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Vladas Mikenas
V Mikenas 
Number of games in database: 540
Years covered: 1931 to 1988

Overall record: +157 -215 =167 (44.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (35) 
    E23 E32 E25 E46 E33
 King's Indian (29) 
    E75 E67 E79 E91 E62
 Orthodox Defense (28) 
    D50 D52 D51 D67 D63
 Sicilian (18) 
    B99 B49 B32 B43 B62
 English (16) 
    A18 A16 A19 A13 A15
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A45 A40 A46 D02 D04
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (45) 
    B05 B03 B02 B04
 Grunfeld (34) 
    D75 D81 D83 D92 D78
 Sicilian (19) 
    B32 B29 B58 B47 B67
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    A40 D02 A46 E00 D04
 English (15) 
    A15 A13 A14 A19 A16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D30 D35 D31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Mikenas vs S F Lebedev, 1941 1-0
   V Mikenas vs Flohr, 1933 1-0
   V Mikenas vs Alekhine, 1939 1/2-1/2
   V Mikenas vs Kotov, 1949 1-0
   V Mikenas vs Maroczy, 1933 1-0
   V Mikenas vs B Vladimirov, 1963 1-0
   Alekhine vs V Mikenas, 1937 0-1
   V Mikenas vs Alekhine, 1935 1/2-1/2
   V Mikenas vs Flohr, 1938 1-0
   V Mikenas vs Viktor, 1980 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Rosario (1939)
   USSR Championship (1944)
   Hastings 1937/38 (1937)
   USSR Championship (1955)
   Kemeri (1937)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship (1950)
   USSR Championship (1940)
   USSR Championship (1949)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   USSR Championship (1965)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vladas Mikenas - Lithuanian Legend by Resignation Trap
   Kemeri 1939 by jessicafischerqueen
   Sverdlovsk 1942 National Tournament by jessicafischerqueen
   Hastings 1937/38 by sneaky pete
   Rosario 1939 by Tabanus

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(born Apr-17-1910, died Nov-03-1992, 82 years old) Estonia (federation/nationality Lithuania)

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Vladas Mikėnas was born in Revel (Tallinn), Estonia. His childhood life was difficult. His father, Jonas Mikenas, passed away when he was 10 years old. Vladas worked after school to earn money for a living. Despite this, he found time for chess. Late at night, he would hide from his disapproving mother and sisters, and sit quietly by the oil lamp to study chess games. In 1925, the 15-year old Mikenas participated in the Jubilee tournament of the Tallinn chess club. After losing his first three games, he won the remainder and took first place, half a point ahead of Friedrich Amelung. (1)

In 1928 (26 January - 3 May) Mikenas was 1st in Tallinn Championship with 8.5/12. (2)

Mikenas won the 1928/9 Estonian High School students/Youth Championship with 14/14, 100%! (29 December 1928 - 3 January 1929). (3)

In 1929, Mikenas took first place in the Tallinn championship. In the same year, he graduated from the Tallinn Russian gymnasium, and entered the Tallinn University of Technology.

In September 1930, Mikenas defeated Johannes Turn (+5 -2 =1) and became the Estonian chess champion. In December 1930, Tallinn hosted a tournament with the participation of seven local players and guest Efim Bogoljubov. Mikenas defeated Bogoljubov in the decisive game and took first place.

