grand master international

GUNTIS VALNERIS

(Latvia)

 
(was born in 6th. Sept. 1967 in Riga, Latvia (or Letland), occupied since 1940 by Russian (Soviet) army, recovered its independency since 1991.)
 
Till year 1982 playing only on a small (64-square) board.
 
Year 1977
-          Beginning of the draughts career. Winner of the draughts tournament in children’s summer relaxation camp (100% result) (near Riga)           
 -        2nd place – tournament of young talents (Riga)
-          Since September – permanent trainings (Riga)
 
Year 1979 
·       at the age of 11 - Latvian champion of youth (competition U18)
 
Year 1981 
·         Latvia’s men championship on small board (64 squares)
1st place - G. Valneris (13 year old!!!)
·         1st place - Youth Championship of U.S.S.R. (U18)
·         From the year (1982) G. Valneris only plays on 100 square board.
 
Year 1984 
·       World junior championship in Amstelveen (The Netherlands) 1st - 2nd place -
G. Valneris, Hendrik van der Zee (The Netherlands) (18 points from 22)
·       Match for the world junior title Valneris - Zee 8:6
 
Year 1985 
-    World junior championship in Puget sur Argens (France)
1st place - G. Valneris (26 from 30)
2nd place - A. Schwarzman (25 from 30)
·        G. Valneris for the first time becomes Latvia’s men champion (25 from 30) (100-square)
 
 Year 1986 
·         World junior championship in Westerhaar (The Netherlands)
1st place - G. Valneris (22 from 26)
2nd place - H. van der Zee (21 from 26)
3rd place - H. Zeba (Ivorcoast) (20 from 26)
 
Year 1987
·         former Soviet championship (one of the strongest competitions in the world)
1st - 3rd place M. Koreniewski, G. Valneris, A. Mogiljanski (all 21 point from 34)
The match tournament among these players:
1 - M. Koriniewski 9 p.
2 - G. Valneris 8 p.
3 - A. Mogiljanski 7 p.
 
Year 1988 
·       Soviet championship 3rd place - G. Valneris (19 from 34) - gets the pass for the World Men Championship.
·        World Championship in Paramaribo (Surinam)
1st - A. Chizjov (30 from 40)
5th - G. Valneris (25 from 40)


Year 1990
·          World Championship in Groningen (The Netherlands)
1st - A. Chizjov
2nd - G. Valneris
3rd - T. Sijbrands
 
Year 1991 
·          T. Sijbrands refuses the match against G. Valneris.
·                There is a match for the world title that takes place in Tallinn (Estonia): 20:12 for A. Chizjov.
 
Year 1992 
·          Europe Championship in Parthenay (France):
1st - G. Valneris
·         World Championship in Toulon (France)
1st - A. Chizjov
7th - G. Valneris
 
Year 1993 
·       G. Valneris triumphs in various competitions in Cannes, Parthenay (both France), in Poland.
 
Year 1994 
·         March - Latvia’s championship - 1st
·         April - world championship qualification tournament - East-European region - 1st
·          May - Paris open tournament - 1st
·        July - Parthenay international tournament - 1st - 2nd place shared with Hein Meier.
·         September - Poland open championship - 1st
·         November - World Championship in The Hague (The Netherlands):
1st - Guntis Valneris (27 from 38)
2nd - Harm Wiersma (25 from 38)
3rd - Alex Baljakin (Belorussia) (24 from 38)
·         Recognized as the best sportsman of Latvia 1994 (all sports including)

Year 1995
·         November - European Championship in Lublinec (Poland):
1st- Alexanander Georgiev
2ndGuntis Valneris
 
 Year 1996 
·                June -Match G. Valneris - A. Chizjov for the World Title (Yakutsk, Russia) System of sets (4sets in total). Result 2:2. Barrage 0:4 (2 games). G. Valneris loses the World Title.
 
