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Elod Macskasy
Number of games in database: 70
Years covered: 1947 to 1981
Overall record: +26 -29 =15 (47.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-17-1919, died Jan-21-1990, 70 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality Canada)

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Macskasy was born in Arad*. A University of British Columbia mathematician by profession for three decades, he won the 1958 Canadian Open. He also played 4th board in 1964 & 3rd board in 1968 for Canada at the Olympiad, accumulating 11.5 points in 26 team games. He won the British Columbia championship 5 times straight between 1958-62 & again tied for 1st in 1967.

*Wikipedia article: Arad, Romania


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Last updated: 2019-04-13 03:26:36

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 70  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Macskasy vs J Balogh  ½-½481947HUN-chE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
2. H Gross vs E Macskasy  1-060195859th US OpenB01 Scandinavian
3. E Macskasy vs M Rohland  1-040195859th US OpenA52 Budapest Gambit
4. E Macskasy vs E Cobo Arteaga  0-144195859th US OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
5. M Otteson vs E Macskasy  1-047195859th US OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. E Macskasy vs G Tiers  1-019195859th US OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. G S Barnes vs E Macskasy  0-137195859th US OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
8. E Macskasy vs H Avram  0-151195859th US OpenE20 Nimzo-Indian
9. E Macskasy vs G Hartleb  1-043195859th US OpenD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
10. J McCormick vs E Macskasy 0-1181960Washington-BC mE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
11. H Davis vs E Macskasy  0-126196061st US OpenD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. E Macskasy vs J G Sullivan  0-149196061st US OpenD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. J Donald Define vs E Macskasy  0-123196061st US OpenB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
14. J Sherwin vs E Macskasy  1-041196061st US OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. R Sprague vs E Macskasy  1-022196061st US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
16. E Macskasy vs Yanofsky  0-1421961Vancouver mE97 King's Indian
17. John Prentice vs E Macskasy  1-0341961City Chess Club OpenE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
18. Yanofsky vs E Macskasy  1-0561961Vancouver mB01 Scandinavian
19. E Macskasy vs R Fuchs 1-0391964Tel Aviv ol (Men) qual-FD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
20. R C Cruz vs E Macskasy  ½-½311964Tel Aviv ol (Men) qual-FD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. J Kristinsson vs E Macskasy  ½-½401964Tel Aviv ol (Men) qual-FD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
22. E Macskasy vs L Roux Cabral  1-0251964Tel Aviv ol (Men) qual-FD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. E Macskasy vs A Kostjoerin  ½-½411964Tel Aviv ol (Men) qual-FA06 Reti Opening
24. Alejandro Cevallos vs E Macskasy  ½-½301964Tel Aviv ol (Men) qual-FA57 Benko Gambit
25. Spassky vs E Macskasy 1-0411964Tel Aviv ol (Men) fin-AA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
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Oct-25-06  refutor: Macskasy = E Macskasy = Elod Macskasy

Jul-26-08  lentil: pronounced mash-KAh-zy. I remember a kindly old gent who was far more polite to this 1200-rated potz than etiquette required.
Jul-26-08  kramputz: <lentil: pronounced mash-KAh-zy. I remember a kindly old gent who was far more polite to this 1200-rated potz than etiquette required.> It is a Hungarian name and pronounced:
mahch-kah-she . Macska in Hungarian: means : cat
Jul-26-08  kramputz: January 21 1990 Elod Macskasy, mathematics teacher and chess player, died in Vancouver. He was born in Hungary April 17, 1919, came to Vancouver in 1956. Wrote Nathan Divinsky, a friend and fellow chess enthusiast, “He taught mathematics at UBC for over 30 years, and was B.C.'s top chess player for most of that time. He won the Canadian Open Championship in 1958 and had a great influence on all the young B.C. chess players. He played on a number of Canadian Olympic chess teams, and always with distinction. In the late ’50s and early ’60s, he often could be found at the old Heidelberg Restaurant on Robsonstrasse, the hangout for European immigrants. Macskasy was a gentle, artistic man, a wonderful friend.”

