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Varlam Vepkhvishvili
Number of games in database: 1,860
Years covered: 1963 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2124 (2108 rapid, 1967 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2359
Overall record: +879 -659 =314 (55.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      8 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (265) 
    B92 B74 B42 B83 B32
 Queen's Pawn Game (141) 
    D02 A46 A45 A40 D01
 French Defense (79) 
    C01 C10 C14 C00 C11
 Ruy Lopez (77) 
    C84 C91 C62 C77 C97
 Caro-Kann (58) 
    B13 B10 B15
 Pirc (41) 
    B07 B09 B08
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (271) 
    E80 E92 E97 E75 E76
 Ruy Lopez (163) 
    C99 C77 C85 C69 C84
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (103) 
    C99 C85 C84 C97 C91
 Sicilian (98) 
    B33 B22 B30 B40 B45
 Giuoco Piano (49) 
    C50 C54 C53
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (48) 
    C85 C69 C68
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Vepkhvishvili vs D Magalashvili, 1966 1-0
   V Vepkhvishvili vs Z Rukhadze, 1965 1-0
   V Vepkhvishvili vs D Gedevanishvili, 1983 1-0
   V Vepkhvishvili vs Kasparian, 1968 1-0
   V Vepkhvishvili vs K Shavgulidze, 1983 1-0
   T Gvarjaladze vs V Vepkhvishvili, 1998 0-1

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(born Mar-15-1953, 63 years old) Georgia

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FIDE Master and International Arbiter Varlam Vepkhvishvili was born in what is now Georgia (then part of the USSR). He is the rating officer of the Georgian Chess Federation.

 page 1 of 75; games 1-25 of 1,860  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Machaidze vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-123 1963 Friendly gameC47 Four Knights
2. V Vepkhvishvili vs T Lomaia  ½-½33 1963 SimultaneousC47 Four Knights
3. V Vepkhvishvili vs V Khutsishvili  0-141 1964 Ch Tbilisi PupilsC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
4. V Vepkhvishvili vs Kvintradze 1-023 1964 SimultaneousB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. I Biniashvili vs V Vepkhvishvili 0-125 1964 Ch Tbilisi PupilsC57 Two Knights
6. V Vepkhvishvili vs T Lomaia  ½-½61 1964 SimultaneousC41 Philidor Defense
7. V Vepkhvishvili vs Amirzatian  0-127 1964 Ch Tbilisi PupilsB72 Sicilian, Dragon
8. V Vepkhvishvili vs D Longurashvili  0-125 1964 Ch Tbilisi PupilsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. Asatiani Zaal vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-125 1964 Ch Tbilisi PupilsC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
10. G Bogveradze vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-152 1964 Ch Tbilisi PupilsB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. V Vepkhvishvili vs Konstantinov  1-027 1964 Ch Tbilisi PupilsC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
12. V Vepkhvishvili vs Kvintradze 1-019 1964 SimultaneousB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. J Mukniashvili vs V Vepkhvishvili  ½-½64 1965 Ch Tbilisi PupilsC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. Bulia vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-130 1965 Ch Tbilisi PupilsB30 Sicilian
15. V Vepkhvishvili vs Koridze  1-030 1965 Ch Tbilisi PupilsB08 Pirc, Classical
16. V Vepkhvishvili vs Z Rukhadze 1-032 1965 Friendly gameC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
17. V Vepkhvishvili vs Nakhutsrishvili ½-½43 1965 Ch Tbilisi PupilsC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
18. V Vepkhvishvili vs A Tsiskaridze  0-159 1965 Ch Tbilisi PupilsB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
19. M Aivazishvili vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-121 1965 Ch Tbilisi PupilsC50 Giuoco Piano
20. Tatulov vs V Vepkhvishvili 1-037 1965 Ch Tbilisi PupilsC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
21. V Khutsishvili vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-142 1965 Ch Tbilisi PupilsC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
22. Rodrigo Flores vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-142 1965 SimultaneousA25 English
23. A Oganian vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-160 1965 Ch Tbilisi PupilsC77 Ruy Lopez
24. V Vepkhvishvili vs Melkumov  ½-½55 1965 Ch Tbilisi PupilsC02 French, Advance
25. V Vepkhvishvili vs A Liparteliani  1-030 1965 Ch Tbilisi PupilsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
 page 1 of 75; games 1-25 of 1,860  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-17-08  dx9293: Wow...1,860 games in the database of a player I have never heard of!

Very long career also!

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  whiteshark: He must be new in the <Players which most often make winning sacrifices> ranking.
Mar-07-09  blacksburg: i've never heard of this guy. but i've never seen someone that faces the exchange spanish so often as black, and wins over half of his games.

Repertoire Explorer: Varlam Vepkhvishvili (black)

maybe i should look at this 5...Qf6 move.

Mar-25-09  Billy Vaughan: He was going to be the subject of a movie, V for Vepkhvishvili, but the producers decided to change his name to be better understood by American audiences or something.
Mar-29-09  ex0duz: Damn, this guy's played a LOT of games. Just some other talented Russian from the "Old School of Soviet Chess" player? Sounds like a Georgian(in no way was this meant to be taken as a serious political statement).. especially with his *vili surname..

But yeah, i guess he wasn't as high ranked as his fellow compatriots, so it's not really that surprising when no one has heard of him, but damn.. 42 years is a long time to be playing!

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  waustad: He was 10 when he played the first games here. He was born in Georgia in 1953.
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  whiteshark: Varlam Vepkhvishvili
Birthdate 15-3-1953
Nationality GEO
Elo (01-01-2009) FM 2358
FIDE number 13600524

see also:

Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Here's an interesting song by another Varlaam:

Not by the best known singer, but he seems into it.

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  sfm: These names are not real, but taken from a Russian alcohol test.
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  Abdel Irada: <sfm: These names are not real, but taken from a Russian alcohol test.>

Is it possible to pronounce this name correctly *without* sounding as though you just drained a fifth of Stolichnaya?

Mar-15-14  gars: <waustad>: Thank you! A very beautiful song by a very good singer!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 61st birthday to FM Varlam Vepkhvishvili.
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