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Paul Tautvaisas
Number of games in database: 62
Years covered: 1936 to 1973
Overall record: +24 -27 =11 (47.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-06-1916, died Nov-1980, 64 years old) Lithuania (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Paul (Povilas) Tautvaisas was born in Bychov, Mogilev*, now Belarus. Following the Second World War as a displaced person he eventually made his way to the USA via Germany and settled in Chicago, Illinois. He passed away in Chicago in November 1980.

*Wikipedia article: Mogilev

Wikipedia article: Povilas Tautvaišas

Last updated: 2018-12-12 07:27:29

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 62  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Hartvig Nielsen vs P Tautvaisas  1-0251936Munich OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. W Weil vs P Tautvaisas  1-0271936Munich OlympiadA12 English with b3
3. A Malchev vs P Tautvaisas  0-1351936Munich OlympiadB10 Caro-Kann
4. P Tautvaisas vs A Niemela  0-13919371st SELL Baltic Student OlympiadC56 Two Knights
5. P Tautvaisas vs K Ozols  0-13019371st SELL Baltic Student OlympiadC10 French
6. P Tautvaisas vs I Pleci 0-1401939Buenos Aires ol (Men) prel-CB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. C de Ronde vs P Tautvaisas  1-0391939Buenos Aires ol (Men) prel-CA22 English
8. P Tautvaisas vs I Pleci  0-1621939Buenos Aires ol (Men) fin-AC49 Four Knights
9. P Tautvaisas vs L Endzelins  0-1301939Buenos Aires ol (Men) fin-AC10 French
10. C de Ronde vs P Tautvaisas  ½-½261939Buenos Aires ol (Men) fin-AA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
11. Valerians Indulens vs P Tautvaisas  1-0131941Baltic SSR Team tournamentB08 Pirc, Classical
12. R Arlauskas vs P Tautvaisas  ½-½261946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itC77 Ruy Lopez
13. P Tautvaisas vs F Bohatirchuk  0-1521946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itC28 Vienna Game
14. W Jursevskis vs P Tautvaisas  0-1351946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. P Tautvaisas vs A Liepnieks  ½-½411946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. A Rankis vs P Tautvaisas  0-1321946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. P Tautvaisas vs Val Zemitis  1-0271946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itC40 King's Knight Opening
18. Josef Repecka vs P Tautvaisas  0-1251946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
19. P Tautvaisas vs E Sadovsky  0-1331946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itC12 French, McCutcheon
20. L Endzelins vs P Tautvaisas  1-0301946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itB56 Sicilian
21. P Tautvaisas vs H Valdsaare  0-1631946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itB10 Caro-Kann
22. A Darznieks vs P Tautvaisas  ½-½391946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
23. P Tautvaisas vs L Skema  ½-½431946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
24. L Sepp vs P Tautvaisas  ½-½601946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itA14 English
25. P Tautvaisas vs A Rankis  ½-½481946Augsburg 1stC59 Two Knights
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  Benzol: <> Is Povilas Tautvaisas the same player?
Premium Chessgames Member I'm pretty sure they are the same. They both played in Chicago. If they're not the same person they are brothers.
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  Benzol: From 'Mr Chess - The Ortvin Sarapu Story'

"I was invited to play in the Oldenburg international tournament in West Germany in 1949. The Germans had nine players and nine came from other countries, including Bob Wade of New Zealand. I was selected as an Estonian displaced person along with the Latvian Elmars Zemgalis, who later settled in Seattle, USA, and Paul Tautvaisas, who went to Chicago, but was originally from Lithuania".

Mar-30-05  Resignation Trap: Yes, Paul Tautvaisas = Povilas Tautvaisas .
Premium Chessgames Member OK, we merged the games together. Now the question remains, which is more proper, "Paul" or "Povilas" ?
Mar-30-05  Resignation Trap: I believe that his name was officially "Povilas" throughout his life, though in Chicago, everybody called him "Paul".
Mar-30-05  Resignation Trap: Povilas Tautvaisas was born May 6. 1916 (modern-day calendar) in Bychov, which is in present-day Belarus. The son of ethnic Lithuanian refugees who left their homeland during World War I, they returned to a newly-independent Lithuania after the October Revolution.

He was on Lithuania's team at the so-called "Extra Olympiad" at Munich, 1936, and was awarded the title of Master in 1937.

