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Vladimir Petrov
Vladimir Petrov 
Number of games in database: 343
Years covered: 1922 to 1942

Overall record: +161 -76 =102 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    D04 D02 E00 A40 D05
 Sicilian (16) 
    B29 B58 B40 B25 B30
 Catalan (16) 
    E02 E01 E06
 Slav (15) 
    D17 D15 D12 D13 D10
 Orthodox Defense (11) 
    D52 D64 D63 D50 D60
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E46 E44 E20 E49 E32
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (30) 
    B74 B56 B84 B72 B80
 French Defense (22) 
    C10 C01 C17 C18 C14
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    D02 D04 A40 D00 A46
 Slav (14) 
    D10 D19 D15 D18 D16
 Sicilian Dragon (11) 
    B74 B72 B73 B70
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E34 E37 E22 E23
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Rellstab vs Vladimir Petrov, 1937 0-1
   Vladimir Petrov vs Indrikis Strazdins, 1926 1-0
   G Page vs Vladimir Petrov, 1933 0-1
   Vladimir Petrov vs R Grau, 1939 1-0
   Vladimir Petrov vs Alekhine, 1938 1-0
   Stahlberg vs Vladimir Petrov, 1938 0-1
   Vladimir Petrov vs V Mikenas, 1939 1-0
   K Treybal vs Vladimir Petrov, 1933 0-1
   K Richter vs Vladimir Petrov, 1936 1/2-1/2
   Vladimir Petrov vs Tartakower, 1939 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Rosario (1939)
   Kemeri (1937)
   Margate (1938)
   Semmering/Baden (1937)
   Podebrady (1936)
   USSR Championship (1940)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vladimirs Petrovs Tournaments/Matches 1923-1942 by jessicafischerqueen
   Vladimirs Petrovs Chess Biography by jessicafischerqueen
   Buenos Aires Olympiad 1939 (Petrov's games) by jessicafischerqueen
   Stockholm Olympiad 1937 (Petrov's games) by jessicafischerqueen
   Kemeri 1939 by jessicafischerqueen
   Lodz 1938 by jessicafischerqueen
   Munich Unofficial Olympiad 1936 (Petrovs' games) by jessicafischerqueen
   Sverdlovsk 1942 National Tournament by jessicafischerqueen
   Warsaw Olympiad 1935 (Petrov's games) by jessicafischerqueen
   Margate 1938 by sneaky pete

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(born Sep-27-1907, died Aug-26-1943, 35 years old) Latvia

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Vladimir Petrov (Latvian spelling: Vladimirs Petrovs) was born in Riga, Latvia, on 27th September 1907 (some sources list 1908 as the birth year).* Although he joined the ranks of the world chess elite in 1937, he is perhaps less well known than he should be, due to his being arrested by the NKVD in 1942 and imprisoned for the rest of his life.(1) He was subsequently expunged from Soviet chess history. Most of his colleagues in the Soviet bloc, with the notable exceptions of Alexander Koblents and Paul Keres, avoided publishing his games, or even mentioning his name in public.(2) Consequently, little was heard about Petrovs in the west until long after his career and life had ended. The political turmoil of the USSR kept him from being as well known as he deserved. He notched a lifetime 50% score against both Alexander Alekhine and Jose Raul Capablanca, and defeated an impressive list of international masters including Alekhine, Keres, Samuel Reshevsky, Reuben Fine, Rudolf Spielmann, Isaac Boleslavsky, Gideon Stahlberg, Savielly Tartakower, Grigory Levenfish, Erich Eliskases, Vladas Mikenas, Karel Treybal, Georgy Lisitsin, Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov, and Alexander Kotov.

Genesis of a Master

Petrovs' father ran a modest cobbler's shop in Riga, while his mother worked as a housekeeper. In 1919 Petrovs was accepted at the prestigious Lomonosov High School, where he received a first rate liberal arts education. In that same year, the streets of Riga were barricaded as nationalists fought Bolshevik and German armies to retain Latvian independence, which had been declared in 1918. Such concerns seemed far from Petrovs' mind, however, as he enjoyed a vibrant school life centered largely around music, soccer, and gambling at cards with his friends. He and his friends grew bored with cards, and were introduced to chess by Viktors Rosenbergs , who offered to help hone their skills. Petrovs soon challenged him to a 100 game chess match, which he ultimately won. In 1923 he won the school championship and joined the Riga-2 chess club, and a year later went on to win the reserves section of the first Latvian Chess Congress earning the first category title. His optimism and spark in almost everything he tried earned him the nickname "Successful like Petka," and he was indeed successful in gaining admission to the Riga School of Jurisprudence in 1925, although he wouldn't graduate for another 16 years. In 1926 he won the strong Riga City Championship, which prompted him to devote almost all of his time to a quest to become a chess master.

