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Viktors Pupols
Number of games in database: 108
Years covered: 1954 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 1970
Highest rating achieved in database: 2260
Overall record: +37 -49 =22 (44.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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   🏆 116th US Open
   I Nyzhnyk vs V Pupols (Aug-05-15) 1-0
   T Olafsson vs V Pupols (Mar-12-14) 1-0
   V Pupols vs K Klundt (Mar-11-14) 1/2-1/2
   V Prosviriakov vs V Pupols (Mar-10-14) 1-0
   V Pupols vs B Sigurdsson (Mar-09-14) 1-0

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(born Jul-31-1934, 88 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Viktors Pupols was born in Latvia. After World War II, his family fled to Germany, immigrating to the U.S. in 1950 and settling in Washington State in 1953. He beat Robert James Fischer with a Latvian Gambit, one of Pupols' pet openings, in the 1955 U.S. Junior Championship. Pupols took first place in the 1961, 1974, and 1989 Washington State Championship, and shared first in 1978. He won the 1980 Keres Memorial.

A legend in the Pacific Northwest, Pupols inflicted more tournament defeats (seven) on Yasser Seirawan than anyone else. He has also beaten such grandmasters as Pal Benko, Arthur Bisguier, and Walter Shawn Browne. A biography of Pupols, "Viktors Pupols, American Master" by Larry Parr, was published in 1983.

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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 108  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Pupols vs J McCormick  1-0371954Washington State Junior Championship play-offC87 Ruy Lopez
2. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-1441955Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
3. V Pupols vs A Kaufman 0-143195556th US OpenA53 Old Indian
4. J Piatigorsky vs V Pupols 0-120195556th US OpenB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. V Pupols vs Z Kovacs 0-134195556th US OpenB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
6. V Pafnutieff vs V Pupols  1-032195556th US OpenE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
7. M Gordon vs V Pupols  1-048195556th US OpenD85 Grunfeld
8. A Croll vs V Pupols 1-028195556th US OpenC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
9. J McCormick vs V Pupols  0-1441956Seattle OpenE70 King's Indian
10. V Pupols vs R W Walker  1-0441957Oregon OpenC58 Two Knights
11. G Moore vs V Pupols  0-1631957Montana OpenA03 Bird's Opening
12. P Lapiken vs V Pupols  1-0261958Idaho OpenA16 English
13. V Pupols vs D VanArsdale 1-0381961Puget Sound OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
14. M Murray vs V Pupols 0-1211966Inland Empire OpenC40 King's Knight Opening
15. V Pupols vs J Wolfe  1-047196667th US OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
16. V Pupols vs D Fritzinger  0-146196667th US OpenA61 Benoni
17. W Grombacher vs V Pupols  0-167196667th US OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
18. V Pupols vs P Neff  ½-½54196667th US OpenA80 Dutch
19. R Holzinger vs V Pupols  0-142196667th US OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. V Pupols vs Bisguier  0-159196667th US OpenE07 Catalan, Closed
21. A Schoene vs V Pupols  0-124196667th US OpenC18 French, Winawer
22. V Pupols vs Suttles 0-150196667th US OpenA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
23. A Prietz vs V Pupols 0-1221967Betins mem corrC40 King's Knight Opening
24. V Pupols vs M Van Eckhoudt 1-0121967Betins mem corrC40 King's Knight Opening
25. V Pupols vs R Woodworth  1-041196970th US OpenA55 Old Indian, Main line
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 108  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-22-06  Pobble: A true original. These games hardly do him justice. Notice game 15, a normal opening but it was Victor who invented 11.g4! years before the GM's understood it's strength. He is also an expert on the Latvian defence. There is also has a wonderful little book about him.
Mar-17-06  AlexanderMorphy: he also beat Fischer...even though they were only young boys at the time!
Mar-17-06  whiskeyrebel: I own and love the's written by Larry Parr and was published in the early 80's. It's loaded with great anecdotes and some wild games.
May-24-06  lentil: <> if this is the guy i think it is... dominating washington state chess for decades n the 1970s and 1980s, his first nameis victorS
May-11-07  azbycx: I am curious about a game of Victors', Yermolinsky 1-0 Pupols, Rd 2 of the 1997 National Open . It does not show up in this database. Am curious if anyone can point me to an accurate PGN.
May-11-07  nescio: <azbycx> Don't know if it's accurate. It looks OK.