In addition to his university studies, Mikenas started working as a chess columnist for the weekly Estonian newspaper Esmaspaew ("Monday"). (1)

In February 1931, Mikenas took first place in a tournament of the Helsingin Yleinen Shakkiseura (Helsinki General Chess Club), Finland, with a result of 9.5/10. Right after the tournament he lost a match to Georg Lovén by 0.5 to 3.5. (4)

Also in 1931, Mikenas was invited to participate in the first Baltic countries championship, in Memel (Klaipeda). It was his first visit to Lithuania. Mikenas was the son of a Lithuanian father and a Polish mother. He did not speak Lithuanian, as they spoke Polish and Russian at home, but he had a Lithuanian passport. (1)

The tournament was held from May 22 to May 27, 1931. Isakas Vistaneckis (Kaunas) won the Baltic Champion title with 4.5/7, while Mikenas (Tallinn), Vladimir Petrov (Riga), Paul Saladin Leonhardt (Konigsberg), and Simon Gordon (Memel) shared places 2-5, with 4/7. (5)

During the Baltic championship 1931 in Klaipeda A. Z. Macht convinced Mikenas to move to Lithuania. In June 1931, Mikenas settled in Lithuania. (6)

Mikenas took part in the 3rd championship of Lithuania that started in 1931 and ended in 1932 in Kaunas. It consisted of two parts: a double round robin contenders tournament of 7 players (25 October 1931 - November 29, 1931), and a match between its winner and the reigning champion.
In double round tournament 1st was A. Z. Macht with 9.5/11. Mikenas was 2nd with 9/11, before I. Vistaneckis with 6/11, P. Vaitonis and M. Luckis - 4.5/11, V. Segalis - 2.5/11 and L. Abramavicius 0/6. Abramavicius lost all games in 1sh half of the tournament and didn't played in the 2nd part. (7)

The match for 1932 Lithuanian champion title between 1931 champion A. Z. Macht and contender V. Mikenas was held in Kaunas in the room of the Lithuanian Chess Union (Independence Square 2a) from February 14 to May 6 1932. According to the championship rules, contender had to win 6 games to become a Lithuanian champion. The champion would keep his title with the result of the match 5:5. Macht won this match (+6 -4 =3) and retained his title. (8)

In the middle of championship match (between Games 7 and 8), Mikenas played in a short tournament in Tallinn, 30 March - 5 April 1932. Mikenas shared first place with Turn and G. Friedmann with 3.5/5. (9)

Contenders tournament for 1933 Lithuanian championship match was held in Kaunas from 27 November to 20 December 1932. The double round robin (8 participants, all from Kaunas) The tournament was won by Vladas Mikenas, collecting 12.5 points out of 14. Paul Vaitonis was 2nd (9/14), and Markas Luckis was 3rd (8.5/14). I. Vistaneckis was 4th with the same number of points. (10)

In 1933, Mikenas defeated seven-time Lithuanian champion Aleksander Macht in a match and became the Lithuanian champion. The match was held in Kaunas from March 10 to April 19 1933. Mikenas won last 5 games and won the match with result +6 -3 =1. (11)

In 1934, he won a match for the Lithuanian Champion title against Paul Vaitonis, at 6-2. In 1935, Vladas Mikenas drew a match with Isakas Vistaneckis (8-8), and defended his title. In 1937 and 1938, he won two matches for the Lithuanian championship title, against Povilas (Paul) Vaitonis (5.5-4.5 in 1937, and 9-3 in 1938).

Mikenas played several times in the Lithuanian SSR championships in Vilnius. He won the 14th LTU-ch in 1947, won in 1948, took 3rd in 1949, took 6th in 1951, tied for 2nd–4th in 1952, took 6th in 1953, took 2nd in 1954, took 3rd in 1955, took 2nd in 1957, tied for 2nd-4th in 1958, took 3rd in 1959, tied for 3rd–4th in 1960, won in 1961, took 2nd in 1963, won in 1964, shared 1st in 1965, tied for 2nd–3rd in 1967, and tied for 1st–2nd in 1968.

