The tournament took place at the Club Espanol in Rosario, Argentina, immediately after the 8th Chess Olympiad in Buenos Aires (which was held from August 21 to September 19). It was organised by the Federación Santafecina de Ajedrez. Rosario is the largest city in Santa Fé province, and has a population of over one million. It is located 300 km northwest of Buenos Aires on the Parana River with a good link to the capital.
Petrov secured the win with a draw against Eliskases in Round 6. The top finishers came straight from the Olympiad, where Petrov scored +8 -0 =11 for Latvia, Eliskases +7 -2 =5 for Germany, and Mikenas +10 -5 =4 for Lithuania. Petrov and Mikenas went after Rosario back to Europe, whereas Eliskases remained in Argentina the rest of his life (except for a stay in Austria in 1976). The last five players were from Rosario.
Rosario, Argentina, 21-27 September 1939
Tournament book: Rosario 1939 and Circulo de Ajedrez Buenos Aires 1939 by Juan Sebastian Morgado and Tony Gillam (Chess Player, Nottingham 2008. 76 pp.).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Petrov * ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 1 6˝
2 Eliskases ˝ * ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 1 5˝
3 Mikenas 0 ˝ * 1 1 ˝ 1 0 4
=4 Vinuesa 0 0 0 * 0 1 ˝ 1 2˝
=4 Cristia 0 0 0 1 * ˝ 0 1 2˝
=4 R Garcia 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ * 0 1 2˝
=4 O Garcia 0 0 0 ˝ 1 1 * 0 2˝
8 Giustina 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 * 2
Original collection: Game Collection: Rosario 1939 by User: Tabanus.
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28
|1. O Giustina vs Vladimir Petrov
|| ||0-1||68||1939||Rosario||A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4|
|2. O Garcia Vera vs Eliskases
|| ||0-1||54||1939||Rosario||A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4|
|3. R Garcia Vera vs J Vinuesa
|| ||0-1||61||1939||Rosario||C99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd|
|4. J M Cristia vs V Mikenas
|| ||0-1||38||1939||Rosario||A48 King's Indian|
|5. O Giustina vs O Garcia Vera
|| ||1-0||79||1939||Rosario||C45 Scotch Game|
|6. J Vinuesa vs J M Cristia
|| ||0-1||28||1939||Rosario||D57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense|
|7. Vladimir Petrov vs V Mikenas
|| ||1-0||59||1939||Rosario||E02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4|
|8. Eliskases vs R Garcia Vera
|| ||½-½||76||1939||Rosario||A06 Reti Opening|
|9. R Garcia Vera vs O Giustina
|| ||1-0||73||1939||Rosario||C02 French, Advance|
|10. O Garcia Vera vs Vladimir Petrov
|| ||0-1||41||1939||Rosario||A04 Reti Opening|
|11. J M Cristia vs Eliskases
|| ||0-1||34||1939||Rosario||A47 Queen's Indian|
|12. V Mikenas vs J Vinuesa
||1-0||52||1939||Rosario||D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|13. Eliskases vs V Mikenas
|| ||½-½||53||1939||Rosario||D95 Grunfeld|
|14. Vladimir Petrov vs J Vinuesa
|| ||1-0||50||1939||Rosario||A22 English|
|15. O Giustina vs J M Cristia
|| ||0-1||59||1939||Rosario||B03 Alekhine's Defense|
|16. O Garcia Vera vs R Garcia Vera
|| ||1-0||40||1939||Rosario||A12 English with b3|
|17. V Mikenas vs O Giustina
|| ||0-1||53||1939||Rosario||D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|18. J Vinuesa vs Eliskases
|| ||0-1||69||1939||Rosario||E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5|
|19. J M Cristia vs O Garcia Vera
|| ||0-1||40||1939||Rosario||A46 Queen's Pawn Game|
|20. R Garcia Vera vs Vladimir Petrov
|| ||0-1||67||1939||Rosario||B72 Sicilian, Dragon|
|21. Vladimir Petrov vs Eliskases
|| ||½-½||30||1939||Rosario||D02 Queen's Pawn Game|
|22. O Garcia Vera vs V Mikenas
|| ||0-1||38||1939||Rosario||A15 English|
|23. R Garcia Vera vs J M Cristia
|| ||½-½||21||1939||Rosario||B02 Alekhine's Defense|
|24. O Giustina vs J Vinuesa
|| ||0-1||57||1939||Rosario||B45 Sicilian, Taimanov|
|25. V Mikenas vs R Garcia Vera
|| ||½-½||37||1939||Rosario||D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense|
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|Jun-17-14|| ||GumboGambit: With all the European chess masters that stayed in Argentina after the outbreak of WWII, it is a shame that Petrov did not. The Latvian was sent to the Gulag by the Soviets, and died a few years later.|
|Jul-13-18|| ||jessicafischerqueen: |
<GumboGambit> There was sometimes a steep price to pay for staying in Argentina after the tournament. <Najdorf's> wife and children were murdered by the Nazis after he emigrated to South America.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sq... at 10:54 to 11:40 of the video.
<Vladimirs Petrovs> chose not to abandon his wife and child in Europe. They survived the war, but he paid the price- death in the gulag.
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