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Cyrus Lakdawala

Number of games in database: 70
Years covered: 1983 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2413 (2431 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2440
Overall record: +22 -20 =22 (51.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (7) 
    E94 E60 E91 E99 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A45 A40 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (8) 
    D10 D17 D19 D18 D12
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B17 B12
 King's Indian Attack (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C Lakdawala vs V Akobian, 2001 1-0
   F Frenkel vs C Lakdawala, 1987 0-1
   J Peters vs C Lakdawala, 1996 0-1
   C Lakdawala vs Khachiyan, 2001 1-0
   D Lee vs C Lakdawala, 1999 0-1
   J Shahade vs C Lakdawala, 2004 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Linklater Memorial (2001)
   Chessmaster US Championship 2005 (2004)

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(born Oct-10-1960, 62 years old) India (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Cyrus Lakdawala was born in India. He and his family later immigrated to Canada, and then the United States. FIDE awarded him the International Master title in 2002. He won the 1987 National Open, the 1998 American Open, the 1998 U.S. Game/60 Championship, and the 2011 U.S. Game/30 Championship. He won the Southern California Open Championship in 1995 (tied with Jack Peters). He won the Southern California Invitational Championship in 1994 and 1997, and was co-winner in 1998 (tied with Peters and Levon Altounian), and 2000 (tied with Peters). He also tied for first in 2005, but lost on tiebreak to Andranik Matikozian.

Lakdawala is the author or co-author of 63 chess books, most recently Chess Endgame Planning (with Carsten Hansen) (June 2023). His books Chess for Hawks (2016) and In the Zone: the Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History (2020) were both named the Chess Journalists Association Instructional Book of the Year. His brother is Jimmy Lakdawala.

Last updated: 2023-06-27 14:06:17

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Lakdawala vs D Gurevich  0-141198384th US OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. C Lakdawala vs T Bardwick  1-0391985San Diego OpenA15 English
3. C Lakdawala vs T Weinberger  1-0301987PasadenaA80 Dutch
4. F Frenkel vs C Lakdawala 0-1161987American opB02 Alekhine's Defense
5. Benjamin vs C Lakdawala  1-0451987American opE73 King's Indian
6. J Petranovich vs C Lakdawala  0-1371988openB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
7. C Lakdawala vs L Christiansen  ½-½351988Los AngelesA13 English
8. J Silman vs C Lakdawala 1-0421989SouthernA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
9. Benjamin vs C Lakdawala  1-0441989San Mateo ActionA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
10. C Lakdawala vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½431989San Mateo ActionE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
11. Kudrin vs C Lakdawala  ½-½171990National OpenC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
12. Kaidanov vs C Lakdawala 1-091990National OpenD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. C Lakdawala vs W Boctor 0-1181993National OpenD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
14. V Saulespurens vs C Lakdawala 0-1351995Southern California-chB02 Alekhine's Defense
15. Wojtkiewicz vs C Lakdawala  0-1371996Unrated Blitz match 5 5 chess.netA09 Reti Opening
16. C Lakdawala vs Wojtkiewicz 0-1211996Rated Blitz match 5 5 chess.netB23 Sicilian, Closed
17. J Peters vs C Lakdawala  0-1471996American OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
18. de Firmian vs C Lakdawala  1-0641996American OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
19. I Sterin vs C Lakdawala  0-1441996American OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
20. V Saulespurens vs C Lakdawala 0-1671997Southern California-chC49 Four Knights
21. C Lakdawala vs T Weinberger  ½-½431998Memorial Day ClassicD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. V Saulespurens vs C Lakdawala  0-1361998mem Day ClassicA07 King's Indian Attack
23. H Akopyan vs C Lakdawala  1-0311999Ch Southern CaliforniaD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. D Lee vs C Lakdawala  0-1371999Ch Southern CaliforniaB12 Caro-Kann Defense
25. G Small vs C Lakdawala  1-0571999North American Open, Las Vegas, NVC02 French, Advance
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Oct-18-06  calidoggg: So therefore, all Parsis are Zoroastrians
Apr-12-08  zoren: a powerful player who apparently is semi-retired, anyone know anything about this guy
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  WannaBe: Apparently by this link: he plays in San Diego... Still playing!
Apr-12-08  zoren: thanks wannabe, didnt think to look there, just poking around for anecdotes / stories of people whove played with him :)
Mar-10-09  blacksburg: i've seen a few of this guy's games that aren't in the database. in a lot of those games, Lakdawala opens with <1.c3!?> as white, and seems to aim for some kind of reversed caro kann/slav setup, like a delayed colle system or something. it's weird.

