Happy Birthday Normunds Miezis

Happy Birthday Normunds Miezis


We have five Grandmasters celebrating their birthday today, May 11th.

  1. Luděk Pachman of Germany, who was born on this day in 1924 and became a GM in 1954. He passed away March 6th, 2003.
  2. Aleksej Alexandrov of Belarus was born in 1973 and became a GM in 1997.
  3. Mihajlo Stojanović of Serbia was born in 1977 and became a GM in 2007.
  4. Spyridon Kapnisis of Greece was born in 1981 and became a GM in 2011.

Today I am featuring Grandmaster Normunds Miezis, who was born in Latvia on this day in 1971.

He won the Latvian Chess Championship in 1991 and 2006. Played for Latvia in the Chess Olympiads of 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. Other notable results include =1st at Stockholm, Rilton Cup 2005/6, 2nd–3rd with Arturs Neikšāns in Kaunas 2009, and 2nd behind Alexei Shirov in the Aivars Gipslis Memorial in Riga.
His best Olympiad performance was at Istanbul in 2000, where he scored 6.5 of 11 possible points (69%) against 2573-rated opposition, for a performance rating of 2618. Another remarkable tournament for him is the 14th Dubai Open 2012 where he scored 7 of 9 possible points finishing =1st with a performance rating of 2709.

He became a Grandmaster in 1997 and reached his peak FIDE rating of 2601 in January 2001.

The following is quite an exquisite game against Czech Grandmaster David Navara: