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Vladimir Petrov
Vladimir Petrov 
Number of games in database: 343
Years covered: 1922 to 1942

Overall record: +161 -76 =102 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    D02 D04 E00 A40 D05
 Catalan (16) 
    E02 E01 E06
 Sicilian (16) 
    B40 B29 B58 B32 B25
 Slav (15) 
    D17 D15 D12 D13 D11
 Orthodox Defense (11) 
    D52 D64 D63 D50 D60
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E46 E44 E49 E47 E21
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (30) 
    B74 B56 B80 B84 B72
 French Defense (22) 
    C10 C17 C01 C11 C14
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    D02 D04 A40 D00 A46
 Slav (14) 
    D10 D19 D15 D16 D13
 Sicilian Dragon (11) 
    B74 B72 B73 B70
 French (9) 
    C10 C11 C13 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Rellstab vs Vladimir Petrov, 1937 0-1
   Vladimir Petrov vs Indrikis Strazdins, 1926 1-0
   Stahlberg vs Vladimir Petrov, 1938 0-1
   G Page vs Vladimir Petrov, 1933 0-1
   Vladimir Petrov vs Alekhine, 1938 1-0
   Vladimir Petrov vs R Grau, 1939 1-0
   Vladimir Petrov vs V Mikenas, 1939 1-0
   K Treybal vs Vladimir Petrov, 1933 0-1
   K Richter vs Vladimir Petrov, 1936 1/2-1/2
   Vladimir Petrov vs Tartakower, 1939 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Rosario (1939)
   Kemeri (1937)
   Margate (1938)
   Semmering/Baden (1937)
   USSR Championship (1940)
   Podebrady (1936)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vladimirs Petrovs Tournaments/Matches 1923-1942 by jessicafischerqueen
   Vladimirs Petrovs Chess Biography by jessicafischerqueen
   Buenos Aires Olympiad 1939 (Petrov's games) by jessicafischerqueen
   Stockholm Olympiad 1937 (Petrov's games) by jessicafischerqueen
   Lodz 1938 by jessicafischerqueen
   Kemeri 1939 by jessicafischerqueen
   Sverdlovsk 1942 National Tournament by jessicafischerqueen
   Warsaw Olympiad 1935 (Petrov's games) by jessicafischerqueen
   Munich Unofficial Olympiad 1936 (Petrovs' games) by jessicafischerqueen
   Margate 1938 by sneaky pete

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(born Sep-27-1907, died Aug-26-1943, 35 years old) Latvia

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Vladimir Petrov (Latvian spelling: Vladimirs Petrovs) was born in Riga, Latvia, on 27th September 1907 (some sources list 1908 as the birth year).* Although he joined the ranks of the world chess elite in 1937, he is perhaps less well known than he should be, due to his being arrested by the NKVD in 1942 and imprisoned for the rest of his life.(1) He was subsequently expunged from Soviet chess history. Most of his colleagues in the Soviet bloc, with the notable exceptions of Alexander Koblents and Paul Keres, avoided publishing his games, or even mentioning his name in public.(2) Consequently, little was heard about Petrovs in the west until long after his career and life had ended. The political turmoil of the USSR kept him from being as well known as he deserved. He notched a lifetime 50% score against both Alexander Alekhine and Jose Raul Capablanca, and defeated an impressive list of international masters including Alekhine, Keres, Samuel Reshevsky, Reuben Fine, Rudolf Spielmann, Isaac Boleslavsky, Gideon Stahlberg, Savielly Tartakower, Grigory Levenfish, Erich Eliskases, Vladas Mikenas, Karel Treybal, Georgy Lisitsin, Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov, and Alexander Kotov.

Genesis of a Master

Petrovs' father ran a modest cobbler's shop in Riga, while his mother worked as a housekeeper. In 1919 Petrovs was accepted at the prestigious Lomonosov High School, where he received a first rate liberal arts education. In that same year, the streets of Riga were barricaded as nationalists fought Bolshevik and German armies to retain Latvian independence, which had been declared in 1918. Such concerns seemed far from Petrovs' mind, however, as he enjoyed a vibrant school life centered largely around music, soccer, and gambling at cards with his friends. He and his friends grew bored with cards, and were introduced to chess by Viktors Rosenbergs , who offered to help hone their skills. Petrovs soon challenged him to a 100 game chess match, which he ultimately won. In 1923 he won the school championship and joined the Riga-2 chess club, and a year later went on to win the reserves section of the first Latvian Chess Congress earning the first category title. His optimism and spark in almost everything he tried earned him the nickname "Successful like Petka," and he was indeed successful in gaining admission to the Riga School of Jurisprudence in 1925, although he wouldn't graduate for another 16 years. In 1926 he won the strong Riga City Championship, which prompted him to devote almost all of his time to a quest to become a chess master.

