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Janis Klovans
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 894
Years covered: 1951 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2444
Highest rating achieved in database: 2500

Overall record: +322 -235 =337 (54.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (199) 
    B92 B33 B83 B84 B42
 Ruy Lopez (89) 
    C99 C95 C67 C78 C84
 French Defense (56) 
    C19 C12 C18 C11 C10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (46) 
    C99 C95 C84 C96 C92
 Sicilian Scheveningen (41) 
    B83 B84 B80 B85
 Sicilian Najdorf (41) 
    B92 B90 B91 B94
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (110) 
    C92 C72 C69 C96 C91
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (60) 
    C92 C96 C91 C84 C90
 Queen's Gambit Declined (56) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D36
 Orthodox Defense (36) 
    D58 D55 D50 D54 D61
 English (31) 
    A13 A15 A14 A18 A19
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (22) 
    C69 C85 C68
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   T Tolnai vs Klovans, 1991 0-1
   Klovans vs Pukudruva, 1955 1-0
   Klovans vs M Knezevic, 1960 1-0
   Klovans vs A I Zakharov, 1963 1-0
   Klovans vs Shirov, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Furman vs Klovans, 1964 0-1
   A Graf vs Klovans, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Klovans vs Tolush, 1962 1-0
   Klovans vs Tal, 1983 1-0
   Tal vs Klovans, 1954 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Oberwart Open (1993)
   Latvian Championship (1954)
   Warsaw Pact-chT 7th (1970)
   Latvian Championship (1989)
   Geneve Open (1996)
   Werfen Open-A (1991)
   Staufer Open (1996)
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   URS-ch First League (1974)
   Muenster Open (1994)
   World Seniors Championship (2005)
   World Senior Championship (2006)
   Katowice Fibak Open (1993)
   Berliner Sommer (1994)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)

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(born Apr-09-1935, died Oct-05-2010, 75 years old) Latvia

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Janis Yanovich Klovans was born in Ruba, Latvia. He was awarded the IMC title in 1968 and the IM title in 1976. Klovans won the Latvian championship nine times: 1954, 1962, 1967-68, 1970-71, 1975, 1979, and 1986.1 He was World Senior Champion in 1997, 1999 and 2001. The first of these victories earned him the grandmaster title at age 62, then the oldest player ever to earn the title (older players have been granted the honorary GM title).

He is not to be confused with Janis Klavins.

1 Wikipedia article: Jānis Klovāns

Wikipedia article: Jānis Klovāns

Last updated: 2022-04-09 08:52:11

 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 910  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Klovans vs Tal 0-1401951RigaC52 Evans Gambit
2. Tal vs Klovans ½-½401951Riga championshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Klovans vs L Konovalov  0-1321951Riga championshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
4. Klovans vs Tal 1-0561952LAT-chC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
5. Klovans vs R Skuja  1-0371952LAT-chB01 Scandinavian
6. Klovans vs K Klasup  1-0281953Latvian ChampionshipC12 French, McCutcheon
7. Klovans vs I M Eropov  0-1311953Latvian ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
8. Klovans vs P Kampenuss  1-0361953Latvian ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
9. N Sorokin vs Klovans  1-04319533rd Soviet Team-ch finalC49 Four Knights
10. A Khavin vs Klovans  1-04119533rd Soviet Team-ch finalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Klovans vs Estrin 1-02919533rd Soviet Team-ch finalC57 Two Knights
12. Tal vs Klovans 0-1241954Latvian ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Tal vs Klovans ½-½501954RigaC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
14. J Klavins vs Klovans  0-1251954Latvian ChampionshipC27 Vienna Game
15. V Larichev vs Klovans  0-1201954Latvian ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
16. Klovans vs J Mileika  1-0391954Latvian ChampionshipC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
17. Klovans vs R Skuja  ½-½171954Latvian ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
18. Klovans vs A Akmentins  1-0311954Latvian ChampionshipC58 Two Knights
19. Klovans vs E Zagoryansky  ½-½4119542nd Soviet Team CupB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
20. A Cherepkov vs Klovans  ½-½2819542nd Soviet Team CupA14 English
21. Klovans vs Furman  0-15519542nd Soviet Team CupB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
22. Lutikov vs Klovans  1-03319542nd Soviet Team CupD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
23. Klovans vs M Shishov  ½-½6119542nd Soviet Team CupC53 Giuoco Piano
24. K Klaman vs Klovans  1-03419542nd Soviet Team CupA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Klovans vs B Baranov  0-14519542nd Soviet Team CupC50 Giuoco Piano
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Oct-07-10  whiteshark: † October 5th, 2010.


