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Joel Johnson
Number of games in database: 24
Years covered: 1975 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2223 (2217 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2372
Overall record: +13 -7 =4 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-12-1955, died Jul-29-2023, 67 years old) United States of America

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Joel Johnson was a National Master, the 2007 U.S. Senior Champion, and the author of many books on attacking chess. He was User: FearNoEvil on

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Curdo vs J Johnson 1-0211975Boston OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
2. J Johnson vs H Lyman 1-0241976Boylston Chess Club ChampionshipC56 Two Knights
3. J Johnson vs L Kaufman 1-01919797th World OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
4. J Johnson vs J Cline 1-0311979Northeast Chess LeagueB23 Sicilian, Closed
5. J Johnson vs J Curdo 0-1201980Billerica CCC45 Scotch Game
6. J Johnson vs K Hayward  1-0271981Monadnock MarathonC56 Two Knights
7. J Johnson vs William Morelli  1-0261981Northeast Chess LeagueB01 Scandinavian
8. J Johnson vs B Warnock  ½-½641981NH OpenB06 Robatsch
9. J Johnson vs S Jarosz Jr  0-1311984Plymouth ch-MI opC07 French, Tarrasch
10. J Johnson vs Shamkovich  0-131198513th World OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. J Johnson vs M Meleg  ½-½33198513th World OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
12. R Stone vs J Johnson  ½-½191988US opA40 Queen's Pawn Game
13. J Johnson vs G Moreau 1-0311989Downeast OpenC24 Bishop's Opening
14. E Meyer vs J Johnson 0-1481990Bermuda InternationalA25 English
15. N Andrianov vs J Johnson 0-1452001Chess Emporium Friday SwissA40 Queen's Pawn Game
16. M Ginsburg vs J Johnson 1-0362002Southern Arizona ChampionshipA25 English
17. J Johnson vs R Burnett  0-1412004National opB06 Robatsch
18. W Shipman vs J Johnson 0-1562007US Senior ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
19. J Johnson vs J Bick  1-0202008United States Chess LeagueC30 King's Gambit Declined
20. J Johnson vs I Meerovich  1-0312008United States Chess LeagueA07 King's Indian Attack
21. A Mateer vs J Johnson  0-13020121st Phoenix OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. J Johnson vs Rick Dyberg  1-0292015116th US OpenC44 King's Pawn Game
23. J Johnson vs K Kavutskiy  ½-½282015116th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
24. Dylan Quercia vs J Johnson 1-0192015116th US OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-20-06  2021: Johnson's rating is somewhere around 2200.
Oct-24-06  2021: Has anyone seen Joel Johnson before? I have. I played a tournment game with him. And I lost quickly to him.
Oct-27-06  2021: He actually lost to a 1700.
Aug-04-07  RobertJamesFischer: I've seen him he's in Phoenix, Arizona
by P.V mall. Also seen him Arizona Scholastic championship. Have not played him before.
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  Benzol: <RobertJamesFischer> How's Iceland?
Apr-16-11  wordfunph: he's the author of the book Formation Attacks published in 2010..

he was also the 2007 U.S. Senior Chess Champion.

Apr-17-11  BobCrisp: <Thunderbirds> are go!
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  perfidious: Joel's an old friend, known here as <FearNoEvil>, whom I haven't been in contact with since the end of my playing career in 2001. Always played interesting, tactical chess.
Jun-01-11  FearNoEvil: FYI, Formation Attacks just hit #1 on the New In Chess Best Sellers List. I am eight months into Formation Attacks #2. prefidious -- who art thou? Thanks, Joel
Oct-28-13  redlance: Don't overlook Joel's book Attacking 101.
Nice book on attacks against lower rated players . Very enjoyable book.
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  perfidious: <redlance>: Was J Johnson vs J Cline, 1979 in Joel's book?
Mar-28-14  FearNoEvil: Yes perfidious(Alan Shaw), Johnson - Cline was in Formation Attacks - just released the third book in the series, "Positional Attacks". Will be working on "Attacking 101: Volume #002" in the fall of 2014.

Joel Johnson

Aug-03-14  redlance: Joel,you have outstanding books!!!!!!
I hope you are not finished writing!!!
I have them all so far and use them to teach my students!!!
Oct-05-14  FearNoEvil: Hi Redlance - nowhere near done - you can expect a bunch of books from me in the near future. Attacking 101: Volumes 2-4 before Xmas hopefully and Mental Perceptions (Formation Attacks 4) in 2015. A bunch of coaches use my books for teaching including FM Eric Schiller and IM Jim Rizzitano. Thanks for the support! Joel
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  FSR: Sadly, Joel has reportedly died. He had been in ill health for some time.

<George Mirijanian

SHOCKING NEWS! - News was received today about the passing of national master Joel F. Johnson in Phoenix, Arizona on July 29, 2023. Joel was from Lowell, Mass. and had been a very active player in Massachusetts for many years before he moved to Phoenix in late summer 2001. He was a multi-time champion of the Billerica Chess Club. On settling in Arizona, he became a chess coach and a teacher. He was also a chess author. He was born on December 12, 1955. He graduated from Lowell High School in 1973 and attended Lowell Tech from 1973 to 1975. His death came at age 67. More information about his passing will be posted as it becomes available.>

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  perfidious: RIP to another of the decent people I knew in my playing days.

Last time I saw Joel was in March 2001 at a tournament in Woburn, Massachusetts. He was not playing, but it was a pleasure to see him as always.

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