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Algimantas Ionovich Butnorius
A Butnorius 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 250
Years covered: 1962 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2345 (2363 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2443

Overall record: +89 -81 =80 (51.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (18) 
    E63 E97 E60 E62 E98
 Slav (11) 
    D15 D11 D18 D19
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D90 D78 D86 D87 D80
 Reti System (9) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English (8) 
    A15 A10 A13 A16
 Semi-Slav (8) 
    D45 D47
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (30) 
    C95 C93 C69 C99 C90
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (22) 
    C95 C93 C99 C90 C91
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E32 E21 E20 E46 E48
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    A46 A45 D01 E10
 Queen's Indian (9) 
    E12 E15
 Sicilian (7) 
    B40 B50 B32 B44 B23
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kupreichik vs A Butnorius, 1970 1/2-1/2
   M Narmontas vs A Butnorius, 2007 0-1
   K Szczepkowska-Horowska vs A Butnorius, 2010 0-1
   S Quagliarella vs A Butnorius, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Seniors Championship (2011)
   European Senior Championship (2012)
   Wroclaw Chess Festival (2010)
   13th European Individual Senior Championship (2013)
   USSR Championship (1967)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   European Club Cup (2009)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   European Individual Championship (2007)
   European Individual Championship (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

   🏆 Chess Olympiad
   A Butnorius vs R Zerafa (Sep-13-16) 1-0
   A Butnorius vs A Minhazuddin (Sep-12-16) 0-1
   R Ezov vs A Butnorius (Sep-10-16) 0-1
   Ahmad Al Khatib vs A Butnorius (Sep-09-16) 0-1
   N Georgiadis vs A Butnorius (Sep-08-16) 1-0

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(born Nov-20-1946, died Oct-30-2017, 70 years old) Lithuania (federation/nationality Monaco)

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Grandmaster (2007). Ten times Lithuanian Champion. In 2007 he won the World Senior Championship.

Wikipedia article: Algimantas Butnorius

Last updated: 2017-11-02 11:21:32

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 250  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Tukmakov vs A Butnorius  ½-½611962URS-chTC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
2. A Butnorius vs B Vladimirov  ½-½241967URS-chTB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
3. A Butnorius vs V Mikenas  ½-½351967URSB03 Alekhine's Defense
4. Furman vs A Butnorius  1-0321967USSR ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
5. A Butnorius vs Kholmov 0-1401967USSR ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
6. A Butnorius vs Murey  1-0401967USSR ChampionshipA10 English
7. A Butnorius vs A Lein  0-1751967USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. E Terpugov vs A Butnorius 0-1331967USSR ChampionshipC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
9. A Butnorius vs M Dvoretsky  1-0461967USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
10. V Zheliandinov vs A Butnorius  ½-½601967USSR ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
11. A Butnorius vs V Mikenas  0-1491968URSA06 Reti Opening
12. Suetin vs A Butnorius 1-0411968Ch URS (team)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Klovans vs A Butnorius  ½-½501968URS-chTC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
14. A Butnorius vs I Nei  ½-½301968URS-chTD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. A Butnorius vs G Borisenko  0-1631968URS-chTB06 Robatsch
16. A Butnorius vs Taimanov  0-1291968RigaA04 Reti Opening
17. Vasiukov vs A Butnorius  1-0351968URS-chTA06 Reti Opening
18. F Portisch vs A Butnorius  0-1421969VilniusE61 King's Indian
19. Timman vs A Butnorius  1-0361969VilniusC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
20. A Butnorius vs Razuvaev  ½-½201969VilniusE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
21. A Z Kapengut vs A Butnorius  0-1381969VilniusA30 English, Symmetrical
22. G Timoshchenko vs A Butnorius 0-1421969Vilnius (Lithuania)C45 Scotch Game
23. Kupreichik vs A Butnorius ½-½191970VitebskC57 Two Knights
24. A Butnorius vs Alburt  0-1651971USSRA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
25. A Butnorius vs Keres  0-141197212th Soviet Team-ch qual group 1A06 Reti Opening
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European Senior vice champion 2009:

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Ten times Lithuanian champion. Yesterday, vice champion:

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  Tabanus: Bio:
Aug-24-10  Dredge Rivers: Wasn't he the villain in a Hercules movie?
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  wordfunph: at the World Senior Championship in 2007, 61-year-old IM Algimantas Butnorius scored 9-2 to clinch clear first place. He was awarded the automatic GM title for winning the World Senior.
Nov-20-11  BIDMONFA: Algimantas Butnorius