In May-June 1937, Mikenas participated in the 1st International tournament in Kemeri (Kemeri (1937)), and defeated world champion Alexander Alekhine. In September-October 1940, he participated for the first time in the XII USSR championship finals. In this tournament he defeated Mikhail Botvinnik. (12)

From 1931 to 1939, he participated in five official, and one unofficial, Chess Olympiads as the captain and 1st board of the Lithuanian team. In July 1931, he played at the 4th Chess Olympiad in Prague (+7 –5 =6), and drew his game against world champion Alekhine. In July 1933, he played in the 5th Chess Olympiad in Folkestone (+5 –3 =6). In August 1935, he played in the 6th Chess Olympiad in Warsaw (+2 –6 =10). In August/September 1936, he played in the unofficial Olympiad in Munich (+5 –7 =8). In July/August 1937, he played in the 7th Chess Olympiad in Stockholm (+7 –3 =8). In August/September 1939, he played in the 8th Chess Olympiad in Buenos Aires (+10 –5 =4). (13)

In May/June 1944, he tied for 5–6th with Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov in Moscow (13th USSR-ch) with 9/16. The winner was Mikhail Botvinnik with 12.5/16, and places 2-3 were taken by Vasily Smyslov and Isaac Boleslavsky with 10.5/16. (14)

In October/November 1945, he won the Baltic Chess Championship in Riga. (15)

In June/July 1946, he took 3rd, behind Yuri Averbakh and Vistaneckis, in Vilnius (Baltic Rep.-ch). (16)

Mikenas was awarded the International Master title in 1950. In 1968, he was awarded the International Arbiter title. (4)

In December 1959, Mikenas participated in the international tournament 'Baltic Sea – sea of peace' in Riga. He defeated Mikhail Tal, and took second place with 11/13, only 0.5 point behind Boris Spassky and ahead of Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush (8.5/13) and Mikhail Tal (8/13). (17)

Mikenas played on first board of the Lithuanian team that won the 'Europe Cup' 1963-1972 correspondence chess tournament, and in 1971 was awarded the International Master title in Correspondence Chess.

In 1977, at the age of 67, Mikenas won the Lithuanian Championship again. In 1987, FIDE awarded him the Honorary Grandmaster title. (4)

Vladas Mikenas participated in the USSR championship finals 10 times.

Mikenas was a coach of Paul Keres during the period of 1955-1962.

From 1983 to 1985, he was the chief arbiter of Candidates and Challengers Matches Garry KasparovAlexander Beliavsky, Kasparov – Smyslov, and Kasparov – Anatoly Karpov.

The contributions of Vladas Mikenas to chess openings theory: the Mikenas Variation of the Modern Benoni, a sharp attacking line (1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.♘c3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 ♗g7 8.e5), the Salomon Flohr Variation in the English Opening, and the Bogoljubov - Mikenas defense in the Queen's Pawn opening.

List of books published by Mikenas (18)

Šachmatų vadovėlis, ("Chess textbook"), 1932.
Šachmatu žaidimo pagrindai, ("Chess Game Basics"), 1950, second edition 1952.
Šachmatų pirmenybės, ("Chess competitions"), 1958.
35 metai prie šachmatų lentos, ("35 years at the chessboard"), 1961.
Šachmatai: teorija ir praktika ("Chess: Theory and Practice"), 1968.


