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Viktor Gavrikov

Number of games in database: 762
Years covered: 1975 to 2004
Last FIDE rating: 2514
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605
Overall record: +230 -104 =377 (58.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 51 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (52) 
    B93 B42 B92 B40 B30
 King's Indian (34) 
    E81 E97 E94 E67 E62
 English (29) 
    A15 A17 A10 A14 A11
 Queen's Gambit Declined (23) 
    D37 D35 D31 D38 D30
 Queen's Indian (22) 
    E15 E17 E12 E16 E18
 Orthodox Defense (18) 
    D58 D61 D55 D62 D60
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (113) 
    B90 B93 B52 B97 B22
 Grunfeld (67) 
    D97 D85 D87 D91 D82
 Sicilian Najdorf (46) 
    B90 B93 B97 B92 B96
 Modern Benoni (18) 
    A70 A61 A56 A73 A77
 English, 1 c4 e5 (17) 
    A21 A20 A22 A28 A29
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E32 E58 E46 E25 E47
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Marin vs Gavrikov, 2004 1/2-1/2
   A Vitolinsh vs Gavrikov, 1977 1/2-1/2
   Gavrikov vs Van der Sterren, 1987 1-0
   Azmaiparashvili vs Gavrikov, 1980 0-1
   Karpov vs Gavrikov, 1988 0-1
   Gavrikov vs Kramnik, 1994 1/2-1/2
   Gavrikov vs K Hulak, 1990 1-0
   H Karner vs Gavrikov, 1987 0-1
   Gavrikov vs Karpov, 1988 1/2-1/2
   Karpov vs Gavrikov, 1988 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (Farmers) (1981)
   Kotov Memorial (1984)
   Goglidze Memorial (1983)
   Biel (1994)
   Keres Memorial Open (1998)
   USSR Young Masters Championship (1978)
   URS-ch sf Severodonetsk (1982)
   USSR Championship (1986)
   Sokolsky Memorial (1981)
   Vienna Open (1990)
   Tunis Interzonal (1985)
   URS-ch sf Lvov (1984)
   URS-ch54 First League Irkutsk (1986)
   Bad Wiessee Open (2003)
   Biel MTO Open (1990)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Tallinn 1985 by Chessdreamer
   Tallinn 1987 by Chessdreamer
   London Candidates Reserve Playoff 1985 by Tabanus

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(born Jul-29-1957, died Apr-27-2016, 58 years old) Lithuania

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Viktor Nikolayevich Gavrikov was awarded the GM title in 1984 when he also entered the ranks of the world's top 100 players. He remained in top 100 for thirteen years until July 1997 and was still #6 overall in Lithuania at the time of his death.


<Age> Gavrikov was equal second to Alexander Nikolayevich Panchenko at the 1978 Soviet U26 Championship and won the same event with a round to spare in 1983. (1)

<National> He first competed in the qualifiers for the Soviet championship in 1978, making it to the semi final tournament in that year. A regular competitor in this arena, he became USSR champion in 1985 (and therefore Zonal Champion qualifying for the Interzonal, (2) sharing first place with Mikhail Gurevich and Alexander Chernin) (3), and finished equal second in the 1986 event behind Vitaly Tseshkovsky. Gavrikov was Lithuanian champion in 1978 (=Gintautas Albertas Piesina) and Swiss champion in 1996.

<World> His best result in the World Championship cycle was equal fourth place in the Tunis Interzonal in 1985, narrowly missing qualification for the Montpellier Candidates (1985). (4)


Gavrikov's best results included winning the Goglidze memorial tournament (staged in Tbilisi) in 1983 with a couple of rounds to spare (5) and the Nałęczów tournament in 1984 with a round to spare. (6) He also won at Biel in 1990 and 1994 (ahead of Rafael Vaganian in the latter). Gavrikov won the 2nd Principe de Asturias rapid in 1992, with 9.5/11. He was outright second behind Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev at the Paul Keres Memorial held in Tallinn in January 2001 and equal first alongside Sergey Leonidovich Kalinitschew at the Nibelungen Open held in Worms, Germany in September/October 2004.


<Leagues> Gavrikov first played top level team chess for the Rural Societies team which won team bronze in the 1976 Soviet Team Cup; he subsequently played for the same team in 1978, 1980 and 1982. He represented the Moldavan SSR at the Soviet Spartakiad ("Soviet Olympiad") of 1979 and the Lithuanian SSR at the Spartakiad of 1983. (7) He played for CSHK-Moscow in the USSR Team Championship of 1990. (8)

He also played in the Estonian Club Cups of 2001 & 2002, the Swiss Leagues of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006, both the Bundesliga and the Bundesliga East in 2004-2005, the Oberliga Ost in 2005 & 2006, and the East Bundesliga in 2007, 2008 and 2009. His last rated game was a draw in round nine of the 2009 East Bundesliga against Wilfrid Wernert.

