Baltic Chess Championship

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The first Baltic Chess Congress took place in Riga, Latvia (then Russian Empire), in 1899. The winner was Robert Behting, the elder brother of Kārlis Bētiņš, who won a play-off game with Karl Wilhelm Rosenkrantz. The second Baltic Chess Congress was played in Dorpat, Estonia (then Russian Empire), in 1901. There were four winners.

The first Baltic Chess Championship was held in the city of Klaipėda, Lithuania, on May 22–27, 1931. The eight-player single round-robin tournament was won by Isakas Vistaneckis (LTU) 4.5/7, a half point ahead of S. Gordonas (LTU), Paul Saladin Leonhardt (GER), Vladas Mikėnas (EST/LTU) and Vladimirs Petrovs (LAT). The three others, Fricis Apšenieks (LAT), Aleksandras Machtas (LTU), and E. Gertschikoff (GER) finished in consecutive places.

Winners[edit]

# Year City Winner
1* 1899 Riga  Robert Behting (LAT),  Karl Wilhelm Rosenkrantz (LAT)[1]
2* 1901 Dorpat  Kārlis Bētiņš (LAT),  Wilhelm von Stamm (LAT),
 Karl Wilhelm Rosenkrantz (LAT),  W. Sohn (EST)[2]
3* 1904 Reval  Bernhard Gregory (EST),  Vladimir Ostrovsky (RUS)
4* 1907 Riga  Karl Wilhelm Rosenkrantz (LAT)
5* 1911 Libau  Arvid Kubbel (RUS)
6* 1913 Mitau  Alfrēds Hartmanis (LAT)
1 1931 Klaipėda  Isakas Vistaneckis (LTU)[3]
 ?  ?  ?
1944/45 Riga  Paul Keres (EST)[4]
1945 Riga  Vladas Mikėnas (LTU)[5]
1946 Vilnius  Yuri Averbakh (RUS)
1947 Pärnu  Paul Keres (EST)
1950 Pärnu  Raul Renter (EST)
1952 Pärnu  Kalju Pitksaar (EST)
1955 Pärnu  Paul Keres (EST)
1958 Pärnu  Yakov Yukhtman (UKR) &  Taras Prokhorovich (UKR)
1960 Pärnu  Paul Keres (EST)
1961 Palanga  Iivo Nei (EST)
1963 Estonia  Iivo Nei (EST)
1964 Pärnu  Iivo Nei (EST)
1965 Palanga  Vladas Mikėnas (LTU)
1966 Naroch  Grigory Krupsky (BLR)
1967 Jūrmala  Jānis Klovāns (LAT)
1968 Pärnu  Alvis Vītoliņš (LAT)
1969 Riga  Boris Rõtov (EST)
1970 Pärnu  Andres Vooremaa (EST)
1971 Pärnu  Leonid Stein (UKR)
1973 Homel  Viacheslav Dydyshko (BLR)
1974 Pärnu  Viacheslav Dydyshko (BLR)
1975 Riga  Alvis Vītoliņš (LAT)
1976 Klaipėda  Sergey Yuferov (BLR)
1977 Homel  Gintautas Piešina (LTU)
1978 Haapsalu  Lev Gutman (LAT)
1979 Daugavpils  Jānis Klovāns (LAT)
1981 Homel  Aloyzas Kveinys (LTU)
1982 Pärnu  Alexander Ivanov (RUS)
1985 Pärnu  Edvīns Ķeņģis (LAT)
1986 Haapsalu  Alexander Shabalov (LAT),  Edvīns Ķeņģis (LAT) &
 Alexander Malevinsky (RUS)
1987 Kuldīga  Alexander Ivanov (RUS),  Lembit Oll (EST) &
 Leonid Basin (RUS)
1988 Panevėžys  Gintautas Piešina (LTU)

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