(1) "35 metai prie šachmatų lentos" ("35 years at the chessboard"), by Mikenas. Valstybinė politinės ir mokslinės literatūros leidykla (State political and scientific literature publishing house), Vilnius 1961, pages 5-6, page 20.
(2) "Esmaspaew", Nr. 19, May 7, 1928, p. 8.
(3) "Paewaleht", January 14, 1929, p. 4
(4) Tidskrift för Schack, June-July 1931, p. 127; Suomen Shakki, 1944, p. 221; "35 metai prie šachmatų lentos", by Mikenas, pp. 17-20.
(5) "Esmaspaew" ("Monday"), number 23, 8 June 1931, page 8, Mikenas' article "keeruline tulemus Balti meistriturniir" ("complicated result of the Baltic masters tournament").
(6) "Pažadėtoji žemė-Lietuva" (Promised Land-Lithuania), by Vilius Kavaliauskas, Vilnius, 2013, p. 78.
(7) "Lietuvos Aidas", October 27, 1931, p. 7; "Lietuvos Aidas", November 3, 1931, p. 7; "Lietuvos Aidas", November 7, 1931, p. 8; "Lietuvos Aidas", November 14, 1931, p. 9; "Lietuvos Aidas", November 21, 1931, p. 9; "Lietuvos Aidas", December 1, 1931, p. 7.
(8) "Lietuvos Aidas", February 17, 1932, p. 7; "Lietuvos Aidas", May 7, 1932, p. 9; "Lietuvos Aidas", May 14, 1932, p. 9.
(9) "Paewaleht", April 2, 1932, p. 5; "Waba Maa", April 6, 1932, p. 2; "Paewaleht", April 7, 1932, p. 5.
(10) Bertašius A. "Lietuvos sporto žinynas" ("Lithuanian Sport Encyclopedia"), Vilnius, 1999. volume 1, p. 171.
(11) "Lietuvos Aidas", March 15, 1933, p. 5; "Lietuvos Aidas", March 22, 1933, p. 8; "Lietuvos Aidas", March 25, 1933, p. 14; "Lietuvos Aidas", March 28, 1933, p. 8; "Lietuvos Aidas", April 5, 1933, p. 11; "Lietuvos Aidas", April 13, 1933, p. 13; "Lietuvos Aidas", April 22, 1933, p. 10.
(12) Wikipedia article: Vladas Mikėnas
(15) [rusbase-1]
(16) [rusbase-2]

Last updated: 2019-04-17 13:29:51

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 539  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Mikenas vs L Schmitt 1-0261931BrnoD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
2. V Mikenas vs Noteboom  1-0511931BrnoE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
3. Georg Loven vs V Mikenas  0-1321931Helsingin Yleinen Shakkiseura tournamentD04 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Georg Loven vs V Mikenas  1-0251931Loven - Mikenas matchD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. V Mikenas vs Kurt Emil Lagerstam  ½-½481931Helsingin Yleinen Shakkiseura tournamentD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Ake Ullner vs V Mikenas  0-1271931Helsingin Yleinen Shakkiseura tournamentD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. I Vistaneckis vs V Mikenas  1-0321931Baltic congress Master tournamentB08 Pirc, Classical
8. V Mikenas vs Vladimir Petrov  1-04119311st Baltic championshipE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
9. F Apsenieks vs V Mikenas  1-0531931Baltic congress Master tournamentA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. V Mikenas vs E Steiner  1-0541931Prague OlympiadE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
11. F Apsenieks vs V Mikenas  0-1391931Prague OlympiadD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
12. Flohr vs V Mikenas 1-0341931Prague OlympiadD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. V Mikenas vs Alekhine  ½-½391931Prague OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Gruenfeld vs V Mikenas  ½-½421931Prague OlympiadD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Vidmar vs V Mikenas 0-1361931Prague OlympiadD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. V Mikenas vs Kashdan ½-½181931Prague OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. V Mikenas vs Yates  1-0341931Prague OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. S Rosselli del Turco vs V Mikenas  0-1221931Prague OlympiadD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Bogoljubov vs V Mikenas  1-0541931Prague OlympiadB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
20. V Mikenas vs Weenink ½-½361931Prague OlympiadD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. V Mikenas vs H Johner  0-1361931Prague OlympiadE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
22. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs V Mikenas  ½-½221931Prague OlympiadB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
23. V Mikenas vs S Erdelyi  0-1681931Prague OlympiadD04 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Rubinstein vs V Mikenas 1-0661931Prague OlympiadD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Vladimir Petrov vs V Mikenas  1-0421932Match Petrov - MikenasB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
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  chesshistoryinterest: Crosstable and article (including Mikenas' win as Black against Macht) of the contenders tournament for the 1934 Lithuanian Championship here: "Sachmatai ir Bridzas", Number 3, 1934, page 5

Latvian Wikipedia says the dates and place of this were 3 January-13 February 1934, Kaunas; and that all 6 players were Kaunas residents. Crosstable not in Di Felice.

