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Wojtkiewicz 
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Aleksander Wojtkiewicz
Number of games in database: 1,180
Years covered: 1979 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2552
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570
Overall record: +473 -175 =501 (63.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      31 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (100) 
    E62 E67 E69 E63 E64
 English (92) 
    A15 A13 A14 A11 A17
 Reti System (65) 
    A04 A06
 Catalan (50) 
    E06 E04 E05 E08 E09
 Queen's Pawn Game (49) 
    D02 E00 A41 A46
 English, 1 c4 c5 (45) 
    A30 A37 A33 A39 A35
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (247) 
    B90 B84 B22 B27 B23
 Sicilian Najdorf (91) 
    B90 B96 B93 B91 B92
 King's Indian (70) 
    E97 E60 E70 E92 E77
 English, 1 c4 c5 (44) 
    A30 A37 A33 A34 A38
 Slav (42) 
    D10 D17 D18 D12 D11
 Sicilian Scheveningen (41) 
    B84 B82 B80 B81 B85
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Wojtkiewicz vs Skembris, 1990 1-0
   Wojtkiewicz vs R Kuczynski, 1990 1-0
   Petursson vs Wojtkiewicz, 1990 0-1
   Wojtkiewicz vs D Filipovich, 2001 1-0
   Wojtkiewicz vs D Cramling, 1992 1-0
   Wojtkiewicz vs J Donaldson, 2001 1/2-1/2
   Shabalov vs Wojtkiewicz, 2001 0-1
   J Shahade vs Wojtkiewicz, 2004 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Open (2004)
   National Open (2006)
   32nd World Open (2004)
   Chessmaster US Championships 2005 (2004)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   KID with g3 by tibone
   black by randejong
   My Sicilians by Tridel

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ALEKSANDER WOJTKIEWICZ
(born Jan-15-1963, died Jul-14-2006, 43 years old) Poland (citizen of United States of America)

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Aleksander Wojtkiewicz (pronounced Voit-kyev-ich) was born in Riga, Latvia to a Polish father (Pawel Wojtkiewicz) and Russian mother. He was Polish by nationality. He became a Soviet master at the age of 15. He was a member of a human rights organization in Latvia. In 1986, Wojtkiewicz was imprisoned for refusing to join the Soviet Army and was imprisoned for 1 1/2 years. In 1986, he immigrated to Warsaw, Poland. He won two Polish championships (1989, 1995). In 1989, he became a Grandmaster. He represented Poland on first board in several chess Olympiads and European teams championships. In the late nineties, he was banned from representing Poland in international tournaments after arguments between him and former communists heading the Polish Chess Federation. In 1998, he moved to the United States. In 1999, he was on the team of Alexander Khalifman, and help him win the 1999 World Championship in Las Vegas. He won the US Grand Prix 6 times in a row (1999-2004). In 2001, he won the US Open. At the time of his death, he was leading the Grand Prix for 2006. In 2006, he won or tied for first in the Columbus Open, the National Open, the Kentucky Open, the DC Action Championship, and the World Open. He played chess in 48 states and 6 continents. He died in Baltimore on July 14, 2006 of internal bleeding (perforated intestine) at the age of 43. He never married, but in 1993 he had a son, Yosef, with Laima Domarkaite, a Lithuanian chess player. His last FIDE rating was 2562.

