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Benjamin, Joel

Joel Lawrence Benjamin, born March 11, 1964, was the winner of the National Elementary (1976), Junior High School (1978), and High School  Championships (1980-81), U.S. Junior Championship (1980, 1982), U.S. Open Championship (1985), and U.S. Championship (1987, 1997, 2000).  He was the editor of CHESS CHOW, a monthly chess magazine.  He defeated his first master at age 11 and was the first 11-year old U.S. Expert.  At 13 years and 3 months, he broke Bobby Fischer’s record (13 years, 5 months) for becoming the youngest U.S. master up to that time.  He was the youngest Manhattan Chess Club champion at 14, and became a Grandmaster in 1986.  He assisted the IBM DEEP BLUE team that helped defeat Garry Kasparov in the DEEP BLUE computer vs. Kasparov chess match in April, 1997.  He is married to Deborah Quinn.  In 2007, He lost a match with the Rybka computer in which Rybka played without a pawn.  Rybka won two games, lost one game, and there were 5 draws.

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