Vaitonis was first with 6.5/10, Macht and Vistaneckis were 2-3= with 6/10, while Mikenas was nearly last with 4/10. Nevertheless, according to the rules, as defending Champion, Mikenas would keep his title unless the contenders winner, Vaitonis, beat him in the follow-up match. According to Latvian Wikipedia, this match took place 15 April-15 June 1934, Kaunas, with Mikenas winning 6-2. The terms of the match are not given, nor the +-= score, nor the sequence. I did not find anything further looking through the Lithuanian newspaper "Lietuvos Aidas" around 15 June 1934; it appears that Mikenas was not writing his column at that time.

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  chesshistoryinterest: Link only seems to go to page 1, but page 5 can be obtained by going forward on it.
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  chesshistoryinterest: <hemy>, Quick question:

On the Petrovs page, here

Vladimir Petrov (kibitz #873)

you gave the results of the Mikenas-Petrovs match, 3-6 January 1932, Kaunas: Mikenas winning 0,1,1,0.5.

There was also a concurrent match Apsenieks-Vistaneckis, won by Apsenieks 3.5-0.5.

From the link you gave ("Lietuvos Aidas", 9 January 1932, page 9) here

can you translate the Lithuanian to say which of the 4 games were the three won by Apsenieks, and which was the draw?

It would be nice to have as complete a result as possible for any of these events held in the Baltic States.

Nov-16-18  hemy: <chesshistoryinterest> Great work on Tallinn 1930 tournament.

From the article of Mikenas about the match Apsenieks-Vistaneckis,("Lietuvos Aidas", 9 January 1932, p. 9):

"After displaying high level of game during the match Lithuania Latvia (1.5 points against Feigin), Vistaneckis disappointed in the match against Apšeniek. He did not play like experience chess player. His defeat with a score of 3.5 to 0.5 was not expected.

Already in the 1st game Vistaneckis was late for 30 minutes and because of the great fear was unable to show anything interesting. It resulted in easy win by Apšeniek.

The 2nd game Vistaneckis played very carefully with the White pieces and succeeded to make a draw.

The only game that Vistaneckis played well was the 3rd one. But when it came to do decisive move he made mistake and lost. Vistaneckis also lost the 4th game, without any resistance..."

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  chesshistoryinterest: Thanks, <hemy>. Nice to have this. Interesting commentary from Mikenas!
Nov-16-18  hemy: <chesshistoryinterest> <Tallinn 1930 tournament>

Crosstable from "Paewaleht" (<It's a rather dreadful crosstable>) after my retouch/restoration work:

Nov-16-18  hemy: [Event "Tallinn 1930"]
[Site "Tallinn"]
[Date "1930.12.11"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Mikenas , Vladas"]
[Black "Bogoliubov, Efim"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D17"]
[PlyCount "83"]
[Source "'Paewaleht', December 13, 1930, p. 5; 'Waba Maa', December 13, 1930, p. 7; 'Postimees', December 22, 1930, p. 5."]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 e6 7. Bg5 Bb4 8. f3 c5 9. dxc5 Qa5 10. Qd4 Nc6 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. e4 Bxc5 13. Qxc4 Bg6 14. Bd2 Qb6 15. a5 Bf2+ 16. Ke2 Qc5 17. Qxc5 Bxc5 18. Be3 Nd7 19. Rd1 Bb4 20. a6 f5 21. exf5 Bxf5 22. Kf2 Nb6 23. Na2 Be7 24. Rc1 Kd7 25. b4 Nd5 26. b5 c5 27. Bxc5 Bg5 28. Rc4 Rhc8 29. Bd4 Bf6 30. Bxf6 gxf6 31. Be2 Nb6 32. Rd1+ Ke7 33. Rxc8 Rxc8 34. Nb4 Rc7 35. Nc6+ Kf7 36. g4 Bg6 37. Rd8 Bc2 38. Rb8 Bb3 39. Rb7 Rd7 40. Nxa7 Bd5 41. Rxb6 Rxa7 42. Rb8 1-0

