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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 YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A D de Groot vs R Arlauskas  1-0351936Munich OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. J Francez vs R Arlauskas  ½-½461936Munich OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. R Arlauskas vs G Marthinsen  1-0251936Munich OlympiadB72 Sicilian, Dragon
4. R Arlauskas vs I Halic  0-1581936Munich OlympiadB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
5. R Arlauskas vs S Gudmundsson  0-1331936Munich OlympiadB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
6. R Palme vs R Arlauskas  ½-½491946Augsburg 1stA08 King's Indian Attack
7. A Krumins vs R Arlauskas  ½-½311946Augsburg 1stB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. R Arlauskas vs P Troeger  1-0241946Augsburg 1stC05 French, Tarrasch
9. R Arlauskas vs E Zemgalis  ½-½381946Augsburg 1stC00 French Defense
10. R Arlauskas vs J Huber  1-0381946Augsburg 1stC07 French, Tarrasch
11. A Rankis vs R Arlauskas  1-0201946Augsburg 1stA27 English, Three Knights System
12. P Tautvaisas vs R Arlauskas 0-1171946Augsburg 1stD97 Grunfeld, Russian
13. F Nuernberg vs R Arlauskas  0-1451946Augsburg 1stD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. R Arlauskas vs L Dreibergs 0-1511946Augsburg 1stB40 Sicilian
15. Saemisch vs R Arlauskas  ½-½261946Augsburg 1stD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. L Skema vs R Arlauskas  ½-½681946Augsburg 1stD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. F Krautheim vs R Arlauskas  ½-½301946Augsburg 1stB72 Sicilian, Dragon
18. R Arlauskas vs M Riedmiller 1-0261946Augsburg 1stD00 Queen's Pawn Game
19. R Arlauskas vs K Ozols  ½-½251946Augsburg 1stC07 French, Tarrasch
20. R Arlauskas vs L Endzelins  0-1471946Augsburg 1stB10 Caro-Kann
21. Unzicker vs R Arlauskas  1-0241946Augsburg 1stB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
22. R Arlauskas vs L Spinks  1-0301953Australian Correspondence ChC12 French, McCutcheon
23. Lim Hong Gie vs R Arlauskas 1-0601962W-ch4 corr6265A91 Dutch Defense
24. R Arlauskas vs S Nyman  ½-½291962W-ch4 corr6265C16 French, Winawer
25. Tolush vs R Arlauskas  ½-½261962W-ch4 corr6265D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
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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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