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Milan Vidmar
Number of games in database: 605
Years covered: 1901 to 1955

Overall record: +214 -119 =272 (57.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (43) 
    D63 D68 D55 D69 D67
 Queen's Pawn Game (33) 
    D02 A46 D00 E10 A40
 Queen's Indian (31) 
    E16 E17 E12 E19 E15
 Tarrasch Defense (24) 
    D32 D33 D34
 Slav (22) 
    D11 D10 D17 D19 D12
 Queen's Gambit Declined (21) 
    D30 D31 D37 D39 D38
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (62) 
    C66 C86 C77 C82 C98
 Orthodox Defense (39) 
    D55 D61 D59 D69 D60
 Four Knights (29) 
    C49 C48 C47
 Semi-Slav (19) 
    D48 D43 D45 D46 D47
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (18) 
    C86 C98 C88 C85 C84
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    D02 D05 D04 D00 A41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929 1-0
   Rubinstein vs Vidmar, 1918 0-1
   Vidmar vs Maroczy, 1932 1/2-1/2
   Vidmar vs Tarrasch, 1906 1-0
   Alekhine vs Vidmar, 1926 0-1
   Colle vs Vidmar, 1929 0-1
   Vidmar vs Bogoljubov, 1922 1-0
   Vidmar vs A Neumann, 1903 1-0
   Nimzowitsch vs Vidmar, 1927 0-1
   Vidmar vs Nimzowitsch, 1927 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Mannheim (1914)
   Hastings 1925/26 (1925)
   Prague (1908)
   San Sebastian (1911)
   London (1922)
   Semmering (1926)
   1st Trebitsch Memorial (1907)
   London (1927)
   Bled (1931)
   Karlsbad (1907)
   Karlsbad (1929)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   San Remo (1930)
   15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg) (1906)
   St. Petersburg (1909)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   A Vidmar Sampler by Resignation Trap
   Nietzowitsch's favorite games no 2 by Nietzowitsch
   Yugoslav Chess Triumphs, Part 2 by Chessdreamer
   Bled 1931 by Benzol
   New York 1927 by Benzol
   Bled 1931 international tournament part 2 by cuendillar
   London 1922 by Benzol
   San Remo 1930 by suenteus po 147
   San Sebastian 1911 by suenteus po 147
   Vienna 1907 by suenteus po 147
   Nietzowitsch's hodge-podge by Nietzowitsch

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(born Jun-22-1885, died Oct-09-1962, 77 years old) Yugoslavia

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Milan Vidmar was born in Laibach (Ljubljana*), now Slovenia. Awarded the GM title in 1950, he was Yugoslavia's first GM. He devoted himself to his academic and electrical engineering career, becoming a Dean at Ljubljana University. Therefore, his chess achievements are all the more remarkable. In the period 1911-30 Vidmar belonged in the World's top six players. He was Nordic Champion in 1909 and Yugoslav Champion in 1939. In tournaments his first notable win was at Goteborg 1909, he was 2nd= at San Sebastian, 3rd at London 1922, 1st= at Hastings 1925-26 with Alexander Alekhine, 3rd at Semmering 1926 and 4th at New York 1927. A popular and respected figure in the chess world, he became the chief referee at the Hague/Moscow 1948 Match-Tournament to select the new World Champion. He passed away in Ljubljana in 1962.

