Viktor Gavrikov R.I.P.

Gavrikov

29,July 1957-27,April 2016

Sad news of Viktor’s sudden death.  No details yet.  The Lithuanian born grandmaster was Soviet Champion (along with Chernin and M.Gurevich) in 1985, and was runner-up the following year. Winner of numerous international events, he was awarded the GM-title in 1984. He later moved to Switzerland, and finally Bulgaria.  You can read much more at ChessDom.  Apparently Viktor was a noted chess author and trainer. I played Viktor on several occasions, and all of our games were hard fought, uncompromising battles.  (More later)  My condolences to his wife.

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SOME TACTICS FROM VIKTOR’S GAMES

(Part I)

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SOLUTIONS

Olympiad URS  Moscow  1979  Gavrikov V–Tukmakov V.  19.Bxc6 1-0  After 19…BxB 20.Qc2!  Rc7 (what else?) 20.Qxh7+, 21.Qh8+ and 22.Qxg7 with a huge advantage.

Ch Lithuania Vilnius  1983  Gavrikov V–Mochalov E: 20.Nxd5! Nxd5 21.Rxc5! The whole point. White wins a significant material. 21… Red8 22.Qc4 1-0

Debrecen  1988  Szalanczy E–Gavrikov V: 15.Bxg7!! ( Not 15.exd5? g6 16.Qh6 Ne5 17.f4 Re8! winning ) 15…Qe8 ( 15…Kxg7 loses immediately to 16.Qh6+ Kh8 17.e5 f5 18.g6 etc ) 16.Bf6! 1-0  because of 16…Nxf6 17.gxf6 Bxf6 18.e5

Budapest  1989  Gavrikov V–Bass L: 17.Bxh7+! Kxh7 18.Qh5+ Kg8 19.Qxf7+ Kh7 20.Nxc6 Bxb2 21.Ne7! Qe5 22.Rc5! 1-0  The Black King is cornered and can only avoid mate temporarily by giving up material, starting with the Queen.

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