Wikipedia article: Aleksander Wojtkiewicz


 page 1 of 48; games 1-25 of 1,180  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Tierentiev vs Wojtkiewicz  1-027 1979 URS 29/401B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. R Freimanis vs Wojtkiewicz 0-139 1979 LatviaA65 Benoni, 6.e4
3. Wojtkiewicz vs I Kivlans  1-049 1980 Ch-LTLB32 Sicilian
4. Wojtkiewicz vs S Ionov  0-140 1980 URS 29/282B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
5. J Saksis vs Wojtkiewicz 0-137 1980 Ch Latvia LatviaB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
6. Wojtkiewicz vs Ehlvest 0-118 1980 URSB83 Sicilian
7. J Klovans vs Wojtkiewicz  0-164 1980 Ch Latvia LatviaB83 Sicilian
8. Wojtkiewicz vs B Asanov 1-024 1980 Sochi RUSB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. A Vitolinsh vs Wojtkiewicz  1-037 1980 RigaB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. Wojtkiewicz vs Ehlvest  1-039 1980 URS 29/346B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
11. Z Lanka vs Wojtkiewicz  1-049 1982 URS 33/317B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
12. Wojtkiewicz vs A Sokolov  1-040 1982 URSA14 English
13. Wojtkiewicz vs M Moskovic  0-135 1982 URSA13 English
14. Salov vs Wojtkiewicz 1-037 1982 It (cat.11)A57 Benko Gambit
15. Wojtkiewicz vs V Maiorov  0-126 1982 EstoniaB33 Sicilian
16. Wojtkiewicz vs Oll  1-026 1982 URS 33/382B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. J P Boudre vs Wojtkiewicz  0-166 1987 ENGB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
18. D Lima vs Wojtkiewicz  ½-½18 1987 HastingsE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
19. J Borges Mateos vs Wojtkiewicz  ½-½48 1988 Polanica (PolaA56 Benoni Defense
20. A Petrosian vs Wojtkiewicz  1-054 1988 C09,VIIIE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
21. Wojtkiewicz vs M Hawelko  ½-½65 1988 NaleczowC50 Giuoco Piano
22. Wojtkiewicz vs P Staniszewski ½-½37 1988 Polanica ZdrojB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Wojtkiewicz vs J Petkevich  ½-½15 1988 C07,VIIE92 King's Indian
24. E Pandavos vs Wojtkiewicz  1-064 1988 cat.7B06 Robatsch
25. Jasnikowski vs Wojtkiewicz  1-039 1988 Polanica A56 Benoni Defense
 page 1 of 48; games 1-25 of 1,180  PGN Download
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Jul-31-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: Wojo lived life to the fullest and did not believe in wasting his days trying to prolong them. Many Soviet citizens lived for today since they didn't think tomorrow would have much to offer. A choice between war or life on the run (Although I doubt Wojo would have gone to Afghanistan any more than Bobby Fischer was going to Nam).
Aug-09-06  spirit: <Ethereal Spirit>...
Aug-19-06  Timothy Glenn Forney:


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Wojtkiewicz - Kutsyn: Riga 1979- white to move and win.

Aug-19-06  FritoHead: I saw Mr. Wojtkiewicz for the first and only time at the Kentucky Open this past June. He is the only GM i have actually been an arm's length away from. After round three, i had taken a pummeling from a stronger player. I stepped outside to get some air and i saw a man smoking a cigarette. A Kentucky player went up to him, reached out his hand and Asked "Wojo" how he had been since last year. With the cigarette in his mouth, he looked at the Ky player, shook his hand and said "Good". I immediatly realized this was Wojo, and here i was a foot away. The respect i felt at that moment, The awe; I have not felt around another person. His confidence permeated around me and i was rendered useless. Gm Wojo may have had problems,but who does not? To say he was this or that,it does nothing except to affirm that we ourselves are real, and i tell you right now, Wojo was real. I saw him, and for just a moment i was him, lost in my awe, but found in his glory. Rest Gently, life was good.
Aug-19-06  Fischeristhebest: Nf6+ forces mate
Aug-19-06  Reorder: Fritohead, what a lovely post. Thank you. I will pass this along to Amber. I know it'll make her feel good. And thank you for actually posting rather than just thinking something so nice. Shared joy multiplies the joy.

Sincerely, Janet

Oct-26-06  thesonicvision: the key to the combination is that
white has to make sure he can stop the
f3 push.

1.Qf6, for example, would lose to:

1..Qd1+
2.Kg2 f3+
3.Qxf3 Qxf3+
4.Kg2 Bh3 and black wins

Instead, white should play 1.Nf6+,
which leads to...

1..Rxf6
2.Qxf6
and if 2..Qd1+ and Kg2,
the white queen can capture the
f-pawn if pushed to f3.

