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Janis Yanovich Klovans
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Number of games in database: 447
Years covered: 1951 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2444
Highest rating achieved in database: 2500

Overall record: +135 -139 =173 (49.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (94) 
    B33 B42 B92 B84 B83
 Ruy Lopez (44) 
    C95 C99 C96 C67 C78
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (24) 
    C95 C99 C96 C84 C91
 French Defense (23) 
    C19 C11 C10 C18 C12
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B12 B11 B18 B15 B10
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B92 B90 B91
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (55) 
    C92 C72 C69 C96 C84
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (31) 
    C92 C96 C84 C90 C91
 Queen's Gambit Declined (25) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D36
 Orthodox Defense (19) 
    D55 D58 D54 D50 D61
 English (18) 
    A13 A15 A18 A14 A17
 Catalan (13) 
    E04 E06 E01 E07
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Tolnai vs Klovans, 1991 0-1
   Klovans vs A Zakharov, 1963 1-0
   Klovans vs Shirov, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Klovans vs Pukudruva, 1955 1-0
   Tal vs Klovans, 1954 0-1
   Klovans vs Tal, 1983 1-0
   Bronstein vs Klovans, 1974 0-1
   N Zhuravlev vs Klovans, 1962 1/2-1/2
   Y M Nikitin vs Klovans, 1969 0-1
   Klovans vs Tal, 1952 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   World Seniors Championship (2005)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   Cappelle La Grande (2003)

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(born Apr-09-1935, died Oct-05-2010, 75 years old) Latvia

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Janis Yanovich Klovans was born in Ruba, Latvia. He was awarded the IMC title in 1968 and the IM title in 1976. Klovans won the Latvian championship nine times: 1954, 1962, 1967-68, 1970-71, 1975, 1979, and 1986.1 He was World Senior Champion in 1997, 1999 and 2001. The first of these victories earned him the grandmaster title at age 62, then the oldest player ever to earn the title (older players have been granted the honorary GM title).

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Last updated: 2019-04-08 16:15:43

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 447  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tal vs Klovans ½-½401951Riga championshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Klovans vs Tal 0-1401951RigaC52 Evans Gambit
3. Klovans vs Tal 1-0561952LAT-chC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
4. A Khavin vs Klovans  1-04119533rd Soviet Team-ch finalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Klovans vs Estrin  1-02919533rd Soviet Team-ch finalC57 Two Knights
6. N Sorokin vs Klovans  1-04319533rd Soviet Team-ch finalC49 Four Knights
7. Tal vs Klovans ½-½501954RigaC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
8. Tal vs Klovans 0-1241954LAT-chD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Klovans vs E Zagorjansky  ½-½4119542nd Soviet Team CupB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
10. Cherepkov vs Klovans  ½-½2819542nd Soviet Team CupA14 English
11. Klovans vs Furman  0-15519542nd Soviet Team CupB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
12. Lutikov vs Klovans  1-03319542nd Soviet Team CupD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
13. Klovans vs M V Shishov  ½-½6119542nd Soviet Team CupC53 Giuoco Piano
14. K Klaman vs Klovans  1-03419542nd Soviet Team CupA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Klovans vs B Baranov  0-14519542nd Soviet Team CupC50 Giuoco Piano
16. Byvshev vs Klovans  1-03719542nd Soviet Team CupC87 Ruy Lopez
17. Klovans vs A Khenkin  0-14119542nd Soviet Team CupC58 Two Knights
18. G Fridstein vs Klovans  ½-½5819542nd Soviet Team CupA15 English
19. Klovans vs K Klasup  1-0381955LAT-chC12 French, McCutcheon
20. Klovans vs I Zdanovs  0-1581955LAT-chB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
21. Klovans vs Pukudruva 1-0251955Latvian ChB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
22. J Mileika vs Klovans  1-0361955LAT-chD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Azerbaev vs Klovans  ½-½181955LAT-chC47 Four Knights
24. Gufeld vs Klovans 1-0181956All-Union Mass TtC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
25. Tal vs Klovans 1-0281958URSC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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  whiteshark: † October 5th, 2010.


Oct-07-10  stanleys: R.I.P GM Klovans
Oct-07-10  Eastfrisian: Sad, to hear that. He was one of only a few GM's I have seen life. R.I.P.
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  wordfunph: farewell GM Janis "Iron John" Klovans, rest in peace..
Oct-18-10  Caissanist: From Chessvibes, Alexei Shirov remembers Klovans:

“What was most remarkable about him is that he was always in a good mood, a very good mood basically. Apart from being very kind to everybody I noticed that he would behave the same to all kinds of persons: small children, bad chess amateurs or great players, or the bosses. He would always talk in the same manner. He had his own style in everything; in chess, in life… this was really remarkable. I think he never had a single conflict with anybody.

