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William John Donaldson
Number of games in database: 191
Years covered: 1976 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2412 (2397 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2509

Overall record: +61 -42 =84 (55.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (20) 
    A04 A06
 English (16) 
    A15 A10 A13
 English, 1 c4 c5 (9) 
    A34 A33 A37 A38 A30
 Sicilian (6) 
    B45 B52 B39 B40
 King's Indian (5) 
    E60 E90 E69 E91
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D35 D37 D31 D30
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (31) 
    B32 B27 B22 B57 B28
 Slav (15) 
    D19 D10 D11 D12 D15
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 D02 A40 A45
 French Defense (5) 
    C00 C05 C19
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A30 A37
 Semi-Slav (5) 
    D48 D49 D46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Wojtkiewicz vs W J Donaldson, 2001 1/2-1/2
   S Galant vs W J Donaldson, 2003 0-1
   R Costigan vs W J Donaldson, 2005 0-1
   P Fricano vs W J Donaldson, 2001 0-1
   T Nielsen vs W J Donaldson, 1997 0-1
   J Sammour-Hasbun vs W J Donaldson, 1997 0-1
   W J Donaldson vs Rodriguez, 2004 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Isle of Man Open (1997)
   102nd US Open (2001)
   United States Championship (2003)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2003 NAO - Oklahoma by gauer

   Fischer vs G Jobin, 1964

   🏆 Bunratty Masters
   W J Donaldson vs M Hebden (Feb-18-12) 0-1

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(born Sep-24-1958, 64 years old) United States of America

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William John Donaldson was born in Los Angeles, California and was awarded the IM title in 1983. He was captain of the USA 2010 Olympiad team.

He is well-known for several books like the two volumes on Akiba Rubinstein "The Life & Games of Akiva Rubinstein" together with IM Nikolay N Minev and his two books on Robert James Fischer ("The Unknown Bobby Fischer" & "Legend on the Road").

Wikipedia article: William John Donaldson

Last updated: 2020-12-03 11:09:06

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 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 220  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W J Donaldson vs J L Watson 0-1401976Paul Keres MemorialB08 Pirc, Classical
2. W J Donaldson vs C Carlson  ½-½191976Keres MemorialA45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. W J Donaldson vs Bisguier  0-1441978Lone PineC77 Ruy Lopez
4. S Taulbut vs W J Donaldson  ½-½241978Lone PineC05 French, Tarrasch
5. W J Donaldson vs G Ligterink  0-1461978Lone PineB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
6. D Verduga vs W J Donaldson  0-1451978Lone PineA15 English
7. H van Riemsdijk vs W J Donaldson  ½-½601978Lone PineC00 French Defense
8. W J Donaldson vs M Rohde  ½-½281978Lone PineB08 Pirc, Classical
9. Westerinen vs W J Donaldson  ½-½581978Lone PineC05 French, Tarrasch
10. L Christiansen vs W J Donaldson  1-0341978Lone PineC00 French Defense
11. W J Donaldson vs C Coudari  ½-½241978Lone PineC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
12. P van der Weide vs W J Donaldson  1-08219793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
13. R Britton vs W J Donaldson  1-02419793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC19 French, Winawer, Advance
14. W J Donaldson vs M Pein 0-14119793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
15. N Renman vs W J Donaldson  1-0401980Eksjo-B 8thD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
16. W J Donaldson vs B Tiller  1-0401980Gausdal IntB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
17. H Rothen vs W J Donaldson  ½-½731980EksjoA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
18. W J Donaldson vs Miles  0-1351980Gausdal IntB40 Sicilian
19. A Soltis vs W J Donaldson  0-1431981Lone Pine OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. W J Donaldson vs Lombardy  ½-½181981Lone Pine OpenA15 English
21. Gligoric vs W J Donaldson  ½-½231981Lone Pine OpenD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
22. W J Donaldson vs Reshevsky  ½-½161981Lone Pine OpenA04 Reti Opening
23. I A Dahlberg vs W J Donaldson  ½-½291981Lone Pine OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
24. W J Donaldson vs H Pfleger  ½-½341981Lone Pine OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
25. Alburt vs W J Donaldson  1-0421981Lone Pine OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Sep-05-13  JimNorCal: <karpova> Sure, no disagreement. Nonetheless, I recommend reading Keene's response for its erudition irrespective of the plagiarism charge. This is not an assertion of "you're wrong, I'm right", it is an explanation of how he could identify the Cathy Forbes material as his (Keene's) writing. No, it was not from performing a "diff" on 2 blocks of text. :)

I would copy/paste but I don't think it is online anywhere. It's disappointing that Winter did not see fit to include it in his post.