Chess Olympian

Setting law books aside, Petrovs instead immersed himself in the games of Latvia's strongest players, Hermanis Karlovich Mattison and Fricis Apsenieks. In his own games he favored Mattisons' positional style, and soon became an expert at knowing exactly when to trade down to a winning endgame, a characteristic he would retain throughout his career. His star rose quickly as he finished shared 2nd in the 1926 Latvian Chess Congress, and earned his Latvian master title by winning the 1930-1931 Latvian Chess Congress. Petrovs played 3rd board for Latvia at the inaugural FIDE Chess Olympiad at The Hague 1928, and went on to play for Latvia in all the Chess Olympiads up to 1939, garnering a gold medal on 3rd board at Prague 1931, and a bronze medal on 1st board at Buenos Aires 1939. He won his first Latvian Championship in 1930, and tied Apsenieks in the 1934 edition. Petrovs had his heart set on playing 1st board for the Olympic team, so instead of a playoff match to decide the Latvian championship, Petrovs struck a deal with Apsenieks: he would concede the title in exchange for 1st board in all subsequent Chess Olympiads.

Joining the Elite

Petrovs won another Latvian championship in 1935, and gave a creditable performance on 1st board at the Warsaw 1935 Olympiad, scoring 55% and defeating both the Lithuanian and Argentine champions, Vladas Mikenas and Roberto Grau. On the strength of these results, Petrovs was invited to his first major international tournament, the Czech Championship in Podebrady (1936). Despite a disappointing 10th place finish, Petrovs was included in another top event, this time in his home city of Riga. At Kemeri (1937) he stunned the chess world by finishing shared 1st with Reshevsky and Salomon Flohr, ahead of both Alekhine and Keres. Reshevsky and Flohr decided that it was most fitting that Petrovs should accept the tournament prize from Latvian president Karlis Ulmanis. In addition, he was also awarded a silver cup donated by the Aron Nimzowitsch family, honoring the "best result by a Latvian against a foreign master" for this brilliancy with the black pieces- Rellstab vs Vladimir Petrov, 1937. Petrovs also earned the title of Grandmaster, due to a widely recognized convention in European chess at this time that if a home town player won a tournament in which at least six foreign Grandmasters participated, then that player would also be recognized as a Grandmaster. Petrovs' surprise victory at Kemeri created a stir among European chess journals, which then began referring to him as a "Latvian Grandmaster."(3) He also received laudatory notices from prominent peers such as Max Euwe, Emanuel Lasker and Alexander Alekhine.

More invitations to premier events were forthcoming, but Petrovs lacked consistency at the top level and he logged uneven international results from 1937-1939. He finished dead last at Semmering/Baden (1937) against a very tough field, featuring Capablanca, Keres, Fine, Reshevsky and Flohr. Petrovs fared much better at Talinn 1938 in the Latvia-Estonia team match, leading his side to victory by defeating Keres 1.5-.5 on first board. He then finished a respectable third at Margate (1938), surprising Alekhine by almost checkmating him in the middle of the board- Vladimir Petrov vs Alekhine, 1938. After disappointing his Latvian fans with a dismal eighth place at Kemeri 1939, Petrovs rebounded yet again with a bronze medal performance on 1st board at the Buenos Aires 1939 Olympiad. He scored 71% without losing a game, prompting Harry Golombek to remark "Petrov played the best chess at Buenos Aires."

