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Tapani Sammalvuo
T Sammalvuo 
Number of games in database: 288
Years covered: 1989 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2407 (2438 rapid, 2505 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2492

Overall record: +74 -90 =79 (46.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 45 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (36) 
    B90 B32 B44 B81 B87
 Slav (11) 
    D18 D10 D16 D14 D13
 King's Indian (10) 
    E99 E81 E97 E94
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A50 A40 A41 E10
 Sicilian Najdorf (8) 
    B90 B97
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C92 C80 C69 C84 C97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (32) 
    B22 B90 B92 B80 B30
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C95 C84 C91 C77 C89
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (15) 
    C95 C84 C91 C89 C85
 Queen's Indian (15) 
    E12 E15 E14
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E39 E25 E30 E53 E20
 English (12) 
    A14 A17 A18 A15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Sorri vs T Sammalvuo, 1996 0-1
   F Eid vs T Sammalvuo, 2008 0-1
   T Thamtavatvorn vs T Sammalvuo, 2004 0-1
   T Sammalvuo vs D Rowe, 2006 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Paks Atom Cup GM 6th (2001)
   Finnish Championship (2017)
   Heart of Finland op 16th (2006)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   European Team Championship (2005)
   European Team Championship (1999)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   European Team Championship (2011)
   Rilton Cup 2017/18 (2017)
   European Team Championship (2015)
   European Club Cup (2021)

   🏆 European Club Cup
   R Cumming vs T Sammalvuo (Sep-24-21) 0-1
   T Sammalvuo vs E Uruci (Sep-23-21) 0-1
   C Jepson vs T Sammalvuo (Sep-22-21) 0-1
   C Noe vs T Sammalvuo (Sep-20-21) 1-0
   A Korobov vs T Sammalvuo (Sep-18-21) 1-0

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(born May-31-1975, 47 years old) Finland

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Sammalvuo is an IM. He was Finnish Champion in 1998 and 2005, and represented Finland in Olympiads. He is the author of the book The English Attack published by Gambit.

Last updated: 2019-05-31 07:13:19

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 337  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Lappalainen vs T Sammalvuo  0-1181989Joensuu We JoeSKD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. T Sammalvuo vs T Ernst  ½-½481993Jonkoping opC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. T Sammalvuo vs H Pohla  1-0411993Heart of Finland OpenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. T Tuomala vs T Sammalvuo  0-1521993Heart of Finland OpenB30 Sicilian
5. E Lokotar vs T Sammalvuo  ½-½111993Heart of Finland OpenE97 King's Indian
6. T Vihinen vs T Sammalvuo  ½-½91993Heart of Finland OpenB30 Sicilian
7. M Rychagov vs T Sammalvuo  1-0321994HelsinkiB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. T Sammalvuo vs M Rychagov  ½-½521994HelsinkiB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. M Rychagov vs T Sammalvuo  0-1411994HelsinkiC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
10. M Rychagov vs T Sammalvuo  1-0711994HelsinkiC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
11. T Sammalvuo vs M Rychagov  ½-½461994HelsinkiA07 King's Indian Attack
12. M Rychagov vs T Sammalvuo  1-0511994HelsinkiB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. T Sammalvuo vs M Rychagov  0-1471994HelsinkiB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
14. M Rychagov vs T Sammalvuo  1-0241994HelsinkiB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. M Rychagov vs T Sammalvuo  1-0511994HelsinkiB30 Sicilian
16. M Rychagov vs T Sammalvuo  ½-½591994HelsinkiD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. M Rychagov vs T Sammalvuo  ½-½461994HelsinkiC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. T Sammalvuo vs T Ernst  ½-½261994Arnold CupC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. T Sammalvuo vs M Rychagov  1-0441994HelsinkiB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
20. M Rychagov vs T Sammalvuo  1-0211994HelsinkiC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. M Rychagov vs T Sammalvuo  1-0601994HelsinkiA45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. M Rychagov vs T Sammalvuo  1-0201994HelsinkiB30 Sicilian
23. T Sammalvuo vs M Rychagov  1-0501994HelsinkiB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. M Rychagov vs T Sammalvuo  ½-½491994HelsinkiB06 Robatsch
25. M Rychagov vs T Sammalvuo  ½-½681994HelsinkiB30 Sicilian
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 337  PGN Download
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May-29-04  Bad Star: I'm playing at a tournament this weekend (29.-30.5.) and IM Sammalvuo was my first round opponent. Needless to say I lost in patzer-like fashion so typical of me. If anyone is interested in seeing the game I can post the moves.
May-29-04  gabrielr: actually i'd like to see the game if you don't mind.
May-29-04  Bad Star: Me vs Sammalvuo (2514 FIN)
1h30min each

