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Vytautas Skibniauskas
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Years covered: 1936

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(born 1911, died Sep-01-1966, 55 years old) Lithuania (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Tot vs V Skibniauskas  1-0231936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadB32 Sicilian

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  Tabanus: page 4 has a V. Skibiniauskas. : Vytautas Skibiniauskas, sachmatininkas (chess player), b. 1911, d. 1966 in Baltimore.

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  Tabanus: Europe, Registration of Foreigners and German Persecutees, 1939-1947:

Dinkelsbühl, 10.10.1946. Foreigners who were living in the location during the war – permanently or temporarily: ... Vytautas Skibiniuskas, born 1.11.11.

Passenger lists:

Vytautas A. Skibniauskas, 40, Lithuania, laborer, destination 501 S. Redwood St., Baltimore, Md., leaving Bremerhaven 6 June 1951 on board USS General Sturgis.

Vytautas Skibniauskas, 40, Lithuania, destination 501 S. Redwood St., Baltimore, arriving in New York 16 June 1951 on board General S D Sturgis.

There's apparently an obituary in The Baltimore Sun, 6 Sept 1966, p. 15.

Jan-15-20  hemy: <Tabanus> You solved this mystery. His name is Vytautas.
Apparently the has it wrong: "J. Skibiniauskas".

According to mentioned by you "USA Lithuanians" chapter of "Lithuania and the World" project (
Skibiniauskas Vytautas (1911 - 1966.IX.1) played in Kaunas city 1936 championship and was a member of Lithuania chess team in Munich, Germany Olympic. While living in Germany and later in USA he was active chess player, participated in tournaments and was an organizer of chess events.

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  chesshistoryinterest: Marvellous finds, Tabanus. Thank you.

Hmm, I did find this: (Ilustvetais Vards, 1 January 1946, page 30)

where Skibiniauskas' initial is again given as 'J'. Would 'J' and 'V' somehow be interchangeable in Lithuanian, hemy?

Nevertheless, your finds are very convincing, Tabanus.

I move that this page be renamed "Vytautas A. Skibiniauskas" and the details found here could be put into a bio.

Jan-16-20  hemy: <Marvellous finds, Tabanus>
<Tabanus> is a best researcher I know and a real friend, always volunteering to help.

<Would 'J' and 'V' somehow be interchangeable in Lithuanian, hemy?> Not at all.

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  Tabanus: has a photo of the Lithuanian Ol team 1936 which includes "V. Skibniauskas".
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  chesshistoryinterest: Cool find. Nice to have a photo of him. Pity the photo didn't also include Baikovicius.

Strange that he is twice referred to as "J.". Though I've found that such contradictory information is not uncommon (or maybe he occasionally used another name). I consider it beyond reasonable doubt, given the official records you found, that his proper name is 'Vytautas'.

Jan-17-20  hemy: <Cool find> surprisingly the link is to my Dropbox public folder. This picture from "Mūsų šachmatai" was also included in the book "Jews in Lithuania chess history":

You can download this book from my Dropbox as well:

Ironically this picture exposes mistake in family name of "Skibiniauskas" - it should be Skibniauskas. "Draugas", January 27, 1950, p. 8
FROM CLOSE AND FAR - Vytas Skibniauskas, chess player, soon coming from Germany to Baltimore, Md. "Draugas", June 4, 1951, p.

Arriving more Lithuanians.
... On June 6, the ship 'General Sturgis" departs to the United States (New York) with the following Lithuanians: ... Skibniauskas Vytautas, 501 S. Redwood St., Baltimore. Md. Vytautas Skibniauskas
Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 Birth: 1911
Arrival: 1951 "Darbininkas", January 31, 1950, p. 8
another well-known chess player Vytas Skibniauskas is coming from Germany. "Darbininkas", June 22, 1951
On June 16, with the ship "General Sturgis" arrived to New York's bay: ... Skibniauskas Vytautas. "Draugas", November 29, 1961, p. 7
1947 Lithuanian championship at Kempten (German) won by Tautvaišas, 13 Latvian Zemitis, Skibniauskas... "Draugas", May 28, 1977, p. 5:
3O years ago.
Povilas Tautvaišas won the German Lithuanian Chess Championship in 1947, scoring 13 points out of 14 ... Latvian Zemitis and Skibniauskas - 8 points.

Jan-17-20  hemy: More examples of family name Skibniauskas (not Skibiniauskas!)