Oct-07-10  stanleys: R.I.P GM Klovans
Oct-07-10  Eastfrisian: Sad, to hear that. He was one of only a few GM's I have seen life. R.I.P.
Oct-10-10  wordfunph: farewell GM Janis "Iron John" Klovans, rest in peace..
Oct-18-10  Caissanist: From Chessvibes, Alexei Shirov remembers Klovans:

“What was most remarkable about him is that he was always in a good mood, a very good mood basically. Apart from being very kind to everybody I noticed that he would behave the same to all kinds of persons: small children, bad chess amateurs or great players, or the bosses. He would always talk in the same manner. He had his own style in everything; in chess, in life… this was really remarkable. I think he never had a single conflict with anybody.

He was always working very hard on chess to find the truth about every position, to find the logical opening variation. Searching for the truth was both his life and his chess style. I think in away he was a very clean person and a very clean chess player in a way.

He never worked as my coach but I knew him; sometimes we met, and we were almost neighbours in Riga. Our flats were ten minutes from each other so sometimes we would just meet in his flat or in my flat and look at some chess. That particular phrase was connected to my game against him in 1987, the story was also described in Fire on Board 1. We played a game, we analysed, and then a few months later we met again and I just asked him about this variation again, what he thought, and then he just smiled and showed me the refutation of the whole set-up and then he said: now you have some homework to do. Then I realized I should not be so excited about my own ideas – in that game I had developed my own analysis – and that I must be more careful whether these ideas are right or wrong, and to be excited whether they are mine or not mine.”

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  GrahamClayton: One of the reasons why Klovans did not achieve the GM title at an earlier age was that his career as an officer in the USSR Army made it very difficult for him to travel to overseas tournaments. Hewon the USSR Armed Forces championship on three occassions.
Apr-09-11  BIDMONFA: Janis Klovans


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  Penguincw: Happy B-Day.
Apr-09-11  theodor: most the piety, at a stage, game over! life vs death 0-1. any comments? all my valuation to Klovans!
May-12-11  wordfunph: In Memory of Janis Klovans (1935–2010) by Chessbase..

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  ketchuplover: better late than never

May he rest peace/piece fully

May-12-11  ColdSong: I got the chance to play and discuss with Janis Klovans some years ago, to Cappelle La Grande.Peaceful,Opened and attentive, smiling, modest with the difficult task to find the chess truth, Janis was the kind of man that can't be easily forgotten. RIP
Nov-30-13  Conrad93: 9 time Latvian Chess Champion.

That's seven more than Mikhail Tal.

Nov-30-13  Conrad93: He also beat Tal in his prime.
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  offramp: <Conrad93: He also beat Tal in his prime.>

Was Tal waring a big red rosette on his butt-ocks saying "PRIME" & "FIRST CLASS".

Dec-09-13  Conrad93: <Was Tal waring a big red rosette on his butt-ocks saying "PRIME" & "FIRST CLASS".>

Not that I'm aware.

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  perfidious: <Conrad>: Tal would likely have managed another Latvian title or three, had he not concentrated on winning unimportant events such as the world title and playing in higher-level tournaments, you worthless troll.
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  AylerKupp: Actually, Klovans did slightly better than expected in head-to-head encounters with Tal. has 12 Klovans – Tal games, with Tal scoring 7.5 – 4.5 or a winning percentage of 62.5%. The ChessTempo database has the same 12 games plus Klovans' and Tal's rating at the time of each game, although I have no idea how accurate these are given that FIDE only started to use Elo ratings in 1970 and 9 of the 12 games were before 1970. Nevertheless, the average rating difference between Tal and Klovans was 118 Elo rating points, and the Elo P(Win) tables indicate that Tal's winning percentage with this ratings differential should have been 0.66. So, assuming their ratings were accurate, Klovans beat the odds.
Dec-12-13  Conrad93: How am I trolling?
Dec-12-13  Conrad93: I'm assuming that Tal would be in his prime during the years 1960-1961.

<Tal would likely have managed another Latvian title or three, had he not concentrated on winning unimportant events such as the world title and playing in higher-level tournaments, you worthless troll.>

I never claimed he wouldn't have, but it would not have been as simple as you think.

Nov-10-14  ljfyffe: Klovans won the intetnational correspondence chess tourney organized by the Finnish federation (1971-74).
Feb-18-15  drnooo: A horrible, ghastly, terrible, awful picture of someone who is by all accounts a great, gentle, gleeful, generous soul. C'mon, you snapshot boys can surely do better than this.
Dec-25-18  SkySports: I think that what's written in the description is not correct. It's true that he got the GM title winning the World Senior Championships in 1997 at 62, but Yuri Shabanov got it (winning the same tournament in 2003) at 66, so 4 years older.

Yuri Shabanov

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  Stonehenge: It is correct. It says "<then> (1997) the oldest player".
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  HeMateMe: Too bad he never played Al Horowitz. We might have had a Weird Al Yanovich game or two...
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