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Efstratios Grivas
Number of games in database: 197
Years covered: 1980 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2468 (2436 rapid, 2393 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2513

Overall record: +48 -41 =98 (51.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 10 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (20) 
    E90 E71 E97 E94 E92
 Queen's Indian (11) 
    E15 E16 E14 E17 E19
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A41 A46
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D91 D94 D79
 English (6) 
    A11 A14 A10 A13 A15
 Modern Benoni (6) 
    A57 A70 A58 A68
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (33) 
    E62 E97 E67 E92 E60
 Sicilian (23) 
    B32 B30 B22 B80 B25
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C80 C82 C68 C92 C83
 Ruy Lopez, Open (7) 
    C80 C82 C83
 Dutch Defense (7) 
    A81 A85 A96
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A45 A40
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Grivas vs A Braun, 2008 1-0
   V Kovacevic vs E Grivas, 1989 1/2-1/2
   D Solak vs E Grivas, 2006 1/2-1/2
   E Grivas vs Nunn, 1991 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus Group C (2008)
   European Clubs Cup (Men) (2003)
   Acropolis Tournament (2006)

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(born Mar-30-1966, 51 years old) Greece

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Efstratios Grivas was born in Egio, Greece. He was awarded the FM title in 1983, the IM title in 1984 and the GM title in 1993. Then he moved on to becoming an International Arbiter in 1998, International Organizer also in 1998 and a FIDE Senior Trainer (2005), quitting OTB play in 2009. Grivas was Greek champion in 1983 and 1996.

Wikipedia article: Efstratios Grivas

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 197  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Grivas vs Kotronias  ½-½361980AthensA81 Dutch
2. E Grivas vs Kotronias  1-0241982AthensA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
3. E Grivas vs Kotronias  0-1341982AthensA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
4. Joel Benjamin vs E Grivas  0-1521982Copenhagen (Denmark)E97 King's Indian
5. Blatny vs E Grivas  ½-½401985Wch U20B22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. E Grivas vs Khalifman  0-1451986Ch Europe (juniors)E15 Queen's Indian
7. E Grivas vs Kotronias  1-0461986AthensE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
8. E Grivas vs P Short 1-0251986Chess OlympiadD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
9. E Grivas vs Psakhis  0-1301987Bela CrkvaA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
10. D Komljenovic vs E Grivas  0-1281987MunichA80 Dutch
11. Vasiukov vs E Grivas  ½-½171987Athens Acropolis opC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. N Skalkotas vs E Grivas  ½-½231987Athens,GREA81 Dutch
13. E Grivas vs G Timoshchenko  0-1411988PlovdivA68 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack
14. Geller vs E Grivas  1-0341988AkropolisC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. Nunn vs E Grivas  1-0411988Chess OlympiadC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
16. E Grivas vs Petursson  ½-½211988Chess OlympiadE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. E Grivas vs Khalifman 0-1361989Ch URSA57 Benko Gambit
18. Bagirov vs E Grivas  0-140198905, LeningradE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
19. V Kovacevic vs E Grivas  ½-½171989Vinkovci ;CBM 16A40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. E Grivas vs Hector  ½-½321989EUR-chT (Men) 9thD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
21. E Grivas vs V Maki  1-0491989EUR-chT (Men) 9thE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
22. E Grivas vs Blatny  1-0431989EUR-chT (Men) 9thA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. B Zueger vs E Grivas  ½-½121989EUR-chT (Men) 9thA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
24. C Hadjiyiannis vs E Grivas  0-1341989EUR-chT (Men) 9thA74 Benoni, Classical, 9...a6, 10.a4
25. Gelfand vs E Grivas  ½-½401989EUR-chT (Men) 9thE97 King's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-28-07  vonKrolock: Mr. <Grivas>, please have a look in my post from today 28-ii-07 here Teichmann vs Allies, 1902
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  GrahamClayton: Grivas is the full-time trainer for the Turkish national team.

Source: Yochanan Afek "Corus 2008: The Youngest Ever Winner!", "CHESS", April 2008

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  Benzol: Has anyone read his book "The Complete Guide To The Grivas Sicilian"? I'd never heard of it before today. What do the moves/lines consist of?
Jun-21-09  myschkin: . . .

Review (+ Sample (pdf))

Jun-21-09  myschkin: . . .



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  Benzol: <myschkin> Many thanks.


Aug-12-09  thegoldenband: GM Grivas did a wonderful job on a very hard task: annotating the last game of his colleague and friend, Nikos Karapanos, who died at the board on August 10th. The game and annotations can be found here:

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  wordfunph: i almost named my son Efstratios...but finally settled for Hristos Hugo. My wife objected coz it's lengthy.

Trivia on GM Grivas: 1982 World Junior Championship in Copenhagen: In the first round, Joel Benjamin played a player from Greece which he was not familiar. His opponent handled the Bayonet King's Indian a bit strangely for black and Benjamin lost. They sat down for the post-mortem and his opponent exclaimed "I am an expert in the King's Indian." That player, Efstratios Grivas, went on to become a respectable grandmaster.

happy birthday Efstratios!

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  wordfunph: "My name, Efstratios, is an ancient Greek name and in ancient Greece it was used as a title, meaning 'the leader of a strong/good army'."

- GM Eftratios Grivas (in his book A Complete Guide to the Grivas Sicilian)

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  Benzol: The Star Wars fans have missed an opportunity with this man.

Grievous bodily harm as a pun also suggests itself.

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  wordfunph: "The chess player of 2009 has encountered more types of positions than the chess player of 1975 and knows the proper ways to deal with these positions. Therefore, a chess player today has a great advantage over a chess player of 35 years ago."

- GM Eftratios Grivas

happy birthday, Efstratios!

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday!
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  Calli: A copy cat
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  perfidious: <Calli> As well as being rather too obvious-someone with greater knowledge of English grammar would have eliminated at least one error which was simply plagiarised.
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  Domdaniel: The Grivas Sicilian: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6...

Though sometimes played in the 19th century, this line was not really developed until Grivas took it up. His earliest game in the CG database is a draw with Nunn, I think.

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  Domdaniel: Curiously, Nunn vs E Grivas, 1991 is the last of six games between the two.
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