Life as a Soviet Master

Shortly after a harrowing return journey from Buenos Aires through mine-filled seas, the Olympic bronze medalist was faced with a new challenge. Not only was Europe at war, but in 1940 the Soviet Union invaded Latvia and established a puppet communist government. No more would Latvia field Olympic teams, and Petrovs was no longer allowed to participate as an organizer of Latvian chess events. At first, however, Petrovs was guardedly optimistic about this upheaval. Although he had always been dubious and wary about the Bolshevik life in Russia, he and his wife Galina had long been members of what might be termed Latvia's Russian cultural intelligentsia. Though both considered themselves Latvian, they were steeped in Russian music, literature, theatre, and dance, and frequently attended such cultural events in Riga. Even better, after Latvia became the Latvian SSR (Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic), Petrovs was awarded the title of Soviet master and seeded into the 12th USSR Championship (1940). Petrovs did well to finish in the middle of the field, behind future world champions Mikhail Botvinnik and Vasily Smyslov, but ahead of Grigory Levenfish, who had won the 1937 USSR Championship, and Alexander Kotov, who had finished 2nd in the 1939 Championship. In addition, he defeated both Levenfish and Kotov in their individual games. Petrovs also drew both of the event's co-winners, Andre Lilienthal and Igor Bondarevsky.

On his return to Riga to rejoin his family and play in the inaugural Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) Championship, Petrovs found his wife worrying about the current Bolshevik regime. She reported that availability of food and other materials in Riga was already scarce, and even worse, local government purges and general deportations were well underway. Petrovs, now employed by the Soviet TASS news agency, had experienced no particular trouble during his trip to Russia, and he tried to assuage her fears. Nonetheless, as he left again for the USSR Championship Semi-finals in Rostov-on-Don, she pressed a photo of herself and their child into his palm for "good luck." He never saw either of them again. After six rounds of the Semi-finals had been completed, in Petrovs' section only Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush had a better score, and it seemed that he was destined to qualify for his second USSR Championship.(4) However, the Semi-final was abandoned on 23 June 1941 when news reached the tournament that the Germans had invaded the Soviet Union. There was a mad rush as the players attempted to reach home. Petrovs, accompanied by Latvian chess colleagues Alexander Koblents and Janis Fride, was halted at a customs station near Abrene, in the Latvian district of Latgale. They were informed that they could travel no further, as the German army had already overrun Latvia. Petrovs was forced to return to Moscow, but soon left for Gorky to volunteer in the Russian-Latvian Rifle Division. He was summoned back to Moscow in the winter of 1941, where he finished second to Isaak Mazel, ahead of Vasily Panov and Vladimir Alatortsev in the Moscow City Championship. Petrovs then took a position as Assistant Commandant in the Moscow council "Dynamo," devoted to organizing logistics and defense in a city many feared would soon be under siege. Despite the German advance into the heart of Russia, however, the Soviet Chess Section still managed to keep organizing tournaments. At the Moscow national tournament in 1942 Petrovs finished 2nd behind Bondarevsky, ahead of Alatortsev, Mikenas, and Panov. Evacuated to Sverdlosk in 1942, Petrov competed in another national tournament, finishing second to Viacheslav Ragozin, ahead of Alexey Sokolsky, Boleslavsky, and Georgy Ilivitsky.


Characteristically, Petrovs had a habit of speaking frankly to friends and colleagues about his impressions of life in Soviet Latvia and Russia, some of which were critical of the Bolshevik regime. According to both Galina Petrova and Russian historian Sergey Voronkov, three fellow chess masters denounced Petrovs to the authorities.(5) After Sverdlovsk, Vladas Mikenas recalls that he expected to see Petrovs participate at the next major tournament in Kuibishev, but he never showed up. On August 31, 1942, Petrovs was arrested and questioned for two weeks in Moscow at Lubyanka prison for violating "Article 58," a catch-all law that forbade any kind of anti-Soviet statements or activities. He was subsequently transferred to Moscow's notorious Butyrka jail for a further five months of detention and interrogation. On February 3, 1943 Petrovs was sentenced to ten years in Vorkuta Gulag for criticizing decreased living standards in Latvia after the Soviet annexation of 1940. According to a death certificate released by the KGB in 1989, Petrov died of pneumonia in, or en route to, the gulag on August 26, 1943.(5)


Galina Petrova lost contact with her husband in 1942, and spent the rest of her life trying to find out what happened to him. Galina was given conflicting reports of his arrest and detention, so she moved to Siberia in an attempt to find any record he had been at a gulag. After Stalin's death in 1953, Nikita Khrushchev rehabilitated the names of thousands who had died during "The Terror," but the conviction against Petrovs was upheld. It would not be until the era of Glasnost that Mikhail Gorbachev finally rehabilitated Vladimir Petrovs' name with an official pardon in March 1989.


