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Paul List
P List 
CHESS, December 24th, 1943, p. 157  
Number of games in database: 101
Years covered: 1910 to 1953

Overall record: +36 -35 =30 (50.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    D02 D04 A50 A46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C91 C77 C63 C72
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (8) 
    E38 E24 E22 E21 E30
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D37 D30
 Grunfeld (4) 
    D80 D93 D90
 Alekhine's Defense (4) 
    B02 B05
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A46 D04 E10 D02
 Bogo Indian (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P List vs J Mieses, 1927 1-0
   P F Schmidt vs P List, 1936 0-1
   Kashdan vs P List, 1930 1/2-1/2
   P List vs Saemisch, 1926 1/2-1/2
   P List vs L'Hermet, 1927 1-0

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   Frankfurt (1930)
   Zaanstreek (1946)
   Berlin (1926)
   London A (1946)

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   99_25. DSB Kongress (1927), Magdeburg by whiteshark
   Frankfurt 1930 by suenteus po 147
   Zaanstreek 1946 by sneaky pete

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(born 1887, died Sep-09-1954, 67 years old) Lithuania

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Paul (Pavel) List was born in Memel, today's Klaipeda, Lithuania into a Jewish family. (1) He had a separate chess career in the Russian Empire, Germany and England. He also played in two matches for the Lithuanian team, and one match for Great Britain. Paul List was raised in Lithuania and spoke some Lithuanian. (2)

In the early 1900's, Pavel was living in Wilna, Russian Empire (today's Vilnius, Lithuania). (3) In 1908, the Wilna University was closed down, so List moved to Odessa, Ukraine to study at the Odessa University. The same year, he took first place in the Odessa championship with 10.5/18, qualifying for the All-Russian Amateurs tournament. (4) In January 1910, he shared 3-4th place with Stefan Izbinsky from Kiev in the first South Russian championship in Odessa. First was Boris Verlinsky, second - Efim Bogoljubov (Kiev). (5)

Paul List contributed to the revival of chess life in Odessa. He participated in local tournaments, and was an editor of the chess column of the newspaper Южная Мысль (South thought). (6) List was one of the organizers of the first South Russian championship. He persuaded the managers of the Odessa commercial chambers of the prestige of this event, and convinced them to provide 500 rubles, and a separate prize for the most beautiful game. At the summer vacation of 1910, List returned to Wilna. The Wilna Chess Club manager, Abram Isaakovich Rabinovich, invited Grigory Levenfish to play a match with List. The match between the two young talented players stopped after nine games (+4 -4 =1) because of the end of the summer vacation. (7)

List's real family name was Odes. Because the address on the letters he was receiving (to Odes in Odessa) was confusing, he changed his family name to List. (7) In 1911, he played in the All-Russian Haupturnier in St. Petersburg, where he tied for 15-16th (9/21). The winner was Stefan Levitsky (16.5/21). (8) In 1912, he tied for 4th with Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich in the 7th All-Russian Masters' Tournament (Hauptturnier) at Wilna, with 12/18. First was Karel Hromadka (15/18), 2nd was Bogoljubov (14.5/18), and 3rd was Baron K M Rausch von Traubenberg (14/18). (9) In 1918, List was an organizer and member of the tournament committee in the Odessa championship, but didn't play in it. At this time, in the period of the Russian Civil War, Odessa was a part of the Ukraine Republic, but by 1920 the Soviet Red Army managed to overpower both Ukrainian and Russian White Armies and secure the city. (10) In the 1920's, people of Odessa suffered from political unrest, and many of them fled abroad. For a native of Memel, where German was one of the two main languages, Germany was the obvious destination. In Germany, with the help of his organizing skills and the many friends he made, he built up a chess center in Berlin which became famous. In one very interesting event there, he scored a dual success as organizer and participant. This was a simultaneous display he held, together with Emanuel Lasker. Each made alternate moves without consultation. Two against 42. He gave lectures, took part in tournaments, and published a weekly chess column, until the Nazi Regime put an end to it. (11)

