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Semon Palatnik
Number of games in database: 563
Years covered: 1967 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2515

Overall record: +214 -115 =233 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    E00 A45 A46 A40 A41
 King's Indian (27) 
    E73 E75 E92 E63 E81
 English (23) 
    A13 A14 A15 A17 A16
 Catalan (22) 
    E06 E04 E02 E01 E08
 English, 1 c4 c5 (18) 
    A31 A30 A33 A32 A34
 Slav (16) 
    D11 D18 D15
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (66) 
    B05 B02 B03 B04
 Sicilian (41) 
    B84 B97 B93 B29 B90
 Dutch Defense (29) 
    A88 A81 A86 A87 A85
 Benko Gambit (24) 
    A57 A58 A59
 Modern Benoni (24) 
    A57 A58 A59
 English, 1 c4 c5 (23) 
    A34 A32 A31 A36 A33
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Palatnik vs Geller, 1980 1-0
   Palatnik vs I Stohl, 1986 1-0
   Ftacnik vs Palatnik, 1978 1/2-1/2
   J A Lawrence vs Palatnik, 2001 0-1
   Palatnik vs Sveshnikov, 1976 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Kiev (1978)
   Hastings Challengers 1999/00 (1999)
   Kotov Memorial (1986)
   Frunze (1979)
   Chianciano Open (1989)
   GMA Baleares Open (1989)
   46th URS-ch selection (1978)
   102nd US Open (2001)
   Rome Open (1990)

   🏆 Platonov Memorial
   Mikhalchishin vs Palatnik (Aug-01-12) 1/2-1/2
   Mikhalchishin vs Palatnik (Aug-01-12) 1/2-1/2
   Palatnik vs Kaidanov (Jul-31-12) 1/2-1/2
   Gulko vs Palatnik (Jul-30-12) 1/2-1/2
   Gulko vs Palatnik (Jul-30-12) 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-26-1950, 72 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Semon Aleksandrovich Palatnik was born in Odessa, Ukraine on March 26, 1950. Though his very noble name, "Semyon" means "heard by God," upon relocating to the United States of America, he found that his name was difficult for even educated westerners to pronounce and determined to change his name to the anglicized, "Sam," as a patriotic nod to the American symbol, Uncle Sam.

As a child, Palatnik was educated in world-class chess at the internationally renowned "Palace of Pioneers." Taking a break from chess to earn his Masters of Engineering Science (with an emphasis in Thermodynamics and Power Station Engineering) from Odessa Polytechnic University, he returned to active play in the late 1970's and swiftly earned his International Master title in 1977 and, shortly thereafter, the International Grandmaster title, in 1978.

As a scholastic chess prodigy, Palatnik won four team and individual gold medals at the 20th World Student Team Chess Championship at Teesside 1974 and also won the 21st World Student Team Championship at Caracas 1976. Later on, as a professional chess player, Palatnik's best tournament results include winning the World Open in 1971, 2nd= at Kiev 1978, 3rd at Hradec Kralove 1981, 2nd= at Trnava 1987, 1st at Hradec Kralove 1988 and 1st= at Calicut 1988. Most well known are the facts that GM Palatnik was twice the World Junior Champion and twice the European and Soviet Union Champion.

While GM Palatnik continued the tradition of top-flight Soviet-educated chess players, he is certainly better known for his spectacular results as a chess coach. While still in the former USSR, Palatnik served as the Executive Director of the Ukrainian National Chess Academy and the Vice President of the Ukranian Chess Association and was honored with the title of "Emeritus Chess Coach of the Ukraine."

Upon relocating to the United States in the 1990's alongside his longtime friend and frequent co-author, GM Lev Alburt, Sam Palatnik became, in 1994, the Grandmaster in Residence for the Nashville Chess Center. Continuing in his successful career representing American chess, Palatnik was named the American "Ambassador of Chess," by the United States Chess Federation, in 2003. Furthermore, he served as the US Chess Coach for the World Junior Championship and the Chess Olympiad, from 1999-2010.

