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Leonids Dreibergs
Number of games in database: 79
Years covered: 1930 to 1962
Overall record: +33 -31 =15 (51.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-27-1908, died Apr-06-1969, 60 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Aka Leonid Dreiberg.

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Last updated: 2019-04-26 04:06:42

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 79  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Petrov vs L Dreibergs  1-03019303rd Latvian congress group 1D85 Grunfeld
2. L Dreibergs vs H Muiznieks  1-0311936Olympic SelectionC27 Vienna Game
3. L Dreibergs vs Ernests Gize  0-1261937Riga championshipC11 French
4. L Dreibergs vs L Endzelins  1-0281937National Team TrainingB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
5. L Dreibergs vs T Bergs  1-0601937National Team TrainingB15 Caro-Kann
6. V Rosenbergs vs L Dreibergs  0-1131938Riga championship group 2B40 Sicilian
7. L Dreibergs vs T Bergs  1-0611938Riga championship group 2B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
8. M Zvirbulis vs L Dreibergs  0-1211938Riga championship group 2B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. L Dreibergs vs Z Kunins  1-0311938Riga championship group 2C01 French, Exchange
10. Joffe vs L Dreibergs  0-1261938TournamentD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. L Dreibergs vs Ernests Gize  0-1241938Match Prof. Ass. - Mun. OfficialsC14 French, Classical
12. L Dreibergs vs T Sappberg  1-0731938Match 2nd Riga - Tallinn Chess clubsB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
13. L Dreibergs vs I Zdanovs  1-02319387th Latvian congress group BC47 Four Knights
14. L Dreibergs vs T Melngailis  1-0521939Olympic SelectionC12 French, McCutcheon
15. L Endzelins vs L Dreibergs  1-0421939Olympic SelectionD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
16. L Dreibergs vs L Endzelins  0-1381939Olympic SelectionB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
17. L Dreibergs vs M Lauberte  1-05719397th Latvian congress group BC12 French, McCutcheon
18. H Vard vs L Dreibergs  1-04119393rd SELL Baltic Student OlympiadD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
19. Flohr vs L Dreibergs  1-0411939KemeriD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
20. V Mikenas vs L Dreibergs 1-0311939KemeriB40 Sicilian
21. L Dreibergs vs K Ozols  1-0421939KemeriC15 French, Winawer
22. Petrov vs L Dreibergs 0-1341939KemeriB32 Sicilian
23. L Dreibergs vs Z Solmanis  ½-½381939KemeriB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
24. F Apsenieks vs L Dreibergs  ½-½401939KemeriB23 Sicilian, Closed
25. L Dreibergs vs M Feigin  ½-½281939KemeriC01 French, Exchange
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  whiteshark: Leonids Dreibergs (Leonid Dreiberg)

(* 27 October 1908, Riga † 6 April 1969, Saginaw, Michigan) was a Latvian–American chess master.


Oct-14-11  Kuhlberg: A former Latvian playing the Latvian gambit!
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  GrahamClayton: 1954 and 1955 Michigan Open State Champion.
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Information on <Leonids Dreibergs> from <hemy> here: Vladimir Petrov (kibitz #929)

Interesting article was published by Tenis Melngailis in "Brīvā Zeme", April 1, 1940, p. 11: "Jaunie Rīgas šacha meistari" - "New Riga chess champion". (In this case 'meistar' should be translated as a 'champion', not as a 'master'). "2 rounds before the end of the tournament is already known the name of the winner - 32 years old Leonids Dreibergs. Indeed impressive result. This time the winner was the strongest in spirit and body.

Success of chess player depends on health, well-being. Rarely, another game requires a nervous effort, energy consumption like a chess. It should not be forgotten that none of the chess players has economic security, except, perhaps, Koblenc. Everyone is working, earns his daily bread. These daily worries do not require less energy. And in the spring, a person feels a lot of fatigue. For this very reason, I did not participated in this tournament.

Grand master V. Petrov, as well as K. Ozols are busy to finish the University, so they did not played too..."

Apr-23-19  hemy: International chess tournament was held in Hanau displaced persons camp from January 30 to February 9, 1947.
In this tournament participated 11 Latvians, 2 Lithuanians, 2 Estonians and 2 Germans.