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  chesshistoryinterest: <hemy>
That's a very impressive restoration job you've done on the crosstable. I've printed out a copy.
A work of art - you should frame it and hang it on the wall:)
Nov-17-18  hemy: <chesshistoryinterest>

<very impressive restoration job you've done on the crosstable>

In 2014 I received a picture of A. Z. Macht's family from his granddaughter Mira Asculay.

This is the photo before and after my restoration:

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  chesshistoryinterest: <hemy>
Fabulous job you've done on the Macht photo. Really nice. An important historical preservation. I can see why <jessicafischerqueen> is singing your praises in this area.

It's not something I've got around to learning how to do. Fortunately, I have a cousin who is into restoring the old family photographs.

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  chesshistoryinterest: In my earlier post, where I said "Latvian Wikipedia", I meant Lithuanian Wikipedia of course.

Hmmm, I didn't feel entirely comfortable about the end date of the Tallinn 1930 tournament. I went back and had another look. I found one further item that didn't come up on a search for "Mikenas", even though he is mentioned in it: "Paewaleht", 20 December 1930, page 5. It clarifies things considerably, also solving a couple of other "mysteries" (the semi-translation of the Estonian is sometimes hard to follow):

It is now clear that the adjournment Mikenas-Turn was completed long before the other two (perhaps it was not even resumed, Mikenas could have taken a draw as that was all he needed to win the tournament). This enabled the announcement on the 20th that Mikenas had won the tournament and Bogoljubov was second, without the remaining two games needing to be completed.

Also, there was some event, played on the 18th, where Bogoljubov was playing pairs of players/or a simul from the three main Tallinn clubs. Both Laurentius and Germann were involved in this, so it is unlikely they played their adjournment off on that day.

Also the item in "Esmaspaev", 22 December 1930 (which I thought must have been pre-written 2-3 days earlier, but I now see was not) shows that the two remaining adjournments (Germann-Nedsvedsky and Laurentius-Germann) had still not been played at the time of writing. This strongly indicates that they had still not been played as at 20 December at least. (So perhaps, with the main result determined anyway, there was a closing ceremony on the 19th - it is possible Bogoljubov left Tallinn that day.)

And "Esmaspaev", 29 December 1930 says "the last tournament games were held before the [Christmas] holidays". This makes it possible that the final game could have been completed as late as 24th December.

In light of this, and if no new information comes to light, perhaps the best that can be said for the dates of the tournament is:

8 - circa 22 December 1930.

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  chesshistoryinterest: For the sake of completeness, here is one more game I found for Tallinn 1930: Round 3, Bogoljubov-Turn 1-0. This game is not on Megabase 2017.

"Paewaleht", 22 December 1930, page 5

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  chesshistoryinterest: <hemy>

I am copying two of your posts (from the Zigurds Fridrikhovich Laka page and earlier on this page

Zigurds Fridrikhovich Lanka (kibitz #13)

Vladas Mikenas (kibitz #670) )

regarding Mikenas' name to here:

Premium Chessgames Member hemy: <tjipa> <Zigurds Lanka is a Latvian grandmaster, so it is absolutely not needed to add "Fridrikhovich" to his name - which is a formal Russian form of address> Absolutely.