i've also heard <1.c3> referred to as the <Lakdawala Variation>. i have some experience in caro kann, pure slav, and scandinavian defences, so i might give it a try in blitz games. it can't be that bad, right?

none of his games in the database start with <1.c3>, though, so maybe i'm wrong, but i swear i've heard about this guy and his silly <1.c3> move, and there's no other Lakdawala. anyone else here know what i'm talking about? or did i just have a weird dream about a bad opening move and a guy with a funny name?

Mar-10-09  blacksburg: yeah, this must have been a weird chess dream. no respectable chess player would play this stuff right?

<1.c3 e5 2.d4> - reversed caro-kann <1.c3 c5 2.d4 d5> - reversed slav

Jun-03-09  blacksburg: <VERY> entertaining interview with Watson on ICC this week. much better than Watson's usual interviews, which i usually stop listening to half way through.

in addition to making me laugh out loud several times, he clears up the 1.c3 question i had!

apparently, someone named 1.c3 the <lakdawala accelerated> because after 1.Nf3 c5, instead of 2.e4?? <his question marks> trying to sucker him into a sicilian, lakdawala would play 2.c3, and try to play a reversed slav, since he plays the slav as black.

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  Fusilli: Here's a newspaper article on him (and on Elliot Liu):

A quote from it: The reporter asks: "Could you guess at your yearly earnings through chess?"

His answer:

"It really varies. I don't want to go into salary, but it's not very great. It's like having a pretty crappy job. It's like having a job where you go, 'This is a dead-end job.' "

Jun-24-09  fromoort: <calidoggg>How about a Parsi who is an atheist?
Jun-25-09  fromoort: By the way, <Blacksburg>, in response to your remark about a "guy with a funny name", his last name literally means "stick guy".
Jul-26-11  wordfunph: 3 books in 2 years by IM Cyrus Lakdawala..

+ Play the London System (Sep. 2010)

+ A Ferocious Opening Repertoire (Feb. 2011)

+ The Slav - Move by Move (Aug. 2011)

Nov-03-11  whiteshark: < A ferocious opening repertoire < by Cyrus Lakdawala >>

First edition (February 22, 2011)
ISBN: 1857446615
538 pages

Tired of playing the same old openings? Bored with stuffy opening theory? This book provides a welcome antidote!

Former American Open Champion Cyrus Lakdawala presents a range of vicious weapons for White in a repertoire which is perfect for those who have little time for study, but enjoy taking opponents out of their comfort zones and causing them problems from the very beginning.

The repertoire's backbone is provided by the aggressive Veresov Opening <1 d4, 2 Nc3 and 3 Bg5> and this weapon is accompanied by equally hostile options against other Black tries such as the French, Caro-Kann, Dutch, Benoni, Pirc and Philidor.

These weapons are ideal choices for those who revel in forcing opponents into chaotic, uncomfortable positions. *Opening weapons to shock and confound opponents *Covers all of Black's main defences *Includes game summaries with key points to remember

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  Peligroso Patzer: Lakdawala has just published a book on Capablanca's games in Everyman's "Move by Move" series:

The book (which I have barely started) seems to provide good instruction. Its treatment of Capablanca is decidedly hagiographic: on page 7, Lakdawala actually refers to his subject as "Saint Capa".

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  Peligroso Patzer: I am continuing to plod through Lakdawala’s book, <Capablanca: move by move>, by Lakdawala, Cyrus, Everyman Chess ©2012. It still makes a generally favorable impression, but some of the comments seem odd.

