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Viktor Gavrikov

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Viktor Gavrikov
Full nameViktor Nikolaevich Gavrikov
CountrySoviet Union → Lithuania
Switzerland (1993–1997)[1]
Born(1957-07-29)29 July 1957
Criuleni, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union
Died27 April 2016(2016-04-27) (aged 58)[2]
Burgas, Bulgaria
TitleGrandmaster (1984)
Peak rating2605 (July 1995)[1]
Peak rankingNo. 19 (July 1985)

Viktor Nikolaevich Gavrikov (Russian: Виктор Николаевич Гавриков; 29 July 1957 – 27 April 2016) was a Lithuanian-Swiss chess player. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 1984.

Gavrikov shared first place with Gintautas Piešina in the 1978 Lithuanian Championship in Vilnius. In 1983 he won the under-26 Soviet championship.[3] Two years later he jointly won the 52nd Soviet Championship with Mikhail Gurevich and Alexander Chernin in Riga, and tied for second place in the 1986 event, won by Vitaly Tseshkovsky. In 1988, Gavrikov tied for first place with Anatoly Karpov in the World Active Championship, held in Mazatlán, Mexico, finishing second on tiebreak.[4][5]

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he emigrated to Switzerland. He won the Grandmaster Tournament of the Biel Chess Festival in 1994, and the Swiss Championship at Arosa in 1996. He tied for first with Viktorija Čmilytė, Darius Ruzele, Aloyzas Kveinys, Vaidas Sakalauskas and Vytautas Slapikas in the Lithuanian Championship of 2000, taking third place on countback.[6]

Gavrikov spent the last years of his life in Bulgaria, where he moved to in 2010.[2]


  1. ^ a b Viktor Gavrikov FIDE rating history, 1980-2001 at OlimpBase.org
  2. ^ a b "GM Viktor Gavrikov passes away". Chessdom.
  3. ^ "GM Viktor Gavrikov died in Burgas". ChessBase. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  4. ^ Byrne, Robert (11 April 1989). "Chess". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  5. ^ Kryavkin, Dmitry (24 December 2018). "Chess Burritos and Recipes by David Bronstein". Chess Federation of Russia. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  6. ^ Crowther, Mark (10 April 2000). "TWIC 283: Lithuanian Championships". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 12 May 2016.