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A Zirnis
Number of games in database: 9
Years covered: 1937 to 1952
Overall record: +1 -5 =3 (27.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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Arvids Zirnis

Arvids Zirnis finished 10th at the 1941 Latvian SSR championship in Riga, won by Alexander Koblents. After World War II, he emigrated to a DP (displaced) persons camp in West Germany, where he participated in several major chess events. At the 1947 Hanau International DP tournament (January 30-February 10), Zirnis finished 9th behind Lucius Endzelins, Elmars Zemgalis and Friedrich Saemisch. This event also featured an internal scoring among the Latvian players. The contestant who scored best against his Latvian competition would be crowned the American zone DP Latvian champion. In this competition Zirnis shared 6th-7th with Heinricks Kalnins. Endzelins, Zemgalis and Karlis Alexander Ozols tied for first. After a double round robin playoff between the three winners held in Fischbach (May 14-21 1947), Elmars Zemgalis triumphed to become American zone DP Latvian champion.

At the Hermanis Mattisons Memorial tournament in Hanau 1947 (September 27-October 8), Zirnis finished shared 11th-12th with Romanas Arlauskas, behind winner Lucius Endzelins. At the 1948 Fischbach DP tournament (May 14-21) Zirnis finished shared 4th-5th with Leonids Dreibergs, behind Endzelins and Ozols who tied for 1st. Endzelins won a subsequent playoff match to become the American zone DP Latvian champion.

<Photograph- from left to right, A Zirnis, Voldemar Mezgailis, and Prusakovs at the Riga school students chess tournament final in 1927>:

Last updated: 2019-08-25 12:46:44

 page 1 of 1; 9 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Zirnis vs A Teters  1-0131937ARSB tournamentA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
2. M Zvirbulis vs A Zirnis  1-0281938Riga championship group 2B50 Sicilian
3. Eriks Lazdins vs A Zirnis  1-0151939Club Team tournamentA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. A Zirnis vs T Bergs  ½-½331941Latvian SSR ChampionshipA16 English
5. A Zirnis vs E Zemgalis  ½-½271947Hanau InternationalD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
6. A Zirnis vs E Zemgalis  0-1521947Hermanis Mattisons MemorialD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. E J Diemer vs A Zirnis  1-0271948Team MatchA07 King's Indian Attack
8. A Zirnis vs E Zemgalis  0-1401949DP Latvian championshipD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
9. A Zirnis vs A Adlers  ½-½591952LAT Exiles corr5254A16 English
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Aug-23-19  hemy: In Encyclopedia of Latvian chess players, volume 2, under "Zirnis Arvids" published a game of Arvids Zirnis - Zemgailis from Hanau International, 1947.
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Thank you <hemy>! There is also a fair bit of interesting biographical detail provided by Val Zemitis that I can add to the biography.

Aug-23-19  hemy: Classifications of Latvian Chess Union Class "A" tournament was held in Riga from December 23 to December 31, 1939.
36 players played in 3 sections, 12 in each one.
A. Zirnis played in section 3 and finished 9-11 with K. Klasups and V. Čura (4.5/11).
First was Ž. Solmanis (8.5/11). 2-3 shared V. Indulens and E. Gīze 7.5/11.

[Event "Latvian chess union classification"]
[Site "Riga, LAT"]
[Date "1939.12.27"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Zirnis, Arvids."]
[Black "Solmanis, Zigfrids"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A18"]
[PlyCount "28"]
[Source "'Stāsti un Romāni', January 5, 1940, p. 23"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. e5 Ne4 6. Nxe4 dxe4 7. Qa4+ Nc6 8. Qxe4 a6 9. Bc4 Qe7 10. f4 g6 11. Nf3 Bf5 12. Qe3 Nb4 13. Nd4 Qc5 14. Qc3 Qxd4 0-1

Aug-23-19  hemy: "Latvis", July 30, 1927, p. 4:
The following 10 school students (from 48 participants) have entered the final of Riga students chess tournament: Arvids Zirnis, Bruno Rikards, Emilis Brakmanis, Augusts Rankis, Udo Vitte, Vasilijs Tokarevs, Janis Jurjevskis, Voldemars Sneiders, Vilhelms Mežgailis and Aleksands Prusakovs.

