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|Jul-26-10|| ||talisman: happy b'day Nick ...need a picture.|
|Jul-27-10|| ||wordfunph: GM De Firmian deserves a picture here..
happy 53rd birthday Nick!
more chess books to write..
|Aug-13-10|| ||Landman: "If you're a GM you should be able to overpower the IM tactically. The GM will often blow out the IM in this area." --- Nick de Firmian|
In one of the middle rounds at the 1986 World Open, Canadian IM Byron Nickoloff was White against de Firmian. It was a complicated Sicilian middlegame with open lines in the center. de Firmian's King was safely castled behind pawns on f7,g7, and h7. While de Firmian was thinking, Nickoloff got up and studied the position on the demonstration board. After a while he stepped out for a break, obviously pretty happy with his position.
While he was away, de Firmian played g7-g5 to attack Nickoloff's Queen on f4. The pawn right in front of his King. That pawn.
When Nickoloff came back, the move on the demo board stopped him. He looked at it for several minutes.
After a while he sat back down and buried his head in his hands. The move had been a shock to him and a shock to his whole position, which soon collapsed.
As mentioned in the biography here, he went on to win the whole tournament, including wins over Lev Alburt and Yasser Seirawan.
|Jul-26-11|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday GM DeFirmian!|
|Jul-26-11|| ||talisman: happy birthday nick and thanks for the Book!|
|Jul-26-12|| ||Llawdogg: Happy 55 Nicky D!|
|Jul-26-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM DeFirmian!
|Jul-26-12|| ||wordfunph: "If only we could grow old like Korchnoi."
- GM Nick DeFirmian
happy birthday, GM Nick!
|Jul-26-12|| ||redlance: Happy Birthday!!!|
|Aug-23-12|| ||Troller: Unless they have split up, this is Nick's girlfriend/wife:
She is suffering from muscular dystrophy; here is an article in Danish on how this complicated their lives after they had a son in the late 1990's:
|Aug-30-12|| ||RMKvdS: <Landman> Can't find the game on cg.com nor on chessbase... Just curious, cause I tend to lose games on overlooking the less obvious moves as well!|
|Sep-22-13|| ||Karpova: Q: What was your most embarrassing moment at the chess board?|
de Firmian: <When I knocked over my pint of beer against John Nunn in a blitz tournament in Lubeck. That was also painful, because the glass was practically full.>
'Kingpin', <Nick de Firmian: 20 Questions>, 19 September 2013, http://www.kingpinchess.net/2013/09...
|Mar-31-14|| ||Poisonpawns: [Event "Julian Borowski GM"]
[White "De Firmian, Nick E"]
[Black "Sutovskij, Emil"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8.
Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c3 Rb8 12. Nc2 Bg5 13. a3 a5 14. Bd3 Ne7
15. Nxe7 Qxe7 16. Qe2 Qb7 17. O-O O-O 18. b4 a4 19. c4 Be6 20. cxb5 Rfc8 21.
Ne3 g6 22. Nc4 Bxc4 23. Bxc4 Qb6 24. Ra2 Rc7 25. g3 h5 26. Kh1 Kg7 27. h4 Bh6
28. Kg2 Rbc8 29. Bd5 Rc3 30. Rd1 Bc1 31. Rd3 Rxd3 32. Qxd3 Qd4 33. Qxd4 exd4
34. b6 d3 35. b7 Rb8 36. Kf1 f5 37. Ke1 fxe4 38. Kd1 Bh6 39. Bxe4 g5 40. hxg5
Bxg5 41. f4 Bh6 42. Rh2 1-0
|Mar-31-14|| ||RedShield: Do you think the random posting of game scores is helpful?|
|May-27-14|| ||Granny O Doul: Kilroy was here|
|Jul-26-14|| ||Penguincw: Happy 57th birthday to GM Nick DeFirmian.|
|Oct-18-14|| ||PhilFeeley: I'm curious to know why he was listed as Canadian for this year's Canadian Championship:|
Did he move? FIDE still lists him as American.
|Feb-07-15|| ||pazzed paun: when is mco 16 due out?|
|May-25-15|| ||TheFocus: <A lot of the difference between an IM and GM is a seriousness to the game. The GM is willing to go through all this. He's willing to put up with anything. This shows his dedication. One other thing is the GMs superiority in tactics. |
For example Christiansen can find tactics in any position. If you're a GM you should be able to overpower the IM tactically. The GM will often blow out the IM in this area> - Nick deFirmian.
|Jul-26-15|| ||andrewjsacks: Nick, happy birthday.|
|Jul-26-15|| ||AdolfoAugusto: Happy Birthday Nick! Hope you keep playing for a long time! ;)|
|Jul-26-15|| ||Olsonist: A lame claim to fame but I got crushed by Nick in high school.|
|Jul-26-15|| ||eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to the 3-time US Chess Championship champ who's 1 of my favorite players...GM Nick DeFirmian!|
|Jul-26-15|| ||diagonal: Happy birthday to GM DeFirmian, a true chess lover!
Two pictures from different epochs:
Nick playing Magnus at the second Arctic Chess Challenge in Tromsų in 2007 (scroll down a little, Magnus won that game, Nick won in a previous encounter at Gausdal Classics):
Nick winning as clear first the Gausdal Classics April I/2003, (invitation tournament), a certain kid named Magnus in rank 12:
Nick DeFirmian (front) with teammate's John Fedorowicz, Lubomir Kavalek, and Yasser Seirawan at the Chess Olympiad in 1986: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_...
|Jul-26-15|| ||eternaloptimist: <diagonal> Thx for posting those links! I just got a DeFirmian & MC history lesson!|
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