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Ilmar Raud
Number of games in database: 49
Years covered: 1929 to 1941

Overall record: +8 -19 =21 (38.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

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 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D68 D61 D69 D64
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   A Asgeirsson vs I Raud, 1936 0-1
   I Raud vs Prins, 1937 1-0
   Keres vs I Raud, 1929 0-1
   Keres vs I Raud, 1936 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-30-1913, died Jul-13-1941, 28 years old) Estonia

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Ilmar Raud was born in Viljandi, Estonia and was Estonian Champion in 1934 and 1938-39. He passed away in Buenos Aires in 1941.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 49  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Raud vs Keres  ½-½541929Parnu, Parnu-ViljandiE10 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Keres vs I Raud 0-1401929Parnu, Parnu-ViljandiC54 Giuoco Piano
3. Keres vs I Raud 1-0291931Tartu, Est jr chB25 Sicilian, Closed
4. Keres vs I Raud  0-1581934Tallinn, Est chC53 Giuoco Piano
5. I Koenig vs I Raud  1-0491935OlympiadC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
6. Julius Nielsen vs I Raud  ½-½421935Warsaw ol (Men)D69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
7. I Raud vs H Mueller  ½-½551935OlympiadE17 Queen's Indian
8. T Salo vs I Raud  ½-½501935OlympiadE16 Queen's Indian
9. C H Maderna vs I Raud  ½-½421935OlympiadD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
10. Golombek vs I Raud 1-0501935OlympiadD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
11. I Raud vs T Popa  1-0251935OlympiadD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
12. K Havasi vs I Raud  1-0381935OlympiadD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
13. T Ichim vs I Raud  0-1521936Munich OlympiadA84 Dutch
14. Ahues vs I Raud  ½-½691936Munich OlympiadA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. A Asgeirsson vs I Raud 0-1291936Munich OlympiadD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
16. H N Hansen vs I Raud  1-0481936Munich OlympiadC12 French, McCutcheon
17. Prins vs I Raud 1-0851936Munich OlympiadD05 Queen's Pawn Game
18. D Danchev vs I Raud  ½-½481936Munich OlympiadB40 Sicilian
19. R Charlier vs I Raud  1-0421936Munich OlympiadE15 Queen's Indian
20. Keres vs I Raud ½-½1201936Parnu, Est team chA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
21. I Raud vs Keres  ½-½271937Tallinn ttC01 French, Exchange
22. I Raud vs Vladimir Petrov  0-13219371st SELL Baltic Student OlympiadA13 English
23. I Raud vs Tartakower 0-1261937ParnuC41 Philidor Defense
24. I Raud vs Stahlberg  ½-½551937ParnuC11 French
25. Opocensky vs I Raud  1-0551937ParnuA52 Budapest Gambit
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Sep-11-06  EmperorAtahualpa: So he died at 38 years old. That's pretty young! Does anyone know what happened to him?
Sep-11-06  hellstrafer: <EmperorAtahualpa: So he died at 38 years old>

He died at 28 years old. ;)

Sep-11-06  EmperorAtahualpa: LOL, you're right, thanks. But my question remains! What happened to him?
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  Phony Benoni: All I can find is that he died in Buenos Aires, having stayed there instead of going back to Estonia after the 1939 Olympiad.
Feb-23-07  suenteus po 147: Vaccinations in those days were all but nonexistant. He could have contracted malaria or anything else and been too sick to travel back home, and then later died.
Feb-23-07  NakoSonorense: <Vaccinations in those days were all but nonexistant.> Suenteus, I get your point, but aren't you saying that there were actually vaccinations back then? Your sentence... uhmmm, confuses me! :S
Feb-23-07  suenteus po 147: <NakoSonorense> Though vaccinations (primarily against smallpox) were known and even widespread in the early 20th century, they were by no means common or compulsory. It wasn't until after WWII that vaccinations became commonplace.
Mar-26-07  sleepkid: Raud, like many other chess players participating in the Olympiad, stayed in Argentina after the outbreak of World War II, rather than return to Europe.

Raud fared poorly in Argentina, and in 1941 when he couldn't afford his lodging house any longer, he wandered the streets for two weeks where he was arrested by police. The following day he was sent to a mental asylum, but died there just after arrival. The coroner listed the death as being caused by "debilitation and typhoid fever" - just short of his 28th birthday.