BUTNORIUS, Algimantas

May-16-14  Kurochi: I seen him live once. It seems to me that he has turned blind now as his eyes were very blank and he was always being directed by her wife. Few days after I last saw him in Lithuania he was granted the citizenship of Monaco.
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  offramp: This man's name is so definitively Lithuanian that it makes me think that the sprinter <Oscar Pistorius> must have some Lithuanian in his background.
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  thegoodanarchist: Glorious Butnorious!!
Nov-01-17  Resignation Trap: According to the news I heard today, this GM has just died. Any confirmation?
Nov-01-17  faulty: offramp> the name "Pistorius" is with a Latin ending which is pronounced as pis-toh-ree-yus (rius makes 2 syllables). Butnorius in Lithuanian is pronounced as boot-noh-ryus as the "i" does not constitute a separate sound, it only softens "u" (now, iu sounds like the French u (like in "salut"), without "i", it would sound like "oo" in English "book"). By the way, if the surname "Pistorius" were of the Lithuanian origin, it would have a VERY vulgar meaning, such as "f**ker". "pisti" is probably the most vulgar verb in Lithuanian. Cheers
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  hemy: Picture of Butnorius taken in 2010
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  Tabanus: He is CG's Player of the Day today.
Nov-02-17  Eastfrisian: R.I.P. Master Butnorius.
Nov-02-17  ughaibu: What's a "vice champion"?
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  Tabanus: Vice-xxx is a common expression in French and other languages, but not in English.

Let's change that ;)

Nov-02-17  Ironmanth: R.I.P. GM Butnorious
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  hemy: R.I.P. Algimantas (Algis) Butnorius.

On October 30th, after long and serious illness, the multiple Lithuanian chess champion, the World Senior Ex-Champion, passed away. The year 2017 was a difficult year for Algis. His beloved wife Dalia passed away and after two months passed away his older daughter Sonata, who lived in France.

Nov-02-17  ughaibu: But that it's a common expression in french doesn't explicate its meaning.

I understand what's meant by "vice president", "vice chair", etc, but if we apply the same notion to chess champions and label the runner up "the vice champion", then we get the absurdity that when A and B are contesting a game of chess and A is in a winning position, then B is in a vice winning position.

Rather than take on this kind of idiocy isn't it preferable to avoid attempting to introduce neolgisms such as "vice champion"? After all, the term seems to have no positive redeeming value.

Then again, perhaps something quite different and eminently sensible is expressed by "vice champion", if so, what?

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  zanzibar: A day later and wiki page hasn't been updated - unusual:

<hemy> is there a better picture of him than that in the link you gave? It has a strange marking on it.

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  zanzibar: Not sure if this one is public domain, but I think it's a good one:


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  hemy: <zanzibar> <strange marks> - I guess you referred to the picture from the website of Kaunas Chess Club "Margiris".

The picture I gave from (currently placed on this page) looks good. Better contrast of this picture from my Dropbox:

Other picture I have:

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  zanzibar: Yes <hemy>, I saw the wiki photo as well. It's a good shot, but his face is largely hidden as he's concentrating on the board.

Your other photo is good, though I'd personally crop it (again, focusing on this face) for inclusion here.

Just my 2cents.

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  hemy: <zanzibar> I cropped the image you mentioned and removed the marks from the other one. All the images are in the folder

From Algis I have only good memories. In 1967 we were teammates in Lithuania team, competing in Soviet Union team championship ("Spartakiada", dedicated to 50 years of Bolshevik revolution). His result was the best in Lithuania team (5.5/8 on board 6). I played on the board 7, (reserved for 20 years old players) and made 4.5/8. He was living in Kaunas and sometimes being in Vilnius was visiting me. I never met a person having good manners and gallantry like him. He would not sit on the chair if some women in the room was staying.

Last time I met him during my visit in Vilnius in September 2006. Few weeks ego my friend from Vilnius Boris Rositsan visited his children in Toronto. We met and I heard from him that Algis is heart broken and became seriously ill, after his wife and his daughter passed away.

R.I.P. Algis.

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  zanzibar: <Hemy> your community is lucky to have you.

This picture is much better:

The other one reminded me a little of Patrick Mcgoohan's XXX'ed-out photo in <The Prisoner> intro:


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