Presently, GM Palatnik is a collegiate chess coach and assistant director for the nationally respected chess program at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and has served as the private coach of many successful scholastic players, including USCF Senior Master Warren Harper, Arena International Master Sean J. Manross and, more recently, the prodigy and International Master, Awonder Liang.

GM Sam Palatnik is a prolific chess author of note, publishing such titles as: Chess Tactics for the Tournament Player, Chess Strategy for the Tournament Player, The King in Jeopardy, The Tarrasch Formula, The Chess GPS, and most recently, Platonov's Chess Academy: Using Soviet-era Methods to Improve 21st-Century Openings.

Grandmaster Sam Palatnik also holds the esteemed FIDE governance titles of International Organizer and FIDE Senior Trainer.

Wikipedia article: Sam Palatnik

Last updated: 2020-11-22 11:16:22

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 568  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karpov vs Palatnik 1-034196702, MoscowA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Palatnik vs Karpov ½-½61967LeningradC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
3. Palatnik vs V Faibisovich  ½-½321971URS-ch sfC44 King's Pawn Game
4. V Terentiev vs Palatnik  1-0271971URS-ch sfB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
5. Palatnik vs L Grigorian  1-0361972URS-ch sfD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
6. A Lukin vs Palatnik  1-0611972URS-ch sfB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
7. Vasiukov vs Palatnik  0-1411972URS-ch sfB50 Sicilian
8. Shabanov vs Palatnik  1-0351972URS-ch sfB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
9. B Perenyi vs Palatnik  0-1281973OdessaB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
10. Palatnik vs V Zilberstein  ½-½311973URS-ch sfA36 English
11. Palatnik vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½491973URS-ch sfA15 English
12. Palatnik vs Gulko  ½-½411973URS-ch Young MastersA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
13. Palatnik vs Klovans  ½-½401973URS-ch sfA13 English
14. Furman vs Palatnik  1-0651973URS-ch sfA34 English, Symmetrical
15. Palatnik vs Vogt  ½-½261973OdessaD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
16. L B Listengarten vs Palatnik  0-1371973USSRB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
17. Vaganian vs Palatnik  1-0781973URS-ch sfA34 English, Symmetrical
18. Palatnik vs Vasiukov  0-1241973URS-ch sfA07 King's Indian Attack
19. N Rashkovsky vs Palatnik  ½-½181973URS-ch sfA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
20. Romanishin vs Palatnik  1-0411973URS-ch sfA34 English, Symmetrical
21. T Giorgadze vs Palatnik  0-1261973URS-ch sfB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. A Kuindzhy vs Palatnik 1-0411973URS-ch sfB02 Alekhine's Defense
23. Palatnik vs Bagirov  ½-½361973URS-ch sfA06 Reti Opening
24. A Kochyev vs Palatnik  ½-½251973URS-ch sfB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
25. Makarichev vs Palatnik  1-0411973URS-ch sfB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 568  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-08-05  woodenbishop: In 2003, GM Palatnik had a USCF rating of 2538, which is the highest in the state of Tennessee (the state he currently resides in). He has won the TN State Championship 6 times: 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999 (shared with Todd Andrews), 2000, and 2001.
Dec-16-05  OneArmedScissor: This guy is very rude. I met him at the Memphis Chess Classic 2004. He was at a stand selling (attempting to at least) sell some of his books. Seeing as he had no one around the booth or anything, I went over to him. I looked at each book and asked him which he would recommend, etc. I then asked him a few questions about chess... just small talk. And after I asked my second question he says, "What is this? An interview? Are you going to buy the book or not?"
Dec-16-05  PivotalAnorak: <OAS> Did you buy it ? ^^
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  keypusher: Like Kieseritzsky and Von Bardleben, seems fated to be remembered for a loss.

Kasparov vs Palatnik, 1978

Dec-16-05  OneArmedScissor: <PivotalAnorak>
Hell no. I asked for him to describe each book he was selling (basically, I was wanting him to sell me the product). There was a book on the "Tarrasch System."- a book about his style of play, etc. I asked him what the book was about, etc. Palatnik replies, "Well, Tarrasch was good. So I wrote a book about it." What 'it' actually is has yet to be determined.
Excellent review!
Dec-16-05  offramp: "Hey, Semon! Nice load of books you got here. Listen, man. I gotta tell ya... I'm a *bit* of a time-waster..."
Dec-16-05  magerk2: He got rolled by a young expert this year at the Tennessee Open and withdrew after the second round.
Mar-26-06  BIDMONFA: Semon Palatnik

Palatnik, Semon

Mar-26-06  blingice: That reminds me of when I was in a magic store, and as I used to be a bit of a magic enthusiast, I knew a lot about tricks, etc.

