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Heikki Westerinen
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Number of games in database: 1,750
Years covered: 1958 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2263 (2250 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2420
Overall record: +554 -565 =625 (49.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (357) 
    B40 B21 B42 B90 B44
 Ruy Lopez (116) 
    C78 C63 C84 C72 C77
 French Defense (98) 
    C15 C07 C19 C05 C10
 Caro-Kann (56) 
    B18 B17 B12 B15 B10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (52) 
    C84 C93 C95 C94 C97
 King's Gambit Accepted (49) 
    C33 C34 C36 C39
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (175) 
    E62 E83 E91 E90 E92
 Ruy Lopez (146) 
    C72 C73 C67 C78 C84
 Alekhine's Defense (54) 
    B02 B04 B03 B05
 French Defense (45) 
    C10 C02 C11 C01 C16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (41) 
    C84 C96 C92 C85 C99
 English (34) 
    A15 A16 A12 A10 A19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Westerinen vs G Sigurjonsson, 1977 1-0
   Westerinen vs J Franzen, 1988 1-0
   Westerinen vs J Pakkanen, 1992 1-0
   Westerinen vs M Hebden, 1988 1-0
   Westerinen vs P Ofstad, 1995 1-0
   Westerinen vs O C Moen, 1985 1-0
   Westerinen vs Savon, 1975 1-0
   Westerinen vs M Rolvag, 1988 1-0
   Westerinen vs B Lengyel, 1988 1-0
   Westerinen vs Timman, 1973 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens-B (1969)
   Harald Malmgren Memorial Open (1969)
   Havana Olympiad Final-B (1966)
   Dortmund (1975)
   FRG-ch International (1971)
   Copenhagen AS04 (1979)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-C (1964)
   New York GHI (1977)
   Halle Zonal (1967)
   Bamberg (1968)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-C (1972)
   Hoogovens (1970)
   2nd Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1978)
   Parcetic Memorial (1970)
   Raach Zonal (1969)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   IGM Heikki Westerinen by 64rutor
   King's Gambit Accepted by Gmonster
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1970 by suenteus po 147
   Bamberg 1968 by Chessdreamer
   KGA (C33) 3. Bc4 by WillingtoLearn
   Kings Gambit Acc with 3. Bc4 by howardb86

   🏆 TV2 Fagernes GM Open
   K Kulaots vs Westerinen (Mar-25-18) 1/2-1/2
   V Kazakouski vs Westerinen (Apr-15-17) 1-0
   D V Pedersen vs Westerinen (Nov-11-16) 0-1
   K Ribbegren vs Westerinen (Nov-09-16) 1-0
   M Genutis vs Westerinen (Nov-08-16) 1-0

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(born Apr-27-1944, 79 years old) Finland

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Heikki Markku Julius Westerinen was born in Helsinki. Awarded the IM title in 1967 and the GM title in 1975. Finnish champion in 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1970.

Wikipedia article: Heikki Westerinen

 page 1 of 70; games 1-25 of 1,750  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Westerinen vs O Puhakka 1-0361958first category tournamentC15 French, Winawer
2. Westerinen vs Mauri Metsala  1-0281960match for Master titleB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
3. H Pfleger vs Westerinen  1-0561961Wch U20E73 King's Indian
4. A Hollis vs Westerinen  ½-½481961WchT U26 08thE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
5. Westerinen vs Lombardy 0-1351961WchT U26 08thB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. J Westman vs Westerinen 0-1381961WchT U26 08thC13 French
7. Westerinen vs Parma  ½-½501961Wch U20 prel-CB32 Sicilian
8. G Larusson vs Westerinen  1-0231961Wch U20 prel-CA07 King's Indian Attack
9. J Minaya vs Westerinen  ½-½301961Wch U20 prel-CD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Gheorghiu vs Westerinen  1-0391961Wch U20 fin-AD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
11. G Larusson vs Westerinen  0-1341961Wch U20 fin-AB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
12. Westerinen vs C Zuidema  ½-½921961Wch U20 fin-AC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
13. R Calvo vs Westerinen  1-0571961Wch U20 fin-AB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
14. Westerinen vs A Vinje Gulbrandsen  ½-½231961Wch U20 fin-AC19 French, Winawer, Advance
15. Westerinen vs D Thomson  1-0161961Wch U20 fin-AD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. O Kinnmark vs Westerinen  0-1411961Wch U20 fin-AC05 French, Tarrasch
17. Westerinen vs A Kuindzhy  0-1621961Wch U20 fin-AC14 French, Classical
18. B Nagy vs Westerinen  0-1411961Wch U20 fin-AE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
19. Westerinen vs Parma  ½-½251961Wch U20 fin-AE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
20. Fieros vs Westerinen  0-1321962Varna Olympiad qual-3B30 Sicilian
21. L Bauza vs Westerinen  ½-½401962Varna Olympiad qual-3A48 King's Indian
22. A Tarnowski vs Westerinen  1-0611962Varna Olympiad qual-3B56 Sicilian
23. G Garcia vs Westerinen  0-1331962Varna Olympiad Final-BE70 King's Indian
24. W Schmidt vs Westerinen  1-0331962Varna Olympiad Final-BB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. Myagmarsuren vs Westerinen  ½-½351962Varna Olympiad Final-BC00 French Defense
 page 1 of 70; games 1-25 of 1,750  PGN Download
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  alexmagnus: <This story is too good to be true, but also too good not to repost here: <May-14-04 Lawrence: Speaking of Ratmir Kholmov's tendency to "get altogether drunk" with greatly reduced chess powers, Suba talks about "a long list of stories and jokes arising from his habit," relating one passed on to him by Karpov: "The game starts 1.e4 Nc6 2.f4 b6 3.Nf3 e5 4.fxe5. At this point Ratmir plunges into deep thought, while whispering 'I've played the Grunfeld all my life and never got into such a bad position!'"

