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Peter Biyiasas
Number of games in database: 207
Years covered: 1969 to 1985
Last FIDE rating: 2450
Highest rating achieved in database: 2514

Overall record: +68 -70 =69 (49.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian Attack (30) 
 Sicilian (20) 
    B31 B30 B52 B50 B42
 King's Indian (8) 
    E92 E81 E67 E82 E84
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C84 C99 C69 C65 C77
 English, 1 c4 c5 (4) 
    A30 A37 A34
 French Defense (4) 
    C15 C16 C00
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (33) 
    E92 E69 E61 E98 E80
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C75 C69 C77 C92 C87
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C92 C87 C98 C84 C95
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A40 A45 A41 D01
 King's Pawn Game (5) 
 English (4) 
    A10 A16 A15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Whitehead vs P Biyiasas, 1977 0-1
   H Bohm vs P Biyiasas, 1980 0-1
   L Day vs P Biyiasas, 1975 1/2-1/2
   E Bone vs P Biyiasas, 1971 0-1
   P Biyiasas vs Hug, 1973 1-0
   Pachman vs P Biyiasas, 1976 0-1
   P Biyiasas vs A Lein, 1980 1/2-1/2
   V Kovacevic vs P Biyiasas, 1980 0-1
   C B Jones vs P Biyiasas, 1974 0-1
   P Biyiasas vs Vasiukov, 1978 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   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, 68 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 9; games 1-25 of 207  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Kerr vs P Biyiasas  0-1151969British Columbia-chC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. P Biyiasas vs C Coudari  1-0471969CAN-ch / ZonalE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
3. P Biyiasas vs L Day  0-1551969CAN-ch / ZonalC16 French, Winawer
4. Suttles vs P Biyiasas 1-0311971B C OpenA25 English
5. Lombardy vs P Biyiasas  1-074197172nd US OpenA15 English
6. P Biyiasas vs M Diesen  1-060197172nd US OpenC15 French, Winawer
7. S Wuntschek vs P Biyiasas  0-13619719th Canadian OpenB50 Sicilian
8. E Bone vs P Biyiasas 0-12919719th Canadian OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
9. P Biyiasas vs Kavalek  0-14419719th Canadian OpenB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
10. P Biyiasas vs L Day  ½-½201972CAN-ch / ZonalB50 Sicilian
11. P Biyiasas vs H Suradiradja 1-0171972Chess Olympiad Final-BB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
12. E Cobo Arteaga vs P Biyiasas  ½-½221972Chess Olympiad Final-BD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. P Biyiasas vs E Paoli  ½-½451972Chess Olympiad Final-BB30 Sicilian
14. P Biyiasas vs Ljubojevic  0-1401973PetropolisA07 King's Indian Attack
15. P Biyiasas vs K Spraggett 0-1451973Ch. Ouvert du QuebecB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
16. Suttles vs P Biyiasas 0-1441973Vancouver 15-minuteA07 King's Indian Attack
17. P Biyiasas vs Bisguier  ½-½471973NorristownC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
18. E Paoli vs P Biyiasas 0-1601973NorristownB06 Robatsch
19. P Biyiasas vs Parma  ½-½171973NorristownB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
20. Pilnik vs P Biyiasas  ½-½241973NorristownC77 Ruy Lopez
21. P Biyiasas vs S Kagan 1-0401973Petropolis InterzonalB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
22. Bronstein vs P Biyiasas  ½-½431973Petropolis InterzonalC77 Ruy Lopez
23. P Biyiasas vs Ljubojevic  0-1401973Petropolis InterzonalA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Polugaevsky vs P Biyiasas 1-0271973Petropolis InterzonalD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
25. Ivkov vs P Biyiasas  ½-½421973Petropolis InterzonalE92 King's Indian
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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.
Aug-25-05  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! ;)
Jun-17-08  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.
Jun-18-08  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.

Jun-26-08  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.
Nov-19-15  waustad: Happy 65th! Welcome to the club.
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