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Alvis Vitolinsh
Number of games in database: 114
Years covered: 1962 to 1991
Highest rating achieved in database: 2430

Overall record: +46 -31 =36 (56.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (24) 
    B96 B80 B44 B94 B63
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C78 C69 C92 C96 C84
 French Defense (8) 
    C19 C02 C16 C18 C07
 Sicilian Najdorf (8) 
    B96 B94 B97
 Alekhine's Defense (5) 
    B05 B03
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (5) 
    C96 C92 C84
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (16) 
    B90 B93 B92 B96 B91
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B90 B92 B93 B91 B96
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E46 E51 E32 E48 E20
 Bogo Indian (4) 
 English (4) 
    A13 A19
 King's Indian (4) 
    E76 E97 E70 E60
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Gutman vs A Vitolinsh, 1979 0-1
   A Vitolinsh vs V Meijers, 1989 1-0
   A Vitolinsh vs I Viksni, 1985 1-0
   A Vitolinsh vs Kholmov, 1980 1-0
   A Vitolinsh vs A Aleksandrov, 1990 1-0
   A Vitolinsh vs Bronstein, 1975 1-0
   A Vitolinsh vs H Dobosz, 1980 1/2-1/2

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   98_C42 Cochrane Gambit (4.Nxf7!? ) by whiteshark

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(born Jun-15-1946, died Feb-16-1997, 50 years old) Latvia

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Alvis Vitolinsh was born in Sigulda, Latvia (formerly USSR). Awarded the IM title in 1980, he was Latvian Champion in 1973 (jointly), 1976, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983 and 1985 (jointly). Sadly he committed suicide by jumping onto the frozen surface of the Gauja river from a railway bridge in 1997.

Wikipedia article: Alvis Vitolin%C5%A1

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 114  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Vitolinsh vs V Tukmakov 1-0341962URS-ch sfB66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
2. A Vitolinsh vs V Tukmakov  ½-½381962URS-chTC77 Ruy Lopez
3. A Vitolinsh vs Koplov  1-0201966URSC56 Two Knights
4. V Zhuravlev vs A Vitolinsh  ½-½26196724th Latvian ChB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
5. A Vitolinsh vs L Gutman 1-0241967RigaB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Savon vs A Vitolinsh  1-0321967KievE70 King's Indian
7. A Vitolinsh vs V Agzamov  1-0461967Olympiad URSC26 Vienna
8. A Vitolinsh vs Vilert 1-0321968Ch Chess Club LatviaC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
9. I Platonov vs A Vitolinsh  1-0361968Riga Ch Chess Club LC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
10. A Vitolinsh vs Romanishin  1-0361972USSR 13/373B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
11. Vasiukov vs A Vitolinsh  0-1411972URS-chTB08 Pirc, Classical
12. A Vitolinsh vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½441972URS-chTC66 Ruy Lopez
13. A Shmit vs A Vitolinsh  0-1381973USSRB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. A Vitolinsh vs L Gutman 1-0231973LatviaB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. V Kirpichnikov vs A Vitolinsh  0-1251973DaugavpilsB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
16. A Vitolinsh vs E Kengis  1-0351975LAT-chB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. A Vitolinsh vs L Gutman  ½-½371975LAT-chB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Suetin vs A Vitolinsh  ½-½18197513th Soviet Team-ch final AE17 Queen's Indian
19. A Vitolinsh vs Bronstein 1-041197513th Soviet Team-ch qual group 1C16 French, Winawer
20. A Vitolinsh vs Savon  0-1411976URS-ch otborC19 French, Winawer, Advance
21. A Vitolinsh vs Igor Ivanov  0-1331977URSB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. A Vitolinsh vs Harri Arrakas  1-0221978?B94 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. A Vitolinsh vs Chekhov  ½-½57197846th URS-ch selectionB33 Sicilian
24. E Vladimirov vs A Vitolinsh 0-135197846th URS-ch selectionA13 English
25. A Vitolinsh vs G Ligterink  ½-½471978YurmalaB33 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-03-05  Eatman: As a kid in a summer chess camp in 1980s I had the (mis)fortune of playing Petroff against visiting Vitolinsh in a simul. At the time I did not know, he was famous using Nxf7 sac even against IMs and GMs. Needless to say I was crushed in about 25 moves. There is a blitz tournament honoring his name which takes place every year in Carnikava (Latvia), his last place of residence.
May-03-05  azaris: That's certainly a good way of teaching youngsters to play actively and not try to grind a draw with the Petrov.
Jun-15-05  Knight13: Happy birthday, Alvis Vitolinsh! Have a nice afterlife!
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  whiteshark: A rare picture
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  technical draw: <whiteshark> Thanks for the picture. You sure it's him and not some Country and Western singer?
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  whiteshark: <technical draw>

I've seen a better photo in a Latvian database lately, but couldn't find it anymore....

