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Janis Klovans
J Klovans 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 432
Years covered: 1951 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2444
Highest rating achieved in database: 2500
Overall record: +128 -135 =169 (49.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (87) 
    B33 B92 B42 B84 B83
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C95 C99 C96 C67 C78
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (24) 
    C95 C99 C96 C84 C91
 French Defense (23) 
    C19 C11 C18 C12 C10
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B11 B12 B15 B19 B10
 Sicilian Scheveningen (15) 
    B84 B83 B85
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (54) 
    C92 C72 C69 C96 C84
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (30) 
    C92 C96 C90 C84 C91
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D35 D37 D30 D31 D36
 Orthodox Defense (21) 
    D55 D58 D54 D61 D59
 English (17) 
    A13 A15 A14 A18 A17
 Catalan (13) 
    E04 E06 E01 E07
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Tolnai vs J Klovans, 1991 0-1
   J Klovans vs A Zakharov, 1963 1-0
   Tal vs J Klovans, 1954 0-1
   J Klovans vs Shirov, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Karpov vs J Klovans, 1971 0-1
   J Klovans vs Tal, 1968 1-0
   Nikitin vs J Klovans, 1968 0-1
   J Klovans vs Tal, 1952 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   World Seniors Championship (2005)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   Cappelle La Grande (2003)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Janis Klovans games by zzzzzzzzzzzz

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(born Apr-09-1935, died Oct-05-2010, 75 years old) Latvia

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Janis Klovans was born in Ruba, Latvia. He was awarded the IMC title in 1968 and the IM title in 1976. Klovans been Latvian champion on ten occasions since 1954 and World Senior Champion in 1997, 1999, and 2001. The first of these victories earned him the grandmaster title at age 62, the oldest player ever to earn the title (older players have been granted the honorary GM title).

Wikipedia article: Jānis Klovāns

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 432  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Tal vs J Klovans ½-½40 1951 RigaD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. J Klovans vs Tal 0-140 1951 RigaC52 Evans Gambit
3. J Klovans vs Tal 1-056 1952 URSC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
4. J Klovans vs M V Shishov  ½-½61 1954 URS-chTC53 Giuoco Piano
5. J Klovans vs Furman  0-155 1954 URS-chTB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
6. Tal vs J Klovans  ½-½50 1954 RigaC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
7. J Klovans vs E Zagorjansky  ½-½41 1954 URS-chTB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
8. Tal vs J Klovans 0-124 1954 Ch LatviaD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. J Klovans vs A Khenkin  0-141 1954 URS-chTC58 Two Knights
10. J Klovans vs B Baranov  0-145 1954 URS-chTC50 Giuoco Piano
11. G Fridstein vs J Klovans  ½-½58 1954 URS-chTA15 English
12. Cherepkov vs J Klovans  ½-½28 1954 URS-chTA14 English
13. Byvshev vs J Klovans  1-037 1954 URS-chTC87 Ruy Lopez
14. K Klaman vs J Klovans  1-034 1954 URS-chTA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Lutikov vs J Klovans  1-033 1954 URS-chTD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
16. J Klovans vs K Klasup  1-038 1955 LAT-chC12 French, McCutcheon
17. J Klovans vs Pukudruva 1-025 1955 Latvian ChB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
18. J Klovans vs I Zdanovs  0-158 1955 LAT-chB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
19. J Mileika vs J Klovans  1-036 1955 LAT-chD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Azerbaev vs J Klovans  ½-½18 1955 LAT-chC47 Four Knights
21. Gufeld vs J Klovans 1-018 1956 All-Union Mass TtC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
22. Tal vs J Klovans 1-028 1958 URSC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. J Klovans vs Y Sakharov  1-032 1959 MoscowB89 Sicilian
24. Bronstein vs J Klovans  ½-½47 1959 Olympiad URSC77 Ruy Lopez
25. J Klovans vs Lutikov  ½-½42 1959 URS-chTB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
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  wordfunph: "I am forced to be a chess professional. There is unemployment in my country; I cannot find a job. Thanks to chess I earn a living." GM Janis Klovans

cheerful 75th birthday GM Klovans!

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Winner of Liechtenstein Senior Open 7-15 May 2010:, congratulations!

Jul-27-10  Prugno: Today he won his game in the Czech Open (Pardubice), beating the strong GM Safarli who is nearly 60 years younger!

Klovans now has 4 points out of 5 games. Let's hope he can keep up this level of play in what must be a pretty tiring event for him.

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  whiteshark: † October 5th, 2010.


