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Petar Trifunovic
Number of games in database: 623
Years covered: 1935 to 1966
Overall record: +169 -59 =395 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (32) 
    D50 D63 D55 D58 D61
 Queen's Pawn Game (27) 
    A46 E10 A41 A45 D02
 King's Indian (19) 
    E60 E61 E94 E79 E97
 Semi-Slav (18) 
    D49 D46 D43 D48 D45
 Sicilian (17) 
    B20 B36 B45 B58 B27
 English (16) 
    A15 A17 A16 A14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B45 B32 B24 B74 B36
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C82 C67 C60 C77 C80
 Petrov (23) 
    C43 C42
 Semi-Slav (21) 
    D43 D48 D45 D49 D44
 Slav (18) 
    D14 D19 D18 D12 D17
 Caro-Kann (15) 
    B17 B14 B13 B10 B15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Trifunovic vs M Aaron, 1962 1-0
   M Subaric vs P Trifunovic, 1946 0-1
   Tal vs P Trifunovic, 1963 0-1
   Botvinnik vs P Trifunovic, 1947 1/2-1/2
   V Castaldi vs P Trifunovic, 1947 0-1
   P Trifunovic vs Bondarevsky, 1948 1-0
   Geller vs P Trifunovic, 1961 1/2-1/2
   P Trifunovic vs Bronstein, 1948 1/2-1/2
   P Trifunovic vs Lilienthal, 1948 1/2-1/2
   P Trifunovic vs O'Kelly, 1947 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Noordwijk (1965)
   Bled (1961)
   Moscow (1947)
   Amsterdam (1950)
   Saltsjöbaden Interzonal (1948)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Moscow 1947 by suenteus po 147
   Najdorf v Trifunovic by Chessical
   1962 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Noordwijk 1965 by suenteus po 147

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PETAR TRIFUNOVIC
(born Aug-31-1910, died Dec-08-1980, 70 years old) Yugoslavia

[what is this?]
Petar Trifunovic was born in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1953, he was Yugoslav Champion in 1945, 1946, 1947 (jointly), 1952 and 1961.

He also drew a match (+1, =10, -1) in July 1949 at Opatija, with the rising star Miguel Najdorf - Najdorf - Trifunovic (1949) .

Beside this match against Najdorf, Trifunovic's greatest career performances were the Treybal Memorial tournament, Prague (1946), and the Dubrovnik Olympiad where he scored 10/13 which was the best performance on Board 3. His playing strength declined from the mid 1950s but only slowly, and he usually gained mid table results even in strong tournaments.

In this later period, Trifunovic's best tournament results include 3rd at Belgrade 1954, 1st at Prague 1961, 1st at Beverwijk 1962 and he was second to Botvinnik at Noordwijk (1965).

Trifunovic continued to play strongly in the Yugoslav championships being third in 1960, champion in 1961 and third again in the 1963. Trifunovic played for Yugoslavia in the Olympiads his last being Varna 1962. He passed away in Belgrade in 1980.

Wikipedia article: Petar Trifunovi%C4%87


 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 623  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. P Trifunovic vs H E Atkins  1-034 1935 OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. P Trifunovic vs Najdorf  1-055 1935 WarsawB24 Sicilian, Closed
3. P Trifunovic vs I Vistaneckis  1-051 1935 OlympiadA27 English, Three Knights System
4. M Romi vs P Trifunovic  0-137 1935 OlympiadB27 Sicilian
5. K Treybal vs P Trifunovic  ½-½31 1935 Warsaw ol (Men)C50 Giuoco Piano
6. P Trifunovic vs E R Lundin  1-053 1935 OlympiadA16 English
7. I Solin vs P Trifunovic  0-119 1935 olm, FIN-YUGA04 Reti Opening
8. I A Horowitz vs P Trifunovic  1-050 1935 OlympiadA90 Dutch
9. P Trifunovic vs B Kostic  1-046 1936 Novi SadE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. P Trifunovic vs I Vistaneckis  1-041 1936 Munich OlympiadD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
11. Ahues vs P Trifunovic  ½-½34 1936 Munich OlympiadA48 King's Indian
12. P Trifunovic vs S Rosselli del Turco 1-041 1936 Munich OlympiadD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
13. Pirc vs P Trifunovic  1-035 1936 Novi SadD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
14. A Gibaud vs P Trifunovic  0-128 1936 Munich OlympiadD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. P Trifunovic vs Najdorf 0-140 1936 Muenchen-T ;HCL 38E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. Prins vs P Trifunovic  ½-½47 1936 Munich OlympiadD04 Queen's Pawn Game
17. P Trifunovic vs Keres 0-154 1937 PragE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
18. P Trifunovic vs O Kavlie-Jorgensen  1-020 1937 7th olm finalB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
19. Najdorf vs P Trifunovic  ½-½14 1937 7th olm finalD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. P F Schmidt vs P Trifunovic  0-128 1937 7th olm finalD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. P Trifunovic vs E Eliskases 1-065 1937 PragueA47 Queen's Indian
22. P Trifunovic vs A Dunkelblum  1-026 1937 7th olm finalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
23. P Trifunovic vs F Apsenieks 1-023 1937 7th olm finalC40 King's Knight Opening
24. P Trifunovic vs Gilg  ½-½83 1937 PragueD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
25. S Landau vs P Trifunovic  1-053 1937 7th olm finalE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 623  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-04-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: Yugoslavian champion a few times back in the 1940s and early 1950s. He was known as a "drawing master". In the first interzonal tournament in 1948 he narrowly missed qualifying for the candidates.
Nov-29-04  kostich in time: According to Cozens, The Lost Olympiad,Trifunovic had a reputation as a fierce attacking player in the thirties and was known as "Typhoonovic"...eventually he became known as a tenacious drwaing master and defensive expert. His most famous win was with Black in a Kings gambit against Tal at Havana 1962
Sep-26-05  lopium: You mean in 1963 I think.
Sep-26-05  WTHarvey: Here are chess puzzles from some of Petar's games not shown here: http://www.wtharvey.com/trif.html
Sep-26-05  chess man: Here's a game that he played against Fischer Fischer vs P Trifunovic, 1961

This game was included in Fischer's My 60 Memorable Games.