In 1926, List played in the first Freie Schachvereinigung Berlin tournament (Berlin (1926)), where he shared 7-9th place with Paul F Johner and Friedrich Saemisch. The winner of this strong tournament was Efim Bogoljubov, one point ahead of Akiba Rubinstein. (12) The second Freie Schachvereinigung Berlin tournament was held in June 1927 in Café Equitable Palast. List shared 6-7th place with David Enoch (4.5/9). First was Alfred Brinckmann (6.5/9), 2nd-4th were Bogoljubov, Aron Nimzowitsch and Saemisch (6/9). (13) In July 1927, List participated in the masters tournament of the 25th German Chess Congress in Magdeburg. He tied for 3rd place with Walther von Holzhausen (8.5/13), after Rudolf Spielmann (11/13) and Bogoljubov (10.5/13). (14) The Ehrenpreis der Stadt Berlin tournament was held from September 22nd to October 6th, 1928 in Café Koenig. List tied for 5th place with Carl Ahues, Kurt Paul Otto Joseph Richter and Paul Johner, with 5.5/11. First was Bogoljubov, with 8.5/11. (15) In 1929, List was employed as a chess room manager in Café Wien (in Kurfürstendamm, a main street of Berlin), where the display with Lasker took place (+34 -2 =8). (16) At the international Anderssen Chess Club Jubilee Tournament in Frankfurt, September 1930 (Frankfurt (1930)), List tied for 3rd place with Carl Ahues (7/11). First was Aaron Nimzowitsch (9.5/11), 2nd Isaac Kashdan (9/11). (17) In the Swinemünde tournament, June 9-26th, 1932, List tied for 8-9th with Willi Schlage (3.5/9). First was Gosta Stoltz (7.5/9). (18) List worked in 1932 as a director of the chess room in Café Trumpf on Kurfürstendamm. At the opening of the chess room on November 14th, List and Saemisch (together) played 38 simultaneous games, with the result +31 -2 =5. (19)

In the end of July 1936 Paul List was invited to play in International Olympic Training tournament in Riga (July 27, 1936 - Aug 3, 1936). This 8 player round robin tournament was organized for preparation of Latvian team to the unofficial Munich Olympiad 1936. Paul List shared 1-3 place with Latvian masters Movsa Feigin and Edgars Krumins (5/7). (20)

At the beginning of August 1936, List continued from Riga to Kaunas, Lithuania. He contributed to the preparation of the Lithuanian team for the unofficial Olympiad in Munich, playing two games with each of eight team members (two games per day). His visit also included a simultaneous exhibition. (21)

From Kaunas, List went to England to participate in the 1936 Nottingham Chess Congress. He played in the Major A (second to the famous international masters tournament, Nottingham (1936))), and tied for 3rd place with William Ritson-Morry (6.5/11). First was Salo Landau (7.5/11), 2nd was Ernst Ludwig Klein (7/11). (22) In April 1937, he played in the strong international tournament in Ostend, Belgium. He tied with Salo Landau for 4th place with 5/9, one point behind Reuben Fine, Paul Keres and Henri Grob. (23) In October 17th-23rd, 1937, List played in a 4 player double round tournament in Riga, Latvia: 1. List (4/6), 2. Movsa Feigin (3.5/6), 3. Fricis Apsenieks (2.5/6), 4. Teodors Bergs (2/6). (24) In October 1937, he restored his Lithuanian citizenship and held a Lithuanian passport. (25) On 27-28 November, a match was held in Riga between Latvia and Lithuania (9.5-6.5). He played on the second board for Lithuania against Apsenieks (+0 -1 =1). (26) From Riga he went with the Lithuanian team to Tallinn, Estonia to play in the first match (except olympiads) between Estonia and Lithuania. The two-day match started on 30 November. Estonia won with 8.5-7.5. List on 2nd board played Paul Felix Schmidt (+0 -1 =1). (27) In December 1937, he participated in the Masters Reserve B tournament of Hastings (1937/38). He was 2nd with 7/9, half a point behind Landau. Paul List settled in London, England, but kept his Lithuanian citizenship. (28) In England he became an art dealer, but chess was one of his foremost activities. (1)

On 20-29 April 1938, in the Premier Reserves Section A of Margate (1938), Paul List (Lithuania) took 5th place with 4.5/9. First was Ernst Ludwig Klein (Austria) (7/9), ahead of Miguel Najdorf (Poland) (6.5/9). (29) On 8-19 August, in the Major Open A section of the 31st British Championship, held at Brighton, List tied for 1st with Klein (9/11), ahead of Baruch Harold Wood (7.5/11). (30) On 5-10 September 1938, in the Plymouth tournament (50th anniversary of the Plymouth Chess Club), Alexander Alekhine tied for 1st with George Alan Thomas (6/7). List tied with Philip Stuart Milner-Barry (3.5/7), half a point ahead of Vera Menchik. (31) In the game with Alekhine, List had an advantage and Alekhine was lucky to escape with a draw. The game appeared in 175 Chess Brilliancies by Francis Percival Wenman (Pitman, London 1947) (Game 22). In the Premier Reserves A section of Hastings (1938/39), Paul List was 7th with 4/9. The winner was Imre Koenig (6/9), ahead of Marcos Luckis and Jacques Mieses (5.5/9). (32) In 1939, List tied for 2nd at the Birmingham Chess Club International tournament with Hubert Ernest Price. The winner was Lodewijk Prins. (33) At the Hampstead Chess Club tournament, December 1939, he was 4th with 6.5/11. In this tournament, which was staged by the newly opened National Chess Center in London, Koenig and Milner-Barry tied for 1st with 7.5/11. Sir G. A. Thomas was 3rd (7/11). (34) In March 1940, List tied for first with Harry Golombek (7.5/9) at the London Easter International chess tournament, also organized by the National Chess Center. Third was Vera Menchik (6/9). (35)

