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Milan Vidmar
Number of games in database: 570
Years covered: 1901 to 1955

Overall record: +205 -111 =254 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (41) 
    D63 D69 D67 D68 D55
 Queen's Pawn Game (33) 
    D02 A46 E10 D00 A40
 Queen's Indian (30) 
    E16 E17 E12 E19 E15
 Tarrasch Defense (24) 
    D32 D33 D34
 Slav (22) 
    D11 D10 D17 D19 D12
 Queen's Gambit Declined (19) 
    D30 D31 D37 D39
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (62) 
    C66 C77 C86 C80 C82
 Orthodox Defense (35) 
    D55 D69 D59 D68 D61
 Four Knights (29) 
    C49 C48 C47
 Semi-Slav (18) 
    D48 D43 D46 D45 D47
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (18) 
    C86 C98 C88 C84 C85
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    D02 D04 D05 A46 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
   Alekhine vs Vidmar, 1926 0-1
   Colle vs Vidmar, 1929 0-1
   Dus Chotimirsky vs Vidmar, 1911 0-1
   Vidmar vs A Neumann, 1903 1-0
   Vidmar vs Tarrasch, 1906 1-0
   Vidmar vs Bogoljubov, 1922 1-0
   Nimzowitsch vs Vidmar, 1927 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Mannheim (1914)
   Hastings 1925/26 (1925)
   San Sebastian (1911)
   Prague (1908)
   London (1922)
   Semmering (1926)
   1st Trebitsch Memorial (1907)
   Bled (1931)
   London (1927)
   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
   Bled 1931 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   New York 1927 by Benzol
   Bled 1931 international tournament part 2 by cuendillar
   San Remo 1930 by suenteus po 147
   San Remo 1930 by JoseTigranTalFischer

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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 23; games 1-25 of 570  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vidmar vs Poljanec 1-0251901LjubljanaC51 Evans Gambit
2. Vidmar vs Goldsand 1-0181902Vienna-corrC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Vidmar vs A Neumann 1-0251903ViennaC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. L Loewy Sr vs Vidmar 0-1311903ViennaC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. Vidmar vs F Motzko 0-1211903CorrespondenceC51 Evans Gambit
6. P Kaegbein vs Vidmar  0-1291904CoburgC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. Vidmar vs Duras  1-0381904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Spielmann vs Vidmar  0-1391904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AC14 French, Classical
9. P F Johner vs Vidmar  0-1291904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AC49 Four Knights
10. E Cohn vs Vidmar  ½-½411904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AC67 Ruy Lopez
11. Vidmar vs Nimzowitsch 1-0481904Coburg AD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Vidmar vs A Neumann  0-1481904CoburgC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. Vidmar vs A Neumann  ½-½491904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier A-playoffC77 Ruy Lopez
14. Vidmar vs A Neumann  1-0401904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier A-playoffC70 Ruy Lopez
15. A Neumann vs Vidmar  1-0561904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier A-playoffD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. Albin vs Vidmar 1-0321904ViennaC30 King's Gambit Declined
17. Vidmar vs A Neumann 0-1391904ViennaC30 King's Gambit Declined
18. L Loewy Sr vs Vidmar 1-0421904ViennaC30 King's Gambit Declined
19. G Marco vs Vidmar  0-1301904ViennaC30 King's Gambit Declined
20. Vidmar vs H Wolf 0-1321904ViennaC30 King's Gambit Declined
21. L Loewy Jr vs Vidmar  0-1351904ViennaC30 King's Gambit Declined
22. Moewig vs Vidmar  0-1441905Barmen Main A, GERC42 Petrov Defense
23. Vidmar vs L Loewy Sr 1-0221905Barmen Main A, GERC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. Vidmar vs D Bleijkmans  ½-½251905Barmen Main A, GERC88 Ruy Lopez
25. F Benima vs Vidmar  0-1481905Barmen Main A, GERD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 570  PGN Download
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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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  RookFile: I've been playing over some of Vidmar's games and find that he was quite strong, in the same league as Nimzovich.
Jun-22-17  sudoplatov: Vidmar did write the two-volume set of Karlsbad 1911. When I was at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, I looked up Vidmar's books. This one on chess; many others on electrical engineering.
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