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Assem Abdel Razik Afifi
Number of games in database: 72
Years covered: 1981 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2272
Highest rating achieved in database: 2405

Overall record: +4 -40 =28 (25.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 English, 1 c4 e5 (6) 
    A22 A20 A26 A23
 English (6) 
    A13 A10 A16 A15
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A34 A37 A38
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D00 D02 A41
 Queen's Indian (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B32 B43 B40 B23 B42
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   A A R Afifi vs de Firmian, 1985 1/2-1/2
   A A R Afifi vs Yusupov, 1985 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-03-1947, 72 years old) Egypt

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Assem Abdel Razik Afifi is an International Master. He was awarded the title in 1985. Also in 1985 he played in the Tunis Interzonal (+1-10=5), and took 16th place. He played in the 1990 Manila Interzonal (+0-6=7) and tied for 60th-63rd place.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 72  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A A R Afifi vs Velimirovic  0-1401981Budva ZonalA56 Benoni Defense
2. A A R Afifi vs S Mariotti  0-1391981Budva ZonalE15 Queen's Indian
3. A A R Afifi vs B Ivanovic  0-1521981Budva ZonalA43 Old Benoni
4. A A R Afifi vs Ivkov  0-1261981Budva ZonalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. A A R Afifi vs Miles  0-1461982Chess OlympiadE15 Queen's Indian
6. Myagmarsuren vs A A R Afifi  ½-½381982Chess OlympiadA07 King's Indian Attack
7. E Torre vs A A R Afifi  1-0571982Chess OlympiadD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
8. A A R Afifi vs Ulf Andersson 0-1551984Chess OlympiadA13 English
9. A A R Afifi vs Suttles 1-0291984Chess OlympiadB06 Robatsch
10. Hort vs A A R Afifi  1-0371985Tunis InterzonalB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. Gavrikov vs A A R Afifi  1-0391985Tunis InterzonalB40 Sicilian
12. A A R Afifi vs S Hmadi  1-0651985Tunis InterzonalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
13. A A R Afifi vs Yusupov  ½-½331985Tunis InterzonalA81 Dutch
14. Dlugy vs A A R Afifi  1-0261985Tunis InterzonalE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
15. Suba vs A A R Afifi  1-0451985Tunis InterzonalA86 Dutch
16. I E Morovic-Fernandez vs A A R Afifi  ½-½311985Tunis InterzonalB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
17. A A R Afifi vs P Nikolic  0-1301985Tunis InterzonalA20 English
18. A A R Afifi vs Beliavsky 0-1231985Tunis InterzonalA13 English
19. Miles vs A A R Afifi 1-0271985Tunis InterzonalD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
20. A Chernin vs A A R Afifi  1-0321985Tunis InterzonalE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
21. A A R Afifi vs Ermenkov  ½-½661985Tunis InterzonalA57 Benko Gambit
22. A A R Afifi vs Portisch  0-1551985Tunis InterzonalA34 English, Symmetrical
23. A A R Afifi vs Sosonko  0-1511985Tunis InterzonalA20 English
24. A Zapata vs A A R Afifi  ½-½621985Tunis InterzonalB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
25. A A R Afifi vs de Firmian ½-½721985Tunis InterzonalA37 English, Symmetrical
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 72  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-03-09  walker: Who cares about this guy? His relatives for sure. Ok, but why CG made him a player of the day?
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  cu8sfan: <why CG made him a player of the day?> Because he's probably a better chess player than 95% of the kibitzers here. And I like the fact he's from an Arabian country. There are not many players from the countries that have brought chess from India to Europe.

And by choosing the PotD at random I get to know players I've never heard about before. Just recently Alexey Vyzmanavin was the Player of the Day and I had never heard of him and the day he was PotD I opened a chess book and found one of his games. The PotD doesn't always have to be a former world champion.

There, that's why we should care about Assem Afifi.

Jan-03-09  blacksburg: <why CG made him a player of the day?>

because he has a silly name. which is, after all, what we're all really interested in. that's why Odd Lie has more kibitzes than Paul Morphy.

