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Tryfon C Gavriel
Number of games in database: 125
Years covered: 1989 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2121 (2167 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2170
Overall record: +42 -62 =21 (42.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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E81 King's Indian, Samisch (7 games)
A15 English (6 games)
C02 French, Advance (5 games)
C11 French (4 games)
C00 French Defense (4 games)
C03 French, Tarrasch (4 games)
A57 Benko Gambit (3 games)
A16 English (3 games)
A04 Reti Opening (3 games)
A10 English (3 games)

   🏆 London Chess Classic Open
   S Sakai vs T Gavriel (Dec-14-14) 1-0
   T Gavriel vs Koby Kalavannan (Dec-12-14) 1/2-1/2
   J Houska vs T Gavriel (Dec-11-14) 1-0
   T Gavriel vs P K Wells (Dec-10-14) 1/2-1/2
   P Roberson vs T Gavriel (Dec-09-14) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-28-1971, 49 years old) United Kingdom

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Born in 1971 and based in North London, Gavriel is the founder and head of the web-based email chessplaying site (also known as and, before that, he ran the Barnet Chess Club website, one of the first chess club websites back in the 1990s.

Gavriel was first exposed to chess at the age of 5, by watching his father playing against his older brother.

Gavriel is a frequent Chessgames contributor as User: kingscrusher, and can be found at the Internet Chess Club (ICC) under the same handle. His Youtube page ( features many instructional chess videos. He became a Candidate Master in 2010.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 125  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C G Ward vs T Gavriel  1-0321989Guernsey opE81 King's Indian, Samisch
2. P W Hempson vs T Gavriel  0-1561989Guernsey opE81 King's Indian, Samisch
3. T Gavriel vs P Cutter 0-1251989Guernsey opC28 Vienna Game
4. M Lahtinen vs T Gavriel  1-051198913th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA15 English
5. A Dunnington vs T Gavriel  1-021199216th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
6. P Marusenko vs T Gavriel 0-143199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB33 Sicilian
7. T Gavriel vs Adams 0-139199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA57 Benko Gambit
8. C Duncan vs T Gavriel  0-140199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB06 Robatsch
9. C Duncan vs T Gavriel 0-140199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB06 Robatsch
10. T Gavriel vs K Murugan  1-028199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
11. N R McDonald vs T Gavriel  1-038199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
12. T Gavriel vs M Houska  0-139199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
13. J Richardson vs T Gavriel  1-0271997London2A90 Dutch
14. T Gavriel vs J Aagaard  0-1301997London2D02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. T Gavriel vs J Berry  0-1331997London2E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. T Gavriel vs N Pert  0-1381997London2A96 Dutch, Classical Variation
17. R Pert vs T Gavriel  ½-½361997London2B88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
18. E Gullaksen vs T Gavriel  1-0321997London2B33 Sicilian
19. A Collinson vs T Gavriel  1-0311997Sutton opB10 Caro-Kann
20. D Kopec vs T Gavriel 0-1501997London2A48 King's Indian
21. T Gavriel vs R Bates  0-1551997London2E81 King's Indian, Samisch
22. T Gavriel vs K Panczyk  0-1351997London2D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. J C Pigott vs T Gavriel  1-0401998Hampstead IM 4thE92 King's Indian
24. T Gavriel vs S Videki  0-1251998Hampstead IM 4thE81 King's Indian, Samisch
25. C Crouch vs T Gavriel  1-0361998Hampstead IM 4thE70 King's Indian
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Nov-09-10  BobCrisp: What the hell is a <Candidate Master>? Just how low down the pecking order do these <Mickey Mouse> titles go?
Nov-09-10  Sydro: The FIDE titles goes like this:

Grand Master: 2500+ elo

International Master: 2400+ elo

FIDE Master: 2300+ elo

Candidate Master: 2200+ elo

No lower titles exists.

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  tpstar: <Tryfon> Congratulations for your achievement!

