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Marcos Luckis
M Luckis 
Number of games in database: 147
Years covered: 1930 to 1969

Overall record: +42 -52 =53 (46.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (11) 
    E95 E67 E90 E80 E86
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D55 D61 D66 D60
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D97 D75 D96
 Slav (6) 
    D11 D19 D16 D12
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E40 E33 E47 E23
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C99 C89 C71 C92
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E32 E47 E26 E21 E41
 Caro-Kann (11) 
    B17 B19 B10 B14 B18
 Queen's Indian (10) 
    E19 E17 E12 E14
 Sicilian (5) 
    B24 B30 B20 B83 B58
 English (4) 
    A14 A17 A19
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A45 D05 D01 D04
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Luckis vs Stahlberg, 1944 1-0
   M Luckis vs Jacobo Bolbochan, 1946 1-0
   M Luckis vs V Kahn, 1939 1-0
   M Luckis vs K Poschauko, 1936 1-0

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   Buenos Aires (1939)

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(born Jan-17-1905, died Feb-09-1973, 68 years old) Lithuania (federation/nationality Argentina)

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Markos (Mark, Markas, Marcos) Luckis (Lutzki) was born 17 January 1905 in Pskov Governorate (Russian Empire) into a Jewish family. His sister Klaudia was born in the same year, and his brother Rafael Alexander was born in 1908. (1, 2)

Luckis played for Lithuania in five official and one unofficial chess olympiads: in July 1931, on the reserve board at the 4th Olympiad in Prague (+5 -4 =6); in July 1933, on board 4 at the 5th Olympiad in Folkestone (+3 -4 =1); in August 1935, on the reserve board at the 6th Olympiad in Warsaw (+8 -2 =6); in August/September 1936, on board 4 at the unofficial Olympiad in Munich (+9 -2 =9); in July/August 1937, on board 4 at the 7th Olympiad in Stockholm (+7 -1 =9); in August/September 1939, on board 3 at the 8th Olympiad in Buenos Aires (+7 -8 =5). He won three individual medals: silver in 1936, and bronze in 1935 and 1937. In September 1939, when the World War II broke out, Luckis, along with many other participants of the 8th Olympiad, decided to stay permanently in Argentina. (3) It was to be a life or death decision. His brother Rafael perished in Kaunas in 1941, 33 years old. (2)

The Lutzki family settled in Kaunas, Lithuania and opened a clothing factory and retail store on the main street Laisves Aleja (Liberty Avenue). (4) In March 1927, Markas Luckis name was mentioned for the first time in the Lithuanian newspapers, as a student and one of the six strong chess players invited to play for the title of Kaunas city champion. A ten rounds tournament was held in the office of the Kaunas chess society, from 25 March and until the end of May. It was a 6-player double round robin, held to select a challenger for Alexander Macht for the championship of Lithuania. The winner was Luckis with 7/10 (+5 =4 -1), followed by Zelik Kolodnas (5.5/10), Matafia Scheinberg and Givovskis (5/10). Luckis did not get his chance to play the match with Macht. The Lithuanian champion chose instead to play against the Klaipeda champion Simon Gordon, who was easily defeated in 1928. (5) On 10-11 July 1927, Luckis played on board 1 for Kaunas in the Kaunas - Klaipeda double round match (eight boards, 12.5 : 3.5), winning two games. (6) In 1929, from 20 October and until the end of November, in the Hercelija hall (on Laisves Aleja 52), Luckis again participated in the Kaunas championship (13 players). He came 2nd, behind Aronas Jeglinas. (7) In the first friendly match between Lithuanian and Latvian teams, in Riga on 28-29 December, Latvia won 10-4. Luckis played on board 3 against Augusts Strautmanis (+1 = 1 -0). (8)

