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Vladimir Petrov
Number of games in database: 347
Years covered: 1922 to 1942

Overall record: +163 -78 =102 (62.4%)*
   * 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) 
    D02 D04 E00 A40 D05
 Sicilian (16) 
    B29 B58 B40 B83 B63
 Catalan (16) 
    E02 E01 E06
 Slav (15) 
    D17 D15 D12 D11 D13
 Orthodox Defense (11) 
    D52 D63 D64 D65 D60
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E46 E44 E21 E49 E33
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (30) 
    B74 B56 B72 B80 B84
 French Defense (22) 
    C10 C01 C17 C05 C14
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    D02 D04 A45 A40 D00
 Slav (14) 
    D10 D19 D15 D12 D18
 Sicilian Dragon (11) 
    B74 B72 B73 B70
 French (9) 
    C10 C11 C13 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Rellstab vs Petrov, 1937 0-1
   Petrov vs R Grau, 1939 1-0
   Stahlberg vs Petrov, 1938 0-1
   Petrov vs Alekhine, 1938 1-0
   Petrov vs I Strazdins, 1926 1-0
   G Page vs Petrov, 1933 0-1
   J Turn vs Petrov, 1929 0-1
   Petrov vs T Bergs, 1929 1-0
   K Richter vs Petrov, 1936 1/2-1/2
   Petrov vs Stahlberg, 1937 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Rosario (1939)
   Kemeri (1937)
   Margate (1938)
   Lodz (1938)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-A (1939)
   non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936)
   Hamburg Olympiad (1930)
   Stockholm Olympiad (1937)
   Kemeri (1939)
   Moravska Ostrava (1933)
   Podebrady (1936)
   USSR Championship (1940)
   Prague Olympiad (1931)
   Warsaw Olympiad (1935)
   Folkestone Olympiad (1933)

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
   Lodz 1938 by jessicafischerqueen
   Kemeri 1939 by jessicafischerqueen
   Munich Unofficial Olympiad 1936 (Petrovs' games) by jessicafischerqueen
   Warsaw Olympiad 1935 (Petrov's games) by jessicafischerqueen
   Sverdlovsk 1942 National Tournament 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 Petrov 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 Makogonov, and Alexander Kotov.

Genesis of a Master

Petrov's father ran a modest cobbler's shop in Riga, while his mother worked as a housekeeper. In 1919 Petrov 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 Petrov's 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. Petrov 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, Petrov instead immersed himself in the games of Latvia's strongest players, Hermanis 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. Petrov 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. Petrov had his heart set on playing 1st board for the Olympic team, so instead of a playoff match to decide the Latvian championship, Petrov struck a deal with Apsenieks: he would concede the title in exchange for 1st board in all subsequent Chess Olympiads.

Joining the Elite

Petrov 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, Petrov was invited to his first major international tournament, the Czech Championship in Podebrady (1936). Despite a disappointing 10th place finish, Petrov 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 Petrov 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 Petrov, 1937. Petrov 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. Petrov's 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 Petrov 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. Petrov 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- Petrov vs Alekhine, 1938. After disappointing his Latvian fans with a dismal eighth place at Kemeri 1939, Petrov 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 Petrov was no longer allowed to participate as an organizer of Latvian chess events. At first, however, Petrov 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), Petrov was awarded the title of Soviet master and seeded into the 12th USSR Championship (1940). Petrov 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. Petrov 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, Petrov 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. Petrov, 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 Petrov's section only Alexander 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. Petrov, 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. Petrov 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. Petrov 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 Petrov 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, Petrov 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 Petrov to the authorities.(5) After Sverdlovsk, Vladas Mikenas recalls that he expected to see Petrov participate at the next major tournament in Kuibishev, but he never showed up. On August 31, 1942, Petrov 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 Petrov 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 Petrov was upheld. It would not be until the era of Glasnost that Mikhail Gorbachev finally rehabilitated Vladimir Petrov's 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: Петров, Владимир Михайлович (шахматист) 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: 2022-11-21 23:33:07