Chess Olympian

Setting law books aside, Petrovs instead immersed himself in the games of Latvia's strongest players, Hermanis Karlovich Mattison and Fricis Apsenieks. In his own games he favored Mattisons' positional style, and soon became an expert at knowing exactly when to trade down to a winning endgame, a characteristic he would retain throughout his career. His star rose quickly as he finished shared 2nd in the 1926 Latvian Chess Congress, and earned his Latvian master title by winning the 1930-1931 Latvian Chess Congress. Petrovs played 3rd board for Latvia at the inaugural FIDE Chess Olympiad at The Hague 1928, and went on to play for Latvia in all the Chess Olympiads up to 1939, garnering a gold medal on 3rd board at Prague 1931, and a bronze medal on 1st board at Buenos Aires 1939. He won his first Latvian Championship in 1930, and tied Apsenieks in the 1934 edition. Petrovs had his heart set on playing 1st board for the Olympic team, so instead of a playoff match to decide the Latvian championship, Petrovs struck a deal with Apsenieks: he would concede the title in exchange for 1st board in all subsequent Chess Olympiads.

Joining the Elite

Petrovs won another Latvian championship in 1935, and gave a creditable performance on 1st board at the Warsaw 1935 Olympiad, scoring 55% and defeating both the Lithuanian and Argentine champions, Vladas Mikenas and Roberto Grau. On the strength of these results, Petrovs was invited to his first major international tournament, the Czech Championship in Podebrady (1936). Despite a disappointing 10th place finish, Petrovs was included in another top event, this time in his home city of Riga. At Kemeri (1937) he stunned the chess world by finishing shared 1st with Reshevsky and Salomon Flohr, ahead of both Alekhine and Keres. Reshevsky and Flohr decided that it was most fitting that Petrovs should accept the tournament prize from Latvian president Karlis Ulmanis. In addition, he was also awarded a silver cup donated by the Aron Nimzowitsch family, honoring the "best result by a Latvian against a foreign master" for this brilliancy with the black pieces- Rellstab vs Vladimir Petrov, 1937. Petrovs also earned the title of Grandmaster, due to a widely recognized convention in European chess at this time that if a home town player won a tournament in which at least six foreign Grandmasters participated, then that player would also be recognized as a Grandmaster. Petrovs' surprise victory at Kemeri created a stir among European chess journals, which then began referring to him as a "Latvian Grandmaster."(3) He also received laudatory notices from prominent peers such as Max Euwe, Emanuel Lasker and Alexander Alekhine.

More invitations to premier events were forthcoming, but Petrovs lacked consistency at the top level and he logged uneven international results from 1937-1939. He finished dead last at Semmering/Baden (1937) against a very tough field, featuring Capablanca, Keres, Fine, Reshevsky and Flohr. Petrovs fared much better at Talinn 1938 in the Latvia-Estonia team match, leading his side to victory by defeating Keres 1.5-.5 on first board. He then finished a respectable third at Margate (1938), surprising Alekhine by almost checkmating him in the middle of the board- Vladimir Petrov vs Alekhine, 1938. After disappointing his Latvian fans with a dismal eighth place at Kemeri 1939, Petrovs rebounded yet again with a bronze medal performance on 1st board at the Buenos Aires 1939 Olympiad. He scored 71% without losing a game, prompting Harry Golombek to remark "Petrov played the best chess at Buenos Aires."

Life as a Soviet Master

Shortly after a harrowing return journey from Buenos Aires through mine-filled seas, the Olympic bronze medalist was faced with a new challenge. Not only was Europe at war, but in 1940 the Soviet Union invaded Latvia and established a puppet communist government. No more would Latvia field Olympic teams, and Petrovs was no longer allowed to participate as an organizer of Latvian chess events. At first, however, Petrovs was guardedly optimistic about this upheaval. Although he had always been dubious and wary about the Bolshevik life in Russia, he and his wife Galina had long been members of what might be termed Latvia's Russian cultural intelligentsia. Though both considered themselves Latvian, they were steeped in Russian music, literature, theatre, and dance, and frequently attended such cultural events in Riga. Even better, after Latvia became the Latvian SSR (Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic), Petrovs was awarded the title of Soviet master and seeded into the 12th USSR Championship (1940). Petrovs did well to finish in the middle of the field, behind future world champions Mikhail Botvinnik and Vasily Smyslov, but ahead of Grigory Levenfish, who had won the 1937 USSR Championship, and Alexander Kotov, who had finished 2nd in the 1939 Championship. In addition, he defeated both Levenfish and Kotov in their individual games. Petrovs also drew both of the event's co-winners, Andre Lilienthal and Igor Bondarevsky.

