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Risto Kauranen
Number of games in database: 47
Years covered: 1968 to 1984
Overall record: +17 -8 =22 (59.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed (2 games)

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(born Jul-06-1937, 85 years old) Finland

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He is a GMC.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 47  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Kellner vs R Kauranen  0-14819686th Correspondence World ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
2. R Kauranen vs H De Carbonnel  ½-½4419686th Correspondence World ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. R Kauranen vs Estrin  0-14519686th Correspondence World ChampionshipB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. R Kauranen vs C Jansen  1-04419686th Correspondence World ChampionshipC12 French, McCutcheon
5. R Kauranen vs J Ljungdahl  ½-½5219686th Correspondence World ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
6. R Kauranen vs G Sanakoev  ½-½4019686th Correspondence World ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. R Kauranen vs R Sevecek  1-05119686th Correspondence World ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. R Kauranen vs D Stern  ½-½3619686th Correspondence World ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
9. R Kauranen vs E Thiele  ½-½1819686th Correspondence World ChampionshipC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
10. S Aarseth vs R Kauranen  1-05419686th Correspondence World ChampionshipC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
11. S Nyman vs R Kauranen  ½-½4319686th Correspondence World ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
12. H Rittner vs R Kauranen  ½-½5019686th Correspondence World ChampionshipB69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
13. V Zagorovsky vs R Kauranen  1-05319686th Correspondence World ChampionshipC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
14. N Karker vs R Kauranen  1-06219686th Correspondence World ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
15. J Hybl vs R Kauranen  ½-½2619686th Correspondence World ChampionshipE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
16. F Baumbach vs R Kauranen  ½-½261973Potter mem corr7376A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
17. R Kauranen vs K Mulder van Leens Dijkstra  ½-½281973Potter mem corr7376C19 French, Winawer, Advance
18. R Kauranen vs L Endzelins  1-0241973Potter mem corr7376C18 French, Winawer
19. R Kauranen vs M Berta  1-0411973Potter mem corr7376C18 French, Winawer
20. F Atabek vs R Kauranen  0-1391973EU-chT1 qual 2-01 corrA37 English, Symmetrical
21. R Kauranen vs C Hunter  1-0301973Potter mem corr7376B06 Robatsch
22. R Kauranen vs N Kopilov  ½-½371973Potter mem corr7376B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
23. R Kauranen vs S Nyman  ½-½261973Potter mem corr7376C67 Ruy Lopez
24. K Messere vs R Kauranen  0-1651973Potter mem corr7376B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
25. J Jezek vs R Kauranen  ½-½541973Potter mem corr7376B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
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<Risto Kauranen>: born in Jyraskyla on the <6th July 1937>. Started to play chess Christmas 1948. Started playing correspondence chess in 1955. His route to the World Championship Final VI (where he was 9th with 7 points out of 15 and got the title International correspondence chess master) was 1st with 5.5/6 in the European Higher Class No. 96; first with 6/6 in European Master Class No. 99 and second with 10/14 in the First European Championship, and now he has good prospects of winning the 11th European Championship.

Kauranen has twice taken part in the Finnish Correspondence Chess Championship; 1965 and 1967. Both times he came second. He also had the best top board result in the first European Team Championship prelimary with 5/6.

About c.c. he says: < correspondence chess is very exciting and improves one's play. It gives an enterprising player good chances to reach national and international top level.>

Source: The Potter Memorial Tournament book (1976(?)) by K Messere

Aug-03-07  pyryk: I'd just like to add to whitesharks account that Risto Kauranen seems to be a GM in correspondence chess and his national cc rating (KELO) is 2605 as of 25.6.2007, making him the 2nd highest ranked player in Finland.

Also, I spotted one minor mistake in whiteshark's account: he was very likely born not in Jyraskyla but Jyväskylä, a medium-sized town in central Finland.

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  whiteshark: Thank you <pyryk>!

My british source ended in 1976 and I didn't check other sources. This also caused the a/ä difference regarding Jyväskylä. Sorry for my bad research.

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