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Normunds Miezis
Number of games in database: 849
Years covered: 1991 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2490 (2510 rapid, 2373 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2596

Overall record: +354 -170 =225 (62.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 100 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English, 1 c4 e5 (153) 
    A22 A21 A25 A20 A26
 English (133) 
    A16 A13 A10 A18 A19
 French Defense (78) 
 English, 1 c4 c5 (63) 
    A36 A34
 Caro-Kann (36) 
    B10 B13
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (156) 
    B43 B42 B40 B41 B22
 Sicilian Kan (101) 
    B43 B42 B41
 Queen's Pawn Game (44) 
    A46 E00 A45 A40 D02
 Modern Benoni (31) 
    A60 A70 A56
 English, 1 c4 c5 (31) 
    A37 A30 A34 A35 A31
 Bogo Indian (28) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Fedorov vs N Miezis, 2000 0-1
   N Miezis vs P Varley, 1998 1-0
   N Miezis vs R Fontaine, 2006 1-0
   N Miezis vs Navara, 2011 1-0
   M Sinner vs N Miezis, 1997 0-1
   J Aagaard vs N Miezis, 2014 0-1
   N Miezis vs A A Lopez, 2008 1-0
   Solozhenkin vs N Miezis, 2001 0-1
   N Miezis vs S Ristevski, 2006 1-0
   A Volodin vs N Miezis, 2011 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Paul Keres Memorial (2011)
   Rilton Cup (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2010)
   XXXV Rilton Cup (2006)
   European Union Individual Championship (2006)
   Cappelle-la-Grande (2014)
   E.U. Championship and Cork Chess Congress (2005)
   Reykjavik Open (2004)
   29th Cappelle-la-Grande (2013)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   Baku Chess Festival (2007)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   French Defense, Monte Carlo Exchange Variation by kenilworthian
   The Snake Benoni by Charles A Ward

   🏆 European Rapid Championship
   J Zawadzka vs N Miezis (Dec-17-17) 0-1, rapid
   N Miezis vs S Zhigalko (Dec-17-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   N Miezis vs McShane (Dec-17-17) 1-0, rapid
   Z Andriasian vs N Miezis (Dec-17-17) 1-0, rapid
   N Miezis vs A Kashlinskaya (Dec-17-17) 1-0, rapid

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(born May-11-1971, 48 years old) Latvia

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Grandmaster. Latvian champion in 1991 and 2006.

Wikipedia article: Normunds Miezis

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 849  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Miezis vs Bagirov 0-1231991LatviaC01 French, Exchange
2. T Laux vs N Miezis  ½-½601991Biel MTO opA52 Budapest Gambit
3. N Miezis vs Tseshkovsky  0-1411992Moscow3A26 English
4. U Hirth vs N Miezis  1-0541992Biel opA00 Uncommon Opening
5. N Miezis vs Hort  0-1591992BernA26 English
6. G Timmerman vs N Miezis  1-0191993Douai opB42 Sicilian, Kan
7. Kupreichik vs N Miezis  1-0261994SchwabischB40 Sicilian
8. Barsov vs N Miezis  0-1371995NRW-Liga II 9596A60 Benoni Defense
9. N Miezis vs V Tukmakov  0-1411995Biel MTO opA22 English
10. Pavasovic vs N Miezis  1-0301995Biel MTO opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. N Miezis vs Wojtkiewicz  ½-½81995Wichern op 3rdA34 English, Symmetrical
12. N Miezis vs Gipslis  1-0451995Riga OpenA22 English
13. Kulaots vs N Miezis  ½-½521995Riga ZonalB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
14. M Gurevich vs N Miezis 1-0641996Bonn GSKA52 Budapest Gambit
15. N Miezis vs Gulko  0-1461996Las Palmas OpenA21 English
16. V Arbakov vs N Miezis  0-1541996Schwabisch Gmund (Germany)A60 Benoni Defense
17. N Miezis vs Balashov  1-0591996Schwabisch Gmund (Germany)A36 English
18. N Miezis vs Barsov  1-0311997Linares Anibal op 4thC01 French, Exchange
19. M Sinner vs N Miezis 0-1201997Boeblingen OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
20. N Miezis vs R Pogorelov  0-16819974th Anibal OpenB10 Caro-Kann
21. Nijboer vs N Miezis  1-0621997EU-chT (Men)B42 Sicilian, Kan
22. N Miezis vs A Allahverdiyev  1-0241997EU-chT (Men)A22 English
23. I Stohl vs N Miezis  1-0311997EU-chT (Men)A70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
24. N Miezis vs D Zagorskis  ½-½201997EU-chT (Men)A13 English
25. N Miezis vs R Akesson  ½-½471997EU-chT (Men)A36 English
 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 849  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-20-06  HolyKnight: Wow all this guy plays is the English as White looks like. That is rare these days.
Apr-23-06  notyetagm: Miezis is a specialist in the IQP positions resulting from the 4 c4 French Exchange

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only he arrives at this position from the English move order 1 c4 e6 2 e4 d5 3 exd5 exd5 4 d4. That's why he has so many games listed under A13.