He was again playing for Lithuania at the Buenos Aires Olympiad in 1939, when World War II broke out. Tautvaisas returned to Europe, unlike many other players in this event (Miguel Najdorf , Erich Eliskases , Jiri Pelikan etc.).

After the war and the USSR's annexation of the Baltic nations, Tautvaisas found himself as a "Displaced Person" in Germany.

Mar-30-05  Resignation Trap: There were many tournaments organized in Germany in the late 1940's, and most of these consisted of Germans and "Displaced Persons" - mostly from the Baltics. Tautvaisas participated in many of these, most notably Augsburg 1946 (3rd-4th with Saemisch, behind Unzicker and Zemgalis), Kirchheim-Teck 1947 , Esslingen 1948 (where he scored 5.5/9), Oldenburg 1948 and Oldenburg 1949 .

He then moved to Boston in 1949, then finally to Chicago in 1950.

He was many-time Chicago and Illinois champion, and his prominence in the Chicago area in the 1950's and 1960's earned him the nickname "The Old Fox". Tautvaisas died in November 1980.

He has a variation of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit named for him: 1. d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 exf3 5. Nxf3 Nc6 .

Sep-03-06  Mibelz: <Resignation Trap> Povilas Tautvaišas took 5th, behind Birmanas, Leonardas Abramavičius, Romanas Arlauskas, and Povilas Vaitonis, at the 1943 Lithuanian chess championship in Vilnius. At the end of WW II, Tautvaišas along with many other Baltic players (Arlauskas, Dreibergs, Endzelins, Jursevskis, Mednis, Ozols, Sarapu, 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).
Sep-03-06  Resignation Trap: <Mibelz> I'm happy to see new users to this site who can supply more information of these players other than that which I submitted! Keep up the good work!
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  GrahamClayton: Tautvaisis also finished =2nd in the Baltic Displaced Persons championship held at Blomberg in 1945 with Lucius Endzelins, behind winner Romanas Arlauskas.

Source: Anthony Wright, "Australian Chess - 1949 to 1960", Melbourne, 2004

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  whiteshark: Bio:

Oldenburg 1949: Game Collection: 99_Oldenburg 1949

Aug-10-09  budek: I just wanted to thank everyone on this site for all this great information! Povilas Tautvaisas was my uncle and godfather. I did not have the knack for chess, he and I swam in Lake Michigan together! I knew some about his chess career, but not all of this. It's great!
May-12-15  jerseybob: I remember reading in Horowitz in the mid-60's about how Tautvaisas had a bad car accident, then got out of his hospital bed to win some tourney 8-0. But compared with escaping the Soviet thug squads, what's a mere car accident?
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  Tabanus: Kokomo Tribune, 13 Nov 1972, p. 3:

<Povilas Tautvaisas of Chicago captured the Midwest Chess Classic and the S300 first prize in an upset, while chess masters Andrew Kirkins and Harry Ploss finished in a three-way tie for third along with Paul Cornelius. Tautvaisas had 5 points, followed by Warren Kreckler with 4˝ points and Kirkins, Ploss and Cornelius, all 4-1. All five men are from Chicago.>

Dec-12-18  hemy: Lithuanian refugees in Germany championship (November 28 - December 8, 1946), Groß Hesepe, Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony),

Source: Lithuanian refugee chess magazine "Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 1, p. 2

The following game was played against August Rankis in Displaced Persons Camp in March 1946 tournament of players from the Baltic States and the Ukraine:

[Event "Displaced Persons' camp Meerbeck tournament"] [Site "Meerbeck"]
[Date "1946.03.11"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Rankis, August"]
[Black "Tautvaišas, Povilas"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D13"]
[PlyCount "64"]
[Source "'Mūsu šachmatai', 1947, Nr. 1, p. 5"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bf4 e6 7. e3 Be7 8. Rc1 O-O 9. Bd3 Bd7 10. Ne5 Rc8 11. O-O Na5 12. Qe2 a6 13. g4 Be8 14. g5 Nd7 15. Qh5 g6 16. Qh6 Nxe5 17. Bxe5 f6 18. gxf6 Bxf6 19. Bxf6 Qxf6 20. f4 Nc6 21. Rf3 Ne7 22. Kh1 Nf5 23. Bxf5 Qxf5 24. Rg1 Bb5 25. h4 Rxc3 26. bxc3 Qe4 27. Qh5 Be2 28. Rgg3 Rc8 29. Qg4 Rxc3 30. Kh2 Rc2 31. Qg5 Bxf3+ 32. Kh3 Bg4+ 0-1

