The Weekly Show: Joel Benjamin vs Patrick Wolff

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10/20/2020 – In his weekly show IM Lawrence Trent takes a look at the U.S. Senior Championship, which was won by Joel Benjamin. Lawrence will particularly focus on the game between Benjamin and Patrick Wolff, a "nice old school grind!". | Lawrence’s show is available at 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST, 13:00 EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Joel Benjamin vs Patrick Wolff

Joel Benjamin was born on March 11, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York, and when he was 13 years old, he became the youngest-ever U.S. chess master, a record previously held by Bobby Fischer.

Benjamin had numerous successes in international and national tournaments, and in 1982 he became U.S. Junior Champion. He also won the U.S. Championship three times: in 1987 when he shared the title with Nick de Firmian, in 1997, and in 2000. By winning the recently finished the U.S. Senior Championship 2020 Benjamin is now the only player who to become U.S. Junior Champion, U.S. Chess Champion, and U.S. Senior Champion.

He is also a prolific and renowned writer, and in 1997 he worked as a consultant for IBM to prepare the computer Deep Blue for its successful match against Garry Kasparov.

Benjamin is still an active player, and he is still strong – as his first place and his play at the U.S. Senior Championship show.

In round 5 he won with fine technique against Patrick Wolff.


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