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K Spraggett 
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Kevin Spraggett
Number of games in database: 1,549
Years covered: 1971 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2542 (2550 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2633
Overall record: +756 -242 =540 (66.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      11 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (156) 
    B62 B33 B50 B63 B42
 English (75) 
    A10 A15 A13 A16 A17
 English, 1 c4 e5 (61) 
    A20 A28 A29 A25 A21
 Ruy Lopez (58) 
    C92 C72 C78 C96 C77
 English, 1 c4 c5 (45) 
    A30 A36 A34 A33 A37
 King's Indian (44) 
    E92 E90 E98 E97 E71
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (218) 
    B40 B42 B43 B80 B22
 King's Indian (85) 
    E97 E94 E60 E98 E73
 Queen's Pawn Game (46) 
    A46 A45 A41 E00 A40
 Dutch Defense (42) 
    A89 A92 A88 A90 A81
 Sicilian Kan (40) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Caro-Kann (33) 
    B16 B17 B12 B10 B14
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Spraggett vs F South, 1976 1-0
   K Spraggett vs G Vescovi, 2004 1-0
   K Spraggett vs G Glen, 1975 1-0
   K Spraggett vs R Bedard, 1972 1-0
   Timman vs K Spraggett, 1985 0-1
   L Morin vs K Spraggett, 1983 0-1
   K Spraggett vs G Basanta, 1986 1-0
   K Spraggett vs C P Santos, 2000 1-0
   K Spraggett vs Z Abdumalik, 2014 1-0
   K Spraggett vs Short, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   CEG vs Legends (2012)
   Magistral Casino Barcelona (2011)
   Taxco Interzonal (1985)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   77th Canadian Championship (2004)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   Isle of Man International (2007)
   27th Cappelle-la-Grande (2011)
   Cappelle la Grande (2006)
   Cappelle-la-Grande (2014)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   spraggets gems/unique themes II (51-100) by kevin86
   Kevin Spraggett's games-pt 2 by kevin86
   against 1. e4 c5 by CAPRICORN
   1996 Canadian championship by gauer
   1986 Canadian championship by gauer
   Taxco Interzonal 1985 by Tabanus
   1994 Canadian championship by gauer
   1975 Canadian championship by gauer
   Taxco Interzonal 1985 by suenteus po 147
   2001 Canadian championship by gauer
   1978 Canadian championship by gauer
   1981 Canadian championship by gauer
   1984 Canadian championship by gauer
   Canadian Games by ruylopez900

RECENT GAMES:
   L Mkrtchian vs K Spraggett (Feb-05-15) 1/2-1/2
   K Spraggett vs M Matlakov (Feb-03-15) 1/2-1/2
   Sutovsky vs K Spraggett (Feb-03-15) 1-0
   K Spraggett vs M Codenotti (Feb-02-15) 1-0
   S Swaminathan vs K Spraggett (Feb-01-15) 1/2-1/2

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KEVIN SPRAGGETT
(born Nov-10-1954, 62 years old) Canada

[what is this?]
Kevin Berry Spraggett was born in Montreal. Awarded the IM title in 1975 and the GM title in 1985, he was joint Commonwealth Champion in 1984 and 1985 and won the Canadian Championship in 1984. In tournaments he was 1st at Montreal 1986 and 2nd= at Hastings 1989-90. He won the Canadian Open and Canadian Closed in 1996, but also seems to be enjoying his latter years of life in European countries such as Portugal.

In July 1989, he was tied for players placed 25th or higher on the International Chess Federation rankings list. He has represented Canada 8 times during many of the 1986-2002 Olympiads on 2nd board or higher, accumulating 51.5 points in 91 team games. He has qualified for the Candidates twice, in 1985 and 1988. In 1985 he did not make the play-offs but in 1988 he beat Andrei Sokolov (+2, =9, -1), later losing to Artur Yusupov (+1, =6, -2) in 1989.

References: Wikipedia article: Kevin Spraggett, http://kevinspraggettonchess.wordpr..., http://kevinspraggett.blogspot.com/, http://www.kevinspraggett.com/, Bled Olympiad (2002) (most recent representation of a Canadian team event), http://www.olimpbase.org/ (Olympiad & team chess chronological archives).