In 1930, the championship of Lithuania was held in Kaunas (Kowno). Macht and Isakas Vistaneckis shared 1st place, and Luckis tied for 3rd with Danielius Žilevičius. (9) In 1931, the championship of Lithuania was held in the Kaunas Chess Union hall (20 January - 8 February). In the 8-player double round robin, Macht won with 11.5/14, ahead of I. Vistaneckis (9/14) and Leonhard Abramavicius (8.5/14). Luckis was 4th with 7.5/14. (10) Then on 22-27 May, the first Baltic Chess Championship was held in the city of Klaipėda, Lithuania. The 8-player single round robin tournament was won by Isakas Vistaneckis (Lithuania) 4.5/7. Luckis took 1st place in the second ranked group, with 5.5/7. (11) On 31 December 1931 and 1 January 1932, the 2nd friendly match between Latvia and Lithuania (Riga - Kaunas) (7-5) was held in Kaunas. Luckis lost both games on board 4 to Wolfgang R Hasenfuss. (12) The 3rd championship of Lithuania also started in 1931 and ended in 1932 (in Kaunas). It consisted of two parts: a double round robin tournament (25 October 1931 - 6 May 1932), and a match between its winner and the reigning Lithuanian champion. Macht won with 9.5/11, ahead of Vladas Jonovich Mikenas (9/11) and Isakas Vistaneckis (6/11). Luckis was 5th with 4.5/11. The match Macht - Mikenas (+6 =4 -4) was held in Kaunas 14 February - 6 May. (13)

On 21 November 1932, Emanuel Lasker visited Kaunas. He held a lecture and gave a simultaneous exhibition against 22 of the best Kaunas players (+17 =4 -1). Luckis, Macht, Vistaneckis and Jeglin drew. The winner: M Shapiro. (14) On 31 December 1932 and 1 January 1933, the third Latvia - Lithuania (Riga - Kaunas) New Year match was held in Riga. For the first time the match ended with Kaunas victory (6.5 : 5.5). Luckis won on board 6 against Endzelinš (+1 =1 -0). (15) From 27 November to 20 December 1932, the contenders tournament for the Lithuanian championship was held in Kaunas. The double round robin (8 participants, all from Kaunas) began in the late fall, so the match for the championship title had to be postponed until the next year. The contenders tournament was won by Vladas Mikenas, collecting 12.5 points out of 14. Paul Vaitonis was 2nd (9/14), and Mark Lutskis was 3rd (8.5/14). I. Vistaneckis was 4th with the same number of points. From 10 March - 18 April 1933, Mikėnas played the match in Kaunas with Alexander Macht. Mikenas won the champion title (+6 -3 = 1). (16) The 4th match Lithuania - Latvia was held in Kaunas on 4-5 March 1934. This time Lithuania won with 10.5 : 7.5. Luckis won both games on board 5 against Arvids Kalnins. (17) From 15 February - 11 March 1935, in the Lithuanian championship in Kaunas, Vistaneckis took 1st place with 11.5/12, ahead of Mikenas (10/12). Luckis was 5th with 7.5/12. (18) Right after, the 5th match Latvia - Lithuania was held in Riga (17-18 March). Latvia won with 12.5 : 7.5, and Luckis lost both games to Hasenfuss. (19)

In January 1936, Luckis moved from Kaunas to Klaipeda. (20) From 24 January - 13 March, the Kaunas championship was held in the Asta canteen. Luckis lived in Klaipeda, but still participated. The tournament took a long time, as one round was played in two days because the Lithuanian Chess Federation did not have enough chess clocks. Luckis played ten games during the first week, since he had to return to Klaipeda. His result was 9/10. Later he returned and completed all 15 games (when other players played 7 games). First was Mikenas, with 14/15, 2nd was Vistaneckis (12/15), and shared 3rd were Luckis and Simon Dišleris (11.5/15). The tournament was also a qualification for Lithuanian national team. (21) In April 1936, the match Liepaja (Latvia) - Klaipeda (Lithuania) (12.5 : 7.5) was held in Liepaja. On board 1: J. Hellers - M. Luckis =2. (22) The 8th Lithuanian championship candidates tournament (11 players) was held in Kaunas from 24 April to 8 May 1937. It was won by Vaitonis (8.5/10). Luckis shared 2nd with Vistaneckis (6.5/10). (23) In end of June, the Kaunas chess team arrived to the port of Klaipeda. The match between Kaunas and Klaipeda was held on 27-28 June, and Kaunas won 7.5 : 4.5. On the board 1, Luckis (Klaipeda) and Vistaneckis (Kaunas) played two draws. (24) Then the 'seventh neighbors' chess match in 1937 was held in Riga on 27-28 November. Again, the Latvians were relentless, winning 9.5 : 6.5. On board 4: Luckis - Berg =1 -1. (25) On 30 November - 1 December 1937, in the Tallinn Juodgalvių (Blackheads) hall, the first friendly chess match was held between the Estonian and Lithuanian national teams. Estonia won 8.5 : 7.5. On board 5: Luckis - Johannes Turn =2. (26) The New Year Hastings Premier Reserves A tournament 1937/38 brought a great victory for Luckis, who with Imre Koenig (Yugoslavia) shared 1st place with 7/9 points. The 3rd and 4th places went to Edward G Sergeant (England) and Georges Koltanowski (Belgium) (6/9). This was the first time Luckis participated in an individual international chess tournament. (27) The next year he played in the Hastings 1938-1939 Premier Reserves A tournament. First was Koenig (6/9), and shared 2nd were Luckis and Jacques Mieses (5.5/9). (28) A month later, the second match Lithuania - Estonia was held in Kaunas (28 February - 1 March). The Estonian team won 10-6. On board 3: Luckis - Paul Felix Schmidt =1 -1. (29)

