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|Aug-13-05|| ||jcmoral: He is the rival of Zoltan Almasi for the continuum transfunctioner.|
|Apr-20-06|| ||Maatalkko: While not acting in classics such as "Dude, Where's my Car?", Zoltan is famous for being the greatest drawmaster of all time. He played in a bunch of top-level tournaments in the late 1980's, drawing about 80% of his games (so he always scored between 40-60%, quite respectable against top-flight competition). |
For most of his career, Zoltan and his bubble-wrapped homies were so busy looking for the continuum transfunctioner that he often needed to leave his games early and took quick draws. Eventually he got so good at this that he was able to do it against the best, while keeping his groupies entertained at his parent's barn. Finally, when Ashton Kutcher & Co. helped him find the transfunctioner in 2000, Zoltan could focus on his games and has actually won a few games against weak grandmaster class opposition, including the Hotel Opatija tournament in 2002.
You can read more about Zoltan at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005452/.
|Sep-06-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Zoltan Ribli|
|Jun-21-07|| ||kellmano: Boring, boring Ribli.|
|Jun-21-07|| ||ahmadov: <kellmano: Boring, boring Ribli.> It is not fair to accuse only Ribli... The other players are also drawing there games in the Bazna tournament... However, I am trying to understand them: chess is just an excuse for them to enjoy their time in Romania...|
|Dec-11-07|| ||Brown: Certainly when all of you played Ribli and got crushed, the games were boring.|
|Aug-18-08|| ||Jim Bartle: Ribli didn't dispute his reputation as a conservative player in 1988:|
"A loss disturbs me too much. I'd rather wait. I'm never ready to take charge of weaknesses in my position to gain potential winning chances. There are many who do this, but it would be contrary to my personality to imitate them."
|Sep-25-08|| ||Sularus: no pic for this ancient eh|
|Sep-06-09|| ||wordfunph: GM Zoltan Ribli Happy Birthday..|
|Sep-06-09|| ||WhiteRook48: i believe i have heard of this guy|
|Mar-22-10|| ||ozmikey: How to tell a chess tragic. When my baby daughter spills some of her milk during a feed, I now refer to her as Zoltan Dribbly.|
|Jun-16-11|| ||Antiochus: Ribli achieved a definitive-artistic win with a creative opening Ribli vs B Thorfinnsson, 2005|
|Sep-06-12|| ||Abdel Irada: <BishopofBlunder: I like anybody with a cool name like Zoltan. It sounds like a comic book super-villain.>|
You mean to say you've never heard of Spider-Man's great adversary, Joltin' Zoltan?
Under Hungary's Soviet-aligned former regime, he ran a museum of curiosities: Ribli's Believe It Or Else.
|Sep-06-12|| ||HeMateMe: Best chess name ever.|
|Sep-06-12|| ||Eggman: It'd be nice to have a pic for this two-time candidate and former world top ten. Oh, and happy birthday!|
|Sep-07-12|| ||waustad: He's now the captain for the Austrian Open Olympic team. Happy B'day, but losing 0-4 to the Czech squad probably wasn't what he had in mind for today.|
|Sep-06-13|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday Zoltan!|
|Sep-08-13|| ||RedShield: Not to be confused with <salt and vinegar>.|
|Sep-04-14|| ||waustad: Markus Ragger speaks well of him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPh...|
|Feb-24-15|| ||zanzibar: I found this commentary online about Ribli's good performance in <Subotica izt (1987)>:|
<In the first tournament in Subotica, Sax, Short, and Speelman qualified. Lubomir Kavalek withdrew after six rounds; his results are not included in the totals for the other players. Robert Hübner was invited, but declined to participate. As a result, Ribli had a free day during the last round. To show his displeasure, he refused to take part in a playoff against Tal, which could have been important, if a reserve spot had opened up in the Candidates Tournament. >
Does anybody know if this is true?
I know that Ribli didn't do the play-off with Tal for the alt spot, but was it really because he was unhappy over a last round bye?
(Which would be unfortunate scheduling - since he couldn't play all-out for a win at the end.)
|Feb-24-15|| ||Paint My Dragon: <Z> It would be hard to get to the absolute truth behind this, because players who don't observe the rules can be punished. He therefore told Tal that he was going home to seek medical advice. Reading between the lines of BCM's report however, it was clear that Ribli had arrived with the plan of drawing with his closest rivals and defeating the rest. Unfortunately, it didn't work out like that for him and he was probably generally disappointed, in addition to his thoughts on the last round bye fiasco. In actual fact there were many disruptions to the schedule, not just the Hubner debacle. Kavalek also scratched part way through in controversial circumstances, causing more byes. Alburt and Tal both took illness breaks meaning that planned rest days were filled with re-scheduled games and some games I believe were even played in hotel rooms. Hard to imagine how that could happen! And other strange stuff - Short wearing shorts caused an uproar (yes, there was a FIDE dress code even then). Also, Tal was giving regular simul exhibitions during the tournament - a bit crazy, it didn't seem to help him in the end.|
|Feb-25-15|| ||Retireborn: <Paint my Dragon> According to Jon Speelman's tournament report in NiC it was actually only Ribli who complained about Short's shorts, in consequence of which Nigel did *not* wear said shorts v Ribli. I don't think anybody else cared. Speelman mentioned that somebody else - I think it was Lev Alburt - was also wearing shorts. It was a hot June, no doubt!|
A few years later I played against Ribli myself (in a simul!) and he was a nice enough guy. Probably he was having an unhappy time in this tournament because of the muddled schedule, as you say.
|Feb-25-15|| ||Paint My Dragon: <Retireborn> Thanks. Yes, I should have said "caused an uproar in the media". The incident got front page attention in the UK national newspapers. <Infra dignitatem>, or an infringement of dignity, was how it was termed. Short had previously incurred the wrath of Campomanes at Biel in 1985 for a similar offence. But as you say, only Ribli officially complained this time, and Short had to make the undertaking not to wear the offending items if anyone else objected in advance, in writing. Temperatures were recorded above 30 Centigrade.|
|Feb-25-15|| ||zanzibar: Can't help but chuckle at this thread. What is it about British and pants?!|
A mention in the tournament bio surely is merited, with a pointer to the above.
<Infra dignitatem>, might even deserve an entry in the vocabulary list.
|Sep-06-15|| ||Eduardo Bermudez: 1) Tigran Petrosian: 94
2) Boris Spassky: 86
3) Vasily Ivanchuk: 84
4) PaulKeres: 76
5) Zoltan Ribli: 67
6) Vladimir Kramnik: 64
7) Mikhail Tal: 62
8) Borislav Ivkov: 51
9) Julio Bolbochán: 50
10) Gennady Sosonko: 47
More consecutive games without losing in Olympiads !!
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