 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,549  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. C Coudari vs K Spraggett  1-040 1971 3rd Alekhine open, Alekhine Chess ClubE72 King's Indian
2. K Spraggett vs R Bedard 1-021 1972 Ch. MontrealC13 French
3. J Berry vs K Spraggett 0-141 1972 Ch. junior, LondonB23 Sicilian, Closed
4. B Harper vs K Spraggett  0-141 1972 Ch. junior, LondonE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
5. J MacPhail vs K Spraggett  1-041 1972 Ch. junior, LondonB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. H Brodie vs K Spraggett 0-139 1972 T. de l'Est, QuebecB25 Sicilian, Closed
7. K Spraggett vs Hebert  ½-½26 1972 Ch. junior, LondonB50 Sicilian
8. K Spraggett vs Hebert 1-031 1972 Ch. Ouvert MontrealB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. K Spraggett vs Hebert  0-135 1972 Ch. jun., ChicoutimiC78 Ruy Lopez
10. K Spraggett vs Matera  0-131 1973 Can. Open, OttawaB89 Sicilian
11. Hebert vs K Spraggett 0-142 1973 Int. La Presse, MtlB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. Suttles vs K Spraggett 1-047 1973 Can. Open, OttawaB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
13. Hebert vs K Spraggett  0-148 1973 Ch. Ouvert MontrealA04 Reti Opening
14. K Spraggett vs D Boileau 1-06 1973 QC-chC41 Philidor Defense
15. I Zalys vs K Spraggett  0-134 1973 CacuriB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. P Biyiasas vs K Spraggett 0-145 1973 Ch. Ouvert du QuebecB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
17. L Williams vs K Spraggett 1-035 1973 Ch. InvitationB40 Sicilian
18. K Spraggett vs B M Amos  1-034 1973 Can. Open, OttawaC05 French, Tarrasch
19. L Day vs K Spraggett ½-½46 1973 Can op OttawaB44 Sicilian
20. K Spraggett vs P Nurmi  ½-½24 1973 Match Mtl-TorontoB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
21. K Spraggett vs E Schlosser  ½-½82 1973 Quebechecs IC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
22. Hebert vs K Spraggett  ½-½56 1974 SherbrookeB40 Sicilian
23. K Spraggett vs M Campbell 1-032 1974 Ch. junior du CanadaA16 English
24. Hebert vs K Spraggett  1-047 1974 Ch. junior du CanadaB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
25. Nickoloff vs K Spraggett 1-050 1974 Ch. junior du CanadaE73 King's Indian
 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,549  PGN Download
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Jan-31-14  bravado1: These remarks about "My System" are to say the least unfair. I'm not an expert on chess hisrory, but I think that the work by Nimzowitsch was breakthrough and revolutionary not because of the analyses of specific positions - here obviously Nimzo made mistakes - but in the general "systematic" approach to chess. Before him people either analyzed particular games or limited themselves to laconic observations that 'in this kind of positions white is always better". Seeing chess and a game of chess as based on and imbedded in a general system can be compared to de Saussure's novel view of language as a system of signs. He also committed some obvious mistakes like the lack of relation between the sign and the objective reality, but on the whole he set the foundations for all contemporary linguistic approaches. In other words, de Saussure established language as the object of studies and Nimtzowitsch prepared the ground for the contemporary approach to chess. Chess studies where chess is "science", independent of the actual players at the board and their preferences.
Feb-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Hi bravado1:

Nimzovitch's 'My System' is the marmite of the chess world. You either dot on it like a fanatic or loathe it with a passion.

No other chess book can bring forth such mixed reactions.

Personally 'My System' (the original English 1930's translation) did nothing for me. It was cluttered up making it very hard reading. Uninviting, like looking at porridge.

Also, as I found out much later, it was poorly translated with much of humour watered down or simply left out.

That is one thing you must remember when reading a translated book. These are not the authors original words. These are his words translated.

The recent translation of 'My System' by Quality Chess is superb. What a difference from the original English edition.
Unfortunately 40 years too late to do me any good.

Speaking of translations, Nimzovitch books and his self-promotion.

The translated book of the Carlsbad Tournament 1929 written by Nimzovitch is the strangest tournament book I have ever read.

Even the translator, Jim Marfia, writes in the translator's preface:

"...It becomes less of a factual report of a tournament than a tract, a polemic, or perhaps more accurately something we moderns [this was written in 1981] might call 'a bit of self-promtion'.

