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.
NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
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 Rudnev vs N Kopilov, 1939 0-1
N Kopilov vs Bondarevsky, 1951 1-0
NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
USSR Championship (1951)
USSR Championship (1949)
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| page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 73
|1. Noah vs N Kopilov
||Leningrad||C52 Evans Gambit|
|2. N Rudnev vs N Kopilov
||U.S.S.R. -||A16 English|
|3. N Kopilov vs Chekhover
||URS-ch sf||C99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd|
|4. V G Kirillov vs N Kopilov
||URS-ch sf||B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern|
|5. N Kopilov vs Bronstein
||Ch URS (1/2 final)||E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation|
|6. Taimanov vs N Kopilov
|7. A Vasiljev vs N Kopilov
||URS-ch sf||A54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3|
|8. N Kopilov vs K Klaman
||URS-ch sf||D02 Queen's Pawn Game|
|9. Flohr vs N Kopilov
||USSR Championship||A34 English, Symmetrical|
|10. N Kopilov vs Levenfish
||USSR Championship||C54 Giuoco Piano|
|11. N Kopilov vs Kholmov
||USSR Championship||C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|12. Keres vs N Kopilov
||USSR Championship||B10 Caro-Kann|
|13. N Kopilov vs Furman
||USSR Championship||A24 English, Bremen System with ...g6|
|14. Zamikhovsky vs N Kopilov
||URS-ch sf||D95 Grunfeld|
|15. Levenfish vs N Kopilov
||Ch URS (1/2 final)||D97 Grunfeld, Russian|
|16. Aronin vs N Kopilov
||USSR Championship||C74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense|
|17. N Kopilov vs Taimanov
||USSR Championship||D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|18. N Kopilov vs P Dubinin
||Ch URS (1/2 final)||C52 Evans Gambit|
|19. N Kopilov vs Petrosian
||USSR Championship||B24 Sicilian, Closed|
|20. Bronstein vs N Kopilov
||USSR Championship||C78 Ruy Lopez|
|21. N Kopilov vs Ravinsky
||Ch URS (1/2 final)||C57 Two Knights|
|22. Sokolsky vs N Kopilov
||USSR Championship||B68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7|
|23. Taimanov vs N Kopilov
||Leningrad||B03 Alekhine's Defense|
|24. N Kopilov vs Geller
||USSR Championship||E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox|
|25. V Mikenas vs N Kopilov
||USSR Championship||E93 King's Indian, Petrosian System|
| page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 73
|Oct-26-07|| ||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|
|Oct-26-11|| ||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
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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.
|Oct-26-13|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD> and Leningrad (now known as Saint Petersburg) champion: Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov.|
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