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Ion Balanel
Number of games in database: 66
Years covered: 1949 to 1958

Overall record: +14 -21 =31 (44.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (8) 
    E80 E81 E89 E90
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E32 E38 E20 E26
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C84 C74 C78 C90 C75
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (6) 
    C01 C05 C15 C07 C18
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E53 E40 E48 E42 E41
 King's Indian (5) 
    E60 E85 E94 E62
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(born Jun-07-1926, 93 years old) Romania

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Ion Balanel was born in Bucharest. Awarded the IM title in 1954, he was Romanian Champion in 1950, 1953, 1955 and 1958. In 1958 he was virtually excommunicated from his club Dinamo and put in a lunatic asylum by the communist regime.

Last updated: 2019-06-07 03:49:55

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Balanel vs S Erdelyi  ½-½381949BucharestD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Opocensky vs Balanel  ½-½181949BucharestE60 King's Indian Defense
3. Balanel vs O Neikirch 1-0491949BucharestD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. T Florian vs Balanel  ½-½191949BucharestE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
5. Balanel vs F Jenei  ½-½511949BucharestE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
6. Balanel vs Foltys  ½-½251951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. G Barcza vs Balanel  ½-½631951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalA04 Reti Opening
8. Stoltz vs Balanel  1-0531951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalA34 English, Symmetrical
9. Balanel vs A Pytlakowski 0-1241951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. Balanel vs O Barda  ½-½431951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Sajtar vs Balanel  ½-½351951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
12. Eigil Pedersen vs Balanel  ½-½461951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalC01 French, Exchange
13. S Basjuni vs Balanel  1-0601951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalA34 English, Symmetrical
14. Szabo vs Balanel 1-0251951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalC05 French, Tarrasch
15. Balanel vs W Heidenfeld  ½-½201951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalA52 Budapest Gambit
16. Balanel vs Lokvenc  1-0341951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
17. Balanel vs J A Fred  ½-½641951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalE90 King's Indian
18. K Skold vs Balanel 1-0661951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalC18 French, Winawer
19. Pachman vs Balanel  1-0471951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalE41 Nimzo-Indian
20. Balanel vs A Tsvetkov  1-0571951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
21. Balanel vs Benko  0-1591951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Balanel vs Sliwa  1-0661952MiedzyzdrojeD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. Balanel vs M Bobotsov  0-1411952MiedzyzdrojeE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
24. K Makarczyk vs Balanel  0-1661952MiedzyzdrojeE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
25. Balanel vs Stefan Szabo 1-0781952MiedzyzdrojeE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
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  Benzol: Ion Balanel
Born 7th June 1926 in Bucharest
Awarded the IM title in 1954 and was Romainian champion in 1950, 1953, 1955 and 1958.
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  Peligroso Patzer: Although he ended up losing, Balanel played a wonderful game against Larsen in today's GotD: Balanel vs Larsen, 1956.
Jun-05-17  BIDMONFA: Ion Balanel


Jun-05-17  Nosnibor: In the Romanian Championship of 1953 Balanel shared first place with 12/17 together with Troianescu and Voiculescu. A play off was arranged between the three and Balanel won with 6 points far ahead of Voiculescu 3.5 and Troianescu 3.A similar situation occurred in the 1955 Championship when Balanel finished in a triple tie with Ciocaltea and Gunsberger on 11.5/19. When the play-off was arranged Gunsberger withdrew because of University studies and Balanel beat Ciocaltea by 3 games to 1.I found it surprising that there are none of his games from these championships shown in CG database. Finally when Balanel won the 1958 Championship he took sole first place with 12/19 .Then it appears shortly after this he was incarcerated and is presumably still alive ?
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  virginmind: He was sent in an asylum by the Securitate, for some reason, but I have no knowledge what happened to him after that. Maybe some other people who know his whereabouts could tell us?
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