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Vladas Mikenas
V Mikenas 
 
Number of games in database: 490
Years covered: 1931 to 1988

Overall record: +138 -196 =156 (44.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E23 E32 E33 E25 E46
 King's Indian (28) 
    E75 E91 E67 E79 E62
 Orthodox Defense (25) 
    D52 D50 D63 D67 D55
 Sicilian (18) 
    B99 B49 B32 B43 B39
 English (17) 
    A16 A18 A19 A15 A14
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A40 A45 A46 D02 D04
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (41) 
    B03 B05 B02 B04
 Grunfeld (30) 
    D75 D81 D83 D92 D95
 Sicilian (18) 
    B32 B29 B56 B47 B23
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A40 D02 E00 E10 D01
 English (13) 
    A13 A15 A14 A11 A16
 French Defense (12) 
    C16 C15 C07 C00 C10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Mikenas vs S F Lebedev, 1941 1-0
   V Mikenas vs Flohr, 1933 1-0
   V Mikenas vs Alekhine, 1939 1/2-1/2
   V Mikenas vs Kotov, 1949 1-0
   V Mikenas vs B Vladimirov, 1963 1-0
   V Mikenas vs Maroczy, 1933 1-0
   Alekhine vs V Mikenas, 1937 0-1
   V Mikenas vs Alekhine, 1935 1/2-1/2
   V Mikenas vs Viktor, 1980 1-0
   Keres vs V Mikenas, 1937 1/2-1/2

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


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

[what is this?]

Vladas Jonovich Mikėnas was born in Revel (Tallinn), Estonia. His childhood life was difficult. His father, Jonas Mikenas, passed away when he was 10 years old. Vladas worked after school to earn money for a living. Despite this, he found time for chess. Late at night, he would hide from his disapproving mother and sisters, and sit quietly by the oil lamp to study chess games. In 1925, the 15-year old Mikenas participated in the Jubilee tournament of the Tallinn chess club. After losing his first three games, he won the remainder and took first place, half a point ahead of Friedrich Amelung. (1)

In 1929, Mikenas took first place in the Tallinn championship. In the same year, he graduated from the Tallinn Russian gymnasium, and entered the Tallinn University of Technology.

In September 1930, Mikenas defeated Johannes Turn (+5 -2 =1) and became the Estonian chess champion. In December 1930, Tallinn hosted a tournament with the participation of seven local players and guest Efim Bogoljubov. Mikenas defeated Bogoljubov in the decisive game and took first place.

In addition to his university studies, Mikenas started working as a chess columnist for the weekly Estonian newspaper Esmaspaew ("Monday").

In 1931, Mikenas took first place in a tournament of the Helsinki Chess Club, Finland, with a result of 9.5/10. (2)

Also in 1931, Mikenas was invited to participate in the first Baltic countries championship, in Memel (Klaipeda). It was his first visit to Lithuania. Mikenas was the son of a Lithuanian father and a Polish mother. He did not speak Lithuanian, as they spoke Polish and Russian at home, but he had a Lithuanian passport. (1)

The tournament was held from May 22 to May 27, 1931. Isakas Vistaneckis (Kaunas) won the Baltic Champion title with 4.5/7, while Mikenas (Tallinn), Vladimir Petrov (Riga), Paul Saladin Leonhardt (Konigsberg), and Simon Gordon (Memel) shared places 2-5, with 4/7. (3)

In June 1931, Mikenas settled in Lithuania. In April 1933, he defeated seven-time Lithuanian champion Aleksander Macht in a match and became the Lithuanian champion.

In 1934, he won a match for the Lithuanian Champion title against Paul Vaitonis, at 6-2. In 1935, Vladas Mikenas drew a match with Isakas Vistaneckis (8-8), and defended his title. In 1937 and 1938, he won two matches for the Lithuanian championship title, against Povilas (Paul) Vaitonis (5.5-4.5 in 1937, and 9-3 in 1938).

