Tryfon Costas Gavriel's Chess CV (ICC Kingscrusher) aka BunnyCrusher


Primary Openings
How I got started in chess
Chess achievements by year
Miscellaneous pictures
Thoughts on chess books
Selected games page


Some people have said I have certain Kasparovian characteristics. It's a shame I play like a bunny most of the time!

Other pictures

At Barnet chess club
At a Barnet pub celebration
With top Greek player, Grivas

Primary Openings

I am experienced in the Kings Indian defence, Svenshnikov sicillian, and play both d4 and e4 with the white pieces. I have my favourite systems with the white pieces. I hope to teach people via the Internet what I know about these openings. (see technical papers section).


BCF Grade Path: 127->147->166->177->181->187->192->E192->186->173->191 (1998/99)

Fide Rating: I achieved my fide rating through the British Major Open, and the Lloyds Bank masters. In the Lloyds bank master I completed my Fide rating by defeating P.Marusenko (2370), C.Duncan (2285), Murugan (2420), and drawing with A.Mortazarvi (2350), losing to the likes of M.Adams (GM), N.McDonald (IM), and M.Houska.

How I got started in chess

I got interested in chess through my watching my brother play my father. I then started playing against my father. The openings typically went: e4 e5 Nf3 Nc6 Bc4 Bc5 (The Giuoco Piano!). I think this was a simple opening to start playing chess with, although boringly symmetrical. I think this explains why I am into the Indian systems, and not the classical systems!

Chess achievements


Primary School

Primary School

Norfolk House Primary School BCF certificate of merit achievements Levels I and II

Norfolk House Primary School Inter House Chess Trophy Winner 1983
Note: An arch rival at primary school was Alex Ethelontis who I met up with several years later in a tournament!
I gave up competitive chess for a few years after being completely smashed in my first tournament.


Hendon Chess Congress Junior Winner 6th June 1987

Wood Green Chess Club championship winner, 1987 and 1988

Wood Green Chess Club, Lightening chess champion, 1987, 1988

Westminster Chess Grand-Prix winner Group 7 1987-1988


Calderdale Chess Congress 1989 Major 1st Prize (6/6)

British Blitz Championships Major Tournament 1st Equal (9/11)

LLoyds Bank Junior National Under 18 champion 1989
I think it was due to my enthusiasm to win this tournament, and a bit of luck that I managed to win this tournament with a BCF grade of 147 at the time. In winning this tournament, I beat Gareth Haslinger in the first game, beat Poulton in the 2nd, beat Sam Foister, drew with Michael Harris (the British Under-18 champion at the time), and a last round win. I came first equal with 4/5 with Michael Harris but won on tie-break.


Barnet Chess Congress Winner U-202, 1993


24th September: ICC Blitz rating peak: 2605 (3 minute chess) beating Ali Mortazarvi (BigAl) to step over 2600!

The ICC is great for blitz chess. You can have a look at some of my fun games and get a feel for Internet chess with my Internet chess guide!

Started Barnet chess club on line! 1997

December 1997: Beat first International Master - IM Danny Kopec (USA) in December London Internationals. The following is the game score:-

[Event "London International IM"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Kopec, Danny"]
[Black "Gavriel, Tryfon"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D03"]
[WhiteElo "2405"]
[BlackElo "2190"]
[PlyCount "100"]
[EventDate "1997.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bg5 Bg7 4. Nbd2 d5 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 b6 7. O-O Bb7 8. c4 O-O 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. e4 N5f6 11. Qe2 h6 12. Bf4 c5 {(Draw offer)} 13. d5 Nh5 14. Be3 Qc7 15. g3 Ndf6 16. Nh4 Bc8 17. f4 Bh3 18. Ng2 Rad8 19. Bc4 Kh8 20. a4 Rg8 21. Rae1 Bg4 22. Qf2 Bh3 23. Be2 Ng4 24. Bxg4 Bxg4 25. Nc4 Bh3 26. Qf3 Bc8 27. g4 Nf6 28. Ne5 Rgf8 29. Nh4 Kg8 30. h3 Bb7 31. Nhxg6 fxg6 32. Nxg6 Rf7 33. Ne5 Rff8 34. Ng6 Rf7 35. f5 Nxd5 36. exd5 Bxd5 37. Qf4 e5 38. Qg3 Bc4 39. Rf3 e4 40. Rf4 Bf6 41. Qf2 Bd3 42. h4 Bg5 43. hxg5 hxg5 44. f6 gxf4 45. Bxf4 Qd7
46. Qh4 Qd4+ 47. Be3 Qxf6 48. Ne7+ Qxe7 49. Bg5 Qe5 50. Bxd8 Qd4+ 0-1


1998 2nd at Barnet Congress with 4/5 (1 default)- BCF rating performance : 235
1998 4th-9th placed at Sutton Congress 5/7 -
BCF rating performance : 218, no losses, held draws with black against IM Basman (2350) and IM Bates (2430).

Some miscellaneous pictures

A picture of a chess set in Margom Park (Wales) :

A picture of a rowdy evening at the British Championships a few years ago. I blame Blaire Connel (the nearest person) and John Naylor (to the far right) for my failure to qualify for the main British Championships. They kept on waking me up at 5'o clock in the morning and spraying shaving foam all over me when I was tired and defenceless!

My cat "Fluffy" that consoles me after losing a tough chess game is much more gorgeous to look at than me :-)

fluffy2.jpg (28041 bytes)


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