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Tony Palmer
T Palmer 
Number of games in database: 56
Years covered: 1983 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 1971
Highest rating achieved in database: 2226
Overall record: +34 -7 =15 (74.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening (2 games)
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(born Nov-19-1967, 52 years old) United States of America

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Tony Palmer is a National Master who hails from Michigan. He is User: tpstar on He was born on November 19, 1967.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Wygrecki vs T Palmer 0-1331983Michigan High School Team ChampionshipC34 King's Gambit Accepted
2. B Finegold vs T Palmer ½-½541983Ann Arbor Victory TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
3. D Riggins vs T Palmer 0-1411983Motor City OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
4. G Turner vs T Palmer ½-½371983Motor City OpenE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
5. M Everett vs T Palmer 0-1251983Motor City OpenC34 King's Gambit Accepted
6. T Palmer vs L Maring 1-0291984Michigan OpenC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
7. T Palmer vs R Mateo 0-1311986Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. T Palmer vs E Feldman 1-0231986Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
9. T Palmer vs R Present 1-0301986Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. T Palmer vs S Burtman 1-0411986Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
11. T Palmer vs N M Abbasi 1-0441988Ann Arbor Super TornadoB23 Sicilian, Closed
12. T Palmer vs F Lindsay ½-½241988Ann Arbor Super TornadoC05 French, Tarrasch
13. T Palmer vs D Levine 1-039198990th US OpenC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
14. S Andrews vs T Palmer 1-0501990Michigan OpenA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
15. T Palmer vs K Noren 1-0261990Michigan OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
16. R Avery vs T Palmer 1-0321990Michigan OpenE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. T Palmer vs V Wilson 1-0551990Michigan OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
18. T Palmer vs N Murphy ½-½641990Pan-American ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. J Sena vs T Palmer 0-1331990Pan-American ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. M Badii vs T Palmer ½-½501991Pan-American ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
21. E Freedman vs T Palmer 0-1331991Pan-American ChampionshipC34 King's Gambit Accepted
22. T Palmer vs M Munian 1-0451992Pan-American ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. T Palmer vs B Rogers 1-0351998US Amateur NorthC05 French, Tarrasch
24. T Palmer vs W Surlow 1-0191998US Amateur Championship PlayoffC05 French, Tarrasch
25. T Palmer vs D Moody 1-0331999Michigan OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
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Jul-24-17  Bobby Fiske: Hi Tony! Hope you are reading this. I'm coaching my 11 yr old son. I teached him the moves at age 8 and he played a few tournaments till age 9. He was quite keen, but still relatively weak. Then, surprisingly, he dropped chess for almost 2 years. I didn't push him though. Then suddenly, last Xmas he picked it up again, and with a strong will. He plays monthly local kids tournaments (Rapid). First he lost quite a lot, but soon picked up speed and even won a couple of tournaments.

Now he's on fire, He has a membership at with daily puzzles. Also he studies various instruction videos on YouTube. He's spending 3 hours a day in chess. In 7 months he went from 800 to 1500 in online rating (various TC). OK, he is not going to be a new Magnus, but I feel he can easily cross at least Elo 2000, which is far better than his father. -He has the rare ability to visualize the board and he can play blind well into the midgame (which I can't).

The question is: How long can we continue with "home studies"? When to bring in some pro trainer?

I recall you are tutoring kids, and any advise is appreciated!

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  tpstar: <Bobby Fiske> That's terrific how your son is playing chess and improving rapidly, so you may both enjoy chess for a lifetime as a pleasant family pastime, even without ever becoming a Magnus Carlsen or a chess professional. For juniors and students, I said this before:

<Chess is the greatest game ever and an ideal pursuit for children, teaching them about rules, principles, logic, strategy, foresight, planning, stamina, discipline, dedication, preparation, competition, sportsmanship, and making the best of any bad situation. Team play is even better for reinforcing all of the valuable lessons we are supposed to teach our children (fair play and such) while making friends and influencing people.>

The Soviet School always began with the endgame, and I would strongly encourage this approach for all juniors: Basic Mates, K&P endings, Pawn promotion, avoiding stalemate tricks, even trading down to a materially superior endgame is important. Yes we all spend too much time on the opening, but any effort on the endgame will really pay off, especially against other juniors (winning draws and drawing losses). The Tactics Trainer on is great, and I also like Chess Tempo with the instant feedback. My students frequently play on ChessKid which is perfectly safe for children, then we review those games at practice sessions.

