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Member since Apr-12-04 · Last seen Mar-26-23
I have created quite a few Chess Courses and you can have great discounts using the following page:

Please share with friends this course page :)

I am "Tryfon Gavriel" officially on's database:

Tryfon C Gavriel

and have played a few interesting games thankfully in my time so far :)

FIDE "Candidate Master" (CM)
British "Regional Master"
Ex-National UK Lloyds Bank National Under 18 champion in 1989

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My Playlist overview structure page:

My Greatest Hit Chess Videos! :

I do a popular youtube channel at - where I am currently trying to do a regular series of instructive games. I sometimes post links to those video annotations on the relevant games here. Please use the "Subscribe" button on my channel page to keep notified of new ones.

Played in the main British Chess Championship twice now, scoring 4.5 and 5 respectively (out of 11 - it is tough!).

I have created various video annotation grouping pages, which may be of interest for you to check out:

Evolution of style

Candidate move system

Learn from Kasparov

Learn from Fischer

Pawn structures

Live commentaries

Opening Traps



Instructive Games

JessicaFischerQueen channel at : -

has kindly done some playlists which I have put on this key page for World champions, Uncrowned Kings and other very interesting players :

As well as watching my videos, you may also like to try correspondence style chess with a web interface. You can do so This has a "Videos" menu with the above links and more.

I'm not named Kingscrusher for nothing. I learned chess at the age of 5 and have been addicted every since. It was through watching my father playing against my brother that I picked up the game.

My other hobbies watching the latest films, Computing, going out, seeing friends, watching TV.

The answer to life, the universe and everything was forty-two according the the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. But maybe for chess players it should be 64!!

When i was nearly 18, I managed to win the UK LLoyds bank Under 18 championship! In later years I attained a FIDE rating through the Lloyds bank Masters tournaments and through other tournaments such as Surrey and all play alls organised through Adam Raoof. Currently FIDE rated 2177. My BCF grading has been fluctuating over the years and is currently about 185 BCF, and I am play for Board 1 for both Barnet chess club and Muswell Hill chess club. My full chess cv can be found here:-

(sorry for the use of Wayback machine!)

In 2008, I finally qualified for the British Chess Championship by coming 2nd= at the Southend Open tournament with an ECF 206 performance.

University- I studied computing in business and obtained a 2:1 honours degree

My life advice is: have fun and enjoy life to the maximum! - I hope that helps in this goal! :-))))

