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Romanas Arlauskas
R Arlauskas 
Number of games in database: 53
Years covered: 1936 to 1962
Overall record: +18 -14 =21 (53.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-11-1917, died Sep-22-2009, 92 years old) Lithuania (federation/nationality Australia)

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Romanas Arlauskas was born in Kaunas, Lithuania. In 1943, he tied for first in the Lithuanian Championship with Birmanas and Abramavicius, but in the subsequent playoff came second below Birmanas. In 1944, as with many Baltic players, he fled to the West to escape the advancing Soviets. In November 1945, he won the British occupation zone tournament in Blomberg. In the late 1940s, he emigrated to Australia, and subsequently won the Australian championship in 1949. Arlauskas finished 3rd in the 4th World Correspondence Championship (1962-1965). He was awarded the title of Grandmaster of Correspondence Chess in 1965.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 53  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A D de Groot vs R Arlauskas  1-0351936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. R Arlauskas vs G Marthinsen  1-0251936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadB72 Sicilian, Dragon
3. J Francez vs R Arlauskas  ½-½461936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. R Arlauskas vs I Halic  0-1581936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
5. R Arlauskas vs S Gudmundsson  0-1331936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
6. K Ozols vs R Arlauskas  1-04919377th Match Latvia-LithuaniaA22 English
7. L Endzelins vs R Arlauskas  1-01619393rd SELL Baltic Student OlympiadD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
8. P Schmidt vs R Arlauskas  ½-½3219393rd SELL Baltic Student OlympiadB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. R Arlauskas vs P Tautvaisas  ½-½261946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itC77 Ruy Lopez
10. R Arlauskas vs W Jursevskis  1-0221946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itD00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. A Rankis vs R Arlauskas  0-1531946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
12. R Arlauskas vs J Repecka 0-1501946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itA45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. L Endzelins vs R Arlauskas  ½-½821946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
14. R Arlauskas vs A Darznieks  1-0351946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itD00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. R Arlauskas vs F Bohatirchuk  ½-½581946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
16. A Liepnieks vs R Arlauskas  0-1291946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itA12 English with b3
17. R Arlauskas vs V Zemitis  1-0391946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itC58 Two Knights
18. E Sadovsky vs R Arlauskas  0-1411946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itA06 Reti Opening
19. R Arlauskas vs H Valdsaare  1-0511946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
20. K Skema vs R Arlauskas  ½-½281946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. F Nuernberg vs R Arlauskas  0-1451946AugsburgD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. R Arlauskas vs J Huber  1-0381946AugsburgC07 French, Tarrasch
23. K Skema vs R Arlauskas  ½-½681946Augsburg+D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. A Krumins vs R Arlauskas  ½-½311946AugsburgB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. F Krautheim vs R Arlauskas  ½-½301946AugsburgB72 Sicilian, Dragon
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  Benzol: Born 11th June 1917 in Kaunas
Finished 3rd in the World Correspondence Championship of 1965.
Jun-11-08  whiteshark: Player of the Day (Dutch)

- South Australian Chess Champion in 1949

- became ICCF GM in 1965

Jun-11-08  whiteshark: He was also Australian Corr Chess Champion in 1950


Jun-11-08  chaarl: Happy birthdau to GM Arlauskas. His game against Lundquest is worth a look.
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  GrahamClayton: Arlauskus finished 2nd in the 1938 Lithuanian Championship and 3rd in 1941. As well as winning the Lithuanian Championship in 1943, he also won the Kaunus city championship in the same year. In 1945, Arlauskus won the Baltic Displaced Persons Championship in Blomberg, Germany, ahead of Endzelins and Tautvaisis. He finished =5th at Augsburg in August 1946 with a score of 9/16.

Arlauskas then finished =11th with 6 points in the Herman Mattison Memorial Tournament, held in September 1947.

Arlauskas emigrated to Australia in 1948, becomin an architect with the South Australian state government, and as mentioned, won the 1949 South Australian championship with a score of 6.5/7. He captained South Australian to victory over Western Australia in an interstate match.

After finishing 2nd behind Endzelins in the 1950 South Australian championship, Arlauskas finished 6th with a score of 8.5/15 in the 1951 Australian Championship, held in Brisbane.

