Thursday, November 25, 2010

Peter Biyiasas - 60

Stephen Wright, who edits (I think he actually writes 90% of it also) the BCCF E-MAIL BULLETIN,  writes in issue #203:

We note that Peter Biyiasas turned sixty on November 19 (incidentally also Capablanca's birthday).  Born in Athens, Greece, Biyiasas first played competitive chess in Winnipeg: he participated in the 1966 Manitoba - Minnesota match and also won the Winnipeg Inter-High School championship.  By May of 1967 Biyiasas had moved to Vancouver, placing sixth in that year's B.C. Championship.  He improved rapidly, winning the tournament the following year and repeating as champion in 1969, 1971 and 1972.  Unsurprisingly he also won various junior events he was eligible for, including the 1967 and 1968 B.C. High School championships and the 1971 U.S. Junior Open.  Biyiasas participated in four Canadian Championships, winning the title in 1972 and 1975 and tying for third in 1978.  Team competitions seem to have brought out his best: Biyiasas played second reserve for the bronze medal winning Canadian team at the 1971 Mayaguez Student Olympiad, while in four full olympiads he won three individual medals, two bronze (Skopje 1972 and Haifa 1976) and a silver (Buenos Aires 1978).  Biyiasas became Canada's third (and B.C.'s second) grandmaster in 1978 through results achieved at the Haifa Olympiad, Lone Pine 1978, and the GHI International (New York, 1978).  He played in a number of international events including two interzonals (Petropolis 1973 and Manila 1976) and three times at the annual Hastings tournament.  His best results, in addition to those already mentioned, were a tie for first at Norristown 1973, third in the Marshall Chess Club International 1977, tying for first in the 1978 World Open, a tie for fourth at the 1980 Hoogovens tournament behind Browne, Seirawan and Korchnoi, and tying for second at Zrenjanin 1980. 
However, by this point Biyiasas had emigrated to California; he won a number of weekend events in the next few years, but increasingly transferred his attentions to a career as a computer programmer (paralleling to some degree the path of B.C.'s other grandmaster, Duncan Suttles).  His last competitive event appears to have been in 1986.  Biyiasas was married to WIM Ruth Haring; the couple had three children, the youngest of which, Theodore, has recently taken up tournament chess. 

Suttles, Duncan - Biyiasas, Peter [B24] CAN ch Pointe-Claire (1), 10.08.1969

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.d3 Be7 6.Nh3 d5 7.exd5 exd5 8.Nf4 Bg4 9.f3 Bc8 10.0-0 0-0 11.Bd2 Nd4 12.Re1 Re8 13.a4 Ne6 14.a5 c4 15.dxc4 dxc4 16.Ra4 Nxf4 17.Bxf4 Bc5+ 18.Kh1 Rxe1+ 19.Qxe1 Be6 20.Bg5 Bd4 21.Ne2 h6 22.Bc1 Qd7 23.Ra1 Bc5 24.Bf4 Rd8 25.Be5 Qd2 26.Nf4 Qxe1+ 27.Rxe1 Bf5 28.Bf1 Bxc2 29.Bxc4 Bb4 30.Bxf6 gxf6 31.Re3 Bc5 32.Re1 Bb4 33.Re3 Bc5 34.Re1 Bd1 35.Rf1 Rd2 36.Bd5 b6 37.axb6 axb6 38.Bc4 Ba4 39.b4 Bxb4 40.Nd5 b5 41.Nxf6+ Kg7 42.Nh5+ Kf8 43.Rb1 bxc4 44.Rxb4 Bc6 45.Kg1 c3 46.Rc4 Bxf3 47.Rc8+ Ke7 48.Ng7 c2 49.Nf5+ Kd7 50.Rc3 Bc6 51.Nxh6 Rd1+ 52.Kf2 c1Q 53.Rxc1 Rxc1 54.Nxf7 Rc2+ 55.Ke3 Ke6 56.Nd8+ Ke7 57.Nxc6+ Rxc6 0-1

Zuk, Robert D. - Biyiasas, Peter [C71] CAN ch Toronto (10), 19.06.1972

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.c4 Bd7 6.d4 Nf6 7.Nc3 Be7 8.d5 Nb8 9.Bc2 0-0 10.0-0 Ne8 11.Rb1 Bg4 12.b4 g6 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 Ng7 15.Bh6 Nd7 16.Ba4 Nb6 17.Bb3 Nd7 18.Qe3 f5 19.c5 f4 20.Qd3 Nf6 21.c6 b6 22.g4 Nfe8 23.f3 Bg5 24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.Bc4 Qc8 26.Qe2 Bh4 27.Rb3 a5 28.bxa5 Rxa5 29.Bb5 h5 30.a4 Nf6 31.Nb1 Nh7 32.Nd2 Ng5 33.Kg2 Rh8 34.Rh1 Rh6 35.Rbb1 Ra8 36.Nc4 Qh8 37.Qb2 Kf6 38.Qa3 Qf8 39.a5 bxa5 40.Ba4 Qe7 41.Rb7 Rd8 42.Qc3 hxg4 43.hxg4 Rdh8 44.Qxa5 Bg3 45.Rxh6 Rxh6 46.Rxc7 Rh2+ 47.Kf1 Nxf3 48.Qa7 Qxc7 0-1

