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Lembit Oll
Universidad de Oviedo Tournament (1993)  

Number of games in database: 831
Years covered: 1981 to 1999
Highest rating achieved in database: 2645
Overall record: +277 -143 =384 (58.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 27 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (125) 
    B62 B82 B84 B97 B32
 French Defense (43) 
    C18 C05 C11 C10 C07
 Ruy Lopez (36) 
    C92 C84 C60 C61 C78
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (27) 
    B62 B63 B67 B64 B65
 Sicilian Scheveningen (25) 
    B82 B84 B83 B81 B85
 Sicilian Najdorf (24) 
    B97 B92 B96 B99 B93
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (105) 
    B90 B84 B22 B81 B93
 Semi-Slav (33) 
    D47 D43 D44 D45 D49
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E42 E41 E21 E38 E54
 Sicilian Najdorf (29) 
    B90 B93 B96 B91 B95
 Sicilian Scheveningen (28) 
    B84 B81 B83 B80 B82
 Queen's Pawn Game (26) 
    A46 D02 A45 E00 D00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Oll vs M Ulybin, 1989 1-0
   Oll vs T Shaked, 1997 1-0
   Oll vs Azmaiparashvili, 1993 1-0
   Oll vs Y Kruppa, 1987 1-0
   Morozevich vs Oll, 1997 0-1
   Oll vs Gipslis, 1982 1-0
   Oll vs J Bosch, 1997 1-0
   A Sokolov vs Oll, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Oll vs Barsov, 1986 1-0
   Oll vs Salov, 1982 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Sydney Cepacol (1991)
   Australian Open 1990/91 (1990)
   New York Open (1994)
   Sochi Juniors (1984)
   New York Open (1995)
   Koge Open (1997)
   European Junior Championship 1984/85 (1984)
   USSR Championship (Young Masters) (1987)
   Hoogovens (1993)
   Lost Boys Open (1994)
   World Junior Championship (1984)
   Agzamov Memorial (1986)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   Aviles Open (1992)
   18th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1994)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Tallinn 1985 by Chessdreamer
   1984 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   Hoogovens 1993 by Tabanus

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(born Apr-23-1966, died May-17-1999, 33 years old) Estonia

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Born in Kohtla-Järve on 23 April 1966, Oll became Estonian Chess Champion in 1982 and U20 Soviet Chess Champion in 1984. FIDE awarded him the international master title in 1983 and the grandmaster title in 1990. From then on, he regularly played for Estonia at the Chess Olympiads and European Team Chess Championships. In July 1998, he reached his highest rating and position on the FIDE world rankings: 2650 and No. 23, respectively. He played his last tournament in 1999 in Nova Gorica, sharing second place.

Oll, who was married and had two sons, fell into depression after his divorce and loss of child custody. He committed suicide on 16 May 1999 by jumping out of a window of his fourth-floor apartment in Tallinn. He was buried at Metsakalmistu cemetery in Tallinn, not far away from the most famous Estonian chess player Paul Keres.

Wikipedia article: Lembit Oll

Last updated: 2022-03-12 03:56:23

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 831  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Oll vs I Lapitskaya-Donchenko 1-0231981AlajoeB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. S Gorelov vs Oll ½-½331982URS-ch sf Ivano-FrankovskA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
3. A Kakageldyev vs Oll  ½-½281982URS-ch sf Ivano-FrankovskA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
4. Oll vs Gipslis 1-0301982ParnuB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
5. K Lerner vs Oll 1-0291982URS-ch sf Ivano-FrankovskE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
6. Dorfman vs Oll  ½-½401982URS-ch sf Ivano-FrankovskA48 King's Indian
7. Yudasin vs Oll  1-0321982URS-ch sf Ivano-FrankovskB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Wojtkiewicz vs Oll 1-0261982URSB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Oll vs S Makarichev  0-1381982URS-ch sf Ivano-FrankovskB66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
10. Vasiukov vs Oll  1-0321982URS-ch sf Ivano-FrankovskE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
11. Oll vs Salov ½-½391982URSB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. V Maiorov vs Oll  1-0401982ParnuE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
13. Oll vs A Sokolov  0-1391983URS-ch sf MykolaivB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
14. R Henley vs Oll  ½-½111983Goglidze MemorialA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Yudasin vs Oll  1-0301983URS-ch sf MykolaivB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. E Mnatsakanian vs Oll  ½-½591983Goglidze MemorialB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
17. F Sideifzade vs Oll  0-1481983URS-ch sf MykolaivE92 King's Indian
18. O Foisor vs Oll  ½-½221983Goglidze MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. T Giorgadze vs Oll  ½-½261983URS-ch sf MykolaivE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
20. Gavrikov vs Oll 0-1251983Goglidze MemorialA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. G Giorgadze vs Oll 0-1321983Goglidze MemorialB10 Caro-Kann
22. Oll vs L Zaid ½-½431983URS-ch sf MykolaivB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Oll vs J Adamski  1-0301983Goglidze MemorialB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
24. Antoshin vs Oll  1-0251983URS-ch sf MykolaivB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
25. S Velickovic vs Oll  1-0291983Goglidze MemorialB50 Sicilian
 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 831  PGN Download
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Jun-09-09  Where is my mind: Miles vs Oll, 1991
Oct-08-10  Abdooss: <Richard Taylor> Hope this is not too late - I concur that what you said was empathy. As you said in Oll vs Ulibin, 1989 - <"Dec-21-08 ; Richard Taylor: <Albertan> Thanks. When my wife left me I came close to suicide so I can understand..">
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  Richard Taylor: <Abdooss: <Richard Taylor> Hope this is not too late - I concur that what you said was empathy. As you said in Oll vs Ulibin, 1989 - <"Dec-21-08 ; Richard Taylor: <Albertan> Thanks. When my wife left me I came close to suicide so I can understand..">>

