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Lembit Oll
Number of games in database: 492
Years covered: 1981 to 1999
Highest rating achieved in database: 2645
Overall record: +143 -95 =241 (55.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      13 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (82) 
    B82 B44 B84 B96 B67
 French Defense (21) 
    C18 C11 C01 C19 C05
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C92 C88 C72 C89 C84
 Sicilian Scheveningen (19) 
    B82 B84 B83 B85
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (17) 
    B67 B62 B63 B64 B65
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B96 B97 B92 B99 B93
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (57) 
    B90 B51 B22 B50 B83
 Semi-Slav (18) 
    D47 D43 D45 D44 D49
 Queen's Indian (15) 
    E12 E18 E17 E15 E16
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B90 B93 B96
 English (14) 
    A13 A15 A18 A16 A14
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A46 D02 D00 A45 E00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Oll vs Ulibin, 1989 1-0
   Oll vs Azmaiparashvili, 1993 1-0
   Oll vs Shaked, 1997 1-0
   Oll vs Y Kruppa, 1987 1-0
   Morozevich vs Oll, 1997 0-1
   Oll vs Topalov, 1993 1-0
   Oll vs J Bosch, 1997 1-0
   Oll vs Barsov, 1986 1-0
   Oll vs Salov, 1982 1/2-1/2
   Oll vs B Alterman, 1997 1-0

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1989 by suenteus po 147

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(born Apr-23-1966, died May-17-1999, 33 years old) Estonia

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Lembit Oll was born on the 23rd of April, 1966. He was Estonian champion in 1982. Awarded the IM title in 1983 and the GM title in 1990, he was in the top 100 from 1989 and at one time was ranked number 23 in the world. Sadly, personal problems led him to take his own life in Tallinn in 1999.

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 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 492  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Oll vs I Lapitskaya-Donchenko 1-023 1981 AlajoeB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. A Kakageldyev vs Oll  ½-½28 1982 URS-ch sfA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
3. Gorelov vs Oll  ½-½33 1982 URS-ch sfA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
4. Dorfman vs Oll  ½-½40 1982 URS-ch sfA48 King's Indian
5. Oll vs Gipslis 1-030 1982 ParnuB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
6. Wojtkiewicz vs Oll  1-026 1982 URS 33/382B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Vasiukov vs Oll  1-032 1982 URS-ch sfA65 Benoni, 6.e4
8. V Maiorov vs Oll  1-040 1982 ParnuE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
9. Oll vs Salov ½-½39 1982 USSRB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. K Lerner vs Oll  1-029 1982 URS-ch sfE74 King's Indian, Averbakh, 6...c5
11. O Foisor vs Oll  ½-½22 1983 Goglidze memD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Oll vs Gavrikov 0-129 1983 URS-ch FL51B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. Oll vs Balashov 1-029 1983 Tallinn URS sfB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
14. Kholmov vs Oll  ½-½44 1983 URS-ch FL51B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
15. Oll vs A Veingold  ½-½15 1983 Keres memC88 Ruy Lopez
16. J L Arnason vs Oll  1-036 1983 Keres memB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. Oll vs H Karner  ½-½32 1983 Goglidze memC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
18. Oll vs S Shipov 1-031 1983 YaroslavlB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. Oll vs Psakhis  ½-½36 1983 Tallinn Keres memB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. Tal vs Oll  1-040 1983 Tallinn Keres memB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
21. E Mnatsakanian vs Oll  ½-½59 1983 Goglidze memB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. Oll vs Vaganian  ½-½44 1983 Tallinn KER memC15 French, Winawer
23. Oll vs A Sokolov  0-139 1983 NikolaevB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. T Georgadze vs Oll  ½-½26 1983 NikolaevA65 Benoni, 6.e4
25. Oll vs M Magomedov  1-046 1983 Spartakiade tt 8thA43 Old Benoni
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  Richard Taylor: I met Oll in person so I know something of him - o.k. not much but he was countryman of Sarapu's. We knew he was very strong player and an IM then I think and he seemed quite interesting. I'm not sure if he played - but Miles was playing in an Open Tourney which I played in also - of course I didn't get to play any one remotely as strong as Miles or Oll... My point was sympathetic to Oll who beat Topalov once - he was a great player.

I have always acknowledged it was a tragedy he committed suicide (especially so young).

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  Richard Taylor: I see - it's the game of the day...came on via kibitzing.
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  Richard Taylor: <returnoftheking> I don't recall any encounters - but they are in the past -if you want I can ask that I re-post that comment I made here - on reflection it may have been a bit over the top - but the way is to approach me on my forum or wherever rather than to caste some aspersion about something I said in the past...

That way I can better appreciate you are upset by what I have said HERE - rather than it widening to some ill-defined previous matter...

And if I did go off the rails in the past somewhere I can or will retract that, if needed, and if you haven't done so...

If my statements upset you/others I can ask to retract/modify /delete them ... as I see now I was talking about a time - some years ago when I wasn't in a good state (and trying by that to imagine how Oll may have felt) - but I am good now - so maybe I just forgot that it is a quite sensitive topic.

But my intention was more in empathy than in rancour to Oll...

