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Jacob Murey
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Number of games in database: 753
Years covered: 1963 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2380 (2136 rapid, 2302 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2450
Overall record: +317 -204 =228 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (101) 
    B24 B23 B42 B97 B44
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C92 C89 C72 C67 C99
 English, 1 c4 e5 (31) 
    A20 A29 A21 A28 A27
 King's Indian (31) 
    E84 E81 E86 E76 E82
 English (26) 
    A18 A13 A11 A16 A10
 French Defense (24) 
    C11 C17 C16 C02 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (80) 
    B29 B97 B30 B22 B56
 King's Indian (43) 
    E62 E92 E97 E83 E98
 Queen's Pawn Game (30) 
    A40 A46 E00 D02 A41
 Slav (27) 
    D16 D10 D11 D15 D14
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C80 C60 C96 C77 C82
 Reti System (18) 
    A04 A06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Murey vs E Mortensen, 1982 1-0
   V F Titenko vs J Murey, 1963 1/2-1/2
   J Murey vs V Malakhov, 2000 1-0
   J Murey vs A Nikitin, 1971 1-0
   J Murey vs Beliavsky, 1982 1-0
   S Krasnov vs J Murey, 1966 0-1
   J Murey vs Sax, 1982 1-0
   J Murey vs B Gruzmann, 1965 1-0
   J Murey vs Shirov, 1993 1/2-1/2
   Illescas Cordoba vs J Murey, 1986 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Haringey Masters (1988)
   Podolsk (1991)
   Marseille (1987)
   Hastings 1982/83 (1983)
   7th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1983)
   Be'er Sheva (1978)
   Manchester Benedictine Open (1981)
   Berlin Open (1984)
   Pula Open (2003)
   Sukhumi (1972)
   Israeli Championship (1984)
   Copenhagen Open (1986)
   Valletta Olympiad (1980)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)
   New York Open (1987)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Sukhumi 1972 by WCC Editing Project
   Moscow Interzonal 1982 by suenteus po 147
   Moscow Interzonal 1982 by Tabanus
   Moscow Interzonal 1982 by WCC Editing Project

   🏆 European Championship
   K Zalkind vs J Murey (Mar-08-15) 1/2-1/2
   J Murey vs P Marusenko (Mar-06-15) 1/2-1/2
   H Melkumyan vs J Murey (Mar-05-15) 1-0
   J Murey vs Igor Berenboym (Mar-04-15) 1-0
   L Pantsulaia vs J Murey (Mar-03-15) 1-0

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(born Aug-02-1941, 82 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Israel)

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Murey immigrated to Israel in 1977. He later settled in France.

Yacov (Jacob) Isaakovich Murey was awarded the GM title in 1987.Best remembered for being a second to Viktor Korchnoi in his first World Championship Match in 1978 against Anatoly Karpov.

In 1961, Murey tied for 6–7th in Moscow (USSR-ch students). In 1963, he took 12th in Moscow-ch. In 1965, he tied for 7–8th in Moscow (Central Chess Club-ch; Vladimir Liberzon won). In 1966, he tied for 1st with Nikitin in Moscow. In 1967, he tied for 4–7th in Moscow-ch. In 1967, he tied for 41–57th in Kharkov (35th USSR Championship; Lev Polugaevsky and Mikhail Tal won). In 1969, he took 10th in Moscow-ch (Igor Zaitsev won). In 1969, he took 15th in Voronezh (URS-ch sf). In 1970, he tied for 15–16th in Moscow-ch. In 1972, he tied for 6–8th in Sukhumi. In 1974, he tied for 5–7th in Tula. In 1975, he tied for 4–7th in Yalta. In 1978, he was one of Viktor Korchnoi's seconds in Baguio during a match for the World Chess Championship against Anatoly Karpov. In 1979, he tied for 1st–2nd with Balshan in Ramat Hasharon. In 1980, he took 2nd in Beer Sheva. In 1980, he took 2nd in Ramat Hasharon. In 1982, he won in Randers (zonal, group B). In 1982, he took 7th in Moscow (interzonal; Garry Kasparov won).