Aug-31-06  BIDMONFA: Petar Trifunovic

TRIFUNOVIC, Petar
http://www.bidmonfa.com/trifunovic_...
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Nov-28-07  jenspetersson: Trifunovic played black in a B02-game against Udovcic in 1951 which is mentioned in ECO but I can't find it anywhere. Anybody out there with a SuperMegaDatabase and too little else to do in your lives?!
May-08-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: Opocensky-Trifunovic


click for larger view

Black to play.

Jul-31-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: Petar Trifunovic: <‘All agree the grandmaster title suffers from inflation and so has lost much of its value. The FIDE awards the title too readily and on conditions known in advance. So agreements are made in the corridors: “Help me and I will help you ...” The practice is irregular and needs correction.’>

From page 202 of "Chess Review", July 1965 (!).
Source: C.N. 6238
Link: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Aug-31-09  Sem: In 1962 Trifunovic won the Hoogoven Tournament at Beverwijk (Netherlands). Grandmaster Hein Donner commented in his newspaper column: 'Of course it irritates me that of all participants Trifunovic should have won. He is the laziest drawing master in the world. Of the 19 games he drew 15, and his three wins were against the last players on the list. ...'
Aug-31-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Sem> If the enclosed crosstable is right, they played only 9 games at Beverwijk 1962. Trifunovic scored (+3 =6 -0). <His three wins were against the last players on the list> could not be verified, but he defeated ...<Donner>. Whoops! :D

http://xoomer.virgilio.it/cserica/s...

[Event "Beverwijk"]
[Date "1962.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Trifunovic, Petar"]
[Black "Donner, Johannes H. (Hein)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D56"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nc3 O-O 6. e3 h6 7. Bh4 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Qc2 Nxc3 10. Qxc3 c6 11. Rc1 b6 12. cxd5 exd5 13. Bd3 Be6 14. O-O Rc8 15. Rc2 a5 16. Ne5 Ra7 17. Rfc1 Rac7 18. a3 c5 19. dxc5 Rxc5 20. Qd2 Qd6 21. Nf3 Rxc2 22. Rxc2 Rxc2 23. Qxc2 Nc6 24. Bb5 Ne5 25. Nd4 Bd7 26. Be2 Nc6 27. Nxc6 Bxc6 28. Bf3 Bd7 29. Qd2 Be6 30. h3 Qc5 31. b4 axb4 32. axb4 Qc6 33. Kh2 Qd6 34. g3 Qe5 35. Bg2 g5 36. f4 gxf4 37. gxf4 Qh5 38. Qd4 b5 39. Qd3 d4 40. Qxd4 Qe2 41. e4 h5 42. f5 Bc4 43. Qd8 1-0

I think Donner overstretched/misplayed the QB endgame.

Aug-31-09  WhiteRook48: the QGD
Sep-02-09  Sem: <whiteshark> You caught me out, thanks. I now have Donner's column before me. I believe it appeared in Elsevier's Magazine, some time in 1962; the headline reads: 'Drawing master winner of Hoogoven chess tournament.'

Donner: '... The world knows no drawing master who is lazier [than Trifunovic]. In Bled [1961] he drew fifteen out of nineteen games. Only Bobby Fischer could beat him and he won three games against the last players on the list. ... He obviously feels that with regard to a chess game winning or losing is an abnormal result.'

What follows is the game Trifunovic - Donner, in which Donner claims to have started an attack in the endgame, in order to get out of a stalemate position. Afterthought: "Here I resigned. Rather out of nausea regarding myself and the game, than because of the position. ... Chess as played by Trifunovic is no less valid than are the most powerful brain waves of Bronstein and Tal. At the same time, however, it is this very notion of the game which I find the most difficult to handle.'

Sep-02-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Thank you, <Sem>! I think it all works out now.

We shall repost these posts when ceegee has done the upload of the game. :D

Feb-12-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: In his youth, mostly 1930s, Dr.Trifunovic's nickname in chess circles was Typhonovich due to his aggressive and uncompromising style.

His approach changed after the WWII, particularly during the 1950s. Although even then he did win 5 Yugoslav championships and some international events.

Aug-31-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: R.I.P.uncle Pero!
Aug-31-12  thegoldenband: I'm trying to remember an annotated game of Trifunovic's I looked at years ago. I can't recall the details, but if memory serves, in a very drawish position Trifunovic was somehow provoked by his opponent (or maybe his opponent made a poorly-considered attempt to unbalance the position), and he promptly unleashed holy hellfire upon the hapless fellow and won the game.

Anyone know what I'm talking about? It certainly wasn't the Tal game. I think the annotator may have called him "the peace-loving Trifunovic".

Jun-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <He wrote Sahovski bukvay (1960), Fischer ante portas (1972), Yugoslavian Triumphs (with Gligoric, Janoseivc, (1976).>

from a bio here:

http://www.chessnc.com/biography/pe...

(Sahovski bukvay = Chess points(?))
(Fischer ante portas = Fischer at the Threshold(?))

Jun-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Šahovski bukvar = Chess Primer

Fischer ante portas = Fischer before the gates

Jun-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <cro777> it goes without mentioning, but I'll mention it anyways - thanks for the translation improvements.
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