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Aleksandar Matanovic
Number of games in database: 903
Years covered: 1948 to 2007
Last FIDE rating: 2490
Highest rating achieved in database: 2500
Overall record: +224 -148 =530 (54.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (183) 
    B83 B92 B32 B45 B42
 Ruy Lopez (127) 
    C97 C93 C98 C73 C64
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (72) 
    C97 C93 C98 C90 C94
 French Defense (55) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C18
 French Tarrasch (39) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C04
 Sicilian Scheveningen (35) 
    B83 B84 B82 B85
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (89) 
    C93 C97 C95 C69 C94
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (70) 
    C93 C97 C95 C94 C90
 Nimzo Indian (69) 
    E59 E55 E42 E54 E41
 Queen's Indian (48) 
    E19 E17 E12 E15 E14
 English (35) 
    A17 A14 A15 A13 A16
 King's Indian (30) 
    E66 E64 E80 E95 E70
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bisguier vs A Matanovic, 1961 0-1
   A Matanovic vs Tal, 1958 1-0
   A Matanovic vs Larsen, 1958 1-0
   Petrosian vs A Matanovic, 1959 1/2-1/2
   Fischer vs A Matanovic, 1961 1/2-1/2
   A Matanovic vs Larsen, 1960 1-0
   Tal vs A Matanovic, 1968 1/2-1/2
   A Matanovic vs Szabo, 1952 1/2-1/2
   Hort vs A Matanovic, 1968 1/2-1/2
   Ivkov vs A Matanovic, 1968 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   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?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by WCC Editing Project
   Moscow 1963 by sneaky pete
   Vidmar Memorial by FSR
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by suenteus po 147
   Palma de Mallorca 1966 by Tabanus
   1960 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Hoogovens 1960 by Tabanus

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(born May-23-1930, 86 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Serbia)

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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 "ECO" created by him and Dragutin Sahovic is universal today.

Wikipedia article: Aleksandar Matanovi%C4%87

 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 903  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Matanovic vs B Kostic  0-135 1948 VinkovciB56 Sicilian
2. Gligoric vs A Matanovic  ½-½25 1949 YUG-chB10 Caro-Kann
3. A Matanovic vs B Tot  0-140 1949 YUG-chB10 Caro-Kann
4. A Matanovic vs B Kostic  ½-½61 1949 YUG-chA06 Reti Opening
5. A Matanovic vs B Milic  1-060 1949 YUG-chC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. A Matanovic vs B Milic  ½-½34 1950 Bled itC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
7. A Matanovic vs Pirc 1-041 1950 Bled itB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
8. Rellstab vs A Matanovic  ½-½89 1950 Bled itB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
9. A Matanovic vs F Henneberke  ½-½15 1950 NED-YUGB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
10. O'Kelly vs A Matanovic  ½-½20 1950 Bled itE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
11. Tartakower vs A Matanovic  0-166 1950 Bled itB10 Caro-Kann
12. Vidmar vs A Matanovic  1-024 1950 BledE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
13. F Henneberke vs A Matanovic  0-140 1950 NED-YUGE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
14. B Kostic vs A Matanovic  0-161 1950 Bled itB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. A Matanovic vs Stoltz  1-040 1950 Bled itC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. A Matanovic vs Puc  1-049 1950 Bled itB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
17. A Matanovic vs Ivkov  ½-½41 1950 BledB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
18. A Matanovic vs A Fuderer 0-141 1950 Bled itB58 Sicilian
19. B Rabar vs A Matanovic  0-148 1950 Bled it+A22 English
20. Najdorf vs A Matanovic 1-036 1950 BledE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
21. G Pfeiffer vs A Matanovic 1-059 1950 Bled itB10 Caro-Kann
22. A Matanovic vs Pilnik  0-155 1950 Bled itD74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
23. Gligoric vs A Matanovic  ½-½46 1951 Bad Pyrmont ztC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
24. B Simonovic vs A Matanovic  0-152 1951 YUG-ch 6thE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
25. N Karaklajic vs A Matanovic  ½-½35 1951 YUG-ch 6thB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 903  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  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

May-23-08  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  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?
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  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 ...

(by chessvibes 4/2008)

Nov-08-08  brankat: <myschkin> Thanks for the link. A very informative interview :-)
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.>


May-23-10  reti: Probably, Matanovic played very weak in order to save his life!
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  brankat: Wishing You a very happy Birthday Aleksandar!
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Aleksander Matanovic.
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