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Val Zemitis
Number of games in database: 20
Years covered: 1946 to 2001
Overall record: +3 -11 =6 (30.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-11-1925, died Mar-22-2012, 86 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Few individuals have had a longer involvement with Northern California chess than Val Zemitis. Shortly after moving to Berkeley in the early 1950s Zemitis started contributing to the California Chess Reporter. More than thirty years later, in 1986, he helped Hans Poschmann start the California Chess Journal and was a steady contributor for many years. A USCF master, Zemitis achieved his best result at the 1954 California Open in Santa Barbara where he drew with both Kashdan and Steiner while tying for second. Back in 1960 Mr.Zemitis wrote the first book on the new World Champion Mikhail Tal - The Unknown Tal, which was published by the California Chess Reporter. He is also a Latvian chess historian and has written a two volume set of books on the subject.


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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Endzelins vs Val Zemitis  1-0421946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. Val Zemitis vs A Darznieks  ½-½281946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
3. L Sepp vs Val Zemitis  ½-½421946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. Val Zemitis vs F Bohatirchuk  0-1391946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itC71 Ruy Lopez
5. A Liepnieks vs Val Zemitis  0-1361946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itA10 English
6. P Tautvaisas vs Val Zemitis  1-0271946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itC40 King's Knight Opening
7. Val Zemitis vs E Sadovsky  0-1241946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itC07 French, Tarrasch
8. H Valdsaare vs Val Zemitis  1-0251946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. Val Zemitis vs L Skema  ½-½511946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. R Arlauskas vs Val Zemitis  1-0391946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itC58 Two Knights
11. Val Zemitis vs W Jursevskis  0-1461946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itB32 Sicilian
12. A Rankis vs Val Zemitis  1-0241946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Val Zemitis vs Josef Repecka  1-0361946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
14. Val Zemitis vs G Gottschalk  1-0251951GERD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
15. R Jiganchine vs Val Zemitis 1-049200126th Keres MemC40 King's Knight Opening
16. F Veszely vs Val Zemitis  ½-½26200126th Keres MemA00 Uncommon Opening
17. Val Zemitis vs Juni Caluza 0-118200126th Keres MemA00 Uncommon Opening
18. J Keshet vs Val Zemitis  ½-½22200126th Keres MemC40 King's Knight Opening
19. H Pitre vs Val Zemitis  1-020200126th Keres MemC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
20. Val Zemitis vs K Nguyen  ½-½24200126th Keres MemE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
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  TheFocus: Here is a draw against Mikhail Tal from a simul held around the time of the 1958 Munich Olympiad.

King’s Indian Samisch E83
Mikhail Tal–Val Zemitis
Munich (simul), 1958

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0–0 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Qd2 a6 8.Bd3 e5 9.d5 Nd4 10.Nge2 Nd7 11.0–0 c5 12.dxc6 bxc6 13.Rad1 Nc5 14.Bb1 Nce6 15.Bf2 f5 16.exf5 gxf5 17.Nxd4 Nxd4 18.Ne2 c5 19.b4 Qf6 20.Nc3 Be6 21.Nd5 Bxd5 22.cxd5 Bh6 23.Qe1 Ra7 24.bxc5 dxc5 25.Kh1 Rg7 26.Be3 Rg6 27.g3 Kh8 28.f4 Qd6 29.fxe5 Qxd5+ 30.Kg1 Bxe3+ 31.Qxe3 Re6 32.Rde1 Rfe8 33.Qf4 Rxe5 34.Rxe5 Qxe5 35.Qxe5+ Rxe5 36.Bd3 a5 draw.

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