Murey played for Israel in three Chess Olympiads:

In 1980, at fourth board in 24th Chess Olympiad in La Valletta (+6−4=1); In 1982, at second board in 25th Chess Olympiad in Lucerne (+6−4=3); In 1984, at first reserve board in 26th Chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki (+2−2=3). In 1982/83, he tied for 3rd–4th in Hastings (Rafael Vaganian won). In 1983, he tied for 3rd–4th in Netanya (Miguel Quinteros won). In 1987, he tied for 2nd in Marseille. In 1987, he won in Seville. In 1988, he tied for 2nd–3rd with Zsuzsa Polgar, behind Korchnoi, in Royan. In 1997, he tied for 3–8th in Winnipeg (Julian Hodgson won).

Murey won 1st European Senior Championship at Saint Vincent 2001. He tied for 2nd–4th in 3rd Senior EU-ch 2003 (Sinisa Joksic won), and for 2nd–6th in 5th Senior EU-ch 2005 (Mark Tseitlin won). He also played for Israel in 1st World Senior Team Championship at Isle of Man 2004. He won gold team medal and was equal 1st with Wolfgang Uhlmann on first board there.

Wikipedia article: Jacob Murey

Last updated: 2021-12-11 18:08:50

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 753  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Murey vs V Korzin 0-1381963Moscow-chTB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
2. V F Titenko vs J Murey ½-½541963Moscow-ch sfD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
3. J Murey vs R Jahin  1-0401964Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 )B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
4. J Murey vs S Sokolov  1-0481964Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 )A18 English, Mikenas-Carls
5. A Bannik vs J Murey  1-03819644th Soviet Team CupB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. J Murey vs B Gruzmann 1-0371965Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 )C13 French
7. J Murey vs Veresov  1-0241965Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 )B27 Sicilian
8. J Murey vs V Liberzon  0-1351965Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 )B49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
9. A Zaitsev vs J Murey 1-0341965Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 )B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. A Sadomsky vs J Murey  0-1341965MoscowA25 English
11. J Murey vs B Shatskes  1-0231965MoscowE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
12. J Murey vs M Udov  0-1331966Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 )A20 English
13. J Murey vs V Glotov  1-0381966Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 )B07 Pirc
14. G Burliaev vs J Murey 0-1531966Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 )C02 French, Advance
15. J Murey vs I N Asaritis  1-0241966corr-1C55 Two Knights Defense
16. J Murey vs Alekseev  0-1591966Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 )B06 Robatsch
17. J Murey vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½441966Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 )C98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
18. Simagin vs J Murey ½-½421966MoscowC07 French, Tarrasch
19. S Krasnov vs J Murey 0-1321966Ch Central Chess Club ( 1/2 )A04 Reti Opening
20. Suetin vs J Murey  1-0421966URS-chTA27 English, Three Knights System
21. J Murey vs Taimanov 0-1521966URS-chTB56 Sicilian
22. V Osnos vs J Murey  1-0371966URS-chTB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
23. Vasiuhin vs J Murey 0-1431967URSC05 French, Tarrasch
24. J Murey vs Shamkovich  ½-½431967URS SpartakiadC11 French
25. A Volovich vs J Murey  ½-½331967Ol Moscow, MoscowE20 Nimzo-Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-01-03  refutor: Yacov Murey = Murrey Jacob (FRA)
Jun-14-05  DP12: Its unbelievable that such a great player has no comments.
Jun-14-05  WMD: Born in 1941 in Moscow, eventually emigrated to Israel, only to settle in France. GM title in 1987.

Best known for the novelty 4...Nc6 from Timman vs Murey, 1993.