Dreibergs shared 6-7 place with Jurševskis (9/16). Latvians considered this tournament as American military occupation zone Latvian championship.

Tournament results:
1. Endzelins 12.5/16
2. Ozols 12/16
3. Zemgalis 11.5/16
4. Friedrich Nürnberg 11/16
5. Sämisch (Friedrich Saemisch) 10.5/16
6-7. Dreibergs, Jurševskis) 9/16
8. Škėma 8.5/16
9. Zirnis 8/16
10-12. Zhalius, Kruminš, Strazdinš 6.5/16
13-14. Poolake, Kalninš 6/16
15. Darznieks 5.5/16
16-17. Nurme, Stabinš 3.5/16

(Lithuanian chess magazine, "Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 2, p. 4)

Kazys Škėma was an editor-publisher of "Mūsu šachmatai" magazine in Blomberg town in the Lippe district of North Rhine-Westphalia, German.

From the City archive, Stadtarchiv Hanau:
(US military occupation zone displaced persons camp) 3,300 Lithuanians; 1,700 Latvians; 1,000 Estonians.

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  perfidious: <hemy>, was Strazdins' forename Arkadijs, who would emigrate to USA and play for many years in Connecticut?
Apr-24-19  hemy: <perfidious> <was Strazdins' forename Arkadijs, who would emigrate to USA and play for many years in Connecticut?>

In the article "Starptautisks šacha turnīrs Hanavā" (International Chess Tournament in Hanau) in the Latvian language newspaper circulated among the DP camps "Tēvzeme", February 5, 1947) mentioned name B. Strazdiņš.

Most likely it was Bruno Strazdiņš (

Apr-24-19  hemy: <perfidious> In 1946 Arkadijs Strazdiņš played in Kaiserslautern DP camp (French military occupation zone) tournament.

"Tēvzeme", June 6, 1946, p. 5:

Kaizerslautern Balt Colony

On March 10, the Balt people ended 1st chess tournament. Participated 17 chess players: 9 Latvians, 5 Estonians and 3 Lithuanians.
After fierce and interesting battles 1st place took 23 years old Arkadijs Strazdiņš, winning all games.

1. Arkadijs Strazdiņš 32/32
2. H.Vallaste (Estonia) 28/32
3. Orro (Estonia) 27/32
4. O. Bikša (Latvia) 23.5/32
5. E. Vuks (Estonia) 21/32
6. F. Toms (Latvia) 19/32

Strazdiņš, Arkadijs . USA. Born in Latvia in 1923. (Encyclopedia of Latvian chess players, Volume 2, S-171).

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  whiteshark: My 'old' ultracorr database has 53 games of <Leonids Dreibergs> played between 1951 and 1973. Among them are 34 Latvian Gambits (C40).
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  whiteshark: Here is a "Consensus" CC game involving two teams of five of the strongest players in the CCLA who voted for preferred moves...

[Event "CCLA \"consensus game\""]
[Site "corr USA"]
[Date "1955.??.??"]
[White "<Dreibergs_L>/Farber_I et al"]

[Black "Manney_O/Tears_C et al"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E49"]
[EventType "corr"]

<1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 d5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c5 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Bd3 O-O 9. Ne2 b6 10. O-O Ba6 11. Bxa6 Nxa6 12. Ng3 Qd7 13. f3 Rfe8 14. Qd3 Nc7 15. e4 dxe4 16. fxe4 cxd4 17. cxd4 Ne6 18. Nf5 Nf8 19. Nh6+ Kh8 20. e5 gxh6> (if 20... Rxe5 21. Nxf7+! Qxf7 22. dxe5) <21. Rxf6 Rxe5 22. Bxh6 Re7 23. d5 Ng6 24. Qd4 Ne5> (if 24... Kg8 25. Rd6) <25. Raf1 Qg4 26. Bf4 Rg8 27. g3 Rg5 28. d6> 1-0

A swingingly performed game in Saemisch line of the NID.

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  perfidious: <hemy>, Arkadijs Strazdins dominated the New Britain, Conn chess club; believe he won their title over twenty times.

