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Jouni Yrjola
Number of games in database: 389
Years covered: 1979 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2305
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510

Overall record: +106 -94 =175 (51.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 14 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E32 E38 E20 E30 E39
 Modern Benoni (21) 
    A57 A70 A67 A61 A60
 King's Indian (19) 
    E67 E94 E69 E60 E63
 Queen's Gambit Declined (17) 
    D37 D35 D31 D06 D38
 Dutch Defense (12) 
    A90 A81 A84 A88 A87
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (12) 
    D24 D26 D29 D27 D25
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (68) 
    B22 B32 B62 B89 B50
 King's Indian (23) 
    E94 E92 E80 E90 E97
 Dutch Defense (15) 
    A81 A87 A90 A88 A89
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A41 A46 D01
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (14) 
    B62 B67 B69 B68 B60
 Reti System (13) 
    A04 A06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Cramling vs J Yrjola, 1984 1/2-1/2
   G Milos vs J Yrjola, 1984 0-1
   J Yrjola vs Tal, 1986 1-0
   Hodgson vs J Yrjola, 1987 0-1
   J Yrjola vs L Day, 1984 1-0
   P Lehtivaara vs J Yrjola, 2000 1/2-1/2
   J Yrjola vs Hebden, 1983 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Finnish Championship (1988)
   Espoo Zonal (1989)
   Finnish Championship (1995)
   Chigorin Memorial (1984)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)
   Helsinki (1986)
   Tallinn (1987)
   9th European Junior Championship 1979/80 (1979)
   Heart of Finland Open (1993)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)
   Reykjavik Open (1986)
   European Team Championship (1992)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)
   European Team Championship (1999)

   🏆 TCh-FIN 2018-19
   K Kulaots vs J Yrjola (Apr-07-19) 1-0
   J Yrjola vs Nyback (Oct-21-17) 0-1
   A Rakhmanov vs J Yrjola (Mar-12-17) 1-0
   K Kulaots vs J Yrjola (Mar-11-17) 1-0
   V Esplugas Esteve vs J Yrjola (Dec-19-15) 1-0

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(born Oct-24-1959, 63 years old) Finland

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Jouni Yrjola was born in Vilppula. He was awarded the IM title in 1984 and the GM title in 1990. He was Finnish champion in 1985 and 1988. He wrote the books "The Queen's Indian," "Easy Guide to the Classical Sicilian," and "An Explosive Chess Opening Repertoire for Black."

Last updated: 2022-11-27 07:12:29

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 401  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Franzoni vs J Yrjola  1-03419799th European Junior Championship 1979/80A07 King's Indian Attack
2. J Yrjola vs M Karp  1-02719799th European Junior Championship 1979/80A57 Benko Gambit
3. H Elyoseph vs J Yrjola  1-03319799th European Junior Championship 1979/80A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
4. Hjartarson vs J Yrjola  0-12719799th European Junior Championship 1979/80B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. J Yrjola vs Lobron  1-04219799th European Junior Championship 1979/80A61 Benoni
6. J Yrjola vs I Gazik  1-03419799th European Junior Championship 1979/80A80 Dutch
7. Chernin vs J Yrjola  1-03519799th European Junior Championship 1979/80A10 English
8. T van der Heijden vs J Yrjola  ½-½1919799th European Junior Championship 1979/80A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
9. J Yrjola vs R Douven  0-15719799th European Junior Championship 1979/80E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. J Yrjola vs E Curtin  ½-½2719799th European Junior Championship 1979/80A02 Bird's Opening
11. T Karolyi Jr. vs J Yrjola  0-14219809th European Junior Championship 1979/80B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. J Yrjola vs Damljanovic  0-13919809th European Junior Championship 1979/80D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. M Buechi vs J Yrjola  0-13819809th European Junior Championship 1979/80A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
14. J Yrjola vs H Sarink  ½-½381982Volmac-B corr8286E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
15. D D van Geet vs J Yrjola 1-0361982Volmac-B corr8286A00 Uncommon Opening
16. J Yrjola vs Adianto  0-1341982Lucerne OlympiadD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. T Nielsen vs J Yrjola  0-1261982Lucerne OlympiadB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. T Liverios vs J Yrjola  ½-½751982Lucerne OlympiadE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
19. Z Sula vs J Yrjola  ½-½301982Lucerne OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
20. J Yrjola vs A Maasarani  1-0361982Lucerne OlympiadD85 Grunfeld
21. J Yrjola vs B de Bruycker  1-0471982Lucerne OlympiadD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. J Seret vs J Yrjola  0-1401982Lucerne OlympiadA07 King's Indian Attack
23. J Yrjola vs S Agdestein  0-1391982Lucerne OlympiadE41 Nimzo-Indian
24. J Yrjola vs P Chan  ½-½441982Lucerne OlympiadE41 Nimzo-Indian
25. I Farago vs J Yrjola  1-0411983Poutiainen memE97 King's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-24-06  Maatalkko: No kibitzing for Yrjola! How sad...

This guy's most notable results were beating Ulf 2-0 at the Fin-Swe team match of 1991, second place at Espoo zt 1989, shared first at the Troll Master's open of 1984, and a 5/7 showing at the European Team Championship of 1999. Like many Finnish masters he seems to have played a number of unusual and interesting games.

Oct-24-06  BIDMONFA: Jouni Yrjola


Oct-24-06  FHBradley: He has been GM since 1990, so the bio needs a bit of an 'update'.
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  Dim Weasel: <FHBradley> Yes, and I think he has won two Finnish Championships.

Also some good books (co-)authored by JY:

Oct-24-06  azaris: I've seen his book on the QID. It's an amazing tome recommended by many GMs. It had the effect on me that I vowed never to play the QID from either side.
Oct-24-06  dbquintillion: Alright, I've been biting my tongue on this for months, but can somebody explain to me BIDMONFA for cryin' out loud?! Why are you everywhere? Why do you link to your site which usually links back here?! Why?! Why?!
Oct-24-06  pilobolus: Yrjola draw with Tal 2x!

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  whiteshark: Player of the day

Sorry to say, but 'I have nothing to declare.'

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: One of his nicest and most entertaining games is this: J Yrjola vs Hebden, 1983

A long and highly complex tactical battle (during which, admittedly, a few errors are committed by both sides´- then again, in such a crazy game this can hardly be avoided), with Yrjölä coming out on top in the end.

Oct-24-10  REXII: I always scan down for the shortest games as they show the most inventivnes to me.
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  whiteshark: <REXII: I always scan down for the shortest games as they show the most inventivnes to me.> A great idea/method. Here you go:

1) J Yrjola vs J P Haapasalo, 2001 (13moves)

2) J Yrjola vs M Sorsa, 2001 (15 moves)

3) J M Hodgson vs J Yrjola, 1987 (19 moves)

and by the way: <Player of the Day>, again.

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