He was always working very hard on chess to find the truth about every position, to find the logical opening variation. Searching for the truth was both his life and his chess style. I think in away he was a very clean person and a very clean chess player in a way.

He never worked as my coach but I knew him; sometimes we met, and we were almost neighbours in Riga. Our flats were ten minutes from each other so sometimes we would just meet in his flat or in my flat and look at some chess. That particular phrase was connected to my game against him in 1987, the story was also described in Fire on Board 1. We played a game, we analysed, and then a few months later we met again and I just asked him about this variation again, what he thought, and then he just smiled and showed me the refutation of the whole set-up and then he said: now you have some homework to do. Then I realized I should not be so excited about my own ideas – in that game I had developed my own analysis – and that I must be more careful whether these ideas are right or wrong, and to be excited whether they are mine or not mine.”

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  GrahamClayton: One of the reasons why Klovans did not achieve the GM title at an earlier age was that his career as an officer in the USSR Army made it very difficult for him to travel to overseas tournaments. Hewon the USSR Armed Forces championship on three occassions.
Apr-09-11  BIDMONFA: Janis Klovans


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  Penguincw: Happy B-Day.
Apr-09-11  theodor: most the piety, at a stage, game over! life vs death 0-1. any comments? all my valuation to Klovans!
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  wordfunph: In Memory of Janis Klovans (1935–2010) by Chessbase..

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  ketchuplover: better late than never

May he rest peace/piece fully

May-12-11  ColdSong: I got the chance to play and discuss with Janis Klovans some years ago, to Cappelle La Grande.Peaceful,Opened and attentive, smiling, modest with the difficult task to find the chess truth, Janis was the kind of man that can't be easily forgotten. RIP
Nov-30-13  Conrad93: 9 time Latvian Chess Champion.

That's seven more than Mikhail Tal.

Nov-30-13  Conrad93: He also beat Tal in his prime.
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  offramp: <Conrad93: He also beat Tal in his prime.>

Was Tal waring a big red rosette on his butt-ocks saying "PRIME" & "FIRST CLASS".

Dec-09-13  Conrad93: <Was Tal waring a big red rosette on his butt-ocks saying "PRIME" & "FIRST CLASS".>

Not that I'm aware.

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  perfidious: <Conrad>: Tal would likely have managed another Latvian title or three, had he not concentrated on winning unimportant events such as the world title and playing in higher-level tournaments, you worthless troll.
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  AylerKupp: Actually, Klovans did slightly better than expected in head-to-head encounters with Tal. has 12 Klovans – Tal games, with Tal scoring 7.5 – 4.5 or a winning percentage of 62.5%. The ChessTempo database has the same 12 games plus Klovans' and Tal's rating at the time of each game, although I have no idea how accurate these are given that FIDE only started to use Elo ratings in 1970 and 9 of the 12 games were before 1970. Nevertheless, the average rating difference between Tal and Klovans was 118 Elo rating points, and the Elo P(Win) tables indicate that Tal's winning percentage with this ratings differential should have been 0.66. So, assuming their ratings were accurate, Klovans beat the odds.
Dec-12-13  Conrad93: How am I trolling?
Dec-12-13  Conrad93: I'm assuming that Tal would be in his prime during the years 1960-1961.

<Tal would likely have managed another Latvian title or three, had he not concentrated on winning unimportant events such as the world title and playing in higher-level tournaments, you worthless troll.>

I never claimed he wouldn't have, but it would not have been as simple as you think.

Nov-10-14  ljfyffe: Klovans won the intetnational correspondence chess tourney organized by the Finnish federation (1971-74).
Feb-18-15  drnooo: A horrible, ghastly, terrible, awful picture of someone who is by all accounts a great, gentle, gleeful, generous soul. C'mon, you snapshot boys can surely do better than this.
Dec-25-18  SkySports: I think that what's written in the description is not correct. It's true that he got the GM title winning the World Senior Championships in 1997 at 62, but Yuri Shabanov got it (winning the same tournament in 2003) at 66, so 4 years older.

Yuri Shabanov

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  Stonehenge: It is correct. It says "<then> (1997) the oldest player".
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  HeMateMe: Too bad he never played Al Horowitz. We might have had a Weird Al Yanovich game or two...
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