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  ganstaman: I was thinking about the Modern Benoni and the Taimanov Variation, which many seem to agree makes playing the Modern Benoni in its natural move order dangerous. So I was thinking that the reason the Taimanov is possible is because black's king is uncastled and his d-pawn is on d6. Black can castle sooner, and for this I think starting out as a KID makes most sense (and then playing ...c5 hoping to transpose). Or, black can avoid playing d6 until it is safe to do so.

The latter sounds like more fun, so I thought briefly about just not playing d6 until I've castled. Unfortunatley, not playing ...d6 allows white to play d6. My first question is: is this really a problem? The d6 pawn for white may be difficult to support. Black has traded use of the c7 and e7 squares for the c6 and e6 squares. I haven't played the Benoni much (only occasional transpositions from the Modern Defense), so I don't know if this is a good trade, or if black can ever actually win white's d6 pawn.

There is an alternative, however, and that is what brings me to this page (besides all the open room around here). There is the Snake Benoni: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 Bd6?!, planning ...Bc7 and maybe ...Ba5 (the movement of this bishop is somehow reminiscent of a snake). Our good friend Miezis has played this numerous times with good results. In this database, it has +24 -24 =16 results overall (from ). Anyone here ever use this, or know black's basic plans? In other words, if I plan on using this ever, can anyone help me not get crushed? Otherwise, I'll just play over Miezis's games. You should too; they're quite interesting.

Nov-03-06  nescio: In a minor tournament in Gausdal, , Akesson and Miezis played a game which left me speechless. The last ten moves may have been played in time-trouble, but even so... I don't think <> will bother to include this tournament in their database, but perhaps someone could shed a light on this game, for instance with the help of one of those chess engines I hear so much of on this site:

[Event "Gausdal Byggern Masters 2006"]
[Site "Gausdal"]
[Date "2006.09.28"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Åkesson, Ralf"]
[Black "Miezis, Normunds"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E38"]
[WhiteElo "2449"]
[BlackElo "2527"]
[PlyCount "82"]
[EventDate "2006.09.??"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "NOR"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 c5 5. dxc5 Bxc5 6. Nf3 b6 7. Bg5 Bb7 8. e4 h6 9. Bh4 g5 10. Bg3 Nc6 11. Rd1 Nh5 12. Bd6 Bxd6 13. Rxd6 g4 14. Nd2 Rc8 15. Qd1 Rg8 16. Rd3 Ne5 17. Re3 a6 18. h3 Nf6 19. hxg4 Nfxg4 20. Rg3 Qf6 21. Qe2 Qf4 22. Rhh3 Ke7 23. Nd1 b5 24. f3 h5 25. cxb5 Rc1 26. fxg4 hxg4 27. bxa6 Bc6 28. Rc3 gxh3 29. Rxc1 h2 30. Nf2 Rg3 31. Rc3 Rxc3 32. bxc3 Qg3 33. Kd1 Ba4+ 34. Nb3 Qxc3 35. Qc2 Qe3 36. Nh1 Qg1 37. Qf2 Qxh1 38. a7 Bc6 39. Nd4 Bxe4 40. Qh4+ f6 41. Qxe4 Qxf1+ 0-1

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Happy birthday to GM Miezis. One of my favourite players. (Mainly because he likes playing 1...b6, just like me :) )
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Happy birthday to GM Miezis, again :-)
Sep-16-08  Xeroxx: Hahaha Happy birthday :D hahaha :D
May-06-09  BIDMONFA: Normunds Miezis

MIEZIS, Normunds

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  Tabanus: GM Normunds Miezis, Latvia, born 11 May 1971. Now rated 2519,

IM in 1993, GM in 1997. Rated 2601 in Jan. 2001.

Champion of Latvia 1991 and 2006.


Biographies: (in English) (in Dutch) (in Polish)


Placed 3rd in Lithuanian University of Agriculture Cup 25-31 Aug. 2010:

Jun-24-12  waustad: Today he gave Etienne Goudriaan a nice rook and pawn endgame lesson at:
Sep-05-12  vinidivici: The most opening he has used as white is should note as one of the player who develop the opening.
Jan-29-15  mrandersson: Having gone over quite a few of his game i must say i really like his style of play and ideas he has.

The c4 e4 idea is one i have used a few times but his ideas give me ideas as well.

Feb-20-15  Volmac: <nescio: ...Akesson and Miezis played a game which left me speechless.> R Akesson vs N Miezis, 2006
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