No - that's o.k. We relate to other s via our own experiences.

A sad fact of New Zealand is at that of the so called "developed" or "Western" nations we have had one of the highest youth suicide rates in the world.

So much for the nonsense about the green clean (it's not) and peaceful place - it's not.

But life goes on and not all is bad.

Nov-07-10  wordfunph: When GM Lembit Oll's wife left him, he asked one of his friends, "What kind of ads are these in the newspaper --- beautiful girl invites bachelors to have a cup of coffee." He got the explanation, but he was not a ladies' man. He liked to gamble in casinos, but he never went bust. His strategy at the blackjack tables was: after losing a hand, he doubled the bet and continued to do so till he won.

(Source: New In Chess Magazine 2009-06)

Nov-07-10  Jim Bartle: That strategy does not work, of course. At some point you will not have enough money left to double your previous bet, and then you will have lost.

That may not occur often, but if you play long enough it will happen once, and that's all it takes to leave you with nothing.

Apr-23-12  LoveThatJoker: God bless, GM Oll!


Apr-23-12  JohnDahl: <The good die first,
And they whose hearts are dry as summer dust
Burn to the socket>
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  Richard Taylor: If you study modern games you keep seeing games played at top level by Oll.

When I met him I recall he said he was studying logic, I think particularly in relation to computer logic. Maybe in 1993 that was as I was studying some philosophy and Logic was a paper in Philosophy which is also used in computer courses as a paper towards a computing degree. It has some relationship also I suppose to digital or gate logic.

I say this as I was trying to recall what he was like. Tony Miles waas in the same tournament as I was and hewas although I didn't get anywhere near there level..! It was good to see GMs here in NZ. My son says Oll was rather small fellow whereas Miles looked like a fat Hippy!! Of course Miles ran away with first prize! maybe Murray Chandler suggested the play here?

May-04-12  King Death: < Jim Bartle: That strategy does not work, of course. At some point you will not have enough money left to double your previous bet, and then you will have lost...>

The problem in practice is this for sure but even if you were granted the dream of an unlimited bankroll, there are still table limits and this is what you run up against. That's the problem with the Martingale System.

Aug-26-12  Cemoblanca: Sad story! Chess alone does not heal all wounds, and the human psyche is not infinitely resilient and robust! Unfortunately! RIP!
Jan-28-13  waustad: In V. Ivanchuk's master class at Gibtel 2013, he spoke very highly of Oll's chess ability. Here is a link:
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  Richard Taylor: Yes. There was another lecture about Oll. He had great talent, like this poor fellow Vugar Gashimov. It is really sad when people die so young.
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  offramp: I have always wanted to read <Speak! Memory> but I keep forgetting to buy it.
Apr-23-14  Nonnus: You may want to read it with its original title <Conclusive Evidence> then.
Apr-23-14  gars: A great talent who left us so early. May God have mercy on your soul, Grandmaster Oll.
Apr-24-14  epistle: <BISHOP TAL: What could this man have been so depressed about to take his own life.>

Maybe he was a guy who wanted it oll. It was oll or nothing for him.

Apr-25-14  RedShield: <Not this troublous
Wringing of hands, this dark
Ceiling without a star.>
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  Richard Taylor: < RedShield: <Not this troublous Wringing of hands, this dark
Ceiling without a star.>

You, or a quote? From? Very good in anycase.

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  keypusher: <Richard Taylor>

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  Richard Taylor: <keypusher> Plath! I like here poetry and Ted Hughes. Also of the so-called "confessionals" I like Berryman, Roethke and Robert Lowell. I also write poetry and have three books published. One is more or less just a cheap "chap book"...
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  Richard Taylor: <keypusher> 'Child' is a hauntingly beautiful poem. I thought it was something from Macbeth but I didn't recognise it. I know the Ariel poems mostly...

John Ashbery is another US poet I have liked for a long time...

Apr-23-15  grasser: God Bless you Lembit. Depression is very hard to deal with. I play every day just to escape the pain of this miserable condition. Maybe one day I can have "Player of the Day" too based on Grasser-Winokur and Grasser-Camejo, and be at your side in Heaven.
May-26-15  TheFocus: <For serious players to improve at chess 80 serious games is ideal and the absolute minimum number of tournament games per year is 50> - Lembit Oll.
Apr-23-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Lembit Oll.
Apr-23-16  pekda: Today he would have been 50 years old.
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