*Wikipedia article: Ljubljana

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 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 605  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Vidmar vs Poljanec 1-025 1901 LjubljanaC51 Evans Gambit
2. Vidmar vs Goldsand 1-018 1902 Vienna-corrC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. L Loewy Sr vs Vidmar 0-131 1903 ViennaC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. Vidmar vs F Motzko 0-121 1903 CorrespondenceC51 Evans Gambit
5. Vidmar vs A Neumann 1-025 1903 ViennaC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. P Kaegbein vs Vidmar  0-129 1904 CoburgC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. Vidmar vs Duras  1-038 1904 DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Spielmann vs Vidmar  0-139 1904 DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AC14 French, Classical
9. P F Johner vs Vidmar  0-129 1904 DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AC49 Four Knights
10. E Cohn vs Vidmar  ½-½41 1904 DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AC67 Ruy Lopez
11. Vidmar vs Nimzowitsch 1-048 1904 Coburg AD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Vidmar vs A Neumann  0-148 1904 CoburgC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. Vidmar vs A Neumann  ½-½49 1904 DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier A-playoffC77 Ruy Lopez
14. Vidmar vs A Neumann  1-040 1904 DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier A-playoffC70 Ruy Lopez
15. A Neumann vs Vidmar  1-056 1904 DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier A-playoffD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. Albin vs Vidmar 1-032 1904 ViennaC30 King's Gambit Declined
17. Vidmar vs A Neumann 0-139 1904 ViennaC30 King's Gambit Declined
18. L Loewy Sr vs Vidmar 1-042 1904 ViennaC30 King's Gambit Declined
19. G Marco vs Vidmar  0-130 1904 ViennaC30 King's Gambit Declined
20. Vidmar vs H Wolf 0-132 1904 ViennaC30 King's Gambit Declined
21. L Loewy Jr vs Vidmar  0-135 1904 ViennaC30 King's Gambit Declined
22. Vidmar vs F Englund 1-025 1905 Barmen Main A, GERC42 Petrov Defense
23. E Heilmann vs Vidmar  1-036 1905 Barmen Main A, GERB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
24. R K Kieseritsky vs Vidmar  0-133 1905 Barmen Main A, GERD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. E Cohn vs Vidmar 1-023 1905 Barmen Main A, GERD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 605  PGN Download
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  brankat: <TheAlchemist> Then the field must have been pretty strong.

Hi and thank You for the story Uros!

Which reminds me of some anecdotal material from more than 40 years ago.

In my chess club back in the old country (Yugoslavia) we used to play (occasionally) what we called "consultation games", although there were no consultations taking place.

Something like couples in tennis or table tennis. Two players against two, taking turns to make moves, just like in the above simul.

You are right, the tough part was < figuring out the plan of the previous person. >. At the same time that was a fun part.

Nov-28-12  Karpova: From C.N. 7864

Vidmar at around 2:20 min in this video:

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  Stonehenge: He really had guts to not bring the Hitler salute in that company. Good for him.
Nov-28-12  Karpova: The first video of that event features him around 4:44 min:
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  brankat: Always fondly remembered!
R.I.P. Dr.Vidmar.
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  whiteshark: <brankat: Always fondly remembered!> I'll second that!

His splendid memoirs <Goldene Schachzeiten> (Golden Chess Times) is a unique, firsthand (eyewitness) report of the <Golden Chess Times>.

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  brankat: <whiteshark> First time I heard of the book was way back in 1966. I've never been able to get one.

Yugoslav edition(s) were sold out. The book was titled "Fifty years over the Chessboard", published in 1951. I assume it is the same book (The Golden Times..".

Some ten years ago the book was published in Slovene language. By the time I heard about the edition was sold out again. I couldn't find an English edition, assuming there has been one. And I don't know how to go about obtaining the German issue.

I think Dr.Vidmar also wrote a 2 volume auto-biography. And a few other works.

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  WCC Editing Project:

<Milan Vidmar's> recollections of signing the <London Rules> of 1922.


"Merkwürdigerweise kam es mir, als ich das Londoner Statut unterschrieb, nicht zum Bewustsein, das nun mien Jugendplan Schiffbruch gelitten, das mein Weltmeisterstraum engültig ausgeträumt war. Es hatte mir doch sofort klar sein mussen, das ich nicht die geringste Aussicht hatte, zehntausend Dolar fur meine Heraus forderung aufzubringen, es sei denn, ich hatte meine Betatigung in der elektrotechnischen Welt sofort liquidiert und mich in die weite Welt auf die Such nach dem sich meiner annehmenden Mäzen begeben."

Again, <Karpova> or another German speaker will be able to supply a better translation, but it reads something like this in English:

<"Strangely, it came to me when I signed the London Agreement, I had not been fully conscious that I had just definitively shipwrecked the dreams of my youth to become world champion. It was clear that <<<I did not have the slightest chance to raise ten thousand dollars for my challenge>>> unless I gave up my career as an electrical engineer and began a search the world over looking for a patron [who could supply the $10,000 purse].">

-Milan Vidmar,
"Golden Schachzeiten (2d auflage)"
(Walter de Gruyter 1981), p.176

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  brankat: It was more or less the same with the other co-signers of the agreement, particularly Nimzowitch and Rubinstein.

