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Varlam Vepkhvishvili

Number of games in database: 1,863
Years covered: 1963 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2063 (1985 rapid, 1919 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2359
Overall record: +877 -663 =315 (55.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 8 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (260) 
    B92 B74 B42 B83 B32
 Queen's Pawn Game (151) 
    D02 A46 A45 A40 D01
 French Defense (79) 
    C01 C10 C14 C00 C11
 Ruy Lopez (77) 
    C84 C91 C62 C77 C97
 Caro-Kann (56) 
    B13 B10 B15
 Pirc (41) 
    B07 B09 B08
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (271) 
    E80 E92 E97 E75 E76
 Ruy Lopez (165) 
    C99 C77 C85 C69 C84
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (105) 
    C99 C85 C84 C97 C91
 Sicilian (86) 
    B33 B30 B40 B22 B45
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (49) 
    C85 C69 C68
 Giuoco Piano (49) 
    C50 C54 C53
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Vepkhvishvili vs D Magalashvili, 1966 1-0
   V Vepkhvishvili vs Kasparian, 1968 1-0
   M Ondrejat vs V Vepkhvishvili, 1989 0-1
   V Vepkhvishvili vs J Wiedersich, 1993 1-0
   V Vepkhvishvili vs Z Rukhadze, 1970 1-0
   V Vepkhvishvili vs Z Rukhadze, 1965 1-0
   V Vepkhvishvili vs D Gedevanishvili, 1983 1-0
   V Vepkhvishvili vs J Rollwitz, 1989 1-0
   V Vepkhvishvili vs Davtian, 1966 1-0
   V Vepkhvishvili vs K Shavgulidze, 1983 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   12th Soviet Team Championship qual-3 (1972)
   St Lorrain IM 7th (2005)
   12th Soviet Team Championship Final-A (1972)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   GPS Tracked Fredthebear Through the Park by fredthebear

   🏆 World Senior 50+
   V Vepkhvishvili vs K Bischoff (Nov-16-17) 0-1
   V Vepkhvishvili vs D Lomsadze (Jul-19-12) 0-1

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(born Mar-15-1953, 70 years old) Georgia

[what is this?]
FIDE Master and International Arbiter Varlam Vepkhvishvili was born in what is now Georgia (then part of the USSR). He is the rating officer of the Georgian Chess Federation.

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 page 1 of 75; games 1-25 of 1,863  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Vepkhvishvili vs T Lomaia  ½-½331963SimultaneousC47 Four Knights
2. M Machaidze vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-1231963Friendly gameC47 Four Knights
3. V Vepkhvishvili vs T Lomaia ½-½611964SimulC41 Philidor Defense
4. V Vepkhvishvili vs Kvintradze 1-0231964SimulB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. V Vepkhvishvili vs Kvintradze 1-0191964SimulB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
6. G Bogveradze vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-1521964Ch Tbilisi PupilsB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
7. V Vepkhvishvili vs D Longurashvili  0-1251964Ch Tbilisi PupilsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
8. I Biniashvili vs V Vepkhvishvili 0-1251964Ch Tbilisi PupilsC57 Two Knights
9. V Vepkhvishvili vs V Khutsishvili  0-1411964Ch Tbilisi PupilsC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
10. V Vepkhvishvili vs A I Konstantinov  1-0271964Ch Tbilisi PupilsC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
11. Asatiani Zaal vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-1251964Ch Tbilisi PupilsC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
12. V Vepkhvishvili vs Amirzatian  0-1271964Ch Tbilisi PupilsB72 Sicilian, Dragon
13. V Vepkhvishvili vs Z Rukhadze 1-0321965Friendly gameC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
14. Roos vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-1391965Friendly TeamB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. V Vepkhvishvili vs Maishnovsky  ½-½441965Friendly TeamB06 Robatsch
16. R Flores Alvarez vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-1421965SimultaneousA25 English
17. V Vepkhvishvili vs A Tsiskaridze  0-1591965Ch Tbilisi PupilsB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
18. Bulia vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-1301965Ch Tbilisi PupilsB30 Sicilian
19. V Vepkhvishvili vs I Lapidus  1-0481965Ch Tbilisi PupilsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
20. V Vepkhvishvili vs Melkumov ½-½551965Ch Tbilisi PupilsC02 French, Advance
21. Tatulov vs V Vepkhvishvili 1-0371965Ch Tbilisi PupilsC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
22. V Vepkhvishvili vs Nakhutsrishvili ½-½431965Ch Tbilisi PupilsC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
23. J Mukniashvili vs V Vepkhvishvili  ½-½641965Ch Tbilisi PupilsC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. V Vepkhvishvili vs Galustov  1-0231965Ch Tbilisi PupilsB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
25. A Oganian vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-1601965Ch Tbilisi PupilsC77 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 75; games 1-25 of 1,863  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-17-08  dx9293: Wow...1,860 games in the database of a player I have never heard of!

Very long career also!

Sep-29-08  whiteshark: He must be new in the <Players which most often make winning sacrifices> ranking.
Mar-07-09  blacksburg: i've never heard of this guy. but i've never seen someone that faces the exchange spanish so often as black, and wins over half of his games.

Repertoire Explorer: Varlam Vepkhvishvili (black)

maybe i should look at this 5...Qf6 move.

Mar-25-09  Billy Vaughan: He was going to be the subject of a movie, V for Vepkhvishvili, but the producers decided to change his name to be better understood by American audiences or something.
Mar-29-09  ex0duz: Damn, this guy's played a LOT of games. Just some other talented Russian from the "Old School of Soviet Chess" player? Sounds like a Georgian(in no way was this meant to be taken as a serious political statement).. especially with his *vili surname..

But yeah, i guess he wasn't as high ranked as his fellow compatriots, so it's not really that surprising when no one has heard of him, but damn.. 42 years is a long time to be playing!

May-07-09  waustad: He was 10 when he played the first games here. He was born in Georgia in 1953.
May-13-09  whiteshark: Varlam Vepkhvishvili
Birthdate 15-3-1953
Nationality GEO
Elo (01-01-2009) FM 2358
FIDE number 13600524

see also:

Sep-08-12  waustad: Here's an interesting song by another Varlaam:

Not by the best known singer, but he seems into it.

Apr-30-13  sfm: These names are not real, but taken from a Russian alcohol test.
Apr-30-13  Abdel Irada: <sfm: These names are not real, but taken from a Russian alcohol test.>

Is it possible to pronounce this name correctly *without* sounding as though you just drained a fifth of Stolichnaya?

Mar-15-14  gars: <waustad>: Thank you! A very beautiful song by a very good singer!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 61st birthday to FM Varlam Vepkhvishvili.
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: <Wow...1,860 games in the database of a player I have never heard of!>

I'm no scholar/historian of chess, but I'm still surprised to find a player with 1,800 games whose name I had never heard.

Mar-15-17  thegoodanarchist: A shout out to Double V on his birthday!
Premium Chessgames Member
  louispaulsen88888888: Hey, someone buy this guy a vowel! He deserves it after a long career.
Jun-25-19  fabelhaft: He has lots of them compared to some others

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