After winning the third Australian Correspondence Chess chmapionship (1950-53), Arlauskas declined his invitation to enter the 2nd ICCF World Correspondence Chess Championship final due to family responsibilities.

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

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  GrahamClayton: The November 2009 issue of the "Australian Correspondence Chess Quarterly" has reported the sad news of the passing of GM Arlauskas at the age of 92. Arlauskas had been diagnosed with cancer in 1999, and had been receiving treatment for the last 10 years. He passed away at home on the 22nd of September 2009, with his partner Jurate by his side. He can be ranked alongside Cecil Purdy and Lucius Endzelins as arguably the 3 greatest ever Australian correspondence players.
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  GrahamClayton: The Australian Chess Federation has honoured Arlauskas by naming the award for the best Australian Junior Player of the Year the Arlauskas Medal.
Oct-28-14  ljfyffe: Migrated to Germany 1944
Migrated to Australia 1948
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  MissScarlett: <Migrated to Germany 1944>

<At the end of World War II, Endzelins, along with many other Baltic players (Arlauskas, Dreibergs, Jursevskis, Mednis, Ozols, Sarapu, Tautvaišas, Vaitonis, Zemgalis, et al.), escaped to the west just before the advancing Soviet forces arrived.>

Presumably the thought of being cannon fodder for the Soviet chess school didn't appeal.

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  WannaBe: I always like the term immigrated or emigrated instead of "migrate", which I usually associate with animals that move with seasonal changes.
Oct-28-14  ljfyffe: <WannaBe> Notwithstanding the fact that rabbits will soon be turning white with the coming of wintertime, ICCF Gold, 2002, a book on correspondence chess history, settles for the term "migrated"....under the heading of Lithuiana.....most likely lacking space to go into the history of German and Soviet occupations. But it does say, the country is "known for its famous emigrant representatives."
Oct-28-14  ljfyffe: Lithuania
Nov-20-19  hemy: In November 1945 Romanas Arlauskas was a winner of Blomberg DP camp (British occupation zone) tournament.\ 3 Lithuanian and 5 Latvian chess players participated in a double round robin tournament.
1. Arlauskas (Lithuania) 10.5
2. Tautvaišas (Lithuania) 10
3. Endzelīns (Latvia) 9
4. Škema (Lithuania) 7
5. Krūmiņš (Latvia) 6.5
6-7. Jurševskis (Latvia) 5
6-7. Dārznieks (Latvia) 5
8. Lidacis (Latvia) 3

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By November 1945, Blomberg was a camp for Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians only. There was a Polish camp a few miles away.

Latvian participants list was not as strong as initially expected. Was missing Dreibergs, who had traveled to Austria to see his newly found brother-in-law. Randvir and Villard did not arrive due to road difficulties, the disease forced Liepāja's master Rankis to the bed.

On the other hand, Lithuanians arrived in full force with their 3 masters. Latvia was represented by Endzelin (Nuremberg), Krumins (Augsburg) and Yurshevskis with Lydac (Libeka). Yurshevskis and his cousin Lidacis, after two-day journey in open-air coal wagons, arrived a few hours before the turnament started.

The victory of both Lithuanians was deserved because they were really the best. Their superiority was in the very good theoretical knowledge of openings. Both lived in one camp (Dillingen) and have state-of-the-art opening theory work of Levenfish, both parts of the book. There were also great difficulties with the premises, heating. From the outset, the near fate threatened to spread to the lack of a fourth chess clock. If both Lithuanians - Arlauskas and Šķemas had not installed it from 2 alarm clocks, then it is not known how it would have ended.

A good portion of the pre-war strong Latvian chess players was located in the English and American occupation zones. The American zone was home to national team player Endzelīns, Rigas L. Dreibergs (Munich), Latvian Chess Union chairman Melnbārdis (Munich), A. Stabiņš (Markt-Oberdorf), Latvian University champion A. Eikstrēms, A. Krūmiņš, Kalniņš and K. Grundmanis (all in Augsburg) and others. The English zone was home to Rankis and B. Strazdiņš (Libeka), Jurševskis (Kiel), A. Dārznieks (Blomberg).

"Latvju Domas", November 29, 1945, p. 2
"Lībekas Vēstnesis", December 4, 1945 p. 3
"Latvju Domas", December 6, 1945, p. 3.

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