On his return to Riga to rejoin his family and play in the inaugural Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) Championship, Petrovs found his wife worrying about the current Bolshevik regime. She reported that availability of food and other materials in Riga was already scarce, and even worse, local government purges and general deportations were well underway. Petrovs, now employed by the Soviet TASS news agency, had experienced no particular trouble during his trip to Russia, and he tried to assuage her fears. Nonetheless, as he left again for the USSR Championship Semi-finals in Rostov-on-Don, she pressed a photo of herself and their child into his palm for "good luck." He never saw either of them again. After six rounds of the Semi-finals had been completed, in Petrovs' section only Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush had a better score, and it seemed that he was destined to qualify for his second USSR Championship.(4) However, the Semi-final was abandoned on 23 June 1941 when news reached the tournament that the Germans had invaded the Soviet Union. There was a mad rush as the players attempted to reach home. Petrovs, accompanied by Latvian chess colleagues Alexander Koblents and Janis Fride, was halted at a customs station near Abrene, in the Latvian district of Latgale. They were informed that they could travel no further, as the German army had already overrun Latvia. Petrovs was forced to return to Moscow, but soon left for Gorky to volunteer in the Russian-Latvian Rifle Division. He was summoned back to Moscow in the winter of 1941, where he finished second to Isaak Mazel, ahead of Vasily Panov and Vladimir Alatortsev in the Moscow City Championship. Petrovs then took a position as Assistant Commandant in the Moscow council "Dynamo," devoted to organizing logistics and defense in a city many feared would soon be under siege. Despite the German advance into the heart of Russia, however, the Soviet Chess Section still managed to keep organizing tournaments. At the Moscow national tournament in 1942 Petrovs finished 2nd behind Bondarevsky, ahead of Alatortsev, Mikenas, and Panov. Evacuated to Sverdlosk in 1942, Petrov competed in another national tournament, finishing second to Viacheslav Ragozin, ahead of Alexey Sokolsky, Boleslavsky, and Georgy Ilivitsky.


Characteristically, Petrovs had a habit of speaking frankly to friends and colleagues about his impressions of life in Soviet Latvia and Russia, some of which were critical of the Bolshevik regime. According to both Galina Petrova and Russian historian Sergey Voronkov, three fellow chess masters denounced Petrovs to the authorities.(5) After Sverdlovsk, Vladas Mikenas recalls that he expected to see Petrovs participate at the next major tournament in Kuibishev, but he never showed up. On August 31, 1942, Petrovs was arrested and questioned for two weeks in Moscow at Lubyanka prison for violating "Article 58," a catch-all law that forbade any kind of anti-Soviet statements or activities. He was subsequently transferred to Moscow's notorious Butyrka jail for a further five months of detention and interrogation. On February 3, 1943 Petrovs was sentenced to ten years in Vorkuta Gulag for criticizing decreased living standards in Latvia after the Soviet annexation of 1940. According to a death certificate released by the KGB in 1989, Petrov died of pneumonia in, or en route to, the gulag on August 26, 1943.(5)


Galina Petrova lost contact with her husband in 1942, and spent the rest of her life trying to find out what happened to him. Galina was given conflicting reports of his arrest and detention, so she moved to Siberia in an attempt to find any record he had been at a gulag. After Stalin's death in 1953, Nikita Khrushchev rehabilitated the names of thousands who had died during "The Terror," but the conviction against Petrovs was upheld. It would not be until the era of Glasnost that Mikhail Gorbachev finally rehabilitated Vladimir Petrovs' name with an official pardon in March 1989.


(*) There are conflicting sources on the birth year of Vladimirs Petrovs. The Russian Wikipedia article, for example, gives *both* 1907 and 1908 as the birth year: Wikipedia article: %D0%9F%D0%B5%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2, %D0%92%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%80 %D0%9C%D0%B8%D1%85%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87 (%D1%88%D0%B0%D1%85%D0%BC%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B8%D1%81%D1%82) In the kibbitzing section below, you can read a detailed account of which sources favor which birth year.

(1) The NKVD (Peoples Commissariat for Internal Affairs) was a predecessor of the KGB.

(2) Andris Fride <Vladimirs Petrovs: A Chessplayer's Story - From Greatness to the Gulags>, Caissa Editions, 2004.

