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Aleksander Wojtkiewicz
Photograph copyright © 2004,
Number of games in database: 1,179
Years covered: 1979 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2552
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570

Overall record: +472 -176 =500 (62.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 31 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (99) 
    A15 A13 A14 A11 A17
 King's Indian (98) 
    E62 E67 E69 E63 E64
 Reti System (62) 
    A04 A06
 Queen's Pawn Game (51) 
    D02 A41 A46 E00 A40
 Catalan (50) 
    E06 E04 E09 E08 E05
 English, 1 c4 c5 (46) 
    A30 A37 A33 A39 A35
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (234) 
    B90 B84 B22 B93 B80
 Sicilian Najdorf (85) 
    B90 B93 B96 B91 B92
 King's Indian (72) 
    E97 E60 E70 E92 E77
 Sicilian Scheveningen (47) 
    B84 B80 B81 B83
 Slav (42) 
    D10 D17 D12 D18 D13
 English, 1 c4 c5 (41) 
    A30 A33 A37 A34 A38
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Wojtkiewicz vs Skembris, 1990 1-0
   Petursson vs Wojtkiewicz, 1990 0-1
   Wojtkiewicz vs R Kuczynski, 1990 1-0
   B Kreiman vs Wojtkiewicz, 2000 0-1
   Wojtkiewicz vs D Filipovich, 2001 1-0
   Wojtkiewicz vs J Donaldson, 2001 1/2-1/2
   Shabalov vs Wojtkiewicz, 2001 0-1
   Wojtkiewicz vs D Cramling, 1992 1-0
   Wojtkiewicz vs Khalifman, 1993 1-0
   C Tscholowitsch vs Wojtkiewicz, 1990 0-1

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

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   KID with g3 by tibone
   black by randejong
   My Sicilians by Tridel
   Caro-Kann Formation by dcruggeroli

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(born Jan-15-1963, died Jul-14-2006, 43 years old) Poland (federation/nationality 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 1Ĺ 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 1,179  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Tierentiev vs Wojtkiewicz 1-0271979URS 29/401B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. R Freimanis vs Wojtkiewicz 0-1391979LatviaA65 Benoni, 6.e4
3. Klovans vs Wojtkiewicz  0-1641980Ch Latvia LatviaB83 Sicilian
4. Wojtkiewicz vs Ehlvest 0-1181980URSB83 Sicilian
5. Wojtkiewicz vs B K Asanov 1-0241980Sochi RUSB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. A Vitolinsh vs Wojtkiewicz  1-0371980RigaB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. Wojtkiewicz vs I Kivlans  1-0491980Ch-LTLB32 Sicilian
8. Wojtkiewicz vs Ehlvest  1-0391980URS 29/346B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
9. J Saksis vs Wojtkiewicz 0-1371980Ch Latvia LatviaB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
10. Wojtkiewicz vs S Ionov  0-1401980URS 29/282B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
11. Wojtkiewicz vs A Sokolov  1-0401982URSA14 English
12. Wojtkiewicz vs M Moskovic  0-1351982URSA13 English
13. Wojtkiewicz vs V Maiorov  0-1261982EstoniaB33 Sicilian
14. Salov vs Wojtkiewicz 1-0371982SochiA57 Benko Gambit
15. Wojtkiewicz vs Oll  1-0261982URS 33/382B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Lanka vs Wojtkiewicz  1-0491982URS 33/317B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
17. Darcy Lima vs Wojtkiewicz  ½-½181987Hastings 1987/88E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
18. Wojtkiewicz vs A D Martin  1-0491988Hastings BA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
19. I Efimov vs Wojtkiewicz  0-1371988WarsawA56 Benoni Defense
20. J P Boudre vs Wojtkiewicz  0-1661988Hastings Open 1988/89B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
21. A Vitolinsh vs Wojtkiewicz  ½-½491988Rige 15' BlitzA75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
22. Wojtkiewicz vs Przewoznik  ½-½691988NaleczowA13 English
23. T Paunovic vs Wojtkiewicz  0-1261988NaleczowA56 Benoni Defense
24. R Tomaszewski vs Wojtkiewicz  ½-½811988NaleczowA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
25. Wojtkiewicz vs Petkevich  ½-½151988NaleczowE92 King's Indian
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Jul-26-06  Caissanist: I think it's important to make a distinction between what we say in the days immediately following someone's death and what is said later. I mean, the first news about this on one site was a message saying "Well, he finally did it. He finally drank himself to death." That was cruel and unnecessary, even if it may well have been true.

When we first hear about someone's death, I think it is best not to dwell on the circumstances of the death itself. A polite euphemism is probably best, to honor the memory of the deceased and give consideration to Amber and others closest to him. People are still grieving and nowadays, for better or worse, we do a lot of our grieving online. The first things you say should be to celebrate the person's life, and try to provide words of comfort, even hopelessly inadequate ones, to the people who need it. You have to show respect for the person who lived--GM Wojtkiewicz seems to have led a remarkable life in many ways, and it is only right that the first thing you do is celebrate the remarkable.

Time goes by, though. Eventually, people stop wearing black and get on with their own lives, and eventually facts need to come out. It's not just morbid curiousity--a lot of leading chess masters have been alcoholics, and a number have died from it. Why does this happen? I'm sure there are many opinions, but to decide whose opinion is right, we have to know facts. If we want to understand this kind of thing, we need to be honest and open about what has happened.

Jul-27-06  percyblakeney: Some details in the biography of Wojtkiewicz are very different from how for example Leko would be described...

<He was always Talís favorite student, because of his talent and his obvious affinity to the three required non-chess components of Talís chess school: smoking, drinking, and womanizing>

<and resort cities in the South of Russia, working as a pimp>

Jul-31-06  samikd: he he he ...just imagine Leko working as a pimp :) :)
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  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).
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  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:

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

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

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.
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  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.
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  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.

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  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...

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  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.

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.


Happy Birthday.

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