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Mato Damjanovic
Number of games in database: 521
Years covered: 1960 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2303
Highest rating achieved in database: 2314
Overall record: +133 -146 =242 (48.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Mar-23-1927, died Feb-12-2011, 83 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Croatia)

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Mato Damjanovic was awarded the IM title in 1962 and the GM title in 1964. He was 2nd= at Sochi 1964, 1st at Zagreb 1969 and 1st= at Bad Pyrmont in 1970. He also played for the Yugoslav Olympiad team in 1960 and won the Yugoslav championship in 1961. Damjanovic remained active in competition chess (Croatian Team championships) until shortly before he passed away in early 2011.

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Last updated: 2017-01-19 08:58:51

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 521  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Damjanovic vs M Bertok  ½-½231960YUG-chA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Matulovic vs M Damjanovic  1-0361960YUG-chA13 English
3. D Ciric vs M Damjanovic  0-1461960YUG-chB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. M Damjanovic vs B Tot  1-0441960YUG-chB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
5. Puc vs M Damjanovic  1-0571960YUG-chC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. M Damjanovic vs P Trifunovic  ½-½221960YUG-chD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. A Bulat vs M Damjanovic  ½-½231960YUG-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Kozomara vs M Damjanovic  ½-½91960YUG-chB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. M Damjanovic vs P Smederevac ½-½11960YUG-chA40 Queen's Pawn Game
10. M Damjanovic vs Minic  1-0341960YUG-chA15 English
11. M Knezevic vs M Damjanovic  0-1281960YUG-chA45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. M Damjanovic vs M Vukovic  1-0731960YUG-chE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
13. M Damjanovic vs Gligoric  0-1411960YUG-chA00 Uncommon Opening
14. M Damjanovic vs Udovcic  0-1571960YUG-chE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
15. Parma vs M Damjanovic 0-1261960YUG-chB42 Sicilian, Kan
16. M Damjanovic vs J Sofrevski  1-0421960YUG-chE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
17. Janosevic vs M Damjanovic  1-0481960YUG-chB40 Sicilian
18. M Damjanovic vs Flohr  1-0351960Asztalos Memorial 3rdB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. M Damjanovic vs G Kluger  0-1681960Asztalos Memorial 3rdE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
20. M Damjanovic vs Sliwa  1-0331960Asztalos Memorial 3rdE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
21. M Damjanovic vs C Cormier  1-0391960Leipzig ol (Men) qual-AD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
22. M Damjanovic vs U Raisa  1-0481960Leipzig ol (Men) qual-AA80 Dutch
23. B Malich vs M Damjanovic  ½-½141960Leipzig ol (Men) qual-AD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. R Hoen vs M Damjanovic  ½-½391960Leipzig ol (Men) qual-AA07 King's Indian Attack
25. I Aloni vs M Damjanovic  1-0321960Leipzig ol (Men) qual-AE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-06-06  biglo: According to ChessBase FIDE has banned this GM from tournament play for 1 year because of the fake Kali Cup GM tournament held in Mindzentkalla Hungary in February 2004. At 79 I hardly think he'll worry.
Mar-09-06  EmperorAtahualpa:

<At 79 I hardly think he'll worry.>

<biglo> That might indicate that perhaps he got paid to take part in this scheme.

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  knightfly: I remember reading a quote attributed to Korchnoi about this player. Someone had just obtained the GM title and said to Korchnoi "now I am a grandmaster like you" to which he replied "no you are grandmaster like Damjanovic".
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  offramp: The poor town of Mindzentkalla. 58 hits on Google and they are all about the fake Kali Cup.
Apr-29-06  whatthefat: 59 now in fact.
Dec-27-09  pink gorilla: Only player in the data base to beat Botnivik with white against the Kings Indian defence
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  alexmagnus: <I remember reading a quote attributed to Korchnoi about this player. Someone had just obtained the GM title and said to Korchnoi "now I am a grandmaster like you" to which he replied "no you are grandmaster like Damjanovic".>

The "someone" was Gufeld, the precise phrase was "Damjanovic is your colleague". The story had a continuation, when Korchnoi drew Damjanovic in one tournament and Gufeld sent him a telegram with exactly these words.

Damjanovic is BTW the oldest active GM now.

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  wordfunph: as related by GM George Koltanowski in Chess Life & Review 1970..

1969 Palma de Mallorca: Mato Damjanovic seems to prefer bridge to chess; no sooner is the chess game over than he is at the bridge table playing to all hours of the morning. He has a plus score against Botvinnik.

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  twinlark: And equal scores against Petrosian and Spassky.
Feb-13-11  Paint My Dragon: GM Damjanovic died 0n 12th February 2011 - R.I.P.
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  GrahamClayton: Obituary notice:

Feb-12-16  TheFocus: rest in peace, GM Mato Damjanovic.
Mar-23-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Mato Damjanovic.
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  Grandma Sturleigh: The point of the "Grandmaster like Damjanovic" quote is that Damjanovic was the lowest-rated grandmaster at that time. Korchnoi was stressing the gap (wide, even back then) between a lesser grandmaster and the very best.
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  alexmagnus: There were no ratings before 1971 (the quote originates from the 1960s). The existence of GMs like Damjamovic back then proves wrong the often repeated thesis that in those times one could only become a GM by qualifying to the Candidates. There are many GMs from that time who never were even close to the Candidates.
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  alexmagnus: And I have a good idea where the Candidates misconception comes from. From the same source from which some kibitzer here put Taimanov and Hort into the same generation. Fischer fever. Fischer <did> become GM by qualifying to the Candidates, and I guess people assume since doing it is such a big feat it was the only way.
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