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Joel Benjamin
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Joel Benjamin (born March 11, 1964) is a chess Grandmaster. In 1998, he was voted “Grandmaster of the Year” by the U.S. Chess Federation.

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.

Benjamin is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in the Marine Park neighborhood. He graduated from Yale University in 1985.

At the age of 13 Benjamin broke Bobby Fischer’s record by becoming the youngest-ever U.S. Master; this record was subsequently broken by Stuart Rachels and is presently held by Nicholas Nip. 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 successes included the U.S. Junior Championship in 1980 and 1982, and the U.S. Open Chess Championship in 1985. He earned the Grandmaster title a year later. Benjamin was the US Chess Champion in 1987, 1997, and 2000. He won Saint John Open I in 1988, and the 2000 Canadian Open Chess Championship. In 1999, he placed first at the QVB Chess Festival in Sydney.[1] He was inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame in Miami on May 2, 2008. He is the youngest inductee.

He co-authored Unorthodox Openings along with Eric Schiller, for Batsford publishers in 1987, is a frequent contributor to Chess Life magazine and other chess periodicals, and is a regular commentator on the Internet Chess Club, usually presenting its Game of the Week webcast. His latest book, is American Grandmaster: Four Decades of Chess Adventures.

Benjamin was hired as a consultant by IBM to help with the Deep Blue chess computer that defeated World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov in 1997.

Benjamin appeared in the movies Searching for Bobby Fischer and "Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine.

Notable games

Benjamin beat grandmaster Eduard Gufeld in the U.S. Open in 1998 in Hawaii: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 a6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Qd2 e6 8.Be2 Be7 9.O-O O-O 10.b3 Qa5 11.Bb2 Rd8 12.Rfd1 b5 13.cxb5 axb5 14.a3 Bb7 15.b4 Qb6 16.Qe1 Ba6 17.Qf1 Rab8 18.Rac1 d5 19.exd5 exd5 20.Na4 bxa4 21.Bxa6 Ne4 22.Bd3 Bd6 23.Rc2 Bf4 24.g3 Bh6 25.Re2 f5 26.Qh3 Rf8 27.Bb1 Rbe8 28.Ba2 Ne7 29.Ne5 Qb5 30.Rxe4 fxe4 31.Qe6+ Kh8 32.Qxh6 Nf5 33.Ng6+ Kg8 34.Rxd5 1-0 [2]

Joel Benjamin & Deep Blue Vs Gari Kasparov Match 1997: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 h6 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.Nf1 Bd7 13.Ng3 Na5 14.Bc2 c5 15.b3 Nc6 16.d5 Ne7 17.Be3 Ng6 18.Qd2 Nh7 19.a4 Nh4 20.Nxh4 Qxh4 21.Qe2 Qd8 22.b4 Qc7 23.Rec1 c4 24.Ra3 Rec8 25.Rca1 Qd8 26.f4 Nf6 27.fxe5 dxe5 28.Qf1 Ne8 29.Qf2 Nd6 30.Bb6 Qe8 31.R3a2 Be7 32.Bc5 Bf8 33.Nf5 Bxf5 34.exf5 f6 35.Bxd6 Bxd6 36.axb5 axb5 37.Be4 Rxa2 38.Qxa2 Qd7 39.Qa7 Rc7 40.Qb6 Rb7 41.Ra8+ Kf7 42.Qa6 Qc7 43.Qc6 Qb6+ 44.Kf1 Rb8 45.Ra6 1-0


  1. ^ Crowther, Mark (1999-02-08). "TWIC 222: QVB Chess Festival". London Chess Center. Retrieved 1 January 2010.  
  2. ^ Benjamin-Gufeld

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Preceded by
Yasser Seirawan
United States Chess Champion
1987 (with Nick de Firmian)
Succeeded by
Michael Wilder
Preceded by
Alex Yermolinsky
United States Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Nick de Firmian
Preceded by
Boris Gulko
United States Chess Champion
2000–2001 (with Alexander Shabalov and Yasser Seirawan
Succeeded by
Larry Christiansen


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