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Paul Tautvaisas
Number of games in database: 44
Years covered: 1936 to 1973
Overall record: +19 -19 =6 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-06-1916, died Nov-1980, 64 years old) Lithuania (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Paul (Povilas) Tautvaisas was born in Bychov, Mogilev*, now Belarus. Following the Second World War as a displaced person he eventually made his way to the USA via Germany and settled in Chicago, Illinois. He passed away in Chicago in November 1980.

*Wikipedia article: Mogilev

Wikipedia article: Povilas Tautvai%C5%A1as

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 44  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Hartvig Nielsen vs P Tautvaisas  1-0251936Munich OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. W Weil vs P Tautvaisas  1-0271936Munich OlympiadA12 English with b3
3. A Malchev vs P Tautvaisas  0-1351936Munich OlympiadB10 Caro-Kann
4. C de Ronde vs P Tautvaisas  1-0391939Buenos Aires ol (Men) prel-CA22 English
5. P Tautvaisas vs I Pleci 0-1401939Buenos Aires ol (Men) prel-CB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
6. C de Ronde vs P Tautvaisas  ½-½261939Buenos Aires ol (Men) f-AA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
7. P Tautvaisas vs I Pleci  0-1621939Buenos Aires ol (Men) f-AC49 Four Knights
8. L Schmitt vs P Tautvaisas  1-0621946Augsburg 1stA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
9. P Tautvaisas vs F Krautheim  1-0291946Augsburg 1stB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
10. P Tautvaisas vs Unzicker  0-1401946Augsburg 1stC23 Bishop's Opening
11. P Tautvaisas vs E Zemgalis  0-1401946Augsburg 1stC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
12. L Endzelins vs P Tautvaisas  ½-½231946Augsburg 1stD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. P Troeger vs P Tautvaisas  0-1441946Augsburg 1stD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
14. P Tautvaisas vs A Krumins  1-0411946Augsburg 1stC07 French, Tarrasch
15. P Tautvaisas vs R Arlauskas 0-1171946Augsburg 1stD97 Grunfeld, Russian
16. P Tautvaisas vs A Rankis  ½-½481946Augsburg 1stC59 Two Knights
17. L Schmitt vs P Tautvaisas  1-0601946Augsburg 1stA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
18. F Nuernberg vs P Tautvaisas  0-1331946Augsburg 1stD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. P Tautvaisas vs Saemisch  ½-½251946Augsburg 1stC53 Giuoco Piano
20. P Tautvaisas vs K Ozols  1-0371946Augsburg 1stC07 French, Tarrasch
21. L Dreibergs vs P Tautvaisas  0-1451946Augsburg 1stC22 Center Game
22. M Riedmiller vs P Tautvaisas  0-1621946Augsburg 1stD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
23. R Palme vs P Tautvaisas  0-1371946Augsburg 1stA06 Reti Opening
24. E J Diemer vs P Tautvaisas 0-1451948EsslingenD00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Saemisch vs P Tautvaisas  ½-½371949OldenburgD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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  Benzol: <> Is Povilas Tautvaisas the same player?
Premium Chessgames Member I'm pretty sure they are the same. They both played in Chicago. If they're not the same person they are brothers.
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  Benzol: From 'Mr Chess - The Ortvin Sarapu Story'

"I was invited to play in the Oldenburg international tournament in West Germany in 1949. The Germans had nine players and nine came from other countries, including Bob Wade of New Zealand. I was selected as an Estonian displaced person along with the Latvian Elmars Zemgalis, who later settled in Seattle, USA, and Paul Tautvaisas, who went to Chicago, but was originally from Lithuania".

Mar-30-05  Resignation Trap: Yes, Paul Tautvaisas = Povilas Tautvaisas .
Premium Chessgames Member OK, we merged the games together. Now the question remains, which is more proper, "Paul" or "Povilas" ?
Mar-30-05  Resignation Trap: I believe that his name was officially "Povilas" throughout his life, though in Chicago, everybody called him "Paul".
Mar-30-05  Resignation Trap: Povilas Tautvaisas was born May 6. 1916 (modern-day calendar) in Bychov, which is in present-day Belarus. The son of ethnic Lithuanian refugees who left their homeland during World War I, they returned to a newly-independent Lithuania after the October Revolution.

He was on Lithuania's team at the so-called "Extra Olympiad" at Munich, 1936, and was awarded the title of Master in 1937.

He was again playing for Lithuania at the Buenos Aires Olympiad in 1939, when World War II broke out. Tautvaisas returned to Europe, unlike many other players in this event (Miguel Najdorf , Erich Eliskases , Jiri Pelikan etc.).

After the war and the USSR's annexation of the Baltic nations, Tautvaisas found himself as a "Displaced Person" in Germany.

Mar-30-05  Resignation Trap: There were many tournaments organized in Germany in the late 1940's, and most of these consisted of Germans and "Displaced Persons" - mostly from the Baltics. Tautvaisas participated in many of these, most notably Augsburg 1946 (3rd-4th with Saemisch, behind Unzicker and Zemgalis), Kirchheim-Teck 1947 , Esslingen 1948 (where he scored 5.5/9), Oldenburg 1948 and Oldenburg 1949 .

He then moved to Boston in 1949, then finally to Chicago in 1950.

He was many-time Chicago and Illinois champion, and his prominence in the Chicago area in the 1950's and 1960's earned him the nickname "The Old Fox". Tautvaisas died in November 1980.

He has a variation of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit named for him: 1. d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 exf3 5. Nxf3 Nc6 .

Sep-03-06  Mibelz: <Resignation Trap> Povilas Tautvaišas took 5th, behind Birmanas, Leonardas Abramavičius, Romanas Arlauskas, and Povilas Vaitonis, at the 1943 Lithuanian chess championship in Vilnius. At the end of WW II, Tautvaišas along with many other Baltic players (Arlauskas, Dreibergs, Endzelins, Jursevskis, Mednis, Ozols, Sarapu, Vaitonis, Zemgalis, etc.) escaped to West, just before the advancing the Soviet forces arrived, to avoid deportation to Siberia or any other persecutions the Soviet occupation (e.g., those of Vladimirs Petrovs).
Sep-03-06  Resignation Trap: <Mibelz> I'm happy to see new users to this site who can supply more information of these players other than that which I submitted! Keep up the good work!
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  GrahamClayton: Tautvaisis also finished =2nd in the Baltic Displaced Persons championship held at Blomberg in 1945 with Lucius Endzelins, behind winner Romanas Arlauskas.

Source: Anthony Wright, "Australian Chess - 1949 to 1960", Melbourne, 2004

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  whiteshark: Bio:

Oldenburg 1949: Game Collection: 99_Oldenburg 1949

Aug-10-09  budek: I just wanted to thank everyone on this site for all this great information! Povilas Tautvaisas was my uncle and godfather. I did not have the knack for chess, he and I swam in Lake Michigan together! I knew some about his chess career, but not all of this. It's great!
May-12-15  jerseybob: I remember reading in Horowitz in the mid-60's about how Tautvaisas had a bad car accident, then got out of his hospital bed to win some tourney 8-0. But compared with escaping the Soviet thug squads, what's a mere car accident?
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