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Romanas Arlauskas
Number of games in database: 34
Years covered: 1936 to 1962
Overall record: +11 -8 =15 (54.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-11-1917, died Sep-22-2009, 92 years old) Lithuania (federation/nationality Australia)

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Romanas Arlauskas was born in Kaunas, Lithuania. In 1943, he won the Lithuanian championship. In the late 1940s, he moved to Australia, and subsequently won the Australian championship in 1949. Arlauskas finished 3rd in the 4th World Correspondence Championship (1962-1965). He was awarded the title of Grandmaster of Correspondence Chess in 1965.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 34  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A D de Groot vs R Arlauskas  1-035 1936 Munich OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. R Arlauskas vs G Marthinsen  1-025 1936 Munich OlympiadB72 Sicilian, Dragon
3. J Francez vs R Arlauskas  ½-½46 1936 Munich OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. R Arlauskas vs I Halic  0-158 1936 Munich OlympiadB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
5. R Arlauskas vs S Gudmundsson  0-133 1936 Munich OlympiadB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
6. R Arlauskas vs L Dreibergs 0-151 1946 Augsburg GERB40 Sicilian
7. Saemisch vs R Arlauskas  ½-½26 1946 Augsburg GERD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. L Skema vs R Arlauskas  ½-½68 1946 Nt +D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. F Krautheim vs R Arlauskas  ½-½30 1946 Augsburg GERB72 Sicilian, Dragon
10. R Arlauskas vs M Riedmiller 1-026 1946 Augsburg GERD00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. R Arlauskas vs K Ozols  ½-½25 1946 Augsburg GERC07 French, Tarrasch
12. R Arlauskas vs L Endzelins  0-147 1946 Augsburg GERB10 Caro-Kann
13. Unzicker vs R Arlauskas  1-024 1946 Augsburg GERB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
14. R Palme vs R Arlauskas  ½-½49 1946 Augsburg GERA08 King's Indian Attack
15. A Krumins vs R Arlauskas  ½-½31 1946 Augsburg GERB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. R Arlauskas vs P Troeger  1-024 1946 Augsburg GERC05 French, Tarrasch
17. R Arlauskas vs E Zemgalis  ½-½38 1946 Augsburg GERC00 French Defense
18. R Arlauskas vs J Huber  1-038 1946 Augsburg GERC08 French, Tarrasch, Open, 4.ed ed
19. A Rankis vs R Arlauskas  1-020 1946 Augsburg GERA27 English, Three Knights System
20. P Tautvaisas vs R Arlauskas 0-117 1946 Augsburg GERD97 Grunfeld, Russian
21. F Nuernberg vs R Arlauskas  0-145 1946 Augsburg GERD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. R Arlauskas vs L Spinks  1-030 1953 Australian Correspondence ChC12 French, McCutcheon
23. R Arlauskas vs V Zagorovsky  ½-½46 1962 W-ch4 corr6265D16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. R Arlauskas vs V Bergraser  ½-½36 1962 W-ch4 corr6265B01 Scandinavian
25. Nandor Dalko vs R Arlauskas  0-152 1962 W-ch4 corr6265D14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
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  Benzol: Born 11th June 1917 in Kaunas
Finished 3rd in the World Correspondence Championship of 1965.
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  whiteshark: Player of the Day (Dutch)

- South Australian Chess Champion in 1949

- became ICCF GM in 1965

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  whiteshark: He was also Australian Corr Chess Champion in 1950


Jun-11-08  chaarl: Happy birthdau to GM Arlauskas. His game against Lundquest is worth a look.
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  GrahamClayton: Arlauskus finished 2nd in the 1938 Lithuanian Championship and 3rd in 1941. As well as winning the Lithuanian Championship in 1943, he also won the Kaunus city championship in the same year. In 1945, Arlauskus won the Baltic Displaced Persons Championship in Blomberg, Germany, ahead of Endzelins and Tautvaisis. He finished =5th at Augsburg in August 1946 with a score of 9/16.

Arlauskas then finished =11th with 6 points in the Herman Mattison Memorial Tournament, held in September 1947.

Arlauskas emigrated to Australia in 1948, becomin an architect with the South Australian state government, and as mentioned, won the 1949 South Australian championship with a score of 6.5/7. He captained South Australian to victory over Western Australia in an interstate match.

After finishing 2nd behind Endzelins in the 1950 South Australian championship, Arlauskas finished 6th with a score of 8.5/15 in the 1951 Australian Championship, held in Brisbane.

After winning the third Australian Correspondence Chess chmapionship (1950-53), Arlauskas declined his invitation to enter the 2nd ICCF World Correspondence Chess Championship final due to family responsibilities.

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

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  GrahamClayton: The November 2009 issue of the "Australian Correspondence Chess Quarterly" has reported the sad news of the passing of GM Arlauskas at the age of 92. Arlauskas had been diagnosed with cancer in 1999, and had been receiving treatment for the last 10 years. He passed away at home on the 22nd of September 2009, with his partner Jurate by his side. He can be ranked alongside Cecil Purdy and Lucius Endzelins as arguably the 3 greatest ever Australian correspondence players.
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  GrahamClayton: The Australian Chess Federation has honoured Arlauskas by naming the award for the best Australian Junior Player of the Year the Arlauskas Medal.
Oct-28-14  ljfyffe: Migrated to Germany 1944
Migrated to Australia 1948
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  MissScarlett: <Migrated to Germany 1944>

<At the end of World War II, Endzelins, along with many other Baltic players (Arlauskas, Dreibergs, Jursevskis, Mednis, Ozols, Sarapu, Tautvaišas, Vaitonis, Zemgalis, et al.), escaped to the west just before the advancing Soviet forces arrived.>

Presumably the thought of being cannon fodder for the Soviet chess school didn't appeal.

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  WannaBe: I always like the term immigrated or emigrated instead of "migrate", which I usually associate with animals that move with seasonal changes.
Oct-28-14  ljfyffe: <WannaBe> Notwithstanding the fact that rabbits will soon be turning white with the coming of wintertime, ICCF Gold, 2002, a book on correspondence chess history, settles for the term "migrated"....under the heading of Lithuiana.....most likely lacking space to go into the history of German and Soviet occupations. But it does say, the country is "known for its famous emigrant representatives."
Oct-28-14  ljfyffe: Lithuania
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