In September 1939 the Buenos Aires Olympiad was over, and World War 2 was in progress. On 28 September, the steamer Copacabana departed from Buenos Aires en route to Montevideo and from there to Antwerp, taking back to Europe about 2/3 of the passengers who had arrived on the Piriapolis. When Luckis came to the port to say goodbye to the teammates, after the hugs and kisses he burst out crying. Now he had to start a new life and make a living by giving simultaneous exhibitions and playing in tournaments. (30) Luckis play had always shown flashes of brilliance, and even if his results were lacking consistency, he was invited to many tournaments. His brilliant win against Gideon Stahlberg at Mar del Plata (1944) (M Luckis vs Stahlberg, 1944) was published by Reuben Fine in the book Chess Marches On. (31) After the Olympiad, there were many chess masters that decided to stay for some time or permanently in Argentina. This gave opportunity to organize several major tournaments. Luckis was invited to play at the Buenos Aires international tournament, held from 2-19 October 1939 at the Círculo de Ajedrez, one of the main chess clubs in the city. The winners were Miguel Najdorf and Paul Keres (8.5/11). Luckis was 8th (5/11). (32) The Círculo de Ajedrez de Buenos Aires (Chess Circle of Buenos Aires) also organized a tournament in April 1940 which had great significance for the participants, who belonged to the upper panel of the Argentine Chess Federation or were representatives of foreign countries. First was Paulino Frydman (Poland) with 11.5/13, and Luckis and Roberto Grau (Argentina) shared 2nd (9/13). (33) In the 1940 Club Argentino de Ajedrez tournament, Luckis was 5th. (34)

In Mar del Plata, 15 March - 2 April 1941, Luckis was 16th with 5.5/17. The winner was Gideon Stahlberg 13/17, ahead of Miguel Najdorf (12.5/17) and Erich Eliskases (11.5/17). (35) In May 1941, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Luckis was 2nd with 8/11, behind Eliskases (9.5/11). (36) On 2-26 July 1941, the Săo Pedro de Piracicaba International tournament was held in San Paulo, Brazil. Erich Eliskases (Germany) and Carlos Enrique Guimard (Argentina) shared 1st with 14/16. Luckis was 5th with 11.5/16. (37) After the tournament, Luckis held a simultaneous exhibition against 33 players at the Tijuca Tęnis Clube, Rio de Janeiro (+23 =2 -8). (38) At the Argentine championship in Buenos Aires, 1941, Luckis finished first (7/9), but he could not be champion as a then foreign player (Lithuanian citizen). Victor Winz was 2nd (6.5/9), and Juan Traian Iliesco, Hector Decio Rossetto and Herman Pilnik (Germany) shared 3rd (5.5/9). In the 1947 Argentine championship, Luckis already participated as an Argentine citizen. He came 2nd (12.5/17), after Rossetto (14/17) but before Pilnik (12/17). In the 1948 Argentine championship, Luckis was 6th with 10.5/17. The winner was Julio Bolbochan (14/17). In the 1949 Argentine championship, Luckis tied for 3rd with Moshe Czerniak (14.5/22). The winner was Najdorf (20.5/22), ahead of Carlos Enrique Guimard (17.5/22). In 1950, Luckis was 8th with 5.5/12. First place was shared between Carlos Hugo Maderna, Julio Bolbochan and Enrique (Heinrich) Reinhardt (8.5/12). (39)

