1981 United States Chess Championship and Zonal Qualifier (Score Sheet)

Author: Benjamin, Joel Lawrence (1964- ) James Edward Tarjan signed

Publisher: United States Chess Federation

Location: South Bend

Year: 1981



1 page. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5 1/2) Original hand written score of the game in round five between James Tarjan (white) and Joel Benjamin (in Benjamin's hand) ending in a 41 move win for Tarjan. Signed by both contestants.

The 1981 United States Championship resulted in tie for first Seirawan, Browne (9); tie for third thru fifth Christiansen, Kavalek, and Reshevsky (8 1/2); sixth Shamkovich (7 1/2); seventh and eight Peters and Byrne (7); ninth Lein (6 1/2); tenth thru twelfth Alburt, Tarjan and Kogan (6); thirteenth Benjamin (5 1/2); fourteenth and fifteenth Fedorowicz and Kudrin (5)

Joel Benjamin (born March 11, 1964) is a chess Grandmaster. As of April 2007, his Elo rating was 2576, making him the # 12 player in the US and the 214th-highest rated player in the world. Joel Benjamin is the top-rated active chess player who was born in the United States. He is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in the Marine Park neighborhood there. He graduated Yale University in 1985. At the age of 13 he broke Bobby Fischer's record by becoming the youngest-ever U.S. Master. As a junior player he won the National Elementary title (1976), the National Junior High crown (1978), and the National High School title (1980-81). Other triumphs have included the U.S. Junior Championship in 1980 and 1982, and the U.S. Open Championship in 1985. He earned the Grandmaster title a year later. He was the US Chess Champion in 1987, 1997, and 2000. He was hired as a consultant by IBM to help with the Deep Blue chess computer that defeated World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. As of the October 2006 rating supplement Benjamin had a United States Chess Federation rating of 2646, ranking him 14th best among American chess players. He appeared in the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. In 1998 he was voted Grandmaster of the Year by the U.S. Chess Federation.


In very good condition.

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