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Kevin Spraggett
K Spraggett 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 1,572
Years covered: 1971 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2530 (2523 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2633

Overall record: +768 -240 =553 (66.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 11 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (154) 
    B62 B33 B63 B50 B32
 English (75) 
    A10 A15 A13 A16 A17
 English, 1 c4 e5 (61) 
    A20 A28 A29 A25 A21
 Ruy Lopez (58) 
    C92 C78 C72 C77 C65
 English, 1 c4 c5 (46) 
    A30 A36 A34 A33 A37
 King's Indian (44) 
    E92 E90 E97 E98 E71
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (209) 
    B40 B42 B80 B43 B57
 King's Indian (85) 
    E97 E94 E60 E73 E98
 Queen's Pawn Game (49) 
    A46 A45 A41 E00 D02
 Sicilian Kan (43) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Dutch Defense (43) 
    A89 A92 A88 A90 A81
 Nimzo Indian (36) 
    E32 E38 E46 E47 E39
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Spraggett vs F South, 1976 1-0
   K Spraggett vs G Vescovi, 2004 1-0
   K Spraggett vs G Glen, 1975 1-0
   L Morin vs K Spraggett, 1983 0-1
   Timman vs K Spraggett, 1985 0-1
   K Spraggett vs R Bedard, 1972 1-0
   K Spraggett vs Suba, 1994 1-0
   K Spraggett vs G Basanta, 1986 1-0
   K Spraggett vs P Llaneza-Vega, 2007 1-0
   K Spraggett vs Z Abdumalik, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   CEG vs Legends (2012)
   Magistral Casino Barcelona (2011)
   Taxco Interzonal (1985)
   77th Canadian Championship (2004)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   Cappelle la Grande (2007)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   Isle of Man Masters (2007)
   27th Cappelle-la-Grande (2011)
   Cappelle-la-Grande (2014)
   Cappelle la Grande (2006)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   spraggets gems/unique themes II (51-100) by kevin86
   Kevin Spraggett's games-pt 2 by kevin86
   Taxco Interzonal 1985 by suenteus po 147
   1996 Canadian championship by gauer
   1978 Canadian championship by gauer
   1994 Canadian championship by gauer
   1986 Canadian championship by gauer
   1981 Canadian championship by gauer
   Taxco Interzonal 1985 by Tabanus
   2001 Canadian championship by gauer
   1975 Canadian championship by gauer
   1984 Canadian championship by gauer
   Szirak 1986 by Tabanus
   1989 Canadian championship by gauer

   🏆 11th Figueira da Foz Open
   K Spraggett vs M Llaneza-Vega (Nov-05-17) 1-0
   M Ortega Amarelle vs K Spraggett (Nov-04-17) 1/2-1/2
   K Spraggett vs P Zelbel (Nov-03-17) 1/2-1/2
   M Pena Gomez vs K Spraggett (Nov-02-17) 1/2-1/2
   D Taboas Rodriguez vs K Spraggett (Nov-01-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Nov-10-1954, 64 years old) Canada

[what is this?]
Kevin Berry Spraggett was born in Montreal. Awarded the IM title in 1975 and the GM title in 1985, he was joint Commonwealth Champion in 1984 and 1985 and won the Canadian Championship in 1984. In tournaments he was 1st at Montreal 1986 and 2nd= at Hastings 1989-90. He won the Canadian Open and Canadian Closed in 1996, but also seems to be enjoying his latter years of life in European countries such as Portugal.

In July 1989, he was tied for players placed 25th or higher on the International Chess Federation rankings list. He has represented Canada 8 times during many of the 1986-2002 Olympiads on 2nd board or higher, accumulating 51.5 points in 91 team games. He has qualified for the Candidates twice, in 1985 and 1988. In 1985 he did not make the play-offs but in 1988 he beat Andrei Sokolov (+2, =9, -1), later losing to Artur Yusupov (+1, =6, -2) in 1989.

References: Wikipedia article: Kevin Spraggett, http://kevinspraggettonchess.wordpr...,,, Bled Olympiad (2002) (most recent representation of a Canadian team event), (Olympiad & team chess chronological archives).

