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Valerij Zhuravliov
V Zhuravliov 
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Number of games in database: 121
Years covered: 1962 to 1997
Last FIDE rating: 2365 (2361 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2398

Overall record: +36 -39 =45 (48.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (24) 
    B30 B22 B21 B54 B62
 French Defense (9) 
    C00 C02 C18 C16 C10
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B10 B18 B12 B13
 French Winawer (4) 
    C16 C18
 Pirc (4) 
    B07 B09
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C82 C81 C60 C69 C64
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B14 B12 B13 B17 B15
 Reti System (5) 
    A04 A06
 Sicilian (5) 
    B29 B40 B52 B77
 English, 1 c4 c5 (4) 
    A34 A35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Y Kolobov vs V Zhuravliov, 1965 0-1
   V Zhuravliov vs A Vitolinsh, 1967 1/2-1/2
   V Zhuravliov vs Bronstein, 1980 1-0
   J Klavins vs V Zhuravliov, 1969 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Latvian Championship (1980)
   Chigorin Memorial (1977)
   URS-ch First League (1974)
   USSR Championship (1967)
   European Team Championship (1992)

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(born Dec-11-1938, died Jul-18-2021, 82 years old) Latvia

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Valerij Ivanovich Zhuravliov was an International Master. He was Latvian champion in 1980, 1992 and 1994. Aka Valery Ivanovich Zhuravlev. Brother of Nikolay Zhuravliov.

Wikipedia article: Valerij Zhuravliov

Last updated: 2021-07-21 11:24:32

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 121  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Suetin vs V Zhuravliov  1-0481962RigaC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. V Zhuravliov vs Koblents  1-0381962Latvian championshipB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
3. Klovans vs V Zhuravliov  ½-½421962Ch Daugava clubC21 Center Game
4. J Mileika vs V Zhuravliov  1-0491962Ch Daugava clubA80 Dutch
5. V Zhuravliov vs A Petersons  1-0401962Ch Daugava clubA07 King's Indian Attack
6. M Arshansky vs V Zhuravliov  1-0741962Ch Daugava clubA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
7. V Osnos vs V Zhuravliov  1-0441962URS-chTA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
8. Koblents vs V Zhuravliov  ½-½251963LAT-chA04 Reti Opening
9. Gipslis vs V Zhuravliov 1-0391963ch-LatviaC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
10. V Zhuravliov vs Z Solmanis  1-0481963LAT-chB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
11. V Zhuravliov vs I Zdanovs  0-1311963LAT-chB12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. Y Kolobov vs V Zhuravliov 0-1361965MoscowC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
13. V Zhuravliov vs A Vitolinsh ½-½26196724th Latvian ChB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
14. Polugaevsky vs V Zhuravliov 1-0371967USSR ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
15. V Zhuravliov vs Y Shilov  1-0501967USSR ChampionshipA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
16. G Chepukaitis vs V Zhuravliov  0-1601967USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
17. Y Nikolaevsky vs V Zhuravliov  0-1421967USSR ChampionshipA15 English
18. Tal vs V Zhuravliov 1-0411967USSR ChampionshipA14 English
19. V Zhuravliov vs V Doroshkievich  0-1341967USSR ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Y Sakharov vs V Zhuravliov  1-03219686th Soviet Team CupC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
21. V Zhuravliov vs R Klovsky  ½-½4119686th Soviet Team CupB83 Sicilian
22. Klovans vs V Zhuravliov  ½-½3519686th Soviet Team CupC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. V Zhuravliov vs H Karner  ½-½3419686th Soviet Team CupC16 French, Winawer
24. V Zhuravliov vs Butnorius  0-15419686th Soviet Team CupC21 Center Game
25. A Alekseev vs V Zhuravliov  ½-½4119686th Soviet Team CupD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-23-15  zanzibar: Is this player related to Nikolay Zhuravlev (dob 1934)?

Nikolay Zhuravlev

Both are from Latvia, are strong players, and are within 4 years of each other.

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Harmonizing the spelling here would be a good idea:

Valerij Zhuravliov

Nikolay Zhuravlev

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  perfidious: <jess>, same as (K)holmov, (K)hasin, (Y)erevan, etc.

Was just watching the video of the final minute of the 1980 Miracle On Ice and it is comical now, though not at all surprising in those days, how Al Michaels mispronounced (K)harlamov, as though the 'h' were silent and not the (K).

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I knew about the (K)holmov and the (Y)erevan, but I did not know about the av(liov) av(lev) example.

I believe I know a way to find out though- hang on...

ok got it now.

1. Find the Cyrillic name: Журавлёв

2. Put the Cyrillic name in the Google Translator, set for "Russian" and then click on the sound icon.

3. And now the name is clearly pronounced <Zhuravliov>, plain as day.

4. So we should leave Valerij Zhuravliov as is, and change Nikolay Zhuravlev to the more accurately transcribed <Nikolay Zhuravliov> amirite.

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Valery Ivanovich Zhuravlev Valerij Zhuravliov


Nikolai Ivanovich Zhuravlev Nikolay Zhuravlev

are brothers:


A problem arises in choosing <liov> or <lev>.

The google Russian to English translator will always convert <лёв> to <lev>.

But, as shown in the post above, the sound icon will always pronounce <лёв> as <liov>, not <lev>.

So we have a convention of translating to <lev> that is not accurate. At the least, <liov> is a much more accurate transliteration of <лёв>.

So choosing the name will involve sacrificing convention for accuracy, or vice versa. Perhaps a difficult choice.

I would choose <liov> myself.

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  Stonehenge: <sacrificing convention for accuracy>

That would mean Baris instead of Boris, Raman instead of Roman etc.

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  paulalbert: Exactly how to transliterate Cyrillic alphabet into Latin alphabet can be challenging, especially if the Slavic pronunciation does not really exist in English, German, or French for example.

So we get Alekhine, but in German Aljechin where ch in German is similar to X in Cyrillic, but what Kh is supposed to sound like is a mystery to most English speakers.

We see variants like Chigorin and Tschigorin and Korchnoi, Kortchnoi, and Kortschnoi.

Various E forms in Cyrillic also challenging, maybe "ye" and "yo" or even"yaw" might work but awkward, and "sh" and "shch".

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<Stonehenge> I ate a lot of Raman in Korea, if that's any help.

Jul-21-21  tjipa: RIP

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