(3) Vladimir Dedkov, ed. <Star Extinguished Before its Time> Riga, 2008

(4) At Rostov-on-Don 1941, the USSR Championship semifinal was organized into four separate sections. When the tournament abruptly ended, Petrov sat second in his section, a half point behind Tolush.

(5) Alexei Shirov, with Sergey Voronkov and Vladimir Dedkov <"Restoring the Annals of Latvian Chess History"> (ru)


Andris Fride <Vladimirs Petrovs: A Chessplayer's Story - From Greatness to the Gulags>, Caissa Editions, 2004.

Vladimir Dedkov, ed. <Star Extinguished Before its Time> Riga, 2008

Sergey Grodzensky <The Lubyanka Gambit>, Olympia Press, Moscow 2004

Alexei Shirov, with Sergey Voronkov and Vladimir Dedkov <"Restoring the Annals of Latvian Chess History"> (ru)

Biographical Game Collection

1.Game Collection: Vladimirs Petrovs Tournaments/Matches 1923-1942

Last updated: 2019-04-15 07:56:40

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 342  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Rosenbergs vs Vladimir Petrov 1-0151922Blitz MatchB10 Caro-Kann
2. Vladimir Petrov vs A Strautmanis  ½-½381925Match Russian Secondary - City Gymnasium C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. H K Mattison vs Vladimir Petrov  ½-½441926Incognito Match Riga Ch.Club - Latvian Univ.B44 Sicilian
4. F Apsenieks vs Vladimir Petrov  0-13919261st Riga ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
5. S Meiers vs Vladimir Petrov  1-0641926Match Latvia Univ.-Liepaja Chess ClubB56 Sicilian
6. Vladimir Petrov vs Indrikis Strazdins 1-02219262nd Latvian congressD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
7. T Bergs vs Vladimir Petrov  1-07219262nd Latvian congressA48 King's Indian
8. Vladimir Petrov vs Udo Vitte 1-0241928Riga Chess Club championshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Nils Elisons vs Vladimir Petrov  1-0541928Riga Chess Club championshipA00 Uncommon Opening
10. Vladimir Petrov vs J Turn  1-0641928Match Riga University - Tartu UniversityB02 Alekhine's Defense
11. M Feigin vs Vladimir Petrov  0-1311928Olympic selection tournamentC14 French, Classical
12. Vladimir Petrov vs K Makarczyk 1-0481928The Hague OlympiadD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
13. Vladimir Petrov vs O Karlin  1-0361928The Hague ol (Men)B40 Sicilian
14. Vladimir Petrov vs J Rejfir  ½-½321928The Hague OlympiadD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
15. Vladimir Petrov vs W A T Schelfhout  ½-½261928The Hague OlympiadD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
16. Vladimir Petrov vs T Bergs  1-0281928Reiner Cafe 4 players tournamentE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
17. J Turn vs Vladimir Petrov  0-1311929Match Tartu University - Riga UniversityD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Vladimir Petrov vs J Turn  ½-½651929Match Tartu University - Riga UniversityD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Vladimir Petrov vs T Bergs  1-0241929Reiner Cafe tournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
20. Vladimir Petrov vs Gerz Gladstein  1-03519291st Match Riga - KaunasD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. A Asgeirsson vs Vladimir Petrov  0-1141930Hamburg OlympiadB56 Sicilian
22. M Scheinberg vs Vladimir Petrov  0-1271930Hamburg OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Tartakower vs Vladimir Petrov 0-1321930Hamburg OlympiadA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Vladimir Petrov vs S Takacs  ½-½271930Hamburg OlympiadD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
25. Marshall vs Vladimir Petrov 1-0161930Hamburg OlympiadE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 342  PGN Download
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<hemy> There have been three or four other correction slips for Petrovs games that I have to take responsibility for due to similar mistakes. In playing through some of the games after had published them, I discovered I had entered incorrect data, so I sent in the correction slips. Ironically, I only found these errors because I had begun researching <Dreibergs> games, some of which were played against <Petrovs>. I should have been much more careful about checking every detail of all the <Petrovs> pgn uploads before hand.

Recently I have been collecting games of <Leonids Dreibergs> from the Latvian Periodical database. I have not submitted any of these yet, and I will not be doing so until I check that every bit of data is correct. This involves actually playing through all of the game moves as well- sometimes the final comment on the score is somewhat ambiguous-

Example, using google translate, I recently discovered that there are other ambiguous comments on on the final game score.

