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Matafia Scheinberg
M Scheinberg 
Number of games in database: 11
Years covered: 1930 to 1931
Overall record: +4 -6 =1 (40.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Nov-17-1909, died Sep-12-2002, 92 years old) Lithuania (federation/nationality Canada)

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Matafia Šeinbergas (Scheinberg) was born in Jurbarkas, a small town in Raseiniai county, Lithuania. (1)

In 1926, the 17 year old Scheinberg moved to Kaunas, to study at the Health Sciences faculty of Kaunas University. In April 1926, he played on board 9 for Kaunas in the Klaipeda vs Kaunas double round match (nine boards, 9.5 : 8.5), winning two games. At the beginning of October 1926, he took 1st place in the Tombolo tournament in Kaunas. He entered his first major tournament shortly thereafter, in the spring of 1927. This was a 6-player double round robin held to select a challenger for Alexander Macht, the champion of Kaunas city. 10 rounds tournament was held in the office of Kaunas chess society starting March 25th until end of May. The winner was Marcos Luckis (7/10), followed by Z. Kolodnas (5.5/10), Scheinberg and Givovskis (=3rd, 5/10). In the summer of 1927, Scheinberg played on board 5 for Kaunas in the Kaunas vs Klaipeda double round match (eight boards, 12.5 : 3.5), winning two games. (2)

The Lithuanian Chess Federation was established in 1929, and in 1930 it joined the World Chess Federation (FIDE). Like most Lithuanian cafe players, Scheinberg was an amateur without deep theoretical knowledge. Together with Alexander Macht, Isakas Vistaneckis, Leonhard Abramavicius and Zelikas Kolodnas he was included in the Lithuanian team for its first Olympiad appearance. (3) He played for Lithuania in the 1930 Hamburg Olympiad on board 2, scoring +5 =2 -9. He also played on board 2 in the 1931 Prague Olympiad (+3 =4 -7). (4)

In 1930, Scheinberg graduated from the clinical medicine faculty of the prestigious Pisa University in Italy. After the Prague Olympiad, he stopped playing in tournaments. During the Spanish Civil War, Scheinberg joined the Internationalist Brigades, believing that the Spanish Republic was a front line in the war against fascism. From 1937 to 1939, he was a fighter in Spain. (1) After the disintegration of the Republican army in the beginning of 1939, Scheinberg, together with military personnel and political refugees, was interned in camps for defeated Spanish Republicans in France. From the camp he returned to Kaunas, where he married Fania Katz, and where their child Modesto was born. Another son, Isai, was born in 1946. (5)

From 1941, Scheinberg served in the Red Army. From 1942-1945, he was a medical battalion doctor in the 16th Lithuanian Division. When WWII ended, Scheinberg was in Berlin, and held the rank of Colonel. In 1945, he settled in Vilnius. Scheinberg dedicated most of his time to professional activity as a medical doctor. He went on from 1946-1958 to work as a chief physician in a Vilnius infant home. In 1957, he published a book, For Spanish Freedom. From 1958-1984, Scheinberg worked as a researcher at the Epidemiology, Microbiology and Hygiene Institute in Vilnius. At the same time, he was writing health education brochures. He also continued his education, successfully defending his Doctor of Sciences thesis, on the role of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus in prenatal human pathology, in 1980, at the age of 71(!). (1, 5)

In 1993, Scheinberg moved to Canada. He was already retired, did not play chess, but played tennis and spent time with his family. On 21 September 2002, he passed away at the age of 92. He was buried in a Jewish cemetery in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto. (5)

(1) "Žydai Lietuvos šachmatų istorijoje" ("Jews in Lithuania chess history"), Eugenijus Paleckis, Boris Rositsan, Vilnius, 2015, pages 117-121. Before World War I, Jurbarkas was part of the Russian Empire. During most of the 19th Century, the greater proportion of the town's population was Jewish, and it was a center of the Jewish Haskalah (Enlightenment) movement (Wikipedia article: Jurbarkas).
(2) Article by the Lithuanian sports historian Algimantas Bertasius: "Žinios apie šachmatus Lietuvos periodikoje" ("Chess information from Lithuanian periodicals"), at and newspapers "Lietuvis" ("Lithuanian") March 21, 1927 page3 and "Lietuvos žinios" ("Lithuanian news") June 2nd, 1927, page 3. The "tombolo", single-elimination tournament, played at weekend.
(3) Article by Henrikas Puskungis: "Lietuviai pirmosiose šachmatų olimpiadose" ("Lithuanias first Chess Olympiads"), "Kulturos barai" (culture bars) magazine, 2012, number 6, page 85.
(4) Chess Olympiads 1927-1968, by Arpad Vajda. Dover Publications, New York, pages 51 and 73.
(5) Memories of Modesto Sheinberg and Isai Scheinberg, sons of Matafija Scheinberg.

We thank Modesto Sheinberg and Isai Scheinberg, sons of Matafija Scheinberg, for private communications concerning their father.

