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Stephen Muhammad
Number of games in database: 93
Years covered: 1989 to 2007
Last FIDE rating: 2361
Highest rating achieved in database: 2394

Overall record: +26 -30 =36 (47.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (9) 
    E94 E88 E87 E86 E81
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A46 A40 E10
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D94 D91 D82 D70 D93
 Semi-Slav (5) 
    D47 D45
 Slav (4) 
    D15 D17
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C78 C91 C99 C77
 King's Indian (8) 
    E60 E92 E82 E63 E73
 Giuoco Piano (4) 
    C53 C50 C54
 Dutch Defense (4) 
    A84 A90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Glek vs S Muhammad, 2005 0-1
   S Muhammad vs B G Smith, 2001 1-0
   S Muhammad vs A Simutowe, 2001 1-0
   B Finegold vs S Muhammad, 2003 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Generation Chess International (2003)
   34th World Open (2006)
   US Championship 2003 (2003)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)
   Chessmaster US Championship 2005 (2004)

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(born Jan-24-1962, 59 years old) United States of America

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Stephen Muhammad, born Stephen Booth, is an IM.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 93  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fedorowicz vs S Muhammad 1-0271989New YorkE73 King's Indian
2. S Muhammad vs L Au  1-050198925th American OpenA73 Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O
3. Miles vs S Muhammad  1-0501990US MastersA43 Old Benoni
4. L T Battes vs S Muhammad  ½-½32199018th World OpenC44 King's Pawn Game
5. Z Rahman vs S Muhammad  0-138199192nd US OpenC30 King's Gambit Declined
6. Bolbochan vs S Muhammad  ½-½29199192nd US OpenD75 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
7. S Muhammad vs J Torres ½-½561992FishbecksD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. S Muhammad vs P Moulin  0-1301994New York opE41 Nimzo-Indian
9. S Muhammad vs V Saulespurens  ½-½681995Southern California-chA44 Old Benoni Defense
10. S Muhammad vs A J Goldsby 0-136199930th Southern (Chess) Congress OpenA48 King's Indian
11. S Muhammad vs A J Goldsby 0-1382000The Pensacola QuarterlyE73 King's Indian
12. S Muhammad vs A J Goldsby  ½-½162000Pensacola Quarterly (Summer)D93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
13. A J Goldsby vs S Muhammad ½-½472001The 'Russ Chambers' OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
14. B Szuk vs S Muhammad  1-0452001St John's UniversityA05 Reti Opening
15. S Muhammad vs J Sarkar  1-0462001St John's UniversityA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. W Morrison vs S Muhammad ½-½692001St John's UniversityA07 King's Indian Attack
17. S Muhammad vs B G Smith  1-0322001St John's UniversityE10 Queen's Pawn Game
18. M Belorusov vs S Muhammad  0-1482001St John's UniversityC30 King's Gambit Declined
19. J Bonin vs S Muhammad  1-0402001St John's UniversityD00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. S Muhammad vs S Glinert  0-1642001St John's UniversityD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
21. E Gersov vs S Muhammad  ½-½502001St John's UniversityC50 Giuoco Piano
22. S Muhammad vs B Kurniawan  0-1512001St John's UniversityA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. S Muhammad vs E Colding  1-0432001Wilbert Paige MemA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. W Morrison vs S Muhammad  ½-½262001Wilbert Paige MemC53 Giuoco Piano
25. S Muhammad vs N Rogers  1-0342001Wilbert Paige MemE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 93  PGN Download
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Mar-21-07  ahmadov: <VinnyRoo2002: I hope this opinion doesn't come under heavy scrutiny, but based on looking over his games, I do not believe Mr. Muhammad will ever become a GM.> Never say never, especially when the guy is very close to becoming a GM...
Mar-21-07  LIFE Master AJ: Steve is now <officially> an IM. (He got his last norm two or three years ago, but FIDE and USCF has been dragging their feet on this issue.) See

My congrats to Steve. We (last) played in Feb, 2007 at the "Queen of Hearts" in Montgomery, AL. (Draw - I wanted to win, but against such a strong player, and - additionally - having the Black pieces, winning is a difficult proposition!)