"Latvis", August 5, 1927, p. 4:
1927 Latvian schoolchildren's Chess tournament ended with the victory of 15 years old, Riga 4th secondary school student, Vilhelm Mežgailis, 6.5/8 points.

J. Jurjevskis also got the same number of points, but lost to Mežgailis and for that reason he received the 2nd Prize.

3. V. Sneiders with 5.5.
4. A. Rankis with 5/8.
5-6. A. Zirnis and U. Vitte 4/8.

Apparently Vilhelm Mežgailis is Voldemar Mezgailis.

Aug-23-19  hemy: "Latvis", October 4, 1929, p. 6:
On September 27, Riga chess club held lightning chess tournament. Participated 26 players.
1. J. Jurjevskis 22.5/25
2. J. Frīde 21
3-4. L. Dreibergs, E. Krūmiņš 19
5-7. O. Avotiņš, V. Hazenfuss, A. Kalniņš 18.5
8. A. Blums 18
9-12. A. Stabiņš, J. Zarumba, A. Zirnis and P. Zirnis 17.5

Aug-23-19  hemy:
"Latvis", December 12, 1929, p. 6:

On December 6 Riga chess club held lightning tournament. Participated 18 players.

1. Fr. Apšenieks 15/17
2. J. Zarumba 12.5
3. L. Endzeliņs 12
4-5. O. Avotiņiš, A Melnbards 11
6-8. B. Strazdinš, A. Zirnis, P. Zirnis 10.5

On December 13 Riga chess club held lightning tournament. Participated 19 players.

1. J. Zarumba 14.5/18
2. A Melnbards 13.5
3-5. O. Avotiņiš, L. Endzeliņs, M. Models 13
6. A. Zirnis 11.5

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<hemy> Excellent!

I found out today that <Arvids Zirnis> "won the open championship of Baden in 1947."

This information comes from an article <Sigmund Wotkowsky> (Sigmund Wolk) wrote in the English magazine 'Chess' (February 1949) pp. 106-107; 128. This article was reprinted in John Donaldson's biography of <Elmars Zemgalis>.

Sadly that is all the detail about Arvids Zirnis that he gives in the article.

Aug-24-19  hemy: Zirnis, Mežgailis and Prusakovs participants of Riga school students chess tournament final on the picture published in "Jaunākās Ziņas", July 30, 1927, p. 3.

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Awesome resolution on that photo <hemy>.

So from left to right it is A Zirnis, Voldemar Mezgailis, and Prusakovs, right?

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"Exiles vs Germany" team match at <Bad Nauheim 1948> (3rd April)

Fedor Bohatirchuk <0-1> Kienenger

Elmars Zemgailis <1-0> Wolfgang Unzicker

Lucius Endzelins <½-½> Ludwig Rellstab

Sigmund Volk <½-½> Ludwig Roedl

Paul Tautvaisas <½-½> Walter Niephaus

Alexey Selezniev <0-1> Richard Czaya

Karlis Ozols <1-0> Wilhelm Rautenberg

Arvids Zirnis <½-½> Paul Troeger

Alfred J Krumins <½-½> Baldur Hoenlinger

Igor Garais <0-1> Dr. (Wilfried?) Lange

<Germany won the match 5.5 - 4.5>

John Donaldson 'Elmars Zemgalis: Grandmaster without the Title' (Pomeranian Publishing 2001), p.24

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<Hanau 1947> (30 January-10 February) International Tournament

[Event "Hanau International"]
[Site "Hanau, GER"]
[Date "1947.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Zirnis, A"]
[Black "Zemgalis, Elmars"]
[ECO "?"]
[EventDate "1947.01.30"]
[Source "Donaldson, 'Elmars Zemgalis' pp.9-10"]

1. c4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. Qa4+ Nbd7 6. g3 a6 7. Qxc4 c5 8. Bg2 b5 9. Qd3 Bb7 10. O-O Be7 11. Bf4 Qb6 12. Be3 O-O 13. Rac1 Rfd8 14. Qb1 Rac8 15. dxc5 Bxc5 16. Bxc5 Nxc5 17. b4 Nce4 18. Nxe4 Bxe4 19. Qb2 Rxc1 20. Qxc1 Nd5 21. a3 Qb7 22. Qd2 Rd7 23. Rd1 Rc7 24. Ne1 Bxg2 25. Nxg2 h6 26. Nf4 Nxf4 27. Qxf4 1/2-1/2

Aug-24-19  hemy: <JFQ>
Yes, from the left (no kreisas) A Zirnis, Voldemar Mezgailis, and Prusakovs.

