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Spyridon Skembris
Number of games in database: 339
Years covered: 1977 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2393
Highest rating achieved in database: 2560

Overall record: +103 -98 =138 (50.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    A45 E10 D02 A41 A46
 King's Indian (23) 
    E77 E71 E97 E67 E90
 Queen's Indian (16) 
    E15 E12 E19
 Semi-Slav (15) 
    D45 D44 D48 D47 D43
 Modern Benoni (12) 
    A57 A56 A70 A62 A78
 English (9) 
    A13 A15 A16 A17
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (17) 
    B12 B10 B16 B14 B18
 French Defense (13) 
    C10 C05 C16 C02 C19
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    E00 D00 A46 D02 A45
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C80 C77 C69 C89 C84
 Slav (9) 
    D11 D10 D15 D13 D16
 Queen's Indian (9) 
    E12 E16 E15 E17 E14
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Velimirovic vs Skembris, 1997 0-1
   U Atakisi vs Skembris, 2001 0-1
   H R Herndl vs Skembris, 1987 0-1
   Skembris vs S Mariotti, 1981 1-0
   C Rigo vs Skembris, 2001 0-1
   Nenad Aleksic vs Skembris, 2001 1/2-1/2
   Skembris vs Z Djukic, 1981 1-0
   Skembris vs Polugaevsky, 1980 1/2-1/2

   🏆 GRENKE Chess Open
   G Antal vs Skembris (Apr-01-18) 1-0
   Z Kozul vs Skembris (Mar-30-18) 1-0
   A Sumets vs Skembris (Apr-17-17) 1-0
   Skembris vs V Kunin (Apr-15-17) 0-1
   T Markowski vs Skembris (Apr-14-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-22-1958, 61 years old) Greece

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Grandmaster and FIDE Trainer. He was Greek Champion in 1981, 1984, 1989 and 1993.

Last updated: 2019-02-22 04:07:50

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 339  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Yusupov vs Skembris  ½-½101977Wch U20A04 Reti Opening
2. Skembris vs P Botto  1-0661977EU-ch 7778 U20A46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Skembris vs T Yilmaz  1-04419779th Chess Balkaniad (boys) E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
4. Skembris vs N Ristic  1-02819779th Chess Balkaniad (boys) A46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Skembris vs Van der Wiel 0-1471978EU-ch 7778 U20A45 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Skembris vs Polugaevsky ½-½411980Chess OlympiadE12 Queen's Indian
7. Zivoslav Nikolic vs Skembris  0-1421981Vrnjacka BanjaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. A Haik vs Skembris 1-0211981Vrnjacka BanjaE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
9. Skembris vs Jansa  0-1461981Vrnjacka BanjaD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
10. W Schmidt vs Skembris  1-0401981Vrnjacka BanjaA56 Benoni Defense
11. Skembris vs Dusan Rajkovic  1-0221981Vrnjacka BanjaE10 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Stefan Djuric vs Skembris  0-1401981Vrnjacka BanjaE17 Queen's Indian
13. Barlov vs Skembris  ½-½521981Vrnjacka BanjaC02 French, Advance
14. Skembris vs Sznapik  ½-½421981Vrnjacka BanjaE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
15. Skembris vs Sahovic  ½-½61981Vrnjacka BanjaD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Skembris vs Z Djukic  1-0441981Vrnjacka BanjaA56 Benoni Defense
17. G Cabrilo vs Skembris  ½-½311981Vrnjacka BanjaA14 English
18. S Martinovic vs Skembris  1-0741981Vrnjacka BanjaC10 French
19. V G Kostic vs Skembris  0-1811981Vrnjacka BanjaC10 French
20. Skembris vs L Orak  1-0261981Vrnjacka BanjaE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
21. Skembris vs L Karlsson  ½-½171981Vrnjacka BanjaA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
22. Skembris vs Van der Wiel  ½-½131981World U26 Team-chE12 Queen's Indian
23. Skembris vs B Ivanovic  ½-½471981Budva ZonalA44 Old Benoni Defense
24. S Tatai vs Skembris 1-0251981Budva ZonalA40 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Skembris vs S Mariotti 1-0361981Budva ZonalA00 Uncommon Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-28-04  mahmoudkubba: Does the picture indicates something like the secret personality of Superman or something??
Aug-28-04  DanielBryant: He certainly has a heck of a name.
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  Hanada: Isn't this the guy mentioned in MCO-13 who uses the Grob quite often? Greek nationality I believe, which explains the name. It's Greek to me.
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  lostemperor: <mahmoudkubba>: from the Greek capital Athens an Olympic gold medal for you for funniest remark on player of the day.

