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Member since Apr-12-04 · Last seen Aug-24-16
I am "Tryfon Gavriel" officially on's database:

Tryfon Gavriel

and have played a few interesting games thankfully in my time so far :)

FIDE "Candidate Master" (CM)
British "Regional Master"
Ex-National UK Lloyds Bank National Under 18 champion in 1989

My Playlist overview structure page:

My Greatest Hit Chess Videos! :

I do a popular youtube channel at - where I am currently trying to do a regular series of instructive games. I sometimes post links to those video annotations on the relevant games here. Please use the "Subscribe" button on my channel page to keep notified of new ones.

Played in the main British Chess Championship twice now, scoring 4.5 and 5 respectively (out of 11 - it is tough!).

I have created various video annotation grouping pages, which may be of interest for you to check out:

Evolution of style

Candidate move system

Learn from Kasparov

Learn from Fischer

Pawn structures

Live commentaries

Opening Traps



Instructive Games

JessicaFischerQueen channel at : -

has kindly done some playlists which I have put on this key page for World champions, Uncrowned Kings and other very interesting players :

As well as watching my videos, you may also like to try correspondence style chess with a web interface. You can do so at This has a "Videos" menu with the above links and more.

I'm not named Kingscrusher for nothing. I learned chess at the age of 5 and have been addicted every since. It was through watching my father playing against my brother that I picked up the game.

My other hobbies watching the latest films, Computing, going out, seeing friends, watching TV.

Apparently Lenox Lewis lives near me, and he has an interest in chess as well as being a great boxer.

The answer to life, the universe and everything was forty-two according the the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. But maybe for chess players it should be 64!!

When i was nearly 18, I managed to win the UK LLoyds bank Under 18 championship! In later years I attained a FIDE rating through the Lloyds bank Masters tournaments and through other tournaments such as Surrey and all play alls organised through Adam Raoof. Currently FIDE rated 2177. My BCF grading has been fluctuating over the years and is currently about 185 BCF, and I am play for Board 1 for both Barnet chess club and Muswell Hill chess club. My full chess cv can be found here:-

In 2008, I finally qualified for the British Chess Championship by coming 2nd= at the Southend Open tournament with an ECF 206 performance.

University- I studied computing in business and obtained a 2:1 honours degree

My life advice is: have fun and enjoy life to the maximum! - I hope that helps in this goal! :-))))

