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Aleksandar Matanovic
  
Number of games in database: 942
Years covered: 1947 to 2007
Last FIDE rating: 2490
Highest rating achieved in database: 2500

Overall record: +239 -150 =552 (54.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (192) 
    B83 B92 B32 B42 B45
 Ruy Lopez (132) 
    C97 C98 C93 C64 C73
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (76) 
    C97 C98 C93 C90 C89
 French Defense (56) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C10
 French Tarrasch (40) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C04
 Sicilian Scheveningen (36) 
    B83 B82 B84 B85
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (91) 
    C93 C97 C95 C69 C94
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (72) 
    C93 C97 C95 C94 C90
 Nimzo Indian (71) 
    E59 E55 E42 E54 E41
 Queen's Indian (49) 
    E19 E17 E12 E15 E14
 English (35) 
    A17 A14 A15 A13 A16
 King's Indian (33) 
    E66 E64 E80 E70 E60
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bisguier vs A Matanovic, 1961 0-1
   A Matanovic vs Tal, 1958 1-0
   Petrosian vs A Matanovic, 1959 1/2-1/2
   A Matanovic vs Larsen, 1958 1-0
   Fischer vs A Matanovic, 1961 1/2-1/2
   A Matanovic vs Jansa, 1968 1-0
   Spassky vs A Matanovic, 1964 1/2-1/2
   Petrosian vs A Matanovic, 1960 1/2-1/2
   A Matanovic vs Ivkov, 1974 1-0
   A Matanovic vs Bronstein, 1954 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USA - Yugoslavia Radio Match (1950)
   Hoogovens (1960)
   Hastings 1953/54 (1953)
   Palma de Mallorca (1966)
   Monte Carlo (1967)
   Vidmar Memorial (1969)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Portoroz Interzonal (1958)
   Bled (1961)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Moscow (1963)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1952)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vidmar Memorial by FSR
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by WCC Editing Project
   Forssa/Helsinki zonal tournament 1972 by Chessdreamer
   Palma de Mallorca 1966 by Tabanus
   Moscow 1963 by sneaky pete

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ALEKSANDAR MATANOVIC
(born May-23-1930, 87 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Serbia)

[what is this?]

Aleksandar Matanovic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Awarded the IM title in 1951 and the GM title in 1955, he won the Yugoslav Championship in 1962 (=Dragoljub Minic), 1969 and 1978. A fine positional player he might have achieved more if he hadn't concentrated his efforts into chess literature. Two major works owe much to his editorship, namely the five volume "Encyclopedia Of Chess Openings" and "Chess Informator" founded in 1966. The code(1) "ECO" created by him and Dragutin Sahovic is universal today.

Further Reading:

(1) http://www.chessgames.com/chessecoh... is a list; pages like Uncommon Opening (A00) allow the user to navigate a series of 500 pages of opening codes for the kibitzer who prefer it to the Opening Explorer view; (2) Wikipedia article: Aleksandar Matanović

Last updated: 2017-02-09 10:00:11

 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 942  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Kostic vs A Matanovic  0-1451947YUG-ch Semifinal EastE91 King's Indian
2. B Milenkovic vs A Matanovic  0-1321947Serbian Youth ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. A Matanovic vs B Kostic  0-1351948VinkovciB56 Sicilian
4. A Matanovic vs B Milic  1-0601949YUG-chC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. A Matanovic vs B Tot  0-1401949YUG-chB10 Caro-Kann
6. Gligoric vs A Matanovic  ½-½251949YUG-chB10 Caro-Kann
7. A Matanovic vs B Kostic  ½-½611949YUG-chA06 Reti Opening
8. A Matanovic vs Pirc 1-0411950Bled itB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
9. A Matanovic vs B Milic  ½-½341950Bled itC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
10. A Matanovic vs Ivkov  ½-½411950BledB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
11. Vidmar vs A Matanovic  1-0241950BledE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
12. Najdorf vs A Matanovic 1-0361950BledE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
13. Tartakower vs A Matanovic  0-1661950Bled itB10 Caro-Kann
14. O'Kelly vs A Matanovic  ½-½201950Bled itE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
15. A Matanovic vs Stoltz  1-0401950Bled itC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. B Kostic vs A Matanovic  0-1611950Bled itB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. A Matanovic vs A Fuderer 0-1411950Bled itB58 Sicilian
18. A Matanovic vs Puc  1-0491950Bled itB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. A Matanovic vs Pilnik  0-1551950Bled itD74 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O
20. G Pfeiffer vs A Matanovic 1-0591950Bled itB10 Caro-Kann
21. B Rabar vs A Matanovic  0-1481950Bled it+A22 English
22. Rellstab vs A Matanovic  ½-½891950Bled itB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
23. Pinkus vs A Matanovic  0-1561950USA - Yugoslavia Radio MatchB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
24. A Matanovic vs Pinkus  1-0241950USA - Yugoslavia Radio MatchC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
25. F Henneberke vs A Matanovic  0-1401950NED-YUGE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 942  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-19-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheAlchemist: I'm not certain, but I believe the following happened to Matanovic. So, the Yugoslav team were on the way to a tournament and they went through Bulgaria. At customs, a Bulgarian officer asked them, where they were heading. Matanovic answered, they were chess players on their way to a tournament.