In January 1946, the Victory Tournament in Farringdon-Street Memorial Hall (London A (1946)) was organized to celebrate the end of World War II. The 59 years old List tied with Reginald Joseph Broadbent for 8th place (4.5/11). The winner was Herman Steiner (9/11). (36) In June 1946, the Zaanstreek (1946) international chess tournament was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chess Club Zaandam. Paul List took 5th place with 5.5/11. The winner of this tournament was Max Euwe with 9.5/11. (37) The Zaanstreek tournament ended on June 14. Five days later, List was already playing in London in a radio match between Great Britain and USSR. Ten men and two women played in two rounds. The USSR won 14-6 on the men's boards and 4-0 on the women's boards. List was invited to play for Great Britain's team, even though he didn't have English citizenship, since he was considered a strong defensive player. He played on the 6th board against Alexander Kotov, but lost both games. (38) In 1948, List participated in the London Chess Championship. The winner was David Vincent Hooper (6/7), List was 2nd (5/7), and 3rd were Elaine Saunders Pritchard, Otto Friedmann and Richard Hilary Newman (4/7). (39) List was London vice champion also in 1950 (with 5/7), behind James Macrae Aitken (6/7). (40)

On 2-9 May 1953, in the 1st Bognor Regis International Chess Congress, Harry Golombek and William Winter tied for 1st with 5/7. Paul List was 6th with 3/7. (41) On 22-25 May 1953, 65 years old and already ill, Paul List finished 1st in the British Lightning Chess Championship (10 seconds per move) with 15.5/18. He was not awarded the champion title, since he was not a naturalized Briton. (42)

1) "The Anglo-Soviet Radio Chess Match", by E. Klein and W. Winter, London, Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons LTD, 1947, page 19.
2) "Žydai Lietuvos šachmatų istorijoje" ("Jews in Lithuania chess history"), Eugenijus Paleckis, Boris Rositsan, Vilnius, 2015, page 123. The meeting with Paul List in 1936 was described by Vladas Mikenas in his book "35 metai prie šachmatų lentos" ("35 years at the chessboard"), State political and scientific literature publishing house, Vilnius, 1961, page 91.
3) "Wiener Schachzeitung", November-December, 21/24, 1911, page 348.
4) "Chess Results 1901-1920", by Gino Di Felice, page 108 and "Wiener Schachzeitung", November-December, 21/24, 1911, p.348.
5) "Chess Results 1901-1920", by Gino Di Felice, page 142 and "Wiener Schachzeitung", November-December, 21/24, 1911, pp.347-348.
6) "Словарь шахматиста" ("Glossary of chess player"), Алекса́ндр Смирнов (Aleksandr Smirnov), Шахматный листок (Chess leaflet publishing house), Leningrad, 1929, page 264.
7) "Избранные партии и воспоминания" ("Selected games and memories"), Levenfish G. Y., Physical education and sport, Moscow, 1967, page 19.
8) "Chess Results 1901-1920", by Gino Di Felice, page 164.
9) "Wiener Schachzeitung", September-October, 17/20, 1912, page 281.
10) "Спаситель Алехина" ("Savior of Alekhine"), Tkachenko, Andrei Elkov publishing house, 2016, pages 30-35.
11) "Dr Paul List; In Memoriam", by Mrs Stephanie List, on pages 156-157 of CHESS, 24 December 1954. A large article about the simultaneous display by List and Dr Em. Lasker was published in the weekly newspaper "Denken und Raten", Nr. 19, 12 May 1929.
12) "Wiener Schachzeitung", November-December 1926, 22/23, page 337.
13) "Wiener Schachzeitung", June 1927, number 12, page 169.
14)"Der funfundzwanzigste Kongress des Deutschen Schachbundes", W. Frhrn. von Holzhausen, Schachverlag Bernhard Kagan, Berlin, 1927, page 11.
16) "Deutsche Schachzeitung", March 1929, page 68, and "Berliner Tageblatt", 12 May 1929, page 2,
19) "Deutsche Schachzeitung", December 1932, page 362.
20) "Rigasche Rundschau", July 28, p. 7; "Rigasche Rundschau", July 31, p. 8; "Rigasche Rundschau", August 1, p. 11; "Rīts", August 3, p. 8; August 4, p. 10.
21) "Meisteris Listas Kaune" ("Master List in Kaunas"), in the newspaper "Vakarai" ("Evenings"), Klaipeda, 12 August 1936, page 1. In this article it is mentioned that in his past, List was living in the town of Plunge, 50 km from Klaipeda, and that he speaks some Lithuanian language.
22) "Šachmatų kronika" ("Chess chronicle"), in the newspaper "Vakarai" ("Evenings"), Klaipeda, 2 December 1936, page 6. In this article, it is mentioned that List is Lithuanian, and that at one time efforts were made to add him to the Lithuanian team.
24) The Latvian chess magazine "Šacha maksla" ("Art of chess"), 25 October 1937, number 14, page 217.
25) The article "RIIAS NELJA MEISTRI TURNIIR" ("Riga four masters tournament"), in the Estonian newspaper "Waba Maa", 26 October 1937, page 5.
26) The Latvian chess magazine "Šacha maksla" ("Art of chess"), 10 December 1937, number 17, pages 259-260.
27) The Lithuanian newspaper "Lietuvos Aidas", Nr. 551, 3 December 1937, page 4.
28) "Lietuvos Aidas", 15 January 1938, page 12.
29) The Estonian newspaper "Päewaleht", 4 May 1938, page 5; "The British Chess Magazine", June 1938, page 277. In "Hamburger Nachrichten", 22 April 1938, page 4, in the article "Schachkongres in Margata", a list was published of participants in all four tournaments. Paul List was presented as a resident of Lithuania.
30) "Chess Results 1936-1940", by Gino Di Felice, page 166, and "The Times", 20 August 1938, page 8.
31) "The British Chess Magazine", October 1938, number 10, page 467, and
32) "Hamburger Nachrichten", 10 January 1939, page 3, and "Chess Results 1936-1940", by Gino Di Felice, page 219.
33) Wikipedia article: 1939 in chess
34) "Chess Review", March 1940, page 31.
35) "Revista Romana de Sah", 1940-5, page 99.
37) Zaanstreek (1946)
38) ICCF AMICI Issue 07,
39) "The Times", 8 November 1948, page 2.
40) "The Times", 30 October 1950, page 6.
41) "Chess Results 1951-1955", by Gino Di Felice, page 215, and http://www.bognorandarunchessclub.c...
42) "Staffordshire Advertiser", 13 March 1953, page 4, "The Times", 26 May 1953, page 3, Baruch Harold Wood in "Illustrated London News", 20 June 1953, page 1050, and C.N. 7774

