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Viktor Gavrikov, former USSR National Champion
1957-07-29, died 2016-04-27
USSR, Lithuania, Switzerland, Bulgaria
GM since: 1984
Best ELO rating: 2605 in 1995 and 1996
Best ELO ranking: <=19th of the World in July-December 1985>
(from mid-1980s to mid-1990s, a solid top hundred player)
<Lithuanian Champion> in 1978 (shared title with Gintautas Piesina),
<National Champion of USSR> in 1985 (1st-3rd Soviet Championship, shared titles), <National Champion of Switzerland> in 1996, and joint winner of Lithuanian National championship in 2000 (title awarded to Viktorija Čmilytė).
Finest international achievements:
Winner at Biel (Open) 1990, and Biel GM Invitation 1994 (ahead of Vaganian).
In 1985 at Interzonal in Tunis, Gavrikov missed the Candidates narrowly, losing the play-off against Alexander Chernin: http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/858... (then there was a following triangular "reserve play-off" at London for Montpellier, won by Speelman ahead of Gavrikov, it didn't change anything because nobody had withdrawn).
In December 1988, Gavrikov battled Karpov again and again (achieving a 4-4 in the final, followed by a 1-1, Karpov then declared winner on better prior tie-break, the prize money was shared) in a Rapid (that time called 'Actice chess') contest at Mazatlan, Mexico, sometimes referred as inofficial World Rapid Championships (61 players, including veteran Larsen and the young three Polgar sisters):
Honoured Trainer of Georgia, Trainer of Canadian U16 World Youth Olympiad team 2015
His coaching also helped to obtain an IM/GM-title for Yannick Pelletier and WGM/IM-title for Viktorija Čmilytė (later also GM).
R.I.P., Viktor Gavrikov