17 October - birthday of Andris Andreiko!
Vladimir Vigman about Andris Andreiko
Andris loved game on the verge of hazard.
The precisely skilful tightrope dancer, he shook from the party
in the party a wire. Could also shakes itself, could to fail downwards
under the amazed sigh of public . But again going up and as in anything
it did not happen kept the strange, dangerous dance.
He trusted in himself. But the style from the very beginning called
him nonconfidence of the experts. Others considered, that his victories
is fortuitous; that early or late this balancing act will be terminated
What to do, for Andeiko style it is difficult (if at all probably)
to pick up unequivocal definition. Sharply-combinationly? Unconditionally.
It was the brightest side of his talent.
The creativity Andreiko distinguished deep entry into the essence
of an item. He keeps abreast of the newest theoretical researches,
had phenomenal memory, about speed of his account folded legends.
It seemed, he is skilful all. And at the same time his style looked
at times any elaborate, clumsy, if you want. Such style can be compared
to a manner of the letter Amedeo Modigliany. And himself Andris
in youth reminded a figure from figures of this surprising artist:
with the unnaturally extended hands and neck, angular, as the sharply
There were doubts - and what if any style and at all is not present?
Andris approved quite often, that the integral consignment does
not call in him of positive emotions. He as if contrasted struggle
Yes, each move was born at Andreiko the same as at other: from understanding,
knowledge and account. And still with allowance for psychologies.
" He struggles not with an position, and with the contender
", - wrote Dutch grandmaster R.Keller. Really, in the same
position Andreiko elected the different plans, in dependence from
the one who sat till that party of a board. Andris frequently based
on intuition. That is why he played fast. And the correct answers
frequently were found not by his contenders, and those who assorted
a consignment in press centre. But change by their places, and Andreiko
would go by other way. It was his manner. As the hat of a giant,
this manner was right size for Andris himself, and from an another's
head was dumped. Probably, therefore copiers of Andeiko have not
It seems, that Andris not imaged absolutely his place in evolution
of an idea. He did not love to theorize, did not trust speculative
conclusions and loud-voiced maxims. To pull out at him something
for the press was difficultly. He preferred practice, preferred
to play. As if has heeded to lines of Boris Pasternak: " Other
on an alive trace will pass the way behind a span a span... "
But the words of the poet are inverted and to "other",
to the one who wants and is obliged to understand creativity remarkable
And in life of the person too.
" He was born in a shirt ", - spoke about Andeiko. And
he was born in severe forty second. Boy of the militarian years
has got wholly. He was obstinate and violente in
the desire to achieve the purpose. Andreiko amazed with readiness
to compete with everybody and in everything. Days from morning to
evening he played in a chess blitz with grandmaster Aivars Gipslis.
Having appeared in Rome, has taken part in tournament in italian
checkers, with which rules has got acquainted literally behind some
minutes prior to the beginning. And has conquered!
What first of all was allocated Andreiko with? Acuity of thinking,
unusual reaction, that especially admired at game in time troubles
and blitz games. I always was amazed with ease and accuracy during
playing by him of non-standard positions. That was difficult and
not clear for everybody, for him, as it seemed from the party, was
simple and clear.
In him was much from boy. Once in a brisk urban street he has offered
me to run a race, and we ran! In 1975 Andris successfully has acted
in Cup of the USSR in Russian checkers.
Andreiko there was a player with perfect intuition and, that
seldom it happens per young years, thin psychological understanding
of the contender, let alone the large combinational possibilities,
ingenuity and wit.
But language of self-expression was for him language of struggle
on a board. I'm sure what he being more young men dreamed by laurels
of the champion of the world. All thoughts was turned to this top.
Also struggled for it, not pitying neither, nor opponents. In a
championship USSR of 1962 Andreiko has lost to Valdis Zvirbulis.
After that he all the day did not talk to the first coach. I know,
he cursed not destiny and not of the contender, but himself.
From all tests, probably, one of heaviest - test by talent. It does
not give rest, adjusts: without delay, without delay! Andreiko has
hurried. And atmosphere of this ruthless race reflected on his relations
in life. Andris became secretive, unsociable, at times sharp. Somebody
accepted it for haughtiness, it happened, nursed a grievance. Andreiko
understood, that in it there is also his guilt, and became isolated
in itself even more. Unfortunately, the person torn to the high
purpose, frequently happens is lonely (at him does not remain neither
forces, nor time to make a curts), and in such situation is short
and to stumble...
Andreiko was known as ingenious tactics, but in same time he
was remarkable strategist. Even most unexpected of his moves found
then analytical confirmation.
He has reached top. But on it Andreiko suddenly it seemed, that
he has lost a support - purpose of struggle. Also there has come
natural recession. The time was necessary to look back, to think,
" to be defined on district ". And near him has not appeared
the friend, which instead of morals would tell something banal:
" Never mind, Andris. All in the order. Ahead whole life ".
Or simply would clap on a shoulder...
" The Art is eternal, life is fleeting ". Andris oved
to repeat, that for one draughts game player tests more emotions,
than average man for one year. Yes, measure of life - not lived
years. But how many would time to make Andeiko still...
(interpretation of A.Kandaurov)
World - 3 gold + 2 silver
Europe - 4 gold + 2 silver + 1 bronze
USSR - 8 gold + 3 silver
International competitions - 10 gold + 9 silver + 1 bronze
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