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Julio Bolbochan
Number of games in database: 324
Years covered: 1941 to 1991
Highest rating achieved in database: 2485

Overall record: +128 -33 =163 (64.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (18) 
    E69 E60 E95 E67 E79
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E43 E41 E46 E47 E54
 Grunfeld (13) 
    D78 D75 D97 D76 D82
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D37 D35 D06 D38 D30
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C61 C91 C68 C78 C86
 Slav (10) 
    D11 D16 D19 D15 D12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B92 B45 B90 B50 B83
 King's Indian (19) 
    E60 E95 E67 E66 E99
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B92 B90 B95 B97 B94
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C91 C92 C98 C78 C99
 Nimzo Indian (13) 
    E34 E23 E20 E55 E46
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (11) 
    C92 C91 C98 C97 C86
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Julio Bolbochan vs Pachman, 1956 1-0
   Julio Bolbochan vs Larry Evans, 1952 1-0
   Julio Bolbochan vs C H Maderna, 1953 1-0
   W M Duckworth vs Julio Bolbochan, 1991 0-1
   Julio Bolbochan vs A Rocha, 1966 1-0
   E R Lundin vs Julio Bolbochan, 1954 0-1
   Julio Bolbochan vs J Martinez, 1946 1-0
   M M de Ley vs Julio Bolbochan, 1952 0-1
   Julio Bolbochan vs Gligoric, 1950 1-0
   Euwe vs Julio Bolbochan, 1947 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Campora - the Giant by policrates
   Mar del Plata 1947 by ozmikey
   US Open 1991, Los Angeles by Phony Benoni
   The Latin American Super Grand Masters by Eduardo Bermudez

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(born Mar-20-1920, died Jun-28-1996, 76 years old) Argentina

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Julio Bolbochan was born in Buenos Aires. He was Argentine Champion in 1946 and 1948. He was awarded the IM title in 1955 and an honorary GM title in 1977. He played in six Olympiads from 1950-66 and qualified for three Interzonals. He won a gold medal at the Dubrovnik Olympiad in 1950 on 2nd board.

1st (jointly) at Rio de Janeiro 1938 [brasilbase-1]. South American champion at Mar del Plata, zt1951 with Erich Eliskases (jointly) and at Sao Paulo, zt1960 and for the last time at Rio Hondo, zt1966.

In 1952 at Saltsjöbaden he had to withdraw after playing only a few games. At Stockholm 1962 he finished in 13th place and although he was slated to play at Sousse 1967, illness prevented him from participating. Other than this, most of his chess was in South America. He was the younger brother of Jacobo Bolbochan.