But, fairly enough, Capablanca did get the taste of his own medicine after 1927.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <brankat>

Quite right.

<Capablanca> was more than willing to play <Nimzowitsch> and <Rubinstein> for the title, but of course neither could raise the funds.

So chess history, and we, were deprived of what may have been incredible matches.

<"taste of his own medicine">

Yes, <Johnny Alekhine> made good and sure of that, long past the time that he'd made his point, in my view.

By the time <Johnny> had beaten <Bogoljubov> the second time, I think that after that <Johnny> should bear at least equal responsibility for depriving us of the match everyone wanted to see, but never happened: <Alekhine-Capablanca> rematch.

I think this ranks as perhaps the greatest "title match that never happened," second maybe only to "Fischer-Karpov."

Subject to (endless) debate.

Jun-21-14  bengalcat47: I heard a story once about a tournament game between Vidmar and Nimzowitsch. Because Nimzowitsch had a reputation for complaining and being very fussy he hated smoking. Vidmar had graciously agreed not to smoke while playing against Nimzowitsch even though Vidmar loved to smoke. After their game started Nimzowitsch got up and complained to Maroczy who was serving a kind of "referee" for the game. Maroczy remarked, "He's (Vidmar) not smoking." Nimzowitsch replied, "No, but he keeps looking as if he wants to." If anyone knows when and where this occured let me know please. Thanks!
Jun-21-14  Rookiepawn: <bengalcat47> Most accounts on this story mention Vidmar as Nimzo's rival, though some say it was another chess player.

As I read the story, it seems that Vidmar took out a pack of cigarettes and though not smoking, he placed it on the table.

When Maroczy said "...but Vidmar is not smoking", Nimzo replied "As a chessplayer, you should know that threaten is stronger than execution".

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. to Milan Vidmar, Yugoslavia's first GM (7 years later there would be 7 GMs).
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  HeMateMe: There are 4 games Milan Vidmar v. Milan Vidmar (his son, an IM), but I don't know if this site is able to differentiate between the two.
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  zanzibar: Yes, <CG> can differentiate, the son has "Jr" in the name:

Milan Vidmar Jr

A search on Milan Vidmar should return both:

And for aficionados:

Milan Vidmar (pid = 10226)
Milan Vidmar Jr (pid = 26364)

Oct-24-14  ljfyffe: He is remembered not only in chess circles, but even more in Slovenian technical science history. His specialisation was in the field of transformers and his inventions are world-renowned. <ICCF Gold>
Nov-13-14  ljfyffe: Win the Correspondence League Championship
Dec-04-15  Sularus: Capablanca's meat. :)
Jun-22-16  JimNorCal: Sounds like an excellent guy, with admirable chess achievements considering it was a hobby for him. Still, this snip from his bio above seems a bit of a stretch: "In tournaments ... he was ... 4th at New York 1927."

OK, he was 4th. Out of six players. He scored 50% in that tourney. A tough field (Capa, Alekhine) but not the kind of result that is usually chosen as notable.

Jun-22-16  andrewjsacks: Happy birthday to a great player who often does not get the recognition he deserves. Capa said that had Vidmar been a full-time professional player, his (Capa's) WC title might be thus in jeopardy.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Milan Vidmar.
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  brankat: Happy Birthday! The same date of birth as Paul Morphy.
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  brankat: Some 10 years ago I had compiled Vidmar,s (partial) stats against the leading masters of the period between about 1906- to 1935. Quite revealing. That would be on page #1 .
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  diagonal: The <Vidmar Memorial> series is relaunched as international invitation tournament. These are the players of the XX jubilee edition in 2016:

Fist edition Held in 1969, causing an upset: Albin Planinc was the darkest of dark horses: Vidmar Memorial (1969) (Chessgames), a MUST Read for all who are interested in tournament history.

Albo d'Oro: (Wikipedia)

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  brankat: A big time upset indeed. I remember it quite well. All of us following the tournament could hardly believe what was happening.
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