Latvian Chess Championship

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Mikhail Tal was winner twice - in 1953 and 1965.
Jānis Klovāns won the Latvian Championship nine times: 1954, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1979, and 1986.
Aivars Gipslis was an eight-time Latvian Champion in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, and 1966.
Edvīns Kengis is an eight-time Latvian Champion, winning the national contest in 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1997, 2004 and 2005.
Laura Rogule won the Latvian Chess Championship for women seven times: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Dana Reizniece-Ozola won the Latvian Chess Championship in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.

History[edit]

Professional level Latvian chess players have already appeared in the nineteenth century. They participated in chess tournaments and union congresses, organized by the Riga Chess Association. After the World War I, when Latvia became an independent country, official Latvian chess championship started. Initially they called on the Latvian chess congresses. The first Latvian Chess Congress took place in the 1924. The most common championships have been held in Riga, but sometimes in other cities.

Championships and winners[edit]

Year City Men's Winner Women's Winner
1924 Riga Hermanis Matisons
1926-7 Riga Fricis Apšenieks
1930-1 Riga Vladimirs Petrovs
1932 Jelgava Movsas Feigins
1934 Riga Fricis Apšenieks
1935 Riga Vladimirs Petrovs
1937 Riga Vladimirs Petrovs Milda Lauberte[1]
1938-9 Riga Vladimirs Petrovs Elise Vogel[2]
1941 Riga Alexander Koblencs Marta Krūmiņa
1943 Riga Igors Ždanovs Milda Lauberte
1944 Udelnaya Voldemārs Mežgailis
1945 Riga Alexander Koblencs[3]
1946 Riga Alexander Koblencs
1947 Riga Zigfrīds Solmanis
1948 Riga Augusts Strautmanis[4] Milda Lauberte
1949 Riga Alexander Koblencs[5] Milda Lauberte
1950 Riga Voldemārs Mežgailis Milda Lauberte
1951 Riga Mark Pasman Milda Lauberte
1952 Riga Jānis Kļaviņš Milda Lauberte[6]
1953 Riga Mikhail Tal Milda Lauberte
1954 Riga Jānis Klovāns Milda Lauberte[7]
1955 Riga Aivars Gipslis Milda Lauberte[8]
1956 Riga Aivars Gipslis Milda Lauberte
1957 Riga Aivars Gipslis Milda Lauberte[9]
1958 Riga Israel Zilber[10] Zara Nakhimovskaya
1959 Riga Kārlis Klāsups[11] Zara Nakhimovskaya
1960 Riga Aivars Gipslis Milda Lauberte
1961 Riga Aivars Gipslis Zara Nakhimovskaya
1962 Riga Jānis Klovāns Zara Nakhimovskaya
1963 Riga Aivars Gipslis Astra Klovāne
1964 Riga Aivars Gipslis Astra Klovāne
1965 Riga Mikhail Tal Astra Klovāne
1966 Riga Aivars Gipslis Benita Vēja[12]
1967 Riga Jānis Klovāns Vija Rožlapa
1968 Riga Jānis Klovāns[13] Sarma Sedleniece[14]
1969 Riga Anatolijs Šmits[15] Astra Klovāne
1970 Riga Jānis Klovāns Astra Klovāne
1971 Riga Jānis Klovāns Vija Rožlapa
1972 Riga Lev Gutman Vija Rožlapa
1973 Daugavpils(M) Riga(W) Alvis Vitolinš Tamāra Vilerte
Ingrīda Priedīte
1974 Riga Juzefs Petkēvičs
Vladimir Kirpichnikov
Vija Rožlapa
1975 Riga Jānis Klovāns
Anatolijs Šmits
Astra Goldmane
1976 Riga Alvis Vitolinš Ilze Rubene
1977 Riga Alvis Vitolinš Astra Klovāne
1978 Riga Alvis Vitolinš Astra Klovāne
1979 Riga Jānis Klovāns Ingrīda Priedīte
1980 Riga Valērijs Žuravļovs Tatjana Voronova
1981 Riga Aleksander Wojtkiewicz Astra Goldmane
1982 Riga(M) Jūrmala(W) Alvis Vitolinš Anda Šafranska
1983 Riga Alvis Vitolinš Astra Goldmane[16]
1984 Riga Edvīns Ķeņģis Anda Šafranska
1985 Riga Alvis Vitolinš
Juzefs Petkēvičs
Tatjana Voronova
1986 Riga Jānis Klovāns[17] Tatjana Voronova
1987 Riga Edvīns Ķeņģis Tatjana Voronova
1988 Riga Edvīns Ķeņģis Natālija Jerjomina
1989 Riga Edvīns Ķeņģis[18] Ingūna Erneste
1990 Riga Edvīns Ķeņģis Anda Šafranska
1991 Riga Normunds Miezis[19][20] Anda Šafranska
1992 Riga Valērijs Žuravļovs[21][22] Anna Hahn[23]
1993 Riga Zigurds Lanka Anda Šafranska
1994 Riga Valērijs Žuravļovs Anda Šafranska[24]
1995 Riga Igors Rausis Ilze Rubene[25]
1996 Riga Daniel Fridman Anda Šafranska
1997 Riga Edvīns Ķeņģis Anda Šafranska
1998 Riga Māris Krakops[26] Dana Reizniece[27]
1999 Riga Arturs Neikšāns Dana Reizniece
2000 Riga Viesturs Meijers Dana Reizniece
2001 Riga Guntars Antoms Dana Reizniece
2002 Riga Ilmārs Starostīts[28] Ingūna Erneste
2003 Riga Evgeny Sveshnikov Laura Rogule
2004 Riga Edvīns Ķeņģis[29] Ilze Bērziņa[29]
2005 Riga Edvīns Ķeņģis Laura Rogule
2006 Riga Normunds Miezis Laura Rogule
2008 Mežezers (Pļaviņas municipality) Evgeny Sveshnikov Ilze Bērziņa
2009 Mežezers (Pļaviņas municipality) Vitālijs Samoļins[30] Laura Rogule
2010 Mežezers (Pļaviņas municipality) Evgeny Sveshnikov Laura Rogule
2011 Mežezers (Pļaviņas municipality) Arturs Neikšāns Laura Rogule
2012 Riga Vitālijs Samoļins Ilze Bērziņa
2013 Riga Igor Kovalenko Laura Rogule
2014 Riga Igor Kovalenko Katrīna Šķiņķe

