Viktor Kupreichik, Belarusian chess grandmaster, Died at 67


Viktor Davidovich Kupreichik was born on July 3, 1949, and died on May 22, 2017.

He was a Belarusian chess grandmaster.

When he started out in his career, Kupreichik won the individual gold medal at the 15th World Student Team Chess Championship in Ybbs in 1968.

Kupreichik won the Belarusian Chess Championship in 1972 and 2003.

During 1980, Kupreichik was awarded the Grandmaster title.

Kupreichik also placed first at Wijk aan Zee (Masters’ tournament) 1977, Kirovakan 1978 (jointly), Reykjavík 1980, Plovdiv 1980, Medina del Campo 1980, and Hastings International Chess Congress in 1981/82.

During 2002 Kupreichik won the Group B of the first edition of the Aeroflot Open.

Kupreichik won the European Seniors’ Rapid Championship, during 2010,

He was a player of real fighting chess, Kupreichik would often lead tournaments in the early stages and then run out of stamina and lose heavily in the last few rounds; for example, at each of the Soviet Championships of 1979 and 1980, he won 5 consecutive games, but only finished 6th on both occasions.

Kupreichik’s niece is Anastasia Sorokina.

Viktor Kupreichik passed away at 67 years old.