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Tapani Sammalvuo
Number of games in database: 201
Years covered: 1989 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2411 (2438 rapid, 2505 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2492

Overall record: +60 -52 =44 (52.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 45 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (15) 
    B32 B42 B90 B80 B97
 Slav (10) 
    D14 D18 D10 D16 D11
 King's Indian (7) 
    E99 E81 E94
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D38 D39 D30 D37
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A50 A40 A41 E10
 Reti System (5) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (18) 
    B92 B80 B52 B22 B20
 Queen's Indian (14) 
    E12 E15 E14
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C95 C84 C77 C89 C78
 English (8) 
    A14 A17
 Nimzo Indian (8) 
    E39 E59 E53 E41 E56
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
    C95 C84 C89 C91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Sorri vs T Sammalvuo, 1996 0-1
   F Eid vs T Sammalvuo, 2008 0-1
   T Sammalvuo vs D Rowe, 2006 1/2-1/2
   V Bui vs T Sammalvuo, 2008 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   15th European Team Championship (2005)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Olympiad (2008)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Team Championship (2011)
   European Team Championship (2015)
   Rilton Cup 2017/18 (2017)

   🏆 European Club Cup
   A Jakubiec vs T Sammalvuo (Oct-16-18) 1-0
   T Sammalvuo vs B Thorfinnsson (Oct-15-18) 1-0
   T Sammalvuo vs D Gorodetzky (Oct-14-18) 1/2-1/2
   W Hewitt vs T Sammalvuo (Oct-13-18) 1/2-1/2
   Mamedyarov vs T Sammalvuo (Oct-12-18) 1-0

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(born May-31-1975, 44 years old) Finland

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Sammalvuo is an IM. He was Finnish Champion in 1998 and 2005, and represented Finland in Olympiads. He is the author of the book The English Attack published by Gambit.

Last updated: 2019-05-31 07:13:19

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 201  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Lappalainen vs T Sammalvuo  0-1181989Joensuu We JoeSKD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. M Rytshagov vs T Sammalvuo  0-1411994HelsinkiC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
3. T Sammalvuo vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½891994Osterskar opB32 Sicilian
4. Shabalov vs T Sammalvuo  ½-½471994OlympiadC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. T Sammalvuo vs J Aijala  1-0271995Kuopio op1B42 Sicilian, Kan
6. T Ernst vs T Sammalvuo  1-0431995Reykjavik ICEC59 Two Knights
7. J Aijala vs T Sammalvuo  0-1361995Hyvinkaa-chE97 King's Indian
8. T Sammalvuo vs Y Shulman  ½-½451995Wch U20A07 King's Indian Attack
9. T Sammalvuo vs Pavasovic  0-1581995Wch U20B32 Sicilian
10. Shaked vs T Sammalvuo  0-1401995Ch World (juniors) (under 20)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. K Sorri vs T Sammalvuo  0-1191996Espoo We ESK opB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
12. T Sammalvuo vs Rublevsky  ½-½591996OlympiadB42 Sicilian, Kan
13. T Sammalvuo vs L Day  ½-½631996OlympiadA40 Queen's Pawn Game
14. T Sammalvuo vs J Aijala  1-0331997Jarvenpaa We JarvSKA55 Old Indian, Main line
15. T Sammalvuo vs A Veingold 0-1401997FIN-chT 9798E15 Queen's Indian
16. J Aijala vs T Sammalvuo  0-1411997Vammala opB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
17. T Sammalvuo vs Shirov ½-½411998Elista ol (Men)E81 King's Indian, Samisch
18. V Yemelin vs T Sammalvuo  1-04019984th Gudmundur ArasonB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. R Akesson vs T Sammalvuo  0-13619984th Gudmundur ArasonA14 English
20. T Sammalvuo vs A Lugovoi  ½-½4019984th Gudmundur ArasonE81 King's Indian, Samisch
21. T Sammalvuo vs Ulibin  0-1411998Rilton CupA30 English, Symmetrical
22. T Sammalvuo vs Y R Yakovich  0-1371999Rilton CupB33 Sicilian
23. Jobava vs T Sammalvuo  1-0711999EU-chT (Men)E15 Queen's Indian
24. Korchnoi vs T Sammalvuo  1-0611999EU-chT (Men)E41 Nimzo-Indian
25. T Sammalvuo vs P Claesen  0-1481999EU-chT (Men)A57 Benko Gambit
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-29-04  Bad Star: I'm playing at a tournament this weekend (29.-30.5.) and IM Sammalvuo was my first round opponent. Needless to say I lost in patzer-like fashion so typical of me. If anyone is interested in seeing the game I can post the moves.
May-29-04  gabrielr: actually i'd like to see the game if you don't mind.
May-29-04  Bad Star: Me vs Sammalvuo (2514 FIN)
1h30min each

