|Feb-22-06|| ||Pobble: A true original. These games hardly do him justice. Notice game 15, a normal opening but it was Victor who invented 11.g4! years before the GM's understood it's strength. He is also an expert on the Latvian defence. There is also has a wonderful little book about him.|
|Mar-17-06|| ||AlexanderMorphy: he also beat Fischer...even though they were only young boys at the time!|
|Mar-17-06|| ||whiskeyrebel: I own and love the book..it's written by Larry Parr and was published in the early 80's. It's loaded with great anecdotes and some wild games.|
|May-24-06|| ||lentil: <chessgames.com> if this is the guy i think it is... dominating washington state chess for decades n the 1970s and 1980s, his first nameis victorS|
|May-11-07|| ||azbycx: I am curious about a game of Victors', Yermolinsky 1-0 Pupols, Rd 2 of the 1997 National Open . It does not show up in this database. Am curious if anyone can point me to an accurate PGN.|
|May-11-07|| ||nescio: <azbycx> Don't know if it's accurate. It looks OK.|
[Event "National op"]
1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 c6 4.Qc2 f5 5.Bf4 Nf6 6.e3 Be7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.h3 Nbd7
9.g4 Ne4 10.gxf5 exf5 11.Rg1 Kh8 12.0-0-0 Ndf6 13.Be5 Be6 14.Nxe4 fxe4 15.Ng5 Bf5 16.f3 Ne8
17.h4 exf3 18.Bd3 Qd7 19.Rdf1 dxc4 20.Qxc4 Nd6 21.Qc2 Bxd3 22.Qxd3 Qh3 23.e4 Qd7 24.Nxh7 Rf7
25.Rxf3 Qe6 26.Ng5 Bxg5+ 27.Rxg5 Nc4 28.Rxf7 Nxe5 29.Rh5+ Kg8 30.Rxg7+ 1-0
|May-27-07|| ||azbycx: <nescio> thanks. this is the same score I have. can you tell me your source? the reason i question it is that both Pupols and Yermolinsky seem to have overlooked a White mate in 1 on move 23.|
|May-27-07|| ||Phony Benoni: <azbycx> Whenever two strong players miss an obvious mate in one, I immediately suspect that the score is inaccurate. Here, 22...Qh3 is obviously wrong; not only does it miss the mate in one, it hangs the queen to boot.|
I'm willing to bet that Black actually played 22...Qf5, blcoking the mate. Then 23.e4 Qd7 makes sense, as does the rest of the game.
By the way, the National Open was played in Las Vegas on April 11-13, 1997. August 3 would have put it at the US Open, which was held in Kissimmee/Orlando. According to USCF crosstables, Yermolinsky and Pupols did play at the National Open, but not at the US Open.
|Jun-02-07|| ||azbycx: <Phony Benoni> Great research and info. Thanks.|
|May-27-08|| ||whiteshark: Lasker mentioned him in the fouth book of his Manual of Chess: |
<I want to train Pupols to think for themselves and exercise just criticism.>>
|Mar-15-09|| ||whiteshark: Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor...|
|Mar-15-09|| ||whiteshark: "Pupols beat young Bobby Fischer with a Latvian Gambit. This is one of only two games that Fischer ever lost on time."|
Fischer vs V Pupols, 1955
|Jan-31-11|| ||Shams: Today I beat Vik Pupols at the Seattle Chess Club for my first master scalp. :)|
|Mar-27-12|| ||wordfunph: <A legend in the Pacific Northwest, Pupols inflicted more tournament defeats (seven) on Yasser Seirawan than anyone else.>|
"The struggling young artist improves while he suffers!"
- Viktor Pupols (would sportingly say to Yasser Seirawan who is in an awful positional grip)
*from Seirawan's book Winning Chess Combinations
|May-25-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess rewards merit; it is more fair than life. National origin, age, sex, social status don't matter. Good ideas are rewarded; bad ones punished. There are no hole cards or luck; all assets are even and in plain view. Apples and oranges act in harmony; this skill is transferable to other life pursuits> - Viktors Pupols.|
|May-06-16|| ||Boomie: Uncle Vik was a very funny guy. We were playing speed chess at the Last Exit and Vik got up saying "I'm going to the rest room to shoot up." I said "Don't forget to wipe off the ceiling." |
I'm sure Yaz has a book full of Vikisms. One he told during the recent US Champs was from one of his early Washington championships. The bathroom at the venue had a whiteboard for graffiti. Yaz wrote "All Latvians do not eat giant white mints." Later he noticed that Vik had written "All midgets stand closer to the plate."