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V Mikenas 
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Vladas Jonovich Mikenas
Number of games in database: 488
Years covered: 1931 to 1988
Overall record: +138 -194 =156 (44.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E32 E23 E25 E33 E46
 King's Indian (28) 
    E75 E79 E67 E91 E62
 Orthodox Defense (25) 
    D50 D52 D63 D67 D55
 Sicilian (18) 
    B99 B43 B32 B49 B97
 English (17) 
    A18 A16 A19 A13 A15
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A40 A45 D02 A46 D04
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (41) 
    B03 B05 B02 B04
 Grunfeld (30) 
    D75 D81 D92 D83 D94
 Sicilian (18) 
    B32 B47 B29 B56 B58
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A40 D02 E00 A46 E10
 English (13) 
    A13 A15 A14 A11 A16
 French Defense (12) 
    C16 C07 C15 C05 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Mikenas vs N Lebedev, 1941 1-0
   V Mikenas vs Flohr, 1933 1-0
   V Mikenas vs Kotov, 1949 1-0
   V Mikenas vs Alekhine, 1935 1/2-1/2
   V Mikenas vs Maroczy, 1933 1-0
   Alekhine vs V Mikenas, 1937 0-1
   Keres vs V Mikenas, 1937 1/2-1/2
   V Mikenas vs Alekhine, 1939 1/2-1/2
   V Mikenas vs Flohr, 1938 1-0
   V Mikenas vs Tal, 1962 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Rosario (1939)
   USSR Championship (1944)
   Hastings 1937/38 (1937)
   USSR Championship (1955)
   Kemeri (1937)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship (1950)
   USSR Championship (1940)
   USSR Championship (1949)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   USSR Championship (1965)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vladas Mikenas - Lithuanian Legend by Resignation Trap
   Hastings 1937/38 by sneaky pete
   Rosario 1939 by Tabanus
   Malfurion's favorite games - QGD lines/ideas by Malfurion
   QCD games by Malfurion

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(born Apr-17-1910, died Nov-03-1992, 82 years old) Estonia (federation/nationality Lithuania)

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Vladas Mikenas was awarded the IM title in 1950 and an honorary GM title in 1987. He was 4th at Kemeri 1939 and 1st at Lublin 1971 and played on five Lithuanian Olympiad teams from 1931 to 1939. Father of Alius Mikenas.

Wikipedia article: Vladas Mik%C4%97nas

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 488  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs V Mikenas  ½-½22 1931 Prague ol (Men)B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
2. V Mikenas vs Kashdan ½-½18 1931 OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Gruenfeld vs V Mikenas  ½-½42 1931 Prague ol (Men)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. V Mikenas vs L Schmitt 1-026 1931 BrnoD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
5. Vidmar vs V Mikenas 0-136 1931 Prague olD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. V Mikenas vs H Johner  0-136 1931 Prague ol (Men)E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
7. V Mikenas vs Noteboom  1-051 1931 BrnoE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
8. Flohr vs V Mikenas 1-034 1931 Prague ol (Men)D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Bogoljubov vs V Mikenas  1-054 1931 Prague ol (Men)B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
10. V Mikenas vs E Steiner  1-054 1931 Prague ol (Men)E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
11. Rubinstein vs V Mikenas 1-066 1931 Prague ol (Men)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. S Rosselli del Turco vs V Mikenas  0-122 1931 Prague ol (Men)D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. F Apsenieks vs V Mikenas  0-139 1931 Prague ol (Men)D67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
14. V Mikenas vs S Erdelyi  0-168 1931 Prague ol (Men)D04 Queen's Pawn Game
15. V Mikenas vs Weenink  ½-½36 1931 Prague ol (Men)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. V Mikenas vs Alekhine  ½-½39 1931 Praha ol (04)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. V Mikenas vs Yates  1-034 1931 Prague ol (Men)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. V Mikenas vs V Soultanbeieff  1-061 1933 OlympiadA34 English, Symmetrical
19. Kashdan vs V Mikenas 1-038 1933 OlympiadC42 Petrov Defense
20. S Rosselli del Turco vs V Mikenas 0-132 1933 OlympiadE70 King's Indian
21. V Mikenas vs W Fairhurst 0-149 1933 OlympiadD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
22. V Mikenas vs Flohr 1-020 1933 OlympiadB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
23. Alekhine vs V Mikenas 1-045 1933 Folkestone ol (10)B06 Robatsch
24. V Mikenas vs Maroczy 1-031 1933 OlympiadD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
25. Sultan Khan vs V Mikenas 0-151 1933 OlympiadA38 English, Symmetrical
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  GrahamClayton: Mikenas achieved the unusual double of being both a chief arbiter and a player in the USSR Championship. He was the arbiter for the 32nd USSR championship, played at Kiev in 1964/65, and then played in the 33rd championship in Tallinn in 1965.
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  wordfunph: <offramp: <Catfriend: An interesting fact - Mikenas was the couch in the 1985 WC match Karpov-Kasparov.> That is interesting. Did they both sit on him?>