Sep-15-13  Karpova: Edward Winter on 'Alekhine in the Americas' by Donaldson, Minev and Seirawan: <‘The authors of this work are not chess historians’, declares the introduction (page 1), yet within the book’s self-imposed limits they demonstrate more scholarship than do many pretenders to that title.>

Source: Edward Winter, Alekhine Renaissance, 1992,

Jul-06-14  BIDMONFA: John William Donaldson


Sep-24-18  Boomie: Back in the hippie times, I put on a tournament modestly call the Northwest Open. It had a generous prize fund and attracted the best players from the Pacific Northwest. Peter Biyiasas slept on my couch and Robert D Zuk was on the floor. (I had spaced out accommodations.) There were also some youngsters who showed great promise. Among them was Yasser, of course, and John Donaldson. A friend who was a master told me that after playing Neil V Salmon, he realized that the kid knew more about the French than he did. That was a heck of a crop of players.
Sep-24-18  Ironmanth: Happy birthday to you, John. Many more to you, sir!
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  Check It Out: <Boomie> "hippy times" makes me think 60s, but you are talking 70s and early 80s perhaps? In which case, I was probably bumping around the tables in between games. Those were my years and I played the NW tournament in Tacoma.
Sep-24-18  Howard: He's just come out with an expanded edition of that first volume on Rubinstein, I understand.
Sep-24-18  Boomie: <Check It Out: <Boomie> "hippy times" makes me think 60s, but you are talking 70s and early 80s perhaps?>

It was in the early 70's. The average rating of the tournament was an astonishing 1850. I structured the prizes so it would be easier for the lower and more populous classes to win something. But the lower rated players did not turn out for some reason.

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  Check It Out: <Boomie: the lower rated players did not turn out for some reason.>

Too bad that was before my time, I could have pulled that 1850 average down quite a bit.

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  perfidious: <CIO>, same here: started my career with the first published rating at ~1100 in early 1973.
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  wwall: Is his name John William Donaldson or William John Donaldson? I have seen his initials, written by Donaldson, as WJD, implying that his first name is William, Not John which he goes by,
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  DrNyet: I have Kindle *samples* of Donaldson & Tangborn's excellent and amazingly researched books, "Bobby Fischer: The Early Years 1943-1962" and ..."Later Years 1963-2008", but the full books don't appear to be available from Kindle, Amazon, or other places I've searched. Does anyone know why?
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  MissScarlett: Why not ask Donaldson? His email address isn't hard to find. I suppose they've been withdrawn upon the release of the pair's new Fischer book, which, no doubt, incorporates much of the same material, albeit, one hopes, in a more polished form.
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  Joshka: <DrNyet> I've been waiting for the new Donaldson book on Bobby for a while now, Amazon says it's in transit.....guess it's coming from a slow boat in China.
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  Joshka: <wwall> Have you received his new book on Bobby? Ordered mine on the 16th thru Amazon.
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  Joshka: <bumpmobile> So how well did you fare in the simul? I know it's a long time ago, you still have the game score?
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  MissScarlett: <Have you received his new book on Bobby?>


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  Joshka: The book from Donaldson finally arrive today. I'm in Ohio, and believe it was shipped from Michigan. Real thick book with easy to turn pages, numerous new photos....always interested in new info on Bobby that I have not read about, plenty of game scores, every Fischer devotee will approve!. thanks John!!
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  Joshka: Oh, forgot to mention, if anyone is familiar with Jeremy Silman's books, you'll notice the similarity. The binding even allows for very easy flipping of the pages. While the front and back covers are not hardback, they are a different kind of paper almost plastic like, very professional.
Jul-08-21  Zugzwangovich: Seems John is trying to put a bit of pressure on the Manhattan Chess Club to make public the Fischer games from the Targ donation its sitting on for whatever reason. Hope he succeeds!
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  MissScarlett: Why would the club keep the game scores under wraps unless they were seeking to profit from them in future? Maybe they buy into Bobby's own assessment of the value of his memorabilia, which, in the wake of the Bekins' heist, he somewhat improbably claimed was worth tens, maybe hundreds of millions of dollars.
Jul-08-21  Petrosianic: <MissScarlett> I heard it was a plot against you personally.
Jul-08-21  Petrosianic: <Zugzwangovich: Seems John is trying to put a bit of pressure on the Manhattan Chess Club to make public the Fischer games from the Targ donation its sitting on for whatever reason.>

Well, publiclly at least, he's supporting them. (their fiduciary responsibilities preclude their releasing the games), but he expresses the hope that they will be. It's not clear if that's a reasonable hope or a "More Lost Dr. Who Episodes Will Be Found" kind of hope.

I'm not sure what kind of fiduciary responsibilities he's talking about. The actual physical scoresheets are probably worth something, but the game scores themselves can't be copyrighted, and so shouldn't have any monetary value.

I was interested in his statement that the lost games included "some" of the games from the Fischer-Matulovic match. Let's see now. There are three missing games. "Some" is plural, so "One" wouldn't be "some". And three would be "all". So why not just say they've got 2 of the 3? Unless he isn't sure.

Jul-09-21  Zugzwangovich: It's actually the Marshall Chess Club, not the Manhattan Chess Club, that's sitting on unpublished Fischer game scores in the donated Targ Collection. My bad.
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  MissScarlett: The Manhattan CC shut in 2002. About time it reopened - need a house professional to draw in the punters:

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