About the tournament:

Dec-12-18  hemy: The games of the Meerbeck 1946 tournament can be downloaded from:
Dec-12-18  hemy: Lithuanian refugees in Germany championship (November 28 - December 8, 1946), Groß Hesepe results:

Škėma 10/11
Arlauskas 8.5/11
Tautvaišas 8/11

("Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 1, p. 2)

Dec-12-18  hemy: International tournament in Kirchheim unter Teck, February 1 - 11, 1947:

1-2. Dr. Paul Troeger, W. Niephaus 11.5/15
3. F. Bohatirchuk 11/15
4. R. Palme 10.5/15
5. W. Unzicker 10/15
6. R. Arlauskas 7.5/15
12. P. Tautvaišas 6/15

("Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 2, p. 2)

Other source for this tournament, including some games:

Dec-12-18  hemy: American Zone Displaced persons camps championship was held in Schleissheim, Germany, March 18-31, 1947.

Bohatirchuk, Endzelins and Zemgailis didn't took part in this tournament that was held in Russian and Ukraine prisoners camp Schleissheim (near Munich) because the invitations were sent too late.

1-3. Tautvaišas, Selezniov, Shindler 8.5/12
4. Ozols 8/12
5-6. Dreibergs, Kozma 7.5/12
7. Arlauskas 7/12
8. Jasinski 6/12
9-11. Stabinš, Sabronov, Stojanovski 4.5/12
12-13. Sprengler, Pamiljens 1.5/12

The tournament winners were Povilas Tautvaišas (Dilingen), Rassian master from Moscow A. S. Seleznev (Arschafenburg) and participated out of competition German master Schindler, many times Munich champion.

("Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 4, p. 2-5)

On the pages 3-4 published the game Dreibergs - Tautvaišas and on the page 5 fragments of the games Ozols - Tautvaišas and Stabinš - Tautvaišas.

Dec-13-18  hemy: Kassel, Germany, May 1947, "Kasseler Zeitung" international chess tournament.

"On Trinity Sunday (May 25, 1947) Germans arranged big chess tournament in Kassel. ... For former German champion Kurt Richter it will be the 1st tournament after the War ..." ("Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 3, p. 10)

"The opening of the international chess tournament organised by the Kasseler Zeitung took place on Sunday afternoon. ...Participants in order of the drawing of lots: Tröger, Niephaus, Endzelins, Nonnenmacher, Schmidt, Bogoljubow, Heinrich, Unzicker, Bohatyrchuk, Taitvaisas. ..." (

"The biggest question of the tournament was - how today grand master Bogoljubow is playing. ... With a smail on his face he updated us with a news about his victory in Luneburg tournament with 14.5/17, without losing any game. In the 1st round of Kassel tournament he lost against great playing P. Schmidt. 'Her is not a Luneburg' - players were toking. But this was wrong judgment. In the next 7 games Bogoljubow made 7.5 point and finish 1st, 1.5 points more than P. Schmidt, that was 2nd. ... Results of the Luneburg and Kassel tournaments proved that Bogoljubow again is the best player in Germany. Bogoljubow returned!" (An article of Tautvaišas in "Fragments from international chess tournament in Kassel", "Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 5, p. 2)

[Event "Kasseler Zeitung international"]
[Site "Kassel"]
[Date "1947.05.26"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Tautvaišas, Povilas"]
[Black "Bogoljubow, Jefim"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A28"]
[PlyCount "62"]
[Source "'Mūsu šachmatai', 1947, Nr. 5, p. 3"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bb4 6. Bg5 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 Ne5 8. f4 Neg4 9. Nf5 h6 10. Bh4 g5 11. fxg5 hxg5 12. Bxg5 d6 13. e4 Bxf5 14. exf5 Qd7 15. Qc2 O-O-O 16. O-O-O Rdg8 17. Bxf6 Nxf6 18. Bd3 Qc6 19. Rd2 Ng4 20. Re2 Ne5 21. Be4 Qxc4 22. g3 d5 23. Bg2 f6 24. Rd1 Rxh2 25. Rd4 Qa6 26. Rxd5 c6 27. Rd4 Rxg3 28. Bf1 Rh1 29. Rd1 Qa3+ 30. Kb1 Rxc3 31. Qe4 Rc4 0-1

