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fm avari viraf
Member since Sep-19-06 · Last seen Jul-18-18
I won the World Amateur Chess Championship Title & a Gold Medal for my country India at Hastings, England,in 1998. I won the Gujarat State Chess Championship Title five consecutive times without losing a single game. A State Record. I won the All India Open Chess Championship Title winning all the games through, which is an unsurpassable National Record. I was also First = in the ALL INDIA OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP without losing a single game! I represented the Gujarat State Chess Team in the National Chess Championship for more than a decade & got the most coveted National 'A' Grade. I participated in almost all the major Chess Tournaments in India & abroad & emerged as the Prize Winner. For nine consecutive years, I participated in the Chess Congress Tournaments at Hastings, England & won many Prizes. I also participated in the Commonwealth Chess Championship number of times. I also won more than three hundred "Live Chess Tournament Trophies."Apart from Chess, I was a Five Time Gujarat State Wrestling Champion, an Athlete, Weightlifter & played almost all the disciplines of Sports.During my Golden Era spanning from childhood to adulthood I won more than half a thousand Prizes in variegated disciplines of sports. A phenomenal feat by any criterion. First ever Chess player to be honoured & felicitated by the Gujarat State Government with the most prestigious " Gujarat State Eklavya Award " for being the best Sportsman of the year. I was felicitated by the Attorney General of India with the most distinquished "National Federation Excellence Award". I was also felicitated & honoured with numerous prestigious Awards such as "Gujarat Gaurav Award""World Zoroastrian Organisation Award" "All India Sports Foundation Award" "Late P.D.Chinnoy Memorial Award" "The Pride Of Gujarat State Award" to name a few. On the 56th Republic Day Of India, I was felicitated & honoured with the most prestigious "Gujarat State Award" by the Hon'ble Governor & Chief Minister of Gujarat State for my unparallel services to the society in the firmament of Chess. Recently, I was felicitated with most prestigious "Nagar Ratna Award 2015" for being the most outstanding Sports Person.For more than thirty-five years I have been rendering my services to the South Gujarat University Chess Team as a Chief Coach, Arbiter & Selector. I run my "Avari Chess Academy" in a small town of Valsad, Gujarat State, India, wherein my beloved wife Roshan & her dear sister Mrs Farida Ratansha Avari teach & promote Chess.
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   fm avari viraf has kibitzed 1177 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-24-18 W Kobese vs Gelfand, 2005
fm avari viraf: I played Watu Kobese in the Commomwealth Championshipin 1996. He is a nice gentleman!
   Apr-14-18 J M Bellon Lopez vs Robert E Byrne, 1975 (replies)
fm avari viraf: Well, I won't say a difficult one since prima facie 19.Bxg7 would seal Black's fate!
   Mar-22-18 J Collado Galarza vs Smejkal, 1973 (replies)
fm avari viraf: I was little bit confused as why White resigned after 17...Bxd4 then I saw after 18.Bxd4 Qh4+ wins a piece!
   Feb-02-18 Alexander Volzhin (replies)
fm avari viraf: After winning the most covetous World Ama.Chess Title & a Gold Medal for India I participated in another International Chess Tournament at Hastings & sharing the 1st Runner-up Prize with my Russian friend GM Alexander Volzhin & GM Aaron Summerscale of England. The sweet ...
   Dec-10-17 D Freeman vs Laufer, 1993 (replies)
fm avari viraf: Congrats! May God Shower His Divine Blessings Upon You &
   Nov-03-17 Sergei Movsesian (replies)
fm avari viraf: During my frequent participation in the Hastings International Chess Congress, England, I was introduced to Movsesian by my friend Mr Stewart Reuben who was then the Organising Secretary of FIDE & then took us to a nice Restaurant for dinner. We had a smoked Duck, my ...
   Oct-08-17 B Grachev vs P Savosto, 2001 (replies)
fm avari viraf: After 79...Qf1 the simplest way to win is 80.Qd2 & mates in 2
   Sep-12-17 A Riazantsev vs A Volodin, 2001
fm avari viraf: Black's Queen is in jeopardy! Hence curtains down.
   Aug-10-17 V Z Tsarev vs V R Borovikov, 1990
fm avari viraf: Myopia!
   Feb-18-17 Konstantinopolsky vs Byvshev, 1952 (replies)
fm avari viraf: Black's both the Bishops are in jeopardy & being hapless against the threat of 21.Qc3 resigns.
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  Sneaky: Hello, Avari--it is a great privilege to be the first to comment on the chessforum of a World Champion!

Sorry for my ignorance--but I'm just not familiar with that title. My question is, what exactly is the "World Amateur Chess Championship"? Where does it take place? Is it associated with FIDE? Is this a title that you one must defend after a few years with a title match?

In any case, you are clearly very strong player ("amateur" or not) so hearty congratulations to you, sir.

