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Paul Tautvaisas
Number of games in database: 105
Years covered: 1936 to 1973
Overall record: +41 -43 =21 (49.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-06-1916, died Nov-1980, 64 years old) Lithuania (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Paul (Povilas) Tautvaisas was born in Bychov, Mogilev*, now Belarus. Following the Second World War as a displaced person he eventually made his way to the USA via Germany and settled in Chicago, Illinois. He passed away in Chicago in November 1980.

*Wikipedia article: Mogilev

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Last updated: 2018-12-12 07:27:29

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 105  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Hartvig Nielsen vs P Tautvaisas  1-0251936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. W Weil vs P Tautvaisas  1-0271936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadA12 English with b3
3. A Malchev vs P Tautvaisas  0-1351936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadB10 Caro-Kann
4. P Tautvaisas vs K Ozols 0-15019371st SELL Baltic Student OlympiadC10 French
5. P Tautvaisas vs A Niemela  0-13919371st SELL Baltic Student OlympiadC56 Two Knights
6. Miguel Suarez Davila vs P Tautvaisas  0-1441939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-3E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. P Tautvaisas vs W Minnis  1-0561939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-3C05 French, Tarrasch
8. C de Ronde vs P Tautvaisas  1-0391939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-3A22 English
9. P Tautvaisas vs I Pleci 0-1401939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-3B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
10. G Arnlaugsson vs P Tautvaisas  ½-½361939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-3D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. P Tautvaisas vs E Sorensen  ½-½631939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-3C49 Four Knights
12. P Tautvaisas vs I Pleci  0-1621939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AC49 Four Knights
13. E Reinhardt vs P Tautvaisas  1-0721939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
14. P Tautvaisas vs L Endzelins  0-1301939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AC10 French
15. B N Rometti vs P Tautvaisas  ½-½511939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AB40 Sicilian
16. E Sorensen vs P Tautvaisas  0-1451939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
17. P Tautvaisas vs F Planas Garcia  1-0381939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AC10 French
18. T Regedzinski vs P Tautvaisas  1-0501939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
19. P Tautvaisas vs J Salas Romo  1-0531939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AC05 French, Tarrasch
20. M Rauch vs P Tautvaisas  ½-½291939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. P Tautvaisas vs B Ekenberg  0-1331939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
22. C de Ronde vs P Tautvaisas  ½-½261939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
23. P Tautvaisas vs G Friedemann  0-1401939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AA12 English with b3
24. W Cruz vs P Tautvaisas  ½-½421939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
25. F Zita vs P Tautvaisas  1-0221939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
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Dec-12-18  hemy: The games of the Meerbeck 1946 tournament can be downloaded from:
Dec-12-18  hemy: Lithuanian refugees in Germany championship (November 28 - December 8, 1946), Groß Hesepe results:

Škėma 10/11
Arlauskas 8.5/11
Tautvaišas 8/11

("Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 1, p. 2)

Dec-12-18  hemy: International tournament in Kirchheim unter Teck, February 1 - 11, 1947:

1-2. Dr. Paul Troeger, W. Niephaus 11.5/15
3. F. Bohatirchuk 11/15
4. R. Palme 10.5/15
5. W. Unzicker 10/15
6. R. Arlauskas 7.5/15
12. P. Tautvaišas 6/15

("Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 2, p. 2)

Other source for this tournament, including some games:

Dec-12-18  hemy: American Zone Displaced persons camps championship was held in Schleissheim, Germany, March 18-31, 1947.

Bohatirchuk, Endzelins and Zemgailis 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.

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

("Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 4, p. 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.

Dec-13-18  hemy: Kassel, Germany, May 1947, "Kasseler Zeitung" international chess tournament.

"On Trinity Sunday (May 25, 1947) Germans arranged big chess tournament in Kassel. ... For former German champion Kurt Richter it will be the 1st tournament after the War ..." ("Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 3, p. 10)

"The opening of the international chess tournament organised by the Kasseler Zeitung took place on Sunday afternoon. ...Participants in order of the drawing of lots: Tröger, Niephaus, Endzelins, Nonnenmacher, Schmidt, Bogoljubow, Heinrich, Unzicker, Bohatyrchuk, Taitvaisas. ..." (

"The biggest question of the tournament was - how today grand master Bogoljubow is playing. ... With a smail on his face he updated us with a news about his victory in Luneburg tournament with 14.5/17, without losing any game. In the 1st round of Kassel tournament he lost against great playing P. Schmidt. 'Her is not a Luneburg' - players were toking. But this was wrong judgment. In the next 7 games Bogoljubow made 7.5 point and finish 1st, 1.5 points more than P. Schmidt, that was 2nd. ... Results of the Luneburg and Kassel tournaments proved that Bogoljubow again is the best player in Germany. Bogoljubow returned!" (An article of Tautvaišas in "Fragments from international chess tournament in Kassel", "Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 5, p. 2)