Luckis took part in many international tournaments at Mar del Plata. In 1942, he tied with Jiri Pelikan for 6th with 9.5/17. The winner was Najdorf (13.5/17), ahead of Gideon Stahlberg and Herman Pilnik (13/17). (40, 41) In 1944 (15-31 March), Luckis tied with Guillermo Puiggros for 11th place with 5.5/15. The winners were Herman Pilnik and Miguel Najdorf (12/15). (40, 42) The 8th International tournament was held in Mar del Plata in 1945. Miguel Najdorf won with 11/15, ahead of Herman Pilnik and Gideon Stahlberg (10.5/15). Luckis and Rossetto tied for 6th with 9/15. (43) In Mar del Plata 1946, Luckis tied for 5th with Jacobo Bolbochan, Cesar Juan Corte and Carlos Hounie Fleurquin (10/18). The winner was Najdorf with 16/18, ahead of Gideon Stahlberg (13/18). (44) In 1947, Luckis was 16th, and in 1949 he was 5th. In Mar del Plata 1950, he was 17th. (45)

In 1944, Luckis was 2nd behind Gideon Stahlberg in the Club Argentino de Ajedrez International tournament. Luckis played in many other first category tournaments at the Club Argentino de Ajedrez (Buenos Aires) as well, ending 3rd in 1955 and 4th in 1957. (34) On 2 November 1947, the famous Manhattan Chess Club had been heavily defeated 3˝ : 6˝ in its radio match with the Jockey Club of La Plata, Argentina. On board 10, Luckis won against Donald Byrne. The only win for Manhattan was by Samuel Reshevsky, on board 1 against Stahlberg. (46)

From December 1950 to January 1951, the 28th Argentine championship was held in Buenos Aires. Luckis played in the Challenger’s Section, ending 8th with 5.5/12. The winner was Jacobo Bolbochan with 8.5/12. (47) In 1951, he was 4th (8.5/13) in the Perez Mendoza Memorial. The winners were Luis Roberto Piazzini and Ruben Shocron (10/13). In Buenos Aires 1951, at the FADA (Federacion Argentina de Ajedrez) Mayor Tournament, Shocron took 1st with 12/16, and Luckis was 12th with 6.5/16. (48) Also in Buenos Aires 1951, at the Grau Memorial 1st category tournament, Luckis tied for 3rd with Jacobo Bolbochan and Fernando Maria Casas (Casas) with 6.5/11. The winner was Francisco Benko with 9/11. (49) From 15 March to 20 April 1951, the FIDE Zonal tournament was held in Mar del Plata. Eliskases and Julio Bolbochan tied for 1st with 19/22, while Luckis tied for 14th together with Arturo Liebstein and Jose Thiago Mangini (9.5/22). (50) In Buenos Aires 1952 (11 November - 9 December), Luckis was 17th with 5.5/17. The winner was Oscar Panno with 12/17. (51) In Mar del Plata 1952 (16 March - 6 April), Luckis tied for 11th with Bernardo Wexler and Rene Letelier Martner (8/17). The winners were Julio Bolbochan and Rossetto (with 11.5/17). (52) From 1-18 September 1953, in the 1/2 final of the 32nd Argentine championship, Group B, Luckis tied for 4th with Virgilio Fenoglio (5/9). The winner was Cayetano Rebizzo (7/9). (53) In the 1/2 final of the 33rd Argentine championship, Group A, 1955, Luckis tied for 6th place with Luis Chemes (5/11). The winner was Emilio Dodero (8.5/11). (54) At the Emilio Carranza Memorial, Buenos Aires, 1955, Reinhardt won with 11/13, while Luckis and Jose Maria Suarez shared 2nd with 10/13. (55)

