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Zigurds Fridrikhovich Lanka
Number of games in database: 245
Years covered: 1973 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2414 (2422 rapid, 2373 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540

Overall record: +74 -74 =92 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (51) 
    B33 B90 B81 B43 B32
 French Defense (25) 
    C19 C11 C10 C07 C05
 Ruy Lopez (19) 
    C84 C80 C99 C95 C67
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (11) 
    C84 C99 C95 C96 C88
 French Winawer (11) 
    C19 C18 C16
 Sicilian Najdorf (11) 
    B90 B96
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (54) 
    E97 E81 E63 E99 E60
 Sicilian (30) 
    B62 B31 B89 B56 B67
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (14) 
    B62 B67 B60
 English (7) 
    A16 A15
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 A45 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Rytshagov vs Lanka, 1992 0-1
   Balashov vs Lanka, 1988 0-1
   Kasparov vs Lanka, 1976 1/2-1/2
   M Orr vs Lanka, 1999 0-1
   Korchnoi vs Lanka, 1997 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Olympiad (2008)

   🏆 TCh-AUT 2nd West -18
   F Gatterer vs Lanka (Oct-15-17) 1/2-1/2
   Lanka vs A Eybl (Oct-14-17) 1-0
   T Reich vs Lanka (Oct-13-17) 0-1
   J K Duda vs Lanka (Jan-10-16) 1-0, rapid
   Lanka vs R Jumabayev (Jan-09-16) 0-1, rapid

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(born May-21-1960, 59 years old) Latvia

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GM (1992) Zigurds Fridrikhovich Lanka. IM in 1987. Latvian champion 1993. Rating peaks 2575 in 1997 and 2531 in 2005. Played for Latvia in the 1992, 1994 and 2008 olympiads, World Team Ch 1993, and European Team Chs 1992, 1997 and 1999. Has been a coach for Viktor Antonovich Bologan and Alexey Shirov.

Wikipedia article: Zigurds Lanka

Last updated: 2018-03-06 13:33:08

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 245  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bronstein vs Lanka  0-1361973MoscowA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Kasparov vs Lanka ½-½601976TbilisiB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
3. A Khasin vs Lanka  0-1351977USSRA15 English
4. Lanka vs Kasparov 0-1371977URS-ch U20B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
5. Kasparov vs Lanka 1-0401977LeningradE90 King's Indian
6. Lanka vs Kasparov ½-½491977LeningradB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. Lanka vs Gipslis  1-0401978JurmalaB10 Caro-Kann
8. Lanka vs A Vitolinsh  1-0541978JurmalaC05 French, Tarrasch
9. Lutikov vs Lanka 1-0361978JurmalaC30 King's Gambit Declined
10. Bronstein vs Lanka 1-0271978JurmalaB58 Sicilian
11. Taimanov vs Lanka  1-0571978JurmalaE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
12. Ermenkov vs Lanka  0-1571978JurmalaE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
13. Lanka vs Yusupov  ½-½241979URS-ch Young MastersB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
14. E Vladimirov vs Lanka  ½-½461980URS-ch U26A02 Bird's Opening
15. Chiburdanidze vs Lanka  ½-½411980URS-ch U26B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
16. Lanka vs Chekhov  1-0411980URS-ch U26C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. Lanka vs Azmaiparashvili  0-1411980URS-ch U26B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Lanka vs Wojtkiewicz  1-0491982URSB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
19. Lanka vs Salov  ½-½651983Ch URS (young masters)B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
20. Lanka vs Yermolinsky  0-1301983Ch URS (young masters)B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
21. Lanka vs Azmaiparashvili 1-01061983URS-ch Young MastersB06 Robatsch
22. Vyzmanavin vs Lanka  ½-½421983Ch URS (young masters)D90 Grunfeld
23. Chandler vs Lanka  1-0681983JurmalaB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
24. Romanishin vs Lanka  1-0411983JurmalaD75 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
25. Lanka vs Gipslis  0-1611983JurmalaB06 Robatsch
 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 245  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-01-06  MUG: I would guess that the Zigurd here is the very same Zigurds here: Zigurds Lanka, as well as the Lanka over here: Lanka
May-27-09  YoungEd: In his best games collection, Viktor Bologan credits Lanka greatly as a teacher.
May-27-09  Open Defence: no bio?
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  Tabanus: GM Zigurds Lanka, Latvia, born 21 May 1960. Current rating 2496

IM in 1987, GM in 1992. Latvian champion 1993. Rating peaks 2575 in 1997 and 2531 in 2005. Played for Latvia in the 1992, 1994 and 2008 olympiads, World Team Ch 1993, and European Team Chs 1992, 1997 and 1999. Has been a coach for Viktor Bologan and Alexey Shirov.


Biography in German:

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  wordfunph: "I never met a man who got hurt working on chess."

- GM Zigurds Lanka

Source: Victor Bologan Selected Games 1985-2004

Aug-03-11  BobCrisp: Man does not live by chess alone.
Aug-04-11  JoergWalter: Did he clarified any fathership issues with Rustam Kamsky?


Aug-04-11  JoergWalter: <"I never met a man who got hurt working on chess."

- GM Zigurds Lanka>

But by Rustam's uppercut.

May-16-14  BIDMONFA: Zigurds Lanka

LANKA, Zigurds

Sep-07-15  diagonal: Picture of GM Zigurds Lanka:

One of his most important and exciting games was winning a long battle as IM against Artashes Minasian (winner of the final USSR Championship in 1991 on tie-break and later multiple Armenian Champion) in the last round at the Chess Olympiad in Manila 1992:

Latvia drew Armenia 2-2 and earned as fifth at the Olympiad the last spot for the upcoming World Team Chess Championship in Lucerne 1993, to-date still the only qualification / participation of Latvia in the Continental team event series.

Survey Chess Olympiad Manila 1992 (Lanka individually made good 7/10 points):

Notation of that decisive last round game:

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  whiteshark: "This book* is dedicated to a remarkable man, my “life-long” coach Zigurds Lanka, who uncovered for me the mysteries of the King’s Indian Defence!"

-- Viktor Bologan


Nov-25-18  tjipa: Zigurds Lanka is a Latvian grandmaster, so it is absolutely not needed to add "Fridrikhovich" to his name - which is a formal Russian form of address, including father's name. Esp., because even Karpov and Kasparov are listed here just by their first name and not as Garry Kimovich or Anatoly Yevgenyevich.
Nov-25-18  hemy: <tjipa>
<Zigurds Lanka is a Latvian grandmaster, so it is absolutely not needed to add "Fridrikhovich" to his name - which is a formal Russian form of address>


The name of the great Lithuanian chess player Vladas Mikenas was also presented in Russian way, and even worse: "Vladas Ivanovich Mikenas". His father's name was Jonas, not Ivan. I insisted to remove "Ivanovich", but not to add "Ionovich":

Vladas Mikenas (kibitz #67)

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