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Edmar Mednis

Number of games in database: 626
Years covered: 1951 to 1998
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510
Overall record: +208 -147 =268 (54.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (107) 
    B92 B42 B95 B81 B76
 English (51) 
    A15 A10 A13 A14 A11
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C86 C91 C75 C80 C78
 Sicilian Najdorf (23) 
    B92 B95 B93 B96 B97
 Sicilian Dragon (19) 
    B76 B73 B39 B36 B77
 English, 1 c4 c5 (17) 
    A30 A36 A37
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (79) 
    B67 B89 B31 B68 B56
 French Defense (46) 
    C04 C02 C18 C05 C17
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (32) 
    B67 B68 B69 B61 B62
 King's Indian (32) 
    E62 E94 E63 E81 E60
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E39 E45 E42 E41 E20
 French Tarrasch (20) 
    C04 C05 C07 C03
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Fischer vs E Mednis, 1962 0-1
   E Mednis vs Timman, 1974 1-0
   Freeman vs E Mednis, 1955 0-1
   G Kramer vs E Mednis, 1957 0-1
   E Mednis vs E Ermenkov, 1980 1-0
   A Feuerstein vs E Mednis, 1956 0-1
   E Mednis vs Lombardy, 1978 1-0
   E Mednis vs D Byrne, 1956 1-0
   Korchnoi vs E Mednis, 1956 1/2-1/2
   E Mednis vs K Commons, 1974 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   New York GHI (1977)
   Copenhagen Open (1990)
   United States Championship (1978)
   Houston (1974)
   US Championship 1961/62 (1961)
   Kragujevac (1977)
   Reggio Emilia 1973/74 (1973)
   Budapest Tungsram (1978)
   57th US Open (1956)
   58th US Open (1957)
   Varna Olympiad qual-2 (1962)
   US Championship (1972)
   Copenhagen Open (1989)
   55th US Open (1954)
   Australian Open 1986/87 (1986)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1972 by Phony Benoni
   US Championship 1957/58 by shankartr2018
   US Championship 1957/58 by suenteus po 147
   Third L. J. Rosenwald Trophy Tournament, 1956 by Resignation Trap
   US Championship 1961/62 by Phony Benoni
   1956 Canadian open by gauer

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(born Mar-22-1937, died Feb-13-2002, 64 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Grandmaster (1980). Edmar John Mednis was born in Riga, Latvia. He was trained as a chemical engineer, then worked as a stockbroker, but became best known as a chess player and author.(1)

After moving to the United States, Mednis represented it at the 1955 World Junior Championship where he finished 2nd behind Boris Spassky (their individual game was drawn). He played on the 1962 US Olympiad team and was 3rd= in the 1961-62 US Championship. In tournaments he was 3rd at Houston 1974, 4th= at New York 1980 and 1st= at Puerto Rico 1984. He died of complications from pneumonia in 2002 at Woodside, Queens, New York.

(1) Wikipedia article: Edmar Mednis

Last updated: 2022-09-14 02:05:37

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 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 639  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Smith vs E Mednis 0-128195152nd US OpenA22 English
2. A Spiller vs E Mednis 1-025195152nd US OpenE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
3. A Liepnieks vs E Mednis  1-040195152nd US OpenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
4. E Mednis vs J F Shaw  1-025195152nd US OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. L T Magee vs E Mednis  ½-½41195152nd US OpenC18 French, Winawer
6. E Mednis vs H E Myers  1-039195152nd US OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
7. E Mednis vs Kashdan  0-144195152nd US OpenC42 Petrov Defense
8. R Brieger vs E Mednis  ½-½52195152nd US OpenC17 French, Winawer, Advance
9. E Mednis vs C C Crittenden  1-030195253rd US OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
10. H Steiner vs E Mednis  1-040195253rd US OpenE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
11. E Mednis vs L Isaacs  1-060195253rd US OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
12. G A Koelsche vs E Mednis  ½-½39195253rd US OpenA13 English
13. E Mednis vs J E Barry  1-021195253rd US OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
14. I Romanenko vs E Mednis 1-021195253rd US OpenE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
15. C Brasket vs E Mednis  1-073195253rd US OpenC18 French, Winawer
16. E Mednis vs W Grombacher ½-½35195253rd US OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. R Hurttlen vs E Mednis  0-129195253rd US OpenC18 French, Winawer
18. K Burger vs E Mednis  ½-½21195253rd US OpenE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
19. E Mednis vs R Schmidt  1-026195354th US OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
20. E Mednis vs Lombardy  1-026195354th US OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
21. E Mednis vs A Bisguier  ½-½27195354th US OpenC59 Two Knights
22. Dake vs E Mednis  1-053195354th US OpenA22 English
23. E Mednis vs N Whitaker  ½-½36195354th US OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
24. A L McAuley vs E Mednis 1-067195455th US OpenC02 French, Advance
25. E Mednis vs I Schwartz  1-034195455th US OpenB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
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May-07-15  TheFocus: <Unless a player has an 'understanding chess' rating of at least 2400, the amount of significant knowledge that he can impart on others is limited> - Edmar Mednis.
May-09-15  TheFocus: <After a bad opening, there is hope for the middlegame. After a bad middlegame, there is hope for the endgame. But once you are in the endgame, the moment of truth has arrived> - Edmar Mednis.
May-09-15  TheFocus: <The amount of points that can be gained (and saved) by correct endgame play is enormous, yet often underestimated by youngsters and amateurs> - Edmar Mednis.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <The key to ultimate success is the determination to progress day by day> - Edmar Mednis.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <Playing without a concurrent critical review of one's skills will simply get you nowhere> - Edmar Mednis.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <Winning isn't everything … but losing is nothing> - Edmar Mednis.
May-13-15  TheFocus: <One of the objectives of opening play is to try to surprise your opponent> - Edmar Mednis.
May-15-15  TheFocus: <You must be able to handle a variety of move orders during the first 5-6 moves - otherwise you'll find yourself 'tricked' time and time again> - Edmar Mednis.
May-15-15  TheFocus: <Only play into a variation in which your opponent is strong if you have your own personal novelty ready!> - Edmar Mednis.
May-16-15  TheFocus: <In chess, at least, the brave inherit the earth> - Edmar Mednis.
May-17-15  TheFocus: <Even when the time control has been reached, there is one situation where you want to act as if it has not: when your position is absolutely lost> - Edmar Mednis.
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  offramp: <TheFocus: <Playing without a concurrent critical review of one's skills will simply get you nowhere> - Edmar Mednis.>