In the 1957 Argentine championship, Luckis tied for 14th with Hector Beretta (9/19). The winner was Raul Sanguineti (15.5/19). In the 1958 championship, Luckis was 15th (6/17). The winner was Pilnik (13/17). (39) In the Argentine 1/2 final in Rosario on 20-28 May 1961, Luckis was 2nd with 5/8. Fernando Demeglio took 1st place with 7/8. (56) After this tournament, the 56 years old Luckis returned to his best performances. At the 39th Argentine championship in Buenos Aires (8 August - 8 September 1961), Luckis took 2nd place with 11/16, behind the winner Hector Rossetto (13/16). (57) On 20 October 1961, Luckis participated in the very strong International Blitz tournament in Beograd (Yugoslavia), and was 6th with 12/19. The winner was Svetozar Gligoric (16.5/19,) ahead of Donald Byrne (16/19) and Robert Eugene Byrne (13.5/19). (58) At the 1962 Latino-Americano Tournament in Mar del Plata (21 March - 12 April), Raimundo Garcia won with 14/17, while Luckis tied for 7th with Wexler (10/17). (59) In the 1/2 final of 41st Argentine championship (Rosario, 12-22 June 1963), the winner was Casas (7.5/9), ahead of Juan Carlos Klein (6/9). Luckis tied for 3rd with Francisco Burgalat and Andres Gentile (5.5/9). (60) In the 1965 Argentine championship, Luckis tied for 10th with Julio Bolbochan (10/21). The winner was Raul Sanguineti (16/21), ahead of Rossetto (15.5/21). (39) In 1971, Luckis was 66 years old and played in the Villa Gesell open tournament (42 players). The winner was Jorge Alberto Rubinetti (6/7), and Luckis tied with Sanguineti for 5th place (4.5/6). (61)

