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Lucius Endzelins
Number of games in database: 167
Years covered: 1932 to 1981
Overall record: +73 -50 =44 (56.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-21-1909, died Oct-27-1981, 72 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality Australia)

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(Latvian spelling Lūcijs Endzelīns). Lucius Endzelins was an ethnic Latvian born in Tartu, Estonia. He began his chess career in Riga, Latvia, going on to earn a place on the Latvian Olympic team. He participated in the 1936, 1937 and 1939 chess Olympiads. Awarded the GMC title in 1959, he was Australian champion in 1960. Finishing behind Viacheslav Ragozin, he tied with Lothar Schmid in the 2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship (1956) for share of 2nd-3rd place before tiebreaks. He passed away in Adelaide in 1981.

Wikipedia article: Lucijs Endzelins

Last updated: 2020-01-25 01:06:00

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Feigin vs L Endzelins  0-15219324th Latvian congress grp 1C01 French, Exchange
2. M Models vs L Endzelins  1-0441933Riga championshipA47 Queen's Indian
3. Petrov vs L Endzelins  1-0311933Riga championshipA15 English
4. L Endzelins vs M Feigin  0-1241933Riga championshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. E Krumins vs L Endzelins  1-0341936International Olympic trainingC10 French
6. P Schmidt vs L Endzelins  1-0251936International Olympic trainingE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
7. P List vs L Endzelins  1-0191936International Olympic trainingD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. L Endzelins vs H Penel  1-0251936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadA13 English
9. V Vukovic vs L Endzelins  1-0331936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
10. L Endzelins vs H Max  1-0371936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadA13 English
11. O Trompowsky vs L Endzelins 1-0241936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadA45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. L Endzelins vs N Chernov 1-0251936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadA15 English
13. L Endzelins vs F Zita 0-1441936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadA25 English
14. L Dreibergs vs L Endzelins  1-0281937National Team TrainingB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
15. M Feigin vs L Endzelins  1-0251937National Team TrainingE17 Queen's Indian
16. W Hasenfuss vs L Endzelins  1-04019376th Lat. congress grp.2C02 French, Advance
17. L Endzelins vs Syvanens  1-06119371st SELL Baltic Student OlympiadA22 English
18. F Sauks vs L Endzelins  0-13819371st SELL Baltic Student OlympiadC02 French, Advance
19. L Endzelins vs G Wheatcroft 1-0201937Stockholm OlympiadA14 English
20. L Endzelins vs S Petursson  1-0331937Stockholm OlympiadA21 English
21. I Pleci vs L Endzelins  1-0391937Stockholm OlympiadE00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. L Sepp vs L Endzelins  1-0761938Match 2nd Riga - Tallinn Chess clubsA04 Reti Opening
23. A Rankis vs L Endzelins  1-02319387th Latvian congress group AB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
24. L Endzelins vs A Kalnins  1-02119387th Latvian congress group AA30 English, Symmetrical
25. L Endzelins vs R Arlauskas  1-01619393rd SELL Baltic Student OlympiadD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
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  Benzol: Lucius Endzelins
Born 21st May 1909 in Tartu
Died 27th October 1981 in Adelaide
A CGM in 1959 he also won the Australian championship in 1960.
Aug-21-06  Mibelz: He played for Latvia at Chess Olympiads : Munich 1936 (unofficial), Stockholm 1937, and Buenos Aires 1939.

At the end of WW II, Endzelins, along with many other Baltic players (Arlauskas, Dreibergs, Jursevskis, Mednis, Ozols, Sarapu, Tautvaišas, Vaitonis, Zemgalis, etc.), escaped to West just before the advancing the Soviet forces arrived, to avoid deportation to Siberia or any other persecutions the Soviet occupation (e.g., those of Vladimirs Petrovs).

Feb-08-08  whiteshark: Lucius Endzelins participated also at <2nd CC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL> and finished 2nd/3rd place with 10.5/14 points. (Winner: Viacheslav Ragozin )


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  GrahamClayton: Endzelins learned to play chess in Riga in 1924. He competed in several Latvian championships in the early 1930's, and finished =1st at Vainode in 1943. Endzelins finished 2nd behind Romanas Arlauskas in the Baltic Displaced Persons championship at Blomberg in 1945, and 4th in the 1946 Augsberg tournament. In 1947 he won the Hanau 1947 tournament with a score of 12.5/16, followed by victory in the Herman Mattison memorial tournament with a score of 11/15. In 1948 Endzelins finished =1st with Karlis Ozols in the 1948 Latvian Displaced Persons Championship, but lost the play-off. Endzelins emigrated to Australia in October 1949. He won the 1950 South Australian state championship with a score of 7.5/9, and then finished =3rd in the 1951 Australian Championship in Brisbane with a score of 10/15.

Endzelins finished 3rd in the 1960 Australian Championship at Adelaide with a score of 9.5/15, but was awarded the title of Australian Champion as both Yuri Averbakh and his compatriot Vladimir Bagirov played "hors concours". Averbakh finished 1st with a score of 14/15, while Bagirov finished second with a score of 12/15.

