Happy Birthday Zigurds Lanka

Happy Birthday Zigurds Lanka

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Zigurds Lanka (born May 21, 1960, Baldone, Latvia) is one of eight Grandmasters who were born on this day, May 21st, in Chess History. The others are:

  1. Liang Jinrong of China, born in 1960, GM 1998.
  2. Zdenko Kožul of Croatia, born in 1966, GM 1989.
  3. Alibek Ibragimov of Kazakhstan, born in 1968, GM 1989.
  4. Nikolai Ninov of Bulgaria, born in 1969, GM 2012.
  5. Alexandre Dgebuadze of Belgium, born in 1971, GM 2000.
  6. Gadir Guseinov of Azarbaijan, born in 1986, GM 2002.
  7. Rasmus Svane of Germany, born 1997, GM 2016.

Zigurds Lanka started to play chess when he was 6 years old. In 1987 he achieved the International Master title, and he became a Grandmaster in 1992. He won the Latvian Chess Championship in 1993. His best Elo rating was 2575 in 1997. Lanka is considered to be an excellent theoretician and trainer. He has been a coach for Victor Bologan and Alexei Shirov. Zigurds Lanka graduated from the Latvian University and is a journalist by profession.