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Ilmar Raud
I Raud 
Number of games in database: 74
Years covered: 1929 to 1941

Overall record: +16 -27 =30 (42.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    D05 D02 E10
 Orthodox Defense (5) 
    D61 D55 D51 D57
 French Defense (4) 
    C11 C01 C02 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (11) 
    D68 D56 D61 D60 D69
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Asgeirsson vs I Raud, 1936 0-1
   I Raud vs Prins, 1937 1-0
   Keres vs I Raud, 1929 0-1
   Keres vs I Raud, 1936 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-4 (1939)
   Mar del Plata (1941)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-A (1939)
   Stockholm Olympiad (1937)
   non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936)

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(born Apr-30-1913, died Jul-13-1941, 28 years old) Estonia

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Ilmar Raud ( 30.04.1913 Viljandi - 13.07.1941 Buenos Aires) was considered one of the best and most talented chess players in Estonia in the late 1920s and 1930s. He showed good results in various tournaments, won the Estonian championship twice (in 1934 and on New Year's Eve 1938/1939) and helped the Estonian team to bronze at the Chess Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1939. Raud got stuck in Argentina after the outbreak of WWII during the Chess Olympiads in Buenos Aires. He died in 1941 under somewhat strange and tragic cirmcumstances.

Wikipedia article: Ilmar Raud

Last updated: 2022-05-27 00:55:29

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 73  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Raud vs Keres  ½-½541929Parnu, Parnu-ViljandiE10 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Keres vs I Raud 0-1401929Parnu, Parnu-ViljandiC54 Giuoco Piano
3. Keres vs I Raud 1-0291931Tartu, Est jr chB25 Sicilian, Closed
4. Keres vs I Raud 0-1581934Tallinn, Est chC53 Giuoco Piano
5. Alfreds Eklons vs I Raud  1-0301935Match Tartu - ValkaD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. I Koenig vs I Raud  1-0491935Warsaw OlympiadC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
7. I Raud vs H Mueller  ½-½551935Warsaw OlympiadE17 Queen's Indian
8. J Nielsen vs I Raud  ½-½421935Warsaw OlympiadD69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
9. T Salo vs I Raud  ½-½501935Warsaw OlympiadE16 Queen's Indian
10. C H Maderna vs I Raud  ½-½421935Warsaw OlympiadD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
11. I Raud vs T Popa  1-0251935Warsaw OlympiadD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
12. Golombek vs I Raud 1-0501935Warsaw OlympiadD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
13. K Havasi vs I Raud  1-0381935Warsaw OlympiadD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
14. T Ichim vs I Raud  0-1521936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadA84 Dutch
15. Ahues vs I Raud  ½-½691936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadA45 Queen's Pawn Game
16. A Asgeirsson vs I Raud 0-1291936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
17. H N Hansen vs I Raud  1-0481936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadC12 French, McCutcheon
18. L Prins vs I Raud 1-0851936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD05 Queen's Pawn Game
19. D Danchev vs I Raud  ½-½481936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadB40 Sicilian
20. R Charlier vs I Raud  1-0421936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadE15 Queen's Indian
21. I Raud vs Alfreds Eklons  ½-½361936Match Tartu - ValkaC02 French, Advance
22. Keres vs I Raud ½-½1201936Parnu, Est team chA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
23. I Raud vs Keres  ½-½271937Tallinn ttC01 French, Exchange
24. I Raud vs Petrov  0-13219371st SELL Baltic Student OlympiadA13 English
25. I Raud vs Tartakower 0-1261937ParnuC41 Philidor Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-11-06  EmperorAtahualpa: So he died at 38 years old. That's pretty young! Does anyone know what happened to him?
Sep-11-06  hellstrafer: <EmperorAtahualpa: So he died at 38 years old>

He died at 28 years old. ;)

Sep-11-06  EmperorAtahualpa: LOL, you're right, thanks. But my question remains! What happened to him?
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  Phony Benoni: All I can find is that he died in Buenos Aires, having stayed there instead of going back to Estonia after the 1939 Olympiad.
Feb-23-07  suenteus po 147: Vaccinations in those days were all but nonexistant. He could have contracted malaria or anything else and been too sick to travel back home, and then later died.
Feb-23-07  NakoSonorense: <Vaccinations in those days were all but nonexistant.> Suenteus, I get your point, but aren't you saying that there were actually vaccinations back then? Your sentence... uhmmm, confuses me! :S
Feb-23-07  suenteus po 147: <NakoSonorense> Though vaccinations (primarily against smallpox) were known and even widespread in the early 20th century, they were by no means common or compulsory. It wasn't until after WWII that vaccinations became commonplace.
Mar-26-07  sleepkid: Raud, like many other chess players participating in the Olympiad, stayed in Argentina after the outbreak of World War II, rather than return to Europe.