[Event "National op"]
[Site "Kissimmee"]
[Date "1997.08.03"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Yermolinsky,Alex"]
[Black "Pupols,Viktors"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "A84"]
1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 c6 4.Qc2 f5 5.Bf4 Nf6 6.e3 Be7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.h3 Nbd7 9.g4 Ne4 10.gxf5 exf5 11.Rg1 Kh8 12.0-0-0 Ndf6 13.Be5 Be6 14.Nxe4 fxe4 15.Ng5 Bf5 16.f3 Ne8 17.h4 exf3 18.Bd3 Qd7 19.Rdf1 dxc4 20.Qxc4 Nd6 21.Qc2 Bxd3 22.Qxd3 Qh3 23.e4 Qd7 24.Nxh7 Rf7 25.Rxf3 Qe6 26.Ng5 Bxg5+ 27.Rxg5 Nc4 28.Rxf7 Nxe5 29.Rh5+ Kg8 30.Rxg7+ 1-0

May-27-07  azbycx: <nescio> thanks. this is the same score I have. can you tell me your source? the reason i question it is that both Pupols and Yermolinsky seem to have overlooked a White mate in 1 on move 23.
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  Phony Benoni: <azbycx> Whenever two strong players miss an obvious mate in one, I immediately suspect that the score is inaccurate. Here, 22...Qh3 is obviously wrong; not only does it miss the mate in one, it hangs the queen to boot.

I'm willing to bet that Black actually played 22...Qf5, blcoking the mate. Then 23.e4 Qd7 makes sense, as does the rest of the game.

By the way, the National Open was played in Las Vegas on April 11-13, 1997. August 3 would have put it at the US Open, which was held in Kissimmee/Orlando. According to USCF crosstables, Yermolinsky and Pupols did play at the National Open, but not at the US Open.

Jun-02-07  azbycx: <Phony Benoni> Great research and info. Thanks.
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  whiteshark: Lasker mentioned him in the fouth book of his Manual of Chess:

<My Pupols

<I want to train Pupols to think for themselves and exercise just criticism.>>

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  whiteshark: Bio:
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  whiteshark: "Pupols beat young Bobby Fischer with a Latvian Gambit. This is one of only two games that Fischer ever lost on time."

Fischer vs V Pupols, 1955

Jan-31-11  Shams: Today I beat Vik Pupols at the Seattle Chess Club for my first master scalp. :)
Mar-27-12  wordfunph: <A legend in the Pacific Northwest, Pupols inflicted more tournament defeats (seven) on Yasser Seirawan than anyone else.>

"The struggling young artist improves while he suffers!"

- Viktor Pupols (would sportingly say to Yasser Seirawan who is in an awful positional grip)

*from Seirawan's book Winning Chess Combinations

May-25-15  TheFocus: <Chess rewards merit; it is more fair than life. National origin, age, sex, social status don't matter. Good ideas are rewarded; bad ones punished. There are no hole cards or luck; all assets are even and in plain view. Apples and oranges act in harmony; this skill is transferable to other life pursuits> - Viktors Pupols.
May-06-16  Boomie: Uncle Vik was a very funny guy. We were playing speed chess at the Last Exit and Vik got up saying "I'm going to the rest room to shoot up." I said "Don't forget to wipe off the ceiling."

I'm sure Yaz has a book full of Vikisms. One he told during the recent US Champs was from one of his early Washington championships. The bathroom at the venue had a whiteboard for graffiti. Yaz wrote "All Latvians do not eat giant white mints." Later he noticed that Vik had written "All midgets stand closer to the plate."

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<Tim> Here is a newly uploaded game from <Uncle Vik> amirite. He got scalped in this one! Do you remember <Ben Wyde>? Did you ever play him?

Ben Wyde vs V Pupols, 2013

Feb-28-21  Boomie: <jessicafischerqueen: Ben Wyde>

He was born long after I stopped playing chess. So I never met him.

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