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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 101  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Levenfish vs P List 1-0301910VilnaC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. P F Johner vs P List ½-½451926BerlinC14 French, Classical
3. P List vs W Von Holzhausen  1-0191926BerlinD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Bogoljubov vs P List 1-0731926BerlinC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. P List vs Ahues  ½-½531926BerlinD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Gruenfeld vs P List 0-1321926BerlinE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
7. Rubinstein vs P List 1-0641926BerlinE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
8. P List vs Saemisch ½-½291926BerlinC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
9. Spielmann vs P List  1-0481926BerlinB40 Sicilian
10. P List vs Colle  0-1611926BerlinA28 English
11. Bogoljubov vs P List  1-0271927Berlin Freie VereinigungD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. P List vs J Mieses 1-0331927Berlin Freie VereinigungD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Nimzowitsch vs P List  0-1511927Berlin Freie VereinigungD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. P List vs Leonhardt  1-050192725. DSB KongressC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. P List vs W Von Holzhausen 0-196192725. DSB KongressA09 Reti Opening
16. Saemisch vs P List  ½-½31192725. DSB KongressE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. P List vs W Schoenmann 1-026192725. DSB KongressB02 Alekhine's Defense
18. G Machate vs P List  0-169192725. DSB KongressD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. P List vs L'Hermet  1-055192725. DSB KongressD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Bogoljubov vs P List  1-064192725. DSB KongressD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. P List vs Hilse  1-045192725. DSB KongressA50 Queen's Pawn Game
22. L Schmitt vs P List  0-152192725. DSB KongressD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. P List vs Ahues  ½-½48192725. DSB KongressA47 Queen's Indian
24. A G Preusse vs P List  ½-½49192725. DSB KongressD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
25. P List vs Spielmann  ½-½50192725. DSB KongressC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
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Oct-13-16  hemy: <zanzibar> When a nice person volunteering to help, it isn't right to add more and more to his task.

Regarding the "eats this stuff for breakfast" I could only tell "bon appetit, what we cooked you'll eat."

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  Tabanus: Brighton 1938 added (hopefully correct) + added link to Euwe. It took me about 45 minutes, and I volunteer to eat one more on Monday morning! :)

I thought that once updated, there's no "bio collection" to go back to. Only today I remember about the new great feature Edit History: Paul List, where the original text (with footnotes) can be found.

