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V Mikenas 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Vladas Ivanovich Mikenas
Number of games in database: 490
Years covered: 1931 to 1988
Overall record: +138 -195 =157 (44.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (33) 
    E32 E23 E25 E33 E46
 King's Indian (27) 
    E79 E75 E67 E91 E62
 Orthodox Defense (25) 
    D50 D52 D63 D67 D55
 Sicilian (19) 
    B99 B39 B43 B32 B49
 English (17) 
    A18 A16 A19 A15 A14
 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 Alekhine, 1935 1/2-1/2
   V Mikenas vs Alekhine, 1939 1/2-1/2
   V Mikenas vs Maroczy, 1933 1-0
   Keres vs V Mikenas, 1937 1/2-1/2
   V Mikenas vs Kotov, 1949 1-0
   Alekhine vs V Mikenas, 1937 0-1
   V Mikenas vs Flohr, 1938 1-0
   Feigin vs V Mikenas, 1937 0-1

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

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

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VLADAS IVANOVICH MIKENAS
(born Apr-17-1910, died Nov-03-1992) Estonia (citizen of Lithuania)

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Vladas Ivanovich 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.

Wikipedia article: Vladas Mik%C4%97nas


 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 490  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Rubinstein vs V Mikenas 1-066 1931 Prague ol (Men)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. S Rosselli del Turco vs V Mikenas  0-122 1931 Prague ol (Men)D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. F Apsenieks vs V Mikenas  0-139 1931 Prague ol (Men)D67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
4. V Mikenas vs S Erdelyi  0-168 1931 Prague ol (Men)D04 Queen's Pawn Game
5. V Mikenas vs Weenink  ½-½36 1931 Prague ol (Men)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. V Mikenas vs Yates  1-034 1931 Prague ol (Men)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Vidmar vs V Mikenas 0-136 1931 Prague olD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs V Mikenas  ½-½22 1931 Prague ol (Men)B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
9. V Mikenas vs Kashdan ½-½18 1931 OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. V Mikenas vs L Schmitt 1-026 1931 BrnoD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
11. V Mikenas vs Noteboom  1-051 1931 BrnoE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
12. Gruenfeld vs V Mikenas  ½-½42 1931 Prague ol (Men)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. V Mikenas vs H Johner  0-136 1931 Prague ol (Men)E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. V Mikenas vs Alekhine  ½-½39 1931 Praha ol (04)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Flohr vs V Mikenas  1-034 1931 Prague ol (Men)D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Bogoljubov vs V Mikenas  1-054 1931 Prague ol (Men)B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
17. V Mikenas vs E Steiner  1-054 1931 Prague ol (Men)E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
18. V Mikenas vs Maroczy 1-031 1933 OlympiadD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
19. Sultan Khan vs V Mikenas 0-151 1933 OlympiadA38 English, Symmetrical
20. V Mikenas vs V Soultanbeieff  1-061 1933 OlympiadA34 English, Symmetrical
21. Kashdan vs V Mikenas 1-038 1933 OlympiadC42 Petrov Defense
22. S Rosselli del Turco vs V Mikenas 0-132 1933 OlympiadE70 King's Indian
23. Alekhine vs V Mikenas 1-045 1933 Folkestone ol (10)B06 Robatsch
24. V Mikenas vs W Fairhurst 0-149 1933 OlympiadD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
25. V Mikenas vs Flohr 1-020 1933 OlympiadB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
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Feb-18-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Catfriend: <RT> I said "master" - obviously there were many grandmasters easily outscoring Mikenas! Among the masters, I still think he holds the lead. Talking about Keres - Mikenas won against him twice, a thing not every grandmaster could say about himself...
Feb-18-05  Resignation Trap: <Catfriend> Oh, so THAT is what you meant, now I understand. FIDE awarded Mikenas with the IM title in 1950. In 1987, FIDE awarded the GM title to Mikenas for his results from a half century earlier.
Feb-19-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Catfriend: An interesting fact - Mikenas was the couch in the 1985 WC match Karpov-Kasparov.
Feb-19-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  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?
Feb-19-05  euripides: He provided a sound foundation for the analysis.
Feb-19-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Catfriend: <offramp> lol No, maybe only the winner:)I suppose that's the reason they have several in every official match:)
Feb-19-05  Backward Development: Is it this one or his son whom the 'Mikenas Attack' in the Nimzo-Indian-English is named after? (1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4!?) It was always one of my favorites lines in the English.
Feb-20-05  Resignation Trap: <Backward Development> It was this Mikenas who came up with that line. He played in ten USSR Championship finals from 1940-1970. If I counted correctly, he also played in 22 USSR Championship semi-finals during the same period.
Apr-17-06  BIDMONFA: Vladas I Mikenas

MIKENAS, Vladas I.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/mikenas_vla...
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Apr-17-07  gambitfan: PLOD 17/04/2007
Apr-17-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: During the 1930s, while still in his twenties, V.Mikenas was considered a very promising young master. Some games/results seem to corroborate the notion:

-- Wins against Alekhine, Vidmar, Maroczy, Sultan Khan, Flohr.

-- Draws with Alekhine, Tartakower, Keres.

Aug-06-08  jon01: He was Estonian champion in 1930 and 1973.
Aug-23-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladas... http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladas...

and a bunch of historical photos: http://www.chess.lt/lithuania/lit/h...

Olimpbase statistics http://www.olimpbase.org/players/nt...

Sep-07-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Mikenas competed three times "hors concours" in the Georgian Championship, finishing 3rd (1941), 1st (1945) and 2nd (1946) respectively.

Source: David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld "Oxford Companion to Chess", 2nd edition, OUP, 1992

Dec-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Apr-17-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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?>

lol!

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'.

Apr-17-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Mar-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen: Here is a photograph of <IM Vladas Mikenas> defeating <Alexander Aljechin> at the great <Kemeri 1937> tournament-

with the black pieces!

http://www.chess.lt/lithuania/lit/h...

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: http://www.chess.lt/lithuania/lit/h...

LTJ

Sep-08-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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'

Apr-17-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

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