Volume II 1941-1952. VILNIUS 1999 Compiled by Algimantas Bertašius:
1941 Lithuanian championship, p.149
Lithuania-Latvia match 1942, p.153

Unfortunately this publication created confusion with the given name (J.Skibniauskas). It is also missing tournament tables of both events.

Fortunately I have in my archive those tables (and 5 more where Skibniauskas participated).

All this is in folder "Lithuania" I just created in my Dropbox:

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  chesshistoryinterest: Hmm, I wonder how the extra 'i' for the 5th letter got into his name.

But in addition to Tabanus's source above, contemporary newspapers also sometimes had it as "Skibiniauskas", eg "Latvju Domas", 1 November 1945, page 2

or "Deutsche Zeitung im Ostland", 5 October 1942, page 4

Chessbase's Megabase also has it as "Skibiniauskas"

On the other hand, "Ilustretais Vards", 1 January 1946, page 30 has it as "Skibniauskas":

I'll take you to be the best judge of this issue, <hemy>.

Jan-30-20  hemy: <chesshistoryinterest> I would be surprised if Lithuanian contemporary newspapers used name "Skibiniauskas".

The pronunciation of this name is strange for me. I was sure that I'm reading "Skibniauskas" instead, until I realized that it was misspelled.

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  chesshistoryinterest: <hemy> I suppose the following three, in which it is given as "Skibiniauskas", are contemporary Latvian newspapers at any rate... Maybe it's a translation issue, or all are using a (mistaken) generic source.

"Daugavas Vestneses", 14 October 1942, page 2
"Tevija", 3 October 1942, page 3
"Sporta Pasaule", 5 October 1942, page 3

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  chesshistoryinterest: <hemy>

<I would be surprised if Lithuanian contemporary newspapers used name "Skibiniauskas".> As it happens, I did find one by accident, sorting through some stuff - a column by Mikenas, at that:

"Lietuvos aidas", 23 December 1938, page 20(14).

Some event won by a certain somebody named Birmanas. I don't know what this "A class" event is for (or what C.J.S.O., probably a club name, stands for), but you may know.

Feb-14-20  hemy: <chesshistoryinterest> I also sow this instance with the spelling the name of Skibniauskas as "Skibiniauskas" by Mikenas.

Mikenas did not speak Lithuanian before moving from Estonia to Kaunas, as he was speaking Polish and Russian at home.
So I'm not surprised too much.

He also mistakenly spelled the name of Helmanas as "Helimanas" in the tournament table of 1932 Kaunas championship.

In his book "Šachmatų vadovėlis", 1933, pp. 135-136, Mikenas spelled name of Sandor Takacs as "Tagacs".

Maybe the wrong spelling by Mikenas became the source for other publications using the name "Skibiniauskas".

<I don't know what this "A class" event is for (or what C.J.S.O., probably a club name, stands for), but you may know.>

The tournament players were divided by the levels to the groups: masters, class "A", class "B".
<C.J.S.O.> is an abbreviation of "Centrine Jaunalietuviu Sporto Organizacija" - "Central Lithuanian Youth Sport Organization", Kaunas.

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  chesshistoryinterest: <hemy>

<Maybe the wrong spelling by Mikenas became the source for other publications using the name "Skibiniauskas".> Interesting how one mistake made someone regarded as authoritative can become generic and widely repeated. "Skibniauskas" it is, then.

<He also mistakenly spelled the name of Helmanas as "Helimanas" in the tournament table of 1932 Kaunas championship.> I noticed this too, and presumed it was an error by Mikenas.

<The tournament players were divided by the levels to the groups: masters, class "A", class "B".> I was wondering what the related "masters" event was. I am presuming it was probably the 1938 Challengers event to the Lithuanian Championship won by Vaitonis. This "A class" event was held a bit later than the "masters", perhaps to allow the bottom half finishers of the "masters" to play to requalify for the next Challengers. At any rate, Skibniauskas, Gutmanas and Medickas played in both events, though Tautvaisas, Zilevicius and Skema didn't.

<<C.J.S.O.> is an abbreviation of "Centrine Jaunalietuviu Sporto Organizacija" - "Central Lithuanian Youth Sport Organization", Kaunas.> Thanks for that. Together with Birmanas being described as "less known" in the 1932 Kaunas Championship ("Lietuvos aidas", 20 February 1932), one gets the impression that Birmanas is a young person at the time, perhaps born around 1910 like so many of the others (Mikenas, Vistaneckis, Vaitonis, Skibniauskas, Seinbergas, Disleris).

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