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Dan Fleetwood is USA’s newest Correspondence GM Print E-mail
June 26, 2008
ICCF-US Office

For Immediate Release:

With his victory against Poland’s SM Maciej Jedrzejowski, Dr. Daniel M. Fleetwood of Brentwood, Tennessee, has become the eighth US Correspondence Chess GrandMaster.  Dan’s Medal and Title Certificate will be issued at the upcoming ICCF Congress in Pleven, Bulgaria, in September.  Dan’s two GM norms were earned in the ICCF Olympiad 14 Final on board 3 and the ICCF Olympiad 15 Final on board 1.

A few glimpses into his chess talents were offered early on when he captured the ACUI Midwest regional Collegiate Chess Championship in 1981 and then the USCF’s premier correspondence tournament, the 1993 Absolute Championship.  Success is no stranger to Dan who has not only excelled in chess but at virtually every pursuit he has attempted.  He is not only an engineer, a scientist, and an accomplished teacher and academic administrator at Vanderbilt University, but also an inventor, a lyricist, an author, a musician, and an athlete – truly a “Master of All Trades.”  His technical papers are too numerous to mention and his honors fill up several pages.  In 2007, he was named a distinguished alumnus of the Purdue University School of Science.  Given his work schedule and family responsibilities (he and his wife Betsy have three sons, ages 22, 18, and 15), one wonders how he ever found time to play, no less study chess.

Dan claims that nothing is easy in correspondence chess – a rather telling statement from someone who makes a living by solving difficult electrical engineering problems!  But judging from his results perhaps he is just being modest.  The gamescore that clinched his GM title appears below.  Dan’s most impressive curriculum vitae can be found at the following link:


ICCF CCO15/F board 1

SM Fleetwood, Daniel M. (2565) United States

SM Jedrzejowski, Maciej (2502) Poland

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Nbd7 9.Qd2 Be7 10.g4 O-O 11.O-O-O b5 12.g5 b4 13.Ne2 Ne8 14.f4 a5 15.f5 a4 16.Nbd4 exd4 17.Nxd4 b3 18.Kb1 bxc2+ 19.Nxc2 Bb3 20.axb3 axb3 21.Na3 Ne5 22.h4 Ra4 23.Qg2 Qa8 24.f6 Bxf6 25.gxf6 Nxf6 26.Bb5 Rb4 27.Bd3 h5 28.Bh6 Nfg4 29.Bf4 Ra4 30.Bxe5 dxe5 31.Rc1 Rd8 32.Rh3 Nf6 33.Re3 Rad4 34.Qf3 Ng4 35.Rc7 Rf8 36.Re2 Nf6 37.Rc3 Rb8 38.Kc1 Kf8 39.Bc4 Rxe4 40.Bxb3 Rxe2 41.Qxe2 Qh1+ 42.Qd1 Qxd1+ 43.Bxd1 Nd5 44.Rb3 Rc8+ 45.Kd2 g6 46.Rb7 Rd8 47.Bb3 Ne7+ 48.Kc3 Rd4 49.Nc4 Nd5+ 50.Kc2 f6 51.Na5 Ne3+ 52.Kc3 Nd1+ 53.Bxd1 Rxd1 54.b4 e4 55.Nc4 Rd3+ 56.Kc2 Rd4 57.Ne3 f5 58.Ng2 e3 59.Kc3 Re4 60.Rc7 f4 61.Ne1 Re5 62.Rc4 Rf5 63.Nf3 Ke7 64.Rd4 Ke6 65.Kd3 Ke7 66.Ke2 Ke6 67.Ng5+ Ke5 68.Rc4 Rf8 69.Kf3 Kd5 70.Re4 Rf6 71.Nh3 Rf5 72.Nxf4+ Kd6 73.Re6+ Kd7 74.Rxg6 e2 75.Rg1 Kc6 76.Ke4 Rb5 77.Rc1+ Kd6 78.Nd3 Rb7 79.Kf3 Re7 80.Re1 1-


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