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 346  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Rosenbergs vs Petrov 1-0151922Blitz MatchB10 Caro-Kann
2. Petrov vs A Strautmanis  ½-½381925Match Russian Secondary - City Gymnasium C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. H Mattison vs Petrov  ½-½441926Incognito Match Riga Ch.Club - Latvian Univ.B44 Sicilian
4. F Apsenieks vs Petrov  0-13919261st Riga ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
5. S Meiers vs Petrov  1-0641926Match Latvia Univ.-Liepaja Chess ClubB56 Sicilian
6. Petrov vs I Strazdins 1-02219262nd Latvian congressD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
7. T Bergs vs Petrov  1-07219262nd Latvian congressA48 King's Indian
8. Petrov vs Udo Vitte 1-0241928Riga Chess Club championshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Nils Elisons vs Petrov  1-0541928Riga Chess Club championshipA00 Uncommon Opening
10. Petrov vs J Turn  1-0641928Match Riga University - Tartu UniversityB02 Alekhine's Defense
11. M Feigin vs Petrov  0-1311928Olympic selection tournamentC14 French, Classical
12. Petrov vs K Makarczyk 1-0481928The Hague OlympiadD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
13. Petrov vs O Karlin  1-0361928The Hague OlympiadB40 Sicilian
14. Petrov vs J Rejfir  ½-½321928The Hague OlympiadD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
15. Petrov vs W Schelfhout  ½-½261928The Hague OlympiadD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
16. Petrov vs T Bergs  1-02819281st Reiner Cafe tE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
17. Petrov vs F Apsenieks  0-15519282nd Reiner Cafe tD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. J Turn vs Petrov 0-1311929Match Tartu University - Riga UniversityD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Petrov vs J Turn  ½-½651929Match Tartu University - Riga UniversityD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Petrov vs T Bergs 1-02419293rd Reiner Cafe tB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. Petrov vs Gerz Gladstein  1-03519291st Match Riga - KaunasD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. A Asgeirsson vs Petrov  0-1141930Hamburg OlympiadB56 Sicilian
23. M Scheinberg vs Petrov  0-1271930Hamburg OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Tartakower vs Petrov 0-1321930Hamburg OlympiadA45 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Petrov vs S Takacs ½-½271930Hamburg OlympiadD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 346  PGN Download
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If you are interested in more, <Galena's> memoir is available for download from that link as well:

One of the best parts about this download is that it is in a form of pdf that can be copied and pasted. I have spent many hours using google translate to make a readable English version, which is full of wonderful, poignant, and tragic memories.

Not to mention humor.

Her lengthy reminiscence of <Paul Keres> for example, her favorite of all the chess players she met. Without doubt the highlight is the anecdote when <Keres> tells her he has a "sure fire system to beat roulette."

"Can you tell me what it is" she asks.

<Keres>: "It won't work for women."

Aug-04-20  Straclonoor: <that the three accusers were probably Zubarev, Panov and Potapov?> Two last Petrov's tournament was

It's easy to see that's there isn't any Potapov (very popular Russian second name) in both. Yudovich (sr) participated in Moscow-42 tournament. <Voronkov> published announce of his books about USSR Chess Championships - were mentioned case, when Yudovich (sr) accused two painters Bakulin and Ginsburg. Both were arrested in 1941 and incarcerated.

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This is Petrov's last tournament, as discovered by rusbase- and subsequently noticed by <chesshistoryinterest> and confirmed by <hemy>, who followed the listed primary source and translated it.

As you can see, there is a Potapov listed as one of the participants in this event:

Aug-04-20  Straclonoor: <jessicafischerqueen> According to different sources, Petrov was arrested in summer-42, in August, on the way from Sverdlovsk to Kazan.

I.e. - And - same date August 31 mentioned

So, Vladimir Petrov couldn't participate in September-42 event. Petrov VERY popular second name in Russia. Only Ivanov ahead it. I don't know who is Potapov. He never had title 'master' and the player never participated in USSR Championships. Panov, Zubarev and Yudovich was.

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<Straclonoor> Here is the post <hemy> made on this subject. He tracked down the original source listed on rusbase and translated it. He also made the work available for all to see for themselves on his drop box:

Vladimir Petrov (kibitz #1268)


Here are the conclusions that <chesshistoryinterest> made on the basis of <hemy's> findings:

Vladimir Petrov (kibitz #1269)

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Aug-04-20  Straclonoor: <jessicafischerqueen> Thank you! I missed <hemy>'s comment.

Today I looked all September's issues of Vechernyaya Moskva and didn't find anything about this event.

After reading issues mentioned by <hemy> I have idea, who is Potapov! <In Moscow started team tournament of summer chess-checkers playgrounds and clubs.> Here <chess-CHECKERS> key word!

<Potapov> is Leonid Sergeevich Potapov Soviet CHECKERS master!

And I'm still in doubt that <Petrov>, written in August 7 Vechenyaya Moskva issue, is Vladimir Petrov.

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Excellent! <Leonid Sergeevich Potapov>

I am sure <hemy> will be back here sometime soon, and hopefully <chesshistoryinterest> as well- although I believe he said he will be very busy the next few weeks.

For me, I am very limited by google translator on the Russian language.

Aug-05-20  Nosnibor: <Straclonoor> <jessicafischerqueen> If you look carefully at the tournament dates for Sverdlosk you will see that it was played from March 22 to April 11 1942. The games played certainly represent Vladimir Petrov`s style. One further point it is Roberts partner and not Robot partner. I am sure Leonard would not take offence.
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<Nosnibor> Thank you very much!

I looked at the games collection and realized that I had mistakenly counted 4 days in April, when there were 11.