Usually it will say something like "Gives up" but other times it will say "and wins" without it being clear who wins, exactly. One game I found had black making the last move and it said "and wins" but they meant that white was the winner!

But if we play through the entire game score and examine the final position, then the final comments should always make sense.

Here are pgns I have collected so far for <Leonids Dreibergs>, which in future I will only discuss over on his game page, as opposed to here on the <Petrovs> page:

Game Collection: Leonids Dreibergs

Apr-23-19  hemy: <JFQ>
On the Game Collection: Leonids Dreibergs
"The national team-run tournament for Lithuania is now complete." should be Latvia instead of Lithuania.
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Thank you <hemy> I had been wondering about that. I had been thinking maybe the purpose of the training had been to select members to play a match against Lithuania.

I am very pleased to know the actual facts.

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<hemy> on the Petrovs "consultation game" I see that I made the game title too long- it resulted in a slightly malformed "player field" but at least it is in the database.

I was disappointed to learn that such games do not appear directly on the players' games pages. Instead, as you probably already knew, the "teams" become an actual player page!

I think it would be better if could change their code so that these games appear on the actual player pages instead?

Anyways at least it is in the database, which is certainly better than nothing.

If you type "petrov" into the search box it will show the game now:

Keres, Paul / Mikenas, Vladas / Petrov, Vladimir

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<hemy> I accidentally found a new <Petrovs> game whilst looking for <Feigin> games:

[Event "Warsaw ol (Men)"]
[Site "Warsaw POL"]
[Date "1935.08.18"]
[EventDate "1935.08.16"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Petrov, Vladimir"]
[Black "Porat, Yosef"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Source "Krusta-mikla. Sahs. Bridzs. Nr.36 (07.09.1939); " ]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 b6 3.g3 Bb7 4.Bg2 c5 6.c3 e6 6.0-0 Be7 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.b3 Nc6 9.Bb2 Rc8 10.c4 Nxd4 11.Nxd4 Bxg2 12.Kxg2 cxd4 13.Bxd4 d5 14.e3 dxc4 15.Nxc4 Qd5+ 16.Qf3 Rfd8 17.Rfd1 b5 18.Ne5 Rc2 19.Rac1 Rdc8 20.Qxd5 exd5 21.Nd3 a5 22.Rxc2 Rxc2 23.Rc1 Rxc1 24.Nxc1 Ne4 25.f3 Nc5 26.Ne2 Nd3 27.Nc3 Nc1 28.Kf2 f6 29.Ke1 Bb4 30.Kd1 Bxc3 31.Bxc3 Nxa2 32.Bxa5 Kf7 33.Bd2 b4 34.Ke2 1-0

You can see <Petrovs> showing his ability to steer a game into a winning endgame, perhaps the most notable aspect of his playing style. Put this pgn in to your computer and you can see the evaluation slowly creeping up, move by move, in white's favor.

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I just submitted the new <Petrovs> game. I don't think the admins will be uploading any new games or processing any correction slips until they convert the "http" of the site, but when they do move on the game uploads, they move very quickly.

So it can't hurt to submit new games as we come across them.

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<hemy>, <chesshistoryinterest>

Here is some more confirmation on what you guys already found- it was <Edgars Krumins>, not <Alfreds Krumins>, who played reserve board for Lativia at the <Warsaw Olympiad>.

Olimpbase has the wrong player listed, as confirmed by this game score from <Krusta-mikla. Sahs. Bridzs. Nr.37 (14.09.1935)>.

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Most puzzling....

<Riga 1933> Unknown event- Only Petrov is listed as playing white, no opponent is listed. 36 moves played.

[Latvis 3403 (11.03.1933); ]

"Spēlēt Rigas meistaribas turnirā 8 kārtā . g 1. martā. Partiju meistars Petrovs zaudē tikai tamdēļ, ka neizķirtā stābokļi par visu varu grib panīkt uzvars. "

"Play at the Riga Mastery Tour in round 8 g March 1 The master of the party Petrov loses only because the undefeated pickets want to lose victory for everything."

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The score on this <Apsenieks - Petrov> game has the wrong result- it should be <1-0>, not <0-1>:

F Apsenieks vs Vladimir Petrov, 1932


"Latvis, Nr.3084 (12.02.1932)

"Melnie padevas" That means "black gives up."

This result is also suggested by the final position, which on <Shredder III Engine> shows up as +3.77 in <White's> favor.

