Darryl Johansen

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Darryl Johansen
Darryl Johansen 2009.jpg
Full name Darryl Keith Johansen
Country Australia
Born (1959-02-04) 4 February 1959 (age 58)
Melbourne, Australia
Title Grandmaster (1995)
Peak rating 2531 (April 2002)

Darryl Keith Johansen (born 4 February 1959 in Melbourne) is an Australian chess grandmaster. He has won the Australian Chess Championship a record six times (in 1984, 1988, 1990, 2000, 2002, and 2012), and represented Australia at fourteen Chess Olympiads (1980–96, 2000–04, 2008–10).[1]

He was awarded by FIDE the titles of International Master in 1982 and Grandmaster in 1995, the second from Australia, after Ian Rogers.[2]

He won the Phillips & Drew Knights Masters tournament in London in 1984. In 1987, he won the inaugural Australian Masters tournament, and has finished first in this event on two other occasions. He won the 2002 Oceania Zonal Championship[3] and represented the Oceania zone at the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004. In 2009, he won the Sydney International Open held in Parramatta, with a score of 7/9, winning the title on tiebreak ahead of George Xie, Abhijit Kunte, and Gawain Jones. This made him the first Australian to win the event. He has also won the Victorian State Chess Championships twelve times, the last occasion being in 2009. In January 2012, Johansen tied for 1st–3rd with Li Chao and Zhao Jun in the third Queenstown Chess Classic, winning the tournament on tiebreak.[4][5]

Johansen is currently co-director of a chess coaching company, "Chess Ideas", based in Melbourne.


  1. ^ "Men's Chess Olympiads: Darryl Johansen". OlimpBase. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Third if the Australian-born American Walter Browne is counted.
  3. ^ "The Week in Chess 392". theweekinchess.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  4. ^ Nadig, Kruttika (2012-01-23). "2012 Queenstown Chess Classic ends with three winners". ChessBase.com. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "GM Darryl K Johansen claims the Queenstown Chess Classic 2012". Chessdom. 2012-01-24. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 

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