Multiple champions[edit]

# Men's Winner Titles Years
1 Jānis Klovāns 9 1954, 1962, 1967-68, 1970-71, 1975, 1979, 1986
2 Aivars Gipslis 8 1955-57, 1960-61, 1963-64, 1966
3 Edvīns Ķeņģis 8 1984, 1987-90, 1997, 2004-05
4 Alvis Vītoliņš 7 1973, 1976-78, 1982-83, 1985
5 Vladimirs Petrovs 4 1930, 1935, 1937, 1938
6 Alexander Koblencs 4 1941, 1945-46, 1949
7 Valērijs Žuravļovs 3 1980, 1992, 1994
8 Evgeny Sveshnikov 3 2003, 2008, 2010
9 Voldemārs Mežgailis 2 1944, 1950
10 Mikhail Tal 2 1953, 1965
11 Anatolijs Šmits 2 1969, 1975
12 Jusefs Petkevich 2 1974, 1985
13 Normunds Miezis 2 1991, 2005
14 Arturs Neikšāns 2 1999, 2011
15 Vitālijs Samoļins 2 2009, 2012
16 Igor Kovalenko 2 2013-14
# Women's Winner Titles Years
1 Milda Lauberte 13 1937, 1943, 1948-57, 1960
2 Anda Šafranska 8 1982, 1984, 1990-91, 1993-94, 1996-97
3 Astra Klovāne 7 1963-65, 1969-70, 1977-78
4 Laura Rogule 7 2003, 2005-06, 2009-11, 2013
5 Zara Nakhimovskaya 4 1958-59, 1961-62
6 Vija Rožlapa 4 1967, 1971-72, 1974
7 Tatjana Voronova 4 1980, 1985-87
8 Dana Reizniece 4 1998-2001
9 Astra Goldmane 3 1975, 1981, 1983
10 Ilze Bērziņa 3 2004, 2008, 2012
11 Ingrīda Priedīte 2 1973, 1979
12 Ilze Rubene 2 1976, 1995
13 Ingūna Erneste 2 1989, 2002

