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Leon David Piasetski
Number of games in database: 313
Years covered: 1969 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2218 (2219 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2425

Overall record: +98 -131 =84 (44.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 English (25) 
    A15 A10 A13 A14 A17
 English, 1 c4 e5 (19) 
    A20 A28 A25 A21 A24
 King's Indian (18) 
    E90 E71 E91 E62 E97
 Reti System (16) 
    A06 A04 A05
 English, 1 c4 c5 (11) 
    A33 A34 A30 A36 A32
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A41 A46 A45 A40 D02
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (36) 
    B43 B46 B42 B32 B44
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A40 A41 A46 A50 E10
 Robatsch (14) 
 Sicilian Kan (10) 
    B43 B42
 Reti System (8) 
    A04 A05
 English (8) 
    A10 A16 A15 A14
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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?]
   Canadian Championship (1984)
   Nice Olympiad Final-B (1974)
   Canadian Championship (1972)
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   Unive Open (2013)
   16th Unive Open (2012)
   Haifa Olympiad (1976)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad (1978)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2017)
   Gibraltar Masters (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Gibraltar Masters (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2019)

   🏆 Gibraltar Masters
   M Percivaldi vs L Piasetski (Jan-23-20) 1-0
   L Piasetski vs A Muzychuk (Jan-22-20) 0-1
   L Piasetski vs 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

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(born Dec-24-1951, 71 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)

Wikipedia article: Leon David Piasetski

Last updated: 2021-02-14 11:53:30

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 332  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Day vs L Piasetski 1-0391969Tournoi de L'estE61 King's Indian
2. Z Vranesic vs L Piasetski  1-0581969Canadian ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
3. L Piasetski vs M Schulman  1-0351969Canadian ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
4. L Piasetski vs K Pohl  ½-½561969Canadian ChampionshipC00 French Defense
5. L Piasetski vs C Coudari  ½-½541969Canadian ChampionshipE91 King's Indian
6. L Piasetski vs Larsen 0-1291970CAN opA04 Reti Opening
7. L Day vs L Piasetski  1-0441971Ontario OpenA56 Benoni Defense
8. I Hambleton vs L Piasetski  1-04719719th Canadian OpenA16 English
9. S Pakosta vs L Piasetski  0-17019719th Canadian OpenA02 Bird's Opening
10. L Piasetski vs J Berry  ½-½571972Canadian ChampionshipC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
11. G Fuster vs L Piasetski  0-1381972Canadian ChampionshipA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
12. L Piasetski vs P Selick  1-0221972Canadian ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. R Smook vs L Piasetski  0-1281972Canadian ChampionshipA58 Benko Gambit
14. L Piasetski vs B Markov  1-0551972Canadian ChampionshipA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
15. Kuprejanov vs L Piasetski  1-0351972Canadian ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
16. L Piasetski vs J Labelle  0-1391972Canadian ChampionshipC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. R Zuk vs L Piasetski  1-0571972Canadian ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. L Piasetski vs Z Vranesic  ½-½401972Canadian ChampionshipB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
19. L Piasetski vs E Macskasy  ½-½571972Canadian ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
20. P Biyiasas vs L Piasetski  0-1521972Canadian ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
21. L Piasetski vs C Coudari  0-1531972Canadian ChampionshipD90 Grunfeld
22. B Amos vs L Piasetski  0-1361972Canadian ChampionshipA75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
23. L Piasetski vs L Day 0-1351972Canadian ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
24. L Witt vs L Piasetski  ½-½501972Canadian ChampionshipB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
25. D Allan vs L Piasetski  ½-½101972Canadian ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 332  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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May-01-13  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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