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Gedeon Barcza
G Barcza 
Number of games in database: 679
Years covered: 1934 to 1979
Highest rating achieved in database: 2480

Overall record: +236 -168 =275 (55.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (117) 
    A04 A05 A06
 English (36) 
    A15 A10 A13 A14 A16
 English, 1 c4 e5 (26) 
    A21 A22 A26 A20 A29
 King's Indian (17) 
    E63 E64 E62 E69 E67
 Grunfeld (16) 
    D78 D79 D73 D77 D94
 English, 1 c4 c5 (15) 
    A37 A36 A30 A38 A34
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (46) 
    B10 B18 B19 B17 B12
 Sicilian (46) 
    B83 B43 B85 B30 B65
 Nimzo Indian (33) 
    E53 E54 E47 E40 E21
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C85 C92 C64 C97 C84
 Grunfeld (27) 
    D97 D83 D71 D96 D85
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (16) 
    C85 C95 C97 C94 C84
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kiss vs G Barcza, 1934 0-1
   G Barcza vs O Troianescu, 1948 1-0
   G Barcza vs Prins, 1952 1/2-1/2
   G Barcza vs Soos, 1962 1-0
   G Barcza vs Golombek, 1952 1-0
   Filip vs G Barcza, 1957 0-1
   G Barcza vs Smyslov, 1956 1-0
   G Barcza vs Fischer, 1959 1/2-1/2
   G Barcza vs G Primavera, 1948 1-0
   Portisch vs G Barcza, 1959 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Munich (1942)
   Zurich (1959)
   Vidmar Memorial (1969)
   Budapest (1952)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1952)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1963 Capablanca memorial by gauer
   Zurich 1959 by suenteus po 147
   Barcza by Inius Mella
   Budapest 1940 by suenteus po 147
   The Barcza System by PhantomLord
   howardb86's favorite games by howardb86

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(born Aug-21-1911, died Feb-27-1986, 74 years old) Hungary
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Gedeon Barcza was born on the 21st of August 1911 in Kisujszallas, Hungary. He had a Ph.D. in mathematics and was a Hungarian professor of mathematics. He was awarded the IM title in 1950, the GM title in 1954 and the IMC title in 1966. He won the Hungarian Championship eight times and played on seven Hungarian Olympiad teams. The Opening 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 known as the Barcza System is named after him. He passed away in Budapest in 1986.

Wikipedia article: Gedeon Barcza

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 679  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kiss vs G Barcza 0-114 1934 DebrecenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
2. P Rethy vs G Barcza  1-046 1936 BudapestA06 Reti Opening
3. Najdorf vs G Barcza  1-043 1936 BudapestD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
4. E Gereben vs G Barcza  ½-½20 1936 BudapestA13 English
5. G Barcza vs G Kluger  1-051 1936 BudapestD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. L Laurine vs G Barcza 1-055 1936 Munich OlympiadD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. G Barcza vs Trompowsky  ½-½40 1936 Munich OlympiadE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
8. K S Ojanen vs G Barcza 0-137 1936 Munich OlympiadD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. G Barcza vs I Halic  1-019 1936 Munich OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. W Hasenfuss vs G Barcza 0-136 1936 Munich ol (Men)B24 Sicilian, Closed
11. S Gudmundsson vs G Barcza 0-120 1936 Munich OlympiadD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. G Barcza vs L Abramavicius 0-130 1936 Munich OlympiadE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
13. J Nielsen vs G Barcza  0-148 1936 Munich OlympiadD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. G Barcza vs Ekenberg  1-041 1936 Munich OlympiadE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
15. G Barcza vs Yury Toshev  1-054 1936 Munich OlympiadE36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. E Gereben vs G Barcza  1-050 1937 BudapestB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. G Barcza vs G Kluger 1-014 1937 BudapestA52 Budapest Gambit
18. G Barcza vs P Rethy  0-123 1937 BudapestD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. G Barcza vs A Becker ½-½48 1937 Correspondence OlympiadE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
20. Saemisch vs G Barcza  0-128 1938 GablonzE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
21. G Barcza vs Tibor 1-019 1939 Debreczin -C25 Vienna
22. Szabo vs G Barcza 1-044 1939 Makovetz memD97 Grunfeld, Russian
23. Z von Balla vs G Barcza  0-162 1940 BudapestC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
24. G Barcza vs Vidmar  ½-½60 1940 BudapestD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
25. Euwe vs G Barcza 1-035 1940 Budapest ;HCL 43D92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
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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.

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  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

BARCZA, Gedeon

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  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 to victory.[...]

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 of chess.>

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  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:

shame that a cheat has used Barcza's name to cheat chessplayers

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  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..

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  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.

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  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?"
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Gedeon Barcza>

Correct pronunciation of his name-

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Aug-21-12  LoveThatJoker: GM Barcza, today you are remembered!


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  brankat: Quite a character, GM Barcza!


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  brankat: And once again.
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  parisattack: He played some very beautiful chess games! RIP, GM Barcza.
Jan-12-14  TheTamale: Kind of looks like Walt Disney.
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  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.
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  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...
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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, GM Gedeon Barcza.
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  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.
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