So what I did now was date the 1st round games <March 22>, and the last round games <April 11>.

For the rest of the rounds I left the day field empty, and left in the month fields- estimating how many rounds were likely played in each month.

This is the finished games collection, which I had not in fact added to the list of Petrovs' events:

Aug-05-20  jith1207: <JFQ> the link for game collection seems to be a generic one, it takes to my own list of game collections when I click on it. Maybe you intended something more specific?
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<jith1207> I just saw your post in my other Latvian chess history forum yesterday. Thank you!

I have the forum linked from my <JFQ> account now eh.

LatvianChessHistory chessforum

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<Nosnibor> Here is the actual link to the <Sverdlovsk 1942> tournament page I prepared:

Game Collection: Sverdlovsk 1942 National Tournament

<jith1207> Thank you for alerting me.

Aug-10-20  Straclonoor: 1. Last weekend I looked up book 'Chess fighting' ('Schashmaty sragayutsya', 1985) about chess on WWII in USSR. I doesn't find any notes related to Moscow Team chess-checkers tournament-42, but finded interesting quotation at all "...unfortunately we can't find archive of AllRussian chess section in 1942-45, that was religiously collected by master N.Zubarev..."(!). Author is Boris Vainstein, author of the book as well.

Vainstein was NKVD officer in that time and he said 40 years later that he couldn't find any archive says very more for me.

Vladimir Petrov mentioned in the book more then twice.

2. I doesn't find in book 'Vasylyi Panov' (1986, Yakov Estrin) any notes about Panov's participation in Moscow Team chess-checkers Tournament. Not games, not in table 'Sports results of Vasilyi Panov'.

3. My version: Article in 'Vechernyaya Moskva' August 7 issue is announce news. Yes in article written "In the tournament participating masters Zubarev, Panov, Petrov, Potapov." but it means that they agreed to participate, not that they participating right now. In October issue there is no masters names.

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Thank you so much for your diligent research of Russian language sources.

I believe this is of particular relevance to the issue at hand:

<3. My version: Article in 'Vechernyaya Moskva' August 7 issue is announce news. Yes in article written "In the tournament participating masters Zubarev, Panov, Petrov, Potapov." but it means that they agreed to participate, not that they participating right now. In October issue there is no masters names.>

Aug-11-20  Straclonoor: In my point of view Petrov's accuses need to be find in Moscow Championship-41 and Moscow Masters Tournaments, because sources in Russian gives it's composite character as 'three chess masters participated with Petrov in Moscow tournaments in 1941 accesed him. All three was prominent chess players and involved in some USSR Championships'

Hence it's give us four names - Panov, Zubarev, Yudovich (sr) and Zagoryansky, who played in Moscow Championship-41.

There are no 'three Moscow masters etc...' in Sverdlovsk-42 tournament and there is no confirmation that Three Chess Masters played in Moscow Chess-Checkers Team tournament.

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On masters who played in the two <Moscow 1941> events.

Yudovich Sr played in and Panov played in

Zubarev and Zagoryansky played in both of them.

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  FSR: There is not one game in the database where anyone named Petrov (and there are a lot of them) played Petrov's Defense.
Sep-20-21  Olavi: I think it was Petrov's writings together with Jaenisch.
Sep-20-21  Nosnibor: <Olavi> That was Petroff.
Dec-30-21  mifralu: <jessicafischerqueen>

<Riga 1927 (March?) Latvia University Championship Finals. <Petrovs finished 1st> over K. Celms, N. Kampars, L. Bajars, A. Strazdins, and others, scoring 6.5/8.>

Here is a crosstable, page 11:

Jan-08-22  Ned Merrill: Life in Eastern Europe mid-20th century was bad.
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  nizmo11: I see there is a new (translation?) book on Petrovs by <Dmitry Kryakvin>: <Hero of the Pre-War Olympiads: Grandmaster Vladimirs Petrovs>, Elk and Ruby 2022.

Anyone seen this?; is it recommended?

Jun-16-22  hemy: The details of the match between Latvian and Lithuanian students published by me (Vladimir Petrov (kibitz #279)) are including mistakes.

It is fixed now:
Petrov - Luckis 2-0
Hasenfuss - Vistaneckis 1-1
Taube - Jeglinas 1-1
Joffe - Žilevičius 1-1
Stabiņs - Vaitonis 0-2
Latvia - Lithuania 5-5

Mistake was discovered by <chesshistoryinterest>, who is generously offered help to me and Eugenijus Paleckis. We are working on big project (12 volumes), "Lithuanian chess history up to XXI century". His help is enormous.

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  chancho: Petrovs died at the age of 35 according to his bio:

But look at the cover picture of his 2022 book and then the photo used on his player page here:

Petrovs looks older than 35.

When you go through much deprivation and atrittion during WW2 and then Stalin as USSR dictator, it all seems self explanatory.

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