from >>

Actually the game went on (4...Nxe5 5.Nxe5 6.Kxe5!!!!) and after the referee came and said that Kxe5 was an illegal move, Kholmov said "I've played the Grunfeld all my life and never knew it gets refuted so easily".

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  alexmagnus: BTW Westerinen was the first IM to use 1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 in a serious game: [Event "Oslo CI"]
[Site "Oslo"]
[Date "1973.04.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Westerinen,Heikki MJ"]
[Black "Kristinsson,Jon"]
[Result "1/2"]
[Eco "C20"]
1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 d6 3.Bc4 g6 4.Qf3 Qe7 5.d3 Bg7 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Bg5 c6 8.h4 h5 9.Nge2 Be6 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.Rd2 0-0 12.Rhd1 b5 13.Bxe6 fxe6 14.Qg3 b4 15.Nb1 Qf7 16.Rf1 d5 17.f3 c5 18.Rdd1 Nh7 19.Be3 Rac8 20.Nd2 c4 21.dxc4 dxc4 22.c3 a5 23.Kb1 Rc6 24.Rc1 Rfc8 25.f4 bxc3 26.Nxc3 exf4 27.Bxf4 Qe7 28.e5 Nhf8 29.Nde4 Qb4 30.Rc2 Nc5 31.Bg5 Nd3 32.Bf6 Bh6 33.Ka1 Rb8 34.Nd6 Rc7 35.Bg5 Bg7 36.Bf6 Bh6 37.Bg5 Bg7 1/2

Apr-27-07  Maatalkko: Hyvaa syntymapaivaa!
Apr-28-07  MaxxLange: Tonight I raise a glass to the GM from Finland: his eclectic and brilliant play is known to me from "Inside Chess" magazine
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  Octavia: Westerinen won against Korchnoi! Copied from chesslab: [Event "EU-chT Seniors"][Site "Dresden GER"[Date "2006.19.2"White "Westerinen,H"][Black "Korchnoi,V"][Round "3" [Result "1-0"][WhiteElo "2382"] [BlackElo "2608"][ECO "C14"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5
Nfd7 6. Bxe7 Qxe7 7. f4 Nb6 8. Nf3 Bd7 9. Be2
a6 10. O-O Nc6 11. b3 f6 12. Qd2 fxe5 13. fxe5
O-O-O 14. a4 Qb4 15. Nb1 a5 16. Qxb4 axb4 17. Bb5
Rdf8 18. Nbd2 Nd8 19. Ne1 Rxf1+ 20. Nxf1 Be8 21. Nd3
c6 22. a5 Na8 23. Ba4 Rf8 24. Nxb4 Rf4 25. c3
Bg6 26. Nd2 Bf5 27. Rf1 Rg4 28. Rf3 b5 29. axb6
Kb7 30. h3 Rg6 31. Kf2 h5 32. Rg3 Kxb6 33. Rxg6
Bxg6 34. Ke3 Nc7 35. Nd3 Bxd3 36. Kxd3 Ka5 37. Kc2
Na8 38. Kb2 Nc7 39. Nf3 Nb5 40. Ng5 Nc7 41. Nh7
c5 42. Bd7 cxd4 43. b4+ Kb6 44. cxd4 Nb5 45. Bxb5
Kxb5 46. Kc3 h4 47. Ng5 Ka4 48. Nf3 Nc6 49. Nxh4
Nxb4 50. Ng6 Na6 51. Nf4 Nc7 52. h4 Kb5 53. g4
Kc6 54. g5 Kd7 55. h5 Nb5+ 56. Kd3 Ke7 57. h6
gxh6 58. gxh6 Kf7 59. Nxe6 Kg6 60. Nf4+ Kxh6 61. Nxd5 Kg6 62. Kc4 Na3+ 63. Kc5 Kf7 64. Nf4 Nc2 65. d5
Ne3 66. d6 Nf5 67. Kc6 1-0
Korchnoi was very upset at the time.