One more version -

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<hemy> Impressive resolution! I expanded your new photograph to fill up my full screen, and it's still crystal clear. I have put your new version in the bio now.

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  jessicafischerqueen: [Event "Hermanis Mattisons Memorial"]
[Site "Hanau GER"]
[Date "1947.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Zirnis A"]
[Black "Zemgalis, Elmars"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "?"]
[EventDate "1947.09.27"]
[Source"Donaldson, 'Elmars Zemgalis' p.117"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. g3 Bf5 4. Bg2 e6 5. O-O Nbd7 6. Nbd2 Bd6 7. Nh4 Bg4 8. c4 c6 9. Re1 O-O 10. Qb3 Rb8 11. e4 dxe4 12. Nxe4 Nxe4 13. Rxe4 Bh5 14. Bf3 Nf6 15. Bg5 Bxf3 16. Nxf3 h6 17. Bxf6 Qxf6 18. Ne5 Bxe5 19. dxe5 Qf5 20. Rae1 Rfd8 21. Qe3 b6 22. Rd4 Qc2 23. Red1 Qxd1+ 24. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 25. Kg2 c5 26. Qa3 Rb7 27. Qf3 Rbd7 28. Qa8+ Kh7 29. h4 h5 30. g4 R1d4 31. gxh5 Rxh4 32. Qc8 Rhd4 33. b3 g6 34. hxg6+ Kxg6 35. f3 Kf5 36. Qh8 Kf4 37. Qf6+ Ke3 38. Kg3 Kd3 39. f4 Kc2 40. f5 exf5 41. Qxf5+ Kb2 42. e6 fxe6 43. Qxe6 Kxa2 44. b4 R7d6 45. Qf7 Rd7 46. Qe6 R4d6 47. Qg8 Kb3 48. bxc5 bxc5 49. Kf2 a5 50. Qa8 Rf6+ 51. Ke3 Re7+ 52. Kd3 0-1

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<Esslingen 1948> Wuertemburg championship

Zirnis finished shared 3rd with Bemer and Paul Tautvaisas, behind Elmars Zemgalis and Sigmund Wolk, ahead of Ewald Habermann, Ludwig, Emil Joseph Diemer, Igor Garais, and Skrbec, scoring +4-2=3.

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  whiteshark: Here is game #264 from Diemer's book <Das moderne Blackmar-Diemer-Gambit, Vol. 1>, p.133:

[Event "Team Match"]
[Site "Lindau GER"]
[Date "1948.06.13"]
[White "Diemer, Emil Josef"]
[Black "Zirnis"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D00"]
[Source "Diemer, Das moderne BDG 1, p133"]
[WhiteTeam "Lindau"]
[BlackTeam "Überlingen"]

1. d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 e3 5. Bxe3 e6 6. Bd3 Be7 7. f4 Nd5 8. Nxd5 Bh4+ 9. g3 Qxd5 10. Nf3 Be7 11. c4 Qh5 12. h3 f6 13. g4 Qf7 14. Qc2 g6 15. h4 Nc6 16. a3 Bd7 17. b4 e5 18. d5 Nd4 19. Bxd4 exd4 20. h5 O-O-O 21. O-O-O Bxg4 22. hxg6 hxg6 23. Bxg6 Qg7 24. Bf5+ Kb8 25. Rhg1 Bxf5 26. Qxf5 Qh6 27. Nxd4 Qh2 28. c5 Qa2 29. Nc2 Rh2 30. Rge1 Rxc2+ 31. Qxc2 Qa1+ 32. Kd2 Qd4+ 33. Qd3 Qb2+ 34. Ke3 f5 35. Kf3 1-0

w/o Diemer's 'well-balanced' annotations. ;)

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Thank you <whiteshark>!

E J Diemer vs A Zirnis, 1948

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