(*) There are conflicting sources on the birth year of Vladimirs Petrovs. The Russian Wikipedia article, for example, gives *both* 1907 and 1908 as the birth year: Wikipedia article: %D0%9F%D0%B5%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2, %D0%92%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%B8%D1%80 %D0%9C%D0%B8%D1%85%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87 (%D1%88%D0%B0%D1%85%D0%BC%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B8%D1%81%D1%82) In the kibbitzing section below, you can read a detailed account of which sources favor which birth year.

(1) The NKVD (Peoples Commissariat for Internal Affairs) was a predecessor of the KGB.

(2) Andris Fride <Vladimirs Petrovs: A Chessplayer's Story - From Greatness to the Gulags>, Caissa Editions, 2004.

(3) Vladimir Dedkov, ed. <Star Extinguished Before its Time> Riga, 2008

(4) At Rostov-on-Don 1941, the USSR Championship semifinal was organized into four separate sections. When the tournament abruptly ended, Petrov sat second in his section, a half point behind Tolush.

(5) Alexei Shirov, with Sergey Voronkov and Vladimir Dedkov <"Restoring the Annals of Latvian Chess History"> (ru)


Andris Fride <Vladimirs Petrovs: A Chessplayer's Story - From Greatness to the Gulags>, Caissa Editions, 2004.

Vladimir Dedkov, ed. <Star Extinguished Before its Time> Riga, 2008

Sergey Grodzensky <The Lubyanka Gambit>, Olympia Press, Moscow 2004

Alexei Shirov, with Sergey Voronkov and Vladimir Dedkov <"Restoring the Annals of Latvian Chess History"> (ru)

Biographical Game Collection

1.Game Collection: Vladimirs Petrovs Tournaments/Matches 1923-1942

Last updated: 2019-04-15 07:56:40

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 342  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Rosenbergs vs Vladimir Petrov 1-0151922Blitz MatchB10 Caro-Kann
2. Vladimir Petrov vs A Strautmanis  ½-½381925Match Russian Secondary - City Gymnasium C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. H K Mattison vs Vladimir Petrov  ½-½441926Incognito Match Riga Ch.Club - Latvian Univ.B44 Sicilian
4. F Apsenieks vs Vladimir Petrov  0-13919261st Riga ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
5. S Meiers vs Vladimir Petrov  1-0641926Match Latvia Univ.-Liepaja Chess ClubB56 Sicilian
6. Vladimir Petrov vs Indrikis Strazdins 1-02219262nd Latvian congressD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
7. T Bergs vs Vladimir Petrov  1-07219262nd Latvian congressA48 King's Indian
8. Vladimir Petrov vs Udo Vitte 1-0241928Riga Chess Club championshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Nils Elisons vs Vladimir Petrov  1-0541928Riga Chess Club championshipA00 Uncommon Opening
10. Vladimir Petrov vs J Turn  1-0641928Match Riga University - Tartu UniversityB02 Alekhine's Defense
11. M Feigin vs Vladimir Petrov  0-1311928Olympic selection tournamentC14 French, Classical
12. Vladimir Petrov vs K Makarczyk 1-0481928The Hague OlympiadD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
13. Vladimir Petrov vs O Karlin  1-0361928The Hague OlympiadB40 Sicilian
14. Vladimir Petrov vs J Rejfir  ½-½321928The Hague OlympiadD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
15. Vladimir Petrov vs W A T Schelfhout  ½-½261928The Hague OlympiadD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
16. Vladimir Petrov vs T Bergs  1-0281928Reiner Cafe 4 players tournamentE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
17. J Turn vs Vladimir Petrov  0-1311929Match Tartu University - Riga UniversityD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Vladimir Petrov vs J Turn  ½-½651929Match Tartu University - Riga UniversityD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Vladimir Petrov vs T Bergs  1-0241929Reiner Cafe tournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
20. Vladimir Petrov vs Gerz Gladstein  1-03519291st Match Riga - KaunasD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. A Asgeirsson vs Vladimir Petrov  0-1141930Hamburg OlympiadB56 Sicilian
22. M Scheinberg vs Vladimir Petrov  0-1271930Hamburg OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Tartakower vs Vladimir Petrov 0-1321930Hamburg OlympiadA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Vladimir Petrov vs S Takacs ½-½271930Hamburg OlympiadD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
25. Marshall vs Vladimir Petrov 1-0161930Hamburg OlympiadE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
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  chesshistoryinterest: <jessicafischerqueen>

There are errors/problems/missing info in the PGN's with some of the games you have for the Reiner Cafe tournaments.