[Event "Kasseler Zeitung international"]
[Site "Kassel"]
[Date "1947.??.??"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Schmidt, Paul"]
[Black "Tautvaišas, Povilas"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C79"]
[PlyCount "84"]
[Source "'Mūsu šachmatai', 1947, Nr. 5, p. 4"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O d6 6. Bxc6+ bxc6 7. d4 Nxe4 8. Re1 f5 9. dxe5 d5 10. Nd4 Bc5 11. c3 Qh4 12. f3 Nf2 13. g3 Nh3+ 14. Kg2 Qh5 15. f4 Qh6 16. Qa4 Bb7 17. Be3 O-O 18. Nd2 Bb6 19. b4 a5 20. Qb3 Rab8 21. Rab1 g5 22. fxg5 Nxg5 23. h4 f4 24. hxg5 Qxg5 25. Ne4 Qg6 26. Bf2 a4 27. Qxa4 Bxd4 28. Nf6+ Rxf6 29. cxd4 Qg4 30. Rg1 f3+ 31. Kf1 Qe4 32. Rb2 Ra8 33. Qxa8+ Bxa8 34. exf6 Bb7 35. Rh1 Ba6+ 36. Kg1 Qd3 37. Kh2 Qc3 38. Rb3 Qd2 39. Rxf3 Bd3 40. f7+ Kf8 41. Rf4 Be4 42. Re1 Qxb4 1/2-1/2

1. Jefim Bogoljubow 7.5/9
2. Paul Felix Schmidt 6/9
3-4. Wolfgang Unzicker, Paul Tröger 5/9
5-7. Lucius Endzelins, Fedor Bohatirchuk, Albert Nonnenmacher 4/9 8. Georg Heinrich 3.5/9
9-10. Walter Niephaus, Tautvaišas 3/9

Tournament table and some games:


Dec-14-18  hemy: 15 years after H. Mattison passed away Latvian department of YMCA of Hanau organized big international tournament. H. Mattison memorial tournament was held in Hanau from November 27 to December 8, 1947.

Tournament results:

1. Endzelins 11/15
2. Zemgalis 10/15
3-4. Bogoljubow, Honlinger 9˝/15
5-6. Tautvaišas, Ozols 9/15
7. Rautenberg 8˝/15
8-9. Selesnev, Tröger 8/15
10. Dreibergs 7/15
11-12. Arlauskas, Zirnis 6˝/15
13-14. Drescher, Škėma 6/15
15. Jurševskis 4˝/15
16. Heinla 1/15

[Event " Mattison memorial Hanau 1947"]
[Site "Hanau"]
[Date "1947.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tautvaišas, Povilas"]
[Black "Zemgalis, Elmars"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C08"]
[PlyCount "103"]
[Source "'Mūsu šachmatai', 1947, Nr. 6, p. 6"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 exd5 5. Bb5+ Nc6 6. Qe2+ Be7 7. dxc5 Nf6 8. Nb3 O-O 9. Nf3 Bg4 10. Be3 a6 11. Bxc6 bxc6 12. h3 Bc8 13. Ne5 Bb7 14. O-O Ne4 15. Bd4 a5 16. a4 Ba6 17. Nd3 Re8 18. Rfe1 Rb8 19. f3 Rxb3 20. fxe4 dxe4 21. Qxe4 Bxd3 22. Qg4 g5 23. Rxe7 Qxe7 24. cxb3 h6 25. Qg3 Qe4 26. Qd6 Qe6 27. Bc3 Qxd6 28. cxd6 Rd8 29. Bxa5 Rxd6 30. Rd1 Rd5 31. Kf2 Bc2 32. Rxd5 cxd5 33. Bb6 Bxb3 34. a5 Bc4 35. Ke3 Kf8 36. Kd4 Ke7 37. Kc5 Kd7 38. g3 Kc8 39. b4 f5 40. b5 f4 41. gxf4 gxf4 42. Kb4 Kb7 43. Bd4 f3 44. Kc5 h5 45. h4 Bd3 46. a6+ Kb8 47. Kb6 Bf5 48. Ka5 Bd7 49. b6 Bc6 50. b7 Bxb7 51. axb7 Kxb7 52. Kb5 1-0

Source: "Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 6, pp. 2-9.

Tournament table - on the page 4 of this magazine:

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