Jan-03-09  walker: got a lot of time
Jan-03-09  walker: The guy got a draw from Spasky. A Afifi vs Spassky, 1985
Jan-03-09  blacksburg: Smyslov vs A Afifi, 1990

also one against smyslov, not too shabby.

Jan-03-09  walker: The guy became a celebrety here.
Jan-03-09  walker: Now i understand why this Egyptian guy was chosen as PoD User: slomarko
Jan-03-09  Augalv: He also got a draw from Yusupov. Very strong player in the 80's (and in the 90's too). A Afifi vs Yusupov, 1985
Jan-03-09  walker: I am the idiot who opened the cane with everyone is after his games:)
Jan-03-09  solskytz: With all due respect, what kind of a presentation is this? (I speak about the guy's bio) - you only give his worst nightmares rather than his tournament achievements.

A guy doesn't get to be an International Master just by losing to everyone in sight!

Besides, a guy can't be THAT bad (what is this +33 / -3 ?) who lasts 70 moves against Karpov and draws Spassky, Smyslov and Yusupov. Come on - show some improvement (I just love this website in general - it has nothing but advantages, great games, great kibitzing, great analysis, many entertaining features - fantastic!! but if I was Mr. Afifi I wouldn't know how to take this)

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  cu8sfan: <solskytz> Players' bios are written by members like you and me. If you have something to add or are interesting in writing bios you may ask to become an administrator. Or you may post your additions and another administrator will eventually add them to the bio.
Jan-03-09  solskytz: I see... ok - so this is surely based on partial information which makes him look bad - but I personally don't know him and don't have any additional information.

Consider it just an abstract protest... I believe that this bio should be corrected, but I can't do it myself

Jan-03-09  WhiteRook48: he didn't seem to win a lot of games
Jan-03-09  walker: <WhiteRook48: he didn't seem to win a lot of games>

But he became a sulerstar here. Good for him.

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  Infohunter: To return to the original question of why <cg> chose to name Afifi "Player of the Day", I've noticed that in about 99 cases out of 100 said player is chosen from among those having a birthday which falls on the day of choice.
Jan-03-12  Caissanist: Yes, that's <cg>'s practice, as the admins have mentioned several times in the admin forum.

To see what Afifi's been POTD twice in three years, you need only look at the list of other players with a birthday today: <Louis Cohn, Alfred Brinckmann, Robert Willman, Eduard Spanjaard, Boris Pavlovich Naglis, Aris Othoneos, George Shainswit, Frank Ross Anderson, Edmond Noel Mulcahy, Krc, Miroslav Grabarczyk, Pavel Kotsur, Oganes Danielian, Roland Salvador, Espen Lie, Merab Gagunashvili, Mateusz Bartel, David Kanovsky, and Jacek Stopa>

Jan-03-12  King Death: < solskytz: ...A guy doesn't get to be an International Master just by losing to everyone in sight!>

You're right of course, but one way to make IM back when I played was by scoring 2/3 of the possible points in a zonal event. Without crosstables in front of me, I can guess that Afifi won the African Zonal in the 1984 cycle (which was pretty weak back then) scoring something like 13/17 or 12/15. Just like the Canadian Zonal, the only player who moved on was the winner. If somebody like Afifi played in a US Championship he would have most likely finished minus and don't even bring up what they'd have done to him in a Soviet championship.

Jan-03-12  BIDMONFA: Assem Afifi

AFIFI, Assem

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  Penguincw: Happy 64th birthday! It must be warm where you are right now.
Jan-03-12  abuzic: One cannot and should not judge or comment on chess players by there names or nationality (even indirectly), unless someone is kidding with good intentions, or referreing to certain events documented in the media, and history of chess. I see some posts here were negative in this respect, but most kibitzers show great maturity and positive encouraging contributions. I admire CG for there choices, opening the stage for discussion in the spirit of sports and chess.
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