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Yacov Murey
Number of games in database: 595
Years covered: 1963 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2399 (2306 rapid, 2322 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2450
Overall record: +262 -157 =175 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (80) 
    B24 B23 B97 B42 B78
 English, 1 c4 e5 (26) 
    A20 A29 A21 A22 A27
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C72 C92 C70 C67 C81
 English (22) 
    A18 A13 A11 A16 A14
 King's Indian (21) 
    E84 E86 E82 E81 E76
 French Defense (19) 
    C16 C17 C11 C10 C02
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (63) 
    B29 B97 B30 B83 B56
 King's Indian (31) 
    E92 E62 E83 E97 E98
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    A40 A46 E00 D02 A41
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C96 C60 C82 C80 C77
 Slav (20) 
    D16 D11 D10 D15 D14
 Reti System (18) 
    A04 A06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Titenko vs Murey, 1963 1/2-1/2
   Murey vs E Mortensen, 1982 1-0
   Murey vs Nikitin, 1971 1-0
   Murey vs Beliavsky, 1982 1-0
   Murey vs Sax, 1982 1-0
   Velimirovic vs Murey, 1982 1/2-1/2
   Quinteros vs Murey, 1982 0-1
   V Zaltsman vs Murey, 1987 0-1
   Murey vs H Ree, 1972 1-0
   Murey vs Geller, 1982 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   3rd NAO GM (2003)
   Pula Open (2003)
   Sukhumi (1972)
   Cappelle La Grande (2003)
   European Individual Championship (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Sukhumi 1972 by WCC Editing Project
   Moscow Interzonal 1982 by suenteus po 147
   Moscow Interzonal 1982 by Tabanus
   Moscow Interzonal 1982 by WCC Editing Project

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(born Aug-02-1941, 74 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Israel)

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Yacov (Jacob) Murey was awarded the GM title in 1987. He finished 3rd= at Hastings 1982-83, 2nd= at Marseille 1987 and 1st at the Seville Open 1987. He also played for Israel in the Olympiad in 1984 but is probably best remembered for being a second to Viktor Korchnoi in his first World Championship Match in 1978 against Anatoly Karpov.

Wikipedia article: Jacob Murey

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 595  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Titenko vs Murey ½-½54 1963 Moscow-ch sfD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
2. A Bannik vs Murey  1-038 1964 URS SpartakiadB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
3. Murey vs R Jahin  1-040 1964 Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
4. Murey vs S Sokolov  1-048 1964 Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
5. A Zaitsev vs Murey 1-034 1965 Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. A Sadomsky vs Murey  0-134 1965 t, MoscowA25 English
7. Murey vs V Liberzon  0-135 1965 Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
8. Murey vs B Shatskes  1-023 1965 t, MoscowE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
9. Murey vs B Gruzman 1-037 1965 Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowC13 French
10. Murey vs Veresov  1-024 1965 Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowB27 Sicilian
11. Murey vs I N Asaritis  1-024 1966 corr-1C55 Two Knights Defense
12. Murey vs V Glotov  1-038 1966 Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowB07 Pirc
13. V Bobolovich vs Murey  1-041 1966 Ol MoscowB50 Sicilian
14. Murey vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½44 1966 Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
15. Suetin vs Murey  1-042 1966 Ch URS (team)A27 English, Three Knights System
16. N Bakulin vs Murey 0-145 1966 Ol MoscowA10 English
17. V Osnos vs Murey  1-037 1966 URS-chTB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
18. Murey vs Taimanov 0-152 1966 MoskvaB56 Sicilian
19. G Burliaev vs Murey 0-153 1966 Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowC02 French, Advance
20. Murey vs L Shamkovich  ½-½43 1966 Ol MoscowC11 French
21. Murey vs M Udov  0-133 1966 Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowA20 English
22. Murey vs A Alekseev  0-159 1966 Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowB06 Robatsch
23. Simagin vs Murey ½-½42 1966 Ol MoscowC07 French, Tarrasch
24. S Krasnov vs Murey  0-132 1966 Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowA04 Reti Opening
25. Y Shilov vs Murey 0-143 1967 USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 595  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  refutor: Yacov Murey = Murrey Jacob (FRA)
Jun-14-05  DP12: Its unbelievable that such a great player has no comments.
Jun-14-05  WMD: Born in 1941 in Moscow, eventually emigrated to Israel, only to settle in France. GM title in 1987.

