Heikki Westerinen

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Heikki Westerinen
Westerinen 2007 Dortmund.jpg
Heikki Westerinen 2007 at Dortmund
Full name Heikki Markku Julius Westerinen
Country  Finland
Born (1944-04-27) 27 April 1944 (age 73)
Helsinki, Finland
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2318 (January 2012)
Peak rating 2485 (January 1976)

Heikki Markku Julius Westerinen (born 27 April 1944)[1] is a Finnish chess player, born in Helsinki. He became a national master at age sixteen, and earned the FIDE titles of International Master in 1967 and Grandmaster in 1975. Westerinen won the Finnish Championship in 1965, 1966, 1968, and 1970. He played for the national team in the biennial Chess Olympiads from 1962 through 1996, and 2006.[2] Westerinen's best tournament results include third place at Berlin 1971, tie for second place at Oslo 1973, first at Sant Feliu de Guixols 1973, and first at Dortmund 1973 and 1975. His style is described as original and combinative.[3]


  1. ^ All sources agree on 1944 as his birth year (including FIDE), but Sunnucks and Brace give the date 28 April, and Keene has 12 May. Gaige and Whyld have reputations for accuracy, and both have 27 April.
  2. ^ Westerinen, Heikki at olimpbase.org, retrieved 29 September 2007
  3. ^ Keene, p. 342


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