In commenting upon Capablanca vs Bogoljubov, 1925 , after <1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 dxc4>, Lakdawala writes: “A rather odd point to enter the Queen’s Gambit Accepted …” (op. cit., at p.64), but he does not state any reason the move <... d5xc4> is less sound here than after <1. d4 d5 2. c4>, and it is doubtful there is any basis other than contemporary fashion or convention regarding move order to regard the move as questionable. In fact in Vallejo-Pons vs Kasparov, 2005 (a game mentioned by Lakdawala in his notes at p. 64), after <1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 e6 3. c4>, Kasparov played <3. … dxc4> in the identical position (reached by transposition) where Bogoljubow played it (and, FWIW, Kasparov won in 29 moves).

Perhaps the point is that if Bogoljubow wanted to play a QGA, he could (and should) have entered that system on move 2, rather than allowing Capblanca the chance on move 3 to take the game into the Exchange Variation of the QGD. (Of course, move 3 was Kasparov's first opportunity to play < ... d5xc4> in his game with Vallejo. Nevertheless, Lakdawala's comment here strikes me as odd and (in distinction to the content of his book generally) devoid of pedagogical value.

Aug-21-13  smurph: Was it not Jessie Kraai that came up with the name Lakdawala accelerated in his chess lectures time?
Sep-21-13  redwhitechess: good chess book writer! his ... Move by Move series is simple yet easy explaination for beginner / intermediate level. the books : The Scandinavian Move by Move -

Kramnik Move by move -

The Nimzo-Larsen Move by Move - rare book about this opening -

Sep-21-13  waustad: People have mentioned his unusual opening repertoire. Perhaps someone could find an Eerie Lakdawala game here.
Apr-04-14  RedShield: <Former American Open Champion...>

US Open winner? Impressive!

Not quite:

Oh, that American Open:

<A Heritage Event and an American Classic, the American Open is one of the longest running chess tournament in the United States. It was established in 1965 and has since attracted chess players from all over the world and from all levels. The annual American Open is held on Thanksgiving weekend and is composed of two concurrent tournaments.>

Only in America could something post-WW2 count as heritage.

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  offramp: I bought his book about Larsen and I was shocked by the florid, diverting writing style. Was he racing to reach 400 pages? I do not think I shall become a regular customer of his.
Mar-04-16  wrap99: He had a younger brother, Jimmy, also a good player and both I think were god backgammon players. I think Jimmy went into finance.
Mar-05-16  dehanne: He looks like he can kick ass both on and off the board.
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  offramp: I suppose his surname means that he is of Indian heritage.
Apr-28-18  PhilFeeley: Can a blitz game be a notable game? From his book, Lakdawala gives this game against Shirov:

Lakdawala,C - Shirov,A [A48]
Internet Chess Club (blitz), 1996

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.e3 0-0 5.Be2 d6 6.0-0 Nbd7 7.h3 Qe8 8.Bh2 e5 9.c4 Qe7 10.Nc3 Re8 11.Re1 e4 12.Nd2 Nf8 13.Qc2 h5 14.Rac1 N8h7 15.Nd5 Qd8 16.b4 Bf5 17.b5 Ng5 18.Bf1 Nxd5 19.cxd5 Rc8 20.Qa4 b6 21.Qxa7 Qd7 22.Rc6 Bxh3 23.gxh3 Nxh3+ 24.Bxh3 Qxh3 25.Rxc7 Ra8 26.Qxb6 Rxa2 27.Qc6 Rf8 28.Nxe4 Qg4+ 29.Ng3 h4 30.Qxd6 Bh6 31.Qe5 Qf3 32.Ne4 Qg4+ 33.Bg3 Bg7 34.Qf4 1-0

Apr-29-18  Viktorerro: If you're interested to get some chess lessons, talk to this guy Mr Lakdawala...@Balboa Chess club in San Diego, Ca. He's a tough cookie in that locale.

Able to watch his play, and moves in the same said venue years back...

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  offramp: <offramp: I bought his book about Larsen and I was shocked by the florid, diverting writing style.>

I tried the book a second time and I now think that it is the worst chess book I have ever held in my hands.

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