Ratings and Rankings

Gavrikov's peak rating was 2605 in July 1996 (when he was ranked world #55), and his peak ranking was world #19 in the latter half of 1985 when he was rated 2570. (9)

Sources and References


Wikipedia article: Viktor Gavrikov


(1) (2) ; (3) [rusbase-1] (4) (5) (6) (7) [rusbase-2] (8) [rusbase-3] (9)

Last updated: 2018-03-27 13:04:03

 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 777  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gavrikov vs Z Einoris  0-1271975USSR Junior ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. G Zaichik vs Gavrikov  0-13019769th Soviet Team CupA56 Benoni Defense
3. Gavrikov vs A Kochyev  ½-½5919769th Soviet Team CupE91 King's Indian
4. A Ivanov vs Gavrikov  1-0301977USSR Championship qualificationB07 Pirc
5. Gavrikov vs Kupreichik  0-1681977USSR Championship qualificationC55 Two Knights Defense
6. A Vitolinsh vs Gavrikov ½-½321977Ch URS (Farmers)B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Gavrikov vs V Muratov  1-0581977USSR Championship qualificationC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
8. A Zakharov vs Gavrikov  0-1441977USSR Championship qualificationA22 English
9. Beliavsky vs Gavrikov  1-0401978URS-CupTA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
10. Gavrikov vs A V Kharitonov  1-0801978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
11. Gavrikov vs Yusupov  ½-½311978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
12. A Mikhalchishin vs Gavrikov  0-1411978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. G Agzamov vs Gavrikov  ½-½471978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
14. Gavrikov vs G Rastenis  1-0321978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
15. Psakhis vs Gavrikov  1-0131978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
16. Gavrikov vs G Zaichik  ½-½271978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
17. A Ivanov vs Gavrikov  ½-½711978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
18. Gavrikov vs A Machulsky  ½-½581978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
19. Dolmatov vs Gavrikov  ½-½371978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. Gavrikov vs Yurtaev  1-0411978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
21. Gavrikov vs Vladimirov  1-0341978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
22. Chekhov vs Gavrikov  ½-½311978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. A Panchenko vs Gavrikov  ½-½301978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
24. Gavrikov vs A Petrosian  ½-½551978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. G Zaichik vs Gavrikov  ½-½34197846th URS-ch selectionD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-04-04  Catfriend: He's famous mainly by his loss in this great game:
Kasparov vs Gavrikov, 1981
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  Benzol: Viktor Nikolayevich Gavrikov
Born 29th September 1957
Awarded the GM title in 1984 he was also USSR Champion in 1985.
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  offramp: He may be most famous as being the luckiest-ever winner of the USSR CH. In 1985 there was a 3-way tie for first. There was a play-off but all the games were drawn. The official committee spent some time wondering what to do next, but a journalist told people that Gavrikov was going to be made champion on tie-break with no further games. The committee was annoyed at that but decided not to rock the boat. So they declared Gavrikov champion.
Jul-29-06  BIDMONFA: Viktor Gavrikov


Apr-18-09  smurph: Lucky USSR champion??
Aug-02-10  whiteshark: Strange decision, if the story is true.
Aug-02-10  whiteshark: His website:
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  ketchuplover: He's apparently instructing a member of
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  ketchuplover: or try

Apr-27-16  stanleys: Very sad news: GM Gavrikov has died today.May he rest in peace!

(published by David Llada on Twitter) -

May-01-16  diagonal: Obituary:

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: (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

May-01-16  diagonal: picture: (Chernin, then Gavrikov, portrait photos from Chess Notes 9590 by Edward Winter)
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  ketchuplover: Condolences to those whose lives he touched
May-16-16  luftforlife: Here is a worthy and worthwhile recollection by Riccardo Del Dotto, entitled "Addio Viktor," published on SoloScacchi on May 14, 2016:

May-17-16  diagonal: Yannick Pelletier honouring Viktor Gavrikov:

<Viktor Gavrikov passed away. He would have turned 59 in a few months. He was a strong grandmaster, but his talent and understanding should have made him achieve more. Should I owe my GM title to one person only, it would be him.

He was my trainer from 1994 until he left Switzerland in 1997. Thanks to him, I got a glimpse of what the Soviet school of chess really was. His knowledge was immense, and his phenomenal memory was backed with the old card index system. With him, it felt like computers existed already.

I have kept all copies of the lessons he gave me. Though the ink on the fax paper has long started to vanish, the content of the lectures is permanently stored in my mind. Such is his memory.>


Jul-28-17  Eagle41257: The 52nd USSR Chess Championship was held from January 22 to February 19, 1985 in Riga. In an additional match-tournament of three winners (Vilnius, December 1985) all the games ended in a draw, and M. Gurevich was declared the champion of the USSR (for the best coefficient of the main tournament).

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