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Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov
Number of games in database: 73
Years covered: 1937 to 1989
Overall record: +22 -35 =16 (41.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (5) 
    B24 B90 B50 B32
 Two Knights (4) 
    C59 C57 C58
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C99 C81 C61 C91
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (7) 
    B03 B05 B02
 Modern Benoni (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   N Rudnev vs N Kopilov, 1939 0-1
   Tolush vs N Kopilov, 1954 0-1
   Botvinnik vs N Kopilov, 1951 0-1
   N Kopilov vs Keres, 1951 1-0
   Petrosian vs N Kopilov, 1951 0-1
   N Kopilov vs Bondarevsky, 1951 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1951)
   USSR Championship (1949)

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(born Oct-26-1919, died May-07-1995, 75 years old) Russia

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Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov was born in Novosibirsk, USSR. Awarded the title of IMC in 1969, he was Leningrad Champion in 1954 (after a play-off).

Wikipedia article: Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov

Last updated: 2016-07-28 12:52:30

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 73  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Noah vs N Kopilov 0-121 1937 LeningradC52 Evans Gambit
2. N Rudnev vs N Kopilov 0-112 1939 U.S.S.R. -A16 English
3. N Kopilov vs Chekhover  0-131 1947 URS-ch sfC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
4. V G Kirillov vs N Kopilov  0-164 1947 URS-ch sfB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
5. N Kopilov vs Bronstein  ½-½45 1947 Ch URS (1/2 final)E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
6. Taimanov vs N Kopilov 1-052 1947 LeningradB10 Caro-Kann
7. A Vasiljev vs N Kopilov  1-074 1947 URS-ch sfA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
8. N Kopilov vs K Klaman  1-039 1947 URS-ch sfD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Levenfish vs N Kopilov  ½-½23 1949 Ch URS (1/2 final)D97 Grunfeld, Russian
10. Aronin vs N Kopilov  1-040 1949 USSR ChampionshipC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
11. N Kopilov vs Taimanov  0-152 1949 USSR ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. N Kopilov vs P Dubinin  0-164 1949 Ch URS (1/2 final)C52 Evans Gambit
13. N Kopilov vs Petrosian  ½-½42 1949 USSR ChampionshipB24 Sicilian, Closed
14. Bronstein vs N Kopilov 1-043 1949 USSR ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
15. N Kopilov vs Ravinsky  ½-½77 1949 Ch URS (1/2 final)C57 Two Knights
16. Sokolsky vs N Kopilov  0-155 1949 USSR ChampionshipB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
17. Taimanov vs N Kopilov 1-028 1949 LeningradB03 Alekhine's Defense
18. N Kopilov vs Geller 0-130 1949 USSR ChampionshipE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
19. V Mikenas vs N Kopilov 0-150 1949 USSR ChampionshipE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
20. Ufimtsev vs N Kopilov  1-042 1949 Ch URS (1/2 final)B02 Alekhine's Defense
21. Kotov vs N Kopilov 1-039 1949 USSR ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. N Kopilov vs G Goldberg  1-042 1949 USSR ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
23. N Kopilov vs Lilienthal 0-144 1949 USSR ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
24. N Kopilov vs V Liublinsky  ½-½43 1949 USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. N Kopilov vs Smyslov  ½-½59 1949 USSR ChampionshipB24 Sicilian, Closed
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  whiteshark: Player of the day

Bio from 'The Potter Memorial' tournament book (by Ken Messere), [writen around 1978?]:

" Born 1919. Lecturer in a higher technical training institute. Has played correspondence chess from 1964. International master from 1968, gaining title on the basis of his 5.5 out of 8 score on 3rd board in the European Team Championship. Played for the U.S.S.R. team in the 6th and 7th Postal Olympiads with scores of 6 out of 8 and 5.5 out of 9.

N.B. Chess Dictionary 1964 gives him as resident in Voronesh but he often played in Leningrad over the board championships."

Oct-26-07  Resignation Trap: Our player of the day also has his name spelled Nikolai Georgievich Kopylov on our database.

In the 1951 USSR championship, he had the distinction of defeating Botvinnik, Keres and Petrosian, but he only finished with an even score. See N Kopilov vs Keres, 1951 , Petrosian vs N Kopilov, 1951 and Botvinnik vs N Kopilov, 1951 . Unfortunately, his win over Botvinnik has the wrong result in our database (it should be "0-1"). I have submitted a correction.

Jun-28-09  jrofrano: He never became a GM but he earned the nickname, "Champion of Champions." Why? In the 19th USSR Championship (1951) he beat 3 champions: Botvinnik world champion, Keres USSR champion, Petrosian Moscow champion. In his long chess career he also beat such stars as Smyslov (1951), Bondarevsky (1951) and Taimanov (1952). He drew Bronstein (1947) and the young Karpov (1970). And those are only the most famous names. He successfully played many other strong GMs. His original style remained a puzzle for many. If I add now that Kopylov was not even a full-time chess professional, he had a doctorate degree and worked as a university professor, you will understand the caliber of this talented man. He died in 1995 playing in a chess tournament. -FM Igor Nikolayev
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  Phony Benoni: Featured in the Puzzle of the Day for Thursday, October 9, 2008:

Tolush vs N Kopilov, 1954

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Oct-26-11  Xeroxx: Hello my name is Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov and I am the player of the day.
Oct-26-11  Eastfrisian: Sad, that you already do not live anymore.
Apr-06-12  stanleys: Not entirely sure,but it seems that Nikolai Georgiyevich was a victim of the following nice combination (found it in the French magazine "Europe echecs")

Kopilov - Karlson
USSR 1961

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1...Rd3!! 2.Nxd3 Be6 X

Oct-26-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Rest In Peace Sir Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD> and Leningrad (now known as Saint Petersburg) champion: Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov.
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