Jun-01-09  BISHOP TAL: What could this man have been so depressed about to take his own life.He must love chess to get so good at it.If I had problems so great Id immerse myself in chess.Well u could argue he had to have a life outside of chess to work and pay bills but he was good enough to pay the the bills from chess alone.Oh god I scrolled up if this was about a divorce he wasnt a bad lookin guy he could have found another girl.He was to good at this game to willing say goodbye to it all.
Jun-01-09  Jim Bartle: It's hard to know what's happening in the mind of anyone, no matter how successful and happy they may appear to be.
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  acirce: <BISHOP TAL> You know depression is an <illness>, right?
Jun-08-09  BISHOP TAL: Yes I know,my mother had it, ive been to tears too.I would find a 3 story jump most depressing.It sounds not planned there are better planned ways to go. And him worried bout his chess rating shortly before this reinforces that. Alcohol or drugs or maybe he was pushed off the balconey eh, maybe it was murder.I dont know dont claim to.For chessfans lets see says, Miles diddnt want to play him under different time controls cant blame him im a huge fan of miles there is a fine game Miles Oll in an english somthin court defense oll wins and its worth a look.And thats how ill remeber Oll
Jun-08-09  BISHOP TAL: ok got it, miles oll 91 a13 english agincourt dont know how to make direct link or I would
Jun-09-09  Where is my mind: Miles vs Oll, 1991
Oct-08-10  Abdooss: <Richard Taylor> Hope this is not too late - I concur that what you said was empathy. As you said in Oll vs Ulibin, 1989 - <"Dec-21-08 ; Richard Taylor: <Albertan> Thanks. When my wife left me I came close to suicide so I can understand..">
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  Richard Taylor: <Abdooss: <Richard Taylor> Hope this is not too late - I concur that what you said was empathy. As you said in Oll vs Ulibin, 1989 - <"Dec-21-08 ; Richard Taylor: <Albertan> Thanks. When my wife left me I came close to suicide so I can understand..">>

No - that's o.k. We relate to other s via our own experiences.

A sad fact of New Zealand is at that of the so called "developed" or "Western" nations we have had one of the highest youth suicide rates in the world.

So much for the nonsense about the green clean (it's not) and peaceful place - it's not.

But life goes on and not all is bad.

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  wordfunph: When GM Lembit Oll's wife left him, he asked one of his friends, "What kind of ads are these in the newspaper --- beautiful girl invites bachelors to have a cup of coffee." He got the explanation, but he was not a ladies' man. He liked to gamble in casinos, but he never went bust. His strategy at the blackjack tables was: after losing a hand, he doubled the bet and continued to do so till he won.

(Source: New In Chess Magazine 2009-06)

Nov-07-10  Jim Bartle: That strategy does not work, of course. At some point you will not have enough money left to double your previous bet, and then you will have lost.

That may not occur often, but if you play long enough it will happen once, and that's all it takes to leave you with nothing.

Apr-23-12  LoveThatJoker: God bless, GM Oll!


Apr-23-12  JohnDahl: <The good die first,
And they whose hearts are dry as summer dust
Burn to the socket>
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  Richard Taylor: If you study modern games you keep seeing games played at top level by Oll.

When I met him I recall he said he was studying logic, I think particularly in relation to computer logic. Maybe in 1993 that was as I was studying some philosophy and Logic was a paper in Philosophy which is also used in computer courses as a paper towards a computing degree. It has some relationship also I suppose to digital or gate logic.

I say this as I was trying to recall what he was like. Tony Miles waas in the same tournament as I was and hewas although I didn't get anywhere near there level..! It was good to see GMs here in NZ. My son says Oll was rather small fellow whereas Miles looked like a fat Hippy!! Of course Miles ran away with first prize! maybe Murray Chandler suggested the play here?

May-04-12  King Death: < Jim Bartle: That strategy does not work, of course. At some point you will not have enough money left to double your previous bet, and then you will have lost...>

The problem in practice is this for sure but even if you were granted the dream of an unlimited bankroll, there are still table limits and this is what you run up against. That's the problem with the Martingale System.

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  Cemoblanca: Sad story! Chess alone does not heal all wounds, and the human psyche is not infinitely resilient and robust! Unfortunately! RIP!
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  waustad: In V. Ivanchuk's master class at Gibtel 2013, he spoke very highly of Oll's chess ability. Here is a link:
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  Richard Taylor: Yes. There was another lecture about Oll. He had great talent, like this poor fellow Vugar Gashimov. It is really sad when people die so young.
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  offramp: I have always wanted to read <Speak! Memory> but I keep forgetting to buy it.
Apr-23-14  Nonnus: You may want to read it with its original title <Conclusive Evidence> then.
Apr-23-14  gars: A great talent who left us so early. May God have mercy on your soul, Grandmaster Oll.
Apr-24-14  epistle: <BISHOP TAL: What could this man have been so depressed about to take his own life.>

Maybe he was a guy who wanted it oll. It was oll or nothing for him.

Apr-25-14  RedShield: <Not this troublous
Wringing of hands, this dark
Ceiling without a star.>
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