Last updated: 2016-11-01 14:04:50

 page 1 of 1; 11 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Scheinberg vs Petrov  0-1271930Hamburg OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Noteboom vs M Scheinberg 0-1431930Hamburg OlympiadA40 Queen's Pawn Game
3. G A Thomas vs M Scheinberg 0-1221930Hamburg OlympiadC14 French, Classical
4. A Pokorny vs M Scheinberg  0-1401930Hamburg OlympiadD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
5. M Scheinberg vs M Golmayo De La Torriente  0-1501930Hamburg OlympiadB56 Sicilian
6. M Scheinberg vs Gilg  ½-½711931Prague OlympiadD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. G Stoltz vs M Scheinberg  1-0291931Prague OlympiadD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. M Scheinberg vs L Hanssen  1-0301931Prague OlympiadB40 Sicilian
9. M Scheinberg vs M Monticelli  0-1561931Prague OlympiadC71 Ruy Lopez
10. O Zimmermann vs M Scheinberg  1-0401931Prague OlympiadD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. M Scheinberg vs Tartakower  0-1601931Prague OlympiadD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-31-15  hemy: The name of the 2nd board player of Lithuania team on chess Olympiads Hamburg and Prague is different in many sources.

In,, and some others it was taken from as M.Sembergas.

The same player in ( and GM Gösta Stoltz Chess Games ( having the name Scheinbergas.

In his Lithuanian Republic passport, issued in 1928, his name appears as Šeinbergas, which can be translated as Scheinbergas or Scheinberg. His first name was Matafia.

In 1993 Scheinbergas emigrated to Canada. He passed away in September 21th 2003. His son Modesto Scheinberg is living in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto.

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  Annie K.: <hemy> which is more correct please, Matafia or Matafija, as you spelled here: Alexander Macht (kibitz #7) ?
Jun-01-15  hemy: <Annie K.> In Lithuanian passport his name was spelled as Matafia. Eugenijus Paleckis in his book spelled his name as Matafija.

His full name in Russian was ШЕЙНБЕРГАС МАТАФИЯ МОЙСЕЕВИЧ, so Matafija would be the right translation of his name.

He is an author of patent in virology -

He was famous doctor virologist and choose his medical career over chess.

Matafija Scheinberg in 1937-1939 years was a fighter in internationalist brigades in Spain. In 1942-1945 he was a Red Army 16th Lithuanian Division medical battalion doctor.

Jun-01-15  hemy: МАТАФИЯ (Matafija) is translation to Russian of Hebrew name Matityahu.
Jun-01-15  hemy: <Annie K.> If you want, I can send you PDF of the book "Žydai Lietuvos šachmatų istorijoje" by email. The file size is 17.6 Mega Bytes.
To see the games and the photos you don't need to know Lithuanian language.
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  Annie K.: Oh! That never occurred to me. :) Thanks again!
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  Annie K.: <hemy> thanks, I sent you an email - maybe you should delete your post with the address here while you can, so the spambots won't pick it up.
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  Tabanus: I find no records on him in Ancestry dott com, not even dod or dob :( But perhaps because there is a spelling problem.
Jun-01-16  hemy: <Tabanus>MATAFIA SCHEINBERG was born on November 17th 1909. I will send you scan of his Lithuanian passport and collection of his pictures.
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  Tabanus: <hemy> Thanks!

I added birth date, and forwarded the pictures to CG, asking them to pick one for this page.

Sep-17-16  hemy: Thanks to Modesto Sheinberg for sending the pictures and biography details of his father Matafija Scheinberg.

Thanks for <Tabanus> for forwarding the pictures to CG. I'm glad to see one of them on this page.

I submitted this short biography of a talented man, who wasn't professional chess player, but played on Olympiads 1930, 1931. Matafija Scheinberg dedicated his life to medical practice and research.

Oct-25-16  hemy: Thanks for Isai Scheinberg, son of Matafia, for calling me and updating the details of Matafia Scheinberg bio. It includes DOD, WWII period and medical research.
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  WannaBe: There are some editing that can be done:

<When Scheinberg ended the WWII in Berlin, he was in rank of kernel. In 1945 he settled in Vilnius...>

I think you meant "Colonel". The sentence could be phrased a little better.

e.g. When WWII ended, Scheinberg was in Berlin, and he held the rank of Colonel.

Oct-25-16  pazzed paun: He specialized in nutrition and health benefits of grains Being several years older than most of the conscripts They called him "pop" corn or by his rank of
Oct-25-16  hemy: <WannaBe> I updated it as you advised.
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  Tabanus: <hemy> I made an effort to improve the English further, please check for errors.
Oct-27-16  hemy: <tabanus> thanks for editing.
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  OhioChessFan: Not sure why, but the pic has a distinctly modern look about it.
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  OhioChessFan: I made a couple minor changes to the bio. Scheinberg was certainly an interesting and admirable member of the chess world.
Oct-28-16  hemy: <OhioChessFan> <the pic has a distinctly modern look> the picture was received by me from Matafia's son Modesto. I also retouched it. You can see the original and retouched by me pictures of Matafia Scheinberg, include his passport picture from Lithuanian government archive, on my Dropbox:

<Scheinberg was certainly an interesting and admirable member of the chess world>This was a privilege for me to make a research and submit his bio. I'm in touch with his sons Modesto and Isai. Isai called me recently. He will be in Toronto in middle of December and I'm exited to meet with him.

Jun-08-17  hemy: I returned the pictures of Matafia Scheinberg back to my Dropbox:
Jun-08-17  hemy: The Isle of the Man International tournament is sponsored by and sons of Matafia Scheinberg, Isai and Modesto.
Aug-10-20  pazzed paun: A joke this good deserves a second round
See my previous comment
Aug-10-20  jith1207: <pazzed paun> deserves a promotion.
Aug-10-20  pazzed paun: Thank you!
Laughter can boost your rating

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