>> Click here to see kingscrusher's game collections. Full Member

   kingscrusher has kibitzed 3586 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-22-23 Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1922
kingscrusher: 21...Qf5 seems to be drawish Akiba Rubinstein - Alexander Alekhine 1-0 10.0, Vienna Vienna AUT 1922 [DIAGRAM] Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max: 1. = (0.00): 22.Bd6 Qf3 23.Qc7+ Kg8 24.Kf1 Qh1+ 25.Ke2 Qf3+ 26.Ke1 Qh1+ The position is equal (Gavriel, 22.03.2023)
   Mar-21-23 Rubinstein vs V Vukovic, 1922
kingscrusher: 21. g6 is really crushing it seems 124: Akiba Rubinstein - Vladimir Vukovic 1-0 5.0, Vienna Vienna AUT 1922 [DIAGRAM] Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max: 1. +- (5.41): 21...bxc4 22.Qg3 f6 23.g5 Qc2 24.gxf6 gxf6 25.Qxc7 Nd7 26.Rc1 Qxg6 27.Qxc6 e5 28.Rxc4 Rab8 29.Kh2 f5 ...
   Mar-20-23 Rubinstein vs O Chajes, 1911
kingscrusher: The whole castling queenside plan in this game seems technically unsound. Too much surface area to protect. Better it seems is just 6.cxd5 exd5 7.e3 c5 8.Bd3 0-0 0-0 and no worries : [DIAGRAM] This game goes wild with White casting Q-side. In particular, 17...Qf6 seems ...
   Mar-20-23 C Jaffe vs Rubinstein, 1911
kingscrusher: On move 30...Qc2 there is a very stunning combination available: Charles Jaffe - Akiba Rubinstein 0-1 18.0, Karlsbad Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH 1911 [DIAGRAM] Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max: 1. -+ (-7.53): 30...Bxg2+ 31.Kxg2 Rxd4 32.cxd4 Qd5+ 33.Kg1 Nh4 [DIAGRAM] ...
   Mar-20-23 Rubinstein vs Levenfish, 1911
kingscrusher: Nimzovich in his notes sounds a bit like a modern day streamer trying to make games instructive or fun as opposed to just winning them in any way possible. He said "But as played the game was instructive enough!" - maybe this is why Nimzovich games actually often seem very ...
   Mar-19-23 Burn vs Rubinstein, 1911 (replies)
kingscrusher: 15.Nf5+ was a good try for White for advantage it seems Amos Burn - Akiba Rubinstein 0-1 10.0, Karlsbad Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH 1911 [DIAGRAM] Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max: 1. ± (1.48): 15...Bxf5 16.exf5 b4 17.Ne2 Ndb7 18.f4 Nd7 19.Rfe1 Rhe8 20.fxe5 ...
   Mar-18-23 P S Leonhardt vs Rubinstein, 1911
kingscrusher: <Mateo> Yep - that is a blunder because of Qe5+ and things get very tricky to win See:
   Mar-18-23 Rubinstein vs Duras, 1911
kingscrusher: I really think this is a lovely strategic plan game playing in the direction of the pawn chain - resisting early f4-f5 plans, and just closing up K-side later to focus on the Queenside. Water flows down the river like resources in chess sometimes flow in the direction of the ...
   Mar-18-23 Karlsbad (1911)
kingscrusher: Nimzovich in "My system" has 5 game examples from this tournament - maybe this is one of the more important instructive tournaments of the time.
   Mar-17-23 Rubinstein vs A Selezniev, 1920
kingscrusher: It is amazing but 62..f4 seems to be the disaster move - it loses black's passed pawn candidate which can be used to draw. Akiba Rubinstein - Alexey Sergeevich Selezniev 1-0 3.0, Gothenburg Gothenburg SWE 1920 [DIAGRAM] Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max: 1. +- (7.54): ...
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Jan-14-14  Alien Math: Intrude with notes about Geoff Chandler
Post subject: Re: Sir George Alan <They think there is nothing these guys can show them, link that to the fact a lot of these guys best games collections are still in descriptive then it's a non - starter. Publishing houses are not too keen doing algebraic versions because opening books sell better.

What we need is...... :)
A program that turns descriptive into algebraic. >

Find some use for
Converter for Descriptive Chess Notation in Algebraic (standard) Notation

Jan-16-14  Shams: <kingscrusher> , did you make a video about this scalp of yours? I'm brand new to the French and I'd love to hear your analysis. Are you still keen on 8...g5<?>

P J Sowray vs T Gavriel, 2009

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  kingscrusher: <Shams:> Yep I guess I should annotate this at some point. Recently Peter Sowray achieved an IM norm at the London Chess Classic.
Feb-19-14  MarkFinan: Hi.. I'm looking for a game played by a GM who played his best chess in the 60's and 70's called, Evans. This game was brought to my attention by way of an instructional chess video a good 3 year ago now, and I can't remember if it was one of yours. I just wandered if you can remember making any on any Evans game and if so could you post a link to the ones you have made by that player? I realise I'm being very vague, and I realise there's been a few GM's called Evans, and I really can't find this game anywhere on this site even though i was pretty sure I commented on it before! It's a game that someone like you with your knowledge of the game, wouldn't forget. I think it ended in a draw although not the "notable game" with Reshevsky on his player page here.. It's really starting to annoy me that I can't find it now.. Thanks in advance for any information 😃
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  moronovich: <Mark> Could be Larry Evans.
Feb-19-14  MarkFinan: Well yeah, I think it was him. But seeing as I can't find the game it could be another Evans, because it's a pretty common name.
Feb-19-14  crawfb5: <Mark> You did comment on Spassky vs Larry Evans, 1962, but that was only a few weeks ago, so maybe that's not the game you seek.
Feb-19-14  MarkFinan: crawfb5.. It is a real possibility that I'm even getting his name wrong mate, lol.. But I don't think I am. I even looked at my previous handles for comments on an Evans game, and even though they were only quick 5 minute looks, I couldn't see any comments.. I started thinking it was Christiansen for some reason too, then I looked at the only game in the database between Evans and Chriatiansen but it's not that game either..