The name of the great Lithuanian chess player Vladas Mikenas was also presented in Russian way, and even worse: "Vladas Ivanovich Mikenas". His father's name was Jonas, not Ivan. I insisted to remove "Ivanovich", but not to add "Ionovich":

Vladas Mikenas (kibitz #67)>

Premium Chessgames Member hemy: <Annie> Lithuanians are not using fathers name for displaying persons name. They would use Vladas Mikėnas instead of Vladas Jonovich Mikėnas, which is proper name for using Russian language. As noted Eugenijus Paleckis, father name is in use only in formal documents, like passports, diplomas, etc. In this case it would be "Vladas Mikenas, Jono". For the bio or articles in Lithuanian language his name should be "Vladas Mikėnas" or "Vladas Mikenas".>

Does this mean that in Soviet times, Mikenas' Soviet passport would have shown his name as "Vladas Mikenas, Jono" (and not "Vladas Jonovich Mikenas")?

Or in the case of Keres, "Paul Keres, Petrovich" as opposed to "Paul Petrovich Keres"? In both cases, probably very much against their will. Of course, "Petrovich" was an additional name imposed on Keres after the Soviet annexation of Estonia; it was never given to him by his parents.

I see the beginning of Mikenas' bio still has "Vladas Jonovich Mikenas". Presumably, this should be corrected, with perhaps a note as to why his name is not that.

Dec-02-18  hemy: <chesshistoryinterest> I followed your advise and removed <Jonovich> from his <Vladas Jonovich Mikenas> in his Bio. Originally the page of Vladas Mikenas was created with the name "Vladas Ivanovich Mikenas". I changed it to "Vladas Jonovich Mikenas" to make a statement that his father name was Jonas, not Ivan.

In the official documents issued in Lithuania (include Soviet republic of Lithuania) his name was "Vladas Mikenas, Jono".

In Lithuanian documents my name was Kasimovas Nechenijas, Benjamino.

I'm not an expert in Estonian way to write the names in documents.

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  Chessdreamer: A game fragment against Gheorghe Gica Alexandrescu (White), round 15 from unofficial olympiad in Munich, August 28th, 1936:

click for larger view

49...Rxf2 50.Kxf2 Qa2+ 51.Kf3 Qh2 52.g4 Qf4+ 53.Ke2 Qe4+ 54.Kf1 Bd4 55.Rc1 Qh1+ 56.Ke2 Qxh3 57.Qd3 Qxg4+ 58.Qf3 Qxf3 59.Kxf3 and Black won without difficulty (0-1).

-Kurt Richter: Schach-Olympia München 1936, II. Teil. p.93-94

Apr-17-19  bamaexpert: Why is there a picture of George Raft?
Apr-17-19  hemy: <bamaexpert> <Why is there a picture of George Raft?>

I wouldn't credit George Raft with this nice picture of Vladas Mikenas.

The picture of George Raft is here:

Apr-18-19  bamaexpert: You're right of course hemy, I saw a faint resemblance from the one time he smiled at Cagney in "Each Dawn I Die".
Apr-18-19  hemy: <bamaexpert> I trust you. I don't know nothing about George Raft. I knew Vladas Mikenas since 1961. He was one of the nicest persons I met. Last time I met him in January 1972.
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  MissScarlett: Raft was a legendary Hollywood tough guy. I last spotted him in a British film wearing an apron.
Jun-17-19  hemy: Estonian 1945 chess championship was held in Tallinn from September 27 to October 20. It was an open championship. In the tornament participated 11 Estonian chess players and 5 out of competition: Alexander Kotov, Salomon Flohr, Andre Lilienthal, Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush and Vladas Mikenas.

Mikenas finished on the 7th place with 9/15 points.

1. Paul Keres 13/15,
2. Alexander Kotov 12.5/15,
3. Alexander Tolush 12/15.
4-5. Salo Flohr, Andre Lilienthal 11.5/15
6. Raul Renter 9.5/15
7. Vladas Mikenas 9/15
8. Vello Kalde 6.5/15
9-10. Alexander Arulaid, Juri Randviir 6/15
11. Johannes Türn 5/15
12-14. Richard Pruun, Rudolf Pruun, Paul Tamm 4.5/15
15. Salme Rootare 2.5/15
16. E. Kungs 1.5/15
(spelling of the names taken from the Estonian sources)

Tournament table:

"Postimees", October 2, 1945, p. 4.
"Postimees", October 9, 1945, p. 4.
"Postimees", October 23, 1945, p. 4.