Raud fared poorly in Argentina, and in 1941 when he couldn't afford his lodging house any longer, he wandered the streets for two weeks where he was arrested by police. The following day he was sent to a mental asylum, but died there just after arrival. The coroner listed the death as being caused by "debilitation and typhoid fever" - just short of his 28th birthday.

Jun-15-07  whiteshark: <<EmperorAtahualpa>: ... That's pretty young! Does anyone know what happened to him?>

see chessnote no. 4905 <Ilmar Raud and Argentinian chess>. It includes two pictures

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  GrahamClayton: A report on Raud's death from the October 1941 issue of "CHESS" magazine:


At third board of the Estonian team was Ilmar Raud. Estonian champion in 1934, performances for his native country had been little inferior to those of his distinguished friends Keres and Schmidt. English chess followers had met him in Margate, the Easter before, where he took fourth place in an exceptionally strong Reserves tournament.

During the Buenos Aires tournament, the war broke out...Raud remained behind with many others...Of these masters, Najdorf, Eliskases and Stahlberg are experts of the topmost calibre, who could be relied on to make their way in any community with a pretension to civilisation. Najdorf's success has been scintillating; as one of the greatest lightning players of all time, he has been able, through whirlwind simultaneous displays, to make money - and spend it - like water.

But what of those not quite top-notchers? The history of chess is studded with miserable stories of near-success, and now Ilmar Raud, in dying, has given us another. His play had always shown flashes of brilliance but that solidity essential for a consistent record was not there. It is said that his mother begged him to return home and that one of his brothers was killed when the Soviets annexed Estonia.

The long-awaited tournament at Mar del Plata gave the many European masters their chance. Stahlberg's triumph was Raud's failure: he could only finish fourteenth out of eighteen players, with four of the five Argentine players above him. That meant that whilst Stahlberg would be offered many and many an engagement and be welcomed as tutor in many a rich home, Raud would be unwanted. There is not even a bare subsistence in Argentine cafe chess. Soon after, came Raud's last tournament, an event staged by the Circolo Argentino. His principal competitors were Frydman, who finished first, and Grau and Luckis who tied for second place. Raud led the tournament for several rounds, but then began to slip back. He refused to participate in the supper offered by the officials of the organising body. In the final score-table he finished fourth.

Conditions in South America's chess world are extraordinary. Grau has achieved a position of extraordinary power and influence and is virtually dictator of Argentine chess; it is authentically stated that his chess organising activities have netted him at least 5,000 pounds in two years. Yet tournament after tournament goes through in the most haphazard and unsatisfactory fashion. Dates and venues are altered at random; even at Mar Del Plata, the masters' accommodation was very unsatisfactory and the bonus per point, originally announced as ten pesos, turned our finally to be eight only. Sometimes no prize-money is paid until weeks after the tournament is over.

Through the Circolo Argentino's tournament (which Grau organised) finished in April, the prize distribution did not take place until June 29th (a personal telephone call by Luckis to Palau, Grau's right-hand man achieved this!).

Raud's prize was only a few shillings. At 10.00 am on that very June 29th, he left his poor lodging-house never to return. He was found wandering in the streets and was arrested by police. It is said there was a fight, and visitors subsequently observed obvious evidence of blows. He spent a bitterly cold night in the police yard, and the next day was sent to a lunatic asylum, where he died at 2.00 am, on July 13th, at the early age of 27. The doctor's certificate gave, as cause of death, general debility and typhoid fever, but the general verdict is - starvation! His body was cremated, and the ashes have been conveyed by the Estonian consulate to Europe."

May-11-16  whiteshark: Here's a fine but dateless picture of Ilmar Raud :

source: (2nd player)

Apr-13-17  JimNorCal: A shame he had no other skill to fall back on. Even a dishwasher at a restaurant will typically be fed a meal or two per day as part of his compensation.
Aug-28-17  whiteshark: Detailed bio in Estonian:
Oct-01-17  visayanbraindoctor: <cause of death, general debility and typhoid fever, but the general verdict is - starvation! His body was cremated, and the ashes have been conveyed by the Estonian consulate to Europe.">

The Estonian consulate should have at the very least given Raud food and temporary shelter. They must have known he was around because he officially represented Estonia in the Olympiad. This looks like a failure of the Estonian consulate officials at that time.

Oct-03-17  nimh: There was no Estonian consulate in Argentine in the pre-war years, as far as I can tell after some research on the web.

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