The whole book would slip neatly in 'My System' under the heading: 'How Other Players Are Using My System.'

Feb-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Sally Simpson.....Nimzovitch's 'My System' is the marmite of the chess world. You either dot on it like a fanatic or loathe it with a passion.>

My experience was to neither dote on it nor loathe it and don't understand all this, really.

Feb-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: yes, and the same can be said about tarrasch' writings. however, nobody is forced to read either of the two
Feb-03-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: "...and don't understand all this, really."

Nowhere near as many chess books knocking about in the 60's/70's as there are now. So good book discussions were somewhat limited.
I've witnessed a 'My System' argument descend into fisticuffs.

Also check any forum where a player has asked for a book to help them improve. Someone will suggest 'My System' and usually, not far behind, will come someone saying avoid it.

Tarrasch was mentioned.
In the same thread I have in the past pointed a reader towards: 'Tarrasch's Best Games' by Reinfeld (Reinfeld's best book).

I'd only suggest a book I know that brought me along and gave me a huge lift up. A book that worked for me.

Feb-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: A recent game, not here yet. I couldn't find it in TWIC or Chessmix yet either:

Spraggett, K – Movsziszian,K

1:0, 22- 2-2014 (Catalan Team Championship, round 5)

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. f4 Nc6 5. Bb5 a6 6. Bxc6 bxc6 7. Nf3 Nf6 8. O-O O-O 9. Kh1 Rb8 10. Qd3 Nd7 11. b3 c5 12. Be3 cxd4 13. Bxd4 e5 (13… Bh6!) 14. fxe5 Nxe5 15. Bxe5! dxe5 16. Qc4² c6 17. Rad1 Qb6 [17... Qa5 18. Ng5!] 18. Rd6 [18. Na4!? Qb5 19. Qc3] 18… Be6 19. Qd3 Rfe8 [19... Rbd8!] 20. Na4! Qb4 [20... Qc7 21. Nc5! Bf8 22. Rxe6 Bxc5 23. Rf6 Be7 24. Rxf7!] 21. c3 [21. Ng5!] 21… Qb5 22. c4 Qb4 23. Ng5! Bc4 24. Qxc4 1-0 (24...Qxd6 25. Qxf7+ Kh8 26. Qxe8+ Rxe8 27. Nxf7+ and 28. Nxd6)

Notes above and commentary on his blog.

Apr-17-14  Wyatt Gwyon: Anyone checked out this dude's site?

https://kevinspraggettonchess.wordp...

https://kevinspraggettonchess.wordp...

NSFW -- be warned.

Apr-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <Wyatt Gwyon: Anyone checked out this dude's site? >

the chess diagrams are a bit disturbing.

Apr-17-14  Wyatt Gwyon: <john> Yeah, and I'd say the graphic suicide picture is a close second.
Apr-17-14  Refused: Actually nice to see GM actually understanding how a website is supposed to be. Ok, personally I would remove that rotten pic (aka graphic suicide) with a meme. But well, I would not be too surprised if he picked up a few ideas from 4chan.

To those complaining the site is a bit too explicit or something <Welcome to the internet.>

Apr-17-14  Wyatt Gwyon: <Refused> Yeah Spraggett just shot up toward the top of the list of GMs I'd like to have a beer with.
Jul-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  docbenway: Mister Spraggett, since you're adroit at heaping criticism on Obama and singing the praise of Putin you're surprising silent on your website about the mass murder in the skies over Ukraine that is being linked to your hero's military support of the separatists.
May-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <The ‘‘Russian School’’ training system and the ‘‘Botvinnik’’ training system are both work intensive programs that often require years of collaboration with the trainer to be effective. This effectiveness is not in doubt, and has been proven over and over again throughout the years. However, the student is required to do much independent work at home, just as if he was taking a university course. Therefore any expectations of even short term gains are pure nonsense> - Kevin Spraggett.
Sep-06-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Kevin Spraggett finishes with 6/9, just half a point behind the winners at the Portugal Open.
Nov-10-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Damn it! A few minutes late, but happy birthday to Canadian Kevin Spraggett!
Nov-11-15  Nina Myers: I think Canada needs more immigrants. That should be priority number 1.
Nov-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: <AgentRgent> As an addendum, I recently found this in John Watson's "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy: Advances Since Nimzowitsch".

