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Justin Sarkar
Number of games in database: 408
Years covered: 1997 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2380 (2243 rapid, 2140 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2455

Overall record: +148 -128 =132 (52.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (37) 
    E32 E34 E39 E25 E44
 King's Indian (24) 
    E99 E94 E92 E80 E84
 Sicilian (20) 
    B42 B76 B32 B54 B90
 Modern Benoni (17) 
    A60 A56 A58 A65 A57
 Slav (14) 
    D17 D15 D12 D16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (13) 
    D31 D37 D36 D35 D38
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (38) 
    B90 B22 B30 B92 B33
 French Defense (23) 
    C11 C07 C10 C04 C05
 Grunfeld (17) 
    D85 D78 D71 D90 D97
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    A45 A46 D02 E00 A41
 Caro-Kann (16) 
    B12 B10 B18 B11 B13
 French (11) 
    C11 C10 C12 C00 C13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Y Lapshun vs J Sarkar, 2003 0-1
   J Sarkar vs M Bowersock, 2011 1-0
   J Sarkar vs F Obers, 2007 1-0
   J Sarkar vs A Byron, 2015 1-0
   J Sarkar vs Joshua Suich, 2011 1-0
   Robson vs J Sarkar, 2007 0-1
   J Sarkar vs A Pena, 2008 1-0
   E Player vs J Sarkar, 2007 0-1
   J Sarkar vs I Zenyuk, 2007 1-0
   M Esserman vs J Sarkar, 2008 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   36th World Open (2008)
   Hastings 2013/14 (2013)
   Hastings 2015/16 (2015)
   Foxwoods Open (2007)
   Kvika Reykjavik Open (2022)
   112th US Open (2011)
   Foxwoods Open (2009)
   World Open (2007)
   London Chess Classic Open (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2018)
   Gibraltar Masters (2010)
   Gibraltar Masters (2007)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)

   🏆 Reykjavik Open
   M Panchanathan vs J Sarkar (Apr-04-23) 1-0
   J Sarkar vs P Shyam Nikil (Apr-03-23) 1/2-1/2
   Alexander Deatrick vs J Sarkar (Apr-02-23) 0-1
   S Lohia vs J Sarkar (Apr-01-23) 1/2-1/2
   J Sarkar vs H Haraldsson (Mar-31-23) 1/2-1/2

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(born May-24-1981, 42 years old) United States of America

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IM Sarkar has two GM norms, from the 2006 Marshall Chess Club Championship and the 2013 U.S. Masters.

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 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 438  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Sarkar vs E Sevillano  0-1381995New York OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
2. I Golyak vs J Sarkar  1-0431997Saratoga Springs opC13 French
3. E Karklins vs J Sarkar  ½-½271997Chicago OpenC01 French, Exchange
4. R Burnett vs J Sarkar  1-0421998New York State-chA06 Reti Opening
5. D F Barash vs J Sarkar  1-066199826th World OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
6. Benjamin vs J Sarkar  1-060199829th National Chess CongressC11 French
7. D Strenzwilk vs J Sarkar  0-1471998National Congress 29thC14 French, Classical
8. J Sarkar vs G Sagles  1-0171999US Amateur Team EastB02 Alekhine's Defense
9. J Sarkar vs W Rohricht 0-1501999US Amateur Team EastB07 Pirc
10. S Williams vs J Sarkar  1-0341999Smith & Williamson YM 9thA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
11. J F Cubas vs J Sarkar  0-1471999Pan American-ch U18C11 French
12. D Garces vs J Sarkar  0-149200028th World OpenD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
13. Nathan Solon vs J Sarkar  0-125200028th World OpenE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. J Sarkar vs B Reichstein  1-040200028th World OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
15. Wojtkiewicz vs J Sarkar  1-044200028th World OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. D Moore vs J Sarkar  0-1202001US Amateur Team EastC07 French, Tarrasch
17. J Sarkar vs G Shahade  ½-½ IntA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. J Bonin vs J Sarkar  ½-½ IntE17 Queen's Indian
19. J Sarkar vs Stripunsky IntA45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. P Charbonneau vs J Sarkar  ½-½ IntC07 French, Tarrasch
21. J Sarkar vs I Novikov IntA13 English
22. D Ippolito vs J Sarkar  ½-½ IntD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. J Sarkar vs I Krush IntB50 Sicilian
24. J Sarkar vs Yudasin IntB42 Sicilian, Kan
25. A Simutowe vs J Sarkar IntE46 Nimzo-Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-07-04  Knight13: Justin Sarkar
May-31-07  Giearth:
Sep-08-08  dx9293: Justin has been playing very well lately, and is expected to gain 35 FIDE rating points, taking his rating to 2451, a new high for him.

He already has one GM norm from the 2006 Marshall Chess Club Championship and if he keeps going, I think he can get the GM title.

Sarkar probably would have made it already if the USCF, or whoever is in charge of it, had awarded him a Samford Fellowship ($32,000 a year for two years to study chess) a few years back when he was eligible.

Nov-05-08  BIDMONFA: Justin Sarkar

SARKAR, Justin

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  GrahamClayton: It is interesting that Sarkar wrote the chapter on the KID for "Batsford's Modern Chess Openings" in 2009, but he doesn't play the KID exclusively against 1.d4.
Sep-03-13  dx9293: It looks like IM Sarkar has earned his second GM norm from the 2013 US Masters, nearly seven years after his first norm! I know he has been working extremely hard for it. Congratulations, Justin!
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  perfidious: An object example of why GM and IM titles are easier to get than in earlier days-that first norm would have been off the books long ago.
Sep-03-13  dx9293: <perfidious> Strictly speaking you are correct, but earning norms is hard enough anyway and only an infinitesimal part of the chess population can think of earning one, let alone three [and a 2500 Elo], so I doubt it changes much in practice.
Jan-02-14  refutor: <grahamclayton> maybe he learned something (from the white side!) while he was analyzing ;)
Sep-09-17  DarthStapler: I always confuse this guy with Jeff Sarwer
Sep-09-17  Retireborn: I always get Walter Shipley and Walter Shipman mixed up myself.
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  WannaBe: I always get Glenn Close and Glenn Campbell confused.
Sep-09-17  Retireborn: <WannaBe> Pretty sure one of them is a Woman. Birds and bees thing going on, you see?
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  diceman: <WannaBe: I always get Glenn Close and Glenn Campbell confused.>

I get Glenn Campbell confused with Andy Warhol.

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  Messiah: It's a pity he plays so infrequently.
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  beatgiant: <Messiah>
If he ever plays Carlsen, will we see posts from you like "I hope Justin defeats Justin"? Sorry, couldn't help myself....
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  Messiah: <beatgiant> Yes, of course!

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