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Billy Colias
Number of games in database: 40
Years covered: 1980 to 1992
Overall record: +12 -21 =7 (38.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-03-1966, died Nov-04-1993, 27 years old) United States of America

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FIDE Master. He died tragically young of an accidental overdose of Tylenol and alcohol.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 40  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Colias vs S Shapiro 1-0441980IndianaC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
2. B Colias vs L Kaushansky  1-0261982Put the Fun Back Into ChessB33 Sicilian
3. D Sprenkle vs B Colias  1-0251984Midwest MastersA28 English
4. T Moore vs B Colias 1-0241984Midwest Masters IIC27 Vienna Game
5. B Colias vs E Friedman 0-1471985ChicagoB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
6. E Schiller vs B Colias 0-1161985FIDE Futurity #2B20 Sicilian
7. E J Allen vs B Colias  0-1271985Midwest MastersB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
8. B Colias vs Nickoloff  1-0241986Philadelphia opB83 Sicilian
9. E Schiller vs B Colias  ½-½271986HammondC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. B Colias vs K Burger  ½-½201987North CarolinaE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
11. B Colias vs G S DeFotis  ½-½281987IllinoisB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
12. B Colias vs Rohde  0-1431987American opB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
13. B Colias vs K G Shirazi  0-1231988LosB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
14. B Colias vs D B Gurevich  0-1261988IllinoisA57 Benko Gambit
15. B Colias vs D B Gurevich  0-1401988Fort WayneE41 Nimzo-Indian
16. E W Marchand vs B Colias  0-1351988New York OpenD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
17. D B Gurevich vs B Colias  1-0331989MidwestD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. B Colias vs D Levine 1-0581989Midwest Masters opC05 French, Tarrasch
19. D B Gurevich vs B Colias  1-0451989Midwest Masters InvD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Igor Ivanov vs B Colias  1-0491989CardinalA57 Benko Gambit
21. B Colias vs Browne  0-134198990th US OpenE12 Queen's Indian
22. B Colias vs D Mackenzie  ½-½661990USA MastersA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. J Bonin vs B Colias  1-053199091st US OpenD85 Grunfeld
24. B Colias vs E Schiller  1-0521990It (open) 'US Masters'B32 Sicilian
25. Glek vs B Colias  1-0561990PhiladelphiaC46 Three Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-22-05  WorldChampeen: A seemingly rarer Schiller book is on the games of Billy Colias;

"FM Billy Colias was a child prodigy from Munster, Indiana and was one of the brightest Midwest scholastic stars (along with Munster teammate NM Peter Bereolos) in the 80s. FM Colias was afflicted with cancer and later died while in his mid-20s" -

Oct-21-06  whiskeyrebel: I just got a copy of the Colias book. It's a nice tribute. 100 games plus a good deal of biographical information. It's nice to see a guy who clearly devoted his life to chess honored in this way.
Jun-18-09  myschkin: . . .

Billy Colias (1966-1993)


A Young Master Remembered


The Midwest loses a Great Competitor (pdf):


May-14-10  MKalafatas: I played Billy Colias once at a tournament in Indiana a year or two before his untimely death. He was rated higher and had the white pieces but the game ended in a draw. He was much younger than I, but I was struck by his cheerfulness, kindness, and complimentary demeanor.
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  wordfunph: "When I took Billy Colias, a young master who died prematurely in 1993, to Biel in 1985, we were not allowed to deplane at the Bern airport. The police had removed luggage to the tarmac and were surrounding it. One of the bags was ticking. It turned out to be Billy's chess clock. I explained things to the police, who were unamused but realized there was no threat."

- Eric Schiller

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  wordfunph: "I cleaned out Billy's room the week after the funeral. They gave me hundreds of his games. He saved them all. Billy also had signs all over the walls in this room that read "2500". He was going to get to 2500 this year."

- Fred Gruenberg

Source: Billy Colias Midwest Master by Rantala, Schiller & Watson

rest in peace, master Billy Colias..

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  wordfunph: more..

<Because he so loved chess, sometimes his schoolwork would suffer. His mother reports that Billy only passed chemistry in high school because his chemistry teacher was also his chess coach.>

wahaha lol!

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  HeMateMe: He even has his own opening, "The Super Coliader".
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  chancho: Billy Colias died from an accidental mix of Tylenol and Alcohol.

(Prior to that, he had undergone chemotherapy for Cancer.)


<For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.

~ William Penn >

Sep-17-15  ASchultz: I remember him going over a game with me in '91. I was just some B-player who got paired up in the first round. I remember a lot of what he said, and he took my moves seriously.

The next round he and my friend who drove me to the tourney played. My friend should've won a pawn but I remember thinking, wait, a 2400 wouldn't have hung a pawn! Colias explained that, yes, he deserved to be losing, as he'd violated a few principles and would've deserved what he got, smiling as much as in my postmortem.

That stayed with me. So did him teaching some c- and d- players how to win with K&2B vs K before the start of the tourney. I forgot I had the book mentioned above but just found it again so I thought I'd add this.

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