White to move:

click for larger view

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<Riga 1928> (9-24 November) Reiner Caf Quadruple Round Robin. <Petrovs 1st> over M.Feigin, T. Bergs, and N. Ellison, scoring 7.5/12. ["Rigasche Rundschau", December 1, 1928, p.16; "Сегодня", 10 November 1928, p.5; "Сегодня", November 25, 1928, p.9 ]

[Event "Reiner Cafe 4 players tournament"]
[Site "Riga LAT"]
[Date "1928.11.11"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Petrov, Vladimir"]
[Black "Bergs, Teodors"]
[Result "1-0"]
[EventDate "1928.11.??"]
[Source "Latvis, Nr. 2138 (30.11.1928); "]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nc3 Ne4 5.Qc2 d5 6.e3 0-0 7.Bd3 f5 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.bxc3 Nd7 10.Ba3 Re8 11.cxd5 exd5 12.c4 Ndf6 13.Rab1 c6 14.Ne5 g6 15.Rb3 Nd6 16.cxd5 Nxd5 17.Nxc6 Qc7 18.Qc5 Qxc6 19.Qxc6 bxc6 20.Bxd6 Be6 21.Rb7 Nc3 22.Rc1 Nxa2 23.Rxc6 Bd5 24.Bc4 Bxc4 25.Rxc4 Rac8 26.Rcc7 Rxc7 27.Bxc7 Ra8 28.d5 1-0

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<Riga 1935> (17-18 March) Fifth Latvia vs. Lithuania Match. <Petrovs scored +1-0=1> against Vladas Mikenas on first board. Latvia won the match 12.5-7.5. After the match, on March 20th a blitz tournament was held. In the Final Group, Petrovs shared 3rd with I. Vistaneckis and M. Luckis, behind V. Mikenas and M. Feigins. ["P.-T. Dzive", March 1935; "Lietuvos inios", March 26, p.8; "Segdonia", March 22, 1935, p.4 ]

[Event "Match Latvia - Estonia"]
[Site "Riga LAT"]
[Date "1935.03."]
[EventDate "1935.03.17"]
[Round ""]
[White "Mikenas, Vladas"]
[Black "Petrov, Vladimir"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Source "Krusta-mikla. Sahs. Bridzs. Nr.12 (23.03.1935);" ]

1. d4 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 c5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. O-O cxd4 6. Nxd4 e6 7. c4 Bc5 8. Nb3 Be7 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Nc3 Be6 11. Nb5 O-O 12. N5d4 Bd7 13. Bg5 Ne4 14. Nxc6 bxc6 15. Bxe7 Qxe7 16. Rc1 Rab8 17. Qd4 Rb6 18. Rfd1 Nf6 19. e4 dxe4 20. Bxe4 Rb4 21. Rc4 Rxc4 22. Qxc4 Nxe4 23. Re1 Bf5 24. Nd4 Bg6 25. Nxc6 Qd7 26. Rxe4 Bxe4 27. Qxe4 Re8 28. Qf3 Qh3 29. Qd1 Qe6 30. Nxa7 Qa6 31. Qd7 Re1+ 32. Kg2 Qf1+ 33. Kf3 Qh1+ 34. Kg4 h5+ 35. Kxh5 Qf3+ 36. Kh4 Re5 0-1

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<New Petrov Game>

<Riga 1935-1936> (20 October 1935-23 February 1936) Riga Championship. Game Collection: Riga Championship 1935-1936 <Petrovs finished 1st> over F. Apsenieks, M. Feigins, T. Bergs and others. [Di Felice, "Chess Results 1936-1940" p.8; 'Krustamīkla. ahs. Brids', November 23, 1935, p.12; "Rīts", November 19, 1935, p.7; Sporta Pasaule, Nr.237, March 2, 1936 ]

[Event "Riga championship"]
[Site "Riga LAT"]
[Date "1935.10.20"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Strautmanis, Augusts"]
[Black "Petrov, Vladimir"]
[Result "0-1"]
[EventDate "1935.10.20"]
[Source "Krusta-mikla.Sahs.Bridzs. Nr. 43 (26.10.1935);"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Nf6 6. h3 e5 7. dxe5 Nxe5 8. Bc2 Bc5 9. Nf3 Nxf3+ 10. Qxf3 Qe7+ 11. Be3 Bxe3 12. fxe3 O-O 13. O-O Re8 14. Kf2 Bd7 15. Nd2 Bc6 16. Qf4 Nh5 17. Qd4 Rad8 18. a4 Qg5 19. Nf3 Qg3+ 20. Kg1 Bd7 21. h4 Bh3 22. Rf2 h6 23. Raf1 Rd7 24. Kh1 Rde7 25. Nh2 Bd7 26. Qxd5 Nf6 27. Rxf6 gxf6 28. Nf3 Bc6 29. Qf5 Be4 30. Bxe4 Rxe4 31. Qxf6 Rg4 32. Ne1 Rxh4+ 33. Kg1 Qxe3+ 34. Qf2 Qxf2+ 35. Kxf2 Rxa4 0-1