 page 1 of 63; games 1-25 of 1,572  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Coudari vs K Spraggett  1-04019713rd Alekhine open, Alekhine Chess ClubE72 King's Indian
2. K Spraggett vs R Bedard 1-0211972Ch. MontrealC13 French
3. J Berry vs K Spraggett 0-1411972Ch. junior, LondonA07 King's Indian Attack
4. B Harper vs K Spraggett  0-1411972Ch. junior, LondonE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
5. J MacPhail vs K Spraggett  1-0411972Ch. junior, LondonB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. H Brodie vs K Spraggett 0-1391972T. de l'Est, QuebecB25 Sicilian, Closed
7. K Spraggett vs Hebert  ½-½261972Ch. junior, LondonB50 Sicilian
8. K Spraggett vs Hebert 1-0311972Ch. Ouvert MontrealB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. K Spraggett vs Hebert  0-1351972Ch. jun., ChicoutimiC78 Ruy Lopez
10. K Spraggett vs S Matera  0-1311973Can. Open, OttawaB89 Sicilian
11. Hebert vs K Spraggett 0-1421973Int. La Presse, MtlB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. Suttles vs K Spraggett 1-0471973Can. Open, OttawaA07 King's Indian Attack
13. Hebert vs K Spraggett  0-1481973Ch. Ouvert MontrealA07 King's Indian Attack
14. I Zalys vs K Spraggett  0-1341973CacuriB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. P Biyiasas vs K Spraggett 0-1451973Ch. Ouvert du QuebecB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
16. L Day vs K Spraggett ½-½461973Can op OttawaB44 Sicilian
17. K Spraggett vs D Boileau 1-061973QC-chC41 Philidor Defense
18. L Williams vs K Spraggett 1-0351973Ch. InvitationB40 Sicilian
19. K Spraggett vs B M Amos  1-0341973Can. Open, OttawaC05 French, Tarrasch
20. K Spraggett vs P Nurmi  ½-½241973Match Mtl-TorontoB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
21. K Spraggett vs E Schlosser  ½-½821973Quebechecs IC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
22. Hebert vs K Spraggett  ½-½561974SherbrookeB40 Sicilian
23. K Spraggett vs M Campbell 1-0321974Ch. junior du CanadaA16 English
24. Hebert vs K Spraggett  1-0471974Ch. junior du CanadaB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
25. Nickoloff vs K Spraggett 1-0501974Ch. junior du CanadaE73 King's Indian
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Feb-01-14  john barleycorn: yes, and the same can be said about tarrasch' writings. however, nobody is forced to read either of the two
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  Sally Simpson: "...and don't understand all this, really."

Nowhere near as many chess books knocking about in the 60's/70's as there are now. So good book discussions were somewhat limited.
I've witnessed a 'My System' argument descend into fisticuffs.

Also check any forum where a player has asked for a book to help them improve. Someone will suggest 'My System' and usually, not far behind, will come someone saying avoid it.

Tarrasch was mentioned.
In the same thread I have in the past pointed a reader towards: 'Tarrasch's Best Games' by Reinfeld (Reinfeld's best book).

I'd only suggest a book I know that brought me along and gave me a huge lift up. A book that worked for me.

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  PhilFeeley: A recent game, not here yet. I couldn't find it in TWIC or Chessmix yet either:

Spraggett, K – Movsziszian,K

1:0, 22- 2-2014 (Catalan Team Championship, round 5)

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. f4 Nc6 5. Bb5 a6 6. Bxc6 bxc6 7. Nf3 Nf6 8. O-O O-O 9. Kh1 Rb8 10. Qd3 Nd7 11. b3 c5 12. Be3 cxd4 13. Bxd4 e5 (13… Bh6!) 14. fxe5 Nxe5 15. Bxe5! dxe5 16. Qc4² c6 17. Rad1 Qb6 [17... Qa5 18. Ng5!] 18. Rd6 [18. Na4!? Qb5 19. Qc3] 18… Be6 19. Qd3 Rfe8 [19... Rbd8!] 20. Na4! Qb4 [20... Qc7 21. Nc5! Bf8 22. Rxe6 Bxc5 23. Rf6 Be7 24. Rxf7!] 21. c3 [21. Ng5!] 21… Qb5 22. c4 Qb4 23. Ng5! Bc4 24. Qxc4 1-0 (24...Qxd6 25. Qxf7+ Kh8 26. Qxe8+ Rxe8 27. Nxf7+ and 28. Nxd6)

Notes above and commentary on his blog.

Apr-17-14  Wyatt Gwyon: Anyone checked out this dude's site?



NSFW -- be warned.

Apr-17-14  john barleycorn: <Wyatt Gwyon: Anyone checked out this dude's site? >

the chess diagrams are a bit disturbing.

Apr-17-14  Wyatt Gwyon: <john> Yeah, and I'd say the graphic suicide picture is a close second.
Apr-17-14  Refused: Actually nice to see GM actually understanding how a website is supposed to be. Ok, personally I would remove that rotten pic (aka graphic suicide) with a meme. But well, I would not be too surprised if he picked up a few ideas from 4chan.

To those complaining the site is a bit too explicit or something <Welcome to the internet.>

Apr-17-14  Wyatt Gwyon: <Refused> Yeah Spraggett just shot up toward the top of the list of GMs I'd like to have a beer with.
Jul-18-14  docbenway: Mister Spraggett, since you're adroit at heaping criticism on Obama and singing the praise of Putin you're surprising silent on your website about the mass murder in the skies over Ukraine that is being linked to your hero's military support of the separatists.
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  TheFocus: <The ‘‘Russian School’’ training system and the ‘‘Botvinnik’’ training system are both work intensive programs that often require years of collaboration with the trainer to be effective. This effectiveness is not in doubt, and has been proven over and over again throughout the years. However, the student is required to do much independent work at home, just as if he was taking a university course. Therefore any expectations of even short term gains are pure nonsense> - Kevin Spraggett.
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  Penguincw: Kevin Spraggett finishes with 6/9, just half a point behind the winners at the Portugal Open.
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  Penguincw: Damn it! A few minutes late, but happy birthday to Canadian Kevin Spraggett!
Nov-11-15  Nina Myers: I think Canada needs more immigrants. That should be priority number 1.
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  PhilFeeley: <AgentRgent> As an addendum, I recently found this in John Watson's "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy: Advances Since Nimzowitsch".

