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 * 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
Original collection: Game Collection: Rosario 1939 by User: Tabanus.
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|1. O Garcia Vera vs Eliskases
|| ||0-1||54||1939||Rosario||A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4|
|2. J M Cristia vs V Mikenas
|| ||0-1||38||1939||Rosario||A48 King's Indian|
|3. R Garcia Vera vs J Vinuesa
|| ||0-1||61||1939||Rosario||C99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd|
|4. O Giustina vs Petrov
|| ||0-1||68||1939||Rosario||A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4|
|5. J Vinuesa vs J M Cristia
|| ||0-1||28||1939||Rosario||D57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense|
|6. J M Cristia vs Eliskases
|| ||0-1||34||1939||Rosario||A47 Queen's Indian|
|7. O Garcia Vera vs Petrov
|| ||0-1||41||1939||Rosario||A04 Reti Opening|
|8. O Giustina vs J M Cristia
|| ||0-1||59||1939||Rosario||B03 Alekhine's Defense|
|9. J Vinuesa vs Eliskases
|| ||0-1||69||1939||Rosario||E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5|
|10. V Mikenas vs O Giustina
|| ||0-1||53||1939||Rosario||D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|11. J M Cristia vs O Garcia Vera
|| ||0-1||40||1939||Rosario||A46 Queen's Pawn Game|
|12. R Garcia Vera vs Petrov
|| ||0-1||67||1939||Rosario||B72 Sicilian, Dragon|
|13. O Garcia Vera vs V Mikenas
|| ||0-1||38||1939||Rosario||A15 English|
|14. O Giustina vs J Vinuesa
|| ||0-1||57||1939||Rosario||B45 Sicilian, Taimanov|
|15. J M Cristia vs Petrov
|| ||0-1||45||1939||Rosario||D04 Queen's Pawn Game|
|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.
|Aug-08-21|| ||GrahamClayton: The Club Espanol in Rosario is a very impressive building:|
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