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Yacov Isaakovich Murey
Number of games in database: 593
Years covered: 1963 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2390 (2215 rapid, 2302 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2450
Overall record: +260 -158 =175 (58.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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A20 English (16 games)
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B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein (11 games)
A25 English (10 games)
B06 Robatsch (10 games)
A10 English (9 games)
D16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav (8 games)
B24 Sicilian, Closed (8 games)

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   H Melkumyan vs Murey (Mar-05-15) 1-0
   Murey vs Igor Berenboym (Mar-04-15) 1-0
   L Pantsulaia vs Murey (Mar-03-15) 1-0
   Murey vs V Pogosian (Mar-02-15) 1-0
   D Gershkowich vs Murey (Mar-01-15) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-02-1941, 77 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 593  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V F Titenko vs Murey ½-½541963Moscow-ch sfD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
2. Murey vs R Jahin  1-0401964Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
3. Murey vs S Sokolov  1-0481964Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
4. A Bannik vs Murey  1-0381964URS SpartakiadB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
5. Murey vs V Liberzon  0-1351965Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
6. A Sadomsky vs Murey  0-1341965t, MoscowA25 English
7. Murey vs B Shatskes  1-0231965t, MoscowE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
8. Murey vs B Gruzman 1-0371965Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowC13 French
9. Murey vs Veresov  1-0241965Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowB27 Sicilian
10. A Zaitsev vs Murey 1-0341965Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Murey vs M Udov  0-1331966Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowA20 English
12. Murey vs I N Asaritis  1-0241966corr-1C55 Two Knights Defense
13. S Krasnov vs Murey  0-1321966Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowA04 Reti Opening
14. Murey vs V Glotov  1-0381966Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowB07 Pirc
15. Murey vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½441966Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
16. G Burliaev vs Murey 0-1531966Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowC02 French, Advance
17. Simagin vs Murey ½-½421966MoscowC07 French, Tarrasch
18. Murey vs A Alekseev  0-1591966Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 ), MoscowB06 Robatsch
19. Suetin vs Murey  1-0421966URS-chTA27 English, Three Knights System
20. Murey vs Taimanov 0-1521966URS-chTB56 Sicilian
21. V Osnos vs Murey  1-0371966URS-chTB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
22. Vasiuhin vs Murey 0-1431967USSRC05 French, Tarrasch
23. Volovich vs Murey  1-0301967USSRA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
24. V Bobolovich vs Murey  1-0411967URS SpartakiadB50 Sicilian
25. N Bakulin vs Murey 0-1451967URS SpartakiadA10 English
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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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