So, the clerk was showing my younger cousin all these different tricks, and I told my cousin how to do every single one. After about the 5th trick I solved, (one that is supposedly difficult to understand, as the clerk confidently handed me the apparatus to do the trick to inspect [and I consequently explained]) the clerk says, "Look, are you gonna buy anything or not?"

Of course I wouldn't, as the prices were double what you payed for them off of websites.

Mar-26-07  RChambers: I met Palatnik once a couple of years ago and he was very nice and personable. I could understand him getting angry at a schmuck trying for chess "small-talk." Everybody wants to feel special and have people sell them their products, but come on, you don't have to play twenty questions before you buy the chess book.
Sep-10-07  chessamateur: He played in the DC Action Championship at the US Chess Center. Surprisingly he only tied for 3rd place with 4.5/6.
Aug-12-08  OneArmedScissor: <RChambers> I can assure you I wasn't just some "schmuck" and I didn't play twenty questions.

The only thing your post is indicative of is that you're a careless consumer. God forbid I want to know my $25 spent on the book is worth it as opposed to finding out the hard way.

I'm sorry I didn't know who Tarrasch was at the time. Apparently, inquiring about Tarrasch and how it relates to the man's book is too much to ask.

Sep-23-08  Whitehat1963: <OneArmedScissor> After such an exchange, I might have said something like, "Unfortunate first name." And walked away.
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  whiteshark: <OAS> Would you like to help expanding his bio? :D

Mar-26-10  wordfunph: <OneArmedScissor> nice story on Semon Palatnik...but i'm sad that you didn't buy his book "Tarrasch System"..

you may be referring to his book "The Tarrasch Formula"..

happy birthday Semon Palatnik! more chess books to write..

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  theagenbiteofinwit: Sam doesn't live in Tennessee anymore. I think he moved to New Jersey.
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  Everett: <I'm sorry I didn't know who Tarrasch was at the time. > reading this I wonder if Palatnik thought you were jerking him around. I mean, he is at a chess event where people who supposedly know something about the game have come to play or watch, so he may not have understood how someone there may not have know about Tarrasch.

Also, not everyone is into <small talk>, though admittedly this is a bad trait for a salesperson.

Jul-02-13  Alpinemaster: <RChambers>: I met Palatnik once a couple of years ago and he was very nice and personable. I could understand him getting angry at a schmuck trying for chess "small-talk." Everybody wants to feel special and have people sell them their products, but come on, you don't have to play twenty questions before you buy the chess book.

Calling a spade a spade, indeed <RChambers>. I have been Palatnik's student, and I teach the Terrasch Formula to my class, as it is an essential for any tournament player. If you don't know who Terrasch is, you probably should not be harassing a GM as to the merits of his authorship; then again, this statement is in defense of the good Herr Palatnik's reputation and to any potential student of his on this site. Obviously, rabble such as this kid are beyond reasoning and thus, I would not waste my time communicating with such.

Jun-29-14  pazzed paun: Is anyone planning on buying S.P. 's
new book where he updates the theories of Steinitz?
Mar-26-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Semon Palatnik.
Mar-26-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: Happy 70th birthday to the great Ukrainian and American chess player and coach Semon/Sam Palatnik! His 2 most famous games are his win against Efim Geller 1980 in Rostov on Don, which I saw in a chess magazine that time, and his loss against Garry Kasparov 1978 in Daugavpils/Dünaburg, which I recognized later.
Nov-22-20  Cyberpunk: I’ve known Sam Palatnik since the mid-1990s. I’ve never found him to be rude at all.
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  perfidious: Have never met the man, so can only go by the source of the comments above, a poster I have found thoroughly mean-spirited and who has been on ignore for years upon years.

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