Wikipedia article: Julio Bolbochán

Last updated: 2019-03-27 23:34:00

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 324  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Julio Bolbochan vs V Winz  1-0451941Mar del PlataC05 French, Tarrasch
2. M Czerniak vs Julio Bolbochan  0-1391941Mar del PlataA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
3. Najdorf vs Julio Bolbochan 1-0231941Mar del PlataE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
4. M Feigin vs Julio Bolbochan  1-0541941Mar del PlataD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Julio Bolbochan vs Graf-Stevenson  1-0591941Mar del PlataD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. E Eliskases vs Julio Bolbochan  ½-½421941Aguas de Sao PedroB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. Julio Bolbochan vs M Luckis  ½-½481941Aguas de Sao PedroE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
8. Julio Bolbochan vs Guimard 0-1501941Aguas de Sao PedroC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
9. F De Carvalho vs Julio Bolbochan  0-1371941Aguas de Sao PedroA47 Queen's Indian
10. Julio Bolbochan vs P Frydman  0-1401941Aguas de Sao PedroA15 English
11. Julio Bolbochan vs P Michel ½-½1051942Mar del PlataA52 Budapest Gambit
12. Graf-Stevenson vs Julio Bolbochan  0-1421944La Plata Jockey ClubA40 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Julio Bolbochan vs M Czerniak  1-0511944La Plata Jockey ClubD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
14. Julio Bolbochan vs R Sanguinetti 1-0411945Mar del PlataD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Najdorf vs Julio Bolbochan  ½-½311945Mar del PlataE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
16. Julio Bolbochan vs J Martinez 1-0441946ARG-chC10 French
17. J Sanz vs Julio Bolbochan 0-1251946Spain vs Argentina Radio MatchA17 English
18. R Sanguinetti vs Julio Bolbochan  ½-½221947MarbellaE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
19. Julio Bolbochan vs R Sanguinetti  1-0471947Mar del PlataC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
20. J Traian Iliesco vs Julio Bolbochan ½-½111947Mar del PlataA04 Reti Opening
21. Julio Bolbochan vs Stahlberg  ½-½491947Mar del PlataB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. Jacobo Bolbochan vs Julio Bolbochan ½-½301947Mar del PlataE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
23. Julio Bolbochan vs M Luckis  ½-½391947Mar del PlataE46 Nimzo-Indian
24. Julio Bolbochan vs C Hounie Fleurquin  1-0341947Mar del PlataD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
25. Euwe vs Julio Bolbochan 0-1331947Mar del PlataE00 Queen's Pawn Game
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  Sneaky: When I think of Bolbochan all I can think of is his stunning debacle at the hands of Fischer, described in <My 60 Memorable Games>

Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, 1962

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  Sneaky: I think PVS asked about his brother. Here's what I found on the net:

Bolbochan, Julio (1920-1996) Argentine Grandmaster who received the title in 1977 at the age of 57. He won the Argentina championship in 1946 and 1948. His brother Jacobo Bolbochan (1906-1984) won the Argentina championship in 1932 and 1933, and became an International Master in 1965 at the age of 59.

May-19-03  fred lennox: I love the way Bolbochan plays the rook. What a flair he has to handle these unweildy beasts! It is like the other pieces are servants to the rook. Nothing like a rook to set matters straight!
May-19-03  Ribeiro: Bolbochán was a very strong player. For instance, when a match Argentina vs. USSR took place in 1954, he was the second player of his country (Najdorf was the first). His oponent was Paul Keres, and they tied (2-2).

Argentina had several strong players, and obtained good results in international team competitions. In the Hamilton Russell Cup (1954), the team was: Najdorf, Bolbochán, Panno, Eliskases, Pilnik, Rossetto and Guimard. They took second place (USSR won, with Botvinnik, Smyslov, Bronstein, Keres, Kotov and Geller (!!)). The team from Yugoslavia (third) was Pirc, Gligoric, Trifunovic, Fuderer, Matanovic and Rabar (!).

This indicates how strong has been chess in Argentina.

PS: Bolbochán´s record is quite remarkable!
PS2: I am not from Argentina!:-)

Jul-31-03  Ribeiro: Unfortunately, I found not in the database a brilliant game against Evans won by Bolbochán in 1952...:-(

Recently, I read in an old magazine that he played an important role for the development of chess in Argentina as a teacher. If I am not mistaken, the GM Oscar Panno was one of his pupils.

Jul-31-03  Ribeiro: The game is:

[Event "Olympiad"]
[Site "Helsinki"]
[Date "1952.08.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Bolbochan,Ju"]
[Black "Evans,LM"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteCountry "ARG"]
[BlackTitle "IM"]
[BlackCountry "USA"]
[ECO "D28"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 a6 4. e3 Nf6 5. Bxc4 e6 6. O-O c5 7. Qe2 Nc6 8. Nc3 b5 9. Bb3 cxd4 10. exd4 Nxd4 11. Nxd4 Qxd4 12. Nd5 Nxd5 13. Rd1 Nc3 14. bxc3 Qb6 15. Qe5 Bb7 16. Be3 Qc6 17. Bd5 Qc8 18. Bxb7 Qxb7 19. a4 Rc8 20. axb5 Qxb5 21. Qd4 e5 22. Qg4 Rd8 23. Rxd8+ Kxd8 24. Rd1+ Ke7 25. Qf5 1-0

