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Thomas W Ristoja
Number of games in database: 29
Years covered: 1969 to 2004
Last FIDE rating: 2210
Highest rating achieved in database: 2246
Overall record: +7 -7 =15 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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A07 King's Indian Attack (4 games)
B32 Sicilian (2 games)
B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4 (2 games)
A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System (2 games)

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(born Sep-19-1949, 68 years old) Finland

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FIDE master Thomas Wilhelm Ristoja was born in 1949 in Stockholm, Sweden.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 29  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Ligterink vs T Ristoja  0-1401969Wch U20 prel-EE20 Nimzo-Indian
2. A Malachi vs T Ristoja  ½-½571970WchT U26 17thA07 King's Indian Attack
3. T Ristoja vs P Poutiainen  0-1361976HelsinkiB69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
4. T Ristoja vs I Asmundsson  ½-½91977Gluecksburg ttC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
5. Szabo vs T Ristoja 1-0411979HelsinkiA56 Benoni Defense
6. K E Kivipelto vs T Ristoja  0-1351979HelsinkiA04 Reti Opening
7. A Kiviaho vs T Ristoja  0-1291979HelsinkiE97 King's Indian
8. J Aijala vs T Ristoja  ½-½611980FIN-chB40 Sicilian
9. T Ristoja vs S Georges  1-0111980Chess OlympiadC26 Vienna
10. R Mascarinas vs T Ristoja  ½-½471980Chess OlympiadB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. T Ristoja vs R Hess 1-0291981OLY/2 tl FRG-FIN (02)A07 King's Indian Attack
12. T Ristoja vs Nunn  0-1291981HelsinkiB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
13. W Schmidt vs T Ristoja  ½-½241981HelsinkiE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
14. Matulovic vs T Ristoja  1-0421981HelsinkiB27 Sicilian
15. T Ristoja vs H Salokangas  ½-½321987HelsinkiB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
16. T Ristoja vs M Ebeling  ½-½341988FIN-chA48 King's Indian
17. T Ristoja vs I Nei 1-0351989HelsinkiB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. T Ristoja vs L Hazai  ½-½111989Helsinki (Finland)A07 King's Indian Attack
19. Wojtkiewicz vs T Ristoja  1-0421991It opE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. T Ristoja vs I Nei  ½-½211992Kuopio opC77 Ruy Lopez
21. T Ristoja vs J Kivimaki ½-½72000TCh-FIN 00-01A07 King's Indian Attack
22. S Tiitta vs T Ristoja  ½-½232000TCh-FIN 00-01B32 Sicilian
23. M Tommiska vs T Ristoja  0-1232000TCh-FIN 00-01B20 Sicilian
24. T Luukkonen vs T Ristoja  1-0302000TCh-FIN 00-01A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
25. T Ristoja vs A Saastamoinen  ½-½222000TCh-FIN 00-01A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
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  melianis: He is a respected finnish chess teacher and the author of several popular chess books. He has been the coach to the youngest finnish GM ever, Tomi Nybäck.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Like many Finnish players, Ristoja has a keen tactical eye - overly keen, at times... Here are some of his worst combinations, unfortunately missing from this database:

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Jan-Michael Nykopp vs Th. Ristoja, Helsinki 1977. Here, Ristoja was up a rook, and 44...Rc3 would have won on the spot, and 44...Qc3 with all probability a bit slower. However, Ristoja's 44...Qf2+ 45.Kf4 was also OK as 45...Qe3+ 46.Kg3 would give him another chance for ...Rc3. Instead, he saw an immediate mate: 45...Rxe4+?? 46.Kxe4 Re8+. The idea was 47.Kd3 Re3+ and mates, but... 47.Kf4! going back. He still had a draw but, being shocked, blundered even that and lost the game.

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A case of total blindness: Ilkka J Saren vs Th. Ristoja, Helsinki 1976. 12...a5 and 12...a6 should both give Black an OK position. Instead, he saw something more interesting: 12...Rxc4?? 13.Bxc4 and resigned. Suffice it to say the idea was 13...Qh4+ 14.g3 Qxc4 with counterplay for the exchange, but there's a little obstacle in the way.

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