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Viktor Kupreichik
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Number of games in database: 1,533
Years covered: 1962 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2370 (2258 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2535

Overall record: +659 -437 =430 (57.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 7 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (279) 
    B90 B30 B56 B40 B32
 Ruy Lopez (168) 
    C84 C65 C77 C78 C82
 French Defense (92) 
    C02 C05 C07 C03 C10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (73) 
    C84 C87 C85 C90 C88
 Sicilian Najdorf (52) 
    B90 B97 B99 B92 B91
 Caro-Kann (46) 
    B18 B12 B17 B15 B11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (201) 
    B56 B51 B90 B50 B22
 King's Indian (128) 
    E62 E97 E98 E92 E80
 Ruy Lopez (59) 
    C61 C92 C69 C84 C78
 Slav (52) 
    D18 D11 D10 D13 D17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (38) 
    D38 D30 D31 D39 D35
 Sicilian Najdorf (32) 
    B90 B93 B94 B92 B97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kupreichik vs Sunye Neto, 1989 1-0
   Kupreichik vs Tal, 1970 1-0
   M Shereshevsky vs Kupreichik, 1976 0-1
   Kupreichik vs G Danner, 1966 1-0
   Kupreichik vs Timoscenko, 1968 1-0
   Kupreichik vs Sveshnikov, 1986 1-0
   Kupreichik vs A Planinc, 1970 1-0
   Kupreichik vs Tukmakov, 1985 1-0
   G Horvath vs Kupreichik, 1992 0-1
   Kupreichik vs I Radulov, 1980 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens-B (1977)
   Pinsk URS-ch qual (1986)
   Hastings 1981/82 (1981)
   Staufer Open (1994)
   Kirovakan (1978)
   13th North Sea Cup (1988)
   6th Soviet Team Cup (1968)
   URS-ch sf Lvov (1984)
   Bad Endbach (1995)
   Minsk (1982)
   Lvov (1986)
   48th USSR Championship (1980)
   47th USSR Championship (1979)
   USSR Championship (1987)
   URS-ch 52nd / Zonal (1985)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Viktor Kupreichik - The Marvel from Minsk by Resignation Trap
   Hastings (1981/82) by Chessical
   Wijk aan Zee 1977 B by EmperorAtahualpa
   Long live the Ruy by Bogdanel

   🏆 Bronstein Memorial
   A Aleksandrov vs Kupreichik (Feb-19-17) 1-0
   Kupreichik vs Sveshnikov (Jun-13-16) 1-0
   Kupreichik vs B Sorensen (Jun-12-16) 1/2-1/2
   O Zilbert vs Kupreichik (Jun-11-16) 0-1
   Kupreichik vs N Gaprindashvili (Jun-10-16) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jul-03-1949, died May-22-2017, 67 years old) Belarus

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At the beginning of his career Viktor Davidovich Kupreichik (Віктар Давыдавіч Купрэйчык) won the individual gold medal at the 15th World Student Team Chess Championship in Ybbs (Austria) in 1968.

In tournaments he was 1st or 1st= at Wijk aan Zee (Masters' tournament) 1977, Kirovakan 1978 (jointly), Reykjavik 1980, Plovdiv 1980, Medina del Campo 1980, Hastings (1981/82), Sverdlovsk 1984 and Zenica 1985. Champion of Belarus in 1972 and 2003.

He was awarded the GM title in 1980.

