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|Oct-07-10|| ||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.|
|Oct-10-10|| ||wordfunph: farewell GM Janis "Iron John" Klovans, rest in peace..|
|Oct-18-10|| ||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.
|Feb-26-11|| ||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|
|Apr-09-11|| ||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!|
|May-12-11|| ||wordfunph: In Memory of Janis Klovans (19352010) by Chessbase..|
|May-12-11|| ||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.|
|Dec-07-13|| ||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.
|Dec-10-13|| ||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.|
|Dec-10-13|| ||AylerKupp: Actually, Klovans did slightly better than expected in head-to-head encounters with Tal. Chessgames.com 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.|
|Dec-25-18|| ||SkySports: I think that what's written in the description is not correct. It's true that he got the GM title winning the World Senior Championships in 1997 at 62, but Yuri Shabanov got it (winning the same tournament in 2003) at 66, so 4 years older.|
|Dec-26-18|| ||Stonehenge: It is correct. It says "<then> (1997) the oldest player".|
|Dec-26-18|| ||HeMateMe: Too bad he never played Al Horowitz. We might have had a Weird Al Yanovich game or two...|
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