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 e6 7. Bg5 Be7 8. Qd2 h6 9. Be3 b5 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. g4 Nbd7 12. O-O-O Ne5 13. h4 b4 14. Nce2 d5 15. g5 Nxe4 16. fxe4 dxe4 17. Rhg1 exd3 18. cxd3 h5 19. Rdf1 g6 20. Kb1 O-O 21. Nf4 Qd7 22. Qe2 Rfd8 23. Nxh5 gxh5 24. Qxh5 Bf8 25. g6 Nxg6 26. Rxf7 Qxf7 27. Rxg6+ Bg7 28. Nxe6 Rxd3 29. Rxg7+ Qxg7 30. Nxg7 Be4 31. Ka1 Rxe3 32. a3 b3 33. Qd1 Bg6 34. Qd5+ Kh7 35. Qh1 Rd8 36. h5 Bc2 <0-1>

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  tpstar: <Bad Star> Nice game! You played very well, however Black was a touch better, as you might expect! 6. f3 in the Najdorf is a solid system but usually White plays 7. Be3 & 8. Qd2, not 7. Bg5 which lost a tempo after 7 ... Be7 8. Qd2 h6 9. Be3. More importantly, the advance h7-h6 tends to hinder your Kingside Pawn rush, so that did benefit Black later. Here's a good example game Short vs Ljubojevic, 1987. I also think 10. Bd3 was not helpful, because your pieces were congested in the center; perhaps 10. 0-0-0 & 11. g4, and leave the Bf1 alone for now. Notice how Black countered your attack on the wing with play in the center (14 ... d5!) and the depressing 15. ed was probably best, since the text lost a Pawn (15. g5!? Nxe4!). Black was smart to lock up the Kingside (18 ... h5/19 ... g6/20 ... 0-0) but then had easy play against your weak Pd3, which you couldn't well advance because then the c4 & e4 squares are weakened. 23. Nxh5!? was enterprising and a good practical choice, gaining two Pawns plus open lines for the piece. But this is where his superior tactical ability shone through, because he saw the forced continuation plus 30 ... Be4! which turned the tables. I am presuming if 29. Nxg7 Rd1+! but please correct me if there's a better line. Once he made your back rank weak, there was no hope. Overall an outstanding game by both sides, so good luck! Best wishes, tpstar.
May-30-04  Bad Star: <tpstar> thanks for the comments. I was actually trying to avoid the typical move orders because my opponent had just finished writing a book on the english attack the day before the tournament. Don't want to fight against hours and hours of preparation, you know. Besides, when playing an opponent rated over 800 points higher I don't rate my chances very high anyways, so I just decided to have a fun game. About there being no hope after Be4, you are pretty much right. My opponent was in serious time pressure (less than 5 min against my 30) though, which explains the 33. ...Bg6?? (instead of Rh3, winning). I had pretty much given up at that point so I missed the winning move and lost the game.
May-31-04  Bad Star: <> T Sammalvuo , Tapani Sammalvuo , Sammalvuo Tapani (FIN) and Sammalvuo Tapani are all the same player.
May-31-04  seoulmama: He is a nice guy too - I bought a couple of books from him last year in the Heart of Finland Open, where he always comes to sell books.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Bad Star> Alas that you missed 34.Nf5. Nevertheless, it was not bad game for a player "rated around 1700"...:-)
May-31-04  Bad Star: <Honza Cervenka> Thanks.
Feb-19-05  Backward Development: <Bad Star:> very well played indeed! I would give playing the English attack v.s. the author of a book about it a ?! (good psychological choice, bad in all other respects) but that was a very impressive game for a 1700 player. BTW, does any one have his book? I'd like a primarily WHITE BASED book, as I have two books for the black pieces. Thanks in advance.
Mar-20-05  Bad Star: <Backward Development> Thanks! I wouldn't give it a ?!, mainly because the game was very exciting.

I've only heard good things about the book, but haven't had a chance to get my hands on a copy yet. I'm probably going to buy one from Sammalvuo's shop some time soon.

Mar-20-05  AdrianP: Well played, <Bad Star>. I've got the book and it's excellent - a huge amount of detail.
Jul-02-05  azaris: The new Finnish Champion.
Nov-14-07  minasina: The book mentioned, is Tapani Sammalvuo: The English Attack (Gambit 2004, ISBN 1901983579)
Jun-19-11  wordfunph: <minasina: The book mentioned, is Tapani Sammalvuo: The English Attack (Gambit 2004, ISBN 1901983579)>

yesterday i bought his 272-page book together with other 5 Gambit books. English Attack begins with the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 and was popularize by English GMs Short, Nunn and Chandler.

Sammalvuo was Finnish Champion in 1998 and represented Finland in Olympiads..

Jul-29-12  PhilFeeley: There's a big gap in his games from 2008 and 2011. But surely he was playing during that time. In the book "Move First, Think Later", Hendrik has one of his games against Nyback from 2009. I always thought <> was pretty complete with its collection. More and more I'm finding games that aren't here.
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to the Finnish IM Sammalvuo! It's my birthday as well. May he play many more brilliant games!

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