Biyiasas,Peter - Geller, Efim [B52] Petropolis izt Petropolis (10), 1973

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.0-0 Nc6 6.b3 Nf6 7.Re1 g6 8.Bb2 Bg7 9.c4 e5 10.Nc3 0-0 11.d3 Nh5 12.Nd5 Ne7 13.Bc1 Nxd5 14.cxd5 Nf4 15.Bxf4 exf4 16.Rc1 Rae8 17.Qd2 f5 18.Ng5 fxe4 19.dxe4 Qg4 20.Nf3 Qh5 21.h3 b6 22.b4 Be5 23.a4 g5 24.Nxe5 Rxe5 25.f3 Qg6 26.Kf2 h5 27.Rh1 Qg7 28.bxc5 bxc5 29.Qc3 Rb8 30.Rb1 Ree8 31.Qxg7+ Kxg7 32.Ke2 Kf6 33.Kd3 Ke5 34.Kc4 Rh8 35.a5 Rhc8 36.Rhg1 Rb4+ 37.Rxb4 cxb4+ 38.Kb5 Kd4 39.Ka6 b3 40.Rd1+ 1-0

Biyiasas, Peter - Spraggett, Kevin [B50] CAN ch Calgary (4), 08.08.1975

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 a6 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.0-0 d6 7.d3 Be7 8.Bf4 0-0 9.e5 Nd5 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.exd6 Bxd6 12.Qd2 Bg4 13.Rae1 Qc7 14.Bxd6 Qxd6 15.h3 Bd7 16.Kh2 Rad8 17.d4 cxd4 18.Nxd4 Nxd4 19.Qxd4 Bb5 20.Rg1 Qg6 21.Qd2 Qf6 22.b3 Bc6 23.Re3 Qb2 24.a4 d4 25.Rd3 Bxg2 26.Kxg2 Rc8 27.Rc1 Rfd8 28.Rd1 Rxc2 29.Rxd4 Rxd4 30.Qxd4 Qxd4 31.Rxd4 Rc8 32.Rd7 Rb8 33.b4 Kf8 34.b5 axb5 35.axb5 b6 36.Kf3 Re8 37.Rd6 Rb8 38.Ke4 Ke7 39.Kd5 h5 40.h4 g6 41.f4 f6 42.Re6+ Kf7 43.Rc6 Rd8+ 44.Rd6 Rc8 45.Rxb6 Rc3 46.Ra6 Ke7 47.b6 Rxg3 48.Ra7+ Kd8 49.Ra8+ 1-0

Speelman, Jonathan - Biyiasas, Peter [A42] Lone Pine 8th Lone Pine (6), 04.1978

1.c4 g6 2.e4 d6 3.d4 e5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Nc3 Bg4 6.d5 Nf6 7.h3 Bc8 8.Be3 0-0 9.Be2 Nbd7 10.g4 Nc5 11.Nd2 a5 12.h4 c6 13.h5 Ne8 14.Nf1 cxd5 15.cxd5 gxh5 16.gxh5 Kh8 17.Rg1 Bf6 18.Qd2 Bd7 19.Bh6 Ng7 20.Qe3 Rg8 21.Qf3 Qe7 22.Bb5

22...Nf5 23.Rxg8+ Rxg8 24.exf5 Bxb5 25.Nxb5 e4 26.Qe2 Nd3+ 27.Kd2 Qe5 28.Ke3 Rg5 29.a4 0-1

Biyiasas, Peter - Vasiukov, Evgeni [A07] Hastings Hastings (4), 1978

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 c6 4.0-0 Bg4 5.d3 e6 6.Nbd2 Nbd7 7.e4 Be7 8.Re1 0-0 9.h3 Bh5 10.e5 Ne8 11.Nf1 Nc7 12.N1h2 a5 13.Bf4 a4 14.Qd2 a3 15.b3 Nb5 16.c4 Nc7 17.h4 Bxf3 18.Nxf3 Na6 19.Red1 Bb4 20.Qc2 Qa5 21.Rac1 d4 22.Qe2 Bc3 23.Ng5 g6 24.h5 Nac5 25.Qg4 Rfe8 26.Qh4 Nf8 27.Ne4 Nxe4 28.Bxe4 Bb4 29.Kg2 Qd8 30.Qg4 Ra5 31.hxg6 fxg6 32.Rh1 Qd7 33.Rh6 Re7 34.Rch1 Rg7 35.Bg5 Rxe5 36.Bf6 Ra5 37.Bxg7 Qxg7 38.Rxh7 Nxh7 39.Qxe6+ Kf8 40.Bxg6 Qe7 41.Qc8+ 1-0