We met only once at the board, in the 1986 New England Open, by which time Strazdins was well past his peak, though still 2100. Believe I played 1.d4 f5 2.Bg5 as White and recall winning an ending.

Apr-24-19  hemy: <perfidious> Indeed Arkadijs Strazdins was a strong chess player. Thanks for sharing your memoirs.
Apr-25-19  hemy: An article, picture and 33 games of Leonids Dreibergs
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  offramp: <Hemy> many thanks for the work you put in. You give a new life to the old Latvian players.
Apr-25-19  hemy: Augsburg International chess tournament 1946 (September 25 - October 6) was was dedicated to 25th anniversary of Augsburg Chess Union that included six German societies plus Guest Associations - Latvian and Lithuanian Chess Clubs.

It was the 1st big international chess tournament in the American Military Occupation zone. During the tournament, the union released five numbers of the special "Augsburger Schachecho" newspaper.

" ... Among Latvian players participated in the tournament was a 'man without nerves' - Dreibergs ... For Dreiberg's strengths - the Gentlemen considered having strong defense and the shining end game ..."

The winner of the tournament Wolfgang Unzicker finished with 14/16, 2nd was Elmars Zemgalis 13/16, 3-4 place shared Povilas Tautvaisas (Lithuania) and Friedrich Sämisch 10.5/16.
Leonids Dreibergs with 7.5/16 shared 10-12 place with August Rankis and Max Riedmiller.

Source: "Latvju Domas", October 12, 1946, p.3

An article about the Ausburg 1946 on the webpage of "Deutscher Schachbund":

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  perfidious: <hemy>, it is we who offer thanks for your posts, which are informative without fail and give all of us a look into a corner of the chess world which might otherwise not be visible to most of us.
Apr-25-19  mckmac: <Hemy> I would like to second what <Offramp> and <Perfidious> have just said. To my mind, the work that you and <Jess> and <Chesshistoryinterest> are doing here is a service to the game of chess and a credit to this website.
Apr-25-19  hemy: <Offramp>, <Perfidious>, <mckmac>. I'm motivated to make my research by interest that you and some others taking in the subject of my work.
Apr-25-19  hemy: American Zone Displaced persons camps championship was held in Schleissheim, Germany, March 18-31, 1947.

Bohatirchuk, Endzelins, Zemgailis and some other strong players 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. Most of the chess players received the invitation few days before beginning of the tournament and some of the players didn't received them at all. Poor living conditions impacted the quality of games, but DP chess players impressed with fierce battles.

Dreibergs shared 5-6 place with Kozma (7.5/12).

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), Russian master from Moscow A. S. Seleznev (Arschafenburg) and participated out of competition German master Schindler, many times Munich champion.

("Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 4, pp. 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.

Apr-26-19  hemy: I created pgn of Dreibergs - Tautvaišas game from American Zone DP championship, Schleissheim, 1947. It will be submitted to CG.

[Event "American Zone DP championship"]
[Site "Schleissheim"]
[Date "1947.03.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Dreibergs, Leonids"]
[Black "Tautvaisas, Paul"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C47"]
[PlyCount "82"]
[Source "'Mūsu šachmatai', 1947, Nr. 4, pp. 3-4"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bb4 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d5 8. e5 Ng4 9. O-O O-O 10. h3 Nxe5 11. Bxh7+ Kxh7 12. Qh5+ Kg8 13. Qxe5 Re8 14. Qg3 Bf5 15. Qf4 Bxc3 16. Qxf5 Qf6 17. Qd7 Bd4 18. Be3 Bxb2 19. Rab1 Be5 20. Qg4 d4 21. Bg5 Qd6 22. Rbe1 Bf6 23. Bxf6 Qxf6 24. Qd7 Reb8 25. a4 Rb2 26. Re8+ Rxe8 27. Qxe8+ Kh7 28. Qe4+ g6 29. h4 Kg7 30. g3 c5 31. Rc1 c4 32. Rf1 c5 33. a5 Qf5 34. Qe7 Rxc2 35. Qxa7 d3 36. Qc7 Ra2 37. Qd8 c3 38. Qd6 c2 39. f3 Qf6 40. Qxc5 d2 41. Qd5 c1=Q 0-1

Apr-26-19  hemy: An article of Artemijs Stabins "3 winners of DP tournament in Schleissheim","Latvija", April 22, 1947, p. 6:

"American military zone DP championship took place in Schleissheim camp. Our chess players Endzelins and Zemgailis did not arrive, nor did the Ukrainian grand master Fedor Parfenovich Bohatirchuk.