[Event "Kasseler Zeitung international"]
[Site "Kassel"]
[Date "1947.05.26"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Tautvaišas, Povilas"]
[Black "Bogoljubow, Jefim"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A28"]
[PlyCount "62"]
[Source "'Mūsu šachmatai', 1947, Nr. 5, p. 3"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bb4 6. Bg5 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 Ne5 8. f4 Neg4 9. Nf5 h6 10. Bh4 g5 11. fxg5 hxg5 12. Bxg5 d6 13. e4 Bxf5 14. exf5 Qd7 15. Qc2 O-O-O 16. O-O-O Rdg8 17. Bxf6 Nxf6 18. Bd3 Qc6 19. Rd2 Ng4 20. Re2 Ne5 21. Be4 Qxc4 22. g3 d5 23. Bg2 f6 24. Rd1 Rxh2 25. Rd4 Qa6 26. Rxd5 c6 27. Rd4 Rxg3 28. Bf1 Rh1 29. Rd1 Qa3+ 30. Kb1 Rxc3 31. Qe4 Rc4 0-1

[Event "Kasseler Zeitung international"]
[Site "Kassel"]
[Date "1947.??.??"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Schmidt, Paul"]
[Black "Tautvaišas, Povilas"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C79"]
[PlyCount "84"]
[Source "'Mūsu šachmatai', 1947, Nr. 5, p. 4"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O d6 6. Bxc6+ bxc6 7. d4 Nxe4 8. Re1 f5 9. dxe5 d5 10. Nd4 Bc5 11. c3 Qh4 12. f3 Nf2 13. g3 Nh3+ 14. Kg2 Qh5 15. f4 Qh6 16. Qa4 Bb7 17. Be3 O-O 18. Nd2 Bb6 19. b4 a5 20. Qb3 Rab8 21. Rab1 g5 22. fxg5 Nxg5 23. h4 f4 24. hxg5 Qxg5 25. Ne4 Qg6 26. Bf2 a4 27. Qxa4 Bxd4 28. Nf6+ Rxf6 29. cxd4 Qg4 30. Rg1 f3+ 31. Kf1 Qe4 32. Rb2 Ra8 33. Qxa8+ Bxa8 34. exf6 Bb7 35. Rh1 Ba6+ 36. Kg1 Qd3 37. Kh2 Qc3 38. Rb3 Qd2 39. Rxf3 Bd3 40. f7+ Kf8 41. Rf4 Be4 42. Re1 Qxb4 1/2-1/2

1. Jefim Bogoljubow 7.5/9
2. Paul Felix Schmidt 6/9
3-4. Wolfgang Unzicker, Paul Tröger 5/9
5-7. Lucius Endzelins, Fedor Bohatirchuk, Albert Nonnenmacher 4/9 8. Georg Heinrich 3.5/9
9-10. Walter Niephaus, Tautvaišas 3/9

Tournament table and some games:


Dec-14-18  hemy: 15 years after H. Mattison passed away Latvian department of YMCA of Hanau organized big international tournament. H. Mattison memorial tournament was held in Hanau from November 27 to December 8, 1947.

Tournament results:

1. Endzelins 11/15
2. Zemgalis 10/15
3-4. Bogoljubow, Honlinger 9½/15
5-6. Tautvaišas, Ozols 9/15
7. Rautenberg 8½/15
8-9. Selesnev, Tröger 8/15
10. Dreibergs 7/15
11-12. Arlauskas, Zirnis 6½/15
13-14. Drescher, Škėma 6/15
15. Jurševskis 4½/15
16. Heinla 1/15