P.S. He is spyderman but don't tell anyone now.

Aug-01-05  SneechLatke: It's always enjoyable to poke fun at a plaid shirt.
Aug-01-05  Rocafella: <SneechLatke> Erm, no its not!:o|
Aug-01-05  SneechLatke: <Rocafella> Quite right! I was only bemoaning the sad plight of those kibitzers on this page previous to myself, whose tastes seem to contain flaw where clothing is concerned
Aug-01-05  Montreal1666: His name sounds like the secret code that opens up a hidden, magical door!!!
Aug-02-05  Rocafella: <SneechLatke> :oD Some people these days, eh?
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  TheAlchemist: I've also seen the alternative to Spyridon - Spyros. Greek shepherd Spyros Louis won the first marathon of the modern Olympics in 1896 in Athens and was a national hero afterwards. Today even the main stadium in Athens is named after him. I guess that's why the name Spyridon became so popular.
Feb-11-06  viruswitch: Nice try.. but thats not it. Mr Skembris comes from Corfu island. The name Spyridon is extremely common on Corfu. People name their children after the local christian saint Spyridon, a tradition that is still alive on Corfu. Hope this solves the mystery :)).
Aug-06-09  WhiteRook48: Hi, GM
Aug-06-12  Abdel Irada: A Santa Cruz Basmaniac (who plays the Grob against anything) occasionally essays a rather original defense that he ascribes to "St." Skembris: 1. d4, e5?!; 2. dxe5, g5. As bizarre as it looks, it does contain a germ of logic: Black will play to recover the gambit pawn, with White unable to play f4 and inhibited from ♘f3 by the possibility of the ...g4 spike.
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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada> In 1980, I had my only game with Carl Haessler, and almost fell off my chair when he responded to 1.c4 with ....g5. Does your Basmaniac play this too?
Aug-06-12  Abdel Irada: Actually, 1. ...g5! turns out to be very effective against the English, because the pawn on c4 tends to leave White with rigid pawn structures that form ready targets for Black's hypermodern counterplay. Also, it precludes the development of White's king's bishop on c4, which is otherwise dangerous.

I use this system against my computer (in two-minute games with a 12-second increment), and when the computer runs out of time on move seven or eight, it considers Black to stand better — and, as you know, this is unusual: Generally, computer programs think their position is superior unless and until forced to believe otherwise.

However, only a true Basmaniac plays 1. ...g5? against 1. h4. (He also uses it against 1. d4 in a gambit that I have named the Refuted Variation, since White wins by the simple expedient of taking the pawn and holding it.)

Aug-06-12  nummerzwei: He has a nice endgame column in Rochade Europa, jointly with Bettina Trabert.
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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada> On reading the last paragraph, I was reminded of my old friend Robert Feldstein.

See the kibitz on that page from 14.8.10 (second paragraph). Only Bob would do something as loco as that! He was a smart guy, but overlooked that little trick.

That game featuring 1.c4 g5 with Haessler was the shortest I've ever won against a player expert level or higher (twelve moves).

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  Penguincw: Spyridon Skembris is the highest rated Greek player at the Anogia Open (held in Anogia, Greece) entering as the 4th seed, but he was held to a draw in R1 with black.
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  Penguincw: Spyridon Skembris has a decent tournament at the Anogia Open, finishing in 3rd (4th after tiebreaks) with 6.5/9 (+4,-0,=5). He was undefeated, one of the few players to be so. Another player that was undefeated was Alberto David (the winner), who he held to a draw with black in R8.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Spyridon Skembris.
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