Mikenas played several times in the Lithuanian SSR championships in Vilnius. He won the 14th LTU-ch in 1947, won in 1948, took 3rd in 1949, took 6th in 1951, tied for 2nd–4th in 1952, took 6th in 1953, took 2nd in 1954, took 3rd in 1955, took 2nd in 1957, tied for 2nd-4th in 1958, took 3rd in 1959, tied for 3rd–4th in 1960, won in 1961, took 2nd in 1963, won in 1964, shared 1st in 1965, tied for 2nd–3rd in 1967, and tied for 1st–2nd in 1968.

In May-June 1937, Mikenas participated in the 1st International tournament in Kemeri (Kemeri (1937)), and defeated world champion Alexander Alekhine. In September-October 1940, he participated for the first time in the XII USSR championship finals. In this tournament he defeated Mikhail Botvinnik. (4)

From 1931 to 1939, he participated in five official, and one unofficial, Chess Olympiads as the captain and 1st board of the Lithuanian team. In July 1931, he played at the 4th Chess Olympiad in Prague (+7 –5 =6), and drew his game against world champion Alekhine. In July 1933, he played in the 5th Chess Olympiad in Folkestone (+5 –3 =6). In August 1935, he played in the 6th Chess Olympiad in Warsaw (+2 –6 =10). In August/September 1936, he played in the unofficial Olympiad in Munich (+5 –7 =8). In July/August 1937, he played in the 7th Chess Olympiad in Stockholm (+7 –3 =8). In August/September 1939, he played in the 8th Chess Olympiad in Buenos Aires (+10 –5 =4). (5)

In May/June 1944, he tied for 5–6th with Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov in Moscow (13th USSR-ch) with 9/16. The winner was Mikhail Botvinnik with 12.5/16, and places 2-3 were taken by Vasily Smyslov and Isaac Boleslavsky with 10.5/16. (6)

In October/November 1945, he won the Baltic Chess Championship in Riga. (7)

In June/July 1946, he took 3rd, behind Yuri Averbakh and Vistaneckis, in Vilnius (Baltic Rep.-ch). (8)

Mikenas was awarded the International Master title in 1950. In 1968, he was awarded the International Arbiter title. (4)

In December 1959, Mikenas participated in the international tournament 'Baltic Sea – sea of peace' in Riga. He defeated Mikhail Tal, and took second place with 11/13, only 0.5 point behind Boris Spassky and ahead of Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush (8.5/13) and Mikhail Tal (8/13). (9)

Mikenas played on first board of the Lithuanian team that won the 'Europe Cup' 1963-1972 correspondence chess tournament, and in 1971 was awarded the International Master title in Correspondence Chess.

In 1977, at the age of 67, Mikenas won the Lithuanian Championship again. In 1987, FIDE awarded him the Honorary Grandmaster title. (4)

Vladas Mikenas participated in the USSR championship finals 10 times.

Mikenas was a coach of Paul Keres during the period of 1955-1962.

From 1983 to 1985, he was the chief arbiter of Candidates and Challengers Matches Garry KasparovAlexander Beliavsky, Kasparov – Smyslov, and Kasparov – Anatoly Karpov.

The contributions of Vladas Mikenas to chess openings theory: the Mikenas Variation of the Modern Benoni, a sharp attacking line (1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.♘c3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 ♗g7 8.e5), the Salomon Flohr Variation in the English Opening, and the Bogoljubov - Mikenas defense in the Queen's Pawn opening.

List of books published by Mikenas (10)

Šachmatų vadovėlis, ("Chess textbook"), 1932.
Šachmatu žaidimo pagrindai, ("Chess Game Basics"), 1950, second edition 1952.
Šachmatų pirmenybės, ("Chess competitions"), 1958.
35 metai prie šachmatų lentos, ("35 years at the chessboard"), 1961.
Šachmatai: teorija ir praktika ("Chess: Theory and Practice"), 1968.

