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Aivars Gipslis
Number of games in database: 1,014
Years covered: 1951 to 2000
Highest rating achieved in database: 2535

Overall record: +323 -128 =555 (59.7%)*
   * 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 (211) 
    B90 B30 B40 B56 B81
 Ruy Lopez (100) 
    C69 C84 C64 C77 C85
 French Defense (72) 
    C01 C15 C07 C09 C11
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (42) 
    C84 C96 C85 C95 C93
 Sicilian Najdorf (36) 
    B90 B94 B98 B97 B92
 French Tarrasch (26) 
    C07 C09 C05 C03 C04
With the Black pieces:
 Pirc (67) 
    B07 B09 B08
 Nimzo Indian (60) 
    E55 E38 E39 E46 E20
 Sicilian (60) 
    B43 B42 B28 B47 B46
 Bogo Indian (37) 
 English, 1 c4 c5 (35) 
    A30 A36 A37 A34 A32
 Sicilian Kan (27) 
    B43 B42 B41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kupreichik vs Gipslis, 1972 0-1
   M A Kislov vs Gipslis, 1970 0-1
   A Zaitsev vs Gipslis, 1969 0-1
   Gipslis vs H Schulze, 1995 1-0
   Gipslis vs Bronstein, 1958 1-0
   Gipslis vs A Sygulski, 1987 1-0
   Gipslis vs Hracek, 1991 1-0
   Gipslis vs I Bilek, 1967 1-0
   Karpov vs Gipslis, 1972 0-1
   N Tolstikh vs Gipslis, 1993 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Moscow (1967)
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   Jurmala (1985)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   USSR Championship (1969)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   USSR Championship (1958)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   GM Gipslis: 35 Years of Frienship with Chess by Resignation Trap
   Tallinn 1977 by Chessdreamer
   Tallinn 1981 by Chessdreamer
   Jurmala 1985 by Tabanus
   Tallinn 1969 by Chessdreamer
   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 41; games 1-25 of 1,014  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tal vs Gipslis 1-0241951RigaE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
2. Gipslis vs Tal ½-½381952LAT-chC49 Four Knights
3. Gipslis vs Tal  ½-½221954Riga ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
4. Gipslis vs K Klasup  1-0421954LAT-chD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
5. Tal vs Gipslis ½-½591954LAT-chA34 English, Symmetrical
6. Tal vs Gipslis ½-½591954LAT-chA34 English, Symmetrical
7. E Terpugov vs Gipslis  0-14419542nd Soviet Team CupD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Simagin vs Gipslis  0-14319542nd Soviet Team CupE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
9. Gipslis vs A Novopashin  1-02419542nd Soviet Team CupC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
10. Gipslis vs Goglidze  ½-½2419542nd Soviet Team CupC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
11. Gipslis vs A Bannik 1-03719542nd Soviet Team CupC16 French, Winawer
12. Gipslis vs A Batuev  ½-½1219542nd Soviet Team CupC01 French, Exchange
13. Gipslis vs Koblents  1-0241955Latvian championshipB30 Sicilian
14. Tal vs Gipslis ½-½381955LAT-chD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
15. Y Neishtadt vs Gipslis 1-0231955USSR club ChC24 Bishop's Opening
16. Korchnoi vs Gipslis  ½-½281955Ch URS (1/2 final)E31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
17. Tal vs Gipslis 1-0501955URS-ch sfC15 French, Winawer
18. Gipslis vs Tal 0-1571955URS-ch qfB30 Sicilian
19. Gipslis vs R Renter  1-0351955URS-ch sfB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
20. I Nei vs Gipslis  1-0301955URS-ch sfA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
21. Taimanov vs Gipslis 0-14619554th Soviet Team-ch finalE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
22. Gipslis vs M Mukhitdinov  ½-½5719554th Soviet Team-ch finalB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
23. Gipslis vs Boleslavsky  ½-½2819554th Soviet Team-ch finalB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
24. Gipslis vs Kholmov  0-12719554th Soviet Team-ch prelimC78 Ruy Lopez
25. Kholmov vs Gipslis  ½-½4419554th Soviet Team-ch finalA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,014  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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