There were three of these tournaments held in 1928/9 and they can be a bit confusing. I think I would maybe relabel them in "Event" (and elsewhere) as:

(1) "1st Reiner Cafe tournament (1928)" (this was the event held 9 - 24 November 1928 with 4 players).

(2) "2nd Reiner Cafe tournament (1928/9)" (this was the event held 20 December 1928 - 1 January 1929 with 5 players).

(3) "3rd Reiner Cafe tournament (1929)" (this was the event held 29 April - 5 May 1929 with 4 players).

The PGN errors/problems I found are:

(1) The Apsenieks - Feigin game played December 1928 (0-1, 26):

(a) You have event as "Reiner Cafe 4 players tournament". This refers to the 1st tournament. But this game was played in the 2nd tournament that had 5 players (Apsenieks did not play in the 1st tournament).

(b) You do not have day date or round. The date of "28 December 1928" given in the "Latvis" source is clearly wrong. "Jaunakas Zinas" already published this game on 24 December 1928 (page 10). From the tournament schedule, this clearly makes the game played in Round 3. And that implies a date of 22 December 1928.

(c) The "Latvis" source is on Page 5 of the 5 January 1929 issue.

(2) The Feigin - Apsenieks game played December 1928 (0-1, 61):

(a) As with the above game, <You have event as "Reiner Cafe 4 players tournament". This refers to the 1st tournament. But this game was played in the 2nd tournament that had 5 players (Apsenieks did not play in the 1st tournament).>

(b) You do not have day date or round. The date given in the "Latvis" source is 30 December 1928, and this clearly corresponds with Round 8.

(c) <The "Latvis" source is on Page 5 of the 5 January 1929 issue.>

(d) Black's 61st move is given as g2#. But it's not checkmate! White has 62.Bxg2. Only then is 62...Ng3 checkmate. The note in "Latvis" at the end of the game says "and mate next move".

(3) The Feigin - Bergs game played 1929 (1-0, 39):

(a) You do not have month/day date or round. The "Latvis" source says it is played 2 May 1929. Which from the schedule, clearly puts the game as played in Round 3.

(b) The "Latvis" source is on Page 4 of the 12 May 1929 issue.

(4) The game Petrov - Bergs played 29 April 1929 (1-0, 24):

The source is given as "'Latvis', May 12, 1929, p. 4". This is incorrect - this is the source of the Feigin - Bergs game above. The correct source for the Petrov - Bergs game is "'Rigasche Rundschau', 11 May 1929, page 17".

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  chesshistoryinterest: <jessicafischerqueen>

In regard to the new information on Petrov's last event, making (in my view) Panov and Zubarev as being the two most likely suspects as to who dobbed Petrov in, would it be an idea to see if Voronkov and Barden could be approached with this new information? If it's not done now, it may never happen;)

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  chesshistoryinterest: <hemy>

For the 2nd Reiner Cafe tournament (20 December 1928 - 1 January 1929), I am trying to establish whether Elisons lost his round 7 and 8 games over the board or by default.

The sources I have for trying to establish this are "Centra Balss", 4 January 1929, page 5

and "Jaunakas Zinas", 31 December 1928, page 10

But the writing is rather difficult to read, and Google translate isn't working very well. I was wondering if you might be able to translate them better. Or perhaps the "Today" paper might have something on it.

I think that Elisons probably played Round 7 (vs Feigins), but probably defaulted Round 8 (vs Bergs). (And probably withdrew from the tournament altogether after Round 7 - he had a bye in Round 9 and defaulted his Round 10 (last round) game to Petrov. And probably defaulted his adjourned Round 3 game against Berg, which was due to be resumed after Round 9.).

If this can be confirmed, I can complete the crosstable for this event.

Apr-28-20  hemy: <chesshistoryinterest>

round 7 - Elisons lost to Feigins
round 8 - Ellisons did not appear and Bergs scored important point.

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  chesshistoryinterest: <hemy> That's great, thanks.