Mar-21-07  LIFE Master AJ: As I said before, Stephen Muhammad is an EXTREMELY talented player, if anyone can make it to GM ... he can!
Mar-21-07  Dr.Lecter: Congrats to Muhammad for becoming an IM!
Mar-22-07  ahmadov: I have an impression that the world knows little about chess in the US. Is it because the US has less GMs than Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine and some other countries?
Mar-22-07  ahmadov: I also congratulate Muhammad, who is said to be a good person.
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  JointheArmy: I'm not sure if that's the reason, but its annoying having emigrates play under the US flag.
Mar-22-07  Marmot PFL: The practical difficulties of becoming a GM are enormous. Usually this means moving to Europe and getting invited into tournaments created mainly to get IM and GM norms for the players involved. I have heard that often the points needed are for sale at the right price. Playing in open US tournaments though there is almost no chance of becoming a GM. You could play your whole life and never play enough FIDE players to get a norm.
Mar-22-07  euripides: <marmot> If one's grading is high enough one can play for a club in the UK national league and get a norm that way (local leagues aren't FIDE-rated). Clubs compete for players so there's no problem gettting an invite, though there's no money unless one is playing for a sponsored team. Games are played at weekends at a hotel in the middle of the country, so it's compatible with a job. The USCF might consider setting up this sort of system - probably regional rather than national leagues in the US.
Mar-22-07  VinnyRoo2002: ahmadov: Never say never, especially when the guy is very close to becoming a GM...

He really isn't that close to becoming a GM. Based on the article I read, he struggled to break the 2400 barrier. To jump up another 100 points to get to 2500 is a very difficult leap especially when he is already rated so high. This isn't like improving from 1300 to 1400, this is having to beat very difficult opponents on a consistant basis. Based on the fact that he has a losing record according to the chessgames database, and after looking over his games, I just don't see it happening. But I hope I'm wrong.

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  JointheArmy: <VinnyRoo2002> All he has to do is wait a few years. Inflation will take care of itself.
Mar-22-07  ahmadov: <VinnyRoo2002> When I say he is close to becoming a GM, I compare his chances with yours and mine ;)
Mar-11-08  Bobsterman3000: What's happening with this guy lately? He's my hero! He lives in Georgia and started chess relatively late in life.

I know it's tough to become a GM against US competition.

Mar-11-08  VinnyRoo2002: I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so:) Like I said a year ago, I really hope he becomes a GM, but I just don't see it happening.
Mar-12-08  Bobsterman3000: <VinnyRoo> Can you show any examples of what you referred to as "inadequate agression" on Muhammad's part? Does he need to start playing like Polgar?

May-23-08  ahmadov: Did this guy not take part at the US championship because of his rating?
Jul-02-08  LIFE Master AJ: Stephen took part in at least one U.S. Championship. (A few years ago, they had a more "open" format.)
Jul-02-08  ahmadov: <LIFE Master AJ: Stephen took part in at least one U.S. Championship. (A few years ago, they had a more "open" format.)> Yes, I think I remember that... My previous post was about the last championship in which Stephen did not take part...
Jul-06-08  LIFE Master AJ: This link has some info about S. Muhammad. (
Apr-28-09  manethos: Is muhammud still playing chess?
Dec-20-09  LIFE Master AJ: <manethos> Rumor has it that Stephen had a big dispute with Georgia Chess ... and stopped playing. According to the USCF online records, he has not played in over two years! (I don't know if this link works or not. Otherwise, go to the main USCF website and use the "rating/player lookup" function.)

May-21-10  BobCrisp: With respect to FIDE's motto, <Gens Una Sumus>, and to foster a spirit of harmony and reconciliation between Islam, the religion of peace, and us, the Kafir, I picture the organisation of a huge simultaneous display, given by Stephen, in which all the games would be peaceably concluded within a few moves. I would call this event, <Everybody Draw Muhammad Day>.
May-21-10  Riverbeast: <Bob Crisp> Oooh, that was clever
Jun-21-11  LIFE Master AJ: I was in Birmingham, AL in May.

Several people asked me about Steve. I have no idea where he is ... or if he is still playing chess.

Feb-23-12  BIDMONFA: Stephen Muhammad

MUHAMMAD, Stephen A.

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