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Peter Biyiasas
Number of games in database: 182
Years covered: 1969 to 1981
Last FIDE rating: 2450
Highest rating achieved in database: 2485
Overall record: +55 -66 =61 (47.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (33) 
    B30 B31 B50 B40 B52
 King's Indian Attack (8) 
    A07 A08
 Reti System (8) 
 King's Indian (7) 
    E92 E81 E84 E83 E67
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C69 C99 C65 C84
 English, 1 c4 c5 (4) 
    A30 A37 A34
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (32) 
    E92 E69 E98 E80 E61
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C75 C69 C77 C87 C60
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C87 C92 C95 C88 C98
 King's Pawn Game (4) 
 Sicilian (4) 
    B50 B27 B23 B20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Whitehead vs P Biyiasas, 1977 0-1
   L Day vs P Biyiasas, 1975 1/2-1/2
   H Bohm vs P Biyiasas, 1980 0-1
   V Kovacevic vs P Biyiasas, 1980 0-1
   P Biyiasas vs Hug, 1973 1-0
   Pachman vs P Biyiasas, 1976 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Petropolis Interzonal (1973)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Lone Pine (1980)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Lone Pine (1981)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1980 by suenteus po 147

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(born Nov-19-1950, 65 years old) Greece (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Peter Biyiasas was born in Athens, Greece. He won the British Columbia championship 4 times between 1968-9 & 1971-2. Awarded the IM title in 1972 and the GM title in 1978 he was Canadian Champion in 1972 and 1975. He played in two interzonals in 1973 and 1976 and was on the Canadian Olympiad squad in 1972, 1974, 1976 (1st board), and 1978. He accumulated 37.5 points in 54 team games at the Olympiads and assisted with the display of the Fischer - Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971) moves in one of the games played at the University of B.C. onto a wall-board.

He immigrated to the US in 1979, working in San Jose, California as an IBM programmer. His best tournament results came in 1980 at Wijk aan Zee 4th= and Zrenjanin 2nd. Biyiasas played in the U.S. Championship in 1980. He married WIM Ruth Haring. He briefly edited a chess column between 1976-7 for the Vancouver Province.

References: ,,, Vancouver Province

Wikipedia article: Peter Biyiasas

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 182  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. P Biyiasas vs L Day  0-155 1969 Canadian ClosedC16 French, Winawer
2. R Kerr vs P Biyiasas  0-115 1969 British Columbia-chC33 King's Gambit Accepted
3. P Biyiasas vs C Coudari  1-047 1969 CAN-chE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
4. S Wuntschek vs P Biyiasas  0-136 1971 9th Canadian OpenB50 Sicilian
5. P Biyiasas vs Kavalek  0-144 1971 9th Canadian OpenB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. E Bone vs P Biyiasas  0-129 1971 9th Canadian OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. Suttles vs P Biyiasas 1-031 1971 B C OpenA25 English
8. P Biyiasas vs E Paoli  ½-½45 1972 20. OlimpiadaB30 Sicilian
9. P Biyiasas vs H Suradiradja 1-017 1972 Skopje olB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
10. P Biyiasas vs L Day  ½-½20 1972 16, Toronto CAN chB50 Sicilian
11. P Biyiasas vs Geller 1-040 1973 Petropolis InterzonalB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. Portisch vs P Biyiasas  1-038 1973 Petropolis InterzonalA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
13. P Ostojic vs P Biyiasas  1-071 1973 01. Sao Paulo itC88 Ruy Lopez
14. P Biyiasas vs Mecking  ½-½27 1973 Petropolis InterzonalB50 Sicilian
15. E Paoli vs P Biyiasas 0-160 1973 NorristownB06 Robatsch
16. P Biyiasas vs Gheorghiu 0-139 1973 Petropolis InterzonalB42 Sicilian, Kan
17. Polugaevsky vs P Biyiasas 1-027 1973 Petropolis InterzonalD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
18. Savon vs P Biyiasas 1-071 1973 Petropolis InterzonalE81 King's Indian, Samisch
19. L A Tan vs P Biyiasas  ½-½57 1973 Petropolis InterzonalC55 Two Knights Defense
20. Hort vs P Biyiasas  1-041 1973 Petropolis InterzonalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. P Biyiasas vs Keres ½-½33 1973 Petropolis InterzonalC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
22. Bronstein vs P Biyiasas  ½-½43 1973 Petropolis InterzonalC77 Ruy Lopez
23. P Biyiasas vs Bisguier  ½-½47 1973 USA itC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
24. P Biyiasas vs Hug 1-022 1973 Petropolis InterzonalB40 Sicilian
25. Pilnik vs P Biyiasas  ½-½24 1973 NorristownC77 Ruy Lopez
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  Benzol: <IMlday> Great mate. It's nice to get the facts straightened out.

BTW He's not listed in this database but I have some info on a player named Charles W Blake. Born 12th June 1880 and died sometime after 1926 in Toronto. He finished 1st= in the 1913 Canadian championship but lost the playoff. Do you know anything more about him?

