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Raaphi Persitz
R Persitz 
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Number of games in database: 106
Years covered: 1953 to 1969
Highest rating achieved in database: 2336
Overall record: +40 -36 =30 (51.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (17) 
    B90 B95 B92 B73 B67
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
    B90 B95 B92 B91 B96
 French Defense (5) 
    C10 C17 C11
 Four Knights (4) 
    C47 C49
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B11 B14 B18
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (6) 
    E80 E91 E79 E62 E73
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E58 E45 E31 E26
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C92 C85 C60 C67
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D94 D93 D86
 Sicilian (5) 
    B88 B90 B25 B59
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Persitz vs D V Hooper, 1954 1-0
   R Persitz vs R Blumenfeld, 1958 1-0
   R Hartoch vs R Persitz, 1968 1/2-1/2
   R Persitz vs Huebner, 1969 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship Final-B (1953)
   Israeli Championship (1965)
   World Junior Championship qual-1 (1953)
   Hastings 1955/56 (1955)
   Netanya (1961)
   Hastings 1968/69 (1968)
   Ljubljana (1955)
   Leipzig Olympiad qual-1 (1960)
   Leipzig Olympiad Final-B (1960)

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(born Jul-26-1934, died Feb-04-2009, 74 years old) Israel

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He was Israeli Junior Champion in 1951.

Wikipedia article: Raaphi Persitz

Last updated: 2018-12-20 04:00:58

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 106  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Mellberg vs R Persitz  0-1281953World Junior Championship qual-1B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
2. R Persitz vs D Keller  1-0301953World Junior Championship qual-1E48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
3. Ivkov vs R Persitz  1-0421953World Junior Championship qual-1A51 Budapest Gambit
4. R Persitz vs Panno  0-1441953World Junior Championship qual-1E70 King's Indian
5. J M Boey vs R Persitz  0-1351953World Junior Championship qual-1A94 Dutch, Stonewall with Ba3
6. R Persitz vs F Olafsson  ½-½371953World Junior Championship qual-1A00 Uncommon Opening
7. Y Barda vs R Persitz  0-1451953World Junior Championship qual-1A00 Uncommon Opening
8. R Persitz vs R Siemms  0-1591953World Junior Championship qual-1C17 French, Winawer, Advance
9. R Siemms vs R Persitz 1-0311953World Junior Championship Final-BC60 Ruy Lopez
10. R Persitz vs H Heikkila  1-0241953World Junior Championship Final-BA07 King's Indian Attack
11. R Persitz vs B Mellberg  1-0331953World Junior Championship Final-BC29 Vienna Gambit
12. F Scafarelli vs R Persitz  ½-½161953World Junior Championship Final-BE10 Queen's Pawn Game
13. J Herbin vs R Persitz  0-1271953World Junior Championship Final-BC21 Center Game
14. F Roessel vs R Persitz  1-0311953World Junior Championship Final-BE10 Queen's Pawn Game
15. R Persitz vs M Farre  ½-½521953World Junior Championship Final-BA03 Bird's Opening
16. R Persitz vs John Frederick Barrett 1-0491954Varsity Oxford-CambridgeB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
17. R Persitz vs C H Alexander 1-0401954County Match, Oxon v GloucesterC47 Four Knights
18. R Persitz vs D V Hooper 1-02519545th Whitsun CongressC29 Vienna Gambit
19. Stahlberg vs R Persitz  1-0391955LjubljanaA33 English, Symmetrical
20. R Persitz vs E Paoli  1-0361955LjubljanaB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
21. Robatsch vs R Persitz  ½-½351955LjubljanaE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
22. R Persitz vs Z Gabrovsek  0-1401955LjubljanaB08 Pirc, Classical
23. R Bogdanovic vs R Persitz  1-0561955LjubljanaC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. R Persitz vs M Vidmar Jr  0-1321955LjubljanaA33 English, Symmetrical
25. B Grosek vs R Persitz  0-1521955LjubljanaA05 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 106  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-06-09  Karpova: Raaphy Persitz died:

< Persitz studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and represented Oxford University in the annual match against Cambridge University on three occasions (1954, 1955 and 1956). In 1954 he won his individual game in the Oxford-Cambridge match in the morning, playing very quickly in order to be able to travel by train to Swindon (some 75 miles away) in time to play top board for his county (Oxfordshire) against Gloucestershire in the afternoon. He was paired against a former British champion, Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, and managed to win this game as well (British Chess Magazine, May 1954, p.150].

Persitz moved from UK to Israel, and then to Switzerland. He played for Israel at fourth board in 14th Chess Olympiad at Leipzig 1960 (+6 –4 =2). In 1955/56, he tied for 6-7th in Hastings (Viktor Korchnoi and Fridrik Olafsson won). In 1958, he played in Haifa/Tel Aviv (Samuel Reshevsky won) and in 1961 tied for 7-8th in Netanya (Moshe Czerniak, Milan Matulovic and Petar Trifunovic won). In 1968/69, he tied for 8-10th in Hastings (Vasily Smyslov and Svetozar Gligoric won).>

Rest in Peace.

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  GrahamClayton: Here is some analysis of the Persitz v Julio Salas Romo game from the 1960 Chess Olympiad:


Jul-26-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Raphael Persitz.
Jul-26-18  Nosnibor: Winner of the Ilford Whitsun Congress 1954 with 4/5 only losing to the runner up Peter Clarke. Also prolific writer for one of Britain`s chess magazines.R.I.P. Master Persitz.
Dec-19-18  Cibator: Noted in the 1960s for his occasional contributions to the regular "Winning Combinative Play" feature in the UK's "Chess" magazine. Names of players or events were nearly always lacking. B H Wood never actually said so outright, but sometimes dropped strong hints that the positions were composed.
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  Sally Simpson: See Karpovs's post above. Raaphi Persitz (kibitz #1)

Both games are given by Bruce Hayden in 'Cabbage Heads and Kings.'

The first game was v J. F. Barrett and we learn that Raaphi had taken 25 minutes for 43 moves, his opponent was down to two minutes.

"Leonard Barden is looking at the railway time-table and has a cab ready to take Raaphi to the station." (page 127).

Raaphi wins and is whisked away from the West London Chess Club by cab and train to Swindon.

I found the Barrett game on Britbase and submitted it. After I watch the football I'll PGN the Alexander game and sub that.

Two games in different tournaments and in two different towns played on the same day. If some alert nit-picker queries the same dates then send them here.

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  kingscrusher: The "Oxford variation" of the Vienna game with the fun 5.d3

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. d3

click for larger view

is named after Barden, Persitz and another player who can't make out the name of according to this video:

"Dary Corseman" or something - maybe someone can clarify that name.

Oct-19-22  vonKrolock: <Dary Corseman" or something - maybe someone can clarify> Maybe Derek Geoffrey Horseman
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  kingscrusher: <vonKrolock> Many thanks

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