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  Sneaky: Cool
Feb-16-04  LuisGLopez: HI! (this is my first post :))
I am from Argentina. I have a little book from J. Bolbochan; it is intended for the beginner, but has several good advises for everyone. Among other things, it explains the Deletang's method for winning with a Knight and Bishop against King alone. By the way, Deletang was also from Argentina :)
Feb-16-04  technical draw: <LuisGLopez> Bienvenido, amigo ajedrecista de Argentina. Una vez tuve el privilegio de perder con Miguel Najdorf! Otra vez bienvenido y si quieres jugar estoy en Yahoo bajo el nombre de technicaldraw.
Feb-16-04  LuisGLopez: Perdiste con Najdorf (you lost with Najdorf)? Buenisimo (Great)! Gracias por la bienvenida :) (Thank you for your wellcome)
Apr-20-04  fred lennox: Bolbochan "has the reputation of being the hardest player in the world to defeat." - Barden. This is in the 50's when Petrosian is developing his defensive skills. The 2 played each other in the 60's 3 times, all drawn.
Apr-20-04  ConLaMismaMano: If i'm not mistaken Bolbochan exiled from Argentina because of the dictatorship and lived his last years in Venezuela.
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  Benzol: Julio Bolbochan
Born 20th March 1920 in Buenos Aires
Died 1996
IM in 1955 and GM in 1977
He was Argentine champion in 1946 and 1948.
Jul-21-05  Knight13: See He and his brother drew all their 3 games.
Jul-21-05  Caissanist: There is a short bio of Bolbochan (in Spanish) on The page makes no mention of any persecution; it appears that he relocated in 1970, because he got a job teaching chess in a Venezuelan university.

Mar-10-06  BIDMONFA: Julio Bolbochan


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  Phony Benoni: I got to meet Bolbochan when he played in the 1991 U.S. Open in Los Angeles (the last twelve games given here). At the previous U.S. Open, I had struck up an acquaintance with a player from Venezuela named Isidore Cherem, who mentioned that he played often with Bolbochan. Sure enough, the next year he showed up in Los Angeles and brought Bolbochan along with him.

We didn't talk much, but he seemed like a very nice guy, even posing for a picture which, alas, I have long since lost.

Mar-15-08  nomaster: In the 1950 he was known in Argentina for his ability to draw against top players. Even if he wasn't the second best player in the country (the first was indisputably Najdorf) he would play second board in the olympiad with quite good results, draws that is.
Mar-10-09  WhiteRook48: how many wins did he get then?
May-01-09  Augalv:
Jul-08-09  mcgee: >>When I think of Bolbochan all I can think of is his stunning debacle at the hands of Fischer, described in <My 60 Memorable Games<<

Debacle implies that Bolbochan played disastrously which is a little unfair. The whole game is testimony to Fischer's superlative ablity to stick his opponents in the vice and squeeze...

Jul-08-09  mcgee: also don't forget this Tal cracker

Tal vs Julio Bolbochan, 1966

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  GrahamClayton: <Ribeiro>Bolbochán was a very strong player. For instance, when a match Argentina vs. USSR took place in 1954, he was the second player of his country (Najdorf was the first). His opponent was Paul Keres, and they tied (2-2).

The following Spanish biography includes a photo of Bolbochan and Keres sitting at the board during the 1954 Argentina v USSR match:

Oct-09-10  Eduardo Bermudez: G.M. Julio Bolbochan 50 !! consecutives chessgames in olimpyads whitout loses !!
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  Fusilli: <WhiteRook48: how many wins did he get then?>

He must have gotten a few, as he won gold medal on second board at the 1950 Olympiad in Dubrovnik ( and the article in Spanish from <Graham Clayton>)

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