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Pertti Poutiainen
Number of games in database: 61
Years covered: 1971 to 1977
Overall record: +21 -26 =14 (45.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-05-1952, died Jun-11-1978, 25 years old) Finland

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Pertti Kalervo Poutiainen was born in Helsinki. Awarded the IM title in 1976, he was Finnish Champion in 1974 and 1976. He passed away in Helsinki in 1978.

Last updated: 2018-12-06 06:32:04

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 61  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Poutiainen vs Ribli  0-1341971Athens (Wch U20)B89 Sicilian
2. Larsen vs P Poutiainen  ½-½721973Nordic-chE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
3. P Poutiainen vs Kunsztowicz 1-0321973Ribe 6 Nations chTB89 Sicilian
4. A Zwaig vs P Poutiainen  1-0381973Ribe 6 Nations chTA04 Reti Opening
5. P Poutiainen vs A Ornstein  0-1411973Ribe 6 Nations chTA07 King's Indian Attack
6. S Holm Petersen vs P Poutiainen  1-0341973Ribe 6 Nations chTE83 King's Indian, Samisch
7. P Poutiainen vs J Kristinsson  1-0201973Ribe 6 Nations chTC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
8. P Poutiainen vs C Chellstorp  1-0341974TeesideB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
9. P Poutiainen vs A Planinc  0-1371974Olympiad Qualifying Group 3B08 Pirc, Classical
10. L Schmid vs P Poutiainen  ½-½431974Olympiad Final-AE91 King's Indian
11. P Poutiainen vs Najdorf  1-0761974Olympiad Final-AC41 Philidor Defense
12. P Poutiainen vs Korchnoi 0-1381974Olympiad Final-AC07 French, Tarrasch
13. P Poutiainen vs I Asmundsson  ½-½451974Eckernfoerde ttB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. A Zwaig vs P Poutiainen  0-1331975zonalD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
15. I Farago vs P Poutiainen 0-1211975Budapest TungsramA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
16. P Poutiainen vs Portisch  ½-½421975Budapest TungsramB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
17. P Poutiainen vs Polugaevsky ½-½401975Budapest TungsramA00 Uncommon Opening
18. Smejkal vs P Poutiainen  ½-½161975Budapest TungsramA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
19. S Mariotti vs P Poutiainen 0-1641975Budapest TungsramA40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. P Poutiainen vs Szabo 0-1291975Budapest TungsramB57 Sicilian
21. P Poutiainen vs Timman 1-0341975Reykjavik ZonalA04 Reti Opening
22. Ribli vs P Poutiainen  1-0421975Reykjavik ZonalA04 Reti Opening
23. P Poutiainen vs Hartston  1-0421975Reykjavik ZonalA04 Reti Opening
24. P Poutiainen vs F Olafsson  0-1341975Reykjavik ZonalA05 Reti Opening
25. Parma vs P Poutiainen 1-0411975Reykjavik ZonalB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
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May-25-05  FHBradley: According to Poutiainen's bio, he passed away in 1978. How come he had a game of chess in 1989?
May-25-05  acirce: <FHBradley> It was correspondence. Poutiainen sent a move in 1978, Rantalainen pondered on it for 11 years and then resigned.

Seriously, it's probably just another Poutiainen.

Jun-03-07  MrPatzer: Apparently he killed himself. Sad.
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  minasina: The Finnish version of wikipedia reads:

"Pertti Poutiainen was one of Finland's brightest natural talents in chess. He rose to prominence in the chessworld at the Nizza chess olympics in 1974. He was one of the few Finns who have been able to struggle evenly matched with the world's elite. Serious mental disturbances and the pursuit of perfect play finally led him to commit suicide in 1978."

Translated by User: krippp

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  brankat: R.I.P. master Poutiainen.
Dec-05-09  Eastfrisian: Any photo of him ?
Oct-21-10  krippp: <Eastfrisian> Here is a photo I found of him. He is the person to the right of the tables, giving the simul:
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  wordfunph: RIP Master Poutiainen..

"Poutiainen was a talented player from Finland. He was their chess hope. At this time in my career, I played him twice in the Soviet Union. Alas, the stress of chess tournament life became too great for him and he later committed suicide."

- GM Boris Gulko

May-09-17  Ilkka Salonen: I just spoke to a person who said that Poutiainen called him the night he killed himself. He had said something like that he feels everything is turhaa which I would translate as for nothing. This person, who is a pretty famous poet himself also confirmed how Poutiainen was a great talent. What made him do it? In my mind I am speculating about some repressive governmental actions or something. Saaritsa also said that he didn't seem to have any particular problems and also had a beautiful girlfriend and he didn't think there was anything wrong in that relationship, but that it was an awful shock to her too.
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  MissScarlett: Forgive the morbid interest, but how did he kill himself?
Dec-05-18  GumboGambit: Tragic story reminiscent of Lembit Oll
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