>> Click here to see kingscrusher's game collections. Full Member

   kingscrusher has kibitzed 2591 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-17-16 Sinquefield Cup (2016) (replies)
kingscrusher: <MCDreamz:> I'm more interested in trying to do alternate ego commentaries for Spock and Warf at the moment being a Trek fan! I might order some Spock ears from Amazon one day. But thanks anyway. I hope you did find Jan amusing - it is a bit of banter you understand I ...
   Jul-30-16 chessforum (replies)
kingscrusher: Hi I have two "possibly interesting" ideas related to kibitzing which I can't resist making a note of here: 1) For Kibitzers that haven't been on the site for ages (say more than a year) - and posted something to a game - how about they get Email notified when ...
   Jul-24-16 Tal vs Koblents, 1957 (replies)
kingscrusher: reisanibal: Do you have any idea of Mikhail Tal's FIDE ratings even 10 years after he became world chess champion?! Check out: He is rated the same as Anatoly Karpov here on this list. This is more than ten years after he was World chess ...
   Jun-30-16 Bisguier vs Fischer, 1965
kingscrusher: Crosstable for tournament:
   Jun-30-16 Fischer vs Benko, 1965
kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:
   Jun-26-16 Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951
kingscrusher: crazy monk: <57…Kf3 58.Nf7! > even 58.Ne6 draw, so I don't think it so subtle. So the blunder really because his desire to win instead of just drawing. 57..Kg3! was not hard to find but it can be overlook easily. The comment 58.Ne6 draw is completely wrong and also ...
   Jun-16-16 V Liublinsky vs Keres, 1950
kingscrusher: b4 undermines Whites control of d4 - if cxb4 then Qd4+ picking up the bishop on f4. Otherwise black will get a winning passed pawn with b3. A pretty neat move all in all :)
   Jun-14-16 kingscrusher chessforum (replies)
kingscrusher: <chessbeginer84:> The Caro-kann is a perfectly viable opening. If you can afford some investment, perhaps get some books from Amazon on the Caro-Kann. There is a Kasparov book which shows quite a few lines where black castles queenside. For tactics and strategy in ...
   Jun-14-16 D Kopec vs T Gavriel, 1997 (replies)
kingscrusher: I got lucky here During the game I could hear Danny muttering in the corridor "I'm going to teach this punk a lesson!" Anyway he was very gracious after the game, when I mentioned he was the first IM I had ever beaten! RIP Danny Kopec I will try and make sure this site has ...
   Jun-13-16 Danny Kopec (replies)
kingscrusher: Here is a video by him on the Kopec System against the Sicilian defence which reflects some of his more fundamental attitudes towards chess opening theory: RIP Danny Kopec
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  MarkFinan: Mr Crusher.. I have a question for you if you wouldn't mind answering best you can.. When I was young I played chess to what I thought was a decent level. I played for Yorkshire when I was 10/11 a few times, won lots of competitions, etc. But I got out of chess around 12 year old and now I'm playing again I keep wandering what level I could have reached if I'd stuck at it.. I was just wandering at what age you got into playing, what levels were you playing at (if you were playing at that age?) age 10/11? And have you ever come across a player called Stephen Betts in your leagues and tournament games around England?

Thanks in advance.

Mark. ✌

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  kingscrusher: <MarkFinan> My first ECF grade was 127. I think I was about 12

Info is here:

I don't know "Stephen Betts"

Cheers, Tryfon

Jan-12-14  William Eversley: <kingscrusher> Hi Sir, I'm a big fan of yours and I was wondering if you could have a look at my line in the 6...Ng4 Najdorf(I don't have any chess engines). I believe it might interest you and it would be greatly appreciated!

Btw, would I post in on this page or elsewhere?

Jan-14-14  Alien Math: Intrude with notes about Geoff Chandler
Post subject: Re: Sir George Alan <They think there is nothing these guys can show them, link that to the fact a lot of these guys best games collections are still in descriptive then it's a non - starter. Publishing houses are not too keen doing algebraic versions because opening books sell better.

What we need is...... :)
A program that turns descriptive into algebraic. >

Find some use for
Converter for Descriptive Chess Notation in Algebraic (standard) Notation

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  Shams: <kingscrusher> , did you make a video about this scalp of yours? I'm brand new to the French and I'd love to hear your analysis. Are you still keen on 8...g5<?>

P J Sowray vs T Gavriel, 2009

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  kingscrusher: <Shams:> Yep I guess I should annotate this at some point. Recently Peter Sowray achieved an IM norm at the London Chess Classic.
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  MarkFinan: Hi.. I'm looking for a game played by a GM who played his best chess in the 60's and 70's called, Evans. This game was brought to my attention by way of an instructional chess video a good 3 year ago now, and I can't remember if it was one of yours. I just wandered if you can remember making any on any Evans game and if so could you post a link to the ones you have made by that player? I realise I'm being very vague, and I realise there's been a few GM's called Evans, and I really can't find this game anywhere on this site even though i was pretty sure I commented on it before! It's a game that someone like you with your knowledge of the game, wouldn't forget. I think it ended in a draw although not the "notable game" with Reshevsky on his player page here.. It's really starting to annoy me that I can't find it now.. Thanks in advance for any information 😃
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  moronovich: <Mark> Could be Larry Evans.
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  MarkFinan: Well yeah, I think it was him. But seeing as I can't find the game it could be another Evans, because it's a pretty common name.
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  crawfb5: <Mark> You did comment on Spassky vs Larry Evans, 1962, but that was only a few weeks ago, so maybe that's not the game you seek.
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  MarkFinan: crawfb5.. It is a real possibility that I'm even getting his name wrong mate, lol.. But I don't think I am. I even looked at my previous handles for comments on an Evans game, and even though they were only quick 5 minute looks, I couldn't see any comments.. I started thinking it was Christiansen for some reason too, then I looked at the only game in the database between Evans and Chriatiansen but it's not that game either..