Therefore I took an old self portrait. (odd lie)

Oct-11-07  Resignation Trap: <whiteshark> Could this be the photo in question: ?
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  technical draw: <RT> Another great photo, but how come the pieces aren't rolling off the board?
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  whiteshark: <Resignation Trap> yep, thank you very much !!
Jun-17-08  Vitolinsh: !Hello! This is my first comment in this page.
I have done this account to honor the name of Alvis Vitolinsh, one of the most wonderful and amazing player in the whole history!! Thanks Alvis! :-)
Jun-17-08  firebyrd: No "Game of the day" for Alvis? With a name made for puns and the sideburns to go with it?
Jun-13-09  hedgeh0g: Apparently, Vitolinsh was a friend of the great Mikhail Tal.

His prowess with the Cochrane Gambit should be recognised with a GotD, in my opinion.

May-03-10  Caissanist: Vitolinsh is the subject of a poignant chapter in Genna Sosonko's <Russian Silhouettes>. He was one of many chess professionals in the former Soviet Union who were hit very hard by that country's disintegration, and he was left living in horrific poverty. This appears to have been the main reason for his suicide.
Jan-07-11  Wyatt Gwyon: Isn't most ice frozen?
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  wordfunph: "Truly chess has no limits!"

- IM Alvis Vitolins

Sep-10-14  ljfyffe: Anatoli Shvedchikov - Alvis Vitolinsh

Latvia-Russia Match 1973 Riga Semi-Sav Defence
1c4 e6 2Nf3 Nf6 3Nc3 d5 4d4 c6 5e3 Bb4 6Bd3 0-0 70-0 Nbd7 8Qe2 b6 9Bd2 Bxc3 10Bxc3 Ba6 11b3 Qe7 12Bb2 c5 13a4 cxd4 14exd4 dxc4 15bxc4 Rfc8 16Rfd1 Qb4 17Ba3 Qc3 18Rdc1 Qa5 19Rcb1 Qh5 20Bd6 Bb7 21Rb5 Bxf3 22gxf3 Qh4 23Qe3 Ne8 24Bg3 Qd8 25Be4 Rxc4 26Bxh7+ Kf8 27Bd3 Rc3 28Rh5 Ndf6 29Rh8+ Ke7 30Be5 Rac8 31Qd2 Qd5 32Bb5 Rb3 33Rc1Rxc1+ 34Qxc1 Nd7 35Qc8 1-0.

Sep-10-14  ljfyffe: Notes by B. Krapil: <5...Bb4>Dubious; better is 5Nbd7, leading to the Meran Variation. <9Bd2>Preparing 10Nxd5. <12...c5> Looking to hang White's central pawns. <13a4> Excellant move. <15...Rfc8>An acceptable move. <16...Qb4>Combinational pressure against White that fails. <23...Ne8>Black reacts lest 24 Rg5 or 24a5. <25Be4>A critical moment: an acceptable move, but White should instead strengthen the attack on the Black king. A better plan is 25Rg1-Rh5-Bh4. <26...Kf8>A good move. <31...Qd5> Time trouble interferes with the game.
Sep-10-14  ljfyffe: Should say: A better plan is 25Kh1, followed by Rg1- Rh5 - Bh4.
Sep-10-14  ljfyffe: Les commentaires sont de B. Krapil (en abrege).
Sep-10-14  ljfyffe: See his photo under Chess Arbitor Boris Krapil.
Sep-10-14  ljfyffe: Ivkov-Kolarov, Wageningen, 1957. After 1d4 d5 2c4 c6 3Nf3 Nf6 4Nc3 e6 5e3 Nbd7 6Bd3 Bb4 (The Romih Variation) 70-0 0-0 8Bd2 Qe7 9Qe1 dxc4 10Bxc4 Bd6 11Bb3 e5 12Ng5 Bc7 13 Nce4 Nxe 14Nxe4 a5 15d5, White is fine, as well.
Sep-10-14  ljfyffe: Of course, 13 ... Nxe4.
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