<and Bergs scored important point.> Bergs struck gold at this point in the tournament. In the regular round 9 game, he beat Feigin. Then in the adjourned games, he beat Petrov, and was probably given his round 3 adjourned game with Elisons by Elisons not turning up (don't know what the state of this game was at adjournment). So he got 3 points in one day! Which got him to within 1/2 a point of the leader Apsenieks, with them to play in the final round. Apsenieks must have been astonished that Berg appeared from nowhere to be his main challenger to win the tournament. But he managed to beat Berg in the last round.

The tournament was a rare disaster for Petrov at this stage of his career. He didn't win a single game over the board, and lost 3.

I worked out the crosstable to be:

APSENIEKS: 2 wins vs Bergs; loss, then win vs Feigin; 2 wins vs Petrov; win, then draw vs Elisons. Total 6.5 points.

BERGS: 2 losses to Apsenieks; draw, then win vs Feigin; draw, then win vs Petrov; win, then win by default vs Elisons. Total 5 points.

FEIGIN: win, then loss vs Apsenieks; draw, then loss vs Bergs; 2 draws with Petrov; 2 wins vs Elisons. Total 4.5 points.

PETROV: 2 losses to Apsenieks; draw, then loss to Bergs; 2 draws vs Feigin; draw, then win by default vs Elisons. Total 3 points.

ELISONS: loss, then draw vs Apsenieks; loss, then loss by default vs Bergs; 2 losses to Feigins; draw, then loss by default to Petrov. Total 1 point.

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  chesshistoryinterest: The first Reiner Cafe tournament, 9 - 24 November 1928:

PGN for the Petrov - Bergs game:

(1) EventDate is "1928.11.09"

(2) Page reference for the "Latvis" source is Page 6.

(3) Round 1 was Feigin - Petrov. Round 2 was Elisons - Petrov. Therefore Round 3 must be Petrov - Bergs. This game played 11 November 1928. Therefore it must be the Round 3 game between Petrov and Bergs. Therefore 'Round' is 3.

Crosstable of the event given in "Latvis", 30 November 1928, page 6:

This should show Feigin's 4th game vs Elisons to be a win by default. "Riga am Sonntag", 25 November 1928, page 3 says that Elisons defaulted his last round game to Feigin.

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  chesshistoryinterest: The third Reiner Cafe tournament, 29 April - 5 May 1929:

I worked out the crosstable to be:

PETROV: lost, then won vs Feigin; 2 wins vs Bergs; draw, then win vs Apsenieks. Total 4.5 points.

FEIGIN: win, then loss vs Petrov; win, then loss vs Bergs; win, then loss vs Apsenieks. Total 3 points.

BERGS: 2 losses to Petrov; loss, then win vs Feigin; draw, then win vs Apsenieks. Total 2.5 points.

APSENIEKS: draw, then loss vs Petrov; loss, then win vs Feigin; draw, then loss vs Bergs. Total 2 points.

May-05-20  hemy: Petrov with Bogoljubow at Bad Harzburg 1938, after they finished the game:

Source: "Deutsche Schachblaetter", Nr.14, 1938, p. 215.

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  Jean Defuse: ...

Was the following game played by Vladimir Petrov?

[Event "Moscow"]
[Date "1941.??.??"]
[White "Karachan, J"]
[Black "Petrov, Vladimir?"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C18"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 cxd4 6. axb4 dxc3 7. bxc3 Qc7 8. Qd4 Ne7 9. f4 Nf5 10. Qd2 Nc6 11. Bd3 Nce7 12. Nf3 Bd7 13. Nd4 Nxd4 14. cxd4 Qb6 15. c3 Bb5 16. O-O Nf5 17. Kh1 h5 18. Ra5 Bxd3 19. Qxd3 h4 20. Bd2 a6 21. Rfa1 Rb8 22. b5 axb5 23. Qxb5+ Qc6 24. Rb1 O-O 25. Ra7 Qxb5 26. Rxb5 b6 27. Ra6 Rb7 28. Raxb6 Rxb6 29. Rxb6 Ra8 30. Rb1 Ra2 31. Rd1 Kh7 32. Kg1 Kg6 33. Kf2 Nh6 34. Kf3 Kf5 35. h3 Kg6 36. Be1 Rc2 37. Bxh4 Rxc3+ 38. Ke2 Kf5 39. Be1 Ra3 40. Bb4 Rg3 41. Kf2 Rb3 42. Bd2 Ke4 43. Bc1 Nf5 44. Re1+ Kxd4 45. g4 Ne7 46. Be3+ Kc4 47. Rc1+ Rc3 48. Rxc3+ Kxc3 49. Ke2 Ng6 50. Bd2+ Kd4 51. Kf3 Nh4+ 52. Kg3 Ng6 53. h4 Ke4 54. h5 Nf8 55. Bb4 Nh7 56. g5 Kf5 57. Kh4 d4 58. Kg3 Nxg5 59. fxg5 Kxg5 60. Kf3 Kxh5 1/2-1/2