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  jessicafischerqueen: <NEW PETROV GAME>

<Riga 1928> (9-24 November) Reiner Caf Quadruple Round Robin. <Petrovs 1st> over M.Feigin, T. Bergs, and N. Ellison, scoring 7.5/12. ["Rigasche Rundschau", December 1, 1928, p.16; "Сегодня", 10 November 1928, p.5; "Сегодня", November 25, 1928, p.9 ]

[Event "Reiner Cafe 4 players tournament"]
[Site "Riga LAT"]
[Date "1928.11.11"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Petrov, Vladimir"]
[Black "Bergs, Teodors"]
[Result "1-0"]
[EventDate "1928.11.??"]
[Source "Latvis, Nr. 2138 (30.11.1928); "]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nc3 Ne4 5.Qc2 d5 6.e3 0-0 7.Bd3 f5 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.bxc3 Nd7 10.Ba3 Re8 11.cxd5 exd5 12.c4 Ndf6 13.Rab1 c6 14.Ne5 g6 15.Rb3 Nd6 16.cxd5 Nxd5 17.Nxc6 Qc7 18.Qc5 Qxc6 19.Qxc6 bxc6 20.Bxd6 Be6 21.Rb7 Nc3 22.Rc1 Nxa2 23.Rxc6 Bd5 24.Bc4 Bxc4 25.Rxc4 Rac8 26.Rcc7 Rxc7 27.Bxc7 Ra8 28.d5 1-0


Vladimir Petrov vs T Bergs, 1928

Jun-13-19  hemy: An article in Bavarian (Germany) Latvian newspaper "Latvija", February 14, 1947, p. 4 about fate of Petrovs.

German newspaper 'Die Welt' wrote on February 1st 1947: "The Grand Master of Latvia V. Petrov died in the Soviet Union".
As already known, our chess grand master Petrovs on spring 1941 left to participate in the USSR championship. Soon after then the war began and Petrov's fate remained unknown.
H. Zaļums."

The editor of "Latvia" (1946-49) was Kārlis Rabācs.

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  chesshistoryinterest: Here: ("Tevzeme", 18 November 1946, page 11)

is an article by Karlis Ozols on Latvian chess history. In it, he gives the Petrovs' birthdate as 27 September 1907. Presumably someone like Ozols would have had a pretty good idea what it was. This would tend to reinforce the overall conclusion arrived at on this page that Petrovs was born in 1907 and not 1908.

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  mifralu: Rotterdam 1939 (24-25 July) Netherlands vs. Latvia Match. ...< Latvia won the match 5.5-4.5 >

The match was drawn, 6-6

24 July 1939, Round 1

Euwe - Petrov 1-0
Endzelins - Fontein -
Van den Tol - Melngailis -
Apsenieks - Mhring -
Vlagsma - Feigins -
Milda Lauberte - Catharina Roodzant -

25 July 1939, Round 2

Petrov - Euwe -
Fontein - Endzelins -
Melngailis - Van den Tol 1-0
Mhring - Apsenieks -
Feigins - Vlagsma 1-0
Fenny Heemskerk - Milda Lauberte 1-0

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New Petrov game:

[Event "Riga championship"]
[Site "Riga LAT"]
[Date "1936.12.04"]
[EventDate "1935.10.23"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Petrov, Vladimir"]
[Black "Apsenieks, Fricis"]
[Source "Encyc. Lat. Chessplayers"]

1. d4 Nc6 2. f4 e6 3. e4 f5 4. exf5 exf5 5. d5 Nce7 6. Nf3 Nf6 7. c4 g6 8. b3 Bg7 9. Bb2 O-O 10. Bd3 a5 11. Nc3 Ne4 12. Qc2 d6 13. O-O Nc5 14. Rae1 c6 15. Kh1 cxd5 16. cxd5 b6 17. Bc4 Bb7 18. Ng5 Rc8 19. Ne6 Nxe6 20. Rxe6 Rf7 21. Qd3 Rc7 22. Rfe1 Bc8 23. R6e2 Bd7 24. Ba3 Nc8 25. Re6 Bf8 26. Nb5 Rb7 27. Nd4 Na7 28. Ba6 Rb8 29. Nc6 Nxc6 30. dxc6 Bxc6 31. Bxd6 b5 32. a4 Rb6 33. axb5 Be4 34. Qc4 Rxd6 35. Rxd6 Qxd6 36. Bc8 Kg7 37. Qc3+ Qf6 38. Qxa5 Qb2 39. Rg1 Bc5 40. Qa1 Bxg2+ 0-1

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Thank you so much!

