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Edmar J Mednis
  
Number of games in database: 340
Years covered: 1951 to 1997
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510

Overall record: +100 -101 =137 (49.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (71) 
    B42 B92 B95 B76 B73
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C86 C91 C77 C80 C64
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B92 B95 B93 B96 B99
 English (15) 
    A15 A10 A13 A14 A11
 Sicilian Dragon (12) 
    B76 B73 B75 B77 B39
 Giuoco Piano (11) 
    C53 C54 C50
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (42) 
    B67 B68 B31 B69 B56
 French Defense (28) 
    C18 C05 C02 C04 C19
 King's Indian (26) 
    E62 E94 E63 E81 E60
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (21) 
    B67 B68 B69 B62 B61
 French Tarrasch (11) 
    C05 C04 C07
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E45 E39 E47 E54 E26
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Mednis vs Timman, 1974 1-0
   Mednis vs Ermenkov, 1980 1-0
   Mednis vs D Byrne, 1956 1-0
   Fischer vs Mednis, 1962 0-1
   Mednis vs Lombardy, 1978 1-0
   Korchnoi vs Mednis, 1956 1/2-1/2
   Fischer vs Mednis, 1956 1/2-1/2
   Mednis vs K Commons, 1974 1-0
   Freeman vs Mednis, 1955 0-1
   Feuerstein vs Mednis, 1956 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956)
   57th US Open (1956)
   55th US Open (1954)
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   58th US Open (1957)
   US Championship (1962)
   US Championship (1972)
   US Championship (1973)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   52nd US Open (1951)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1978 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1957/58 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1972 by Phony Benoni
   US Championship 1969/70 by suenteus po 147
   Third L. J. Rosenwald Trophy Tournament, 1956 by Resignation Trap
   1956 Canadian open by gauer


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EDMAR J MEDNIS
(born Mar-22-1937, died Feb-13-2002, 64 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Edmar John Mednis was born in Riga, Latvia. He was trained as a chemical engineer, then worked as a stockbroker, but became best known as a chess player and author.(1)

He was awarded the GM title in 1980. After moving to the USA he represented the US at the World Junior Championship 1955 where he finished 2nd after Boris Spassky (their individual game was drawn). He played on the 1962 US Olympiad team and was 3rd= in the 1961-62 US Championship. In tournaments he was 3rd at Houston 1974, 4th= at New York 1980 and 1st= at Puerto Rico 1984. He suffered a fatal heart attack in 2002 at Woodside, Queens, New York.

(1) Wikipedia article: Edmar Mednis


 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 340  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Smith vs Mednis 0-128195152nd US OpenA22 English
2. A Spiller vs Mednis  1-025195152nd US OpenE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
3. A Liepnieks vs Mednis  1-040195152nd US OpenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
4. Mednis vs J F Shaw  1-025195152nd US OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. L T Magee vs Mednis  ½-½41195152nd US OpenC18 French, Winawer
6. Mednis vs H E Myers  1-039195152nd US OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
7. Mednis vs Kashdan  0-144195152nd US OpenC42 Petrov Defense
8. R Brieger vs Mednis  ½-½52195152nd US OpenC17 French, Winawer, Advance
9. Mednis vs C C Crittenden  1-030195253rd US OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
10. H Steiner vs Mednis  1-040195253rd US OpenE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
11. Mednis vs L Isaacs  1-060195253rd US OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
12. G A Koelsche vs Mednis  ½-½39195253rd US OpenA13 English
13. Mednis vs J E Barry  1-021195253rd US OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
14. I Romanenko vs Mednis  1-021195253rd US OpenE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
15. C Brasket vs Mednis  1-073195253rd US OpenC18 French, Winawer
16. Mednis vs W Grombacher ½-½35195253rd US OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. R Hurttlen vs Mednis  0-129195253rd US OpenC18 French, Winawer
18. K Burger vs Mednis  ½-½21195253rd US OpenE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
19. Mednis vs Robert Schmidt  1-026195354th US OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
20. Mednis vs Lombardy  1-026195354th US OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
21. Mednis vs Bisguier  ½-½27195354th US OpenC59 Two Knights
22. Dake vs Mednis  1-053195354th US OpenA22 English
23. Mednis vs N Whitaker  ½-½36195354th US OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
24. A L McAuley vs Mednis 1-067195455th US OpenC02 French, Advance
25. Mednis vs I Schwartz  1-034195455th US OpenB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 340  PGN Download
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Mar-22-13  gars: Larry Evans (1932) and Ken Rogoff (1953) were also born today. Are there other chess masters born on March 22?
Mar-22-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <gars> Jan Smejkal is another one.
Mar-22-13  gars: Thank you, <Benzol>. As for the chess rabbits born today I mention myself, one year younger than Smejkal.
Mar-22-13  Howard: Actually, the book in question was called From the Middlegame to the Endgame, and it was certainly quite good. In fact, a lot of the examples in that book were from the 1978 U.S. Championship, which was Mednis' last time in that event. He tied for 3-4 place with Leonid Shamkovich (sp).