May-06-20  hemy: <Jean Defuse>

<Was the following game played by Vladimir Petrov?> What is the source of this game?

The name <Karachan, J> can be referred to Юрий Иванович Карахан - Yuri (Jury) Ivanovich Karakhan (Karachan).

" chess arbiter, member of the Union of Journalists of the USSR.

... had meetings at a chess table with such amateur chess players as V.V. Mayakovsky, E.P. Petrov, N.V. Krylenko. (В.В. Маяковский, Е.П. Петров, Н.В. Крыленко.)"

May-06-20  hemy: "Presentation card" of Vladimir Petrov for XII Soviet Union chess championship:

Source: "XII USSR chess championship. Sportive results of the tournament participants.", D. Ginzburg, M. Judovich, Moscow, 1940, pp. 48-49.

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  Jean Defuse: ...

Thank you hemy! Karachan's opponent must been E.P. Petrov - I came across with Karachan because I searched for Capablanca's simultaneous games from Moscow 10-2-1935 (Karachan drawn)...


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  chesshistoryinterest: <hemy> Very interesting find! Tends to consolidate that Petrov was born in 1907. And they've got the 1932 Mikenas match right (though the scores for the other two are incorrect).

Are there any of these "Presentation cards" available for any of the other players in this Championship? (eg Mikenas. Levenfish would also be interesting.)

<Jean Defuse> The only "Moscow 1941" event that Vladimir Petrov participated in that I know of is the 21st Moscow Championship, held 27 November 1941 - 5 January 1942. Karachan was not a participant in this.

And the index to "Chess Results 1941 - 1946" by Di Felice doesn't list Karachan at all. I agree that it almost certainly cannot be Vladimir Petrov.

May-07-20  hemy: <Jean Defuse>
I also was pretty sure that his opponent was E.P. Petrov. (Петров, Евгений Петрович).

His books "The Twelve Chairs" and "The Golden Calf" (wrongly translated as "The Little Golden Calf"), written together with Ilya Ilf, are in my opinion, the best satirical novels written in Russian language. To appreciate the extraordinary talent of the 2 friends - authors (Russian and Jew) can only Russian speakers.

It reminds me that once I met Lithuanian that learned Yiddish to be able to read Shalom Aleichem without translation.

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  Jean Defuse: ...

<hemy> if you like - you can give some biographical information for Yuri Ivanovic Karachan. I uploaded three simultaneous games by him.


May-19-20  hemy: <chesshistoryinterest> sorry, I missed your previous comment.

"XII USSR chess championship. Sportive results of the tournament participants." includes "Presentation cards" of all players invited to the tournament.

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  chesshistoryinterest: Thanks, <hemy>! Nice to have.
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  chesshistoryinterest: <hemy> I got Alan McGowan's book <Kurt Richter> recently, largely based on your mentioning it some time ago. In my trawls through <>, I noticed the occasional Kurt Richter game. Although I came across nothing startling, your good friend Alan McGowan might perhaps find the following slightly interesting:

(1) The game Richter - Whitaker, Wisebaden 1928 is given in "Kurzemes Vards", 23 September 1928, page 7

McGowan mentions on page 36 that some sources wrongly give Black's 12th move as 12...e5. This source gives Black's 12th move as 12...e6, thus strengthening the case that that is the correct move.

(2) The game Richter - Abramavicius, Hamburg Olympiad 1930 is given in "Rigasche Rundschau", 18 October 1930, page 17

This source of this game gives Black's first move as 1...d5 and his second as 2...Nf6, as do all of,, Chessbase, Olimpbase, and Foldeak. Yet McGowan on page 58 gives Black's first move as 1...Nf6 and his second as 2...d5. Did Alan have some reason for giving this move order?


