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Nikolay Kopaev
N Kopaev 
Number of games in database: 55
Years covered: 1936 to 1955

Overall record: +19 -27 =9 (42.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (7) 
    B72 B71 B33 B45 B70
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (7) 
    E94 E83 E80 E72 E67
 Sicilian (6) 
    B63 B84 B56 B32 B27
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C78 C89 C90
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   N Kopaev vs Alatortsev, 1938 1-0
   N Kopaev vs Korchnoi, 1952 1-0
   A Bannik vs N Kopaev, 1954 1/2-1/2
   N Kopaev vs B Levitas, 1938 1-0

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(born Jan-11-1914, died Oct-11-1978, 64 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Ukraine)

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Nikolay Antonovich Kopaev was silver medalist of the 1st USSR Correspondence Championship. The best results in the championships of the Ukrainian SSR: 1944 - 3-6th; 1950 - 3rd place. Champion of the Ukrainian SSR in composition in the section of studies. Author of theoretical studies in openings ( Spanish and Scottish parts ) and endgame. He composed a series of sketches of importance for the theory of endgame. Especially valuable are his analyzes in the area of ​​rook endings . Grandmaster Adrian Mikhalchishin puts them on a par with analyzes by N. D. Grigoriev and A. Cheron . Kopaev is the author of the final edition of the famous analyzes of A. A. Troitsky (endgame "two knights versus pawns").

Last updated: 2022-07-30 09:54:56

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 89  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Kopaev vs Kokinsky  1-0351936RSFSR 1st CategoryB72 Sicilian, Dragon
2. N Kopaev vs Panov  0-1271936Voronezh Region championshipA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
3. N Kopaev vs Belenky  1-04419371st Category group 2C87 Ruy Lopez
4. L Kaiev vs N Kopaev  1-03919371st Category group 2B03 Alekhine's Defense
5. Kotov vs N Kopaev 1-04919371st Category group 2E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
6. N Kopaev vs I Rudakovsky  0-1361937Voronezh championshipB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
7. N Kopaev vs Panov  1-0291938Trade Unions ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Sokolsky vs N Kopaev 1-0231938Trade Unions ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
9. N Kopaev vs B Levitas  1-01051938Trade Unions ChampionshipE09 Catalan, Closed
10. N Kopaev vs D Rovner  ½-½691938Trade Unions ChampionshipB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
11. Tolush vs N Kopaev  1-0481938Trade Unions ChampionshipC44 King's Pawn Game
12. N Kopaev vs Alatortsev 1-0371938U.S.S.R.B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
13. V A Vasiliev vs N Kopaev  ½-½701938Trade Unions ChampionshipA38 English, Symmetrical
14. Lisitsin vs N Kopaev 1-0371938Trade Unions ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
15. L Kaiev vs N Kopaev  1-0501938URS-ch sf KievB27 Sicilian
16. N Kopaev vs D Grechkin  1-0321938Trade Unions ChampionshipC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
17. A Budo vs N Kopaev  0-1361938Trade Unions ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
18. N Kopaev vs I Mazel  1-0691938Trade Unions ChampionshipA90 Dutch
19. Lilienthal vs N Kopaev  ½-½441938Trade Unions ChampionshipE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. Ragozin vs N Kopaev  ½-½321938Trade Unions ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
21. L Shamaev vs N Kopaev  1-0511938Trade Unions ChampionshipA16 English
22. N Kopaev vs Kotov  1-0771938Trade Unions ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. P N Troitsky vs N Kopaev  1-0351938Trade Unions ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. N Kopaev vs A Chistiakov  0-1411938URS-ch sf KievC12 French, McCutcheon
25. N Kopaev vs M Kamyshov 1-0281938LeningradC33 King's Gambit Accepted
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  WannaBe: Victory over Kotov and Korchnoi! Who is this dude?!
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  Benzol: My info says he was born in Verkhovie. Wherever in the former Soviet Union that is?
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  WannaBe: Mmmm... my info (good ol' says it's in Finland...
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  Benzol: Probably was in Finland in 1914 when he was born.
Aug-16-08  myschkin: . . .

1950 + 1955

"Pawn on the sixth or seventh rank"

Aug-16-08  myschkin: . . .


Verkhov'e is east of <Orel> (you have to zoom out a bit, for the city to appear)

<Seewald ~ Verkhov'e>

The Volgograd Archives has Evangelical-Lutheran Church books from the following locations. Most, but not all of these books are for <Volga German Villages>. This does not necessarily mean that the census books for these villages are housed here also, although many well be.

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  Benzol: <myschkin> Thanks. Interesting stuff.
Aug-16-08  myschkin: . . .
<Benzol> you are welcome

<WannaSearch> try :D

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  WannaBe: <myschkin> Oh, that is funny!!! I'm still waiting for my search result! =)
Feb-15-09  whiteshark: ... and waiting ... :D
Jun-01-09  Volcanus:
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  GrahamClayton: Kopaev top scored on board 4 of the 9th USSR Clubs Championship in Odessa, scoring 5.5/8 while representing Lokomotiv.

As an aside, Tigran Petrosian scored 0/8 for Zenith on Board 5!

Jul-09-13  Nerwal: <Victory over Kotov and Korchnoi! Who is this dude?!> Impressive wins. But probably his greatest contribution to chess is endgame theory, especially rook endgames.

Here are four very nice ♖+♙ vs ♖ positions he analyzed in the 50s :

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Black to play, white wins. Curious endgame, as white is basically too active for its own good. It features an unusual geometrical theme to recycle the white rook.

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White to play and win. It smells of zugzwang and indeed this is the theme here. Important and instructive endgame in practice about the positions of kings.

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White to play and win. This looks crazy, as the ♙a7 seems bound to fall. But capturing it safely will prove to be impossible.

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White to play and win. A very complex puzzle, although the position looks normal (with the black rook at a6 it's Philidor's third rank defence, ie an easy draw). White walks its way to a win here only by an extremely thin path. It is necessary to master all the basics of ♖+♙ vs ♖ to begin understanding what's going on here.

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