I'll find it soon enough, someone will realise what game I'm on about because it's one of those games you don't forget.. Unless you're me, lol 😃

Feb-19-14  MarkFinan: R Byrne vs Larry Evans, 1965

Mr Crusher, crawf5, Moronovich.. I found it! Strangely enough for me, I got the result of the game wrong. And other minor details, lol. 😃

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Sorry for letting it slide, but your playlists are once again all updated and current:

Best wishes,

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  jessicafischerqueen: <Tryfon>

I just now saw your old messages to me on youtube, and I've replied.

I thought they had eliminated the "inbox" but I ran into it by accident yesterday, but had to watch a YOUTUBE VIDEO TUTORIAL ON HOW TO FIND YOUR INBOX to find my inbox again today.

At any rate....

I am trying to join the ECF forum and the first hurdle to register was that I had to know Mickey Adams was currently the highest rated ECF player....

Good grief.

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  kingscrusher: Many thanks Jessica - all your efforts for me are totally appreciated!

Best wishes

Nov-02-14  Big Pawn: Kingscrusher - love your vids and especially the way you take your time in going over the games. very unhurried and very instructive, and entertaining too.

I don't know if you've seen this incredible game (dutch leningrad) between Houdini and Komodo. It's mind boggling and features a most unusual material imbalance.

Houdini vs Komodo, 2014

Nov-28-14  mwansachib: Like-your-videos
Nov-29-14  madlydeeply: Maybe you'll look into makagonov and lilenthal? Its fun to see different players
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  Annie K.: Happy New Year <Tryfon>! :)
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  AylerKupp: <kingscrusher> If you haven't seen the recently completed The World vs Naiditsch, 2014, you might want to take a look at it. The position after 24...c6 reminds me of White's position in R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 after 14.Rfd1; Black is lost no matter what he does in a seemingly equal position, with a pawn advantage, no less. And the moves leading up to it and the motivations behind it are equally interesting. Black had <one> chance to save the game by 24...Rd4 but apparently did not fully appreciate the danger and did not play it, just like R.Byrne did not fully appreciate the danger by playing 14.Rfd1 instead of 14.Rad1.

And a Happy New Year to you from one of your many fans.

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  thegoodanarchist: < kingscrusher: I video annotated this game here:

Cheers, K>

I enjoyed it quit a bit, thank you!

Dec-09-15  Hawkman: < 95 Eckersley-Waites, Adam ENG 2280 0 1987 Kenworthy, Gary f ENG 2275 0 1957
98 Wadsworth, Matthew J ENG 2273 2 2000
98 Savage, Ben D M f ENG 2273 0 1977
100 Townsend, M Paul ENG 2268 2 1960 >

KC, you're awesome! That's why these guys fear you!

May-18-16  chessbeginer84: KC love your videos keep up the good work a long time ago I had the chance to play an IM from Romania I lost the game due to tactical errors the game was for 3 hours because he was playing 20 other people at the same time I was on defense mode the entire game. After the game he said I was about 1350 and my first mistake was playing the caro kann defense that they don't use that opening no longer is there any advice you could give me with tactics and strategies
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  kingscrusher: <chessbeginer84:> The Caro-kann is a perfectly viable opening. If you can afford some investment, perhaps get some books from Amazon on the Caro-Kann. There is a Kasparov book which shows quite a few lines where black castles queenside.

For tactics and strategy in general, perhaps consider getting the books by Yasser Seirawan. They seem really nice to me.

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<Kingscrusher> live video on his chess analysis! You can actually see him smiling and laughing right on the videos now:

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<Tryfon> Even though I've been a premium member at your fine website for 10 years, I just today figured out how to find my "private message box."

I found a recent message from you, which I've now replied to. Sorry for the delay!

Please let me know that you got my reply, so that I can be sure I'm doing it rite- finally- on your website.

<Kingscrusher> website here brahs, great correspondence tourneys and so much more:

<Kingscrusher> youtube channel here brahs, now with WEBCAM!

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  Annie K.: Happy New Year, <Tryfon>! :)
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I have recently been watching many of videos that feature your "Knight Tango" openings, now expanded to the white pieces?!

It reminded me of a Latvian chess player of some note- he had decent results, and he played the "Knight Tango" with both colors, just like you!?

I wrote his biography and uploaded as many of his games I could find- many "tangoes" in here I can tell you:

Nils Elisons

I also learned that the tango with white is called <The Dunst Opening>.

I think this is the most impressive tango game, in which <Elisons> beats <Vladimir Petrov>, probably the strongest pre-Tal Latvian chess master:

Nils Elisons vs Vladimir Petrov, 1928

1.Nc3?! and away we go.....

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