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Isaias Pleci
I Pleci 
Number of games in database: 121
Years covered: 1930 to 1978
Overall record: +58 -29 =34 (62.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D51 D56 D55
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    D02 D01 E00 D04 A45
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D37 D31 D39 D30
 Slav (5) 
    D13 D12 D10
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C88 C70 C86 C79
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E22 E23
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    A46 D02 D00 D04 A45
 Orthodox Defense (10) 
    D51 D52 D50 D66 D63
 Slav (4) 
    D11 D13 D17
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C79 C71 C88
 Sicilian (4) 
    B29 B25 B60 B40
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E24 E38 E35 E22
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Pleci vs L Endzelins, 1939 1-0
   I Pleci vs G Friedemann, 1939 1-0
   E Eliskases vs I Pleci, 1935 0-1
   C Staldi vs I Pleci, 1937 0-1
   Guimard vs I Pleci, 1935 0-1
   V Winz vs I Pleci, 1935 0-1
   I Pleci vs V Soultanbeieff, 1930 1-0

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(born Oct-27-1900, died Dec-27-1980, 80 years old) Argentina

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Isaias Pleci was awarded the IM title in 1965 and was Argentine champion in 1929 and 1930. He represented Argentina in the 1935, 1937, and 1939 Chess Olympiads. He won the individual gold medal at Buenos Aires 1939 and the bronze medal at Stockholm 1937. In 1936, he won, ahead of Aaron Schwartzman, in Mar del Plata (3rd it). His nickname was Tank.

He was champion of South America at Mar del Plata 1936 [brasilbase-1] and Sub-champion of South America (1935) [brasilbase-2].

In 1935, at the Warsaw Chess Olympiad, Pleci claimed his game on time forfeit against Miguel Najdorf. Najdorf said he made his move just before time control, but before he could press the button, Pleci picked up the clock and ran away with it. Pleci said he couldn't forcibly stop Najdorf from making his move and writing it down on his scoresheet. The arbiters were unable to reach a verdict on who was right, so the clock decided the issue. Najdorf lost the game on time.

Olimpbase biography -

Wikipedia article: Isaias Pleci

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 121  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Grau vs I Pleci  1-044 1930 ARG-ch mA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. I Pleci vs R Grau  1-047 1930 ARG-ch mD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
3. R Grau vs I Pleci  1-064 1930 ARG-ch mB19 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. I Pleci vs R Grau  ½-½61 1930 ARG-ch mD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. I Pleci vs R Grau  1-057 1930 ARG-ch mE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
6. R Grau vs I Pleci  0-123 1930 ARG-ch mC71 Ruy Lopez
7. I Pleci vs R Grau  ½-½82 1930 ARG-ch mE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
8. R Grau vs I Pleci  0-127 1930 ARG-ch mC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
9. I Pleci vs G A Thomas  ½-½40 1930 LiegeE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
10. Nimzowitsch vs I Pleci  1-053 1930 LiegeA00 Uncommon Opening
11. I Pleci vs V Soultanbeieff 1-023 1930 LiegeD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Ahues vs I Pleci  ½-½31 1930 LiegeE14 Queen's Indian
13. I Pleci vs Sultan Khan 0-140 1930 LiegeE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
14. I Pleci vs Rubinstein 0-154 1930 LiegeC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
15. Przepiorka vs I Pleci  ½-½71 1930 LiegeD05 Queen's Pawn Game
16. I Pleci vs Tartakower  0-135 1930 LiegeD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Weenink vs I Pleci  1-060 1930 LiegeA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. I Pleci vs Marshall  ½-½42 1930 LiegeD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Colle vs I Pleci  ½-½66 1930 LiegeA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. I Pleci vs V Fenoglio  0-131 1931 ARG-ch mD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
21. Jacobo Bolbochan vs I Pleci  ½-½50 1931 ARG-ch m 3132E22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
22. I Pleci vs Jacobo Bolbochan  0-147 1931 ARG-ch m 3132D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. J Molina vs I Pleci ½-½41 1931 Buenos AiresD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. V Fenoglio vs I Pleci  ½-½41 1931 ARG-ch mA47 Queen's Indian
25. I Pleci vs V Fenoglio  1-030 1931 ARG-ch mD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 121  PGN Download
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  OlimpBase: How come there is no famous Pleci-Endzelis game?? One of most brilliant games ever played, just look:

[Event "8th olm final A"]
[Site "Buenos Aires ARG"]
[Date "1939.09.06"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Pleci, Isaias ARG"]
[Black "Endzelins, Lucijs LAT"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C07"]
[EventDate "1939.08.24"]
[PlyCount "41"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nd7 6.dxc5 Nxc5 7.Qxd8+ Kxd8 8.Bg5+ f6 9.O-O-O+ Ke8 10.Bb5+ Kf7 11.Rd8 Be7 12.Ne5+ fxe5 13.Nd6+ Kg6 14. Bxe7 Nxe7 15.Rxh8 a6 16.Be2 e4 17.f4 b5 18.Re8 Kf6 19.Rf8+ Kg6 20.h4 Bb7 21.h5+ 1-0

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  Benzol: <OlimpBase> The database is not complete. If you have games that should be in it upload them using the PGN upload utility.
Premium Chessgames Member We just added a few Pleci games to our collection including the one mentioned above, I Pleci vs L Endzelins, 1939. Enjoy.
Dec-29-05  lopium: Incredible funny story from his biography!! ahahahzz!!!!!!
May-09-06  BIDMONFA: Isaias Pleci

PLECI, Isaias

May-09-06  gmgomes: About about Pleci x Najdorf. Ain´t the game available?
May-09-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I can't find the PGN of the Pleci vs. Najdorf game anywhere else on Internet either:

I only found these two links:

What a pity!

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  pawn to QB4: I've seen an account somewhere of the Pleci-Najdorf shambles. Alekhine asked Sir George Thomas "what would be the decision if that happened in England?" and got the reply "it wouldn't have happened in England!" (standards have declined over here since). Najdorf's comment on the decision he'd lost: "I wouldn't have wanted another result, playing, as we are, in Poland".
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  whiteshark: Meseems Lüttich (Liege) 1930 was not his best tournament performance.

Game Collection: Liege 1930

May-01-09  Augalv: Pleci was nicknamed the "Tank". He did not know a lot about theory, but he was an outstanding player in Argentina for many years. His secret, according to Foguelman, was his skill at simplifying the game at the right time to reach a good ending position.

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  GrahamClayton: Another biography can be found at:

Oct-02-10  paladin at large: <whiteshark><(Liege) 1930 was not his best tournament performance.>

Well, Pleci would have done a lot better, but none of his opponents got into time trouble.

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  Fusilli: Just based on personality and future actions by Najdorf, I tend not to believe the Najdorf's version of the story. But that's just my guess.

If memory serves, when Pleci died Najdorf was running a weekly chess column in Clarin newspaper and wrote a nice tribute to Pleci (of course, dedicating the column to one of Pleci's games).

Dec-03-10  Dredge Rivers: Where's his brother, Joe Pleci?
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Isaias Pleci.
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