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Tom Lepviikmann
Number of games in database: 2
Years covered: 1947

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(born 1900, died 1968, 68 years old) Estonia (federation/nationality New Zealand)

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Originally from Estonia Tom Lepviikmann lived for many years in The Netherlands before finally settling in New Zealand in 1939. He won the New Zealand Championship twice in 1945/46 and 1946/47.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Cromarty vs T Lepviikmann  1-0471947Wellington vs Provinces MatchD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
2. T Lepviikmann vs Wade  ½-½32194756th NZ ChA16 English
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  Jonathan Sarfati: “Tom Lep”, as he was called by Kiwi chessplayers, was strong enough to win the championship twice, and ahead of Robert Wade. But he had dropped out of chess by the time his fellow countryman Ortvin Sarapu arrived—they were born only 50 miles apart. He made a come back in the 1959 championship in Hamilton when Sarapu wasn't playing, but was badly out of practice, scoring only +1-10.

Sarapu writes:
“Tom was a seaman, and like many seamen, he found a N.Z. girl and stayed here. His first move was always 1.Nf3 [evidently not always, as he played the English in T Lepviikmann vs Wade, 1947. As his hobby he learned to speak Maori fluently.” [Source: Chess championships: 25 years of New Zealand chess championships, 1952–1977]

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Tom Lep was also second behind Wade in 1944/45.
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