Apr-27-08  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Westerinen!
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  BoardLord: GM Westerinen will participate in Arctic Chess Challenge in Tromsø, Norway, in August 2009. In connection with this I have written a profile of him that you can read at my blog Sjakkfantomet. It's in English:

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  Tabanus: Westerinen today is Nordic Champion for seniors 2009. Congratulations!

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  Tabanus: Youth vs experience in Reykjavik Open today:

[Event "Reykjavik Open"]
[Date "2010.02.25"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Westerinen, Heikki M J"]
[Black "Nyzhnyk, Illya"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2333"]
[BlackElo "2495"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 a6 3. g3 b5 4. Bg2 Bb7 5. Nge2 e6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Nf6 8. O-O b4 9. Na4 Bxe4 10. Bxe4 Nxe4 11. Re1 d5 12. c4 bxc3 13. Nxc3 Nxc3 14. Qh5 Ne4 15. Nxe6 Qb6 16. Nc7+ Qxc7 17. Qxd5 Nc6 18. Bf4 Qd7 19. Qxe4+ Be7 20. Rad1 Qb7 21. Bd6 O-O 22. Bxe7 Rfe8 23. Qd5 h6 24. Bd6 Red8 25. Qf3 Qb5 26. Bc7 Rxd1 27. Rxd1 Rc8 28. a4 Qxa4 29. b3 Qb5 30. Rd5 Nd4 31. Rxd4 Rxc7 32. Rd8+ Kh7 33. Qd3+ Qxd3 34. Rxd3 Rc6 35. Rd7 Kg6 36. Rb7 Kf6 37. b4 1/2-1/2

Compare with

[Event "Calvia op 4th"]
[Date "2007.10.19"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Heberla, Bartlomiej"]
[Black "Aloma Vidal, Roberto"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2502"]
[BlackElo "2398"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nf3 a6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 b5 6. g3 Bb7 7. Bg2 b4 8. Na4 Nf6 9. O-O Bxe4 10. Bxe4 Nxe4 11. Re1 d5 12. c4 bxc3 13. Nxc3 Nxc3 14. Qh5 Ne4 15. Nxe6 Qb6 16. Nc7+ Qxc7 17. Qxd5 Nc6 18. Bf4 Qd7 19. Qxe4+ Be7 20. Rad1 Qb7 21. Bd6 O-O 22. Bxe7 Rfe8 23. Qd5 <Qb5> 24. Qxb5 axb5 25. Bc5 Rxe1+ 26. Rxe1 f6 27. a3 Ne5 28. Re3 Rd8 29. Rb3 g5 30. Kf1 g4 31. Rxb5 Nc4 32. b3 Nd2+ 33. Ke2 Ne4 34. Ke3 Re8 35. Kf4 h5 36. Bb4 Nxf2 37. Kf5 Ne4 38. a4 Kg7 39. Rb7+ Kh6 40. Be7 Nf2 41. Bd6 Nd3 42. Rf7 1-0

Rybka suggests 18.Bg5 Be7 (18...f6 19.Bf4) 19.Bxe7 f5 20.Rad1 Qc8 21.Ba3

Feb-25-10  Cibator: Regarding earlier posts about drunkenness at and around the chessboard: it's odd that so few of those stories seem to involve UK players, considering the binge-drinking and lager-lout culture that seems totally entrenched there now.
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  Tabanus: More youth vs experience, from today:

[Event "Reykjavik Open"]
[Date "2010.02.27"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Westerinen, Heikki M J"]
[Black "Cori, Jorge"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2333"]
[BlackElo "2483"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nge2 Nf6 5. e5 Ne4 6. Qd3 Nxc3 7. Nxc3 O-O 8. a3 Be7 9. Qh3 f5 10. Be3 c5 11. dxc5 Nd7 12. f4 Nxc5 13. O-O-O a6 14. g4 Ne4 15. Nxe4 fxe4 16. Bc4 Qc7 17. Bb3 Bd7 18. Qg3 Bb5 19. Kb1 Be2 20. Rd2 Bf3 21. Re1 Rad8 22. f5 Kh8 23. fxe6 Qc6 24. g5 Qxe6 25. g6 hxg6 26. Bg5 Bxg5 27. Qxg5 b5 28. Re3 Rd7 29. Qh4+ Kg8 30. Qe1 Qxe5 31. Rc3 Kh7 32. Qh4+ Bh5 33. Rc5 Qf4 34. Qe1 Qf1 35. Qxf1 Rxf1+ 36. Ka2 e3 37. Rdxd5 Rxd5 38. Rxd5 e2 0-1

Apr-27-10  parisattack: Westerinen did a small book/monograph on the Nimzovitch (1. e4, Nc6)...I think in the 1970s.

Does anyone know of this book, have it, know where I might get a copy?

Apr-27-10  Gejewe: <parisattack>
I am sorry to disappoint you, but there is no such book. Westerinen wrote a book that was titled "Nc6" but it was on a Kings Indian line, not the Nimzovich as you would assume from seeing the title.
Apr-27-10  parisattack: <Gejewe: <parisattack> I am sorry to disappoint you, but there is no such book. Westerinen wrote a book that was titled "Nc6" but it was on a Kings Indian line, not the Nimzovich as you would assume from seeing the title.> Thank you much for the clarifaction! I guess I can stop looking now. I had wondered, 'Why would Westerinen write a book on the Nimzovitch?"

I know there are many books now on 1. ...Nc6 as a repertoire, but not too many on the Nimzovitch, per se... Harding, Deppe, Myers, Kapitaniak, Keilnack/Schlenker,Berdichevsky is all I can see on my shelf.

Apr-27-10  whiteshark: Happy Birthday <Heikki>, and many happy returns! Terveydeksi!
Apr-27-10  minasina: <whiteshark>, Cool bee...picture!
May-21-11  SimonWebbsTiger: A cute game from Westerinen

[Event "CCC 2011"]
[Site "Ballerup"]
[Date "2011-05-21"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Westerinen, Heikki"]
[Black "Bulski, Krzysztof"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2350"]
[BlackElo "2482"]
[Eco ""]
[PlyCount ""]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Be3 Be7 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. h3 Nc5 12. Re1 a5 13. a3 a4 14. Ba2 d4 15. Bf4 Bxa2 16. Rxa2 b4 17. Ra1 Ne6 18. Bg3 bxa3 19. bxa3 Qd5 20. Ne4 Rfd8 21. Qd3 Na5 22. Nh4 g6 23. Nf6+ Bxf6 24. exf6 Nc4 25. Nf3 Ra5 26. Rxe6 fxe6 27. Bxc7 Raa8 28. Bxd8 Rxd8 29. Rb1 e5 30. Ng5 Nd6 31. Qa6 Ra8 32. Qa7 Nf7 33. Nxf7 Rxa7 34. Nh6+ Kf8 35. Rb8+ Qd8 36. Rxd8# 1-0

May-22-11  Bdellovibrio: <parisattack> Westerinen + 1...Nc6 reminds me of this interesting game of Keres': H Westerinen vs Keres, 1969
May-16-12  Llawdogg: This guy plays the King's Gambit a lot!
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  FSR: Since Westerinen is POTD, it would have been a nice touch for to make Vukcevich vs H Westerinen, 1976 <Heikki's Suburbia Bus Tour Ride> the GOTD. The allusion is to (Sixto) Rodriguez' song of that name. (video); (lyrics).
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  Gottschalk: He defeated a World championn H Westerinen vs Karpov, 1996
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  Stonehenge: Much better picture here:

Jun-14-14  waustad: He came in 3rd in a tournament that I suspect is in honor of his 70th birthday. I do not speak Suomi at all so I can't be entirely sure:
Mar-31-17  paavoh: Hi <waustad>, you were correct. "70-vuotisjuhlaturnaus" is exactly that.
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  Tabanus: A invitational tournament for seniors in honor of his 75th birthday finished two days ago,

He won it,

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