Juniors really need a mentor more than a coach: someone to help them improve and keep them on the right track. Going to a chess club and meeting strong players in your area is important, yet I would hold off on chess lessons (typically $20-$50 U.S. per hour) until they go through the wealth of information available online and on (videos, lessons, drills). When they reach 2000, then seriously consider a formal coaching arrangement. In the meantime, your son should start a chessforum at or a blog at to track his own progress. I use mine over there for puzzle sets and annotated games, yet I prefer the Opening Explorer here as this database is more reliable.

Good luck!

Jul-26-17  Bobby Fiske: Great advices, Tony! Ok, trainer can wait. The kid is so much dedicated, he is absorbing new things every day, and the web is an infinite source.

I feel Chessgames, unfortunately, with its foul language and lack of moderation, is not a place for kids. (A pitty for this site, when you see the metoric rise in members and booming economy at and other newer chess sites).

Funny you recommend endgame studies, because I noticed early on that the kids games often ended up with "3 queens and a stale mate". So I teached him K+R vs K. Learning the waiting move, when forcing opponent's King backwards, was an eye opener for him. Then we did some pawn endings. Then he came back one day and teached me how to mate with B+B and B+N, hehe, which I had forgotten. Now he is on to Philidors Position and all those.

Teaching chess to kids is fascinating. They excel in what they can memorize, but still lacking in calculations. And they are quite nervous and shaky in tournaments, lacking in mental strength. And, of course, I recall myself struggling on the same path in the 70s.

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  Annie K.: Happy Birthday! :)
Nov-19-17  Mr. President: Happy Birthday, my friend!
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  WannaBe: Happy Boithday, Doc!
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  HeMateMe: happy winning!
Nov-19-17  Chess Is More: Happy birthday to the great tpstar/Tony Palmer! Greatest cee-gee kibitzer ever.
Nov-19-17  Amulet: Happy Birthday!
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  Benzol: Happy birthday matey.


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  tpstar: Thank you very much for the nice birthday wishes. =)

A patient congratulated me for reaching the "half century mark" and ugh, I had never thought of it that way before.

You Facebook Likers are very brave. ;>D

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  Keyser Soze: Happy birthday my Friend!
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  Penguincw: Happy belated birthday. Also happy holidays <tpstar>/Tony Palmer. :)
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  tpstar: <Penguincw> Happy Boxing Day! ;>D
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  tpstar: <What a strange world we live in, when a cyber bully can troll a kind man such as you, year after year, and yet be kept on *your* website, after your passing, to spread fake grief as if he were your friend. And to continue to troll other members, daily!>

How many times does a repeat offender break the rules before taking action? How many times does a career criminal break your heart before realizing they are a lost cause? Some questions cannot be answered.

<Turn! Turn! Turn! There is a time to keep, and a time to cast away. For over 15 years I have kept time. I must now consider if it is time for me to cast it away, this thing that has become a part of me. We shall see!>

You should see how the story ends.

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  thegoodanarchist: Tony,

Congrats on the CLK article! TKG is a little too spicy for my playing tastes, but I love to look at TKG games.

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  Keyser Soze: <How many times does a repeat offender break the rules before taking action? How many times does a career criminal break your heart before realizing they are a lost cause? Some questions cannot be answered.>

Question of the day, for sure..

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  thegoodanarchist: Some mundane information:

Kenneth S Rogoff (kibitz #402288)

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  tpstar: <Ukraine> Thank you very much. =)
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  thegoodanarchist: I've always wondered just what, exactly, is your avatar?

It looks like an orange fish head covered with bumps, with mouth open.

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  thegoodanarchist: Happy Easter, Tony!
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  Benzol: Hello Tony, how's it going ?
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  tpstar: <Paul> Nice to see you. =)

I'm glad you are back enjoying the site. You will notice things are different now, with Daniel gone, as he really held things together. The group has changed, and the tone has really changed.

At the moment, I am taking a break from chess (playing and coaching) to deal with medical issues. I am also struggling during this shutdown phase, as our business has been much slower.

See you around. =)

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  Keyser Soze: Hey <tony> Sorry to hear that.

Hope you get a full recovery very soon and beat whatever this condition you talking about. Best wishes for you and your family

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  Benzol: I thought Tonys' avatar was an Orange-Spotted Grouper.

Sorry to hear that business is not going so well for him because of Covid-19.

The present civil unrest is very dismaying to see, or am I watching " Fake News " ?

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