Wikipedia article: Viktor Kupreichik

Last updated: 2022-07-19 23:48:30

 page 1 of 64; games 1-25 of 1,582  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Botvinnik vs Kupreichik ½-½581962URSE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
2. B Malisov vs Kupreichik 0-1131963MinskA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
3. Anishchenko vs Kupreichik 0-1401964BLR-chD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
4. Bagirov vs Kupreichik 0-1221965Masters-Candidate MastersD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Kupreichik vs Estrin 1-0291965Masters-Candidate MastersC22 Center Game
6. Kupreichik vs C Jedrzejek  1-0331965EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 4thB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
7. Kupreichik vs Ree 1-0241965EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 4thC77 Ruy Lopez
8. G Pollak vs Kupreichik  1-0591965EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 4thD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. Kupreichik vs A Whiteley 0-1331965EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 4thA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Kupreichik vs L Liljedahl 1-0321966EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 4thB89 Sicilian
11. Kupreichik vs G Danner 1-0271966EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 4thB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Kupreichik vs Karpov 0-13319662nd Christmas TournamentC77 Ruy Lopez
13. S Kupka vs Kupreichik  ½-½3519662nd Christmas TournamentA04 Reti Opening
14. J Sikora-Lerch vs Kupreichik 1-02519662nd Christmas TournamentB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
15. Kupreichik vs E Schoupal  0-13619662nd Christmas TournamentC22 Center Game
16. Kupreichik vs Smejkal  1-03219662nd Christmas TournamentB57 Sicilian
17. Z Rutka vs Kupreichik  0-12119662nd Christmas TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
18. F Blatny vs Kupreichik  0-13619662nd Christmas TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Kupreichik vs J Augustin  1-05119662nd Christmas TournamentC77 Ruy Lopez
20. Kupreichik vs Ljubojevic 1-0411967International Junior TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
21. G Kende vs Kupreichik  0-1461967International Junior TournamentE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
22. Kupreichik vs D Ghizdavu  0-1461967International Junior TournamentB32 Sicilian
23. Balashov vs Kupreichik  1-0391967URSD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. Kupreichik vs M Sirkia  1-0291967International Junior TournamentB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
25. Balashov vs Kupreichik  1-0411967International Junior TournamentB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
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  OhioChessFan: <Bent: The Super Tactical Grandmaster have a three word vocabulary: Attack, Attack, Attack. >

How about a 13 move win as Black? B Malisov vs Kupreichik, 1963

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  FSR: I thought this guy had killed himself, but had him confused with Alvis Vitolinsh.
Sep-25-11  wordfunph: <TheChessGuy: This guy is a true "caveman" in chess terms. Ferocious and deadly with the initiative.>

in IM John Donaldson's book How to Win Quickly at Chess, he mentioned..

<Kupreichik enjoys a reputation as a caveman attacker.>

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  jessicafischerqueen: Here is a wonderful video tribute to <Viktor Kupreichik> created by <arlindoerm>:

Mar-06-13  blackburne: Viktor Kupreichik, article in spanish:

Nov-16-13  Gottschalk: Queen sac in the Kupreichik variatioin:

[Event "23rd WSCC"]
[Site "Opatija"]
[Date "2013.11.12"]
[Round "04"]
[White "Herman C Van Riemsdijk"]
[Black "Viktor D Kupreichik"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bd7 6. Be3 Ng4 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bh4 Nc6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Be2 h5 11. h3 Ne5 12. f4 Ng6 13. Bg3 e5 14. fxe5 Qg5 15. Qd3 h4 16. Bh2 Nxe5 17. Bxe5 Qxe5 18. O-O-O Be7 19. Bg4 Bxg4 20. hxg4 O-O 21. Rdf1 g6 22. Rf3 Rab8 23. Rhf1 Rb4 24. Qa6 Qc5 25. a3 Rb6 26. Qxa7 Bg5+ 27. Kd1 Be3 28. Ke2 Bd4 29. Rd3 d5 30. exd5 cxd5 31. Kd2 Qc4 32. Ne2 Bc5 33. Rc3 Qxe2+ 34. Kxe2 Re6+ 0-1

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  Penguincw: Happy 65th birthday to GM Viktor Kupreichik.
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  juan31: Super player Maestro Kupreichik
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  naresb: Ye, Happy BirhDay GM Kupreichik.
Sep-09-14  ketchuplover: Savor your $5000
Oct-25-14  john barleycorn: Kupreichik with 2/2 in the current world senior chess championship. Will he be Carlsen's next challenger since Caruana falters recently?