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  whiteshark: His Chess Olympiads participation:
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  GrahamClayton: British Columbia champion 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962 & 1967.

Biography and games can be found here:

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  wordfunph: "In an important tournament game, my flag fell as I was about to make the time control move. I stopped and recorded a win for him, but he tried to convince me that I hadn't really lost and that the game should continue. I was amazed."

- GMC Jonathan Berry (on Elod "The Doc" Macskasy)

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  offramp: Och aye the noo! Yit another Canadian Scot! Hawae the laddie!
Aug-06-17  Eagle41257: Yet he was Hungarian, not Romanian.

Elod Macskasy (Hungarian: Macskásy Elod) (17 April 1919 – 21 January 1990) was a Hungarian-born Canadian chess master. He was a mathematics professor, and also competed in swimming for Hungary at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Elod Macskasy was born in Arad, which at the time was part of the Kingdom of Hungary, but was shortly afterwards ceded to Romania by the Treaty of Trianon. He completed his early schooling there, and at the age of 16 won the chess championship of the city. He studied mathematics in Budapest from 1937 to 1942, at the Pázmány Péter University, earning his doctorate. During this time, he competed with some success in team and student chess tournaments. Macskasy scored 1/1 on the first reserve board for Hungary at the 2nd Balkaniad, Sofia 1947, and his team won the gold medals. In 1947, he gained the Hungarian National Master title following his performance in the 1947 Hungarian championship. Perhaps his best Hungarian result occurred in 1952, when he won a Master tournament ahead of Árpád Vajda, István Bilek and Károly Honfi. Macskasy co-authored a book on the 1952 Hungarian championship.

Aug-06-17  Retireborn: According to my old Hungarian book, he won a fine game as White v Vukovic at the 1947 Balkaniad in Sofia. The book only gives moves 25-33 though; if anybody has a complete score I'd love to see it.

(Looked on OlimpBase but it has no games from that Balkaniad.)

Aug-06-17  Eagle41257: 1. d4 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 Nbd7 4. c4 dc 5. Qa4 c6 6. Qc4 e5 7. Nf3 Nb6 8. Qc2 ed 9. 0-0 c5 10. Rd1 Nbd5 11. a3 Qc7 12. Nbd2 Ce7 13. Ng5 h6 14. Kge4 Be6 15. Nf6 Nf6 16. Nc4 0-0 17. Bf4 Qd7 18. Ne5 Qb5 19. a4 Qa6 20. Bf1 Qb6 21. a5 Qd8 22. a6 Bd5 23. f3 Qc8 24. e4 de 25. Rd5 Nd5 26. Qe4 Qe6 27. ab Rad8 28. Bc4 g5 29. b8Q Rb8 30. Bd5 Qf6 31. Nd7 Qb2 32. Qg6 Kh8 33. Qh6 Kg8 34. Be5 Qe5 35. Ne5 Rb6 36. Ng6 1:0
Aug-06-17  Retireborn: <Eagle41257> Wow! I didn't really think anybody would have it. Many thanks!
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  GrahamClayton: Macskasy "won" the 1974 British Columbia state title with 5.5/8, but the tournament was marred by the withdrawal of 6 of the 8 players due to a disagreement with the TD, who allowed a player who forfeited a game on time to replay the game. Not wishing to win the tournament in such an unsatisfactory way, Macskasy offered to defend his title in a second tournament. This was a three-player 12 round tournament featuring Macskasy, Joseph Oszvald and Jonathan Berry.

Oszvald won the tournament with 5.5/12, ahead of Macskasy (5/12) and Jonathan Berry (1.5/12).

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  PhilFeeley: Nice tribute to him in the latest BC Chess Bulletin:

It's #375, so not there just yet. I guess I get it early.

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