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Volf Bergraser
Number of games in database: 69
Years covered: 1938 to 1982
Overall record: +13 -32 =24 (36.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-04-1904, died Nov-13-1986, 82 years old) Romania (federation/nationality France)

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Volf Bergraser was awarded the IMC title in 1959. He was French champion in 1957 and 1966. He became a Correspondence Grandmaster at the age of 77.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 69  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N B Rometti vs V Bergraser 1-0211938FRA-chB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. V Bergraser vs M Raizman  0-1481938FRA-chE17 Queen's Indian
3. V Bergraser vs A Matanovic  0-1451954Amsterdam ol (Men) qual-CE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
4. O Kastel vs V Bergraser  0-1811954Amsterdam ol (Men) qual-CE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
5. B Andersen vs V Bergraser  1-0351954Amsterdam ol (Men) qual-CD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. V Bergraser vs I Aloni  0-1381954Amsterdam ol (Men) qual-CD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. V Bergraser vs P Lindblom  ½-½251954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. P Vaitonis vs V Bergraser  ½-½271954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. L A Sanchez vs V Bergraser  ½-½511954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BB01 Scandinavian
10. V Bergraser vs P Panagopoulos  ½-½481954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BE60 King's Indian Defense
11. F Scafarelli vs V Bergraser  1-0511954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
12. A Dunkelblum vs V Bergraser  ½-½181954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BE07 Catalan, Closed
13. V Bergraser vs O Katajisto  0-1821954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. V Bergraser vs A Prameshuber  ½-½191954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
15. E Nievergelt vs V Bergraser  1-0271954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. L Schmid vs V Bergraser  0-1411955corrB01 Scandinavian
17. J Jezek vs V Bergraser  0-13319562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
18. F Batik vs V Bergraser  ½-½5319562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
19. V Bergraser vs B Koch 0-12219562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD75 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
20. V Bergraser vs Ragozin 0-14419562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
21. M Napolitano vs V Bergraser  0-15119562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
22. E Arnlind vs V Bergraser  ½-½1819562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
23. V Bergraser vs K Kaliwoda  ½-½4719562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. A Lundqvist vs V Bergraser  1-02919562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. V Bergraser vs L Schmid 0-14919562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
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  Benzol: Volf Bergraser
Born 4th January 1904 in Nona Sulita
Awarded CIM title in 1959 and CGM title in 1983
He was French champion in 1957 and 1966.
Dec-26-04  percyblakeney: Sounds like a name from a bad fantasy movie...
Jan-04-07  ardarel: I am very pleased to see that Dr. Volf Bergraser was chosen today: Jan/04/2007, as the player of the day. A full time rural medical doctor in his beloved country of adoption, he played mostly correspondence due to the lack of chess activity in the place he used to live. Ocasionally he attended live chess competitions, but it was quite seldom, due to his time taking professional activity. In spite of that, he managed to be twice french champion, and be present in several olympiads (in five of them both as player and capitain). He was a very good chess amateur,a truly nice person,a responsible family man, and cultivated individual with whom you could speak about almost everthing. He succeded to escape a concentration camp during WWII, to join the french army as a medical officer.After it was over, he was distinguished with a well deserved decoration. In his old age he continued to play competitive chess, but correspondence only ( at that time he was already living in Toulouse), getting his CGM title at the age of 77!. He was my father's youngest brother.
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  whiteshark: Volf Bergraser participated at the 2nd and 4th World Correspondence Championship Finals.

For cross-tables:

2nd WC 1956-1959:

4th WC: 1962-1965:

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  brankat: <ardarel> Thank You for letting us know more about Your late uncle.

A true gentleman and a scholar, chess enthusiast and a fine player.

Jan-04-08  ardarel: Again, I have the pleasure to see my beloved uncle as player of the day. Thank you <brankat> for your kind words about Volf.
Jan-04-08  AuDo: Bergraser as white: rgraser,Volf

Bergraser as black: rgraser,Volf

Jan-04-08  AuDo: Delete the -
Write together Be and rgraser,Volf
Jan-04-10  ardarel: I am happy to see that my uncle Volf Bergraser was again chosen as player of the day.

Thank you very much!

Jan-04-10  myschkin: . . .


(source: L'Echiquier de France, 1957)


".. Il était aimé et reconnu de tous pour sa modestie, son pragmatisme et le sérieux de son analyse. Il ne possédait pas de bibliothèque échiquéenne et ne faisait confiance qu'à son analyse personnelle. Il a développé considérablement la théorie de la défense scandinave qui était sa grande spécialité. .."

(source: Europe Echecs 337, 1987)

Jan-04-11  BIDMONFA: Volf Bergraser


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  Stonehenge: Player of the day again, what a surprise :)
Jan-07-11  ardarel: I am very pleased again for seen my late uncle as player of the day (Jan-04-11.
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  whiteshark: <Stonehenge: Player of the day again, what a surprise :)>

Emballez, c'est pesé !

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  Benzol: Participated in the 2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship (1956)
Jan-04-13  ardarel: Again my uncle was named: player of the day.Thank you very much indeed!!
Jan-04-13  Kikoman: Rest In Peace CGM Volf Bergraser.
Aug-10-17  Nosnibor: According to my records Bergrasser shared the 1966 title with Rolland ,both scoring 7.5/11. I am not aware of a play-off.
Aug-10-17  Nerwal: <According to my records Bergrasser shared the 1966 title with Rolland ,both scoring 7.5/11. I am not aware of a play-off.>

Bergraser won on tie-break ( French national titles are not shared, 2012 being the exception due to the sad situation.

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