Jun-18-19  hemy: In round 6 of the 1945 Estonia open championship Mikenas played against Flohr.

Position after Mikenas sacrificed Knight 31. Nh5-f6:

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The Knight sacrifice wasn't accepted until the end of this game. On move 41 Flohr resigned.

[Event "Est op ch"]
[Site "Tallinn"]
[Date "1945.10.05"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Mikenas, Vladas"]
[Black "Flohr, Salomon"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C02"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[Source "'Шахматы в СССР' (Shachmati v SSSR), 1945-03, p. 209; 'Revista Romana de sah', February 1947, p. 49"]

1.e4 c6 2.c4 e6 3.d4 d5 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.e5 Nc6 6.Nf3 Qb6 7.Nc3 Bd7 8.Be2 Nh6 9.O-O Nf5 10.Na4 Qa5 11.Bd2 Bb4 12.Bxb4 Qxb4 13.a3 Qe7 14.Rc1 O-O 15.Nc5 Rab8 16.g4 Nh6 17.Bd3 Be8 18.g5 Nf5 19.Bxf5 exf5 20.b4 Bd7 21.Nd3 f4 22.Nxf4 Bg4 23.Rc3 Qd7 24.Qd2 a5 25.Nh4 axb4 26.axb4 Nxb4 27.Rg3 Nc6 28.h3 Be6 29.Nh5 Kh8 30.Kh2 Ne7 31.Nf6 Qb5 32.Rfg1 Ng6 33.Nf3 Rbc8 34.h4 Bf5 35.h5 Rc2 36.Qe3 Re2 37.Qa3 Rxf2+ 38.R1g2 Rxg2+ 39.Rxg2 Nf4 40.Qd6 Rc8 41.e6 1-0

"Shachmati v SSSR", 1945-03, p. 209
"Revista Romana de sah", February 1947, p. 49.
"Vladas Mikenas", Dvorkovich, Moscow, 1988, p. 202.
The round/date source - 'Postimees', October 9, 1945, p. 4.

The year of game (1946 instead of 1945) in "Revista Romana de sah" is wrong.

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  mifralu: <hemy> <chesshistoryinterest>

A game fragment Mikenas - Gunnar Friedemann 1928 ??

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24. Rda1 Rxe2 25. Rxe2 fxg3 26. Re4 Qf7 27. Rxg4 Qxf3+ 28. Kh3 gxf2+ 29. Kh4 Qf6+ 30. Kg3 Qxa1 0-1

Aug-27-19  hemy: <miraflu> Beside the game fragment, there is an interesting information in the source you discovered.
"Revaler Bote" (agricultural supplement "Landwitschaftliche Beilage", March 3, 1928, p. 11:

At the recently finished tournament of the Chess section of the "Kalev", the student of Russian Gymnasium W. Mikenas took the first prize and the title of a champion of the "Kalev".

In the Revel (Tallinn) championship W. Mikenas leading the tournament (+5 -1), followed by: H. Israel, Germann, E. Feldt, Wendach. Sepp, Gunnar Friedemann, A, Friedemann, Hindberg, Laurentius, Petrow, Schönberger etc.

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  mifralu: < Match Tallinn-Helsinki, 19 May 1929, 6:6

Tallinn. As already announced, this year's Tallinn-Helsinki chess match, which was held in Tallinn on the first holiday, ended in a draw. As you know, the team that wins three times in a row, or five times, wins the cup. The Helsinki team would have won the prize for the Finnish team because they already had four wins against the two of Tallinn team. >

Board 2 Mikenas- Erik Malmberg 1-0

Postimees (1886-1944), nr. 140, 27 mai 1929, p.7

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