Oct-07-10  stanleys: R.I.P GM Klovans
Oct-07-10  Eastfrisian: Sad, to hear that. He was one of only a few GM's I have seen life. R.I.P.
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  wordfunph: farewell GM Janis "Iron John" Klovans, rest in peace..
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  Caissanist: From Chessvibes, Alexei Shirov remembers Klovans:

“What was most remarkable about him is that he was always in a good mood, a very good mood basically. Apart from being very kind to everybody I noticed that he would behave the same to all kinds of persons: small children, bad chess amateurs or great players, or the bosses. He would always talk in the same manner. He had his own style in everything; in chess, in life… this was really remarkable. I think he never had a single conflict with anybody.

He was always working very hard on chess to find the truth about every position, to find the logical opening variation. Searching for the truth was both his life and his chess style. I think in away he was a very clean person and a very clean chess player in a way.

He never worked as my coach but I knew him; sometimes we met, and we were almost neighbours in Riga. Our flats were ten minutes from each other so sometimes we would just meet in his flat or in my flat and look at some chess. That particular phrase was connected to my game against him in 1987, the story was also described in Fire on Board 1. We played a game, we analysed, and then a few months later we met again and I just asked him about this variation again, what he thought, and then he just smiled and showed me the refutation of the whole set-up and then he said: now you have some homework to do. Then I realized I should not be so excited about my own ideas – in that game I had developed my own analysis – and that I must be more careful whether these ideas are right or wrong, and to be excited whether they are mine or not mine.”

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  GrahamClayton: One of the reasons why Klovans did not achieve the GM title at an earlier age was that his career as an officer in the USSR Army made it very difficult for him to travel to overseas tournaments. Hewon the USSR Armed Forces championship on three occassions.
Apr-09-11  BIDMONFA: Janis Klovans


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  Penguincw: Happy B-Day.
Apr-09-11  theodor: most the piety, at a stage, game over! life vs death 0-1. any comments? all my valuation to Klovans!
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  wordfunph: In Memory of Janis Klovans (1935–2010) by Chessbase..

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  ketchuplover: better late than never

May he rest peace/piece fully

May-12-11  ColdSong: I got the chance to play and discuss with Janis Klovans some years ago, to Cappelle La Grande.Peaceful,Opened and attentive, smiling, modest with the difficult task to find the chess truth, Janis was the kind of man that can't be easily forgotten. RIP
Nov-30-13  Conrad93: 9 time Latvian Chess Champion.

That's seven more than Mikhail Tal.

Nov-30-13  Conrad93: He also beat Tal in his prime.
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  offramp: <Conrad93: He also beat Tal in his prime.>

Was Tal waring a big red rosette on his butt-ocks saying "PRIME" & "FIRST CLASS".

Dec-09-13  Conrad93: <Was Tal waring a big red rosette on his butt-ocks saying "PRIME" & "FIRST CLASS".>

Not that I'm aware.

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  perfidious: <Conrad>: Tal would likely have managed another Latvian title or three, had he not concentrated on winning unimportant events such as the world title and playing in higher-level tournaments, you worthless troll.
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  AylerKupp: Actually, Klovans did slightly better than expected in head-to-head encounters with Tal. has 12 Klovans – Tal games, with Tal scoring 7.5 – 4.5 or a winning percentage of 62.5%. The ChessTempo database has the same 12 games plus Klovans' and Tal's rating at the time of each game, although I have no idea how accurate these are given that FIDE only started to use Elo ratings in 1970 and 9 of the 12 games were before 1970. Nevertheless, the average rating difference between Tal and Klovans was 118 Elo rating points, and the Elo P(Win) tables indicate that Tal's winning percentage with this ratings differential should have been 0.66. So, assuming their ratings were accurate, Klovans beat the odds.
Dec-12-13  Conrad93: How am I trolling?
Dec-12-13  Conrad93: I'm assuming that Tal would be in his prime during the years 1960-1961.

<Tal would likely have managed another Latvian title or three, had he not concentrated on winning unimportant events such as the world title and playing in higher-level tournaments, you worthless troll.>

I never claimed he wouldn't have, but it would not have been as simple as you think.

Nov-10-14  ljfyffe: Klovans won the intetnational correspondence chess tourney organized by the Finnish federation (1971-74).
Feb-18-15  drnooo: A horrible, ghastly, terrible, awful picture of someone who is by all accounts a great, gentle, gleeful, generous soul. C'mon, you snapshot boys can surely do better than this.
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