I'll find it soon enough, someone will realise what game I'm on about because it's one of those games you don't forget.. Unless you're me, lol 😃

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  MarkFinan: R Byrne vs Larry Evans, 1965

Mr Crusher, crawf5, Moronovich.. I found it! Strangely enough for me, I got the result of the game wrong. And other minor details, lol. 😃

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Sorry for letting it slide, but your playlists are once again all updated and current:

Best wishes,

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  jessicafischerqueen: <Tryfon>

I just now saw your old messages to me on youtube, and I've replied.

I thought they had eliminated the "inbox" but I ran into it by accident yesterday, but had to watch a YOUTUBE VIDEO TUTORIAL ON HOW TO FIND YOUR INBOX to find my inbox again today.

At any rate....

I am trying to join the ECF forum and the first hurdle to register was that I had to know Mickey Adams was currently the highest rated ECF player....

Good grief.

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  kingscrusher: Many thanks Jessica - all your efforts for me are totally appreciated!

Best wishes

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  Big Pawn: Kingscrusher - love your vids and especially the way you take your time in going over the games. very unhurried and very instructive, and entertaining too.

I don't know if you've seen this incredible game (dutch leningrad) between Houdini and Komodo. It's mind boggling and features a most unusual material imbalance.

Houdini vs Komodo, 2014

Nov-28-14  mwansachib: Like-your-videos
Nov-29-14  madlydeeply: Maybe you'll look into makagonov and lilenthal? Its fun to see different players
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  Annie K.: Happy New Year <Tryfon>! :)
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  AylerKupp: <kingscrusher> If you haven't seen the recently completed The World vs Naiditsch, 2014, you might want to take a look at it. The position after 24...c6 reminds me of White's position in R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 after 14.Rfd1; Black is lost no matter what he does in a seemingly equal position, with a pawn advantage, no less. And the moves leading up to it and the motivations behind it are equally interesting. Black had <one> chance to save the game by 24...Rd4 but apparently did not fully appreciate the danger and did not play it, just like R.Byrne did not fully appreciate the danger by playing 14.Rfd1 instead of 14.Rad1.

And a Happy New Year to you from one of your many fans.

Apr-09-15  thegoodanarchist: < kingscrusher: I video annotated this game here:

Cheers, K>

I enjoyed it quit a bit, thank you!

Dec-09-15  Hawkman: < 95 Eckersley-Waites, Adam ENG 2280 0 1987 Kenworthy, Gary f ENG 2275 0 1957
98 Wadsworth, Matthew J ENG 2273 2 2000
98 Savage, Ben D M f ENG 2273 0 1977
100 Townsend, M Paul ENG 2268 2 1960 >

KC, you're awesome! That's why these guys fear you!

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  chessbeginer84: KC love your videos keep up the good work a long time ago I had the chance to play an IM from Romania I lost the game due to tactical errors the game was for 3 hours because he was playing 20 other people at the same time I was on defense mode the entire game. After the game he said I was about 1350 and my first mistake was playing the caro kann defense that they don't use that opening no longer is there any advice you could give me with tactics and strategies
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  kingscrusher: <chessbeginer84:> The Caro-kann is a perfectly viable opening. If you can afford some investment, perhaps get some books from Amazon on the Caro-Kann. There is a Kasparov book which shows quite a few lines where black castles queenside.

For tactics and strategy in general, perhaps consider getting the books by Yasser Seirawan. They seem really nice to me.

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<Kingscrusher> live video on his chess analysis! You can actually see him smiling and laughing right on the videos now:

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