1) Chess Olympiad Tournament of Nations Buenos Aires 1939 Passengers of the Piriápolis by Christian Sanchéz, at
3) Wikipedia article: Markas Luckis, and and "Žydai Lietuvos šachmatų istorijoje" ("Jews in Lithuania chess history"), Eugenijus Paleckis, Boris Rositsan, Vilnius, 2015, pages 148-153.
4) The Lithuanian newspaper "Lietuvos žinios", 15 February 1927, p. 4, and 4 June 1927, p. 4.
5) The Lithuanian newspapers "Lietuvis", 21 March 1927, p. 3, "Lietuvos žinios", 30 March 1927, p. 3, and "Lietuvos žinios", 2 June 1927, p. 3 and Latvian newspaper in Russian language "Сегодня" ("Tuday"), 7 Jun 1928, p. 6
6) Article of the Lithuanian sports historian Algimantas Bertašius: "Žinios apie šachmatus Lietuvos periodikoje" ("Chess information from Lithuanian periodicals") at
7) The Lithuanian newspaper "Lietuvos Aidas", 22 October 1929, p. 8, and 29 November 1929, p. 6.
8) The Latvian newspaper "Jaunakas zinas", 30 December 1929, p. 10, and the Latvian newspaper "Latvis", 31 December 1929, p. 2.
9) "Wiener Schach-Zeitung", 1930/08, p. 124, and Wikipedia article: Lithuanian Chess Championship
10) Wikipedia article: 1931 m. Lietuvos %C5%A1achmat%C5%B3 %C4%8Dempionatas, "Lietuvos Aidas", 10 February 1931, p. 6, and the article "Kas atstovaus Lietuvą Prahos šachmatų turnyre" ("Who will represent Lithuania in the Prague Chess Olympiad") in the Lithuanian magazine "Mūsų Sportas", 2 March 1931, Nr. 2, p. 4.
11) The Estonian newspaper "Esmaspaew" ("Monday"), 8 June 1931, page 8 (article of Vladas Mikenas: "keeruline tulemus Balti meistriturniir" ("complicated result of the Baltic masters tournament")), and the Latvian newspaper "Jaunākās Ziņas", 27 May 1931, p. 6.
12) The Latvian magazine "Latvijas Šacha Vestnesis", Nr. 1, 1932, pp. 11-12, and "Lietuvos Aidas", Nr. 5 (1375), 5 January 1932, p. 9.
13) Articles of Vladas Mikėnas: "Machtas turnyro nugalėtojas" in "Lietuvos Aidas", 1 December 1931, p. 7, "Machtas lieka Lietuvos čempionu" in "Lietuvos Aidas", 7 May 1932, p. 9.
14) The Lithuanian magazine "Trimitas", 1 December 1932, number 49, p. 984, and "Lietuvos žinios", 24 November 1932, p. 5.
15) "Lietuvos Aidas", 7 January 1933, p. 10, and the Latvian newspaper „Latvijas kareivis“, 4 January 1933, p. 3.
16) Article of Vladas Mikėnas: "Lietuvos šachmatų meisteris" ("Lithuanian chess championship") in "Lietuvos Aidas", 20 April 1933, p. 5, and Wikipedia article: 1933 m. Lietuvos %C5%A1achmat%C5%B3 %C4%8Dempionatas
17) The Latvian magazine "Krusta-mikla.Šahs.Bridžs", 17 March 1934, pp. 170-171, and Wiener Schach-Zeitung, March 1934/06, p. 92.
18) The Lithuanian newspaper "Rytas", 18 February 1935, p. 6 and 12 March 1935, p. 7, and Wikipedia article: 1935 m. Lietuvos %C5%A1achmat%C5%B3 %C4%8Dempionatas
19) The Latvian magazine „P.-T. Dzive“, March 1935, Nr. 3, and "Lietuvos žinios", 26 March 1935, p. 8.
20) The Lithuanian newspaper "Vakarai", 9 February 1936, p. 4.
21) "Rytas", 1 February 1936, p. 9, "Rytas", 14 March 1936, p. 9, "Mūsų šachmatai", Lietuvos Šachmatų Sąjunga vienkartinį leidinį (Occasional issue of Lithusnian chess union magazine), Kaunas, March 1936, and the Latvian magazine "Brīvā Zeme", 6 April 1936, p. 11.
22) "Vakarai", 19 April 1936, p. 4, and the Latvian newspaper "Kursemese Wahrd", 24 April 1936, p. 4.
23) Wikipedia article: 1937 m. Lietuvos %C5%A1achmat%C5%B3 %C4%8Dempionatas
24) "Vakarai", 28 June 1937, p. 6, and 30 June 1937, p. 6.
25) The Latvian newspaper "Libausche Zeitung", 1 December 1937, p. 4, and the Latvian newspaper in German language "Rigasche Rundschau", 29 November 1937, p. 11.
26) The Estonian newspapers "Postimees", 2 December 1937, p. 2, "Virumaa Teataja", 3 December 1937, p. 1, and "Wabamaa", 2 December 1937, p. 10.
27) "Vakarai", 10 January 1938, p. 6, and "Lietuvos Aidas", 15 January 1938, p. 12.
28) "Lietuvos Aidas", 14 January 1939, p. 8, and "Hamburger Nachrichten", 10 January 1939, p. 3.
29) The Lithuanian newspaper "XX amžius", 2 March 1939, p. 2, and the Estonian newspaper "Paewaleht", 2 March 1939, p. 3.
30) "Gyvybės gambitas" ("Life Gambit") by Ksaveras Andrašiūnas, Homo liber, Vilnius 2016, p. 83, and "Pawns in a Greater Game" by Justin Corfield, Corfield and Company, p. 301.
31) The game was featured in the British Chess Magazine, 1945, pp. 96-97. It was included in Reuben Fine's book "Chess Marches On", pp. 206-209, first published by Chess Review in 1945. The book was republished in 1946 and 2010. Later, the game was included in "Fifty Chess Masterpieces 1941-1944" by Reuben Fine, Dover edition of 1977.
32) "Torneo Internacional del Círculo de Ajedrez Octubre 1939" by M. Czerniak, Buenos Aires 1946, p. 87, "Chess Review", December 1939, p. 246, and "El torneo de Mar del Plata 1941" by Luis Palau, Buenos Aires 1941, p. 15.
33) "El torneo de Mar del Plata 1941" by Luis Palau, Buenos Aires 1941, p. 17, and "Chess in the War" by John C Saunders, posted 17 February 2011 at
34) "Remember 1939" by Jose A. Copie, Buenos Aires 2009, pp. 58-59.
35) "El torneo de Mar del Plata 1941" by Luis Palau, Buenos Aires 1941, p. 25, "Remember 1939" by Jose A. Copie, Buenos Aires 2009, p. 61, and "Luces y sombras del ajedrez argentino" by Morgado Juan Sebastián, Editorial Dunken, Buenos Aires 2014, p. 215.
36) ("", archived from the original), and
37) The Brazilian newspaper "Correio Paulistano", 27 July 1941, p. 2, and Wikipedia article: 1941 in chess
38) The Brazilian newspaper "A Noite", 12 August 1941, p. 8
39) "Torneos Mayores y Campeonatos Argentinos de Ajedrez" ("Major Tournaments and Argentine Chess Championships" archived from the original), and
40) "Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez de Mar Del Plata 1944" by Dr. Karel Skalichka & Milciades A. Lachaga, Circulo la Regence, Buenos Aires 1944, pp. 5-7
41) ("", archived from the original)
42) ("", archived from the original)
43) ("", archived from the original)
44) ("", archived from the original)
46), and Revista Romana de Sar, 1947, Nr. 11-12, p. 336.
47) "Chess Results 1951-1955" by Gino Di Felice, p. 1.
48) "Chess Results 1951-1955" by Gino Di Felice, p. 24.
49) "Chess Results 1951-1955" by Gino Di Felice, p. 26.
50) "Chess Results 1951-1955" by Gino Di Felice, p. 50.
51) "Chess Results 1951-1955" by Gino Di Felice, p. 128.
52) "Chess Results 1951-1955" by Gino Di Felice, p. 154.
53) "Chess Results 1951-1955" by Gino Di Felice, p. 229.
54) "Chess Results 1951-1955" by Gino Di Felice, p. 448.
55) "Chess Results 1951-1955" by Gino Di Felice, p. 450.
56) "Chess Results 1961-1963" by Gino Di Felice, p. 27.
57) "Chess Results 1961-1963" by Gino Di Felice, p. 27, and "Remember 1939" by Jose A. Copie, Buenos Aires - 2009, p. 59.
58) "Chess Results 1961-1963" by Gino Di Felice, p. 154, and "Schakend Nederland 1962-1963", p. 68.
59) "Chess Results 1961-1963" by Gino Di Felice, p. 193.
60) "Chess Results 1961-1963" by Gino Di Felice, p. 341.

