Estonian Chess Championship

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The first unofficial Estonian Chess Championship was held in 1903, organized by a chess club formed in Reval (then Russian Empire) in 1903 and named for the famous Russian master Mikhail Chigorin. After the World War I, when Estonia became an independent country, official Estonian championships started. During the World War II, Estonia was annexed by the Soviet Union in June 1940 and existed as the Estonian SSR till June 1941, then became a part of the German-occupied Reichskommissariat Ostland, and reoccupied by the Soviet Union (Estonian SSR) in 1944. Estonia regained independence in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Unofficial Championships[edit]

Year Location Winner
1903 Reval W. Sohn
1904 Reval Bernhard Gregory
1905 Reval A. Feinstein
1906 Reval Abels
1909 Reval Khmelevsky
1910 Reval A. Feinstein

In 1918 Reval changed its name to Tallinn.

Official Championships[edit]

# Year Location Men's Winner Women's Winner
1 1923 Tallinn Paul Rinne
2 1925 Tallinn Johannes Türn
3 1930 Tallinn Vladas Mikėnas
4 1932 Tallinn Leho Laurine
5 1933 Tallinn Gunnar Friedemann
6 1934 Tallinn Ilmar Raud
7 1935 Tallinn Paul Keres
8 1936 Tallinn Paul Felix Schmidt
9 1937 Tallinn Paul Felix Schmidt
10 1939 Tallinn Ilmar Raud
11 1941 Tallinn Johannes Türn
12 1942 Tallinn Paul Keres
13 1943 Tallinn Paul Keres
14 1944 Viljandi Johannes Türn, August Eller
15 1945 Tallinn Paul Keres Salme Rootare
16 1946 Tallinn Raul Renter -
17 1947 Tallinn Jüri Randviir -
18 1948 Tallinn Aleksander Arulaid Salme Rootare
19 1949 Pärnu Jüri Randviir, Raul Renter Salme Rootare
20 1950 Tallinn Jüri Randviir Salme Rootare
21 1951 Tallinn Iivo Nei Helju Roosa
22 1952 Tartu Iivo Nei Marie Orav
23 1953 Tartu Paul Keres Urve Kure
24 1954 Tallinn Jüri Randviir Salme Rootare
25 1955 Tallinn Aleksander Arulaid Aino Kukk
26 1956 Tartu Iivo Nei Salme Rootare
27 1957 Tartu Kalju Pitksaar Salme Rootare
28 1958 Tallinn Gunnar Uusi Urve Kure
29 1959 Tartu Gunnar Uusi Marie Orav
30 1960 Viljandi Iivo Nei Salme Rootare
31 1961 Tallinn Iivo Nei Maaja Ranniku
32 1962 Tartu Iivo Nei Salme Rootare
33 1963 Tallinn Gunnar Uusi Maaja Ranniku
34 1964 Tallinn Aleksander Arulaid Salme Rootare
35 1965 Tartu Rein Etruk Urve Kure
36 1966 Viljandi Gunnar Uusi Salme Rootare
37 1967 Tallinn Helmuth Luik Maaja Ranniku
38 1968 Tartu Aarne Hermlin Mari Kinsigo (off contest)
39 1969 Tallinn Rein Etruk Salme Rootare
40 1970 Tartu Hillar Kärner Salme Rootare
41 1971 Tallinn Iivo Nei Salme Rootare
42 1972 Tartu Andres Vooremaa Salme Rootare
43 1973 Tallinn Andres Vooremaa, Rein Etruk Maaja Ranniku
44 1974 Tartu Iivo Nei Mari Kinsigo (off contest)
45 1975 Pärnu Hillar Kärner Leili Pärnpuu
46 1976 Haapsalu Valter Heuer Mari Kinsigo (off contest)
47 1977 Viljandi Hillar Kärner Tatyana Fomina
48 1978 Tallinn Boris Rõtov Tatyana Fomina
49 1979 Tartu Gunnar Uusi Leili Pärnpuu
50 1980 Tallinn Gunnar Uusi Leili Pärnpuu
51 1981 Haapsalu Jaan Ludolf Maaja Ranniku
52 1982 Tallinn Lembit Oll Maaja Ranniku
53 1983 Pärnu Aleksander Veingold, Hillar Kärner Tatyana Fomina
54 1984 Tallinn Hillar Kärner Maaja Ranniku
55 1985 Tallinn Hillar Kärner Svetlana Zainetdinova
56 1986 Tartu Jaan Ehlvest Leili Pärnpuu
57 1987 Haapsalu Hillar Kärner Maaja Ranniku
58 1988 Tallinn Kalle Kiik Maaja Ranniku
59 1989 Tallinn Olav Sepp Tatyana Fomina
60 1990 Tallinn Mati Nei Leili Pärnpuu
61 1991 Tallinn Olav Sepp Maaja Ranniku
62 1992 Tallinn Olav Sepp Tatyana Fomina
63 1993 Tallinn Olav Sepp Tuulikki Laesson
64 1994 Tallinn Olav Sepp Monika Tsõganova
65 1995 Tallinn Olav Sepp Monika Tsõganova
66 1996 Tallinn Sergei Zjukin Tuulikki Laesson
67 1997 Tallinn Roman Sergejev Monika Tsõganova
68 1998 Tallinn Tarvo Seeman Tatyana Fomina
69 1999 Tallinn Kaido Külaots Monika Tsõganova
70 2000 Tallinn Mihhail Rõtšagov Viktoria Baškite (off contest)
71 2001 Pühajärve Kaido Külaots[1] Monika Tsõganova
72 2002 Kilingi-Nõmme Kaido Külaots Tatyana Fomina
73 2003 Tallinn Kaido Külaots Tatyana Fomina
74 2004 Tallinn Meelis Kanep Monika Tsõganova
75 2005 Tallinn Meelis Kanep Monika Tsõganova
76 2006 Tallinn Tarvo Seeman Valeriya Gansvind
77 2007 Tallinn Meelis Kanep Monika Tsõganova
78 2008 Tallinn Kaido Külaots Monika Tsõganova
79 2009 Rakvere Kaido Külaots Valeriya Gansvind
80 2010 Tartu Kaido Külaots Tuuli Vahtra
81 2011 Tallinn Pavel Vorobjov Regina Narva
82 2012 Tallinn Mark Lapidus Tatyana Fomina
83 2013 Tallinn Ottomar Ladva Tatyana Fomina
84 2014 Tallinn Kaido Külaots Mai Narva
  1. ^ Edvins Kengis had the most points, but since he is Latvian, the title went to Külaots.

