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Aarne Ilmari Niemela
Number of games in database: 53
Years covered: 1934 to 1964
Overall record: +11 -27 =15 (34.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Sep-16-1907, died Nov-12-1975, 68 years old) Finland

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Aarne Ilmari Niemela was born on the 16th of September 1907 in Miehikkala, Finland. He was Finnish champion in 1948 and passed away in Helsinki in 1975.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Niemela vs E E Book  1-0221934HelsinkiC55 Two Knights Defense
2. R Krogius vs A Niemela 1-0181934LoviisaE00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. E Rojahn vs A Niemela  0-1291948Saltsjobaden ttE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
4. A Bergqvist vs A Niemela  1-0481950Dubrovnik olmD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. P Panagopoulos vs A Niemela  ½-½561950Dubrovnik olmD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
6. A Niemela vs M Zapata Vinces  1-0261950Dubrovnik olmD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. A Niemela vs J H Donner 1-0301950Dubrovnik olmE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
8. A Niemela vs A M Giustolisi  1-0441950Dubrovnik olmE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
9. Guimard vs A Niemela  ½-½371950Dubrovnik olmD05 Queen's Pawn Game
10. A Niemela vs M Kupferstich 0-1411950Dubrovnik olmA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
11. A Niemela vs Rellstab  ½-½341950Dubrovnik olmD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Morcken vs A Niemela  ½-½1021950Dubrovnik olmD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. A Niemela vs P Trifunovic  0-1391950Dubrovnik olmA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
14. A Niemela vs Geller  0-1311952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-CE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
15. A Niemela vs A Prameshuber  0-1421956Moscow ol (Men) fin-BD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. A Niemela vs T Venkatraman  1-0321956Moscow (ol)E58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
17. R Fuchs vs A Niemela  ½-½231957Sofia ZonalA14 English
18. A Niemela vs Sliwa  ½-½281957Sofia ZonalE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
19. A Niemela vs G Barcza  1-0521957Sofia ZonalE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
20. O Neikirch vs A Niemela  1-0381957Sofia ZonalD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. G Mititelu vs A Niemela  1-0381957Sofia ZonalD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. A Niemela vs G Pfeiffer  0-1291957Sofia ZonalD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. F Zita vs A Niemela  1-0441957Sofia ZonalA06 Reti Opening
24. A Niemela vs A Beni  ½-½261957Sofia ZonalE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
25. S Basjuni vs A Niemela  0-1301957Sofia ZonalA13 English
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Sep-16-07  Eastfrisian: I guess, he was one of the not well known chessplayers in the world. I had never heard about him.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Some puzzles from his games:

A pretty easy one he wins to begin with.

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Lignell-Niemelä, 1943. Black to play and win immediately.

Another not too complicated one, where he loses:

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Niemelä-Keto, 1959. Black to play.

Finally, a pleasing but very tricky one where he's on the receiving end:

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R Krogius vs Niemala, 1934. White to play.

<Warning - if you want to solve this one properly, it takes a lot of calculations. Thomas W Ristoja analyses this position for a full page in his tactics book and I feel he was if anything lazy here! So I recommend just trying to see if you can grasp the general idea and leave it at that.> Black has some surprising defensive resources and a win is almost impossible to demonstrate - in fact I'm not sure if there is one by force or not despite analysing it for a couple more pages. Still, what is White's best move here?

Sep-16-07  Guguni: In the last position it looks like the attack sequence starts with white playing R:h7, then Qh5+ (queen can not be captured because of the white bishop) and then the queen can settle on h6 square and after o-o-o the second white rook can join the attack. But this is just a quick glance, I did not make a move by move analyses.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Guguni> You're right about 1.Rxh7. However, by no means must Black take the rook (1...Kxh7?? as played in the game loses for sure). He has two other good options at his disposal: 1...cxd3 and above all the energetic 1...Bxg5! which might even salvage a draw following, say, 2.Bxg6! (the best try) Bh4+!? (2...fxg6 3.Rxb7 Qc8 4.Nf3 Qxb7 5.Nxg5 also gives Black some chances to save the game) 3.Kf1 fxg6 4.Rxb7 Qc8 5.Nf3 Qxb7 6.Nxh4 Qc6! (this is just the beginning of one sample line and doesn't go halfway towards solving the mess that is this position)
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  whiteshark: player of the day

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Aug-24-08  myschkin: . . .

Rajuna hyökkäyspelaajana pidetty <Ilmari Niemelä> (1907-1975) osallistui shakin SM-kilpailuun 21 kertaa - useammin kuin kukaan muu tähän mennessä. Hän voitti ainoan mestaruutensa osallistuttuaan ensimmäisen kerran vuonna 1948. Sen jälkeen menestys oli vaihtelevaa. Olympialaisissa Niemelä edusti Suomea seitsemästi: 1950 Dubrovnikissa, 1952 Helsingissä, 1956 Moskovassa, 1960 Leipzigissa, 1962 Varnassa, 1964 Tel Avivissa ja 1966 Havannassa.


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(Ilmari Niemelä - Eero E. Böök, Helsinki 1934)

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  whiteshark: Kiitos, <Anonyymi kirjoitti>!
Aug-24-08  myschkin: . . .

Hyvää päivänjatkoa :D

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  whiteshark: He played 7 Chess Olympiads between 1950 and 1966.

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Sep-16-12  Fuegoverde: My favorite game ever is Niemela vs Tal, in Riga 1959, where Tal only moves his Knight in the last five moves of the game. 23... Nc6 ! is one of the prettiest moves I'd ever seen
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