Jun-15-05  gambitfan: I saw him in Paris ! He played at the famous "Cloître Notre-Dame"...
Jun-15-05  WMD: The Phantom of the Opera is here, inside my mind....
Jun-17-05  gambitfan: I would like to find again the game he won against Karpov in Israel
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  WannaBe: <gambitfan> You tried the ez search?
Jun-17-05  Gejewe: I am fairly sure that he did not win a game against Karpov in Israel. Very famous, however is his win against Korchnoi, nr.251. [ Korchnoi vs Murey 0-1 36 1986 Jerusalem ]
Jun-17-05  WMD: Has Karpov ever played in Israel?
Jun-26-05  WMD: Tribute by Lev Khariton:

Also from the same source:

Yasha, a brilliant chess player and a most original chess thinker and analyst, was Viktor Korchnoi’s second at the famous (or notorious?) match between Korchnoi and Karpov in Baguio in 1978 – exactly 25 years ago!

Below are some of the highlights of Murei’s comments on that memorable event that he shared with me years ago.

“The funny thing was that Tal, my idol in my chess childhood, was Karpov’s second, and I was Korchnoi’s…Later I could never bring myself to forgive Tal this sin…”

“In Baguio Karpov was scared of me. Upon making a move he used to look from the stage at me, and I also looked straight into his eyes. He could not stand my stare losing this psychological battle each time…”

“When I remember Baguio, I experience two feelings: delight and disgust. As a chess professional I was overwhelmed with happiness to participate in this historic event. But thinking about what was happening there behind the scenes fills me up with bitterness and disgust. Too much hatred on both sides…”

“Korchnoi lost the match because he was too much involved into extra-chess activities. He should have focused only on chess, as Fischer had done playing against Spassky in 1972…”

“Viktor was totally manipulated by Petra Leeuwerik. I understand that after 10 years of Stalin’s camps she hated the Soviets, but she had learnt so many bad things from them. So, in Baguio she often insulted Korchnoi’s seconds, she was putting too much pressure on everyone…”

“Before the decisive 32nd game I asked Viktor not to play the Pirc. “Please, play the French! You haven’t lost a single French against Karpov in the two matches!” Unfortunately, Keene, Stean and Petra were already giving interviews anticipating Korchnoi’s victory…”

“After Korchnoi’s loss in the 32nd game I was crying. I wanted him so much to become World Champion! I said to Petra: “Now, Viktor’s son may die in Siberia” Her reply was shocking: “Let him die. Viktor left the USSR to live his own life!” I told Korchnoi her words. Korchnoi would not budge saying: “Well, I know her opinion…”

Aug-02-06  BIDMONFA: Yacov Murey

MUREY, Jacob

Aug-02-09  wordfunph: 11th Round Korchnoi-Petrosian Alekhine Memorial Tournament Moscow 1975: A few years after the game, Yakov Murey wrote to Viktor Korchnoi, "The game was won by three of us --- by me in the opening, by you in the middlegame, and by Spassky in the endgame."

Happy Birthday GM Murey!

Aug-02-10  wordfunph: “Korchnoi lost the match because he was too much involved into extra-chess activities. He should have focused only on chess, as Fischer had done playing against Spassky in 1972.."

- GM Yacov Murey

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  perfidious: While we both played in the 1985 Massachusetts Open, it was only in 1997 that we met, across the board in the Quebec Open blitz event at Montreal, with Murey winning both games.

Seemed an affable man, with a well-known ferocious streak at the board.

May-25-15  TheFocus: <He looks like a tramp. He dresses badly and is not too clean. He doesn't know how to eat properly what's in front of him. He speaks only about chess, as if it is the most important thing in the world, and he talks about the game even with non-players who can't follow what he's saying. They think he's a madman. If you spend a couple of days with Murey, you forget that anything else exists in the world besides chess - it's a wonderful feeling. It is important to meet such people because then you realize how rich and deep the game really is> - Joel Lautier (on Jacob Murey).

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