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Jim Marfia
Number of games in database: 15
Years covered: 1979 to 1999
Highest rating achieved in database: 2000
Overall record: +9 -5 =1 (63.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Marfia vs J Berg  1-057197980th US OpenC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
2. P O'Neal vs J Marfia  0-150197980th US OpenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
3. J Marfia vs Andrew Slonskis  1-039197980th US OpenA17 English
4. V McCambridge vs J Marfia  1-040197980th US OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
5. J Marfia vs C Blair  1-048197980th US OpenC15 French, Winawer
6. Allen Coffey vs J Marfia  0-142197980th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
7. J Marfia vs Z Gajic  ½-½15197980th US OpenC01 French, Exchange
8. O Kroll vs J Marfia  0-142197980th US OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. J Marfia vs J Bradford  0-135197980th US OpenC00 French Defense
10. V Pupols vs J Marfia  1-058197980th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
11. J Marfia vs Ainis Mengelis  1-049197980th US OpenB56 Sicilian
12. Joe Silverman vs J Marfia  0-129197980th US OpenB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
13. T Weinberger vs J Marfia  1-017198384th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
14. J Marfia vs R Vandenburg 1-0291991USA corrC27 Vienna Game
15. A Sirota vs J Marfia  1-0421999CP..P.00001D85 Grunfeld
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  whiteshark: Recently on ebay:

Botvinnik On The Endgame

by Mikhail Botvinnik

Translated by <Jim Marfia>

Moon Township, Pennsylvania: Chess Enterprises, 1985. Softcover, fine condition. 81 pages, 8 1/4" tall.

no. 390031338420

Feb-16-09  NakoSonorense: You take out the "r", and you'll get one of the most intimidating last names ever.
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  chancho: As intimidating as this one:


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  TheAlchemist: <You take out the "r", and you'll get one of the most intimidating last names ever.>

Kind of like Hirtler

Feb-16-09  Jim Bartle: I wouldn't want to meet John Cappon in a dark alley, either.
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  GrahamClayton: <whiteshark>Recently on ebay:

Marfia co-authored with John Watson a book on the 1983 US Open, also published by Chess Enterprises.

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  Phony Benoni: Those of you acquainted with Jim might not know that he was in a serious auto accident in late 2009 which left him in a coma for several months. He is now beginning to emerge from rehab, but still far from resuming full activities.
Mar-28-15  zanzibar: An update from May 2011:

<It was great to see National Master Jim Marfia playing again, as "The Marf" begins to work off the rust after a lengthy post-accident convalescence. Some games from the tournament can be found here: >

Mar-28-15  zanzibar: Maybe not many know that Marfia was the translator of Bronstein's famous Zurich (1953) book (if I'm not mistaken):

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  Retireborn: <z> Interesting. My own copy is a Batsford hardback and the translator is Oscar D. Freedman (about whom I know nothing.)

John Watson consider's Najdorf's book to be superior to Bronstein's; I've been meaning to get hold of it.

Mar-28-15  zanzibar: Yes, <RB> I've seen others say similar... and not just Watson.

But I remember seeing most of this discussion before the English translation came out.

An excerpt sample is available here:

There's also an entire supplement of computer analysis of the games provided by Russell Enterprises:

The translator, Taylor Kingston, provided a public notice of the work here:

Najdorf's original was a two volume set published in 1954.

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  Retireborn: Thanks for those links, <z>.

i fear one could spend a lifetime studying games from this tournament alone...!

Mar-28-15  zanzibar: <Retire> yes, sadly true.

(Or should that be gladly true, seeing how enjoyable playing over those games is?)

Here's another example of Marfia's work as a translator, with his signature "The Marf" clearly on display:

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