<Khazankin, Moisei - Kupreichik, Viktor D


24th World Senior Chess Championships 2014 65+ round 01

1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. exd5 Nxd5 4. Bc4 c6 5. Qf3 Nf6 6. h3 Nbd7 7. Qe2 b5 8. Bb3 Nc5 9. Nf3 e6 10. d4 Nxb3 11. axb3 a5 12. Ne4 Bb4+ 13. c3 Be7 14. b4 Bb7 15. bxa5 Rxa5 16. Rxa5 Qxa5 17. O-O b4 18. c4 Qa2 19. Ne5 Nxe4 20. Qxe4 f6 21. Nd3 Qxc4 22. Re1 Kf7 23. Bd2 Rd8 24. Qxh7 Qxd4 25. Bh6 Bf8 26. Nf4 Bc8 27. Ng6 Qd3 28. Nh8+ Ke7 29. Ng6+ Kf7 30. Nh8+ Ke8 31. Qg8 Kd7 32. Qxe6+ Kc7 33. Bf4+ Bd6 34. Qe7+ Rd7 35. Bxd6+ Qxd6 36. Qxd6+ Kxd6 37. Ng6 Kc5 38. Rc1+ Kb5 39. Rc2 Rd1+ 40. Kh2 Bf5 0-1>

<Kupreichik, Viktor D - Kiselev, Alexander S.


24th World Senior Chess Championships 2014 65+ round 02

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Be2 Nxd5 5. d4 Bf5 6. a3 e6 7. c4 Nb6 8. Nc3 Be7 9. Be3 O-O 10. Nf3 Bf6 11. h3 N8d7 12. g4 Bg6 13. h4 h5 14. gxh5 Bxh5 15. Ng5 Bg6 16. Bd3 Bf5 17. Bxf5 exf5 18. Qh5 1-0>

May-22-17  Resignation Trap: Sorry to report this, but veteran GM Viktor Kupreichik passed away earlier today at age 68:
May-22-17  cunctatorg: Not old enough but on the contrary he died too early; a pity...

However he left an important work...

May-24-17  gars: Sad news. I'd like to know more about him.
May-24-17  Alekhinelives: Cmon 1 year old? Not possible to even learn the movements.
May-24-17  Marmot PFL: That's old for a chess player, as the game causes lots of stress.
May-24-17  Eastfrisian: Yes, again a great loss. R.I.P.
May-24-17  CountryGirl: I am so sad to hear this news. 68 is not very old. Viktor was a fearless attacker, he would take anyone on. RIP.
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  eternaloptimist: It's sad that GM Kupreichik passed away but he did leave us many brilliant attacking games to remember him by. His beautiful niece, Anastasia Sorokina, is a good chess player & has a great smile as well. She was born in Belarus 🇧🇾 like Viktor but now she lives in Australia 🇦🇺. Anastasia Sorokina <CountryGirl> He was a fearless chess player indeed!
May-26-17  Bratek:
May-28-17  morfishine: Viktor was a very great player, make no doubt about this

He was on the level of Super-Nez

Or very close


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  HeMateMe: I seem to remember owning a book by him.
Sep-11-20  Caissanist: User: simaginfan annotates some of Kupreichik's more notable sacrifice wins against the Sicilian: .
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  Fusilli: <Marmot PFL: That's old for a chess player, as the game causes lots of stress.>

68 was actually on par with Russian male life expectancy at birth in 2017, and that after rising consistently for a while (it had gone pretty low, and continues to be low for a developed country):

<The latest available data says average life expectancy rose to 72.7 years in 2017, or 67.51 for men and 77.64 for women.> (

Some 10 years ago I gathered data on all grandmasters (live and dead) and calculated GM life expectancy (not the same as life span) at various ages. I remember finding that it was roughly on par with average life expectancy in developed countries, but with considerable uncertainty due to uneven distribution of data over the years--low N for earlier years. I will update the calculation at some point, and maybe try to publish it. But my conclusion at the time was that no, GM life is not harder than average (which was what I expected to find).

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  Breunor: Loved to play through his games! What a great romantic for modern times!
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