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  whiteshark: <<EmperorAtahualpa>: ... That's pretty young! Does anyone know what happened to him?>

see chessnote no. 4905 <Ilmar Raud and Argentinian chess>. It includes two pictures

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  GrahamClayton: A report on Raud's death from the October 1941 issue of "CHESS" magazine:


At third board of the Estonian team was Ilmar Raud. Estonian champion in 1934, performances for his native country had been little inferior to those of his distinguished friends Keres and Schmidt. English chess followers had met him in Margate, the Easter before, where he took fourth place in an exceptionally strong Reserves tournament.

During the Buenos Aires tournament, the war broke out...Raud remained behind with many others...Of these masters, Najdorf, Eliskases and Stahlberg are experts of the topmost calibre, who could be relied on to make their way in any community with a pretension to civilisation. Najdorf's success has been scintillating; as one of the greatest lightning players of all time, he has been able, through whirlwind simultaneous displays, to make money - and spend it - like water.

But what of those not quite top-notchers? The history of chess is studded with miserable stories of near-success, and now Ilmar Raud, in dying, has given us another. His play had always shown flashes of brilliance but that solidity essential for a consistent record was not there. It is said that his mother begged him to return home and that one of his brothers was killed when the Soviets annexed Estonia.

The long-awaited tournament at Mar del Plata gave the many European masters their chance. Stahlberg's triumph was Raud's failure: he could only finish fourteenth out of eighteen players, with four of the five Argentine players above him. That meant that whilst Stahlberg would be offered many and many an engagement and be welcomed as tutor in many a rich home, Raud would be unwanted. There is not even a bare subsistence in Argentine cafe chess. Soon after, came Raud's last tournament, an event staged by the Circolo Argentino. His principal competitors were Frydman, who finished first, and Grau and Luckis who tied for second place. Raud led the tournament for several rounds, but then began to slip back. He refused to participate in the supper offered by the officials of the organising body. In the final score-table he finished fourth.

Conditions in South America's chess world are extraordinary. Grau has achieved a position of extraordinary power and influence and is virtually dictator of Argentine chess; it is authentically stated that his chess organising activities have netted him at least 5,000 pounds in two years. Yet tournament after tournament goes through in the most haphazard and unsatisfactory fashion. Dates and venues are altered at random; even at Mar Del Plata, the masters' accommodation was very unsatisfactory and the bonus per point, originally announced as ten pesos, turned our finally to be eight only. Sometimes no prize-money is paid until weeks after the tournament is over.

Through the Circolo Argentino's tournament (which Grau organised) finished in April, the prize distribution did not take place until June 29th (a personal telephone call by Luckis to Palau, Grau's right-hand man achieved this!).

Raud's prize was only a few shillings. At 10.00 am on that very June 29th, he left his poor lodging-house never to return. He was found wandering in the streets and was arrested by police. It is said there was a fight, and visitors subsequently observed obvious evidence of blows. He spent a bitterly cold night in the police yard, and the next day was sent to a lunatic asylum, where he died at 2.00 am, on July 13th, at the early age of 27. The doctor's certificate gave, as cause of death, general debility and typhoid fever, but the general verdict is - starvation! His body was cremated, and the ashes have been conveyed by the Estonian consulate to Europe."

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  whiteshark: Here's a fine but dateless picture of Ilmar Raud :

source: (2nd player)

Apr-13-17  JimNorCal: A shame he had no other skill to fall back on. Even a dishwasher at a restaurant will typically be fed a meal or two per day as part of his compensation.
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  whiteshark: Detailed bio in Estonian:
Oct-01-17  visayanbraindoctor: <cause of death, general debility and typhoid fever, but the general verdict is - starvation! His body was cremated, and the ashes have been conveyed by the Estonian consulate to Europe.">

The Estonian consulate should have at the very least given Raud food and temporary shelter. They must have known he was around because he officially represented Estonia in the Olympiad. This looks like a failure of the Estonian consulate officials at that time.

Oct-03-17  nimh: There was no Estonian consulate in Argentine in the pre-war years, as far as I can tell after some research on the web.
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