Oct-15-16  zanzibar: <Regarding the "eats this stuff for breakfast" I could only tell "bon appetit, what we cooked you'll eat.">

Got a chuckle from that.

Here's some exposition about the breakfast idiom:

It's basically a compliment, reflective of <Tab>'s output.

Oct-15-16  hemy: <zanzibar>I completely agree with you. I also understood the breakfast idiom, it is similar in many languages.(吃了点东西吃早餐的成语)

<what we cooked you'll eat> - I mean that we may bring to the "breakfast" too much "food".

Oct-16-16  hemy: In May 2-9 1953 1st International chess congress was held in Bognor Regis. Harry Golombek and William Winter tied for 1-2 with 5/7. Paul List was 6th with 3/7.

"Chess Results 1951-1955", by Gino Di Felice, page 215, and http://www.bognorandarunchessclub.c...

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  Tabanus: I added two London championships 1948 and 1950 to the bio.
Oct-17-16  hemy: <tabanus>You will make CG great again!
Oct-17-16  hemy: In the Latvian newspaper (in German language) "Rigasche Rundschau", October 29th 1911, page 23, was published end of the game NN vs P.M.List.

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Paul List finishing this game with beautiful attack:

1. ... Rf8-f4!
2.Nc3xe2 Qd7xh3+
3.Kh2xh3 Rf4-h4+
4.g3xh4 g5-g4#

Oct-18-16  hemy: I added the 1st International chess congress in Bognor Regis (May 2-9, 1953) to the bio and updated the date (July 1953) of the 1st British Lightning Chess Championship.
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  Tabanus: <hemy> I had to check this 1st British Lightning Championship.

Staffordshire Advertiser, 13 March 1953, p. 4:

the 4th Ilford Chess Congress will be held this year <in conjunction with the British Chess Federation's New Lightning Individual and Club Championships from Friday evening, May 22 to Monday evening May 25>.

Illustrated London News, 20 June 1953, p. 1050:

<Chess Notes. By Baruch H. Wood, M.Sc.

At ten seconds (…..!) per move, twenty-eight competed in the first Lightning Chess British Championship at Ilford recently. Sixty-five-year-old Dr. (not of medicine) Paul List, the oldest competitor, who settled in Britain about 1937 and has been thinking of becoming naturalized ever since, finished with a marvellous fifteen-and-a-half points out of a possible eighteen. In a triple tie for next place came K. R. Smith, a popular member of the U.S. forces in England, and two familiar contestants in recent British Championships, L. N. Barden and A. Y. Green. When play as originally scheduled concluded, we were told that under one of those inscrutable laws which the British Chess Federation seems to enact and repeal at erratic intervals, neither List nor Smith (though each duly received his prize) was eligible for the title of British Lightning Chess Champion, but that Green and Barden must play off another four games for it.>

The text continues with describing the dramatic playoff between Barden and Green. Barden took a 2-0 lead, then it was 2-2, then Barden won the 5th game.

Illustrated London News, 27 June 1953 p. 1104 gives one game Barden vs Green 1-0 from the British Lightning Ch.

Consequently, I modified the bio a little.

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  Tabanus: The Times, 25 May 1953, p. 8:

<After 12 rounds of the British lightning open championsahip, the leading scores were as follows: Dr. P. List, 101/2; L. W. Barden, 9; R. Miro and B. H. Wood, 81/2; M. J. Franklin and A. Y. Green, 8. In this contest players must make a move every 10 seconds.>

The Times, 26 May 1953, p. 3 gives (in tiny text) the final scores of all 28 players; 1. List, 15 1/2; 2. Barden, Green, Smith, 13; 3. M. I. Franklin and O. Friedman, 12; etc., and then this:

<This was a fine performance by the veteran master, Dr. List, who played excellent chess throughout the event. As neither he nor Smith (United States) is a British subject there was a tie for the title of British Lightning champion, Barden winning the play-off against Green by 3-2. An open club team tournament was easily won by Oxford University.>

Oct-19-16  hemy: <tabanus>Very interesting details about the first British lightning open championship were discovered by you. Thanks for this and so many other valuable updates to this bio.
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  Annie K.: <hemy: <<tabanus>You will make CG great again!>>

<cg> is pretty great now too, I think, but keep up the good work. ;)

Gentlemen, I don't want to jump into the editing at this late point, but I took a look, and I think it would be best to start the first paragraph with 'Paul (Pavel) List was born in...'. It's always best to introduce a player (with his full and authentically punctuated) name right at the start, putting this detail in the second sentence looks a little tortured.

