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Orest Popovych
O Popovych 
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Number of games in database: 205
Years covered: 1953 to 2003
Last FIDE rating: 2244
Highest rating achieved in database: 2273
Overall record: +70 -100 =35 (42.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-18-1933, died Mar-14-2023, 90 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)

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FIDE Master. He won the chess championship of New Jersey in 1959, 1961, 1985, and 2001. In 1970, he tied for 1st place in the North American Central Open. Popovych was a professor of Analytical Chemistry at Brooklyn College, CUNY. He had a PhD in chemistry.

Last updated: 2023-04-24 13:09:38

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 205  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. O Popovych vs J Cohn 0-134195354th US OpenC39 King's Gambit Accepted
2. O Popovych vs Lombardy 1-021195455th US OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
3. A Pomar Salamanca vs O Popovych ½-½27195455th US OpenE72 King's Indian
4. O Popovych vs Evans  ½-½27195455th US OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
5. E Marchand vs O Popovych  1-032195455th US OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. O Popovych vs J R Schroeder  0-125195455th US OpenC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
7. B Stevens vs O Popovych  1-043195455th US OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
8. O Popovych vs R Brieger  0-144195455th US OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
9. O Popovych vs G Hardesty  1-028195657th US OpenB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
10. A Saidy vs O Popovych  ½-½39195657th US OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
11. O Popovych vs S Delgado Ramirez  1-044195657th US OpenC30 King's Gambit Declined
12. R Martin vs O Popovych  1-048195657th US OpenB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. O Popovych vs B Thurston  1-030195657th US OpenB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
14. S Popel vs O Popovych  0-142195657th US OpenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
15. O Popovych vs H Avram 1-032195657th US OpenC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
16. Bisguier vs O Popovych  1-037195657th US OpenE70 King's Indian
17. O Popovych vs J Medina Zavalia  ½-½44195657th US OpenC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
18. Fischer vs O Popovych 1-052195657th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
19. O Popovych vs I Romanenko  1-026195657th US OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
20. Carl R Freeman vs O Popovych  0-133195657th US OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
21. O Popovych vs R Byrne  0-145195758th US OpenB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
22. R Potter vs O Popovych  0-136195758th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. O Popovych vs J O'Keefe  1-021195758th US OpenB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
24. O Popovych vs H Berliner ½-½50195758th US OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
25. K Burger vs O Popovych  0-124195758th US OpenB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Apr-20-09  Jim Bartle: A better basketball coach than a chessplayer.
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  stoy: I have met him. He was a Professor of Analytical Chemistry at CCNY in NYC. His highest USCF rating was 2300+, he had a passion for the game.
Apr-20-09  MaxxLange: There was a character named Orest Popovych in Don Delillo's novel "White Noise". He was a friend of the narrator's son, who was training to beat the world record for being enclosed with venomous snakes.The son played correspondence chess with a guy in prison. I wonder if Delillo is a chess player?
Apr-20-09  Jim Bartle: "He was a friend of the narrator's son, who was training to beat the world record for being enclosed with venomous snakes."

Quite likely a posthumous record.

Apr-20-09  Dredge Rivers: Stop, you're under Orest!
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  GrahamClayton: Popovych was elected President of the Shevchenko Scientific Society in New York in 2006. Popovych has also translated the Ukrainian poet Vasyl Makhno into English.
Aug-25-11  Caissanist: My copy of <Title Chess>, Burt Hochberg's fine account of the 1972 U.S. Championship, lists Popovych as a Senior Master. So I would presume that his peak was 2400 at least.
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  perfidious: <Jim> Quite likely indeed.
Feb-10-13  ChemMac: <stoy> He was at Brooklyn College, not CCNY. I played him several times, losing only once by playing the moves of a forced mate in the wrong order!! (Embarrassing!)
Nov-25-13  Granny O Doul: Back in the 70's, the Popovych-Asa Hoffmann rivalry (they played a series of sharp games) was the subject of "Lombardy's Column" in Chess Life one month. However, the author's attempted nickname of "Orest ye merry" Popovych really does not work, as the line in the Xmas carol goes "God rest ye merry, ...", not "O rest ye merry".
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  FSR: <Jim Bartle> Not necessarily:

<David Jones, a 45-year-old carpenter from Sussex, started taking an interest in snakes from the moment he caught his first grass snake on a railway line near to his home as a young boy.

Before spending 121 days in a locked room with 40 black mambas, cobras, boomslangs and puff adders, however, he had never actually handled a venomous snake - making his world record even more impressive. Or barmy. Surpassing the South African former world record holder Natie Swart's effort by eight days, Jones survived the four months, eating, drinking and sleeping in the same small enclosure as the reptiles without being bitten, and has now returned to Britain.

"It was something that I've wanted to do for a long time, although I can't explain why - I just love snakes," says Jones, looking back on the experience. "Prior to this I used to enjoy spending the day looking for them under logs, catching them and then releasing them.">

Dec-22-16  john.owen: Being exposed and enclosed with venomous snakes. Sounds like a chess tournament.
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  louispaulsen88888888: So I put on the ice.The smile was gone. “You’re under Orest”!
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  Messiah: <louispaulsen88888888: So I put on the ice.The smile was gone. “You’re under Orest”!>

Thank you, I am plagiarizing this pun and submitting.

Thank you once again.

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  louispaulsen88888888: No problem.. I plagiarized my line anyway. From a song called Lady Scarface.
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  Stonehenge: Obituary:

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  monopole2313: May Orest rest in peace.
Apr-24-23  FM David H. Levin: I'm sorry to hear of his passing, which I learned of only yesterday. Our interactions were always pleasant. I've since submitted four of our games (a win for each player and two draws), which I see are already posted. The earliest of these is from 1985. I seem to recall having lost to him at least once prior, but I was satisfied with finding four of our games.

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