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Spyridon Skembris
Number of games in database: 406
Years covered: 1977 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2420
Highest rating achieved in database: 2560

Overall record: +121 -116 =168 (50.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (33) 
    A45 E10 D02 A46 A41
 King's Indian (26) 
    E77 E71 E97 E67 E60
 Queen's Indian (21) 
    E15 E12 E19
 Semi-Slav (15) 
    D45 D44 D43 D47 D48
 Modern Benoni (13) 
    A57 A70 A62 A56 A78
 English (13) 
    A15 A13 A17 A16 A14
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (20) 
    C10 C05 C11 C02 C16
 Caro-Kann (20) 
    B12 B10 B16 B18 B14
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    E00 A46 D00 D02 A40
 Sicilian (12) 
    B32 B31 B27 B40 B23
 French (11) 
    C10 C11 C00
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C77 C80 C69 C89 C91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Velimirovic vs Skembris, 1997 0-1
   H R Herndl vs Skembris, 1987 0-1
   U Atakisi vs Skembris, 2001 0-1
   Skembris vs S Mariotti, 1981 1-0
   C Rigo vs Skembris, 2001 0-1
   Skembris vs Polugaevsky, 1980 1/2-1/2
   Nenad Aleksic vs Skembris, 2001 1/2-1/2
   Skembris vs Z Djukic, 1981 1-0
   Skembris vs Ivkov, 1981 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   EUR-chT (Men) 10th (1992)
   Greek Championship (2004)
   Estensi op (2001)
   7th European Junior Championship 1977/78 (1977)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)
   Valletta Olympiad (1980)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)
   EUR-chT (Men) 9th (1989)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)

   🏆 GRENKE Chess Open
   G Antal vs Skembris (Apr-01-18) 1-0
   Z Kozul vs Skembris (Mar-30-18) 1-0
   A Sumets vs Skembris (Apr-17-17) 1-0
   Skembris vs V Kunin (Apr-15-17) 0-1
   T Markowski vs Skembris (Apr-14-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-22-1958, 63 years old) Greece

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Grandmaster and FIDE Trainer. He was Greek Champion in 1981, 1984, 1989 and 1993.

Last updated: 2019-02-22 04:07:50

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 460  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Yusupov vs Skembris  ½-½101977Wch U20A04 Reti Opening
2. Skembris vs T Yilmaz  1-04419779th Balkaniad (boys) E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. Skembris vs N Ristic  1-02819779th Balkaniad (boys) A46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. K Panczyk vs Skembris  0-15619777th European Junior Championship 1977/78A44 Old Benoni Defense
5. Skembris vs Krum Georgiev  ½-½3319777th European Junior Championship 1977/78A16 English
6. M Pasman vs Skembris  1-05819777th European Junior Championship 1977/78A04 Reti Opening
7. Skembris vs Rivas Pastor  ½-½6519777th European Junior Championship 1977/78E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. T Yilmaz vs Skembris  1-04319777th European Junior Championship 1977/78C02 French, Advance
9. Skembris vs P Botto  1-06619777th European Junior Championship 1977/78A46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. H Janssen vs Skembris  1-08019777th European Junior Championship 1977/78B32 Sicilian
11. Skembris vs B Tiller  ½-½2719777th European Junior Championship 1977/78A17 English
12. Erik Pedersen vs Skembris  1-04019777th European Junior Championship 1977/78A04 Reti Opening
13. Skembris vs Van der Wiel 0-14719787th European Junior Championship 1977/78A45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. P Busuttil vs Skembris  ½-½5919787th European Junior Championship 1977/78B23 Sicilian, Closed
15. A Lazzarato vs Skembris  0-14419787th European Junior Championship 1977/78B32 Sicilian
16. Skembris vs Keith Allen  ½-½3419787th European Junior Championship 1977/78B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
17. E Paoli vs Skembris  0-1251978AthensB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
18. Skembris vs Polugaevsky ½-½411980Valletta OlympiadE12 Queen's Indian
19. N Giffard vs Skembris  1-0481980Valletta OlympiadA56 Benoni Defense
20. Skembris vs N Stull  1-0391980Valletta OlympiadE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
21. Skembris vs Y Pustina  1-0401980Valletta OlympiadE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
22. L Lucena vs Skembris  1-0491980Valletta OlympiadA13 English
23. Skembris vs Chandler  1-0631980Valletta OlympiadD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
24. A Herzog vs Skembris  1-0231980Valletta OlympiadC00 French Defense
25. Zivoslav Nikolic vs Skembris  0-1421981Vrnjacka BanjaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  mahmoudkubba: Does the picture indicates something like the secret personality of Superman or something??
Aug-28-04  DanielBryant: He certainly has a heck of a name.
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  Hanada: Isn't this the guy mentioned in MCO-13 who uses the Grob quite often? Greek nationality I believe, which explains the name. It's Greek to me.
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  lostemperor: <mahmoudkubba>: from the Greek capital Athens an Olympic gold medal for you for funniest remark on player of the day.