Year 1999 
·         March – April - Latvia’s championship - 1st  . 23 points (from 28)
·         August – World Championship Blitz (London)
1st - G. Valneris
·      September – Europe Championship (Hoogezand, Holland)1st - Harm Wiersma 23 points (from 30)
2nd - Ton Sijbrands 22 points
3rd - Guntis Valneris 22 points
 
Year 2000 
·           September – World Championship Blitz (Tel Aviv, Israel)
1st - Alexander Schwarzman (Russia)
2nd - Guntis Valneris
3rd - Ygal Koifman (Israel)
 
Year 2001 
·           February-March – World Championship (Moscow, Russia)
1st – Alexei Chizjov 22 points (from 32)
2nd - Guntis Valneris 21 points
3rd – Johan Krajenbrink (The Netherlands) 20 points
 
 Year 2002
·         August – Challenge Mondial (Yakoetsk, Russia)
8thGuntis Valneris (Unqualified for the final)
·           November – European Championship (Domburg, The Netherlands; play-off system)
1st – Alexander Schwarzman (Russia)
2nd – Alexander Georgiev (Russia)
3rd – Gerard Jansen (The Netherlands)
4thGuntis Valneris (Latvia)

 Year 2003
·         May – World Championship (Zwartsluis, The Netherlands)
1st – Alexander Georgiev (Russia)
2nd – Alexei Chizjov (Russia)
3rdGuntis Valneris (Latvia) all 25 points out of 38
(In barrage played in Zwartsluis in September Valneris lost in 9th hour of rapid games [in the fourth round of rapid games, when 2 normal rounds of games ended in draws] against Georgiev in 10 minutes +5 seconds)
 
 Year 2005
·         September – 3rd place in World Team Championship (Countries) in Riviera del Beigua (Italy) as one of the 4 players of Latvian National Team.
·         October – World Championship (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
1st – Alexei Chizjov (Russia) 15 points out of 22
2ndGuntis Valneris (Latvia) 14 points
3rd – Alexander Baljakin (The Netherlands) 13 points
 
Year 2006
· July 7th – July 14th. Alternative match between the 2 strongest players (according to the result of World Championship 2005) Tsjizhov (Russia) and Valneris (Latvia) out of 7 games according to experimental point-counting system. Valneris won with 43:27.
· July 23rd – 29th. Winner of Nijmegen International tournament:
1st - Guntis Valneris (Latvia) 16 points out of 20.
· 2nd – 10th of September. European Championship in Bovec (Slovenia).
1st – Alexander Georgiev (Russia)
2nd – Alexander Schwarzman (Russia)
3rd – Guntis Valneris (Latvia) all 14 points out of 2 

 
Year 2007

• February 17th – 18th. European Championship Blitz in Cannes (France). Final match Alexei Chizhov (Russia) – Guntis Valneris (Latvia) 3:1 (out of 2 games). Valneris gained silver medal.
• July 14th – 21st. Winner of The Hague International tournament out of 128 players:
1st - Guntis Valneris (Latvia) 14 points out of 18.
• July 22nd – 28th. Winner of Nijmegen International tournament out of 130 players:
1st - Guntis Valneris (Latvia) 16 points out of 20.
• October 8th – 10th. Guntis Valneris (Latvia) becomes a World Champion Blitz (5 min +3 sec.) in Nazareth-Illit (Israel). 20 participants taking part in the Championship. Valneris wins his respective pool with +5 out of 9 games. In play-offs wins respectively Rastegaev (Russia), Getmanski (Russia), Heusdens (The Netherlands) and A. Schwarzman in the final with a score 3:1 (2:0 and 1:1).
• November 4th – 8th. Guntis Valneris (Latvia) has a bronze medal with a club Van Stight Thans (The Netherlands) in European Confederation Cup for Club Teams in Aix-les Bains (France). The team is made up of Schwarzman, Gantvarg and Clerc. Losing in semifinal against “Lenskoje” (Yakutsk, Sakha) in the first barrage with 20 min +10 sec. with 3:5, The Dutch team takes a bronze after a victory over “Bashneftj-2” with 5:3.