In "Tournaments of 1939" A.J. Gillam's results give the same score as you- 6-6.

I have a further question about this event. Gillam lists <Emilis Melngailis> as the player, but I suspect it might actually be <Tenis Melngailis>.

In your <Delpher Kranten> article it does not say which Melngailis is playing.

Can anyone provide a source that tells us which Melngailis played this event?

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<Mifralu> Aha so I see "Delpher Kranten" is the search engine service? And the name of the actual publication you provide is "Algemeen Handelsblad 26-07-1939".

I updated the entry now, both the result and the sources:


<Rotterdam 1939> (24-25 July) Netherlands vs. Latvia Match. <Petrovs scored +0-1=1 against M. Euwe> on first board. The match was drawn 6-6. [Fride, p.77; "Algemeen Handelsblad 26-07-1939", p.10; A.J. Gillam "Tournaments of 1939" pp.54-60; "Rits", July 27, 1939, p.7; "Rits", July 29, 1939, p.4; "Rust~", July 28, 1939, p.9 ]


Hmm the character recognition is not good for Russian letters I think- "Rust~" is the Russian paper called "Today" if I remember correctly?

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[Event "non-FIDE Munich ol (Men)"]
[Site "Munich GER"]
[Date "1936.08.25"]
[Round "13"]
[White "Alexandrescu, Gheorghe Gica"]
[Black "Petrov, Vladimir"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "?"]
[Source "Krustamikla.Sahs.Bridzs Nr.41 (10.10.1936)"]

1. Nf3 f5 2. b3 Nf6 3. Bb2 e6 4. g3 b6 5. Bg2 Bb7 6. d3 Be7 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. O-O c5 9. e4 fxe4 10. Ng5 h6 11. Ndxe4 d5 12. Nxf6+ Bxf6 13. Bxf6 Qxf6 14. Qg4 Nc6 15. Rae1 Rae8 16. c4 Nb4 17. Qe2 Qd4 18. Nf3 Qxd3 19. Ne5 Qxe2 20. Rxe2 Na6 21. Ng6 Rf6 22. Nf4 Nc7 23. cxd5 Ba6 24. d6 Bxe2 25. Nxe2 Nd5 26. Rd1 Rd8 27. Bxd5 Rxd6 28. Nf4 exd5 29. Nxd5 Kf7 0-1

Nov-28-19  cameosis: he was latvian, not russian -- his correct name is vladimirs petrovs, not "vladimir petrov", the russified version.

same with mihails tals ... but ignorance and cultural hegemony is still strong in the 21st century.

Nov-29-19  spingo: <cameosis: he was latvian, not russian -- his correct name is vladimirs petrovs, not "vladimir petrov", the russified version. same with mihails tals ... but ignorance and cultural hegemony is still strong in the 21st century.>

I suppose you read that in the biography (above), which begins:

<Vladimir Petrov (Latvian spelling: Vladimirs Petrovs) was born in Riga, Latvia...>

Nov-29-19  BUNA: <cameosis: he was latvian, not russian -- his correct name is vladimirs petrovs, not "vladimir petrov", the russified version. same with mihails tals ... but ignorance and cultural hegemony is still strong in the 21st century.> Vladimir Petrov was an ethnic russian who was born in Riga in 1908, when Latvia belonged to zarist Russia. Therefore in his birth certificate his name was definitely spelled Владимир Петров - i.e. Vladimir Petrov (english transliteration).

And Mikhail Tal was a russian-speaking soviet jew. Concerning his "latvianess": May I remind you that latvian nationalists together with the germans between 1941 an 1944 exterminated basically all latvian jews that they could get hold of and that Tal's family was fortunately among those evacuated at the beginning of the war by soviet authorities?

Nov-29-19  Absentee: Besides, "Vladimirs Petrovs" is about as Latvian as "Juans Sanchezis".
Nov-29-19  fabelhaft: <born in Riga in 1908, when Latvia belonged to zarist Russia. Therefore in his birth certificate his name was definitely spelled Владимир Петров - i.e. Vladimir Petrov>

Tal on the other hand was born in Riga when Latvia was still a sovereign state, so in his birth certificate his name was definitely spelled Mihails Tals.

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