Good luck with your site and your videos. =)

Nov-11-10  brankat: <Tryfon Gavriel> A well deserved title. Congratulations!

Btw, the Game of the Day, Nov-11, is indeed a delightful one.

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  Richard Taylor: <technical draw: Almost all of his games contain an exchange sac.

Now you only have to delete it. TD>

You comical rogue!

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  Richard Taylor: You are in line to be an IM? Good on you!
I like your chess videos (and games) - very enlightening. Yours and those of Dennis Monokroussos are very good.
Nov-11-10  brankat: <Sydro> Traditionally, unless something has changed in the meanwhile, Candidate Master title is rated at 2100-2200 elo. It has been NM [national (federation's) master] title rated at 2200-2300 elo.

CM means a Candidate for a NM title, not FIDE Master's, although there have been instances of skipping a level in cases of exceptional results.

At least that's how things used to be. But, then, since I'm coming from the Stone Age, I could be wrong :-)

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  Check It Out: <BobCrisp> A bit higher than you, I presume.
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  chancho: Congrats <Kingscrusher>!
Nov-12-10  Sydro: <brankat> That might be obsolete today I guess. Here is fide's website about requirements of getting a title.

Nov-12-10  Sydro: Sydro: <brankat> Ah, I understand now. You are referring to USCF titles.
Dec-12-10  tentsewang: Way to go Gavriel!! I love your videos in youtube.. thx.. ;)
Dec-15-10  Pyke: Hello Mr. Gavriel,

just wanted to drop by and say:

AWESOME job on the interview with Luke McShane.

I also agree with you that - in this particular situation - the idea of interviewing Anand didn't seem that promising and probably rather rude.

But again, thanks for the interview and all the efforts you put into providing us with your Youtube channel.


P.S.: For all those of you who haven't seen the interview with Mr. McShane yet, here's the link:

Jan-17-11  libertyjack: Thanks for your absolutely INCREDIBLE job on youtube and for chessin general.

Kingscrusher ftw :)

Feb-21-11  SufferingBruin: The service this man is providing to lower rated chess players cannot be overstated. If you're ever in Los Angeles, Tryfon, lunch is on me.
Feb-09-12  dbeagan: @Kingscrusher
The youtube videos are great. How the heck can you play speed chess and narrate at the same time?
Feb-11-12  King Death: < BobCrisp: What the hell is a <Candidate Master>? Just how low down the pecking order do these <Mickey Mouse> titles go?>

This sounds like jealousy on the part of somebody who isn't even strong enough to have a title himself.

Feb-11-12  King Death: By the way sir, you do excellent work and I'm sure there are many folks that have learned from your videos. Keep it up!
Apr-07-12  Archerforthelord: Chessgames can we get a straping tryf pic up here?
Dec-04-12  andyatchess: Agreed - we need a pic of Kingscrusher, and his dog!
Jun-29-13  schopen: I used to like his videos but he turned out to be a bad guy. He has Aspergers (I do too) and since I declared it on one of his videos he blocked me from posting comments. It's not an insult to say that another person is having AS. On the contrary, it is imore like an unconventional gift in a world full of boring, conservative people.
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  TheFocus: How do you know he has AS? Did he say this himself?

I have always found <kingscrusher> to be a fair man. Maybe you said something insulting.

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  Big Pawn: <Kingscrusher> never ever sounded like a bad guy to me - not even once. He's always very polite and chooses his words carefully in my opinion. He does a wonderful job with his videos and seems like a really likeable guy.

You shouldn't go around calling nice people bad guys.

Jun-29-13  HSOL: I can't really see it is particularly bad to block someone from commenting on one's channel on youtube. Surely it should be up to him whether a certain person is allowed to comment on his videos?
Jun-29-13  Illogic: <schopen> Sounds like you were in the wrong. It's not your place to announce to the world whether he has Asperger's (if he even does..)
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