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Jon R Edwards
Number of games in database: 49
Years covered: 1987 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2076
Highest rating achieved in database: 2174
Overall record: +13 -10 =26 (53.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1953) United States of America

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Jon Edwards won the 10th US Correspondence Championship in 1997. He became a Senior International Master of correspondence chess in 1999. He won the 32nd World Correspondence Chess Championship in 2022 on tiebreak, which also gave him the ICCF Grandmaster title.(1)

Edwards has written dozens of chess books, including The Chess Analyst (1998), Sacking the Citadel: The History, Theory and Practice of the Classic Bishop Sacrifice (2011), ChessBase Complete: Chess in the Digital Age (2016), and the "Chess is Fun" series written for beginners and published for the Kindle device.


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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Edwards vs K Hayward 1-0471987APCT Rook FinalC13 French
2. S Gerzadowicz vs J Edwards  0-1541988USA corrB25 Sicilian, Closed
3. S Gerzadowicz vs J Edwards  0-1431988USA-ch M corrA07 King's Indian Attack
4. K Embrey vs J Edwards  ½-½391991First National Team Championship corres.A59 Benko Gambit
5. L Petithory vs J Edwards  1-0381991First National Team Championship corres.B42 Sicilian, Kan
6. J Edwards vs L Petithory  ½-½431991First National Team Championship corres.C24 Bishop's Opening
7. J Edwards vs K Embrey  1-0471991First National Team Championship corres.C18 French, Winawer
8. J Edwards vs E Osbun  ½-½381991First National Team Championship corres.C28 Vienna Game
9. E Osbun vs J Edwards  0-1351991First National Team Championship corres.A32 English, Symmetrical Variation
10. S Gerzadowicz vs J Edwards  0-1381992APCT corrA07 King's Indian Attack
11. J Edwards vs J Mannermaa  0-1311997W-ch22 sf01 corrC24 Bishop's Opening
12. U Schuster vs J Edwards  ½-½551997W-ch22 sf01 corrE00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. W Mescheder vs J Edwards  ½-½591997W-ch22 sf01 corrA30 English, Symmetrical
14. J Marcinkiewicz vs J Edwards  ½-½311997W-ch22 sf01 corrA07 King's Indian Attack
15. V Lexa vs J Edwards  ½-½621997W-ch22 sf01 corrE20 Nimzo-Indian
16. J Edwards vs G Peli  ½-½431997W-ch22 sf01 corrB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. J Edwards vs J Mercadal Benejam  ½-½371997W-ch22 sf01 corrB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. J Edwards vs J Kluegel  ½-½201997W-ch22 sf01 corrB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
19. J Edwards vs D Hamilton  1-0361997W-ch22 sf01 corrB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
20. J Edwards vs A Barnsley  ½-½381997W-ch22 sf01 corrB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. N Bensiek vs J Edwards  ½-½551997W-ch22 sf01 corrB42 Sicilian, Kan
22. E Barfoed vs J Edwards  1-0571997W-ch22 sf01 corrB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. V Aleshnya vs J Edwards  ½-½451997W-ch22 sf01 corrA04 Reti Opening
24. R P DuCret vs J Edwards  0-1531998NAPZ corrE00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. J Edwards vs M Mraz 0-1181999W-ch19 q02 corrC18 French, Winawer
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  Sneaky: I'm sensing somebody who's name starts with an "A." Somebody close to you, you know somebody who starts with an "A"? I think it's A...nna. Yes Anna, or Alan. Amy? Arnold? Augustus? Oh you say your mother's name is Alina? Yes that's it, Alina. When did she pass away?

Alina is here, she wants to tell you that she loves you very much and that you should do your best always.

Oh yes, I also see a surgery. I see a surgery. Alina knew somebody who had a surgery. A man in fact. This man is very outgoing among friends but other times he can be very shy. I think the man's name has the letter "E" in it, or "A."

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  tamar: <Sneaky> Psychic abilities a pretty handy tool for correspondence chess.

"I'm seeing a closed game, but one that may come open at any time. I'm getting the letter B in connection with a possible diagonal move..."

This guy is actually pretty interesting in his own right.

Mar-29-12  whiteshark: "Try to keep your pawns coordinated. Think of them as the foundation of your house. Every crack and every hole can eventually lead to disastrous consequences for the whole house."

~ Jonathan Edwards, US Correspondence champ.

Apr-03-12  wordfunph: Jon Edwards won the 10th United States Correspondence Championship in 1997 and author of the book The Chess Analyst.

Apr-03-12  qqdos: He's also the author of a more recent book (2011) Sacking the Citadel - The History, Theory and Practice of the Classic Bishop Sacrifice (Bxh7+!) - all very deeply classified, what he calls a taxonomy. Don't offer the Greek (Greco) Gift without checking your assets with this splendid book!
Feb-01-23  whiteshark: Newly <Correspondence> GM and <World Champ>, Dr. Jon Edwards on Engines, Openings, and his Road to the Title (~1h:18m) ENJOY!

related ICCF crosstable:


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  FSR: Ben Johnson interviews him on the Perpetual Chess Podcast. Jon admits that he was very lucky. He won two games. He won one because his opponent withdrew from the tournament and resigned the remainder of his games. In the other, his opponent had a brain fart and hung a piece in an even position.

Correspondence chess with computers is a joke these days. Everyone uses Stockfish, and every game ends in a draw.

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  FSR: Edwards says that it is entirely possible that every game in the 33rd World Correspondence Chess Championship (the current one) will be drawn.
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  FSR: Edwards tied for the championship with three other players. All of them had also been beneficiaries of a point from the guy who withdrew, and had won one other game. Edwards won the tiebreak by one-quarter of a Sonneborn-Berger point. That quarter-point made him the champion and gave him the correspondence grandmaster title.
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  perfidious: <FSR....Correspondence chess with computers is a joke these days. Everyone uses Stockfish, and every game ends in a draw.>

Gave it up long ago and would never go in for that form of the game again.

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  fredthebear: Some find their own monumental online dishonesty gratifying, pleasing. Yet correspondence chess is not for them?
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  FSR: Here is a recent talk Edwards gave at the Marshall Chess Club about chess and artificial intelligence: https://marshallmedia.s3.amazonaws....

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