FIDE Master Georgios Alexopoulos or “George” agrees with former Chess World Champion Vasily Smyslov that:
Like any human activity chess has two origins: the divine and the devilish. Chess as an art has a divine origin, while chess as a sport (when victory counts at all costs sacrificing the beauty of the game), springs from Devil.
Current chess training is dominated by computer databases and computer analysis. George believes that this has created a generation of chess players who lack some basic understanding of the principles of chess. Smyslov:
After all, a computer is nothing if not the Devil because it does not create anything. It is an inspector, or more precisely an accuser…. Any attempt to compose the entire game by computer negates the creative (divine) side of chess.
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George has been playing chess since he was about three and half years old. By the time he was about six years old he started to play in scholastic tournaments and Junior championships. He was coached by one of the greatest Greek players ever, the legendary International Master Triantafyllos Siaperas.
Since the 1980s he has been rated and ranked by USCF (United States Chess Federation) as a National Master, Lifemaster and Senior Master. Since the 1990s he had been rated and ranked by USCF (United States Chess Federation) as an Original Lifemaster and a “Senior Star Lifemaster” (under their previous system of Lifetime Title Norms).
George has participated in over four hundred major National and International tournaments in two continents (Europe and North America) and twelve countries (United States, Greece, Canada, England, Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Germany and Italy).