Also, 'was raised in Lithuania and spoke some Lithuanian language' looks like you're saying "Lithuania has several languages, and he spoke one of them, we're not sure which one"... ;p

'Pavel List was raised in Lithuania and spoke some Lithuanian.' would be quite enough. :)

Oct-22-16  hemy: <Annie> <You will make CG great again!> - I used the Donald Tramp's slogan (with minor change) to make <tabanus> smile.

You are welcome to make changes, your help is always appreciated. Regarding the languages - in Memel (Klaipeda) where Pavel Odess-List was born, were 2 main languages, German and Lithuanian. His Lithuanian wasn't good because he left Lithuania as a child.

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  Tabanus: I did smile, believe it or not :)

<Annie> You write better English than us, just go ahead. There are probably still language issues, etc.

Oct-27-16  hemy: <tabanus>I was looking for tournaments of Markas Luckis and found results of Hastings 1938/1939 Premier Reserve A, where also played Paul List. Results: 1.Konig 6/9, 2-3 Markas Luckis and Mieses 5.5/9. List with 4/9 was 7th. Source: Hamburger Nachrichten, January 10th 1939, page 3.

It was also posted by <PMD> Paul List (kibitz #59)

Di Felice p.218 – List also played the <Premier Reserves A at Hastings 1938-1939>, held 27 December-6 January. Result: IR Koenig 6/9, M Luckis, J Mieses 5.5, TD Van Scheltinga, B Hoenlinger 5, L Prins 4.5, PM List 4, F Saemisch 3.5, G Abrahams, A Sacconi 3 (10 Players).

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  Tabanus: <hemy> Added :)
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<Two new games from Paul List>

Both games were contested in an "International Olympic Training tournament" held in preparation for the unofficial <Munich Olympiad 1936>.

Among the participants were Paul List, Paul Felix Schmidt, Fricis Apsenieks, Voldemar Mezgailis, Lucius Endzelins, Edgars Krumins, and Movsa Feigin.


[Event "International Olympic training"]
[Site "Riga LAT"]
[Date "1936.??.??"]
[White "Apsenieks, Fricis"]
[Black "List, Paul"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "?"]
[Source "Krustamikla.Sahs.Bridzs Nr.32 (08.08.1936)"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 f5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. d3 Bb4 6. e3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 O-O 8. Ne2 b6 9. O-O Bb7 10. f4 e4 11. Nd4 Ne7 12. Ba3 c5 13. Nb5 d5 14. Bb2 dxc4 15. dxc4 a6 16. Na3 Qc7 17. Qe2 Bc6 18. Qc2 Be8 19. h3 Rd8 20. Rf2 Rd3 21. Re1 Bc6 22. Bf1 Rfd8 23. Nb1 Qd7 24. Bc1 Qe6 25. Nd2 Nc8 26. Bxd3 exd3 27. Qb3 Ne4 28. Nxe4 Qxe4 29. Kh2 b5 30. cxb5+ c4 31. Qd1 axb5 32. Ba3 Nb6 33. Bc5 Nd5 34. Qd2 Ra8 35. g4 fxg4 36. hxg4 Nf6 37. Rg1 Qg6 38. e4 Qh6+ 39. Kg2 Nxe4 40. Qe3 Nxc5+ 0-1


[Event "International Olympic training"]
[Site "Riga LAT"]
[Date "1936.??.??"]
[White "Schmidt, Paul Felix"]
[Black "List, Paul"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "?"]
[Source "Krustamikla.Sahs.Bridzs Nr.32 (08.08.1936)"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ne4 4. e3 d6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. exd6 Bxd6 7. Nbd2 Nc5 8. Nb3 Qf6 9. Nbd4 O-O 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Qd4 Qe7 12. Bd3 Rd8 13. Bc2 Nb3 14. Bxb3 Bb4+ 15. Ke2 Rxd4 16. Nxd4 Qg5 17. Rg1 Qh5+ 18. Nf3 Bf5 19. a3 Be7 20. Ke1 Rb8 21. Bd1 Bf6 22. h3 Be4 23. Nd4 Qc5 24. b4 Qxc4 25. Bb2 c5 26. Bb3 Qa6 27. f3 cxd4 28. fxe4 Qd3 29. Bd5 Qxe3+ 30. Kf1 d3 0-1

Oct-26-19  Carrots and Pizza: What a huge bio for a relatively obscure player with only 95 games in the database and only four notable games. Bio authors must have been geeking out to some chess history on this one.
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  beatgiant: According to chessmetrics, List was ranked #20 in the world in Jan. 1931, ahead of Marshall, Colle and several other players whose names you would definitely recognize.
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Here is another Paul List game from the "International Olympic Training tournament" held in preparation for the unofficial <Munich Olympiad 1936>:

[Event "International Olympic training"]
[Site "Riga LAT"]
[Date "1936.??.??"]
[White "List, Paul"]
[Black "Krumins, Edgars"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "?"]
[Source "Krustamikla.Sahs.Bridzs Nr.33 (15.08.1936)"]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. cxd4 Nc6 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. Be2 e6 8. Nc3 Qh5 9. Qb3 O-O-O 10. Be3 Nf6 11. Rc1 Nd5 12. Nxd5 Qxd5 13. Qa4 Kb8 14. O-O Bd6 15. h3 Bh5 16. a3 Rc8 17. Rc3 Qa5 18. Qd1 Ne7 19. Rb3 Nd5 20. Bd2 Qd8 21. Ba6 Nb6 22. Be2 Bg6 23. Bc3 Be4 24. Ne5 Bxe5 25. dxe5 Qxd1 26. Bxd1 Bd3 27. Re1 Bc4 28. Rxb6 axb6 0-1


Final results of this intriguing 8 player round robin tournament:

1st/2nd places Latvian masters Movsa Feigin and Edgars Krumins, each with 5 points (out of 7 available). 3rd place Estonian master Paul Felix Schmidt with 4.5 points. Shared 4th/5th places Lithuanian master Paul List and Voldemar Mezgailis with 4 points. 6th place Latvian master Fricis Apsenieks with 2 points. 7th place Lucius Endzelins with 1.5 points, and 8th place Heinricks Kalnins with 1 point.

"Rits," Nr.212 (03.08.1936)

Feb-17-20  hemy: <jessicafischerqueen> <Final results of this intriguing 8 player round robin tournament: 1st/2nd places Latvian masters Movsa Feigin and Edgars Krumins, each with 5 points (out of 7 available)>

It was not a final result, it was a tournament standing after last round (August 2, 1936). It didn't include adjourned game Kalnins - List from 1st (!) round. On the August 3rd List defeated Kalnins and joined Feigin and Krumins to share 1-3 place.

"Rits", August 3, 1936, p. 8

"Rits", August 4, 1936, p. 10

The tournament was held in Riga from July 27, 1936 to Aug 3, 1936.
Based on published games of List and results of the games in Latvian periodicals, I figure out the "draft numbers" of players:

Paul List played in round 2 with White and rounds 4 and 6 with Black pieces.

According to Berger table his number was 6.

1 1:8 2:7 3:6 4:5
2 8:5 6:4 7:3 1:2
3 2:8 3:1 4:7 5:6
4 8:6 7:5 1:4 2:3
5 3:8 4:2 5:1 6:7
6 8:7 1:6 2:5 3:4
7 4:8 5:3 6:2 7:1

From here it is easy to found out the numbers of other players:

1. Paul Felix Schmidt
2. Lucius Endzelins
3. Heinricks Kalnins
4. Edgars Krumins
5. Movsa Feigin
6. Paul List
7. Voldemar Mezgailis
8. Fricis Apsenieks

Here is the full schedule of tournament and results:

round 1, July 27, 1936
Schmidt - Apsenieks 0.5-0.5
Endzelins - Mezgailis 0.5-0.5
Kalnins - List 0-1
Krumins - Feigin 0.5-0.5

round 2, July 28, 1936
Apsenieks - Feigin 0-1
List - Krumins 0-1
Mezgailis - Kalnins 1-0
Schmidt - Endzelins 1-0

round 3, July 29, 1936
Endzelins - Apsenieks 0.5-0.5
Kalnins - Schmidt 0-1
Krumins - Mezgailis 0.5-0.5
Feigin - List 1-0

round 4, July 30, 1936
Apsenieks - List 0-1
Mezgailis - Feigin 1-0
Schmidt - Krumins 0.5-0.5
Endzelins - Kalnins 0.5-0.5

round 5, July 31, 1936
Kalnins - Apsenieks 0-1
Krumins - Endzelins 1-0
Feigin - Schmidt 0.5-0.5
List - Mezgailis 1-0

round 6, Aug 1, 1936
Apsenieks - Mezgailis 0-1
Schmidt - List 0-1
Endzelins - Feigin - +
Kalnins - Krumins 0.5-0.5

round 7, Aug 2, 1936
Krumins - Apsenieks + -
Feigin - Kalnins 1-0
List - Endzelins 1-0
Mezgailis - Schmidt 0-1

1936.07.28 Rigasche Rundschau, p.7
1936.07.29 Rigasche Rundschau, p.7
1936.07.30 Rigasche Rundschau, p.5
1936.07.31 Rigasche Rundschau, p.8
1936.08.01 Rigasche Rundschau, p.11
1936.08.03 Rigasche Rundschau, p.3
1936.07.29 Rīts, p. 8
1936.08.03 Rīts, p. 8
1936.08.04 Rīts, p. 10

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  chesshistoryinterest: This is exactly right. For his book "Paul Felix Schmidt" (2017), Gillam went through a similar process and published the crosstable he worked out in the book, saying "This is a very obscure tournament; the final table is probably being published for the first time." Though he wrongly has Indrikis Kalnins down as "Arvid".