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  Ragh: <Sneaky> I guess Mr. Viraf doesn't check his own page! hence no reply. Anyway, agreed about the impressive resume in the profile up there.
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  fm avari viraf: <Sneaky> I won the World Ama. Title at Hastings, England. Every 5 years the venue changes, after England it was hosted by South Africa & after that I have no idea. Of course, it's a FIDE recognised Championship. I thank U for your Congrats & wish u more success.
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  fm avari viraf: <Ragh> I'm sorry for my delayed replies but just due to unavoidable circumstances which u all chess lovers will pardon me. All the very best to U.
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  Ragh: <fm avari viraf> thanks, are you still active in the FIDE tournament circuit? do you think that Anand can win the upcoming World championship tourney in Mexico?
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  fm avari viraf: <Ragh> I played my last Challengers & International Blitz at Hastings, England in 2003 thereafter, I played the Commonwealth in 2004. Due to my health problem & family responsibilities I had to give up. At present, I run my "Avari Chess Academy" with my beloved wife Roshan & her sister Farida. Of course, Anand can win if he is serious about the WC.
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  Ragh: <fm avari viraf> Is there a website for your "Avari Chess Academy"? Any chess prodigies you are coaching right now?
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  fm avari viraf: <Ragh> There is no website for my Chess academy but I wish to have it. Perhaps, u could create for me. U r talking about chess prodigies, as if they born everyday? Every year, I keep coaching the South Gujarat University Chess Team & for the whole year I have students for Foundation, Intermediate & Advanced Courses. The number of students varies from 35 to 45.
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  Jason72: <fm avari viraf> I have taken notice of your frequent participation at the daily puzzles. Do you find doing puzzles to be an important part of chess study? What are some other techniques you use to sharpen your game? and of course thank you for participation here and all the very best to you sir.
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  fm avari viraf: <Jason72> Well, my boy,solving puzzles is a different thing & Chess study is something different. One must reach to a certain level in Chess & then try to solve puzzles otherwise it is meaningless. You will be surprised to know that whatever I have achieved in Chess is absolutely without the help of Computers & only after 24 yrs. of age, please see my profile. To sharpen my game I used to study different types of openings & then I used to analyse by myself but nowadays, everyone has to rely on computers otherwise one is doomed. I wish u all the best in Chess as well as in life!
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  Jason72: <fm avari viraf> Thank you, I have heard from multiple sources that end game technique, opening theory and game analysis are the most thorough way to build skill and I am very great full for your insight.
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  dabearsrock1010: <fm avari viraf>, I am 20 years old and started playing seriously about a year or a year and a half ago... do I have any chance to get to a 2000 rating or better in your opinion?
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  fm avari viraf: <dabearsrock1010: I'm 20 years old ...> I am happy to know that ur serious about Chess. Well, u can reach your target even at this age as u know I learned Chess when I was 24 yrs. & still achieved something in Chess. Pl. refer my profile. I think, there is nothing impossibe on this blighted planet so go ahead & wish u all success.
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  dabearsrock1010: <fm avari viraf> thanks for your response and encouragment best of luck to you
Jun-24-07  Tactic101: Hello there! It's great having more masters and world class players join They can help us young woodpushers.

I have a small question to ask. I'm 14 years old and my strength is in the range of 1650-1700. Recently, I unistalled my Fritz engine because it was simply too easy to feed a position and let the silicon monster break it down into pluses and minuses. I somewhat felt this was hindering my analysing abilities and hence my game in overall. Would I really need a chess engine at this point in chess to advance? Do you agree with this opinion? Thanks sir! :)

PS: Amazing sports resume you have. That's quite formidable.

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  fm avari viraf: <Tactic101: I have a small question to ask. I am 14 yrs. old ....> I do not know your goal in Chess. Is it your hobby or u really want to have go at it? Whatever the thing is u must first study the ideas behind the openings, middle game tactics & little bit of endings which will definitely help u to understand the finer aspects of the Chess. Of course, if the silicon monster becomes a hindrance u should avoid it at this stage & at later u must go for the right one which suits u. My advice, "don't u ever neglect your education" & best of luck & success.
Jun-25-07  Tactic101: Well, it's right now a sort of serious hobby. Thanks for you advice! I appreciate it! All the best to you too sir! :)
Jun-25-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <Tactic101: I unistalled my Fritz engine because it was simply too easy to feed a position and let the silicon monster break it down into pluses and minuses.>

I think you just need to resist the temptation of using the engine too early. First: use your brain until you are sure you can't go any further. Then try some more. And yet more. And only then check your ideas against the software.

Jun-25-07  Tactic101: True.
Jul-06-07  Chess Carnival: <Tactic101> <MostlyAverageJoe> Well, I like to use engines to follow some top high level games, but not always. Somehow it kills my "fantasy".. For training, I like to play 7-days/move correspondence chess games. With this time control you have no excuse to skip the hard work. I make a chessbase file for the games where I annotate every variation and idea that appears in mind. I can even try some foolish tricks just for fun, but everything is wrote down. Throughout the game the rule "no engine" is imperative. With the game over, I haste to get the game and variations analyzed by Fritz 9. And the results are wonderful!! The engine has a lot of feedback to give. For obvious reasons it mostly refutes my ideas (if my opponent hasn't already), but it gives many many insights! Remember that the chessbase files are plenty of variations and ideas. I think this is good way to mix your own "brain work" with the precision of the computer. Anyway, this method works very well <for me>. Maybe could be of use for you too. Sorry for my english..
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  ahmadov: We usually meet you on daily puzzles. Don't you think that you can contribute more with your knowledge if you kibitz on other games or forums as well?
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  Marmot PFL: You have a very keen tactical sense for someone who did not learn the game until age 24 (at least your puzzle comments are usually right on the money). Most players who start at that age soon become frustrated at losing to players half their age and often quit.
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  willyfly: Good luck to you on your venture. I will miss the contributions you make to the puzzle forum. I always read your comments. Look forward to your return.
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