[Event " Mattison memorial Hanau 1947"]
[Site "Hanau"]
[Date "1947.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tautvaišas, Povilas"]
[Black "Zemgalis, Elmars"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C08"]
[PlyCount "103"]
[Source "'Mūsu šachmatai', 1947, Nr. 6, p. 6"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 exd5 5. Bb5+ Nc6 6. Qe2+ Be7 7. dxc5 Nf6 8. Nb3 O-O 9. Nf3 Bg4 10. Be3 a6 11. Bxc6 bxc6 12. h3 Bc8 13. Ne5 Bb7 14. O-O Ne4 15. Bd4 a5 16. a4 Ba6 17. Nd3 Re8 18. Rfe1 Rb8 19. f3 Rxb3 20. fxe4 dxe4 21. Qxe4 Bxd3 22. Qg4 g5 23. Rxe7 Qxe7 24. cxb3 h6 25. Qg3 Qe4 26. Qd6 Qe6 27. Bc3 Qxd6 28. cxd6 Rd8 29. Bxa5 Rxd6 30. Rd1 Rd5 31. Kf2 Bc2 32. Rxd5 cxd5 33. Bb6 Bxb3 34. a5 Bc4 35. Ke3 Kf8 36. Kd4 Ke7 37. Kc5 Kd7 38. g3 Kc8 39. b4 f5 40. b5 f4 41. gxf4 gxf4 42. Kb4 Kb7 43. Bd4 f3 44. Kc5 h5 45. h4 Bd3 46. a6+ Kb8 47. Kb6 Bf5 48. Ka5 Bd7 49. b6 Bc6 50. b7 Bxb7 51. axb7 Kxb7 52. Kb5 1-0

Source: "Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 6, pp. 2-9.

Tournament table - on the page 4 of this magazine:

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  whiteshark: Pictures w/ highlights of his European and American tournament career and games (p7-11) by <Frank Skoff> (pdf)

Mar-17-20  hemy: Biography of Tautvaišas in the article "Povilas Tautvaišas - 45 years old" in Lithuanian newspaper "Draugas", (Chicago, Illinois) July 28, 1961, p. 2:

One of the most famous chess players in Chicago is our Povilas Tautvaišas, to whom this year turns 45 years old.

Mr. Tautvaišas was born in 1916 in Bychov (Russia), from where his family moved to Lithuania in 1917. In 1923-1934 he lived in Mažeikiai, where he graduated from the local gymnasium. 1934 In the autumn of 1943 he moved to Kaunas and studied law at Vytautas Magnus University. In 1934-1940 he served in the Vilnius City Municipality and 1940-1941 at the Palace of Physical Education in Kaunas.

During the German occupation (1941-1944) he stayed in Mažeikiai and then, on the approaching front, left for Germany. Having spent 5 years in Germany, in August 1949 he arrived to USA. At the beginning lived in Boston, and since 1950 in Chicago. He lives here now with his wife and two sons.

P. Tautvaišas started playing chess at a very young age. The first major win came in 1936 when he won the championship of the Vytautas Magnus University. Since 1936 he was a member of the Lithuanian Chess Team and the same year participated in the World Chess Olympiad in Munich (played on the 8th board). In 1937 he received the master title, after scoring over 50% from the possible points in the Masters class Tournament.

In 1937, 1938 and 1939 Tautvaišas played in Vytautas Magnus University team at the SELL (Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) Olympics, and in 1939 in Lithuanian national team at the Chess Olympiad in Buenos Aires.

In Germany he participated in many tournaments. His most notable victories were: American Zone Displaced persons camps championship, Schleissheim (1947) and Oldenburg international tournament (1949), where participated 18 masters from 8 countries.

Tautvaišas has been involved in chess life in America since the early days in USA. In 1949 he won the Boston City championship and the following year, the unofficial Chicago City championship ("Factor Memorial" tournament). In 1951 Tautvaišas became the champion of Chicago and later repeated this victory 4 times more. He also won the Illinois and Trans-Mississippi championships.

Tautvaišas is currently still the champion of the Illinois and Indiana states (winner of the Open tournaments). In addition, Tautvaišas from time to time gives simultaneous exhibitions in various places, where he is invited by the Americans.

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  FSR: Tautvaisas died at age 64, like Fischer, Steinitz, Staunton, C. H. O'D. Alexander, Vladimir Savon, Planinc, Mednis, Maximilian Ujtelky, Octavio Troisanescu, Claude Bloodgood, and Karl Marx.
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  perfidious: Not to mention LBJ, who was told by someone familiar with his family history that that would be his time.
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  FSR: <perfidious> Thanks. I never knew that. Lincoln played chess. I don't recall hearing of any other presidents who played chess. However, Trump thinks that he is only a year or two away from becoming a grandmaster.
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  HeMateMe: What is the source for Lincoln having been a chessplayer? I read somewhere that there are 12 presidents "who have played." To what degree of skill, I don't know. Sometimes B.S. just gets repeated until it's given legitimacy. I read somewhere that Bill Clinton played on his college undergrad team but as far as I know there are no game scores available.
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  perfidious: <HMM....Sometimes B.S. just gets repeated until it's given legitimacy....>

As nothing else hereabouts, the Rogovian miasma proves the aptness of this statement.

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  FSR: <HeMateMe>
Apr-30-20  Granny O Doul: I read a different version of the Lincoln story FSR just linked. After the upset, the furious Treat says "now we'll ever know whose game it was", and Lincoln says "let's just call it Tad's game".

