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Zigurds Lanka
Number of games in database: 265
Years covered: 1973 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2391 (2385 rapid, 2338 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540

Overall record: +79 -77 =103 (50.4%)*
   * 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 (56) 
    B33 B90 B81 B32 B43
 French Defense (25) 
    C19 C11 C10 C18 C12
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C80 C84 C64 C72 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (12) 
    B90 B96
 French Winawer (11) 
    C19 C18 C16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (11) 
    C84 C99 C95 C92 C96
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (59) 
    E97 E81 E63 E60 E99
 Sicilian (32) 
    B62 B31 B56 B89 B67
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (16) 
    B62 B67 B60
 English (11) 
    A15 A16
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 A45 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Rytshagov vs Lanka, 1992 0-1
   Balashov vs Lanka, 1988 0-1
   Kasparov vs Lanka, 1976 1/2-1/2
   Lanka vs Dvoirys, 1988 1-0
   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?]
   World Team-ch 3rd (1993)
   EUR-chT (Men) 10th (1992)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   Moscow Olympiad (1994)
   EUR-chT (Men) 12th (1999)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)

   🏆 TCh-AUT 2nd West -18
   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
   Duda vs Lanka (Jan-10-16) 1-0, rapid
   Lanka vs R Jumabayev (Jan-09-16) 0-1, rapid

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(born May-21-1960, 60 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 Viktor Antonovich Bologan and Alexey Shirov.

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Last updated: 2018-03-06 13:33:08

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 265  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bronstein vs Lanka  0-1361973MoscowA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Kasparov vs Lanka ½-½601976TbilisiB39 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 1-0401977LeningradE90 King's Indian
6. Lanka vs Kasparov ½-½491977LeningradB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. Lanka vs Gipslis  1-0401978JurmalaB10 Caro-Kann
8. Lanka vs A Vitolinsh  1-0541978JurmalaC05 French, Tarrasch
9. Lutikov vs Lanka 1-0361978JurmalaC30 King's Gambit Declined
10. Bronstein vs Lanka 1-0271978JurmalaB58 Sicilian
11. Taimanov vs Lanka  1-0571978JurmalaE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
12. Ermenkov vs Lanka  0-1571978JurmalaE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
13. Lanka vs Yusupov  ½-½241979URS-ch Young MastersB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
14. Vladimirov vs Lanka  ½-½461980URS-ch U26A02 Bird's Opening
15. Lanka vs Azmaiparashvili  0-1411980URS-ch U26B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Chiburdanidze vs Lanka  ½-½411980URS-ch U26B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. Lanka vs Chekhov  1-0411980URS-ch U26C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. Lanka vs Wojtkiewicz  1-0491982URSB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
19. Lanka vs Azmaiparashvili 1-01061983URS-ch Young MastersB06 Robatsch
20. Lanka vs Salov  ½-½651983URS-ch Young MastersB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
21. Vyzmanavin vs Lanka  ½-½421983URS-ch Young MastersD90 Grunfeld
22. Lanka vs Yermolinsky  0-1301983URS-ch Young MastersB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
23. Chandler vs Lanka  1-0681983JurmalaB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
24. Lanka vs Tal  ½-½271983JurmalaB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. Romanishin vs Lanka  1-0411983JurmalaD75 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 265  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:

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  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.
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  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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