|Nov-07-04|| ||nikolaas: ♔ Gedeon Barcza
Born in Kisujszállás, 21 Aug 1911 - died 27 Feb 1986. He became an international chess master in 1950. It took him only 4 years to receive the GM title, which he defended with honour at the olympiads: 1 team medal (bronze, 1956) and 3 individual medals (Gold 1954 third board, silver 1956 second board and bronze 1968 first reserve). He also won no less than 8 times the hungarian championship (in 1942, 1943, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1957 and 1958). He was well-known for his virtuosity with the knights and the endgame. A famous example is G Barcza vs Soos, 1962. He's burried at the Kerepesi cemetry in Budapest.
|Nov-08-04|| ||offramp: His opening repertoire as white was varied by playing either 2.g3 or 3.g3. |
|Mar-12-06|| ||fred lennox: For those who like Nimzowitch i would imagine Barcza games would be a bit of a treasure. His forte was positional feel for closed games and as nilolaas points out, subtle handling of knights and endgame. Of courae the Barcza-Larson Defense is named after him, a defense which can be used against e4 and d4. His interpretation of it is very differant from Larson, being more positionally based instead of a counter-attacking approach. Filip vs G Barcza, 1957 is an example of his use of it.|
|Aug-21-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Gedeon Barcza|
|Aug-21-08|| ||brankat: A very fine positional master indeed!
R.I.P. GM Barcza.
|Aug-24-08|| ||myschkin: . . .
Chess Master <Gedeon Barcza> also worked as chief editor at the leading Hungaria chess magazin "Magyar sakkélet" as of 1956 and published in 1959 a story about the World Champions (together with László Alföldy and Jenő Kapu).
He is remembered for the opening 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3, known as the <Barcza System>.
Harry Golombek once said of Barcza that he "is a most versatile player in the openings. He plays g2-g3 sometimes on the first, sometimes on the second, sometimes on the third, and sometimes not until the fourth move".
|Apr-11-09|| ||JaneEyre: <First and foremost, I have to mention three characters whom I have
never known personally, what is more, I have never seen them. One of
them is Steinitz, the first official world champion. I was amazed by
his system-building ability, his constantly searching mind, the mass
of games that illustrated his positional teachings. The next one, Dr
Lasker, was the second world champion, whose many-sidedness, tactical
sense and enormous fighting power aroused my admiration. The third one
is Rubinstein, who could go through every single phase of a game with
incredible patience so as to bring an invisible endgame possibility
Robert Fischer was the 'devil' of modern chess. He got it into his
head that he would create the same luxurious conditions for himself
by the way of chess as those of very well-to-do stars in other sports.
True, his claims and successes have stirred millions of laymen and
he was not the only one to benefit from the advantage gained by
meeting his demands - a considerable number of his fellow-players
had a share in it. Fischer's behaviour thus put an end to the
so-called 'bread-and-butter trips' in chess. [...]
It is also certain that a good player must have a good sense of
recognising the new requirements brought about by ever-changing
conditions. I heard once from grandmaster Laszlo Szabo that at
one tournament he entered the analysis room where Bronstein was
sitting alone by a chessboard. The Soviet grandmaster suddenly
turned over the position - obviously, he did not want others to
know what he had been examining. But Szabo spotted that there had
been nothing on the board but a knight! So Bronstein was looking
for connections between the knight and certain fields, but he wished
to keep the secrets of his thoughts. Anyway, this story tells us
that one of the secrets of development in chess is in discovering
the interrelationships not even guessed by others. Three decades ago
Bronstein was a key figure in chess. Without him neither Tal, nor
even Fischer, could have played such important roles in the history
|Apr-11-09|| ||keypusher: <The players have all gotten soft on the Benko-Barcza-Botvinnik diet.> Bobby Fischer. I am quoting from memory, so I may not have it quite right.|
|Apr-12-09|| ||Open Defence: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...
shame that a cheat has used Barcza's name to cheat chessplayers
|Aug-21-09|| ||wordfunph: The late GM Gedeon Barcza once won a game with pawn from e2 to e4 move. So what's the big deal? The thing is, he played the e2 to e4 move on move 40!|
Happy Birthday GM Barcza..
|Oct-31-09|| ||Peligroso Patzer: Here is a game unaccountably missing from GM Barcza's "Notables":|
G Barcza vs Smyslov, 1956
Perhaps the above-linked game is just too positional to be a crowd-pleaser.
|Apr-15-10|| ||whatthefat: <Harry Golombek once said of Barcza that he "is a most versatile player in the openings. He plays g2-g3 sometimes on the first, sometimes on the second, sometimes on the third, and sometimes not until the fourth move".>|
Ha! That's a great quote.
|Aug-21-10|| ||wordfunph: Zurich 1959 Fischer-Barcza: Game was adjourned three times and ended after 103 moves. Even when there were only the Kings left on the board, Fischer made 2 more moves! Fischer wanted to post-mortem from move one. Barcza begged off, pleading "I have a wife and children. Who will feed them in case of my premature death?"|
|May-25-11|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Gedeon Barcza>
Correct pronunciation of his name-
Audio/visual file: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGMu...
|Aug-21-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: GM Barcza, today you are remembered!
|Aug-21-12|| ||brankat: Quite a character, GM Barcza!
|Aug-21-13|| ||brankat: And once again.|
|Aug-21-13|| ||parisattack: He played some very beautiful chess games! RIP, GM Barcza.|
|Jan-12-14|| ||TheTamale: Kind of looks like Walt Disney.|
|Jun-19-14|| ||offramp: <TheTamale: Kind of looks like Walt Disney.>|
Yes. But Barcza plays chess and Walt Disney.
|Oct-29-14|| ||ljfyffe: Barcza, with Balogh, Szigeti, Szucs, Gonda, and Elekes won the 1949-1952 CC Olympiad I.|
|Jul-13-15|| ||James Demery: Seirawan recommends this guys opening as a way to not have to remember so many different openings. Apparently it can be used against whatever Black plays. Now if only there was a similar opening for Black...|
|Feb-27-16|| ||TheFocus: Rest in peace, GM Gedeon Barcza.|
|May-29-16|| ||yiotta: <James Demery:...if only there was a similar opening for Black...> Try 1...d6, leading to the Old Indian, The Rat, Pirc, King's Indian, playable against anything. 1...e6 is also uni-flexible.|