Regarding the Schmidt-List game, he says "The result was a great surprise. List played a variation in which Schmidt had insufficient control and the Berliner won easily (quoting "Rigasche Rundschau", 3 August 1936).

Gillam had only the three Schmidt games that are here on (Endzelins, Indrikis Kalnins, List).

Feb-17-20  hemy: Recently my friend User: Alan McGowan sent me 2 games of Paul List.

One of them was played in Olympic training tournament 1936 against Endzelins. This game was taken from the List's column in "Gemeindeblatt" magazine, 22 November 1936.

After move 17th of Black, List leaves the end of the game as a puzzle: "On the move 19th Black resigned, White is winning a piece. How?"

click for larger view

I made additional effort to find this article online:

I assumed that the 2 moves of the puzzle are "18. Qf3 Rb8 19. Nc6", even there are other possibilities.

This is the pgn I created:

[Event "International Olympic training"]
[Site "Riga"]
[Date "1936.08.02"]
[Round "7"]
[White "List, Paul"]
[Black "Endzelins, Lucius"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D37"]
[PlyCount "37"]
[Source: "'Gemeinde-blatt', November 22, 1936, p. 16"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. d4 Nbd7 5. Bf4 c6 6. e3 Qa5 7. Qb3 Be7 8. Bd3 dxc4 9. Bxc4 Nb6 10. Bd3 Nbd5 11. Bg3 O-O 12. O-O c5 13. Rad1 cxd4 14. exd4 b6 15. Nxd5 Qxd5 16. Bc4 Qa5 17. Ne5 Bd8 18. Qf3 Rb8 19. Nc6 1-0

The date and round of this game I already found out in my previous post about this tournament. The other games of this tournament in CG database can be also updated with date/round.

The next game Alan sent me (game score and scan of "Deutsche Schachzeitung", Nr. 10, October 1936, pp. 308-309) was Ernst Ludwig Klein - Paul List from Major Open, Nottingham 1936.

[Event "Major Open, Nottingham 1936"]
[Site "Nottingham"]
[Date "1936.08.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Klein, Ernst Ludwig"]
[Black "List, Paul"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D37"]
[PlyCount "37"]
[Source: "'Deutsche Schachzeitung', Nr. 10, October 1936, pp. 308-309"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ne4 4. a3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. Nbd2 Nxd2 7. Bxd2 dxe5 8. Bc3 Qxd1+ 9. Rxd1 f6 10. e3 a5 11. Bd3 Be6 12. Nd2 Be7 13. Be4 Nd8 14. f4 exf4 15. exf4 c6 16. f5 Bf7 17. Bd3 Bh5 18. Be2 Bxe2 19. Kxe2 b5 20. Bd4 Nf7 21. Ne4 Nh6 22. Rhf1 O-O 23. cxb5 cxb5 24. Be3 Nf7 25. Bf4 Rfe8 26. Kf3 Bf8 27. Rd5 b4 28. a4 Rec8 29. Rfd1 Rc4 30. b3 Rc6 31. g4 Be7 32. Rd7 Kf8 33. R1d5 Ke8 34. Rc7 Rxc7 35. Bxc7 Rc8 36. Bf4 Ra8 37. Nd2 Bd8 38. Nc4 Ra7 39. Ke4 Re7+ 40. Kf3 Re1 41. Rd3 Rb1 42. Ke4 g6 43. h4 Rh1 44. Bg3 Rf1 45. Rf3 Rb1 46. Kd5 gxf5 47. gxf5 Kd7 48. Kc5 Rd1 49. Nb2 Rc1+ 50. Kb5 Rc3 51. Rd3+ Rxd3 52. Nxd3 Nh6 53. Nc5+ Kc8 54. Ne6 Nxf5 55. Nxd8 Nxg3 56. Ne6 Nf5 57. Nf8 Nd4+ 58. Kxa5 Nxb3+ 59. Kxb4 Nd2 60. Nxh7 Ne4 61. Nf8 Ng3 62. Ng6 Nh5 63. Kc5 Kc7 64. Ne7 Kb7 65. Nf5 Ka6 66. Kb4 Nf4 67. Ng3 Ne6 68. h5 Ng5 69. h6 Nh7 70. Kc4 Ka5 71. Kd5 Kxa4 72. Ke6 Kb5 73. Kf5 Kc6 74. Kg6 Nf8+ 75. Kg7 Ne6+ 76. Kxf6 Nf8 77. Kf7 Nh7 78. Ne4 1-0

Feb-18-20  Granny O Doul: You can always count on insight from Paul List productions.
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