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Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov

Full name Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov
Country Russia
Born 26 October 1919
Novonikolayevsk, now Novosibirsk, Soviet Union
Title Chessmaster

Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov (Николай Георгиевич Копылов) (26 October 1919 - 7 May 1995), was a Russian chess player, from Novonikolayevsk. He worked as a lecturer in a higher technical training institute. He had three sons (Vladimir Kopylov was one of them).

He became a master of the USSR in 1946. He defeated Botvinnik, Keres, Petrosian, and Boleslavsky in the 19th USSR Championship in 1951, where he finished in 11th place out of 17. He won the Leningrad City Chess Championship in 1954 (a tournament won the following year by Viktor Korchnoi).

He played correspondence chess from 1964, and played for the Soviet team in the 6th and 7th Postal Olympiads with scores of 6 out of 8 and 5.5 out of 9. He became an International Master of correspondence chess in 1969, gaining the title from the International Correspondence Chess Federation on the basis of his 5.5 out of 8 score on 3rd board in the European Team Championship.

He died on 7 May 1995 while giving a simultaneous exhibition in Voronezh.