Multiple champions[edit]

# Men's Winner Titles Years
1 Iivo Nei 8 1951-52, 1956, 1960-62, 1971, 1974
2 Kaido Külaots 8 1999, 2001-03, 2008-10, 2014
3 Hillar Kärner 7 1970, 1975, 1977, 1983-85, 1987
4 Gunnar Uusi 6 1958-59, 1963, 1966, 1979-80
5 Olav Sepp 6 1989, 1991-95
6 Paul Keres 5 1935, 1942-43, 1945, 1953
7 Jüri Randviir 4 1947, 1949-50, 1954
8 Johannes Türn 3 1925, 1941, 1944
9 Aleksander Arulaid 3 1948, 1955, 1964
10 Rein Etruk 3 1965, 1969, 1973
11 Meelis Kanep 3 2004-05, 2007
12 Ilmar Raud 2 1934, 1939
13 Paul Felix Schmidt 2 1936-37
14 Raul Renter 2 1946, 1949
15 Andres Vooremaa 2 1972-73
16 Tarvo Seeman 2 1998, 2006
# Women's Winner Titles Years
1 Salme Rootare 15 1945, 1948-50, 1954, 1956-57, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1969-72
2 Maaja Ranniku 10 1961, 1963, 1967, 1973, 1981-82, 1984, 1987-88, 1991
3 Tatyana Fomina 10 1977-78, 1983, 1989, 1992, 1998, 2002-03, 2012-13
4 Monika Tsõganova 9 1994-95, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004-05, 2007-08
5 Leili Pärnpuu 5 1975, 1979-80, 1986, 1990
6 Urve Kure 3 1953, 1958, 1965
7 Mari Kinsigo 3 1968, 1974, 1976
8 Marie Orav 2 1952, 1959
9 Valeriya Gansvind 2 2006, 2009

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