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G Barcza 
 
Gedeon Barcza
Number of games in database: 666
Years covered: 1934 to 1979
Highest rating achieved in database: 2480
Overall record: +231 -167 =268 (54.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Reti System (114) 
    A04 A05 A06
 English (34) 
    A15 A10 A13 A16 A14
 English, 1 c4 e5 (24) 
    A21 A26 A22 A20 A29
 King's Indian (18) 
    E63 E64 E62 E69 E94
 Grunfeld (16) 
    D78 D79 D73 D77 D75
 Catalan (16) 
    E09 E08 E03 E04 E06
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (45) 
    B10 B18 B19 B17 B12
 Sicilian (42) 
    B43 B83 B30 B65 B85
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C85 C94 C75 C78 C61
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E54 E47 E53 E40 E21
 Grunfeld (27) 
    D97 D71 D83 D85 D94
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (16) 
    C85 C94 C97 C84 C99
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Barcza vs Prins, 1952 1/2-1/2
   G Barcza vs Smyslov, 1956 1-0
   G Barcza vs Golombek, 1952 1-0
   Kiss vs G Barcza, 1934 0-1
   G Barcza vs Fischer, 1959 1/2-1/2
   G Barcza vs O Troianescu, 1948 1-0
   G Barcza vs I V Rohacek, 1942 1/2-1/2
   G Barcza vs E Walther, 1959 1-0
   G Barcza vs H Steiner, 1952 1-0
   G Barcza vs Unzicker, 1952 1/2-1/2

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Zurich 1959 by suenteus po 147
   99_Munich 1942 by whiteshark
   Barcza by Inius Mella
   1.Nf3 by matamuff
   Budapest 1940 by suenteus po 147
   howardb86's favorite games by howardb86

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GEDEON BARCZA
(born Aug-21-1911, died Feb-27-1986) Hungary
PRONUNCIATION:
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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 27; games 1-25 of 666  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kiss vs G Barcza 0-114 1934 DebrecenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
2. K S Ojanen vs G Barcza 0-137 1936 Munich OlympiadD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. W Hasenfuss vs G Barcza 0-136 1936 Munich ol (Men)B24 Sicilian, Closed
4. J Nielsen vs G Barcza  0-148 1936 Munich OlympiadD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. E Gereben vs G Barcza  ½-½20 1936 BudapestA13 English
6. G Barcza vs Trompowsky  ½-½40 1936 Munich OlympiadE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
7. G Barcza vs L Abramavicius 0-130 1936 Munich OlympiadE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Najdorf vs G Barcza  1-043 1936 BudapestD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
9. P Rethy vs G Barcza  1-046 1936 BudapestA06 Reti Opening
10. L Laurine vs G Barcza 1-055 1936 Munich OlympiadD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
11. S Gudmundsson vs G Barcza 0-120 1936 Munich OlympiadD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. G Barcza vs G Kluger  1-051 1936 BudapestD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. G Barcza vs Yury Toshev  1-054 1936 Munich OlympiadE36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
14. G Barcza vs I Halic  1-019 1936 Munich OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. G Barcza vs Ekenberg  1-041 1936 Munich OlympiadE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
16. E Gereben vs G Barcza  1-050 1937 BudapestB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. G Barcza vs P Rethy  0-123 1937 BudapestD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. G Barcza vs G Kluger 1-014 1937 BudapestA52 Budapest Gambit
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. Szabo vs G Barcza  1-044 1939 Makovetz memD97 Grunfeld, Russian
22. G Barcza vs Tibor 1-019 1939 Debreczin -C25 Vienna
23. Euwe vs G Barcza  1-035 1940 Budapest ;HCL 43D92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
24. G Barcza vs Vidmar  ½-½60 1940 BudapestD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
25. G Barcza vs P Rethy  1-053 1940 BudapestA04 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 666  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-07-04  nikolaas: K 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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
http://www.bidmonfa.com/barcza_gede...
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Aug-21-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gedeon...

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.>

Apr-11-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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!

LTJ

Aug-21-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Quite a character, GM Barcza!

R.I.P.

Aug-21-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: And once again.
Aug-21-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: He played some very beautiful chess games! RIP, GM Barcza.
Jan-12-14  TheTamale: Kind of looks like Walt Disney.
Jun-19-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <TheTamale: Kind of looks like Walt Disney.>

Yes. But Barcza plays chess and Walt Disney.

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