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 e6 7. Bg5 Be7 8. Qd2 h6 9. Be3 b5 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. g4 Nbd7 12. O-O-O Ne5 13. h4 b4 14. Nce2 d5 15. g5 Nxe4 16. fxe4 dxe4 17. Rhg1 exd3 18. cxd3 h5 19. Rdf1 g6 20. Kb1 O-O 21. Nf4 Qd7 22. Qe2 Rfd8 23. Nxh5 gxh5 24. Qxh5 Bf8 25. g6 Nxg6 26. Rxf7 Qxf7 27. Rxg6+ Bg7 28. Nxe6 Rxd3 29. Rxg7+ Qxg7 30. Nxg7 Be4 31. Ka1 Rxe3 32. a3 b3 33. Qd1 Bg6 34. Qd5+ Kh7 35. Qh1 Rd8 36. h5 Bc2 <0-1>

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  tpstar: <Bad Star> Nice game! You played very well, however Black was a touch better, as you might expect! 6. f3 in the Najdorf is a solid system but usually White plays 7. Be3 & 8. Qd2, not 7. Bg5 which lost a tempo after 7 ... Be7 8. Qd2 h6 9. Be3. More importantly, the advance h7-h6 tends to hinder your Kingside Pawn rush, so that did benefit Black later. Here's a good example game Short vs Ljubojevic, 1987. I also think 10. Bd3 was not helpful, because your pieces were congested in the center; perhaps 10. 0-0-0 & 11. g4, and leave the Bf1 alone for now. Notice how Black countered your attack on the wing with play in the center (14 ... d5!) and the depressing 15. ed was probably best, since the text lost a Pawn (15. g5!? Nxe4!). Black was smart to lock up the Kingside (18 ... h5/19 ... g6/20 ... 0-0) but then had easy play against your weak Pd3, which you couldn't well advance because then the c4 & e4 squares are weakened. 23. Nxh5!? was enterprising and a good practical choice, gaining two Pawns plus open lines for the piece. But this is where his superior tactical ability shone through, because he saw the forced continuation plus 30 ... Be4! which turned the tables. I am presuming if 29. Nxg7 Rd1+! but please correct me if there's a better line. Once he made your back rank weak, there was no hope. Overall an outstanding game by both sides, so good luck! Best wishes, tpstar.
May-30-04  Bad Star: <tpstar> thanks for the comments. I was actually trying to avoid the typical move orders because my opponent had just finished writing a book on the english attack the day before the tournament. Don't want to fight against hours and hours of preparation, you know. Besides, when playing an opponent rated over 800 points higher I don't rate my chances very high anyways, so I just decided to have a fun game. About there being no hope after Be4, you are pretty much right. My opponent was in serious time pressure (less than 5 min against my 30) though, which explains the 33. ...Bg6?? (instead of Rh3, winning). I had pretty much given up at that point so I missed the winning move and lost the game.
May-31-04  Bad Star: <> T Sammalvuo , Tapani Sammalvuo , Sammalvuo Tapani (FIN) and Sammalvuo Tapani are all the same player.
May-31-04  seoulmama: He is a nice guy too - I bought a couple of books from him last year in the Heart of Finland Open, where he always comes to sell books.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Bad Star> Alas that you missed 34.Nf5. Nevertheless, it was not bad game for a player "rated around 1700"...:-)
May-31-04  Bad Star: <Honza Cervenka> Thanks.
Feb-19-05  Backward Development: <Bad Star:> very well played indeed! I would give playing the English attack v.s. the author of a book about it a ?! (good psychological choice, bad in all other respects) but that was a very impressive game for a 1700 player. BTW, does any one have his book? I'd like a primarily WHITE BASED book, as I have two books for the black pieces. Thanks in advance.
Mar-20-05  Bad Star: <Backward Development> Thanks! I wouldn't give it a ?!, mainly because the game was very exciting.

I've only heard good things about the book, but haven't had a chance to get my hands on a copy yet. I'm probably going to buy one from Sammalvuo's shop some time soon.

Mar-20-05  AdrianP: Well played, <Bad Star>. I've got the book and it's excellent - a huge amount of detail.
Jul-02-05  azaris: The new Finnish Champion.
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  minasina: The book mentioned, is Tapani Sammalvuo: The English Attack (Gambit 2004, ISBN 1901983579)
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  wordfunph: <minasina: The book mentioned, is Tapani Sammalvuo: The English Attack (Gambit 2004, ISBN 1901983579)>

yesterday i bought his 272-page book together with other 5 Gambit books. English Attack begins with the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 and was popularize by English GMs Short, Nunn and Chandler.

Sammalvuo was Finnish Champion in 1998 and represented Finland in Olympiads..

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  PhilFeeley: There's a big gap in his games from 2008 and 2011. But surely he was playing during that time. In the book "Move First, Think Later", Hendrik has one of his games against Nyback from 2009. I always thought <> was pretty complete with its collection. More and more I'm finding games that aren't here.
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to the Finnish IM Sammalvuo! It's my birthday as well. May he play many more brilliant games!
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