Notes

(1) "35 metai prie šachmatų lentos" ("35 years at the chessboard"), by Mikenas. Valstybinė politinės ir mokslinės literatūros leidykla (State political and scientific literature publishing house), Vilnius 1961, pages 5-6, page 20.
(2) "Владас Микенас" ("Vladas Mikenas"), В.Я.Дворкович (V. Y. Dvorkovich), Физкультура и спорт (Physical Education and Sport), 1987, pages 4-6.
(3) "Esmaspaew" ("Monday"), number 23, 8 June 1931, page 8, Mikenas' article "keeruline tulemus Balti meistriturniir" ("complicated result of the Baltic masters tournament").
(4) http://www.chess.lt/lithuania/lit/h...
(5) http://www.olimpbase.org
(6) http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp...
(7) [rusbase-1]
(8) [rusbase-2]
(9) http://www.365chess.com/tournaments...
(10) http://a64.puslapiai.lt/mikenas/mik...

Last updated: 2016-12-31 01:37:19

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 490  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Mikenas vs L Schmitt 1-0261931BrnoD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
2. V Mikenas vs Noteboom  1-0511931BrnoE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
3. V Mikenas vs E Steiner  1-0541931Prague ol (Men)E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
4. F Apsenieks vs V Mikenas  0-1391931Prague ol (Men)D67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
5. Flohr vs V Mikenas 1-0341931Prague ol (Men)D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Gruenfeld vs V Mikenas  ½-½421931Prague ol (Men)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. V Mikenas vs Alekhine  ½-½391931Prague ol (Men)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Vidmar vs V Mikenas 0-1361931Prague ol (Men)D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. V Mikenas vs Kashdan ½-½181931Prague ol (Men)D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. V Mikenas vs Yates  1-0341931Prague ol (Men)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. S Rosselli del Turco vs V Mikenas  0-1221931Prague ol (Men)D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Bogoljubov vs V Mikenas  1-0541931Prague ol (Men)B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
13. V Mikenas vs Weenink  ½-½361931Prague ol (Men)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. V Mikenas vs H Johner  0-1361931Prague ol (Men)E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
15. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs V Mikenas  ½-½221931Prague ol (Men)B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
16. V Mikenas vs S Erdelyi  0-1681931Prague ol (Men)D04 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Rubinstein vs V Mikenas 1-0661931Prague ol (Men)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. V Mikenas vs A Macht  0-1421932Lithuania championship matchA47 Queen's Indian
19. S Rosselli del Turco vs V Mikenas 0-1321933OlympiadE70 King's Indian
20. V Mikenas vs V Soultanbeieff  1-0611933OlympiadA34 English, Symmetrical
21. V Mikenas vs Maroczy 1-0311933OlympiadD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
22. V Mikenas vs Flohr 1-0201933OlympiadB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
23. Alekhine vs V Mikenas 1-0451933OlympiadB06 Robatsch
24. V Mikenas vs W Fairhurst 0-1491933OlympiadD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
25. Kashdan vs V Mikenas 1-0381933OlympiadC42 Petrov Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
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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  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.

Mar-12-15
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  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.
Mar-12-15
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  Annie K.: <hemy> thanks for the information. :)

(BTW, it's also confirmed by his native Wikipedia page: http://lt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladas...)

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
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  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.

Mar-12-15
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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
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  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.
Mar-12-15
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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
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  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
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  hemy: Interesting story about the game Alekhine - Mikenas, Kemeri 1937 you can found in the article http://www.chess.com/article/view/s... 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.

Mar-13-15
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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
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  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 http://www.365chess.com/game.php?gi... (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
Premium Chessgames Member
  hemy: <Annie K.> <Retireborn> I'm glad that Vladas Jonovich Mikenas got back his real father's name.
No more Vladas Ivanovich.
Mar-23-15
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  Annie K.: Congrats, good work. :)
Nov-27-15
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  Domdaniel: Somebody should also submit <hemy>'s win vs Roman Dzindzichashvili to the CG database ...

<The most memorable game I played against GM Roman Dzindzichashvili in December 1978, when he was ranked between top 20 in the world.