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 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 147  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Luckis vs A Macht  0-1161930Lithuanian team Control tournamentD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. M Luckis vs K Skalicka  1-0581931Prague olD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
3. K Havasi vs M Luckis  0-1431931Prague ol (Men)D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. M Luckis vs I Koenig  0-1291931Prague ol (Men)C45 Scotch Game
5. W Michel vs M Luckis  1-0351931Prague ol (Men)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
6. M Luckis vs H Mueller  0-1411933OlympiadE16 Queen's Indian
7. M Luckis vs Bjorn Nielsen  0-1441933OlympiadD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. M Luckis vs A Voisin  1-0551933OlympiadD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. M Luckis vs A J Mackenzie 1-0251933OlympiadE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. Dake vs M Luckis 1-0431933OlympiadB24 Sicilian, Closed
11. M Luckis vs C H Alexander  0-1321933OlympiadE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. H Friedmann vs M Luckis  0-1631935OlympiadD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. M Luckis vs T Salo  ½-½301935OlympiadE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
14. C H Maderna vs M Luckis  1-0561935OlympiadD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
15. M Luckis vs M Czerniak  1-0341935OlympiadD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. T Popa vs M Luckis  ½-½671935OlympiadE12 Queen's Indian
17. M Luckis vs H E Atkins  1-0671935OlympiadE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
18. P Rethy vs M Luckis  ½-½411935OlympiadA47 Queen's Indian
19. M Romi vs M Luckis  1-0371935OlympiadA47 Queen's Indian
20. M Luckis vs K Poschauko 1-0251936Munich OlympiadE60 King's Indian Defense
21. M Luckis vs Olof Kinnmark  1-0391936Munich OlympiadD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. A Kiprov vs M Luckis  ½-½261936Munich OlympiadD90 Grunfeld
23. E Heilimo vs M Luckis  0-1241936Munich OlympiadB30 Sicilian
24. F Zita vs M Luckis  1-05119377th olm finalA14 English
25. M Luckis vs K Havasi  ½-½1619377th olm finalD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
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Jun-07-09  myschkin: . . .

Markas (Marcos) Luckis (1905–1973) was a Lithuanian–Argentine chess master.

In September 1939, when WW II was broke out, Luckis, along with many other participants of the 8th Chess Olympiad had decided to stay permanently in Argentina.


Jul-31-09  ozmikey: He played a brilliant game against Stahlberg at Mar del Plata 1944, which is unfortunately not in the database here; I found it in Reuben Fine's book "Chess Marches On" (a collection of games played during WW2).
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Marcos Luckis.
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  hemy: Mark Lutsky (Марк Луцкий) was born on January 17th 1905 in Pskov Governorate (Russian Empire) in Jewish family. After the family moved to Kaunas his name was translated to Lithuanian as Markas Luckis.
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  Tabanus: <hemy>

Picture is from I'll mail you tomorrow his passport (?) from 1941.