In his book, Alan very helpfully mentions that the opening ceremony of the 1930 Hamburg Olympiad was held on 12 July 1930, and Round 1 on 13 July 1930 (page 56); and the opening ceremony of the 1931 Prague Olympiad was held on 11 July 1931, and Round 1 on 12 July 1931 (page 66). Surprisingly, Olimpbase, and Foldeak before them, are inconsistent on this, saying the 1930 Hamburg Olympiad started on 13 July 1930 (the date of Round 1), and the 1931 Prague Olympiad started on 11 July 1931 (the date of the opening ceremony). Following <jessicafischerqueen>'s recommendation to date the start of tournaments at Round 1 (which I agree with), then we should change the starting date of the 1931 Prague Olympiad in <Game Collection: Vladimirs Petrovs Tournaments/Matches 1923-1942> from 11 July 1931 to 12 July 1931. The starting date of 13 July 1930 for the Hamburg Olympiad is correctly given there.

May-20-20  hemy: <chesshistoryinterest>, thanks for taking interest in Alan McGowan's book <Kurt Richter>. As you mentioned, I consider him as a good friend.

I will contact him with respect to your comments regarding his book.

Regarding the <starting date> of the chess event. We may in CG adopt date of 1st round as a <starting date>, but it will not make it mandatory for others. The way Alan presenting both, the date of the opening ceremony and the date of 1st round, make more sense and clarifying the differences in other sources.

May-20-20  Alan McGowan: K. Richter-Abramavicius
Hamburg Olympiad 1930

Sources for opening moves 1. d4 Nf6:

Deutsche Schachblätter, Nr. 15, 1 August 1930, p238. Vossische Zeitung, 10 August 1930, p11.
Deutsche Schachzeitung, August 1930, p250.
Berliner Tageblatt, 23 November 1930, p10 (Der Welt Spiegel section). Kurt Richters beste Partien, First Edition, 1939, p16.

The game was also in Schachwart 1930, the periodical edited by Richter, but I have since sold it and I did not take a scan of the page/game. If my memory serves me right, it also had 1. d4 Nf6, which was likely the convincing evidence on the move order - Richter's own game in 'his' magazine.

The tournament book published in 1931 used 1. d4 d5 and others have chosen to follow it: Földeák in his 'Chess Olympiads'; Tony Gillam in his 2016 book about the Olympiad, though he referred to the Deutsche Schachblätter and Schachwart; Gawlikowski's collection of Olympiad games 1924-1974, and another Polish language book specifically on the 1930 event by Filipowicz and Konikowski.

Sources which had the game around the time it was played are usually reliable. The Vossische Zeiting column was edited by Willy Koslowski, but Richter regularly contributed material, and was sometimes allowed space for specific articles (not in this case, though).

Congratulations on the remarkable Petrov material.

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  chesshistoryinterest: Thanks, Alan!

We should probably change the order of the moves of this game here at, then.

Very much liked your book. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Kurt Richter, or in German chess in this period.

Just curious (you don't have to reply): Did you find a full crosstable for the Wisebaden 1928 (7 round Swiss) event mentioned above? Gaige and Di Felice did not have this.

May-21-20  Alan McGowan: Thank you for your comments about the KR book.

I did not try to create a crosstable for Wiesbaden 1928. Newspaper reports at the time were confusing, contradictory and sometimes wrong. The fact that there were sometimes two rounds in one day added to the confusion. And, noticing comments, about the start date of tournaments, this was also an issue.

However, I will now review the material I have and look at a possible table. I would send it directly to you for review. Please let me know if this is OK by contacting me through the Chess Scotland web pages (I am the historian/archivist).

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  chesshistoryinterest: <Alan McGowan> I would be happy to do this. Great that you are attempting to do this. I have just sent you an email.

Regarding tournament starting dates, I came across item 5648 on Edwards Winter's 'Chess Notes' (5 July 2008) asking for info on Kurt Richter games

There I see you have dated the start of the Prague 1931 Olympiad as 12 July 1931 (ie Round 1, not the opening ceremony). That accords with the dating I think is preferable.

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  Tabanus: <chesshistoryinterest> That's what I meant in the Bistro. I thought <you> was Alan McGowan! But the posting here seems to disprove that :)
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  chesshistoryinterest: <Tabanus> Hmm... interesting. I'll take it as a compliment :)
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