On page 14, he writes: " It is important to realize that the beginning of his book <My System> is to some extent an introduction to chess. It therefore includes a number of elementary 'rules' for the student, some of which Nimzowitsch himself did not adhere to."

Sounds much like Spraggett.

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  keypusher: < bravado1: These remarks about "My System" are to say the least unfair. I'm not an expert on chess hisrory, but I think that the work by Nimzowitsch was breakthrough and revolutionary not because of the analyses of specific positions - here obviously Nimzo made mistakes - but in the general "systematic" approach to chess. Before him people either analyzed particular games or limited themselves to laconic observations that 'in this kind of positions white is always better". >

Steinitz? Tarrasch?

<not because of the analyses of specific positions - here obviously Nimzo made mistakes>

Accuracy in annotations counts for a lot, I think. Or it should. I enjoy reading Tarrasch's annotations more than Lasker's, but if Lasker is seeing things that Tarrasch is missing, or avoiding errors that Tarrasch is making, I suspect I'm better off studying with Lasker.

This is separate and apart from the notion that in some of his annotations, Nimzowitsch basically misrepresented what was going on in the game.

<Nerwal: <If you don't approve Nimzowitsch's demonstrations of the "My System" concepts in games versus "C-class" players (as Marshall, Teichmann, Tarrasch, Bogoljubov, Rubinstein and some-such> It was probably a reference to games like this one : Von Gottschall vs Nimzowitsch, 1926. Dvoretsky proved that White could equalize at various points and that black's "deep moves" were actually not that strong objectively. A good grandmaster should be able to hold this as White without breaking a sweat, while Gottschall did everything wrong basically.>

Aron Nimzowitsch

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  thegoodanarchist: <Therefore any expectations of even short term gains are pure nonsense> - Kevin Spraggett.

I prefer my nonsense to be adulterated.

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  Ron: From Spraggett's blog:
<I am no fan of Cameron. Never was. I always felt he was just another irresponsible yuppie-politician clone like Blair before him. Soon after being elected in 2010 he was in cohorts with the CIA to do away with Kadaffi, which lead to hundreds of thousands of needless deaths. Lybia is still burning today…Cameron then wanted to bomb Syria and do away with Assad, but his own parliament stopped him at the last moment.

Cameron then felt that he could use the referendum tool to impose his will on the British people, betting that he would have the mass-media and infinite government resources at his disposal to create a 1984-inspired climate of fear and anxiety. It worked well in the Fauklands, and in Scotland. But by the time Brexit came around, most people in Britain were tired of his offensive use of fear mongering and directly lying to the people. Even Merkel objected to Cameron’s underhanded tactics.

So now Britain must face the consequences of reality finally catching up to the yuppie-politician. FORTUNATELY, this time it will not be hundreds of thousands of innocents in countries far away who will suffer. This time the British people themselves will pay the consequences of choosing incompetent and scheming leaders.

This time the destruction will really hit home. Every man , woman and child in Britain will suffer. The independence issues of Scotland and Ireland will have be reviewed. As it should be. Cameron was not just elected, but re-elected. Britain will have to be re-built from the bottom up. Perhaps, if there is a lesson to be learned here, it is this: Britain deserves decent leaders, individuals of character and integrity, leaders who will not one day in the near future risk being tried for War Crimes.

But before then, the British people will have to pay the consequences of living in a democracy. I have little compassion for the Scots who feel that their voice was not heard. Did they not just hold their own referendum and voted to remain by Britain’s side? Now they don’t like it…I say that they should have known that their own choice has consequences. You reap what you sow…

But BEST of all, what I like most about the Brexit referendum is the MESSAGE that Britain sends to the unelected leadership in Brussels: @#$% YOU! Many millions of europeans also feel it is time to dismantle an outdated model that is already anti-democratic and even threatening to become fascist in nature.>

Hear, hear!

Jul-07-16  posoo: DIS man is VERY attractive. EASALY da prettiest man from CANNADA on dis WEBSITE.
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  thegoodanarchist: His name is pronounced "Sprah JAY"
Nov-10-16  Ironmanth: Many happy returns of the day, Grandmaster Spraggett!
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Kevin Spraggett.
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  ketchuplover: I second that emotion
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  PhilFeeley: Playing in 11th Figueira da Foz International Chess Festival the Sweet Atlantic Hotel, Figueira da Foz, Portugal this week.

Won his first round game, drew the second.

Nov-10-18  Telemus: A tweet by Mr Urcan:
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  Penguincw: (this was in July 2018)

Spraggett competed in the Portuguese League, which is a 10 team, single round robin between teams of 4. He was the only Canadian there, and had a rough tournament, scoring 3/9. His team scored 2-4-3.

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