Apr-17-10  backrank: One of the most brilliant sacrificial games I've ever seen:

V Mikenas vs N Lebedev, 1941

Maybe it should be labeled 'Mikenas' immortal'.

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  Benzol: <backrank> Have a look at this one too.

V Mikenas vs L Dreibergs, 1939

Apr-17-10  backrank: <Benzol> Thanks a lot! I wasn't aware of that game before! Black must have felt like a punching ball there.
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  jessicafischerqueen: Here is a photograph of <IM Vladas Mikenas> defeating <Alexander Aljechin> at the great <Kemeri 1937> tournament-

with the black pieces!

Photograph is of this game: Alekhine vs V Mikenas, 1937

In addition, <Mikenas> was one of the major theorists and practitioners of Aljechin's Defence (1.e4 Nf6). <Mikenas> published an influential monograph on this opening in <Chess in the USSR> magazine.

Here are all the games from <Kemeri 1937>, courtesy of User: Resignation Trap

Game Collection: Kemeri 1937 International Tournament

Mar-28-11  Lovuschka: He was a very beautiful and charming boy, as we can see from the photo. And he played great chess.

A shame that natural beauty is gone as of the 1937 photo Jessica posted.

May-31-12  Llawdogg: I'm sure he was a great couch!
Aug-21-12  LoveThatJoker: <Resignation Trap, whiteshark, JFQ> Excellent stuff on espousing that awesome link on Lithuanian Chess.

The portrait given both here on <CG> and the link you provided is great!

This picture is also pretty neat:


Sep-08-12  Karpova: Mikenas gave a Simul in Leningrad around 1934/35 with a bad result: +8 =6 -16

From page 13 of the 1935 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Abdel Irada: <Llawdogg: I'm sure he was a great couch!>

In later life, I understand he gained a lot of weight, and was thereafter more suitable for use as a bed.

Mar-12-15  hemy: His father name was Jonas, not Ivan.
In Lithuania everyone called him Vladas Jonovich, not Vladas Ivanovich. This great man deserves full respect. He would never accept the name Vladas Ivanovich. He was my coach from 1962 to 1967.
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  Annie K.: <hemy> thanks for the information. :)

(BTW, it's also confirmed by his native Wikipedia page:

Have you submitted a correction slip about it, or just posted here? Correction slips are the efficient way to go about these things. They are the links right under the kibitzing box, where it says "Spot an error? Please <suggest your correction> and help us eliminate database mistakes!"

Mar-12-15  hemy: <Annie K.> Thanks for advise. I will do it.

Yesterday I commented on game Vladas Mikenas vs Paul Keres V Mikenas vs Keres, 1949 that on the Wikipedia page about Mikenas in Lithuanian language, under the picture, placed his father's name: Tevas (father in Lithuanian) - Jonas Mikenas.

