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Janis Klovans
J Klovans 
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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 in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (88) 
    B33 B42 B92 B84 B83
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C95 C99 C96 C67 C78
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (24) 
    C95 C99 C96 C91 C84
 French Defense (23) 
    C19 C11 C12 C18 C10
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B12 B11 B15 B17 B19
 Sicilian Scheveningen (15) 
    B84 B83 B85
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (54) 
    C69 C72 C92 C96 C90
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (30) 
    C92 C96 C90 C84 C98
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D37 D35 D30 D31 D36
 Orthodox Defense (21) 
    D55 D58 D54 D61 D59
 English (17) 
    A13 A15 A14 A18 A19
 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
   Y M Nikitin vs J Klovans, 1968 0-1
   Cherepkov vs J Klovans, 1968 0-1
   J Klovans vs Tal, 1952 1-0
   Karpov vs J Klovans, 1971 0-1
   J Klovans vs Tal, 1968 1-0
   J Klovans vs Pukudruva, 1955 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 YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tal vs J Klovans ½-½401951RigaD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. J Klovans vs Tal 0-1401951RigaC52 Evans Gambit
3. J Klovans vs Tal 1-0561952URSC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
4. J Klovans vs A Khenkin  0-1411954URS-chTC58 Two Knights
5. J Klovans vs B Baranov  0-1451954URS-chTC50 Giuoco Piano
6. G Fridstein vs J Klovans  ½-½581954URS-chTA15 English
7. Cherepkov vs J Klovans  ½-½281954URS-chTA14 English
8. Byvshev vs J Klovans  1-0371954URS-chTC87 Ruy Lopez
9. J Klovans vs M V Shishov  ½-½611954URS-chTC53 Giuoco Piano
10. J Klovans vs Furman  0-1551954URS-chTB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
11. Tal vs J Klovans ½-½501954RigaC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
12. J Klovans vs E Zagorjansky  ½-½411954URS-chTB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
13. Tal vs J Klovans 0-1241954Ch LatviaD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. K Klaman vs J Klovans  1-0341954URS-chTA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Lutikov vs J Klovans  1-0331954URS-chTD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
16. Azerbaev vs J Klovans  ½-½181955LAT-chC47 Four Knights
17. J Klovans vs K Klasup  1-0381955LAT-chC12 French, McCutcheon
18. J Klovans vs Pukudruva 1-0251955Latvian ChB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
19. J Klovans vs I Zdanovs  0-1581955LAT-chB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
20. J Mileika vs J Klovans  1-0361955LAT-chD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Gufeld vs J Klovans 1-0181956All-Union Mass TtC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
22. Tal vs J Klovans 1-0281958URSC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. J Klovans vs Y Sakharov  1-0321959MoscowB89 Sicilian
24. Bronstein vs J Klovans  ½-½471959Olympiad URSC77 Ruy Lopez
25. J Klovans vs Lutikov  ½-½421959URS-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..
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.”

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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..

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.
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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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