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Christopher Duncan vs Tryfon C Gavriel
"Crusher of Kings" (game of the day Nov-11-2010)
17th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1993), London ENG, rd 7, Aug-27
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  0-1



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Nov-11-10  shakespeare: Nice game - love to see the vids of kingcrusher on youtube. The decicive blunder by white in this game seems to be 20. Qf3 - losing completely the initiative - instead of playing f5 directly
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  Morten: Nice game with some very curious positions. You have to laugh at the position after move 29 when you think that white actually castled queen side.

Also, white's attempted queeing ploy around move 33 is a curious echo of black's maneuver 10 moves earlier.

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  kingscrusher: Thank you and all. I am honoured, and flattered by this game of the day choice!.

I have video annotated this game here:

Lloyds bank was promoting a number of tournaments in the 80's and 90's. I was lucky enough to win the Lloyds bank Junior Under 18 in 1989- drawing with Michael Harris in one game, who was the official British Under 18 champion that year. I was given the prize by John Nunn, who inspired me actually to play the Kings Indian defence against 1.d4. I found it to be an exciting counterattacking choice.

Recently the very consciencious game archivist, John Saunders has added the Lloyds FIDE 1993 tournament to "Britbase", so you can see this game in its full tournament context at:

Maybe can get some of the more interesting Lloyds bank games from Britbase.

The last of the Lloyds bank tournaments was unfortunately the 1994 Lloyds bank tournament:

However, we now see the "London Chess Classic" emerge last December, and to be repeated thankfully this December. If you want to get the FIDE CM title, the requirement is for you to hit over 2200 FIDE. The london classic details is at if you want to try your luck :) I want to play in it again next month. I have entered.

Anwya, it was Stewart Reuben who apparently recommended to FIDE the idea of the "Candidate Master" title. I believe this title existed anyway in the past USSR - there is a mention of "Candidate masters" in Kotov's "think like a Grandmaster book" which I still think is a little bit of show off into thinking "technology" that really wasn't actually employed in a literal sense. Anyway maybe that is how Kotov got and popularised the concept of "Candidate Moves" which I guess is one of the most important things coming out of that book :)

More rambling will come later after a coffee :)

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  John Saunders: Thanks for the website plug, Tryfon! He and I were amongst the first people in the UK to set up club websites for our respective chess clubs back in the mid 1990s and we used to swap notes on how to do things. The other thing we had in common was playing in the Lloyds Bank Masters to get ourselves onto the FIDE rating list, which was a non-trivial undertaking in those days. I first played in 1992 and acquired a 2255 rating, so I too could claim the CM title - but I'm too mean/lazy to do so!

Like Tryfon, I've moved on from being a chess club webmaster and am now involved in chess professionally, first as editor of BCM and now acting editor of CHESS magazine ( I'm also press officer for the London Chess Classic tournament next month and webmaster for the Tradewise Gibraltar International the month after that, so I keep busy.

I would put forward one of my own games as a 'game of the day' but haven't played one good enough. And Chris Duncan beat me the only time I played him...

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  scormus: <John Saunders> Great, entertaining game, just about battled to the last king standing.

Glad to know CHESS is still going. I used to get it regularly back in the days of Baruch Wood. Brought the game to life for novice club players like me

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  kingscrusher: I have done a quick video about this Game of the day choice and generally :)

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  kingscrusher: For other of my games video annotated, I have been annotating them as I play them for the last couple of years or more on this page:

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  kingscrusher: In this same tournament of Lloyds Bank Masters 1993, I also faced GM Michael Adams :)

Apparently I had a good position at one point, and Adams liked my Qf2 move :)

Video annotation of that encounter with GM Adams:

Nov-11-10  howlwolf: King crusher, Nice game. I would have probably been more alarmed at the pin on the f file and played 26 . . .c6 27 Nf4 Ra7 28Ne6 Raxf7, but your play was bolder and you certainly have to like the result.
Nov-11-10  David2009: Spirited game in which White decides to castle on both sides of the board.
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  al wazir: <sofouuk: <Why didn't black play 12...Be6 ?> 13 Bxe6 dxc3 14 Qxc3> Qe7 15. Bb3 Qxe4. Black threatens the ♙ on g2 and the white ♕ is badly placed on the same diagonal with the black ♗.
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  Sastre: <al wazir: <sofouuk: <Why didn't black play 12...Be6 ?> 13 Bxe6 dxc3 14 Qxc3> Qe7 15. Bb3 Qxe4> White is better after 16.Bd4 Ne8 17.f3 Bxd4 18.Rxd4 Qe5 19.Rhd1.
Nov-11-10  Chess Network: Fireworks! It's rare to see 2 queen promotions. :)
Nov-11-10  Ferro: OK. REALLY
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  Check It Out: Congratulations, <kingscrusher>!

Your service to chess is notable and this GOTD well deserved.

Nov-11-10  rapidcitychess: Doesn't this violate the pun regulation that there shouldn't be a reference to a user?
Nov-11-10  Travis Bickle: Great dynamic game Kingscrusher!!
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  scormus: <kingscrusher> Nice GOTD, streetfighter style.

And great commentary on your game with Michael Adams. Its never nice to lose but he did give a masterclass.

Nov-11-10  Blitzed: Ahh i saw this game on youtube and thought it was mental!

Congrats Kingscrusher for your GOTD selection and on your new status as bunny with a title!!!

Nov-11-10  David2009: C Duncan vs T Gavriel, 1993 "Why not 13 Bh6?" OOPS! 13...dxc3 14.Qxd8 Bxh6+ 15.Kb1 Rxd8 16.Rxd8+ Kg7 17.Rhd1 Rb8 18.b3 Nxe4 19.Ba6 Nxf2 20.Re1 Bd2 21.Ree8 Rxb3+ 22.axb3 Bxa6 23.Ra8 Bb5 24.Rg8+ Kf6 25.Rxa7 Bf4 26.Ra5 Bf1 27.Rxc5 Ne4

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and the three minor pieces triumph over the two Rooks, 0-1. Black moves courtesy Crafty End Game Trainer. Link: (C Duncan vs T Gavriel aka <Kingscrusher> White 13?)

Tryfon congratulations on making it to FIDE CM!

Nov-11-10  samhamfast: Kingscrusher has entertained, instructed, and inspired thousands of chessplayers via his YouTube videos.

Congrats and thanks Tryfon!

Nov-11-10  Brandon plays: Congratulations. I love your youtube video. I loved the game.;)
Nov-12-10  kevin86: three promotions-no waiting...
Dec-27-10  Llawdogg: Kingscrusher, very nice game! Nice sacrifice.
Aug-12-12  Tigranny: Congrats kingscrusher for Game of the Day, especially with those pawns. Is this your immortal game?
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