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  Annie K.: <hemy> Great! I didn't see your post on the game page. I also usually look at the "native Wikipedia" pages of players, even if I have to run them through Google Translate, because they often have more information than the English Wikipedia versions.

But there is nothing like help from an actual native - even given his father's name, I wouldn't have known that the correct usage is Jonovich, rather than Jonasovich, for example.

All such help and information are appreciated. And if you have any stories you can share about him, they would find many interested readers here too! :)

Mar-12-15  hemy: <Annie K.>In Vilnius Chess Club Vladas Mikenas was speaking Russian, because this was a language that most of club members were using, among them Jews, Russians, Lithuanians and Poles. In Russian language the common way to call person by name is his given name followed by his father's name. In Russian his full name was Vladas Jonovich Mikenas, but one would call him Vladas Jonovich. Lithuanians usually call people only by their given names. In Lithuanian his full name was Vladas Jono Mikenas, but the person who was speking with him would call him "ponas Mikenas" (mister Mikenas) or Vladas. To respect him as a Lithuanian, his name in English should by Vladas Mikenas.
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  Annie K.: Oh, I see! So maybe the 'Ivanovich' version isn't just a simple mistake, but rather a further "Russianization" of his name? Since I have never seen Jon or Jonas as a Russian name, and Ivan does seem to be the closest Russian equivalent.

I'm not sure the middle name should be dispensed with completely, (chessgames sometimes uses middle names for disambiguation purposes), but at least Jonovich certainly sounds like an improvement. I think most people know him as Vladas Mikenas anyway. :)

Mar-12-15  hemy: <Annie K.>It is possible that someone created "russian version" of his name. I personally didn't see this version (Vladas Ivanovich) in newspapers, magazines or chess books, include book of Dvorkovich "Vladas Mikenas".

Not always the names were "translated" to Russian.
Michail Tal was known as Michail Nechemjevich Tal (Михаил Нехемьевич Таль). His fathers name was as my first name - Nechemia.

Anyway, Jono is not exactly middle name, it is father's name extension to his given name in formal documents.

Mar-12-15  hemy: Interesting story about the game Alekhine - Mikenas, Kemeri 1937 you can found in the article It was taken from this game comments of Vladas Mikenas published in book of Dvorkovich. After this game Alekhine not only didn't speak with Mikenas 3 days. When Mikenas was in bad position in one of his following games, Alekhine brought some spectators and told very laud: "Watch to what weak player I lost!".

Mikenas finished this super tornament (Samuel Reshevsky, Vladimirs Petrovs, Salo Flohr, Alexander Alekhine, Paul Keres, Endre Steiner, Saviely Tartakower, Reuben Fine, Gideon Ståhlberg and other strong players) with 8 points from 17.

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  Annie K.: <Michail Tal was known as Michail Nechemjevich Tal>

Guess they gave up on it - there isn't any Russian name even remotely similar to Nechemia, as far as I know. ;p

Thanks, btw, I couldn't figure out what your username might mean! :)

<Anyway, Jono is not exactly middle name, it is father's name extension to his given name in formal documents.>

Yes, a patronymic.

Heh - he has a Romanian namesake too: Vlad Ionescu!

Nobody ever accused Alekhine of having good manners, I think... :s

Mar-13-15  Retireborn: <hemy> Thanks for that. Alekhine sounds a bit like Viktor Korchnoi there!
Mar-13-15  hemy: <Retireborn> Viktor Korchnoi was very kind by taking the seat of Andrei Lukin and analyzing with me the final position of my game with Lukin (Lithuania - Leningrad, 1967)

I have only good memories of this big chess player.

Mar-13-15  Retireborn: <hemy> Once again, I can only envy you!
Mar-22-15  hemy: <Annie K.> <Retireborn> I'm glad that Vladas Jonovich Mikenas got back his real father's name.
No more Vladas Ivanovich.
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  Annie K.: Congrats, good work. :)
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