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Nikolay Antonovich Kopaev
Number of games in database: 27
Years covered: 1938 to 1954

Overall record: +9 -13 =5 (42.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (4) 
    B33 B59 B71 B84
With the Black pieces:
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   N Kopaev vs Alatortsev, 1938 1-0
   N Kopaev vs Korchnoi, 1952 1-0
   A Bannik vs N Kopaev, 1954 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-11-1914, died Oct-11-1978, 64 years old) Russia

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 27  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Kopaev vs Kotov  1-0771938Leningrad-chD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. N Kopaev vs Alatortsev 1-0371938U.S.S.R.B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. N Kopaev vs B Verlinsky  1-0341938URS-ch sfD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Sokolsky vs N Kopaev 1-0231938Trade UnionsE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
5. N Kopaev vs Chekhover  0-1441938Trade UnionsE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. N Kopaev vs B Levitas  1-01051938Trade UnionsE09 Catalan, Closed
7. S Von Freymann vs N Kopaev  0-1211938URS-ch sfC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
8. F Bohatirchuk vs N Kopaev 1-0271938URS-ch sfB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
9. N Kopaev vs M Kamishov 1-0281938LeningradC33 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Ragozin vs N Kopaev  ½-½321938Leningrad (Russia)C78 Ruy Lopez
11. Lisitsin vs N Kopaev 1-0371938Trade UnionsB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
12. Kotov vs N Kopaev  1-03919381/2 finalE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
13. Konstantinopolsky vs N Kopaev  0-1401938URS-ch sfE12 Queen's Indian
14. N Kopaev vs Dus Chotimirsky 0-1351938URS-ch sfC54 Giuoco Piano
15. N Kopaev vs Bronstein 0-1331947Soviet Union ch-URS sfB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
16. Chekhover vs N Kopaev  ½-½831949URS-ch sfB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
17. N Kopaev vs Simagin  0-1461949Ch URS (1/2 final)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
18. N Kopaev vs A Bannik  ½-½611949URS-ch sfA13 English
19. N Kopaev vs Dus Chotimirsky  0-1441949URS-ch sfA40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Simagin vs N Kopaev 1-0411951Ch URS (1/2 final)D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
21. Konstantinopolsky vs N Kopaev  1-0331951URS-ch sfE60 King's Indian Defense
22. Flohr vs N Kopaev  ½-½251951Ch URS (1/2 final)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
23. N Kopaev vs L Abramavicius  1-0461951URS Trade Unions-chTC45 Scotch Game
24. N Kopaev vs Korchnoi 0-1361952OdessaB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
25. Kholmov vs N Kopaev  1-0471952URS-ch sfC03 French, Tarrasch
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  WannaBe: Victory over Kotov and Korchnoi! Who is this dude?!
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  Benzol: My info says he was born in Verkhovie. Wherever in the former Soviet Union that is?
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  WannaBe: Mmmm... my info (good ol' says it's in Finland...
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  Benzol: Probably was in Finland in 1914 when he was born.
Aug-16-08  myschkin: . . .

1950 + 1955

"Pawn on the sixth or seventh rank"

Aug-16-08  myschkin: . . .


Verkhov'e is east of <Orel> (you have to zoom out a bit, for the city to appear)

<Seewald ~ Verkhov'e>

The Volgograd Archives has Evangelical-Lutheran Church books from the following locations. Most, but not all of these books are for <Volga German Villages>. This does not necessarily mean that the census books for these villages are housed here also, although many well be.

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  Benzol: <myschkin> Thanks. Interesting stuff.
Aug-16-08  myschkin: . . .
<Benzol> you are welcome

<WannaSearch> try :D

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  WannaBe: <myschkin> Oh, that is funny!!! I'm still waiting for my search result! =)
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  whiteshark: ... and waiting ... :D
Jun-01-09  Volcanus:
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  GrahamClayton: Kopaev top scored on board 4 of the 9th USSR Clubs Championship in Odessa, scoring 5.5/8 while representing Lokomotiv.

As an aside, Tigran Petrosian scored 0/8 for Zenith on Board 5!

Jul-09-13  Nerwal: <Victory over Kotov and Korchnoi! Who is this dude?!> Impressive wins. But probably his greatest contribution to chess is endgame theory, especially rook endgames.

Here are four very nice ♖+♙ vs ♖ positions he analyzed in the 50s :

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Black to play, white wins. Curious endgame, as white is basically too active for its own good. It features an unusual geometrical theme to recycle the white rook.

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White to play and win. It smells of zugzwang and indeed this is the theme here. Important and instructive endgame in practice about the positions of kings.

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White to play and win. This looks crazy, as the ♙a7 seems bound to fall. But capturing it safely will prove to be impossible.

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White to play and win. A very complex puzzle, although the position looks normal (with the black rook at a6 it's Philidor's third rank defence, ie an easy draw). White walks its way to a win here only by an extremely thin path. It is necessary to master all the basics of ♖+♙ vs ♖ to begin understanding what's going on here.

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