any observations you might care to offer on the foregoing.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: <Peligroso Patzer:> That is a thoughtful and accurate summary of Refuting Compromise.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati:
Jun-10-18  Jambow: <I want to beliiiiiiieve! So can anybody here tell me how the Pinguins managed to travel the whole way from Noah's ark to Antarctica?>

Penguins are easy they swim...

Kangeroos and such much bigger problem.

While I'm in direct contrast to the vast majority of my fellow crationsist I'm very convinced that while the topography of the land masses were greatly determined by the Genesis flood, the seperation of the continents occured during the days of Peleg shortly post deluge... Land animals would have simply traveled normally to arrive at their present locations for the most part. The empirical data for the flood is unmistakable. Likewise that pretty intense catastrophies occured after the deluge is also evident.

No offence or disrespect to Dr Sarfati, I simply disagree with the current paradigm on this subject.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Peligroso Patzer: Dr. Sarfati –

I think you might share my amusement at a sardonic remark I read in Sabine Hossenfelder’s just-published book, <Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray>, Basic Books ©2018. Commenting on the insouciant reaction of “Gordy” Kane, proponent of string theory and supersymmetry, to the failure of the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) to find “superpartner” particles that Kane has previously confidently predicted, Hossenfelder wrote:

“It’s the ability to adapt to new evidence that marks the true scientist.”

(<Op. cit.>, at page 46 of the Nook edition).

Although the context was as I described above, it strikes me that the remark applies a fortiori to “scientists” who advocate a Darwinian model of diverse speciation (including the so-called Modern Synthesis), as well as to proponents of “Big Bang” cosmogony. Those folks are always ready – whenever evidence comes along that would most reasonably be interpreted as falsifying their beloved paradigm – with a response along the lines of, “Wait, I have a patch for that problem.”

Typical is Richard Lewontin’s remark that he and his fellow neo-Darwinians are “forced by our <a priori> adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, <no matter how counterintuitive>, [emphasis added] no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated ….”

(From Lewontin’s review of Carl Sagan, <The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle the Dark>, New York Review of Books, 9 January 1997.)

The true believer in Darwinism or in “Big Bang” cosmogony never allows inconvenient evidence to undermine his or her blind faith in the favored paradigm.

Jun-13-18  Muttley101: For those who want to read more: Kuhn's book on "Scientfic Revolutions" is excellent.

Or, the abridged version: "Scientists are human."

Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: <Jambow:> I think you have misunderstood the meaning of "days of Peleg"—see
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: Crosstables of every New Zealand Championship
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: <Peligroso Patzer:> Yes, that admission from Lewontin is very revealing. It needs to be widely known.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: <Muttley101:> Kuhn's book is very important, for sure.
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 3)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific player only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!
Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC