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Viktors Pupols
Number of games in database: 67
Years covered: 1955 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2049
Highest rating achieved in database: 2260
Overall record: +23 -33 =11 (42.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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VIKTORS PUPOLS
(born Jul-31-1934) Latvia (citizen of United States of America)

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Viktors Pupols was born in Latvia. After World War II, his family fled to Germany, immigrating to the U.S. in 1950 and settling in Washington State in 1953. He beat Robert James Fischer with a Latvian Gambit, one of Pupols' pet openings, in the 1955 U.S. Junior Championship. Pupols took first place in the 1961, 1974, and 1989 Washington State Championship, and shared first in 1978. He won the 1980 Keres Memorial.

A legend in the Pacific Northwest, Pupols inflicted more tournament defeats (seven) on Yasser Seirawan than anyone else. He has also beaten such grandmasters as Pal Benko, Arthur Bisguier, and Walter Shawn Browne. A biography of Pupols, "Viktors Pupols, American Master" by Larry Parr, was published in 1983.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 67  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Croll vs V Pupols  1-028 1955 56th US OpenC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
2. M Gordon vs V Pupols  1-048 1955 56th US OpenD85 Grunfeld
3. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
4. V Pupols vs A Kaufman  0-143 1955 US OpenA53 Old Indian
5. V Pafnutieff vs V Pupols  1-032 1955 56th US OpenE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
6. V Pupols vs R Walker  1-044 1957 Oregon OpenC58 Two Knights
7. G Moore vs V Pupols  0-163 1957 Montana OpenA03 Bird's Opening
8. P Lapiken vs V Pupols  1-026 1958 Idaho OpenA16 English
9. V Pupols vs D VanArsdale  1-038 1961 Puget Sound OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
10. V Pupols vs M Van Eckhoudt 1-012 1967 Betins mem corrC40 King's Knight Opening
11. A Prietz vs V Pupols 0-122 1967 Betins mem corrC40 King's Knight Opening
12. V Pupols vs P Poschel  0-133 1969 US-opD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. V Pupols vs Benko 1-037 1969 US-opE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. V Pupols vs E Pruner  0-174 1969 US-opE00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. V Pupols vs E Olins  1-046 1969 US-opA56 Benoni Defense
16. V Pupols vs R Woodworth  1-041 1969 US-opA55 Old Indian, Main line
17. V Pupols vs Matera  1-038 1969 US-opE00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. R Byrne vs V Pupols  1-047 1969 US-opC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
19. V Pupols vs J Kotek  1-016 1970 corrC40 King's Knight Opening
20. V Pupols vs J S Morgado 0-128 1970 Betins memC40 King's Knight Opening
21. V Pupols vs Dake 0-132 1974 Lone PineE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
22. T Taylor vs V Pupols  ½-½60 1974 Lone PineD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
23. V Pupols vs Benko  0-144 1975 US OpenA15 English
24. V Pupols vs L D Evans 0-128 1976 Lone PineA58 Benko Gambit
25. D J Strauss vs V Pupols  1-057 1976 Lone PineC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
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Kibitzer's Corner
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"]
[Site "Kissimmee"]
[Date "1997.08.03"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Yermolinsky,Alex"]
[Black "Pupols,Viktors"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "A84"]
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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Lasker mentioned him in the fouth book of his Manual of Chess:

<My Pupols

<I want to train Pupols to think for themselves and exercise just criticism.>>

Mar-15-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor...
Mar-15-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: Today I beat Vik Pupols at the Seattle Chess Club for my first master scalp. :)
Mar-27-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

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