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|Dec-22-04|| ||Benzol: Peter Biyiasas
Born 19th November 1950 in Athens
Awarded the IM title in 1972 and GM title in 1978.
He's been Canadian champion in 1972, 1975 and 1978.
|Dec-22-04|| ||IMlday: Nope for 1978. Little kid Jean Hebert was the dark horse winner at Toronto, 1978. That's why Biyiasas was board 2 at the 78 Olympiad; we put the champion automatically on first. |
|Dec-22-04|| ||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.|
|Jun-30-05|| ||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!|
|Aug-25-05|| ||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 Biyiasas said that it seemed like Bobby's openings were out of date, but this didn't prevent Fischer from always winning.
|Nov-12-05|| ||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.>
|Jun-18-08|| ||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".|
|Jan-02-09|| ||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.|
|Jan-02-09|| ||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.|
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