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Bela Soos
Number of games in database: 108
Years covered: 1954 to 2003
Last FIDE rating: 2281
Highest rating achieved in database: 2415

Overall record: +23 -38 =47 (43.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (9) 
    E70 E82 E84 E81 E71
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E21 E38 E36 E50 E40
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D78 D91 D85 D79 D73
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A45 A40 D02
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (31) 
    B27 B45 B22 B47 B48
 Sicilian Taimanov (10) 
    B45 B47 B48
 Modern Benoni (7) 
    A56 A57 A61 A72
 Reti System (5) 
    A04 A05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Soos vs Geller, 1962 1-0
   Soos vs Geller, 1964 1-0
   Soos vs Dzindzichashvili, 1965 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Skopje (1967)

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(born Mar-06-1930, died Sep-12-2007, 77 years old) Romania (federation/nationality Germany)

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IM Bela Soos was born in Targu Mures, Romania. He was awarded the IM title in 1967. He gained a reptutation for being Efim Geller 's nemesis - beating him at Varna 1962 and 1964.

After emigrating to West Germany in the 1970s his name was erased from history books in Romania.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 108  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Ciocaltea vs Soos  1-0201954RomaniaB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. Soos vs A Sansas  1-0511955ROU-FRAD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
3. A Sansas vs Soos  1-0411955ROU-FRAE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
4. Tringov vs Soos  ½-½431956Moscow ol (Men) fin-AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. Ivkov vs Soos  ½-½411956Moscow ol (Men) fin-AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
6. Niephaus vs Soos  1-0361956Moscow ol (Men) fin-AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. Soos vs Taimanov  ½-½261956Moscow ol (Men) fin-AE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
8. G Forintos vs Soos 1-0541959Asztalos Memorial 2ndE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. Ujtelky vs Soos  ½-½211959Asztalos Memorial 2ndA16 English
10. Soos vs P Dely  1-0331959Asztalos Memorial 2ndE70 King's Indian
11. Soos vs O Neikirch  1-0331959Asztalos Memorial 2ndA06 Reti Opening
12. E Haag vs Soos  0-1481959Asztalos Memorial 2ndA05 Reti Opening
13. I Bilek vs Soos  ½-½141959Asztalos Memorial 2ndA04 Reti Opening
14. Uhlmann vs Soos  ½-½371959Asztalos Memorial 2ndA61 Benoni
15. Soos vs A Beni  ½-½241959Asztalos Memorial 2ndA15 English
16. T Florian vs Soos 1-0651959Asztalos Memorial 2ndB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. Soos vs Portisch  0-1501959Asztalos Memorial 2ndE41 Nimzo-Indian
18. G Kluger vs Soos  ½-½261959Asztalos Memorial 2ndE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
19. Soos vs Kholmov  ½-½101959Asztalos Memorial 2ndD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
20. Soos vs K Honfi  1-0431959Asztalos Memorial 2ndA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
21. O Puscasiu vs Soos  0-1731961ROU-chB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
22. J Marsalek vs Soos  0-1531961Bucharest GMT 5thB27 Sicilian
23. Myagmarsuren vs Soos  0-1331962Varna ol (Men) qual-BB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
24. A Beni vs Soos  0-1691962Varna ol (Men) fin-AA56 Benoni Defense
25. G Barcza vs Soos 1-0471962Varna ol (Men) fin-AA05 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 108  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheAlchemist: Now this is an iron man! He played Kashdan in 1924 and also some games in 2001!
Jan-28-06  jamesmaskell: Also caused Gellar some serious problems. Look at the 1962 Varna Olympiad game between the two of then. Also the 1964 Varna game is worth a look at.

According to Chesscafe, his emigrating to Germany led to his history being torn apart. Its a great story and well worth looking into.

Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: I do not like them in a box.
I do not like them with a fox.
I do not like them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.
Oct-03-08  Karpova: The article that <jamesmaskell> mentioned on 2006.01.28 is <Geller's Nightmare> by Marius Ceteras & Olimpiu G. Urcan:

Excerpt: <It is less known that Geller had, like all mortals, his own nightmares. And one of them was generated by Bela Soos, a Romanian chess player. We confess we knew little of Soos ourselves, until two years ago when we discovered some of his games in older issues of Revista Romana de Sah. One of Romania’s top players since the 1950s, Soos has been practically erased from the history of Romanian chess as a result of his decision to emigrate to Germany in the early 1970s. During the Cold War era in most of the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe, immigration was regarded by the Party officials and its repressive mechanisms as an act of treason and any infidel’s name was simply thrown out of history books. And so it happened to Soos, whose name did not appear in any chess productions following his leave. The Communist censorship did a professional job, one might say.

Unfortunately, not even after 1989, the year that brought a change of regimes, no one rushed to repair the injustice done to Soos.>

The article is worth reading and contains three games Soos played against Efim Geller - 2 wins and a draw for Soos. They are all annotated.

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <Paul McKeown of London, UK, informs us that "Simen Agdestein is not the only person to have represented his country at football and chess. Try IGM Vlastimil Jansa, who was three times Czechoslovak chess champion, played at several Olympiads and also, when younger, I believe, played association football for his country. Or Bela Soos, strong IM, who represented Romania at a number of chess Olympiads and also at association football. Other famous footballing chess players include Torkil Nielsen, who has been the Faroer national chess champion and, if I remember correctly, scored the goal in the Faroes 1-0 victory over Austria in a 1990 European championship qualifying game. Or Charles Wreford Brown, who coined the word, "soccer", etc. I think I will stop boring you here, but the point is made, is it not?">

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  whiteshark: † Sept-12-2007


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