Kārlis Bētiņš

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Kārlis Bētiņš.

Kārlis Bētiņš (Karlis Betins, Karl Behting) (27 October 1867, Bērzmuiža – 28 March 1943, Riga) was a Latvian chess master and composer of studies.

He tied for 3rd-5th at Riga 1899 (the 1st Baltic Congress, Robert Behting won), took 3rd at Riga 1900 (won by T. Muller), won at Riga 1900/01, shared 1st with Karl Wilhelm Rosenkrantz, W. Sohn and Wilhelm von Stamm at Dorpat (Tartu) 1901 (the 2nd Baltic Congress),[1] and tied for 3rd-4th at Reval (Tallinn) 1904 (Bernhard Gregory won).[2]

In 1902–1910, he was co-editor with Paul Kerkovius of the Baltische Schachblätter.[3]

After World War I, he took 3rd, behind Hermanis Matisons and Fricis Apšenieks, at Riga 1924 (1st LAT-ch).[4] Bētinš played for Latvia in 1st unofficial Chess Olympiad at Paris 1924 (+7 –4 =2), where he took 4th place (team) and tied for 4-7th in Consolation Cup (individual; Karel Hromadka won).[5]

The Latvian Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5) was named as a tribute to Kārlis Bētiņš, who analyzed it in the early part of the 20th century.[6]


  1. ^ http://xoomer.alice.it/cserica/scacchi/storiascacchi/tornei/pagine/itornei1900-09.htm
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2007-07-04.  Name Index to Jeremy Gaige's Chess Tournament Crosstables, An Electronic Edition, Anders Thulin, Malmö, 2004-09-01
  3. ^ Litmanowicz, Władysław; Giżycki, Jerzy (1987) [1986]. Szachy od A do Z. Wydawnictwo Sport i Turystyka Warszawa. ISBN 83-217-2481-7 (1. A-M), ISBN 83-217-2745-X (2. N-Z). 
  4. ^ "Firsts in chess - by Bill Wall (Feb 7, 2005)". Archived from the original on October 28, 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  5. ^ OlimpBase :: Chess Olympiad Paris 1924: consolation cup standings
  6. ^ http://www.sahistiem.lv/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65:krlis-bti&catid=27:slavas-zale&Itemid=67