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Leon David Piasetski
Number of games in database: 230
Years covered: 1969 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2218 (2219 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2425

Overall record: +68 -104 =58 (42.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 English (23) 
    A15 A13 A10 A14 A12
 English, 1 c4 e5 (17) 
    A28 A20 A25 A21 A22
 King's Indian (15) 
    E90 E71 E62 E91 E60
 Reti System (13) 
    A06 A04
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A41 A45 A46 D02 A40
 English, 1 c4 c5 (8) 
    A34 A30 A33
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (28) 
    B43 B32 B42 B20 B33
 Robatsch (11) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A40 A41 A46 A45
 Sicilian Kan (9) 
    B43 B42
 English (7) 
    A10 A16 A14 A15
 King's Indian (6) 
    E94 E80 E62 E61 E60
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Piasetski vs Stijn Gieben, 2013 1-0
   L Piasetski vs L Day, 1975 1-0
   K Pytel vs L Piasetski, 1978 0-1
   L Day vs L Piasetski, 1984 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   Unive Open (2013)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Groningen Chess Festival (2009)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (2019)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   16th Unive Open (2012)
   Groningen Open (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   Isle of Man Masters (2017)

   🏆 Biel Master Open
   L Piasetski vs H Martirosyan (Jul-22-19) 0-1
   L Piasetski vs B Thorfinnsson (Apr-14-19) 0-1
   H S Gretarsson vs L Piasetski (Apr-13-19) 1-0
   L Piasetski vs J S Christiansen (Apr-11-19) 1-0
   W F Forster vs L Piasetski (Apr-10-19) 0-1

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(born Dec-24-1951, 68 years old) Canada

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An IM (1975), he has represented Canada as high as board 4 and captain at 5 Olympiads (1974-8, 1988 and 1992), accumulating 27.5 points in 45 team games. In 1970, he won the Quebec Carnival(5) tournament's top section in February (scoring 4.5/5) and became Canadian Junior Champion, finishing with a score of 8/9 by January, 1971. He later qualified to play at Athens in June 1971, capturing 5th in the B group at the World Junior championship(5) finals. He, Jacques Labelle and Jules Therien all scored 5/5 in the February 1971 Quebec Carnival tournament in a field of 102 players.

He finished with 7.5/11 (tied for share of 4th-11th overall) while representing Canada in 2012 at the World Senior's chess championship and scored 7/11 for share of 17/36 at the same event in 2013. He won the Canadian 65+ seniors' championship at British Columbia in June, 2016 (4).

References / Sources:

(1) http://worldsenior2013.rijekachess...., (2), (3) , (4), (5)

Last updated: 2017-07-05 18:27:50

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 230  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Day vs L Piasetski 1-0391969Tournoi de L'estE61 King's Indian
2. L Piasetski vs C Coudari  ½-½541969CAN-ch / ZonalE91 King's Indian
3. Z Vranesic vs L Piasetski  1-0581969CAN-ch / ZonalE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
4. L Piasetski vs Larsen 0-1291970CAN opA04 Reti Opening
5. L Day vs L Piasetski  1-0441971Ontario OpenA56 Benoni Defense
6. I Hambleton vs L Piasetski  1-04719719th Canadian OpenA16 English
7. S Pakosta vs L Piasetski  0-17019719th Canadian OpenA02 Bird's Opening
8. L Piasetski vs L Day 0-1351972CAN-ch / ZonalA27 English, Three Knights System
9. Larsen vs L Piasetski  1-047197273rd US OpenA02 Bird's Opening
10. L Piasetski vs L Day  ½-½241974Quebec OpenC66 Ruy Lopez
11. L Piasetski vs L Day 1-0591975CAN-ch / ZonalA45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. K Spraggett vs L Piasetski  ½-½281975CAN-ch / ZonalB06 Robatsch
13. L Piasetski vs L Day  0-1571975Quebec OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. L Piasetski vs Ole Scott Knudsen  0-1491976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. D J Findlay vs L Piasetski  0-1411976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B33 Sicilian
16. L Piasetski vs D Taruffi  1-0371976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A15 English
17. F J Sanz Alonso vs L Piasetski  0-1621976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A10 English
18. L Piasetski vs Nunn 0-1341976Haifa Olympiad (Men)D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. L Bronstein vs L Piasetski  0-1391976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
20. Gheorghiu vs L Piasetski 0-1371977Orense (Spain)B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
21. L Piasetski vs Dusan Rajkovic  1-0461977StipA28 English
22. L Piasetski vs V Kovacevic 0-1231977KarlovacA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
23. Nunn vs L Piasetski  1-0371978England 25/420B33 Sicilian
24. L Day vs L Piasetski 0-1451978CAN-ch / ZonalA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
25. L Piasetski vs K Spraggett  0-1401978CAN-ch / ZonalA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 230  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-14-06  PhilFeeley: Here's a game that should be in this collection. Kevin Spraggett writes of it that Piasetski was offered a bribe by Ghiorghu the night before the game to throw it ( The bribe was only $5, but Leon wouldn't have taken it anyway, and went on to win this:

[Event "Orense (Spain)"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1977.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Gheorghiu, Florin"]
[Black "Piasetski, Leon"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B33"]
[PlyCount "74"]
[EventDate "1977.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bf4 e5 8. Bg5 a6 9. Na3 b5 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Nd5 f5 12. exf5 Bxf5 13. c3 Bg7 14. Nc2 O-O 15. Nce3 Be6 16. g4 Ne7 17. Bg2 Rc8 18. h4 Nxd5 19. Bxd5 Qf6 20. Qd2 e4 21. Bxe4 b4 22. cxb4 Qxb2 23. Qxb2 Bxb2 24. Rd1 Bc3+ 25. Kf1 Bxb4 26. Bd5 Rc3 27. Kg2 Bc5 28. Rhe1 Rb8 29. Rd2 Rb4 30. Bf3 Ra3 31. Nf5 Rf4 32. Bd1 h5 33. Rg1 hxg4 34. Nxd6 Rxa2 35. Rxa2 Bxa2 36. Nc8 Be6 37. Kg3 Rf6 0-1

Jul-13-11  BIDMONFA: Leon David Piasetski


Dec-03-11  lentil: <The bribe was only $5> Hah! This lowball offer implies that Gheorgiu (probably rated 200+ points higher at the time) had no doubt that he would win, but just wanted to avoid the effort. I hope leon took the fiver and then ignored the agreement. What's Georghiu to do? Complain to the TD? (p.s. the link is broken)
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  wordfunph: "A well-played chess game is like a pas-de-deux in ballet - two performers executing graceful, artistic maneuvers to a brilliant tempo."

- IM Leon Piasetski

May-01-13  DoctorD: A pas-de-deux in ballet is cooperative; a chess game is not. Sounds like he is describing a helpmate, not a game of chess.
Oct-03-13  PhilFeeley: <lentil: (p.s. the link is broken)> Yes, Kevin's blog is now on Wordpress. Just Google it and you'll get there.
Nov-26-15  PhilFeeley: Anyone know why Leon didn't play the World Seniors this year?
Oct-31-17  PhilFeeley: Playing with Kevin Spraggett at the 11th Figueira da Foz International Chess Festival in the Sweet Atlantic Hotel, Figueira da Foz, Portugal.

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A rather wonderful anecdote from Lawrence Day that mentions Leon David Piasetski :

Nicolas Engalicev (kibitz #4)

"He (Nicolas Engalicev) was elderly when I played him. Both his English and French had a thick Russian accent. But he was reserved, an ordinary gentleman, happy with Montreal's Trudeau-era multi-culturalism. The once a month Quebec City tournaments were down river and farther north. He stayed in the motel while I and other young players like Leon Piasetski stayed in sleeping bags on mats in the gymnasium of a close-by monastery for $1 per night.

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