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Match victory over Elise Vogel 4:0
  2. ^ Additional tournament results: 1. Elise Vogel 3 (+3, =0, -1) 2. Emīlija Šmite 2 (+2, =0, -2) 3. Marta Krūmiņa 1 (+1, =0, -3)
  3. ^ Vladimir Alatortsev played 'hors concours' in the 1945 Latvian Championship at Riga, and won the tournament (but not the title)
  4. ^ Match victory over Igors Ždanovs 4:3 (+3, =2, -2)
  5. ^ Mark Taimanov played 'hors concours' in the 1949 Latvian Championship at Riga, and won the tournament (but not the title)
  6. ^ Match victory over Lidiya Paramonova 3,5:0,5
  7. ^ Match victory over Zara Nakhimovskaya 3,5:2,5 (+2, =3, -1)
  8. ^ Match victory over Ārija Jansone 3,5:1,5 (+3, =1, -1)
  9. ^ Olga Ignatieva played 'hors concours' in the 1957 Latvian Women's Championship at Riga, and won the tournament (but not the title)
  10. ^ Match victory over Aivars Gipslis 3,5:2,5 (+1, =5, -0)
  11. ^ Match victory over Pēteris Kampenuss 4:3 (+3, =2, -2)
  12. ^ Match victory over Astra Klovāne 2,5:1,5 (+2, =1, -1)
  13. ^ Match victory over Valērijs Žuravļovs 4:2 (+3, =2, -1)
  14. ^ Match victory over Ilga Kļaviņa 3,5:1,5 (+3, =1, -1)
  15. ^ Match victory over Juzefs Petkēvičs 3,5:1,5 (+2, =3, -0)
  16. ^ Match victory over Anda Šafranska 3:1 (+3, =0, -1)
  17. ^ Match victory over Alvis Vitolinš 2:0
  18. ^ Additional tournament results: 1. Edvīns Ķeņģis 2,5 (+1, =3, -0) 2. Jānis Klovāns 2 (+1, =2, -1) 3. Alvis Vitolinš 1,5 (+1, =1, -2)
  19. ^ Evgeny Sveshnikov won the open tournament (but not the title)
  20. ^ Match victory over Alvis Vitolinš 2,5:1,5 (+2, =1, -1)
  21. ^ Sergey Okrugin won the open tournament (but not the title)
  22. ^ Match victory over Jānis Daudzvārdis 2:0
  23. ^ Tuulikki Laesson won the open tournament (but not the title)
  24. ^ Match victory over Olita Rause 2,5:1,5 (+2, =1, -1)
  25. ^ Additional match with Anda Šafranska was drawn 2:2 (+1, =2, -1) but Ilze Rubene had better Berger coefficient in main tournament
  26. ^ Match victory over Juzefs Petkēvičs 2,5:1,5 (+1, =3, -0)
  27. ^ Match victory over Tatjana Voronova 2,5:1,5 (+1, =3, -0) (Ventspils)
  28. ^ Additional tournament results: 1. Ilmārs Starostīts 1,5 (+1, =1, -0) 2. Viesturs Meijers 1 (+1, =0, -1) 3. Rolands Bērziņš 0,5 (+0, =1, -1)
  29. ^ a b Best of Latvian participants in "Riga Open - 2004"
  30. ^ Daniil Lintchevski won the open tournament (but not the title)

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