|Jan-03-09|| ||walker: Who cares about this guy? His relatives for sure. Ok, but why CG made him a player of the day?|
|Jan-03-09|| ||cu8sfan: <why CG made him a player of the day?> Because he's probably a better chess player than 95% of the kibitzers here. And I like the fact he's from an Arabian country. There are not many players from the countries that have brought chess from India to Europe.|
And by choosing the PotD at random I get to know players I've never heard about before. Just recently Alexey Vyzmanavin was the Player of the Day and I had never heard of him and the day he was PotD I opened a chess book and found one of his games. The PotD doesn't always have to be a former world champion.
There, that's why we should care about Assem Afifi.
|Jan-03-09|| ||blacksburg: <why CG made him a player of the day?>|
because he has a silly name. which is, after all, what we're all really interested in. that's why Odd Lie has more kibitzes than Paul Morphy.
|Jan-03-09|| ||walker: lol...cu8sfan...you got a lot of time|
|Jan-03-09|| ||walker: The guy got a draw from Spasky. A Afifi vs Spassky, 1985|
|Jan-03-09|| ||blacksburg: Smyslov vs A Afifi, 1990|
also one against smyslov, not too shabby.
|Jan-03-09|| ||walker: The guy became a celebrety here.
|Jan-03-09|| ||walker: Now i understand why this Egyptian guy was chosen as PoD
|Jan-03-09|| ||Augalv: He also got a draw from Yusupov. Very strong player in the 80's (and in the 90's too). A Afifi vs Yusupov, 1985|
|Jan-03-09|| ||walker: I am the idiot who opened the cane with worms...now everyone is after his games:)|
|Jan-03-09|| ||solskytz: With all due respect, what kind of a presentation is this? (I speak about the guy's bio) - you only give his worst nightmares rather than his tournament achievements. |
A guy doesn't get to be an International Master just by losing to everyone in sight!
Besides, a guy can't be THAT bad (what is this +33 / -3 ?) who lasts 70 moves against Karpov and draws Spassky, Smyslov and Yusupov. Come on - show some improvement (I just love this website in general - it has nothing but advantages, great games, great kibitzing, great analysis, many entertaining features - fantastic!! but if I was Mr. Afifi I wouldn't know how to take this)
|Jan-03-09|| ||cu8sfan: <solskytz> Players' bios are written by members like you and me. If you have something to add or are interesting in writing bios you may ask cg.com to become an administrator. Or you may post your additions and another administrator will eventually add them to the bio.|
|Jan-03-09|| ||solskytz: I see... ok - so this is surely based on partial information which makes him look bad - but I personally don't know him and don't have any additional information. |
Consider it just an abstract protest... I believe that this bio should be corrected, but I can't do it myself
|Jan-03-09|| ||WhiteRook48: he didn't seem to win a lot of games|
|Jan-03-09|| ||walker: <WhiteRook48: he didn't seem to win a lot of games>|
But he became a sulerstar here. Good for him.
|Jan-03-09|| ||Infohunter: To return to the original question of why <cg> chose to name Afifi "Player of the Day", I've noticed that in about 99 cases out of 100 said player is chosen from among those having a birthday which falls on the day of choice.|
|Jan-03-12|| ||Caissanist: Yes, that's <cg>'s practice, as the admins have mentioned several times in the admin forum. |
To see what Afifi's been POTD twice in three years, you need only look at the list of other players with a birthday today: <Louis Cohn, Alfred Brinckmann, Robert Willman, Eduard Spanjaard, Boris Pavlovich Naglis, Aris Othoneos, George Shainswit, Frank Ross Anderson, Edmond Noel Mulcahy, Krc, Miroslav Grabarczyk, Pavel Kotsur, Oganes Danielian, Roland Salvador, Espen Lie, Merab Gagunashvili, Mateusz Bartel, David Kanovsky, and Jacek Stopa>
|Jan-03-12|| ||King Death: < solskytz: ...A guy doesn't get to be an International Master just by losing to everyone in sight!>|
You're right of course, but one way to make IM back when I played was by scoring 2/3 of the possible points in a zonal event. Without crosstables in front of me, I can guess that Afifi won the African Zonal in the 1984 cycle (which was pretty weak back then) scoring something like 13/17 or 12/15. Just like the Canadian Zonal, the only player who moved on was the winner. If somebody like Afifi played in a US Championship he would have most likely finished minus and don't even bring up what they'd have done to him in a Soviet championship.
|Jan-03-12|| ||BIDMONFA: Assem Afifi|
|Jan-03-12|| ||Penguincw: Happy 64th birthday! It must be warm where you are right now.|
|Jan-03-12|| ||abuzic: One cannot and should not judge or comment on chess players by there names or nationality (even indirectly), unless someone is kidding with good intentions, or referreing to certain events documented in the media, and history of chess. I see some posts here were negative in this respect, but most kibitzers show great maturity and positive encouraging contributions.
I admire CG for there choices, opening the stage for discussion in the spirit of sports and chess.|