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Valerij Zhuravliov
V Zhuravliov 
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Number of games in database: 194
Years covered: 1962 to 2004
Last FIDE rating: 2365 (2361 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2398
Overall record: +62 -68 =64 (48.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (38) 
    B30 B20 B62 B21 B22
 French Defense (15) 
    C18 C02 C00 C16 C10
 Pirc (7) 
    B07 B09
 French Winawer (7) 
    C18 C16
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B10 B13 B12 B18
 French (4) 
    C00 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C82 C69 C71 C73 C84
 Sicilian (10) 
    B29 B99 B27 B25 B77
 Caro-Kann (8) 
    B14 B15 B17 B13 B12
 Old Indian (8) 
 Dutch Defense (6) 
    A81 A97 A89 A84
 English, 1 c4 e5 (5) 
    A21 A28 A25 A23
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Zhuravliov vs A Vitolinsh, 1967 1/2-1/2
   Y Kolobov vs V Zhuravliov, 1965 0-1
   V Zhuravliov vs Bronstein, 1980 1-0
   J Klavins vs V Zhuravliov, 1969 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Latvian Championship (1967)
   Latvian Championship (1980)
   Daugavpils (1990)
   Latvian Championship (1989)
   Chigorin Memorial (1977)
   URS-ch48 sf Tallinn (1980)
   URS-ch First League (1974)
   URS-ch otbor Blagoveshchensk (1988)
   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 8; games 1-25 of 194  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Suetin vs V Zhuravliov  1-0481962RigaC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. V Zhuravliov vs A Petersons  1-0401962Daugava Club ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
3. Klovans vs V Zhuravliov  ½-½421962Daugava Club ChampionshipC21 Center Game
4. V Zhuravliov vs Koblents  1-0381962Latvian championshipB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
5. J Mileika vs V Zhuravliov  1-0491962Daugava Club ChampionshipA80 Dutch
6. M Arshansky vs V Zhuravliov  1-0741962Daugava Club ChampionshipA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
7. V Osnos vs V Zhuravliov  1-0441962URS-chTA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
8. V Zhuravliov vs Z Solmanis  1-0481963LAT-chB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
9. V Zhuravliov vs I Zdanovs  0-1311963LAT-chB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. Gipslis vs V Zhuravliov 1-0391963ch-LatviaC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
11. Koblents vs V Zhuravliov  ½-½251963LAT-chA04 Reti Opening
12. Y Kolobov vs V Zhuravliov 0-1361965MoscowC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
13. A Petersons vs V Zhuravliov  1-0431967Latvian ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
14. V Zhuravliov vs J Petkevich  0-1411967Latvian ChampionshipB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
15. V Zhuravliov vs J Mileika  1-0361967Latvian ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
16. V Zhuravliov vs R Etruk  1-0201967Latvian ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
17. A Suslovs vs V Zhuravliov  0-1331967Latvian ChampionshipB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
18. V Zhuravliov vs L Gutman  1-0331967Latvian ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. V Zhuravliov vs A Vitolinsh ½-½26196724th Latvian ChB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
20. Klovans vs V Zhuravliov  1-0321967Latvian ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
21. T Oim vs V Zhuravliov  ½-½291967Latvian ChampionshipC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
22. V Zhuravliov vs A Vitolinsh  ½-½261967Latvian ChampionshipB07 Pirc
23. Polugaevsky vs V Zhuravliov 1-0371967USSR ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
24. Tal vs V Zhuravliov 1-0411967USSR ChampionshipA14 English
25. G Chepukaitis vs V Zhuravliov  0-1601967USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
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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.

Premium Chessgames Member

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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