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Paul Vaitonis
Number of games in database: 91
Years covered: 1931 to 1965
Overall record: +26 -43 =22 (40.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Aug-15-1911, died Apr-23-1983, 71 years old) Lithuania (federation/nationality Canada)

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Povilas (Paul) Vaitonis was born on the 15th of August 1911 in Uzpaliai, Lithuania. He emigrated to Canada in 1948. From January 1953 until September 1955, he edited a chess column for the Hamilton Spectator, & Frank Ross Anderson later continued writing it until 1964.

Awarded the IM title in 1952, he was Canadian Champion in 1951 and 1957. He represented Canada on 3rd board at the Olympiads in 1954 & 1958, accumulating 15 points in 28 team games for Canada and earlier earned 32 points in 63 team games for Lithuania between 1933-9. He won the Ontario championships of 1950 & 1953. He passed away in Hamilton in 1983 & was its city champion throughout 1955-6 (his 1956 result saw a 10-0 score registered) & 1960-1.

References: Wikipedia article: Povilas Vaitonis,,, ,, Hamilton Spectator

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Macht vs P Vaitonis 1-0261931The 3rd Lithuania championshipD80 Grunfeld
2. P Vaitonis vs E Eliskases 1-0171933OlympiadA16 English
3. P Vaitonis vs M Monticelli  0-1361933OlympiadA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
4. L Steiner vs P Vaitonis 1-0331933OlympiadC10 French
5. P Vaitonis vs E Gilfer  0-1401933OlympiadA34 English, Symmetrical
6. K Treybal vs P Vaitonis  1-0451933OlympiadB15 Caro-Kann
7. Vladimir Petrov vs P Vaitonis 0-1261933OlympiadD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. P Vaitonis vs Najdorf 0-1571935OlympiadE17 Queen's Indian
9. P Vaitonis vs I Pleci 0-1361935OlympiadA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
10. F Kibbermann vs P Vaitonis  1-0371935OlympiadA25 English
11. P Vaitonis vs S Erdelyi  ½-½391935OlympiadD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. P Vaitonis vs Szabo  1-0321935OlympiadA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
13. P Vaitonis vs P Hage  0-1331936Munich OlympiadD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. P Vaitonis vs T van Scheltinga  0-1401936Munich OlympiadD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. N B Rometti vs P Vaitonis  0-1241936Munich OlympiadC00 French Defense
16. P Vaitonis vs D Danchev  1-0541936Munich OlympiadA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
17. S Herseth vs P Vaitonis  1-0521936Munich OlympiadA43 Old Benoni
18. P Vaitonis vs Feigin 1-0211936Munich OlympiadD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. E Thorvaldsson vs P Vaitonis 0-1201936Munich OlympiadA57 Benko Gambit
20. P Vaitonis vs Fine  0-13119377th olm finalA09 Reti Opening
21. Foltys vs P Vaitonis  1-03719377th olm finalD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
22. P Vaitonis vs Prins  1-05119377th olm finalA40 Queen's Pawn Game
23. A Asgeirsson vs P Vaitonis  1-03319377th olm finalE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
24. P Vaitonis vs Szabo  ½-½3719377th olm finalE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
25. R Grau vs P Vaitonis  1-04719377th olm finalD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
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Jan-06-09  Stolberg: Paul Vaitonis came to Sweden in 1944 and left for Canada in Januar 1949.
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  GrahamClayton: <Stolberg>Paul Vaitonis came to Sweden in 1944 and left for Canada in Januar 1949.

Vaitonis was leading the 1944 Lithuanian championship when the tournament was abandoned, probably due to the westward advance of the Red Army.

Jan-21-12  AlphaMale: According to the <BCM> obit, <A lawyer in his own country, he fled in a fishing boat to Sweden with his wife and three children in 1944.>
Jan-22-12  mojonera: oh , he was balsero
Sep-01-17  Arconax: <Vaitonis was leading the 1944 Lithuanian championship when the tournament was abandoned, probably due to the westward advance of the Red Army>

Pure speculation.

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  hemy: Vaitonis fled Russian rule of his native Lithuania in 1944 because "all the time you're afraid. Even if you don't do anything wrong you never know when they'll arrest you." He was scheduled to go to Sweden in a small boat, but this boat and his proposed companions were blasted by bombs in a raid. Vaitonis managed to get aboard another ship, scheduled to run the high-explosive gauntlet, and successfully reached Sweden. He married there in 1948 and came to Canada the following year. After a year's work on a farm he took up cost accounting. He has played chess since he was five, but has no real love of tournament chess. "I like better to play a good game with my friends," he says.

Source: An article about 1951 Canadian chess championship on with references to Vancouver local newspaper "Daily Province, Saturday, August 25, 1951"

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  hemy: Detailed biography of Vaitonis, include his photos and photos of his family, was published in American Lithuanian Journal "Bridges", November 2011, pages 14-15. (

His biography also published on the webpage of Canadian chess federation. (

According to this webpage Vaitonis was the winner of 1944 Lithuanian chess championship. Some other sources are stating that this tournament wasn't finished.

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