Jun-30-05  lentil: i'm feeling amazed... i'm 2 degrees of separation from bobby fischer!! i drove with biyiasis (he's the one who appelled me 'lentil') to a tournament in oregon (got an an accident there, too -- hit a boat!!). he played fischer. 2 degrees. cool! (by the way, i'm also 3 degrees of separation from robert plant of led zeppelin).
Jun-30-05  nikolaas: <lentil> What's even better, you're only 3 degrees from Tal, Spasski, Petrosian, Kortchnoi etc.
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  perfidious: Guess I wasn't alone-in the fall of 1977, a friend gave Biyiasas, Ruth Orton and I a ride from Leominster,MA to Burlington VT after we'd played a tourney there. all these years on, I don't recall much about the trip other than it being fun!
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  chancho: I remember reading that Fischer was staying at this guy's house around 1980 or 81,and Peter commented that Fischer could "pack it" when it came to food. He showed Fischer some of his games,and Fischer found flaws in Peter's openings and middlegame play.He then said to Fischer,"What about my endgame? I'm quite good at playing endgames."Fischer then looked at the endgames,shook his head, smiled,and said "Sorry but there are mistakes here also."I told this story from memory so some of the quotes mentioned may be somewhat inaccurate.
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  RookFile: And Biyiasas said, they played some
5 minutes games. Biyiasas said that it seemed like Bobby's openings were out of date, but this didn't prevent Fischer from always winning.
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  PhilFeeley: So what happened to him? Did he quite playing tournaments to spend time on a career?
Nov-12-05  Pawsome: Biyiasas may regret relating telling the story of the lost blitz games. I just Googled him. Every third entry was concerned with those trivial games. Sadly, he may be remembered as the man who was out-blitzed by Fischer than for his fine chess and his Canadian Championships.
Nov-19-05  lopium: I didn't know his birtday was the one of Capablanca! Nice. HBPB.
Nov-19-06  BIDMONFA: Peter Biyiasas


Sep-29-07  AlexandraThess: Unfortunately he couldn't contribute for the development and popularity of chess in Hellas. One of the hundreds of thousands post-war born greeks who were doomed to wander about the world.

However, I hope that he will soon come back to the land of Gods and pay his tribute to Hellas.

Nov-21-07  znprdx: Speaking of blitz? How about 1 minute games to mate with only Knight and Bishop? Biyasis vs. Suttles alternating for an hour or so in a West End coffehouse - of which I was co-proprietor (Eleven Seventy For Denman) Vancouver circa 1973. Now this is nostalgia!
Nov-23-07  mack: <Biyasis vs. Suttles alternating for an hour or so in a West End coffehouse - of which I was co-proprietor (Eleven Seventy For Denman) Vancouver circa 1973.>

Cor! I wanna hear more!

Nov-23-07  Strongest Force: What's the big deal about Peter playing blitz with Bobby? I'll let y'all in on a little secret: Bobby was one of the two best playing blitz-players ever (Capablanca was the other) and Peter was probably the worst! It's more bizarre because these two GMs watched me play blitz for extended periods of time; its revealing: Peter would often compliment me for my play but Bobby never said anything: he probably didn't want to offend me! ;)
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  RookFile: Wikipedia puts it this way:

<In the early 1980s, Fischer stayed for extended periods in the San Francisco-area home of his friend, the Canadian Grandmaster Peter Biyiasas. In 1981, the two played 17 five-minute games. Despite his layoff from competitive play, Fischer won all of them, according to Biyiasas, who lamented that he was never even able to reach an endgame.>

Jun-17-08  Tessie Tura: <Peter commented that Fischer could "pack it" when it came to food.>

This seems to have been the universal observation of anyone who had Fischer for a houseguest.

<So what happened to him? Did he quite playing tournaments to spend time on a career?>

A quote from the brief Shelby Lyman article on this incident that <Augalv> posted in the Fischer forum last week.

<Perhaps it is only a coincidence, but Biyiasas, who was 30 years old when the games with Fischer occurred, stopped competing in major chess tournaments that year.>

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  IMlday: Peter retired for reasons of physical health, specifically deteriorating eyesight. He knew it would happen well in advance so got lots of playing in while he could. I asked Ruth about feeding Bobby. She said the trick was to cook a lot of extra potatos.
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  duchamp64: Anybody know where Peter lives now and what he is doing?
Jun-18-08  Petrosianic: He lives across the street from me, and it LOOKS like he's taking a shower.

Whoops, he just closed the drapes.

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  Caissanist: I believe that the games between Biyiasas and Fischer were one-minute games, not five-minute. The source that Wikipedia cites simply says "speed games".
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  chancho: Incredibly Biyiasas first became an International Master by reading two books. Two books only! They were: Rook Endings By Grigory Levenfish and Vassily Smyslov. And My 60 Memorable Games by you know who.
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  IMlday: <chancho> he extra added ingredient was hundreds of 5-minute games with Duncan Suttles.
Jan-18-09  Granny O Doul: Has anyone witnessed Fischer playing one-minute (or 5-1) with anybody? I don't think that his thing.
Jul-12-14  Howard: Regarding Chancho's comment, that was mentioned in Inside Chess about twenty years ago---that is, Biyiasas reportedly studied only those two books on his way to becoming an IM.
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  waustad: Happy 65th! Welcome to the club.
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