Biyiasas, Peter - Timman, Jan [B50] Hoogovens Wijk aan Zee (6), 01.1980

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 a6 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 g6 8.e5 dxe5 9.Qxc6+ bxc6 10.Bxc6+ Qd7 11.Bxd7+ Kxd7 12.Na4 Kc6 13.b3 e6 14.Bb2 f6 15.0-0-0 Bd6 16.Rde1 Ne7 17.Re4 Nf5 18.Rc4 Rab8 19.Re1 Rb4 20.Ree4 Rhb8 21.Ba3 R4b5 22.c3 Bf8 23.Re2 Kd5 24.g4 Nd6 25.Rxc5+ Rxc5 26.Bxc5 Bh6 27.Kc2 Bf4 28.Be3 g5 29.d4 exd4 30.Bxf4 gxf4 31.c4+ Nxc4 32.bxc4+ Kxc4 33.Rxe6 d3+ 34.Kd2 Rb4 35.Re4+ 1-0

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

2010 Manitoba Junior has been rated

2010 Manitoba Junior has been rated.

Congratulations to the following who achieved new peak ratings:

Aaron Green 2021
Leor Wasserman 1824
Alex Iomdina  1421
Henry Li     1447

Monday, November 22, 2010

2011 Manitoba Championship Qualifying

Manitoba Closed 2011

     8 player knockout

     Qualifiers -
     In order of preference - if the qualifying player does not want to
     participate or the winner is redundant we continue down the list
     until there are 8 participants.

     1. Previous Year's Champion (TREVOR VINCENT)
     2. Winner of the Reserve (2010 Albert Boxer Memorial) (ARVIN DAWA)
     3. MB Junior Champion (if rated above 1900) to be decided November 21= (AARON GREEN)
     4. Top Manitoban in AY Memorial (JONATHON ZACZEK)
     5. 2 Winners from 2 Qualifying tournaments (NOT HELD this year)
     5,6. Top 2 finishers in the Tournament of Champions (Nov-Dec) TBD
     7,8. Top 2 CFC rated (established) players who have played at
     least 10 CFC rated games in 2010. (Currently SAM LIPNOWSKI, JEFF BABB)
     9. 2nd Manitoban in the AY Memorial (SAM LIPNOWSKI)
     10. 2nd place in the first Qualifying Tournament (NOT HELD)
     11. 2nd place in the second Qualifying Tournament (NOT HELD)   
10. Third highest CFC rated player who have played at least 10 CFC
     rated games in the previous year. (currently ROLANDO BINCE)
     11. Fourth highest CFC rated player who have played at least 10 CFC
     rated games in the previous year. (currently WALDEMAR SCHULZ)
     12. Second place in the 2010 Albert Boxer Memorial Open Section (SAM LIPNOWSKI)

     etc. from the rating list

     In Canadian Closed years - Game scores will not be published until
     after the Canadian Closed.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Manitoba Active Ratings

These are the ratings the MCA has been calculating for performance in Active events (typically our G/25 events).

Bince, Rolando 2124 -36
Boron, Anthony 1981 -55
Campbell, Jamie 1646 +74
Crawford, Gary 1466 +36
Czypinski, Jaroslaw 1927 +20
Dawa, Arvin 2091 -27
De Groot, Steven 1800 -6
Evans, Brian 1599 +11
Gannon, Keith 1597 +21
Green, Aaron 2001 -3
Green, Jim 1838 +46
Greenberg, Harley 1771 38
Iomdina, Bella 1780 64
Joven, Perfecto 1891 64
Kaptsan, Aron 2129 51
Lauritson, Jim 1878 -32
Letain, Cory 1631 24
Li, Devon 1567 ----
Li, Henry 1410 20
Lipic, Stephen 1870 54
Lipnowski, Samuel 2252 1
Magnusson, Saul 1793 13
Manicdao, Tomas 1780 31
Melamedoff, Gustavo 1955 -43
Milord, Frank 1646 -16
Milward, Dave 1717 -1
Mousseau, Chuck 1846       2
Nikouline, Alexandre 2056      -44
Ochate, Edward 1521
Ott, Richard 1463 -19
Pang, Charles 1800      ----
Pang, Michael 1781 22
Pottinger, Carl 1715 -41
Raihman, David 1498     -2
Raihman, Igal 1988      +20
Rutter, Blair 1875     -6
Schulz, Manfred 1842     -33
Schulz, Waldemar 1969     -48
Swift, Ryne 1778 13
Trueman, Francis 1520       60
Van Wyk, Joseph 2054 -55
Villeneuve, Justin 1292 15
Vincent, Trevor 2318 -11
Wasserman, Arie 1727 20
Wasserman, Jerry 1973      -23
Wasserman, Leor 1789 14
Yung, Dustin 1172      -10
Zaczek, Jonathon 2150 -12

Chess in Winnipeg

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cecil's Saturday Puzzle - November 6, 2010

from the Saturday Winnipeg Free Press
                                                                     Chess in Winnipeg
1. Ba4  with 2.Nc3 to follow after most