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Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov
Number of games in database: 77
Years covered: 1937 to 1989
Overall record: +24 -37 =16 (41.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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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). He was married to Evgenia P Biglova.

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 77  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Noah vs N Kopilov 0-1211937LeningradC52 Evans Gambit
2. N Rudnev vs N Kopilov 0-1121939U.S.S.R. -A16 English
3. N Kopilov vs Chekhover  0-1311947URS-ch sfC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
4. N Kopilov vs K Klaman  1-0391947URS-ch sfD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Taimanov vs N Kopilov 1-0521947LeningradB10 Caro-Kann
6. N Kopilov vs Bronstein  ½-½451947Ch URS (1/2 final)E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
7. V G Kirillov vs N Kopilov  0-1641947URS-ch sfB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
8. A Vasiljev vs N Kopilov  1-0741947URS-ch sfA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
9. T Giorgadze vs N Kopilov  0-12019481st Soviet Team-ch finalB03 Alekhine's Defense
10. Zamikhovsky vs N Kopilov  0-1401949URS-ch sfD95 Grunfeld
11. Taimanov vs N Kopilov 1-0281949URS-ch sfB03 Alekhine's Defense
12. N Kopilov vs Ravinsky  ½-½771949URS-ch sfC57 Two Knights
13. N Kopilov vs P Dubinin  0-1641949URS-ch sfC52 Evans Gambit
14. Levenfish vs N Kopilov  ½-½231949URS-ch sfD97 Grunfeld, Russian
15. Ufimtsev vs N Kopilov  1-0421949URS-ch sfB02 Alekhine's Defense
16. N Kopilov vs Levenfish ½-½541949USSR ChampionshipC54 Giuoco Piano
17. Boleslavsky vs N Kopilov 1-0251949USSR ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
18. N Kopilov vs Furman 1-0421949USSR ChampionshipA24 English, Bremen System with ...g6
19. Sokolsky vs N Kopilov  0-1551949USSR ChampionshipB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
20. N Kopilov vs Kholmov  0-1531949USSR ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. N Kopilov vs Taimanov  0-1521949USSR ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Ragozin vs N Kopilov 0-1581949USSR ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. N Kopilov vs V Liublinsky  ½-½431949USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Kotov vs N Kopilov 1-0391949USSR ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. N Kopilov vs Smyslov  ½-½591949USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
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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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