What about <Reading without being able to comprehend Edmar Mednis>? Is that recommended?

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  offramp: It always looks to me as if someone has been trying to write a name like <EDGAR MENDIS>, made a few mistakes but couldn't be bothered to change them.
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  offramp: Fellow Latvian-American Charles I Kalme had a similar life orbit.

Kalme was born in 1939 in Riga. He died a month after Mednis.

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  perfidious: Both Latvian emigres <Beat Bobby Fischer>.
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  offramp: <perfidious: Both Latvian emigres <Beat Bobby Fischer>.>

Tal also did well. I wonder which country did best against Fischer. The USA, then Russia, I suppose. Then what? Ukraine, Georgia, Latvia, Hungary, Serbia?

Countries like Norway, China, India, Philippines, England won't even be on the radar screen.

Feb-13-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Edmar Mednis.
Feb-13-16  hemy: Rest in peace, Edmar Mednis.
In the "From the Middlegame into the Endgame" book, page 113, Mednis published my endgame (Kasimov-Komay, Israel 1979).

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... White achives a thematic stalemate draw as as follows:

1. Ke5 2. Kc5 Kxe4 3. Kc4! Ke3 4. Kc3!

Losing is 4. Kd5? Kf3 5. Kd4 Kg2 6. Ke3 f1=Q!
4. Kf3
It is no good going to the e-file, since 4. Ke2 allows 5. R:h2 and the f-pawn is pinned. 5. Kd3 Kg2
6. Ke2!! Draw
After 6. Kxh1 White stalemates Black with the normal 7. Kxf2 or the "fancy" 7. Kf1

Mar-22-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Edmar Mednis.
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  doogie: I played Mr. Mednis in a simultaneous exhibition at Stony Brook University, I think it was in 1970, and was very happy to have drawn him in that game. It was an honor to have played him. I was very sad when I heard of his passing back in 2002. RIP, and thank you.
Jan-27-21  Dionysius1: <<Winning isn't everything … but losing is nothing> - Edmar Mednis.>

My goodness, I wonder if he believed that or if it's just an exaggeration for effect.

I love chess, and some of my favourite chess moments have been in games I've ultimately lost. Some ideas that worked (even when my opponent saw them coming), some stellar moves of my opponent that made me laugh out loud with pleasure. And much more.

The attitude expressed in GM Mednis' quotation is too restrictive to allow for my enjoyment of playing a game of chess. So regrettably on this occasion he was wrong.

Sep-05-21  Granny O Doul: Re: "Winning isn't everything, but losing is nothing", Barry Popik, chess player and historian of quotes and phrases (there is probably a more concise expression) investigated just this adage: . Several versions are quoted, including this precise one which first appeared in print at least as early as 1971. I found the page by searching for the line's "Peanuts" appearance, which I was pretty sure I remembered.

Even so, I found funnier this "Bazooka Joe", which puts the punch line in the optimist's mouth:

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  Diocletian: Here are some pictures of Edmar Mednis. If you beat Bobby you deserve a pic.
Jan-25-22  jerseybob: <offramp: <perfidious: Both Latvian emigres <Beat Bobby Fischer>.> And don't forget Uncle Vik, Fischer-Pupols 1955. He's still very much alive though, and I'm not trying to hustle him offstage!
Jan-07-23  thegoodanarchist: < offramp: It always looks to me as if someone has been trying to write a name like <EDGAR MENDIS>, made a few mistakes but couldn't be bothered to change them.>


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