On page 14, he writes: " It is important to realize that the beginning of his book <My System> is to some extent an introduction to chess. It therefore includes a number of elementary 'rules' for the student, some of which Nimzowitsch himself did not adhere to."

Sounds much like Spraggett.

Nov-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: < bravado1: These remarks about "My System" are to say the least unfair. I'm not an expert on chess hisrory, but I think that the work by Nimzowitsch was breakthrough and revolutionary not because of the analyses of specific positions - here obviously Nimzo made mistakes - but in the general "systematic" approach to chess. Before him people either analyzed particular games or limited themselves to laconic observations that 'in this kind of positions white is always better". >

Steinitz? Tarrasch?

<not because of the analyses of specific positions - here obviously Nimzo made mistakes>

Accuracy in annotations counts for a lot, I think. Or it should. I enjoy reading Tarrasch's annotations more than Lasker's, but if Lasker is seeing things that Tarrasch is missing, or avoiding errors that Tarrasch is making, I suspect I'm better off studying with Lasker.

This is separate and apart from the notion that in some of his annotations, Nimzowitsch basically misrepresented what was going on in the game.

<Nerwal: <If you don't approve Nimzowitsch's demonstrations of the "My System" concepts in games versus "C-class" players (as Marshall, Teichmann, Tarrasch, Bogoljubov, Rubinstein and some-such> It was probably a reference to games like this one : Von Gottschall vs Nimzowitsch, 1926. Dvoretsky proved that White could equalize at various points and that black's "deep moves" were actually not that strong objectively. A good grandmaster should be able to hold this as White without breaking a sweat, while Gottschall did everything wrong basically.>

Aron Nimzowitsch

May-21-16  thegoodanarchist: <Therefore any expectations of even short term gains are pure nonsense> - Kevin Spraggett.

I prefer my nonsense to be adulterated.

Jun-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Ron: From Spraggett's blog:
<I am no fan of Cameron. Never was. I always felt he was just another irresponsible yuppie-politician clone like Blair before him. Soon after being elected in 2010 he was in cohorts with the CIA to do away with Kadaffi, which lead to hundreds of thousands of needless deaths. Lybia is still burning today…Cameron then wanted to bomb Syria and do away with Assad, but his own parliament stopped him at the last moment.

Cameron then felt that he could use the referendum tool to impose his will on the British people, betting that he would have the mass-media and infinite government resources at his disposal to create a 1984-inspired climate of fear and anxiety. It worked well in the Fauklands, and in Scotland. But by the time Brexit came around, most people in Britain were tired of his offensive use of fear mongering and directly lying to the people. Even Merkel objected to Cameron’s underhanded tactics.

So now Britain must face the consequences of reality finally catching up to the yuppie-politician. FORTUNATELY, this time it will not be hundreds of thousands of innocents in countries far away who will suffer. This time the British people themselves will pay the consequences of choosing incompetent and scheming leaders.

This time the destruction will really hit home. Every man , woman and child in Britain will suffer. The independence issues of Scotland and Ireland will have be reviewed. As it should be. Cameron was not just elected, but re-elected. Britain will have to be re-built from the bottom up. Perhaps, if there is a lesson to be learned here, it is this: Britain deserves decent leaders, individuals of character and integrity, leaders who will not one day in the near future risk being tried for War Crimes.

But before then, the British people will have to pay the consequences of living in a democracy. I have little compassion for the Scots who feel that their voice was not heard. Did they not just hold their own referendum and voted to remain by Britain’s side? Now they don’t like it…I say that they should have known that their own choice has consequences. You reap what you sow…

But BEST of all, what I like most about the Brexit referendum is the MESSAGE that Britain sends to the unelected leadership in Brussels: @#$% YOU! Many millions of europeans also feel it is time to dismantle an outdated model that is already anti-democratic and even threatening to become fascist in nature.>

Hear, hear!

Jul-07-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  posoo: DIS man is VERY attractive. EASALY da prettiest man from CANNADA on dis WEBSITE.
Jul-10-16  thegoodanarchist: His name is pronounced "Sprah JAY"
Nov-10-16  Ironmanth: Many happy returns of the day, Grandmaster Spraggett!
Nov-10-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Kevin Spraggett.
Nov-10-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: I second that emotion
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