One of the examples from that book was Kavalek-Tarjan, 1978 which the latter won. It was Kavalek's only loss in that championship, on his way to a first-place finish ! Tarjan, meanwhile, came in clear second.

Oct-26-13
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  parisattack: <Actually, the book in question was called From the Middlegame to the Endgame, and it was certainly quite good. In fact, a lot of the examples in that book were from the 1978 U.S. Championship, which was Mednis' last time in that event. He tied for 3-4 place with Leonid Shamkovich (sp). One of the examples from that book was Kavalek-Tarjan, 1978 which the latter won. It was Kavalek's only loss in that championship, on his way to a first-place finish ! Tarjan, meanwhile, came in clear second.>

As <TheFocus> noted sometime back - Mednis hardly wrote a chess book not worth having, studying. His endgame and opening tomes are awesome. 'Practical Opening Tips', 'Practical Rook Endings' and 'King Power in Chess' are all wonderful reads.

Nov-15-14
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  thegoodanarchist: I played in a simul against GM Mednis in Lexington, KY, in 1984 or 85. I quickly lost a Bishop and then he administered a smothered mate to end the game in under 20 moves.
May-07-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <Unless a player has an 'understanding chess' rating of at least 2400, the amount of significant knowledge that he can impart on others is limited> - Edmar Mednis.
May-09-15
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  TheFocus: <After a bad opening, there is hope for the middlegame. After a bad middlegame, there is hope for the endgame. But once you are in the endgame, the moment of truth has arrived> - Edmar Mednis.
May-09-15
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  TheFocus: <The amount of points that can be gained (and saved) by correct endgame play is enormous, yet often underestimated by youngsters and amateurs> - Edmar Mednis.
May-10-15
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  TheFocus: <The key to ultimate success is the determination to progress day by day> - Edmar Mednis.
May-10-15
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  TheFocus: <Playing without a concurrent critical review of one's skills will simply get you nowhere> - Edmar Mednis.
May-10-15
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  TheFocus: <Winning isn't everything but losing is nothing> - Edmar Mednis.
May-13-15
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  TheFocus: <One of the objectives of opening play is to try to surprise your opponent> - Edmar Mednis.
May-15-15
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  TheFocus: <You must be able to handle a variety of move orders during the first 5-6 moves - otherwise you'll find yourself 'tricked' time and time again> - Edmar Mednis.
May-15-15
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  TheFocus: <Only play into a variation in which your opponent is strong if you have your own personal novelty ready!> - Edmar Mednis.
May-16-15
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  TheFocus: <In chess, at least, the brave inherit the earth> - Edmar Mednis.
May-17-15
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  TheFocus: <Even when the time control has been reached, there is one situation where you want to act as if it has not: when your position is absolutely lost> - Edmar Mednis.
Aug-09-15
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  offramp: <TheFocus: <Playing without a concurrent critical review of one's skills will simply get you nowhere> - Edmar Mednis.>

What about <Reading without being able to comprehend Edmar Mednis>? Is that recommended?

Aug-09-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: It always looks to me as if someone has been trying to write a name like <EDGAR MENDIS>, made a few mistakes but couldn't be bothered to change them.
Aug-09-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Fellow Latvian-American Charles I Kalme had a similar life orbit.

Kalme was born in 1939 in Riga. He died a month after Mednis.

Aug-09-15
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  perfidious: Both Latvian emigres <Beat Bobby Fischer>.
Aug-09-15
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  offramp: <perfidious: Both Latvian emigres <Beat Bobby Fischer>.>

Tal also did well. I wonder which country did best against Fischer. The USA, then Russia, I suppose. Then what? Ukraine, Georgia, Latvia, Hungary, Serbia?

Countries like Norway, China, India, Philippines, England won't even be on the radar screen.

Feb-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Edmar Mednis.
Feb-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  hemy: Rest in peace, Edmar Mednis.
In the "From the Middlegame into the Endgame" book, page 113, Mednis published my endgame (Kasimov-Komay, Israel 1979).


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... White achives a thematic stalemate draw as as follows:

1. Ke5 2. Kc5 Kxe4 3. Kc4! Ke3 4. Kc3!

Losing is 4. Kd5? Kf3 5. Kd4 Kg2 6. Ke3 f1=Q!
4. Kf3
It is no good going to the e-file, since 4. Ke2 allows 5. R:h2 and the f-pawn is pinned. 5. Kd3 Kg2
6. Ke2!! Draw
After 6. Kxh1 White stalemates Black with the normal 7. Kxf2 or the "fancy" 7. Kf1

Mar-22-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Edmar Mednis.
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