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  whiteshark: Here you find a photo of the Lithuanian 1939 Olympiad team:

there's a further link to Luckis' 1941 Brasil visa:

(fyg: more 1939 Olympiad team photos: )

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  Tabanus: <Luckis' 1941 Brasil visa>

Yup, that's the one I found in the unlinkable Ancestry dott com. I always forget about the often good, and free, Family Search.

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  hemy: <tabanus><whiteshark>thanks guys, I have all of those and many other photos of Mark Luckis. I retouched all of them, but I'm looking for better quality picture. Recently I received from Eugenijus Paleckis picture of Lithuanian Olympic team 1939, 2070x1286 pixels, 300 dpi. Luckis staying on the back row. I will try to make his personal picture, but this restoration may not be good enough.
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  hemy: Recently was published a book "Gyvybės gambitas" ("Life Gambit") - memories of the Lithuanian team on Olympiad 1939 captain Ksaveras Andrašiūnas. The book was prepered for publishing by his daughter Irena Balčiūnienė. Eugenijus Paleckis received from her the original picture of Lithuania team (that was published in book) from her father's archive. I placed it in my Dropbox: I created a separate image of Luckis. The other option I also placed in the Dropbox.
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  Tabanus: The Brazilian (Rio de J.) newspaper "A Noite", 12 August 1941, page 8, has a report on a simul by Luckis vs 33 opponents in the Tijuca Tennis Club:

Luckis also mentioned at

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  hemy: <tabanus>I added the articles you sent to the draft of Luckis bio, thanks.
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  hemy: <Luckis' 1941 Brasil visa> I improved the photo from the visa and it is the best what I have so far. It is in my Dropbox. I will sent it to
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  Tabanus: <hemy> may have more. A search on Luckis 1940-49 produces this list: (after Wait...)

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  hemy: <tabanus>yes, I already made a search in this resource.
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  hemy: Vitrine of clothing factory and retail store of M.Luckis (Lutzki), Kaunas, circa 1930.
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  hemy: Any help for additional details for Luckis bio will be appreciate. My Spanish language library missing historical Argentinian chess magazines. From "Chess results" by Gino Di Felice I have only 1951-1955. To some others exist limited online access. Help from "Chess results" will be useful.

Some other specific issues:

1. In Lithuanian sources is missing a score of 1930 Lithuanian championship. Results of this tournament were published in Litmanowicz, Władysław & Giżycki, Jerzy (1986, 1987). Szachy od A do Z. Wydawnictwo Sport i Turystyka Warszawa. If someone have this book please check any information about this tournament. Maybe it includes the score.

2. What was the date of the 1941 Argentina championship?

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  Tabanus: <2. What was the date of the 1941 Argentina championship?>

Apparently in July, see + I think he was vice-champion also in 1947, check out

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  hemy: <tabanus> thanks for the info about 1941 Argentina championship. It will help to make the bio in proper chronological order for 1941.

For 1947 it was entered by me: <In 1947 Argentine championship Luckis already participated as Argentinian citizen and was 2nd (12.5/17)>, I forgot to mention it in the <biographer bistro>.

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  Tabanus: Some Lithuanian newspapers at
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  hemy: <tabanus>All Lithuanian periodicals from this resource and from as well I'm researching since 2008. The same with the Latvian periodicals from and

The European Library among other also includes Latvian and Estonian historical newspapers. The articles related to Luckis (and other "Litvaks" chess players) were uploaded to my computer during last 8 years and sent to Eugenijus Paleckis for his book.

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  hemy: <tabanus><Apparently in July>From July 2nd to July 26 1941 Luckis played in International tournament in San Paulo, Brazil.

In March Luckis played in Mar del Plata, in May in Montevideo, in August he was in Rio de Janeiro.

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  Tabanus: <hemy> Yes sorry, it was the Campeonato Argentino <Relámpago> (speed or lightning chess championship) in July.

Hmm. It could be in June, but hard to find.

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  hemy: <tabanus> many thanks for editing the bio. The picture can be taken from my collection:
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  hemy: <> thanks for adding the picture. I realized it today, probably it was done recently.
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