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Aivars Gipslis
Number of games in database: 1,135
Years covered: 1951 to 2000
Highest rating achieved in database: 2535

Overall record: +362 -140 =625 (59.8%)*
   * 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 (228) 
    B90 B30 B40 B81 B56
 Ruy Lopez (113) 
    C69 C84 C77 C64 C95
 French Defense (78) 
    C01 C15 C07 C09 C11
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (44) 
    C84 C85 C95 C93 C96
 Sicilian Najdorf (40) 
    B90 B98 B94 B92 B97
 Caro-Kann (29) 
    B13 B14 B18 B12 B17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (71) 
    B43 B42 B47 B28 B23
 Pirc (69) 
    B07 B09 B08
 Nimzo Indian (66) 
    E55 E38 E39 E46 E20
 English, 1 c4 c5 (44) 
    A30 A37 A36 A34 A32
 Bogo Indian (42) 
 Sicilian Kan (30) 
    B43 B42 B41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kupreichik vs Gipslis, 1972 0-1
   M Kislov vs Gipslis, 1970 0-1
   A Zaitsev vs Gipslis, 1969 0-1
   Gipslis vs H Schulze, 1995 1-0
   Gipslis vs I Bilek, 1967 1-0
   Gipslis vs A Sygulski, 1987 1-0
   Gipslis vs Bronstein, 1958 1-0
   Karpov vs Gipslis, 1972 0-1
   F Sideifzade vs Gipslis, 1983 0-1
   Gipslis vs Averbakh, 1958 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lublin (1972)
   Asztalos Memorial (1964)
   Moscow (1970)
   Budapest Tungsram (1977)
   Belgrade (1968)
   Keres Memorial (1977)
   Keres Memorial 3rd (1981)
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   Jurmala (1985)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   Staufer Open (1996)
   Staufer Open (1995)
   2nd Soviet Team Cup (1954)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   GM Gipslis: 35 Years of Frienship with Chess by Resignation Trap
   Tallinn 1977 by Chessdreamer
   Tallinn 1981 by Chessdreamer
   Tallinn 1969 by Chessdreamer
   Jurmala 1985 by Tabanus
   Nikki Pirc by reurbz

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(born Feb-08-1937, died Apr-13-2000, 63 years old) Latvia

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Aivars Petrovich Gipslis was born in Riga. In 1955, when still a teenager, he won the Latvian Championship for the first of eight times. He played six times in the Soviet Championship, finishing joint third in the 1966 edition. He became an International Master in 1963 and a grandmaster in 1967, the same year he qualified for the Sousse Interzonal. Also in 1967, he tied for second place in the Alekhine Memorial tournament, ahead of four World Champions (Vasily Smyslov, Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, Mikhail Tal, and Boris Spassky). A prolific chess journalist, Gipslis was for many years the editor of the Latvian magazine Sahs. He was also a GMC. He died in 2000 in Berlin.

Wikipedia article: Aivars Gipslis

 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,217  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tal vs Gipslis 1-0241951RigaE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
2. M Pasman vs Gipslis  ½-½411952LAT-chD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Gipslis vs Tal ½-½381952LAT-chC49 Four Knights
4. Gipslis vs J Mileika  1-0191953Latvian ChampionshipE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
5. I Zilber vs Gipslis  0-1271954Latvian ChampionshipA13 English
6. Gipslis vs Tal  ½-½221954Riga ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
7. Tal vs Gipslis ½-½591954Latvian ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
8. J Mileika vs Gipslis  ½-½261954Latvian ChampionshipA17 English
9. Gipslis vs M Pasman  0-1421954Latvian ChampionshipB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
10. Gipslis vs K Klasup 1-0421954Latvian ChampionshipD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
11. E Terpugov vs Gipslis  0-14419542nd Soviet Team CupD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Simagin vs Gipslis  0-14319542nd Soviet Team CupE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
13. Gipslis vs A Novopashin  1-02419542nd Soviet Team CupC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
14. Gipslis vs V Goglidze  ½-½2419542nd Soviet Team CupC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
15. Gipslis vs A Bannik 1-03719542nd Soviet Team CupC16 French, Winawer
16. Gipslis vs A Batuev  ½-½1219542nd Soviet Team CupC01 French, Exchange
17. B Gurgenidze vs Gipslis  0-1591955URS-ch sf RigaA15 English
18. Gipslis vs D Rovner  0-1391955URS-ch sf RigaC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
19. Furman vs Gipslis  1-0281955URS-ch sf RigaE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
20. Korchnoi vs Gipslis  ½-½281955URS-ch sf RigaE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
21. Tal vs Gipslis ½-½381955LAT-chD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
22. V Shiyanovsky vs Gipslis  1-0331955URS-ch sf RigaC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
23. Boleslavsky vs Gipslis  ½-½261955URS-ch sf RigaA76 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8
24. Tal vs Gipslis 1-0501955URS-ch sf RigaC15 French, Winawer
25. Gipslis vs Koblents  1-0241955Latvian championshipB30 Sicilian
 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,217  PGN Download
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  Benzol: Aivars Gipslis
Born 8th February 1937 in Riga
Died 13th April 2000
Awarded the IM title in 1963 and GM title in 1967
He was Latvian champion in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964 and 1966.
Feb-08-06  BIDMONFA: Aivars Gipslis


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  keypusher: The POTD played lots of wonderful games -- see <Resignation Trap>'s collection at the top of the page.

Here is one of my favorites: Kupreichik vs Gipslis, 1972

Do all Latvians play chess like this?

Aug-02-09  myschkin: . . .

Pic (book cover):


Sep-05-09  grasser: According to the Boylston Chess Club he died at the board in a Berlin tournament.
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: <grasser> Not exactly. He suffered a heart attack during a league game, died three months later in hospital.
Feb-08-10  monrealis: Latvia was not in USSR in 1937.
Apr-27-15  zanzibar: IM gets capital treatment, but not GM?

Doesn't seem fair (see bio above).

Feb-08-16  Yopo: Not an Ordinary Grandmaster
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  eternaloptimist: <Yopo> Thanks for posting that link! That article is informative & entertaining. I love playing over GM Gipslis' games! He was definitely not an ordinary GM as that article stated. He was a very creative player who excelled in calculating deep combinations. He defeated some strong GMs as can be seen in his "NOTABLE GAMES" section above. He won the Latvian Championship 8 times & he also won games against World Champs like Tal & Karpov!
Apr-13-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Aivars Gipslis.

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