Anyway, Jefferson played chess, per He's even said to have invented the sealed move envelope. Wouldn't it be something if Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg address on a sealed move envelope?

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  FSR: <Granny O Doul> That is the version I heard, too, but when I Googled the matter I came up with the slightly different version I referenced.
Feb-20-21  hemy: <H. Mattison memorial tournament was held in Hanau from November 27 to December 8, 1947.>

The tournament dates were taken from "Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 6, p. 2. The "Mūsu šachmatai" had a typo in dates of the tournament - (1947. XI. 27. - X. 8.).

It made me to make wrong assumption that tournament started on November 27th.

According to "Tēvzeme", Sports, November 15, 1947, p.2 the tournament ended on November 8, 1947.

It makes clear that the tournament dates are October 27 - November 8, 1947.

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That is an important discovery- well done.

What should we do with the date for this game P Tautvaisas vs E Zemgalis, 1947 now?

I think we need to change the month, or leave the month field blank.

What do you suggest?

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<hemy> In addition, your score for P Tautvaisas vs E Zemgalis, 1947 has a few additional moves.

Should we replace the existing score with yours, which has these additional moves added?

50...Bxb7 51. axb7 Kxb7 52. Kb5 1-0

Feb-20-21  hemy: <JFQ>

<According to "Tēvzeme", Sports, November 15, 1947, p.2 the tournament ended on November 8, 1947.> <It makes clear that the tournament dates are October 27 - November 8, 1947.>

Oops! I'm sorry. I just made a mistake and I'm fixing it.
The tournaments dates are September 27 - October 8, 1947.

"Tēvzeme", Sports, November 15, 1947, p.2:
"After 11 days of fighting, on 8 Oct. the 2nd international chess tournament has already ended in the Latvian VMCA's hall in Hanau."

Regarding the typo in "Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 6, p. 2.
"1947. XI. 27. - X. 8."
it should be
"1947. IX. 27. - X. 8."

Other source:
Latvija, September 30, 1947 p.4

"On September 27, started international chess tournament dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the death of Hermann Matison, winner of the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris tournament."

Feb-20-21  hemy: <JFQ>

<Should we replace the existing score with yours, which has these additional moves added?>

I would replace it.
This is the score of the game
P Tautvaisas vs E Zemgalis, 1947
as it is on page 6 of the "Mūsu šachmatai", 1947, Nr. 6:
The note at the end of the game after move 52. Kb5:
"and after few moves black resigned."

Here is the page 2 with the typo in the tournament dates:

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Here is a short Lithuanian biography of Povilas Tautvaiša that has a few pieces of information:

<"...In 1944 he left for Germany. Belonged to the Lithuanian chess team. 1945 won the international tournament in Blomberg, 1948 in Oldenburg, 1946 took 2nd place in the Baltic Festival in Augsburg. In 1949 he went to the United States. From 1949 to 1980, he worked for the Burlington Railway Company in Chicago and Boston. In the United States, he won the Chicago Memorial, 1951, 1955-56, 1959-60, and won the Chess of Illinois, Trans-Mississippi, and Indiana. He regularly participated in the championships of the North American Lithuanian Physical Education and Sports Union."> (google translated)

Feb-22-21  hemy: <JFQ>

Biography and contribution of Povilas Tautvaisas to Lithuanian chess will be well presented in the project "Lithuanian chess history up to XXI century".
Most of it is included in the volume VII, "Chess activities of Lithuanians who emigrated from displaced persons' camps in Germany to North America and Australia during the Cold War".
It is also included in volume III, "History of chess in Independent Lithuania in the interwar period"; volume V, "Chess in the years of the first Soviet occupation and the Second World War"; volume VI, "Chess is a ray of hope in the lives of war refugees in Allied displaced camps in post-war Germany".

Together with Eugenijus Paleckis I'm working non stop on this huge project, which will include 11 volumes. Amount of collected information, articles, pictures, tournament tables, etc., related to Povilas Tautvaisas, is enormous.

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<hemy> That is astounding!

So we should wait on constructing the biography here.

I will continue to prepare more pgns for some <Tautvaisis> games I found. I may ask questions about some of the games from the years before he emigrated to the United States.

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Recently I have also been uploading many games from Lithuanian and other Baltic masters and 1st category players who participated in the <Soviet Team Cups>.

There are many, many games from Lithuanian players in these events on <rusbase>.

At the moment I am working on the <1968 Soviet Team Cup> and almost none of the games from Lithuanian players have been uploaded yet. <rusbase> has an almost complete set of scores from this event, almost 800 games to look through.

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