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Zigurds Lanka
Number of games in database: 293
Years covered: 1973 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2391 (2385 rapid, 2338 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540

Overall record: +84 -82 =121 (50.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (62) 
    B90 B33 B81 B32 B43
 French Defense (27) 
    C19 C11 C10 C16 C12
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C72 C84 C80 C64 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (14) 
    B90 B96 B99
 French Winawer (13) 
    C19 C16 C18
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (12) 
    C84 C99 C95 C96 C93
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (62) 
    E97 E81 E63 E99 E73
 Sicilian (34) 
    B62 B31 B89 B56 B58
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (16) 
    B62 B67 B60
 English (12) 
    A15 A16
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A45 A46 D02
 Benko Gambit (5) 
    A57 A58
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Rytshagov vs Lanka, 1992 0-1
   Lanka vs Dvoirys, 1988 1-0
   Balashov vs Lanka, 1988 0-1
   Kasparov vs Lanka, 1976 1/2-1/2
   M Orr vs Lanka, 1999 0-1
   Korchnoi vs Lanka, 1997 1/2-1/2
   G Siegel vs Lanka, 1996 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Jurmala (1978)
   World Team-ch 3rd (1993)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   EUR-chT (Men) 10th (1992)
   Moscow Olympiad (1994)
   EUR-chT (Men) 12th (1999)
   EUR-chT (Men) 11th (1997)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)

   🏆 Bundesliga 2019/20
   R Meessen vs Lanka (Oct-16-21) 0-1
   E Romanov vs Lanka (Sep-22-21) 0-1
   F Gatterer vs Lanka (Oct-15-17) 1/2-1/2
   Lanka vs A Eybl (Oct-14-17) 1-0
   T Reich vs Lanka (Oct-13-17) 0-1

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(born May-21-1960, 61 years old) Latvia

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GM (1992) Zigurds Fridrikhovich Lanka. IM in 1987. Latvian champion 1993. Rating peaks 2575 in 1997 and 2531 in 2005. Played for Latvia in the 1992, 1994 and 2008 olympiads, World Team Ch 1993, and European Team Chs 1992, 1997 and 1999. Has been a coach for Victor Bologan and Alexey Shirov.

Lanka graduated from the Latvian University and is a journalist by profession.

Wikipedia article: Zigurds Lanka

Last updated: 2022-03-25 06:18:34

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 385  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bronstein vs Lanka  0-1361973MoscowA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Kasparov vs Lanka ½-½601976URS Junior ChampionshipB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
3. A Khasin vs Lanka  0-1351977USSRA15 English
4. Lanka vs Kasparov 0-1371977URS-ch U20B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
5. Kasparov vs Lanka 1-0401977Junior TournamentE90 King's Indian
6. Lanka vs Kasparov ½-½491977Junior TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. Lanka vs Yermolinsky  1-0191977Junior TournamentB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
8. Lanka vs E Magerramov  1-0351977Junior TournamentB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Lanka vs L Zaid 1-0401977Junior TournamentB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
10. Lanka vs Yusupov  0-1391977Junior TournamentC42 Petrov Defense
11. Lanka vs Gipslis  1-0401978JurmalaB10 Caro-Kann
12. J Nogueiras vs Lanka  ½-½521978JurmalaB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. Lanka vs G Ligterink  1-0371978JurmalaB83 Sicilian
14. Westerinen vs Lanka  ½-½441978JurmalaC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
15. Lanka vs A Vitolinsh 1-0541978JurmalaC05 French, Tarrasch
16. Lutikov vs Lanka 1-0361978JurmalaC30 King's Gambit Declined
17. Lanka vs V Kirpichnikov  ½-½261978JurmalaD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
18. Bronstein vs Lanka 1-0271978JurmalaB58 Sicilian
19. Lanka vs Knaak  0-1371978JurmalaB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
20. Lanka vs L Schneider  ½-½411978JurmalaC77 Ruy Lopez
21. Sahovic vs Lanka  1-0481978JurmalaD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
22. Lanka vs Klovans  ½-½201978JurmalaC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
23. Taimanov vs Lanka  1-0571978JurmalaE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
24. Lanka vs Gufeld  0-1331978JurmalaA60 Benoni Defense
25. Ermenkov vs Lanka  0-1571978JurmalaE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 385  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-01-06  MUG: I would guess that the Zigurd here is the very same Zigurds here: Zigurds Lanka, as well as the Lanka over here: Lanka
May-27-09  YoungEd: In his best games collection, Viktor Bologan credits Lanka greatly as a teacher.
May-27-09  Open Defence: no bio?
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  Tabanus: GM Zigurds Lanka, Latvia, born 21 May 1960. Current rating 2496

IM in 1987, GM in 1992. Latvian champion 1993. Rating peaks 2575 in 1997 and 2531 in 2005. Played for Latvia in the 1992, 1994 and 2008 olympiads, World Team Ch 1993, and European Team Chs 1992, 1997 and 1999. Has been a coach for Viktor Bologan and Alexey Shirov.


Biography in German:

Aug-03-11  wordfunph: "I never met a man who got hurt working on chess."

- GM Zigurds Lanka

Source: Victor Bologan Selected Games 1985-2004

Aug-03-11  BobCrisp: Man does not live by chess alone.
Aug-04-11  JoergWalter: Did he clarified any fathership issues with Rustam Kamsky?


Aug-04-11  JoergWalter: <"I never met a man who got hurt working on chess."

- GM Zigurds Lanka>

But by Rustam's uppercut.

May-16-14  BIDMONFA: Zigurds Lanka

LANKA, Zigurds

Sep-07-15  diagonal: Picture of GM Zigurds Lanka:

One of his most important and exciting games was winning a long battle as IM against Artashes Minasian (winner of the final USSR Championship in 1991 on tie-break and later multiple Armenian Champion) in the last round at the Chess Olympiad in Manila 1992:

Latvia drew Armenia 2-2 and earned as fifth at the Olympiad the last spot for the upcoming World Team Chess Championship in Lucerne 1993, to-date still the only qualification / participation of Latvia in the Continental team event series.

Survey Chess Olympiad Manila 1992 (Lanka individually made good 7/10 points):

Notation of that decisive last round game:

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  whiteshark: "This book* is dedicated to a remarkable man, my “life-long” coach Zigurds Lanka, who uncovered for me the mysteries of the King’s Indian Defence!"

-- Viktor Bologan


Nov-25-18  tjipa: Zigurds Lanka is a Latvian grandmaster, so it is absolutely not needed to add "Fridrikhovich" to his name - which is a formal Russian form of address, including father's name. Esp., because even Karpov and Kasparov are listed here just by their first name and not as Garry Kimovich or Anatoly Yevgenyevich.
Nov-25-18  hemy: <tjipa>
<Zigurds Lanka is a Latvian grandmaster, so it is absolutely not needed to add "Fridrikhovich" to his name - which is a formal Russian form of address>


The name of the great Lithuanian chess player Vladas Mikenas was also presented in Russian way, and even worse: "Vladas Ivanovich Mikenas". His father's name was Jonas, not Ivan. I insisted to remove "Ivanovich", but not to add "Ionovich":

Vladas Mikenas (kibitz #67)

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