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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 was twice vice-champion of the Soviet Farmworkers Championship in 1951 and in 1952. 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.

Wikipedia article: Roberts Skuja

 page 1 of 1; 15 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Skuja vs G Zhuravlev  0-175 1951 Ch URS (Farmers)B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
2. G Zhuravlev vs R Skuja  1-038 1952 Ch URS (Farmers)E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
3. Tal vs R Skuja 1-040 1952 LatviaE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
4. R Skuja vs Tal ½-½65 1954 URSB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
5. Tal vs R Skuja 1-043 1955 URSE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. G Zhuravlev vs R Skuja  0-138 1955 Ch URS (farming team)D04 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Boleslavsky vs R Skuja  1-027 1957 Minsk ztD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. I Vistaneckis vs R Skuja  1-034 1957 Minsk ztD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Suetin vs R Skuja  1-061 1957 Ch URS (1/4 final)C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
10. R Skuja vs V Rozhdestvensky  ½-½46 1957 Minsk ztB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
11. Gipslis vs R Skuja  1-036 1957 Ch URS (1/4 final)A07 King's Indian Attack
12. R Skuja vs Tal 0-134 1958 LatviaA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
13. Tal vs R Skuja 1-027 1958 Latvia chB01 Scandinavian
14. R Skuja vs Tal ½-½56 1965 RigaB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
15. R Skuja vs I Zdanovs  ½-½34 1971 LAT-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:

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<Skuja, Roberts

Championnat de Lettonie, 1957>

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