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Assem Afifi
Number of games in database: 72
Years covered: 1981 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2272
Highest rating achieved in database: 2405
Overall record: +4 -40 =28 (25.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 English, 1 c4 e5 (6) 
    A22 A20 A26 A23
 English (6) 
    A13 A15 A16 A10
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A34 A38 A37
 Queen's Indian (4) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D00 A41 D02
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B32 B43 B40 B39 B42
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   A Afifi vs DeFirmian, 1985 1/2-1/2
   A Afifi vs Yusupov, 1985 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-03-1947, 69 years old) Egypt

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Assem Abdel Razik Afifi is an International Master. He was awarded the title in 1985. Also in 1985 he played in the Tunis Interzonal (+1-10=5), and took 16th place. He played in the 1990 Manila Interzonal (+0-6=7) and tied for 60th-63rd place.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 72  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Afifi vs B Ivanovic  0-152 1981 Budva ztA43 Old Benoni
2. A Afifi vs Ivkov  0-126 1981 BudvaE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. A Afifi vs Velimirovic  0-140 1981 Budva ztA56 Benoni Defense
4. A Afifi vs S Mariotti  0-139 1981 BudvaE15 Queen's Indian
5. E Torre vs A Afifi  1-057 1982 OlympiadD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
6. A Afifi vs Miles  0-146 1982 Luzern olm ;BIGE15 Queen's Indian
7. Myagmarsuren vs A Afifi  ½-½38 1982 Lucerne olmC26 Vienna
8. A Afifi vs Suttles 1-029 1984 Thessaloniki ol.B06 Robatsch
9. A Afifi vs Ulf Andersson  0-155 1984 Olympiad, Salonika (Greece)A13 English
10. Quinteros vs A Afifi  1-069 1985 OlympiadE81 King's Indian, Samisch
11. A Afifi vs Karpov 0-170 1985 7, Lucerne WTCA22 English
12. A Afifi vs Spassky  ½-½20 1985 Luzern cqA26 English
13. A Afifi vs Ermenkov  ½-½66 1985 Tunis iztA57 Benko Gambit
14. A Afifi vs Miles  0-146 1985 Lucerne WTCA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
15. A Afifi vs Portisch  0-155 1985 TunisienA34 English, Symmetrical
16. A Afifi vs Sosonko  0-151 1985 TunisienA20 English
17. A Zapata vs A Afifi  ½-½62 1985 Tunis iztB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. Qi Jingxuan vs A Afifi  1-037 1985 1st World Team ChB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
19. A Afifi vs DeFirmian ½-½72 1985 IztA37 English, Symmetrical
20. A Afifi vs Portisch  0-130 1985 LuzernA34 English, Symmetrical
21. Dlugy vs A Afifi  1-026 1985 Tunis iztE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
22. A Afifi vs Yusupov  ½-½33 1985 Tunis InterzonalA81 Dutch
23. E Lobron vs A Afifi  ½-½58 1985 1st World Team ChD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Hort vs A Afifi  1-037 1985 TunisienB23 Sicilian, Closed
25. Gavrikov vs A Afifi  1-039 1985 Tunis iztB40 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-03-09  walker: Who cares about this guy? His relatives for sure. Ok, but why CG made him a player of the day?
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  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: 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 User: slomarko
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 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)

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  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 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.

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  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.
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  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

AFIFI, Assem

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  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.
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