P.S. He is spyderman but don't tell anyone now.

Aug-01-05  SneechLatke: It's always enjoyable to poke fun at a plaid shirt.
Aug-01-05  Rocafella: <SneechLatke> Erm, no its not!:o|
Aug-01-05  SneechLatke: <Rocafella> Quite right! I was only bemoaning the sad plight of those kibitzers on this page previous to myself, whose tastes seem to contain flaw where clothing is concerned
Aug-01-05  Montreal1666: His name sounds like the secret code that opens up a hidden, magical door!!!
Aug-02-05  Rocafella: <SneechLatke> :oD Some people these days, eh?
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  TheAlchemist: I've also seen the alternative to Spyridon - Spyros. Greek shepherd Spyros Louis won the first marathon of the modern Olympics in 1896 in Athens and was a national hero afterwards. Today even the main stadium in Athens is named after him. I guess that's why the name Spyridon became so popular.
Feb-11-06  viruswitch: Nice try.. but thats not it. Mr Skembris comes from Corfu island. The name Spyridon is extremely common on Corfu. People name their children after the local christian saint Spyridon, a tradition that is still alive on Corfu. Hope this solves the mystery :)).
Aug-06-09  WhiteRook48: Hi, GM
Aug-06-12  Abdel Irada: A Santa Cruz Basmaniac (who plays the Grob against anything) occasionally essays a rather original defense that he ascribes to "St." Skembris: 1. d4, e5?!; 2. dxe5, g5. As bizarre as it looks, it does contain a germ of logic: Black will play to recover the gambit pawn, with White unable to play f4 and inhibited from ♘f3 by the possibility of the ...g4 spike.
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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada> In 1980, I had my only game with Carl Haessler, and almost fell off my chair when he responded to 1.c4 with ....g5. Does your Basmaniac play this too?
Aug-06-12  Abdel Irada: Actually, 1. ...g5! turns out to be very effective against the English, because the pawn on c4 tends to leave White with rigid pawn structures that form ready targets for Black's hypermodern counterplay. Also, it precludes the development of White's king's bishop on c4, which is otherwise dangerous.

I use this system against my computer (in two-minute games with a 12-second increment), and when the computer runs out of time on move seven or eight, it considers Black to stand better — and, as you know, this is unusual: Generally, computer programs think their position is superior unless and until forced to believe otherwise.

However, only a true Basmaniac plays 1. ...g5? against 1. h4. (He also uses it against 1. d4 in a gambit that I have named the Refuted Variation, since White wins by the simple expedient of taking the pawn and holding it.)

Aug-06-12  nummerzwei: He has a nice endgame column in Rochade Europa, jointly with Bettina Trabert.
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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada> On reading the last paragraph, I was reminded of my old friend Robert Feldstein.

See the kibitz on that page from 14.8.10 (second paragraph). Only Bob would do something as loco as that! He was a smart guy, but overlooked that little trick.

That game featuring 1.c4 g5 with Haessler was the shortest I've ever won against a player expert level or higher (twelve moves).

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  Penguincw: Spyridon Skembris is the highest rated Greek player at the Anogia Open (held in Anogia, Greece) entering as the 4th seed, but he was held to a draw in R1 with black.
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  Penguincw: Spyridon Skembris has a decent tournament at the Anogia Open, finishing in 3rd (4th after tiebreaks) with 6.5/9 (+4,-0,=5). He was undefeated, one of the few players to be so. Another player that was undefeated was Alberto David (the winner), who he held to a draw with black in R8.
Feb-22-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Spyridon Skembris.
Dec-07-20  BIDMONFA: Spyridon Skembris

SKEMBRIS, Spyridon

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