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Andrew Karklins
A Karklins 
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Number of games in database: 159
Years covered: 1963 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2072
Highest rating achieved in database: 2384

Overall record: +53 -74 =32 (43.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (53) 
    B90 B43 B28 B58 B56
 Sicilian Najdorf (12) 
    B90 B97 B99 B95
 Sicilian Kan (8) 
 French Defense (7) 
    C02 C15
 Sicilian Scheveningen (6) 
    B83 B80 B81
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C71 C93 C80
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (14) 
    B32 B30 B20 B33 B60
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C77 C69 C96 C91 C85
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E33 E21 E47 E24 E41
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A46 E10 A45 D02 E00
 English (7) 
    A15 A17
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (5) 
    C69 C85
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Karklins vs A Sandrin, 1990 1-0
   A Karklins vs Dlugy, 1986 1-0
   A Karklins vs Svidler, 1995 1-0
   K W Stein vs A Karklins, 1988 0-1
   J N Jacobs vs A Karklins, 1974 0-1
   A Karklins vs K Commons, 1972 1-0
   A Karklins vs R Ervin, 1972 1-0
   A Karklins vs D Berry, 1972 1-0
   W Martz vs A Karklins, 1972 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1972)
   Lone Pine (1971)
   US Championship (1973)
   US Championship (1974)
   Lone Pine (1974)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   28th World Open (2000)
   34th World Open (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1973 by Phony Benoni

   🏆 Reno-Western States Open
   S Sloan vs A Karklins (Oct-20-12) 0-1

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(born Apr-14-1947, 75 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Andrew Karklins (Latvian spelling Andrejs Kārkliņลก) was born in Germany in 1947, of Latvian descent. He began playing chess at age 14, and later emigrated to Chicago, Illinois (USA).1 He is a FIDE Master, and the son of the late National Master Erik Karklins. He is the author of the book "Modern Grandmaster Chess," in which he analyzed every game played in the 1964 USSR Zonal, and the editor of "Tal's Masterpieces and Other Selected Games 1960-1975."

Karklins shared the 1965 Illinois State Championship with the late Senior Master Richard William Verber. In 1967, Karklins both became a National Master and won the Western Open. He played in Lone Pine (1971), Lone Pine (1972), Lone Pine (1973), Lone Pine (1974), and Lone Pine (1975). He competed in the US Championship (1973) and US Championship (1974). He again was Illinois State Champion in 1990 and Co-Champion in 1993. In 2009 he shared first place at Ohio's Kings Island Open with GM Benjamin Finegold and two others, ahead of GM Eugene Perelshteyn.

He is known for his opening innovations, including the Karklins-Martinovsky Variation of Petroff's Defense (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nd3 Nxe4 5.Qe2), the Karklins Variation of the Najdorf Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Qf3), and the Karklins Gambit against the Colle System (1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 c5 4.Bd3 g5).

In 2011, the Illinois Chess Association awarded him the Natalie Broughton Lifetime Achievement in Chess Award.

1Val Zemitis "Encyclopedia of Latvian Chessplayers Vol.I" pp.K-36-38

Last updated: 2021-04-14 12:26:07

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 180  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Karklins vs V V Kostic  1-0561963Illinois OpenC71 Ruy Lopez
2. A Karklins vs W Goichberg  ½-½25196768th US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. A Karklins vs Browne 1-052196768th US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
4. O Popovych vs A Karklins  ½-½50196768th US OpenC34 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Rossolimo vs A Karklins  ½-½17196768th US OpenC50 Giuoco Piano
6. A Karklins vs B Robertie  ½-½29196768th US OpenB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. A Karklins vs Martinovsky  ½-½46196768th US OpenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. W Martz vs A Karklins  1-0361969Chicago opA15 English
9. Bisguier vs A Karklins 1-022196970th US OpenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
10. A Karklins vs J T Westbrock  0-151196970th US OpenC42 Petrov Defense
11. A Karklins vs A Liepnieks  1-020196970th US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. A Karklins vs Robert J Gauntt  0-125196970th US OpenB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
13. A Karklins vs R Verber 0-1421970Illinois OpenB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. D LaPierre Ballard vs A Karklins  0-1441970Wamsley OpenE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
15. R Avery vs A Karklins  0-1201971Lone PineE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. A Karklins vs A Mengarini  1-0331971Lone PineC71 Ruy Lopez
17. J Grefe vs A Karklins  1-0251971Lone PineA00 Uncommon Opening
18. A Karklins vs M J Regan  1-027197172nd US OpenC02 French, Advance
19. P Shuey vs A Karklins  0-138197172nd US OpenE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
20. A Karklins vs R Finegold  1-020197172nd US OpenB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
21. Reshevsky vs A Karklins  1-029197172nd US OpenA04 Reti Opening
22. A Karklins vs R Shean  1-025197172nd US OpenB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
23. J N Jacobs vs A Karklins  1-052197172nd US OpenC44 King's Pawn Game
24. A Karklins vs J McCormick  1-030197172nd US OpenB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
25. Kavalek vs A Karklins  1-033197172nd US OpenA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 180  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-21-09  parisattack: Karklins played some excellent games in the 1970s. His Modern Grandmaster Chess is a terrific book - one of the unknown classics of chess literature, IMHO.
Mar-22-09  ForeverYoung: I have that book in my library. It has been some time since I took it off the shelf. Definitely a great one.
May-18-10  oldsounio: Any idea please,where can i get his book ?
May-24-10  Albertan: <May-18-10 oldsounio: Any idea please,where can i get his book ?>

Try here:

May-30-10  oldsounio: Thank you Albertan!
I am afraid this sells only in USA.
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  GrahamClayton: In late 2011 Karklins was awarded the Broughton Lifetime Achievment in Chess Award by the Illinois Chess Association.
Oct-23-12  wordfunph: <parisattack> rare book by FM Karklins for a reasonable price of $15.

Tal's Masterpieces and Other Selected Games 1960-1975

Jan-10-13  gars: <wordfunph> "Tal's Masterpieces and Other Selected Games" (Chicago Chess Books) 1976) is not only a rare book but a very good one! Many games have notes by Tal himself an the others are analyzed by Karklins, Kmoch, Shamkovich, Euwe, Peterson, Kirilov, Zaitsev,Kondratiev, Kann, Korchnoi, Razuaev and Zhuravlev. A feast of Chess!
Feb-20-15  Oliveira: Father and son:

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