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🏆 Rosario (1939)

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Vladimir Petrov, Vladas Mikenas, Romeo Garcia Vera, Erich Eliskases, Orestes J Giustina, Oscar Garcia Vera, Jose Maria Cristia, Juan Vinuesa Chess Event Description
Rosario (1939)

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

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Petrov * ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 6½ 2 Eliskases ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 5½ 3 Mikenas 0 ½ * 1 1 ½ 1 0 4 =4 Vinuesa 0 0 0 * 0 1 ½ 1 2½ =4 Cristia 0 0 0 1 * ½ 0 1 2½ =4 R Garcia 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * 0 1 2½ =4 O Garcia 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 * 0 2½ 8 Giustina 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 * 2

Tournament book: Rosario 1939 and Circulo de Ajedrez Buenos Aires 1939 by Juan Sebastian Morgado and Tony Gillam (Chess Player, Nottingham 2008. 76 pp.).

Original collection: Game Collection: Rosario 1939 by User: Tabanus.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. O Garcia Vera vs Eliskases  0-1541939RosarioA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
2. O Giustina vs Petrov  0-1681939RosarioA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
3. R Garcia Vera vs J Vinuesa  0-1611939RosarioC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
4. J M Cristia vs V Mikenas  0-1381939RosarioA48 King's Indian
5. J Vinuesa vs J M Cristia  0-1281939RosarioD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
6. O Giustina vs O Garcia Vera  1-0791939RosarioC45 Scotch Game
7. Petrov vs V Mikenas  1-0591939RosarioE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
8. Eliskases vs R Garcia Vera  ½-½761939RosarioA06 Reti Opening
9. V Mikenas vs J Vinuesa 1-0521939RosarioD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. J M Cristia vs Eliskases  0-1341939RosarioA47 Queen's Indian
11. R Garcia Vera vs O Giustina  1-0731939RosarioC02 French, Advance
12. O Garcia Vera vs Petrov  0-1411939RosarioA04 Reti Opening
13. O Garcia Vera vs R Garcia Vera  1-0401939RosarioA12 English with b3
14. Petrov vs J Vinuesa  1-0501939RosarioA22 English
15. O Giustina vs J M Cristia  0-1591939RosarioB03 Alekhine's Defense
16. Eliskases vs V Mikenas  ½-½531939RosarioD95 Grunfeld
17. J Vinuesa vs Eliskases  0-1691939RosarioE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
18. V Mikenas vs O Giustina  0-1531939RosarioD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. J M Cristia vs O Garcia Vera  0-1401939RosarioA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. R Garcia Vera vs Petrov  0-1671939RosarioB72 Sicilian, Dragon
21. Petrov vs Eliskases  ½-½301939RosarioD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. O Garcia Vera vs V Mikenas  0-1381939RosarioA15 English
23. R Garcia Vera vs J M Cristia  ½-½211939RosarioB02 Alekhine's Defense
24. O Giustina vs J Vinuesa  0-1571939RosarioB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
25. Eliskases vs O Giustina  1-0581939RosarioA34 English, Symmetrical
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Kibitzer's Corner
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.
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<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. 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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  GrahamClayton: The Club Espanol in Rosario is a very impressive building:

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