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Aivars Gipslis
Number of games in database: 993
Years covered: 1951 to 2000
Highest rating achieved in database: 2535

Overall record: +313 -127 =545 (59.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 8 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (207) 
    B90 B30 B40 B56 B43
 Ruy Lopez (97) 
    C84 C69 C64 C77 C85
 French Defense (71) 
    C01 C15 C07 C09 C11
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (40) 
    C84 C85 C95 C96 C93
 Sicilian Najdorf (36) 
    B90 B94 B98 B92 B97
 Caro-Kann (28) 
    B14 B17 B13 B12 B19
With the Black pieces:
 Pirc (64) 
    B07 B09 B08
 Nimzo Indian (60) 
    E55 E39 E38 E46 E48
 Sicilian (59) 
    B43 B42 B47 B28 B48
 Bogo Indian (36) 
 English, 1 c4 c5 (34) 
    A30 A36 A37 A34 A32
 Sicilian Kan (27) 
    B43 B42 B41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kupreichik vs Gipslis, 1972 0-1
   A Zaitsev vs Gipslis, 1969 0-1
   M Kislov vs Gipslis, 1970 0-1
   Gipslis vs Bronstein, 1958 1-0
   Gipslis vs A Sygulski, 1987 1-0
   Karpov vs Gipslis, 1972 0-1
   N Tolstikh vs Gipslis, 1993 1/2-1/2
   Gipslis vs Razuvaev, 1982 1-0
   Gipslis vs Dinstuhl, 1996 1-0
   F Sideif-Sade vs Gipslis, 1983 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Moscow (1967)
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   USSR Championship (1969)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   USSR Championship (1958)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   GM Gipslis: 35 Years of Frienship with Chess by Resignation Trap
   Nikki Pirc by reurbz

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(born Feb-08-1937, died Apr-13-2000, 63 years old) Latvia

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Aivars Petrovich Gipslis was born in Riga. In 1955, when still a teenager, he won the Latvian Championship for the first of eight times. He played six times in the Soviet Championship, finishing joint third in the 1966 edition. He became an International Master in 1963 and a grandmaster in 1967, the same year he qualified for the Sousse Interzonal. Also in 1967, he tied for second place in the Alekhine Memorial tournament, ahead of four World Champions (Vasily Smyslov, Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, Mikhail Tal, and Boris Spassky). A prolific chess journalist, Gipslis was for many years the editor of the Latvian magazine Sahs. He was also a GMC. He died in 2000 in Berlin.

Wikipedia article: Aivars Gipslis

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 993  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Tal vs Gipslis 1-024 1951 TournamentE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
2. Gipslis vs Tal  ½-½38 1952 Ch LatviaC49 Four Knights
3. K Klasup vs Gipslis 0-114 1953 TournamentE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
4. Gipslis vs A Batuev  ½-½12 1954 URS-chTC01 French, Exchange
5. Simagin vs Gipslis  0-143 1954 URS-chTE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
6. Tal vs Gipslis  ½-½59 1954 RigaA34 English, Symmetrical
7. Tal vs Gipslis  ½-½59 1954 Latvia ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
8. E Terpugov vs Gipslis  0-144 1954 URS-chTD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Taimanov vs Gipslis 0-146 1954 WoroschilowgradE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
10. Gipslis vs Goglidze  ½-½24 1954 URS-chTC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
11. Gipslis vs Tal  ½-½22 1954 Riga ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
12. Gipslis vs A Novopashin  1-024 1954 URS-chTC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
13. Gipslis vs K Klasup  1-042 1954 Ch LatviaD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
14. Gipslis vs A Bannik 1-037 1954 URS-chTC16 French, Winawer
15. Kholmov vs Gipslis  ½-½44 1955 URS-chT finA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
16. Y Neishtadt vs Gipslis 1-023 1955 USSR club ChC24 Bishop's Opening
17. Averbakh vs Gipslis 1-036 1955 URS-chT finE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
18. Korchnoi vs Gipslis  ½-½28 1955 Ch URS (1/2 final)E31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
19. Tal vs Gipslis 1-050 1955 TournamentC15 French, Winawer
20. Gipslis vs Koblents  1-024 1955 LAT-chB30 Sicilian
21. Tal vs Gipslis ½-½38 1955 Ch LatviaD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
22. Gipslis vs M Mukhitdinov  ½-½57 1955 URS-chT finB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
23. Gipslis vs Boleslavsky  ½-½28 1955 URS-chT finB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
24. Gipslis vs Kholmov  0-127 1955 URS-chT sfC78 Ruy Lopez
25. Gipslis vs Tal 0-157 1955 TournamentB30 Sicilian
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  Benzol: Aivars Gipslis
Born 8th February 1937 in Riga
Died 13th April 2000
Awarded the IM title in 1963 and GM title in 1967
He was Latvian champion in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964 and 1966.
Feb-08-06  BIDMONFA: Aivars Gipslis


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  keypusher: The POTD played lots of wonderful games -- see <Resignation Trap>'s collection at the top of the page.

Here is one of my favorites: Kupreichik vs Gipslis, 1972

Do all Latvians play chess like this?

Aug-02-09  myschkin: . . .

Pic (book cover):


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  grasser: According to the Boylston Chess Club he died at the board in a Berlin tournament.
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: <grasser> Not exactly. He suffered a heart attack during a league game, died three months later in hospital.
Feb-08-10  monrealis: Latvia was not in USSR in 1937.
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  zanzibar: IM gets capital treatment, but not GM?

Doesn't seem fair (see bio above).

Feb-08-16  Yopo: Not an Ordinary Grandmaster
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  eternaloptimist: <Yopo> Thanks for posting that link! That article is informative & entertaining. I love playing over GM Gipslis' games! He was definitely not an ordinary GM as that article stated. He was a very creative player who excelled in calculating deep combinations. He defeated some strong GMs as can be seen in his "NOTABLE GAMES" section above. He won the Latvian Championship 8 times & he also won games against World Champs like Tal & Karpov!
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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Aivars Gipslis.
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