But the officer didn't believe them and "invited" Matanovic to play a game with him. How surprised Matanovic turned out to be, when he got checkmated fairly quickly. The officer told them: "You may pass. But save that story about chess players for others."

Apr-18-06  rochade18: similiar things happened to me too, though I am of course not in a national team...
May-23-06  BIDMONFA: Aleksandar Matanovic

MATANOVIC, Aleksandar
http://www.bidmonfa.com/matanovic_a...
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May-23-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday Aleksandar!
May-23-08  utssb: <TheAlchemist> How could such a story be true? A knowledgeable GM being beaten by some Bulgarian officer?
May-23-08  bravado1: It may be true. Back then, in communism, a lot of sportsmen officially served in the Army or border patrols because it enabled them to have a regular salary and other benefits. This customs officer could be in fact a Bulgarian grandmaster.
May-23-08  Nikita Smirnov: bravado1: It may be true. Back then, in communism, a lot of sportsmen officially served in the Army or border patrols because it enabled them to have a regular salary and other benefits. This customs officer could be in fact a Bulgarian grandmaster.

Yes,you're right.
One such good exmple of a good player joining the army was Leonid Stein.And he also got an officer post if I'm right.

May-26-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: In East European countries in those days it was mandatory to join the armed forces service. Usually from 1-2 years. Of course there were exceptions. Some top level athletes, for example :-)
May-26-08  Nikita Smirnov: I've also heard that under WW II some great Soviet Sportsmens got wounded or killed.
May-28-08  utssb: <This customs officer could be in fact a Bulgarian grandmaster.>

I would very much doubt that. GMs were not common in that time and surely he would have been recognized. Or he would have recognized one of the players within the group. And if he was a GM that certainly would have presented itself in conversation and no such test would be needed.

Maybe it's possible that some decent club player was underestimated by Matanovic but the story seems unlikely. And surely it was no Master that he played.

Jun-01-08  Nikita Smirnov: <utssb> How can you be so sure?
Jun-01-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheAlchemist: <utssb> Well, I've seen some candidate masters at my club defeat GMs and IMs at blitz a few times. Maybe he was just a specialist (of master strength or thereabout) and Matanovic might not have been so good at it.
Aug-31-08  myschkin: . . .

"Chess Informant no. 100"

Recently, the famous Chess Informant reached a milestone: edition no. 100 was published. Facts, figures and an exclusive interview with 77-year-old editor-in-chief Aleksandar Matanovic.

Forty-two years ago, in the former Yugoslavia, some chess enthousiasts had a few interesting ideas. They wanted to collect the most distinguished chess games from all major events, and publish them. For this, they established a “chess language” - an international code akin to those used in mathematics and music, equally understandable to chessplayers all over the globe. Lastly, they subsitituted traditional opening names with a classification of chess openings based on evaluation of all the available hitherto played games. In 1966, the first volume of Chess Informant was published.

Within a few years, their publication (also called “Informator”) became the one and only chess bible (or should we say: bibles?) for travelling chess professionals, who in those days were known to carry more chess books than clothes in their suitcases, something we can hardly imagine in the digital era.

Exclusive interview with editor-in-chief Aleksandar Matanovic ...

http://www.chessvibes.com/personal/...

(by chessvibes 4/2008)

Nov-08-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: <myschkin> Thanks for the link. A very informative interview :-)
Apr-17-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <myschkin: their publication (also called “Informator”) became the one and only chess bible (or should we say: bibles?) for travelling chess professionals, who in those days were known to carry more chess books than clothes in their suitcases, something we can hardly imagine in the digital era.>

true.

May-23-10  reti: Probably, Matanovic played very weak in order to save his life!
May-23-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Wow. Aleksandar Matanovic is 81 years old.
May-23-11  bronkenstein: Srećan rodjendan velemajstore , sve najlepše!

Or shall I say , happy birthday :)

May-23-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Wishing You a very happy Birthday Aleksandar!
May-23-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Aleksander Matanovic.
Jun-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Last time I talked to GM Matanovic was in 1977. Hard to believe he's 86! But, then, I was 26, 65 now :-)
Jan-07-17  wrap99: About the official beating him at chess. I have read a similar story where someone claimed to be a mathematician and the official, one himself, asked him to do a Taylor series expansion of a function.
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