From the early 1950's Endzelins then began to play more correspondence chess than OTB chess. He finished =3rd in the 3rd Australian CC Championship (1950-53), with a score of 8.5/12, and was chosen to compete in the 2nd ICCF World Championship final, after Koshnitsky, Arlauskas and Klass declined their invitations.

After Endzelins passed away in 1981, the Correspondence Chess League of Australia organised a memorial tournament in his honour in 1984. The tournament was won by fellow Australian CC player Max Salm.

Anthony Wright "Australian Chess - 1949 to 1960", Melbourne 2004 ICCF "ICCF Gold - 50th Jubilee Celebration", ICCF, 2002

Jul-29-09  myschkin: . . .

aka Lûcijs Endzelîns


~ Endzelins

May-21-10  Eastfrisian: Bidmonfa, where is your picture ?
Nov-27-12  Morphischer: A pic
Dec-04-14  ljfyffe: Endzelins was a member of the Australian team that finished 7th in the CC Olympiad III Final (1958-1961).
Jul-26-15  ljfyffe: Endzelins finished 7th with 4 and a half points out of a possible 9 in the World Chess Championship III Final (1959-1962 ).
Jul-26-15  ljfyffe: He finished 7th in the V Final ( 9 points out of possible 16)1965-68.
Apr-28-19  hemy: <GrahamClayton> <In 1948 Endzelins finished =1st with Karlis Ozols in the 1948 Latvian Displaced Persons Championship, but lost the play-off.>

"Endzelīns - Ozols match for American zone Latvian championship 1948 ended on June 12 with overwhelming victory of Endzelīns with result 4.5:1.5.

In the first game of the match Ozols, when playing white, chose the Kings's gambit, but Endzelins defended precisely. In the middle of the game, when it seemed that the white position would prevail, Endzelins surprised the opponent with an unexpected Queen sacrifice for a Rook, Knight and pawn. The excellent location of the figures made the black position predominant. To complicate the game, Ozols sacrifice a pawn, but at the top, Endzelin's free-pawns threatened to break the battle when Ozols on the 43th move lost on time.

The 2nd game in Hanau match Endzelins open with 1.c4, surprising Ozols who was expecting for the first e4. In the Cambridge Springs variant of Queen gambit black missed e4 occupation and White get advantage. In the course of the game, black unduly weakened his position. It allowed Endzelins to win after a vigorous attack.

In the 3rd game Endzelins choose the Old Indian defense. During the game Ozols looked for tactical complications and avoided changing the figures. This allowed Endzelins to gain dominance. When Ozols avoided changing Queens, Black won after strong attack.

In the 4th game Ozols played Dutch defense. Originally playing opening Black not only equalized the game but also took the initiative. Black entered a strong attack on White King, but Endzelins defended precisely. Finally, the sacrifice of the Ozols piece drcided the fight and Endzelins resigned on the 42nd move. This was the most interesting game in the match.

The next game, Ozols, opened by the Dutch version of the 1.f4 attack. The Ozols game was excellent, giving a lot of trouble to Black. The attentive Endzelins defense and figure changes weakened the White position, but Ozols retained initiative until move 40, when lost on time.

Hence, the match was decided and the last game was very peaceful. In the Sicilian defense, after changing figures, opponents agreed to draw on the 25th move.

Ludis Endzelīns won the title and was welcomed by the President of the Latvian Chess Association A. Melnbārds. He was presented with a master's diploma and Fischbach Latvian committee prize - silver porcelain."

"Tēvzeme", June 24, 1948.
Text retrieved by me using snippets. (Based on copyright law, the material is only available in the library)

"L. Endzelins is again an American military zone DP Latvian chess champion. L. Endzelins and K. Ozols have achieved the same result in Fischbach tournament. On June 12 they ended an additional 6-game match in Hanau. The winner was Lūcijs Endzelīns, who became American zone 1948 Latvian champion. Endzelīns was also champion in 1946, but last year he lost this title to Elmārs Zemgalis, who was ranked third this year."

Source: "Latvija", June 22, 1948, p. 4.

Apr-30-19  hemy: "Austrālijas Latvietis"(Australian Latvian), December 6, 1950, p. 4:

"Master L. Endzelins joined the Port Adelaide Chess Club.
In the first simultaneous game exhibition he won against 9 opponents and 1 game ended in draw.

... Latvian chess player G. Berzzarins plays at the Adelaide club Burnside, who won against the Adelaide City Club II, which also featured Latvian L. Mangalis and Lithuanian Romanas Arlauskas."


Berzzarins, Gunars.
Chess master, chess historian, journalist. Born on September 1, 1925 in Riga, Latvia and resettled in Australia in 1947.

Mangalis, Laimons.
Born on November 16, 1911 in Riga and died on September 8, 1982 in Adelaide, Australia. In September 1948 emigrated to Australia. Laimons Mangalis considered as one of the best Latvian problem composer. (

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