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Roberts Skuja
Number of games in database: 15
Years covered: 1951 to 1971
Overall record: +1 -10 =4 (20.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-17-1910, died Sep-18-1984, 74 years old) Latvia

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Born 5th (O.S)/17th(N.S)February 1910 into a peasant family, and all his life he was an agricultural worker. He learned to play chess at age 14. In 1927, he became Alūksnes (city) chess champion.

From 1930 to 1971, he participated (eighteen times) in the Latvian Chess Championship . His best result was sharing 2nd-3rd place in 1950. After the Second World War, he was the Latvian rural sports association's ("Varpa") strongest chess player. A Soviet chess player, he took second place behind Grigory Ivanovich Zhuravlev in both the 1951 and 1952 Soviet Farmworkers Championship.1 In 1954 and the 1955 he took first place on the first board in the Soviet Farm Workers Chess Team championships.

He came 15th/20 in the Minsk Zonal of 1957.

He was also a problemist.

1 [rusbase-1] ; [rusbase-2]

Wikipedia article: Roberts Skuja

Last updated: 2018-11-29 21:37:25

 page 1 of 1; 15 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Skuja vs G Zhuravlev  0-1751951Ch URS (Farmers)B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
2. G Zhuravlev vs R Skuja  1-0381952Ch URS (Farmers)E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
3. Tal vs R Skuja 1-0401952LAT-chE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
4. R Skuja vs Tal ½-½651954LAT-chB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
5. Tal vs R Skuja 1-0431955LAT-chE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. G Zhuravlev vs R Skuja  0-1381955Ch URS (farming team)D04 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Suetin vs R Skuja  1-0611957Ch URS (1/4 final)C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
8. R Skuja vs V Rozhdestvensky ½-½461957Minsk ztB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
9. Gipslis vs R Skuja  1-0361957Ch URS (1/4 final)A07 King's Indian Attack
10. Boleslavsky vs R Skuja  1-0271957Minsk ztD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. I Vistaneckis vs R Skuja  1-0341957Minsk ztD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Tal vs R Skuja 1-0271958Latvia chB01 Scandinavian
13. R Skuja vs Tal 0-1341958LatviaA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
14. R Skuja vs Tal ½-½561965RigaB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
15. R Skuja vs I Zdanovs  ½-½341971LAT-chB06 Robatsch
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Sep-06-09  Jason Frost: A friend of Tal's presumably.
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  whiteshark: Latvian wiki bio:
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  zanzibar: He was a strong player in his bracket, but I question the accuracy of the statements about him being URS Farmworker champion in 1951/52:

Could some editor please investigate?

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  zanzibar: <vice-champion>? Can't we just say he finished 2nd/second?
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  zanzibar: Thanks, editorial staff!

Now, I was wondering how strong a player he was... it's a bit of a challenge since I'm not aware of a pre-FIDE Russsian/Soviet rating system. They awarded titles, which is indicative, but I was hoping for an ELO-estimate to compare him to Harijs Skuja.

Luckily, Roberts Skuja shows up at chessmetrics:

where his highest estimate is ELO 2411 on Aug 1958 rating list.

His best performance was 2360, in the Minsk (1957) zonal.

For the moment I don't have access to my full history of FIDE, but in 2004 (towards the end of his career), H Skuja was rated 2151.

So, I think the two were comparable, with the edge to R Skuja.

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  zanzibar: Here's one of R. Skuja's compositions:

<(White to move and mate)>

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<Skuja, Roberts

Championnat de Lettonie, 1957>

Jan-16-18  ughaibu: Does "vice-champion" mean 'runner up'?
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<Does "vice-champion" mean 'runner up'?>

<ughaibu> Yes, it does, but the fact that you had to ask illustrates <zanzibar's> point about the awkwardness of using "vice champion" in this case. This usage is uncommon in American English idiom.

I have edited the passage to read <"A Soviet chess player, he took second place behind Grigory Ivanovich Zhuravlev in both the 1951 and 1952 Soviet Farmworkers Championship,"> with thanks to <zanzibar> for providing the source for this information from Rusbase:

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  WannaBe: Vice Champion means he is a Champion of all things bad, drinking, gambling, womanizing...
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<Mann Bee> I wish we had emotis at this website because I want to post that one that shows a really surprised guy. You know the emoti that has the guy with a round mouth?

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