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O Sarapu 
 
Ortvin Sarapu
Number of games in database: 539
Years covered: 1940 to 1998
Overall record: +301 -91 =143 (69.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      4 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (72) 
    B20 B22 B40 B71 B25
 Ruy Lopez (52) 
    C77 C84 C78 C61 C62
 French Defense (16) 
    C05 C04 C09 C03 C11
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A46 A40 A45 D02
 French Tarrasch (11) 
    C05 C04 C09 C03 C07
 Petrov (11) 
    C42 C43
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (45) 
    B21 B32 B45 B92 B57
 Ruy Lopez (40) 
    C99 C88 C78 C89 C84
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (26) 
    C99 C88 C89 C84 C92
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E59 E48 E21 E43 E47
 Modern Benoni (12) 
    A56 A71 A57 A76 A69
 English, 1 c4 e5 (12) 
    A23 A22 A21 A29 A20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Vizantiadis vs O Sarapu, 1972 0-1
   O Sarapu vs Z Frankel, 1962 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs O Sarapu, 1949 0-1
   A Matanovic vs O Sarapu, 1967 1/2-1/2
   O Sarapu vs Purdy, 1952 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Oldenburg (1949)
   1st Burroughs Computers Grandmaster (1978)

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   1st Burroughs Computers Grandmasters Tt by Benzol

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ORTVIN SARAPU
(born Jan-22-1924, died Apr-13-1999) Estonia (citizen of New Zealand)

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Ortvin Sarapu was born in Narva, Estonia. He learnt to play chess aged eight but took up the game seriously a few years later in the wake of the successes of Paul Keres. By the age of eleven he was able to play four games of simultaneous blindfold chess. Later in his career he played many ten to twelve board displays of this type. In 1940 he won the Estonian Junior Championship, but his chess development was interrupted by the Second World War. In 1943 he made his way via Finland to Sweden where he was interned for the rest of the war.

During an international tournament in Oldenburg, West Germany in 1949 he met New Zealander Robert Wade, which led to his emigration to New Zealand in 1950. In 1952 he drew a 10 game match with Cecil John Seddon Purdy (+4, =2, -4), and in 1966 he won the Zone 10 Zonal tournament in Auckland, New Zealand. As a result he was awarded the IM title and a qualification spot in the Interzonal tournament at Sousse, Tunisia in 1967. For his services to chess he was awarded an MBE in 1980.

Sarapu won or co-won the New Zealand Championship 20 times, at the time the world record for any national chess championship. He also won the Australian title in the late 1950's. He played in the Olympiads 10 times. Sarapu retired from international play at the beginning of 1998. His contribution to New Zealand chess and chessplayers cannot be overestimated.

Wikipedia article: Ortvin Sarapu


 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 539  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Rebane vs O Sarapu 1-09 1940 Estonian Junior ChA22 English
2. J Tornerup vs O Sarapu  0-133 1947 Esbjerg, DenmarkE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
3. O Sarapu vs C Toerber  0-152 1948 Oldenburg, GermanyC78 Ruy Lopez
4. A Selezniev vs O Sarapu  0-157 1948 Oldenburg, GermanyA92 Dutch
5. Laudowicz vs O Sarapu  1-034 1948 Oldenburg, GermanyC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
6. O Sarapu vs A Rankis  1-065 1948 Oldenburg, GermanyC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. O Sarapu vs H Matthai 1-020 1948 HanoverB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
8. Doggett vs O Sarapu  0-138 1948 Oldenburg, GermanyE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. O Sarapu vs W Kuppe  1-052 1948 Oldenburg, GermanyB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. O Sarapu vs Unzicker  ½-½52 1949 OldenburgC77 Ruy Lopez
11. H Heinicke vs O Sarapu  1-056 1949 OldenburgE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
12. O Sarapu vs Kieninger  ½-½21 1949 OldenburgB20 Sicilian
13. O Sarapu vs V Secula  1-025 1949 Hanover, GermanyC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
14. P Tautvaisas vs O Sarapu 1-064 1949 OldenburgC48 Four Knights
15. E Zemgalis vs O Sarapu  ½-½46 1949 OldenburgA15 English
16. H Heemsoth vs O Sarapu  ½-½52 1949 OldenburgA14 English
17. Rautenberg vs O Sarapu  0-139 1949 OldenburgC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. O Sarapu vs Saemisch  1-077 1949 OldenburgC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
19. O Sarapu vs O'Kelly  1-043 1949 OldenburgC77 Ruy Lopez
20. O Sarapu vs W Kuppe 1-022 1949 OldenburgE15 Queen's Indian
21. O Sarapu vs J Enevoldsen 1-018 1949 OldenburgC77 Ruy Lopez
22. E Walther vs O Sarapu  0-160 1949 OldenburgC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Rossolimo vs O Sarapu  ½-½31 1949 OldenburgC56 Two Knights
24. Wade vs O Sarapu 1-025 1949 OldenburgC48 Four Knights
25. Bogoljubov vs O Sarapu 0-139 1949 OldenburgE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 539  PGN Download
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Mar-15-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Sarapu's performances in the ten Olympiads he participated in can be found in the following :

http://www.olimpbase.org/1970/1970n...
http://www.olimpbase.org/1972/1972n...
http://www.olimpbase.org/1974/1974n...
http://www.olimpbase.org/1978/1978n...
http://www.olimpbase.org/1980/1980n...
http://www.olimpbase.org/1982/1982n...
http://www.olimpbase.org/1984/1984n...
http://www.olimpbase.org/1986/1986n...
http://www.olimpbase.org/1988/1988n...
and
http://www.olimpbase.org/1992/1992n...

Jun-05-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Maatalkko: This guy has the same winning percentage as Fischer!

I know this is meaningless, but he obviously was quite dominant over a long period of time in N.Z.

Feb-20-07  AlanWilkinson: Nice to see old Ortvin getting the recognition he deserves. As a student I played him several times but always lost. My good student buddy at the Canterbury Chess Club, Bruce Anderson, also played him and at least took some draws from him.

My favourite memory was after Ortvin celebrated another NZ Championship win a little too well in Christchurch he made an embarrassing speech to the Government Minister presenting the prizes about how Ortvin always voted for the opposition political party.

Feb-22-07
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Sarapu was deservedly awarded the OBE for his services to chess in NZ. He was almost 66 when he won his 20th NZ title.
Mar-21-07  mckmac: I remember Ortvin Sarapu as an almost mythical figure at The Auckland Chess Centre in the early 1970's.Friday night was kid's night and for a short time I used to go along with my sister.There were many photos of Ortvin on the walls.Most showed him paired with the famous silver rook,the trophy awarded to The Chess Champion of New Zealand.

Mr Sarapu occasionally called in on a Friday,to see Mr Mitchell,or to pick up a book,and the effect he would have on us was dramatic.It's Mr O Sarapu,we would whisper,Mr O Sarapu,The International Master.The older ones knew that he had beaten a player who had played for the World Title; all of us knew he had played Bobby Fischer.As if by magic,the games of suicide,swap,and progressive, would come to a quiet but speedy conclusion.Some of us then even tried to look thoughtful(..ahem),suddenly three moves deep in a rapidly constructed Four Knights or something similar.Simply a question of respect really.

Mar-21-07
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  Richard Taylor: <mckmac> I knew Sarapu quite well - not closely. I first played him in 1964. I was 16. He won. He won one other game and then I got draw against him - in a game where we both had 60 minutes - now actually he was losing, but he pressured me to write down my moves (it wasn't clear in thsoe days if that was obligatory for a 60/60) ...I also drew in two others - they were simuls he played.

I was at the NZ Congress at Upper Hutt in 1978/79 and he, I, Wayne Power and E Green were staying at the CIT - Ortvin's room was next to mine - he was an interesting man - he told me an anecdote about Sibelius - it went more or less that when Sibelius got visitors he would ask them, as they were about to go, if they had noticed a particularly beautiful plant, many hadn't: noticing, observation, alertness, and awareness of beauty.

Sarapu told me he had a photographic memory - I knew that as I had seen him play blindfold chess but he also said his memory of music was not good and he thus got onto Sibelius...signifcant as Finland is close in language, proximity etc to Estonia I suppose. BTW he worked as labourer at a factory in Auckland - and was always out ot win every tournament he could as much for the money as anything. And Ian Mitchell was a Communist (originally from Scotland) - now Mitchell and Sarapu would have had very opposite views (at some times I also argued politics with him -he was ok about disagreeing) - he wasn't happy with Russians (I mean the Russian Govt/military etc) or Germans (again I don't mean individuals - he had German friends and could speak German/Russain and Estonian at least ...)His mother wanted to go back to Estonia but he felt (he told me) that as his home had been destroyed by the Russain and German military there was no future there.

When he was young he was also a talented athlete. When I knew him he was always very interesting and he also had great sense of humour - he would also talk about chess and other subjects a lot - not just to strong chess players...anyone. He had very expressive face and manner. He smoked for years - at the board he concentrated ferociously - cigarette in mouth.

Once he played Kasparov and lost - it was not so easy for Kasprov but maybe not too hard I suppose - but Kasparov - he told me - was pacing back and forth behind the board like a (melo)dramatic tiger working out several variations about 15 or more moves deep "Into the end game, for practice" he told Sarapu after the game! (Probably just to show off.) But I recall Ortvin showing variations he had calculated very deeply in about 1963 or so.

A very intertesting man - a great man in his own way.

Mar-21-07  Mac3: If readers are looking for an autobiography of NZ's greatest chess player it can be obtained at the following link.

http://www.chess.co.nz/mr_chess.htm

"Special moments recaptured in this book include games with Fischer, Spassky, Kasparov and Korchnoi."

While Sarapu is no longer with us his legend lives on through the pages of this book.

Mar-21-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: This is great, honouring Sarapu as player of the day. I knew him from when I was just a kid of about 11. He was a good guy, would talk to any chessplayer and had a good sense of humour. I don't know if his wife Barbara is still alive; she was very nice too, and I think a German.

We were good friends, but <Richard> has provided information I wasn't aware of. Sarapu and I had a little ongoing dispute about smoking, but he eventually gave that up and was glad he did.

A lot of our games were short draws, with only three decisive games. It was a privilege to have scored +2-1, but he was in his late 50s when I first played in the NZ champs. He won his last NZ champs in a very strong field when he was a few days short of his 66th birthday.

He must have been a powerhouse when he was in his prime, as shown by some notable scalps. Coming to NZ markedly strengthened chess in that country, but probably weakened his own game.

He and I also became allies when both of us were excluded from the 1990 Olympiad team for chess-political reasons, although he had just co-won his 20th title, and I was undefeated to finish 5th, while people who finished far behind us were selected.

<WMD> It was a source of great amusement for Ort after he won the Australian Champs that the Aussie papers talked about the Maori, Sarapu LOL.

Mar-21-07  Mac3: Jonathan Sarfati: Sarapu and I had a little ongoing dispute about smoking, but he eventually gave that up and was glad he did.

Wasn't it you who sprayed some perfume at Ortvin when he lit up a smoke at the board?

My recollection was that he was a little put out although perhaps my memory is a little "hazy" and I am thinking of the cigarette!?

Did your "Brut"ish tactics "incence" him? I suspect that the game "fizzled" into a draw, and no real "sparks" flew between you.

Perhaps you should upload the game and Chessgames could feature it as game of the day? "Fire at the board" could be an apt title ;-)

Best Regards, Andrew

Mar-21-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Weren't Ortvin and Lev Aptekar trying to set up a chess school at some stage during the 1970's? As I understand it Aptekar was a top coach in the Soviet Union but it's typical of the NZ education authorities that they didn't know what they had on their hands. Aptekar eventually got tired of knocking his head against a wall of apathy.
Mar-22-07
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Mac3>, that seems right, and Ort hopped away very quickly. The game might have been the 1985-6 champs in Christchurch, and I dunno why this isn't here already.

BTW, do I know you, Andrew?

Mar-22-07
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol><Jonathan> <Les autres> That could be true - re Aptekar I saw him a few times - he wrote the excellent book "Wisdom in Chess" " which even now I use sometimes as a pre tournament device to loosen up or sharpen my tactics etc.

I cant remember openings very well so I concentrate on a few good opening ideas or systems ideas and tactics!

I remember the long controversey about smoking at Chess events - I have never smoked - and it didn't worry me as both my parents smoked quite heavily - I suppose I would be concerned nowadays as my father L S Taylor died of lung cancer (BTW he had quite a lot to do with organising Junior Chess (about 1964 or so) and setting up ACC (about 1967) or so). My mother also smoked and she eventually died of a stroke - both conditions are not helped by smoking.

Two other players who were very strong - apart from Jonathan! (although he is still with us!) - were Rodney Phillips and Roger Court - but there werer others -maybe no one as consistently strong though - it is poss. Sarapu might have become a GM had he stayed in Europe. But he preferred the climate here. Political and other - we also had great social security system intoduced by Savage etc.

Mar-23-07  Mac3: Hi Jonathan,

The answer to your question is yes, I should have added in my surname McIntosh.

It's good to touch base with you again after a number of years.

Kind Regards, Andrew

Mar-23-07
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Hey cool, Andy, now I know; nice to hear from you again.
Jun-13-07
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  Benzol: <Jonathan> <Mac3> Can either of you tell me where the 1985 South Island Championship was played? I believe you played (each other) in that event.

Thanks in advance.

:)

Jun-16-07
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  Richard Taylor: My sister married a McIntosh and there was a McIntosh who was the Auckland Champion a long time ago That was Ian - my sister's husband's uncle! Ian played at Howick-Pak when I was there in the 70s to the late 80s and I had some tough games with him even though he was quite old then. He also donated the chess tables/baords that are still at ACC - he ran a laminated timber beam making company. <Benzol>s father (Engineer) will know all about them - they are very strong.

But all this probably has nothing to do with <Mac3> lol

Jun-21-07
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Benzol>, I think we had a draw in R1 in that SI, which was in NZ. I managed to win that one, with some fair wins over T van Dijk in an endgame and Denis Boyce in the middlegame, but some nasty moments against Anthony J Love and Robert Wansink (scored 1.5 from two probably lost games). Earlier that year I won the NI, which was much more convincing, e.g. O Sarapu vs J Sarfati, 1985
Jun-21-07
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  Benzol: <Jonathan> Where in the South Island was the event held. I have some of the games from an old NZ Chess Magazine from 1985 but it doesn't say where the event was played. You won the event and of your games there are the gamescores against the following : Andrew McIntosh, Tom van Dijk, Benjamin Martin, Anthony Love and Robert Wansink.
Jun-21-07
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Benzol>, I am pretty sure that it was in Dunedin. I don't think I have that issue of the mag. Would you please send those games since I lost a lot of records when I moved to Australia. I recall that my win against Denis Boyce was published in the Evening Post chess column.
Jun-21-07
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  Benzol: <Jonathan> Thanks. I'll upload the games as soon as I can.
Aug-20-08
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  OneArmedScissor: The Biography needs a revision. It's got some pretty obvious grammatical errors in it.
Aug-20-08  wolfmaster: Handsome devil, isn't he?

(NOT!)

Mar-21-10
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  Richard Taylor: <wolfmaster: Handsome devil, isn't he?

(NOT!)>

He was quite old then. Look at yourself in the mirror when your his age...

Mar-21-10  Mac3: Great to see "Mr Chess" otherwise known as Ought-to-win Sarapu honoured here today.
Aug-12-13  jerseybob: Didn't Sarapu beat Walter Browne - by tiebreak - in a short playoff match for an Interzonal spot?
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