The first place was shared by the Lithuanian Tautvaišis, the Russian Selezniov and Shindler, out of competition participant, with 8.5/12 everyone. Latvian Ozols, Chech Kozma and Latvian
Dreibergs with 7.5 points shared 5-6 place. 7th - Lithuanian Arlauskas with 7 points. 8th - Russian Jasinski 6 points. 9-11 place shared Russians Stojanovski and Sapronov with Latvian Stabiņš - 4.5 points. 12 place took Latvian Pamiliens and Russian Spengler - 1.5 points.

The championship will be decide by Tautvaišas - Selezniov match.

Tautvaišas was on the 2nd place during most of the tournament, but in the last round he beat the Stabiņš and won the tournament. After the well-played opening, Stabiņš did not find the right continuation, nor did it get the "remis" expected.

80 years old world renowned top composer Seleznev demonstrated his outstanding top-of-the-line endgame technique.

Shindler was much helped by luck, although he can be proud of his achievements in past, sharing 1-2 place in Germany championship 1927.

Ozols, like in grand tournament of Hanau, missed the fateful 1/2 point also this time.

The most dramatic game was Kozma - Dreibergs. Dreibergs needed to win this game to share 1st place. Kozma, however, defeated his opponent with an effective queen sacrifice.

The lower than expected place was taken by Arlauskas.

New talent among Russian emigrants is 21 years old Jasinski, who surprised his opponents with excellent knowledge of opening theory.

A rapid game tournament was held as well. The winner was Tautvaišas.

The American military zone DP chess union was established to promote future cooperation. Melņikov (Munich) was elected as a chairman of the board. Tautvaišas (Dilingen), Bolshakov (Munich), Dreibergs (Munich), Stabiņs (Augsburg), Lankav (Munich) and Selezņev (Aschaffenburg) were elected as a board members."

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  perfidious: <hemy>, never met Tautvaisas or Pamiljens, but remember their names as masters here in the USA from my early playing days in the 1970s and 1980s.
Apr-27-19  hemy: <perfidious> In 1944 wife and 2 children of Lithuania team chess and football player Danielius Žilevičius escaped from Lithuania to Germany and were in Hanau DP camp. I met Danielius son Tadas Žilevičius and his daughter Judita Clow in Vermont in 2014.

My post about Žilevičius family:
Vladas Mikenas (kibitz #62)

Apr-27-19  hemy: In the H. Mattison memorial tournament Hanau 1947 (November 27 - December 8) Dreibergs finished on the 10th place (7/15). 1st was Endzelins 11/15.

The details about this tournament were submitted by me on the page of Povilas Tautvaišas:
Paul Tautvaisas (kibitz #22)

Apr-28-19  hemy: American zone DP Latvian championship 1948 was held from March 14 to March 23 in camp Fischbach. 14 players participated in this tournament.
Leonids Dreibergs Shared 4-5 place with Arvids Zirnis with 8.5/13.
Lūcijs Endzelīns and Kārlis Ozols scored 11.5 points and the champion title will be decided in additional competition.

1-2. Lūcijs Endzelīns and Kārlis Ozols 11.5/13
3. Elmārs Zemgalis 10.5/13
4-5. Arvīds Zirnis and Leonids Dreibergs 8.5/13
6. Jānis Pamüjrns 6.5/13
7-8. I. Garais and I. Kalniņš 6/13
9. A. Krūmiņš 5.5/13
10. G. Rūdelis 5/13
11. E. Nagels 4.5/13
12-13. K. Līdums and L. Gaigals 2,5/13
14. I. Strāls 2/13

The first three winners did not lose any game, but Zemgali's third place was result of bigger number of games ended with a draw.

Source: "Latvija", May 29, 1948, p. 6.

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