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Tibor Weinberger
Number of games in database: 251
Years covered: 1955 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2175
Highest rating achieved in database: 2444

Overall record: +145 -73 =32 (64.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (25) 
    E92 E80 E65 E66 E70
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A46 D02 A41 A50 A40
 Sicilian (9) 
    B31 B30 B51 B58 B89
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E38 E42 E34 E32 E55
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D80 D71 D97 D78 D93
 Semi-Slav (7) 
    D45 D47 D43
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (28) 
    B16 B13 B15 B10 B12
 Dutch Defense (19) 
    A81 A84 A85 A97 A94
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C67 C65
 Sicilian (7) 
    B77 B32 B72 B53 B78
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
 Pirc (4) 
    B09 B07
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D J Strauss vs T Weinberger, 1983 0-1
   A Nagel vs T Weinberger, 1971 0-1
   T Weinberger vs G Pipiringos, 1961 1-0
   G Hunnex vs T Weinberger, 1961 0-1

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Some players I knew by yiotta
   US Open 1971, Ventura by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1983, Pasadena by Phony Benoni
   US Open 2003, Los Angeles by Phony Benoni

   J Stein vs T Weinberger (May-??-12) 0-1
   J Sheng vs T Weinberger (May-??-12) 0-1
   S Kogan vs T Weinberger (Aug-11-11) 0-1

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(born Nov-27-1932, 84 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality United States of America)

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FIDE Master (1983) and USCF Senior Master, Tibor Weinberger was a Hungarian master who played in five Hungarian championships from 1952 through 1956. He came to the United States in 1957. In 1957, he won the New Jersey Open. In 1958, he won the New Jersey State Championship and the Nebraska Open. In 1959, he won the California State Open, the Southern California Championship, and the 26th California Chess Championship. In 1961, he tied for 1st place with Irving Rivise in the California championship. In 1963, he tied for 1st place in the California State Open. In 1964, 1966 and 1967, he won the Pacific Southwest Open. In 1968, he played in the U.S. Chess Championship in New York, taking 11th place, won the Santa Monica Masters, the West Coast Open, the San Bernadino Open and the Long Beach Open. In 1973, he won the California Open Championship. In 1975, he played in the Cleveland International Tournament, but finished at the bottom.

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 251  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. T Weinberger vs I Somogyi  ½-½48 1955 BudapestA25 English
2. J Hajtun vs T Weinberger  1-031 1955 BudapestA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
3. T Weinberger vs L Barczay  1-037 1955 BudapestD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. T Weinberger vs G Negyesy  ½-½18 1955 BudapestA30 English, Symmetrical
5. L Tipary vs T Weinberger  ½-½68 1955 BudapestA45 Queen's Pawn Game
6. T Weinberger vs K Honfi  0-141 1955 BudapestD71 Neo-Grunfeld
7. J Pogats vs T Weinberger  1-033 1955 BudapestB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
8. T Weinberger vs Hacsak Istvan  0-152 1955 BudapestC44 King's Pawn Game
9. G Kluger vs T Weinberger  0-147 1955 BudapestA81 Dutch
10. I Meszaros vs T Weinberger  1-035 1955 BudapestB32 Sicilian
11. T Weinberger vs Grob 0-120 1955 BudapestA45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. T Weinberger vs L Binet Tapaszto  0-130 1955 BudapestA56 Benoni Defense
13. F Jenei vs T Weinberger  ½-½22 1955 BudapestA84 Dutch
14. T Weinberger vs E Gereben  ½-½102 1955 BudapestD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. V Kostic vs T Weinberger  0-141 1957 Chicago OpenA10 English
16. T Weinberger vs N Whitaker  1-034 1957 New Western OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. C Henin vs T Weinberger  0-168 1957 Chicago OpenA81 Dutch
18. Fischer vs T Weinberger 1-035 1957 Milwaukee CentralB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. T Weinberger vs W Adams  ½-½48 1958 New Jersey State OpenD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
20. T Weinberger vs C Kalme  1-046 1958 New Jersey State Open ChampionshipE65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
21. A Di Camillo vs T Weinberger  0-161 1958 New Jersey State Open ChampionshipB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
22. A Mengalis vs T Weinberger  0-124 1958 Midwest OpenA80 Dutch
23. A Liepnieks vs T Weinberger  0-157 1958 Midwest OpenD74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
24. T Weinberger vs I Rivise  1-045 1959 So. California ChampionshipC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
25. T Weinberger vs R Jacobs  1-051 1959 Santa Monica ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 251  PGN Download
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Feb-09-13  The Last Straw: User: Tibor Weinberger


Feb-23-14  wrap99: I remember him from the late 1970s, playing in Betty Roberts'-run events in Los Angeles.

I believe he owned a camera store.

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  disasterion: Nice story from Andy Sacks about Weinberger at the Herman Steiner Chess Club:

"During the period from roughly late 1961 through late the next year, it was not very uncommon ... to hear one of the youngsters excitedly announce to his fellows, "Weinberger is playing The Nazi!" ...

Tibor Weinberger, of course, was at that time a Senior Master and strong speed player, who occasionally came to the club either to play in the Rapids-or to have a pre-arranged speed chess session for stakes with "The Nazi." This remarkably self-named young man of about 21 years of age was a sight to behold. Tall, thin, gangly, and awkward, he was the prototype of a nerd, before the word existed. He wore an eye patch, and came carrying his chess equipment in a beat-up bag. He spoke to no one except Weinberger. As for playing strength, he must have been around 1600-but was apparently confident that if the odds were right, he could hold his own against even a strong Master. And the odds he and Weinberger had some time, somewhere, and somehow settled on were unique ...

The singular odds (in addition to time) demanded by The Nazi were that he had either a "Ping," a "Pong," or, depending on the time allotment for Weinberger, both. A Ping was a queen's rook turned upside down, and had the powers of both a rook and a knight, depending on his preference in any given position. A Pong was usually slightly stronger, a queen's rook having the powers of both rook and bishop ...

As is nearly always the case in such Master-weaker player match-ups, the odds did not actually serve to equalize the vast difference in playing strength and speed chess savvy: Weinberger won nearly all the games every session."

Full story here:

Feb-10-15  Tomlinsky: <A Pong was usually slightly stronger, a queen's rook having the powers of both rook and bishop.>

That's called a Queen, isn't it?

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  disasterion: <Tomlinsky> I believe it is. "Pong" somehow has more resonance...
May-21-15  wrap99: I believe I confused this player in my post above with Julius Loftsson -- Loftsson I think had the camera store.
Dec-14-15  siggemannen: <disasterion>, interesting story, one can wonder what happened with the Nazi guy
Dec-14-15  andrewjsacks: <Tomlinsky> <disasterion> Yes, of course a Pong has the powers of a Queen, but is a "Pong" and looks the part from the outset. I had dinner with the Weinbergers at their house in West L.A. three or four years ago, but did not bring up The Nazi, so I have no idea what happened to him. I was, interestingly, able to sit in their living room on the very chair occupied by Judit Polgar, when she came over to visit them not too long before that. Those strong Hungarian chess players have a network and stick together.
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