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Timothy J Thompson

Timothy J Thompson


Game and tournament history  |  Rating history/progression  |  Record vs other members


USCF Rating: 1900

Highest USCF Rating: 1985 (on 3/28/2011)
Lowest USCF Rating: 1900 (on 6/28/2010)

Active at Arcadia Chess Club?: Yes
USCF ID: 10453402

View Timothy J Thompson at the USCF website





Bio


I learned chess when I was 4 or 5 and have been a regular chess player ever since. Played my first USCF rated tournament in the fall of 1968 at the Monterey Park Chess Club; played in the USAF worldwide chess championship in 1973 & 1974; Monterey Park Chess Club Champion 1976, 1979, 1980; Arcadia Chess Club Champion 1982; 3rd place team ("The Four Horsemen") in the 1984 USATW, where I won the 4th board prize with my only 6-0 score ever in that event. My lifetime peak rating was 2154 sometime back in the mid 1980's. I was President of the Pasadena Chess Club for many years before handing the job off to Randy Hough.

I am a big fan of Emmanuel Lasker, partly because he was one of the few World Chess Champions who had a legitimate & effective career outside of chess, and partly because he & his chess are usually seriously misunderstood. He was in fact well ahead of his time, and probably failed to create a "school of thought" around his name because nobody understood this. Not only was he a deep thinker in chess, but was a brilliant competitor who understood chess as a struggle between two brains as opposed to an exercise in pure logic.

I am now retired after a 28 year career in the Science Division of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where most of my experience is in planetary atmospheres, radio & infrared astronomy and infrared geological remote sensing. At the moment I am President-Emeritus of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society and a member of its Board of Directors. I am also a senior docent & tour guide for Mount Wilson Observatory.





Tournament & Game Data


Tournaments Entered: 55
Games Played: 203 (101 wins / 49 losses / 53 draws)
Win Percentage: 62.8%
Most Recent Tournament: Thurlo Mishler Memorial - Tmo (10/30/2017)





Top 10 Tournaments


5/6 (=1st) at Arcadia Richard Morris Memorial on 12/20/2010

4.5/6 (=3rd) at Arcadia Istvanyi Memorial on 11/8/2010

4.5/6 (=4th) at Arcadia Spring Open on 5/14/2012

3.5/5 (=4th) at Arcadia Winter Open on 2/7/2011

3.5/5 (=4th) at Richard Morris Memorial on 12/17/2012

4/6 (=5th) at Arcadia Club Championship on 4/2/2012

4/6 (=5th) at Arcadia Club Championship on 3/28/2011

4/6 (=6th) at Arcadia Spring Open on 5/10/2010

4/6 (=6th) at Arcadia Oak Tree Open on 9/26/2011

4/6 (=7th) at Arcadia Istvanyi Open on 11/7/2011





Best Wins & Draws, Worst Losses


Best Win (By Highest Rating)¹: vs Queena Deng (2056) on 1/11/2016 at the Winter Open - Wo tournament

Best Win (By Rating Difference)²: Rated 1906 vs Queena Deng (2056) on 1/11/2016 at the Winter Open - Wo tournament

Best Draw (By Highest Rating)¹: vs Dante T Bagain (2162) on 10/18/2010 at the Arcadia Istvanyi Memorial tournament

Best Draw (By Rating Difference)²: Rated 1943 vs Dante T Bagain (2162) on 10/18/2010 at the Arcadia Istvanyi Memorial tournament

Worst Loss (By Lowest Rating)¹: vs Maxwell Li (1354) on 3/7/2016 at the Mel Clark Club Championship tournament

Worst Loss (By Rating Difference)²: Rated 1911 vs Maxwell Li (1354) on 3/7/2016 at the Mel Clark Club Championship tournament


¹ Does not include results where opponent had a provisional rating
² Does not include results where either player had a provisional rating




Selected Games


Tim Thompson (1907) 1-0 Matthew Beelby (2180)

Tim Thompson (2037) 1-0 Dennis Hokama (2047)

Tigran Petrosian (2620) 1/2-1/2 Tim Thompson (1827)

Tim Thompson (1927) 1-0 Gabor Istvanyi (1821)

Alvin Huang (1868) 0-1 Tim Thompson (1943)

Tim Thompson (1911) 1-0 Gerald Harrison (1808)

Tim Thompson (2023) 1-0 Karl Yee (2391)

Jeffrey I. Schwartz (1527) 0-1 Tim Thompson (1954)

Tim Thompson (ur) 1-0 Guy Kato (1300)

Tim Thompson (1600) 1-0 Robert Welenc (ur)

Tim Thompson 1-0 Anthony Ge

Tim Thompson 1/2-1/2 Gregg Fritchle





USCF ratings are based on the member's post tournament rating(s) in their tournaments at Arcadia Chess Club. They may not reflect tournaments played outside of Arcadia Chess Club.