Best known for the novelty 4...Nc6 from Timman vs Murey, 1993.

Jun-15-05  gambitfan: I saw him in Paris ! He played at the famous "Cloître Notre-Dame"...
Jun-15-05  WMD: The Phantom of the Opera is here, inside my mind....
Jun-17-05  gambitfan: I would like to find again the game he won against Karpov in Israel
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  WannaBe: <gambitfan> You tried the ez search?
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  Gejewe: I am fairly sure that he did not win a game against Karpov in Israel. Very famous, however is his win against Korchnoi, nr.251. [ Korchnoi vs Murey 0-1 36 1986 Jerusalem ]
Jun-17-05  WMD: Has Karpov ever played in Israel?
Jun-26-05  WMD: Tribute by Lev Khariton:

Also from the same source:

Yasha, a brilliant chess player and a most original chess thinker and analyst, was Viktor Korchnoi’s second at the famous (or notorious?) match between Korchnoi and Karpov in Baguio in 1978 – exactly 25 years ago!

Below are some of the highlights of Murei’s comments on that memorable event that he shared with me years ago.

“The funny thing was that Tal, my idol in my chess childhood, was Karpov’s second, and I was Korchnoi’s…Later I could never bring myself to forgive Tal this sin…”

“In Baguio Karpov was scared of me. Upon making a move he used to look from the stage at me, and I also looked straight into his eyes. He could not stand my stare losing this psychological battle each time…”

“When I remember Baguio, I experience two feelings: delight and disgust. As a chess professional I was overwhelmed with happiness to participate in this historic event. But thinking about what was happening there behind the scenes fills me up with bitterness and disgust. Too much hatred on both sides…”

“Korchnoi lost the match because he was too much involved into extra-chess activities. He should have focused only on chess, as Fischer had done playing against Spassky in 1972…”

“Viktor was totally manipulated by Petra Leeuwerik. I understand that after 10 years of Stalin’s camps she hated the Soviets, but she had learnt so many bad things from them. So, in Baguio she often insulted Korchnoi’s seconds, she was putting too much pressure on everyone…”

“Before the decisive 32nd game I asked Viktor not to play the Pirc. “Please, play the French! You haven’t lost a single French against Karpov in the two matches!” Unfortunately, Keene, Stean and Petra were already giving interviews anticipating Korchnoi’s victory…”

“After Korchnoi’s loss in the 32nd game I was crying. I wanted him so much to become World Champion! I said to Petra: “Now, Viktor’s son may die in Siberia” Her reply was shocking: “Let him die. Viktor left the USSR to live his own life!” I told Korchnoi her words. Korchnoi would not budge saying: “Well, I know her opinion…”

Aug-02-06  BIDMONFA: Yacov Murey

MUREY, Jacob

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  wordfunph: 11th Round Korchnoi-Petrosian Alekhine Memorial Tournament Moscow 1975: A few years after the game, Yakov Murey wrote to Viktor Korchnoi, "The game was won by three of us --- by me in the opening, by you in the middlegame, and by Spassky in the endgame."

Happy Birthday GM Murey!

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  wordfunph: “Korchnoi lost the match because he was too much involved into extra-chess activities. He should have focused only on chess, as Fischer had done playing against Spassky in 1972.."

- GM Yacov Murey

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  perfidious: While we both played in the 1985 Massachusetts Open, it was only in 1997 that we met, across the board in the Quebec Open blitz event at Montreal, with Murey winning both games.

Seemed an affable man, with a well-known ferocious streak at the board.

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  TheFocus: <He looks like a tramp. He dresses badly and is not too clean. He doesn't know how to eat properly what's in front of him. He speaks only about chess, as if it is the most important thing in the world, and he talks about the game even with non-players who can't follow what he's saying. They think he's a madman. If you spend a couple of days with Murey, you forget that anything else exists in the world besides chess - it's a wonderful feeling. It is important to meet such people because then you realize how rich and deep the game really is> - Joel Lautier (on Jacob Murey).
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