[Event "Rishon Le Zion Jubilee tournament"]
[Site "Rishon Le Zion"]
[Date "1978.12.25"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Kasimov, Nechemia"]
[Black "Dzindzichashvili, Roman"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A49"]
[Annotator "Kasimov,Nechemia"]
[PlyCount "121"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. b3 d6 6. Bb2 c6 7. Nbd2 Qa5 8. O-O Qh5 9. Ne1 c5 10. e3 Qxd1 11. Rxd1 cxd4 12. exd4 Nc6 13. Nc4 Bg4 14. f3 Be6 15. Ne3 Nb4 16. Nd3 Nfd5 17. Nxd5 Nxd5 18. Rfe1 b5 19. c4 bxc4 20. bxc4 Nb6 21. d5 Bf5 22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. c5 Na4 24. Nf4 Nxc5 25. Rxe7 Rfe8 26. Rde1 Kf8 27. Rxe8+ Rxe8 28. Rxe8+ Kxe8 29. Kf2 Bb1 30. a3 Ba2 31. Ke3 Na4 32. Kd4 Nb6 33. h4 h6 34. Bf1 Ke7 35. Bd3 Kf6 36. Be4 Nc4 37. a4 Nb6 38. a5 Nc4 39. a6 Nb6 40. Nd3 Bc4 41. Nb4 Bb5 42. Bd3 Bd7 43. f4 Ke7 44. Be2 Kd8 45. h5 Kc7 46. hxg6 fxg6 47. Bd3 g5 48. f5 h5 49. f6 Kd8 50. Nc6+ Bxc6 51. dxc6 h4 52. gxh4 gxh4 53. Bf5 Na8 54. Kd5 Nc7+ 55. Kxd6 Nb5+ 56. Ke5 Nc7 57. Bd7 h3 58. Bxh3 Nxa6 59. Kd6 Nc7 60. f7 Nb5+ 61. Kc5 1-0 >

Nov-27-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  hemy: <Domdaniel> If you wish I can email you pdf of the Eugenijus Paleckis book "Žydai Lietuvos šachmatų istorijoje" (Jews in Lithuanian chess history).

My game with Dzindzichashvili is on the pages 312-313 of this book. I can also provide you Lithuanian language chess notation.

On the pages 303-305 published my game against Latvian Alvis Vitolinsh (Alvis Vitolinsh). I mentioned about this game because it was published by Vladas Mikenas in newspaper "Sportas", 1964 m. January 21 th, Nr. 8 (1077). I lost this game, but Mikenas stated that "it is not only number of points scored by young chess players matters, and not all of them have the same value". On move 29 I could win the game and with 2 rounds before end of the tournament to stay on the 1st place, 1/2 points before Vitolins and 1 point before Viktor Kupreichik (Viktor Kupreichik). 2 winners of this tournament were invited to USSR youth team. I finished on the 3rd place.

Nov-29-15
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  Domdaniel: <hemy> Thank you, but I must decline for now. I already have more chess material than I can cope with.

Incidentally, have you played Lev Psakhis, another Rishon resident? I used to have five (!) of his books on the French Def., and admired them greatly. GM Baburin, a friend of his, told me that he had been seriously ill, but was improving.

Nov-29-15
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  moronovich: Hats of to a man who has defeated the great Dzindzichasvili !
Nov-29-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  hemy: <Domdaniel>I didn't played with Lev Psakhis. On March 20th 2012 in Israeli newspaper
in Russian Language "Вести" (News) was published article and interview with Psakhis. It was reprinted online:
http://chess-news.ru/node/6670
Psakhis got hepatitis C (in his opinion sinse 1973) that in 2006 developed cirrhosis of the liver. In August 10th 2011 he has undergone a successful liver transplant. The doctors told him that without transplant he would live no more then 2 days more...
Apr-17-16
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Vladas Mikenas.
Sep-08-16
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  hemy: The biography of Vladas Jonovich Mikenas was submitted after research that included original material in Lithuanian, Russian and Estonian languages. Vladas Jonovich Mikenas was my mentor about 55 years ego. He deserves more then 2 lines of text that were replaced by result of my work.
Sep-09-16
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  zanzibar: I don't like the ref notation to Rusbase looking like the DataBase refs Rusbase-1, Rusbase-2.

Those had precise meanings, quite different, once upon a time.

You seem to be using a special numbering just for Rusbase refs. We don't do Wiki refs like

(5) wiki-1
(6) wiki-2

Why do it for Rusbase? Just leave the raw link like for everybody else would be my suggest.

Next - those links don't work at the moment, anyways. They 404 due to some extraneous tags at the end.

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