Nov-22-06  Reorder: It's been 4 months and 8 days since Alex left. In some ways it seems like a couple of years, so much has happened. In other ways it feels like it was just a few days ago.
Jan-15-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Happy Birthday, Wojo. Again, it was an absolute pleasure to have met you and chat with you.
Mar-07-07  spasskey69: Wojo is the reason why I am studying the Catalan opening. Yes, he seems to have had a drinking problem. I was playing in a chess tournament in Arlington, Virginia, and in the midst of a game, heard a lot of noise out in the hall. Wojo had showed up, drunk. He wasn't playing, just stopping by. I do not pass judgement on his drinking -- I have enjoyed many a Jack Daniels and water on the rocks myself and certainly understand the appeal that that sort of lifestyle has. I relate this story for the record.
Chessplayers like Wojo and Tal and Alekhine had lives filled to the brim with chess. None of these guys left a boring legacy. What most interests me about Wojo, though, is his steadfast resistance to violations of human rights throughout the world. When all is said and done, and the sadness of his early passing has faded into soft memories of a bright spirit, it is this commitment, not just to chess, but to humanity, that will be Wojo's final legacy. He was a man, taken for all that is; and he lived his life to the full.
Mar-08-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: <spasskey69: ... When all is said and done, and the sadness of his early passing has faded into soft memories of a bright spirit, it is this commitment, not just to chess, but to humanity, that will be Wojo's final legacy. He was a man, taken for all that is; and he lived his life to the full.>

What a testimonial you give! I never met Wojo, but now I know that he was a grand, grand man.

Mar-08-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <Gypsy> I had the pleasure of meeting Wojo, and it was shortly after the 2006 National Open (in Las Vegas) that Wojo left us.

In Las Vegas, it was my second time meeting him, and since I kinda 'knew' him, I politely asked him to use his matches for my cigarette.

He passed his matches to me and I said thanks. That was all the conversation I had with Wojo, besides looking at his board and snapping a picture or two...

http://mysite.verizon.net/jyu1/Wojt...

Mar-08-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: <WannaBe> He does look like a man who put in some hard miles.
Apr-20-07  SteveO1: ChessLifeOnline has some good articles about how Wojo won with the Catalan.

http://beta.uschess.org/frontend/ne...

http://beta.uschess.org/frontend/ne...

http://beta.uschess.org/frontend/ne...

Jul-14-07  Reorder: It was a year ago today that we lost Alex. He lived such an intense life and it was all too soon over. I'm glad he was in this world for the years he was here.
Mar-22-08  Granny O Doul: I'm a fan of Qg7+ from that diagram.
Jul-14-08  Reorder: It was two years ago today that we lost Alex. Life has gone on, but I think it's likely that everyone who knew him and loved him feels the void he left when he left this world.
Jul-20-08  Everett: <Granny O Doul> I am a fan of your choice as well. Mate is forced after 1.Qg7! Rxg7 2.Nf6+ Kh8 3.Rxf8+ Qg8 4.Rxg8+ Rxg8 5.Rh7#

Wow. Thanks for posting the position <TGF>!

Jan-04-09  Reorder: On the 14th of January, 2009, it'll be 2 1/2 years since Alex departed this vale of tears. I think his intensity is still resounding in some lives.

I'm not likely going to count any further than this. I'm still sad often about his passing. This is past though. Alex is someplace else, and he's not suffering.

Jan-19-09  ztwebb: What about the mate starting with Qh8? 1.Qh8 KxQ 2.RxR Rg8 3.Nf6 RxR 4.Rh7#
Jan-22-09  ztwebb: Never mind. Kf8 wastes the mate.
Jan-15-10  Knight13: This guy's eating embrosia with Zeus right now.

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Happy Birthday.

May-04-10  danielpi: New book out, titled "Wojo's Weapons", which looks interesting. Has anyone taken a look, and if so, is it worth buying? I'm always interested in 1. Nf3 stuff, although I think Wojo would play the King's Indian if Black wanted to go into it, whereas I really prefer going in to the English instead. From what I understand, though, the new book is mainly about his response to 1...d5, which are Catalan and Slav lines.
May-30-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  ronmc21: Great Interview on ICC. With Watson.. Both authors on..
Jun-18-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "The longer you play chess, the more self-centered you become."

- GM Aleksander Wojtkiewicz

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