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Ljubomir Ljubojevic
Photo by Ines Goni courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 1,971
Years covered: 1966 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2571 (2538 rapid, 2537 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2645

Overall record: +521 -340 =851 (55.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 259 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (267) 
    B44 B81 B33 B96 B32
 Ruy Lopez (132) 
    C92 C95 C82 C90 C69
 French Defense (82) 
    C00 C07 C09 C16 C18
 Caro-Kann (79) 
    B10 B11 B14 B19 B17
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (78) 
    C92 C95 C90 C84 C96
 Sicilian Najdorf (45) 
    B96 B97 B92 B99 B98
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (266) 
    B90 B92 B93 B51 B24
 Sicilian Najdorf (95) 
    B90 B92 B93 B99 B97
 Queen's Indian (81) 
    E12 E15 E16 E14 E17
 Queen's Pawn Game (59) 
    E00 A46 E10 A40 D02
 English, 1 c4 c5 (55) 
    A30 A34 A31 A33 A35
 Nimzo Indian (54) 
    E32 E55 E20 E53 E42
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ljubojevic vs Ulf Andersson, 1976 1-0
   Ljubojevic vs J Durao, 1974 1-0
   Larsen vs Ljubojevic, 1975 0-1
   Tarjan vs Ljubojevic, 1969 0-1
   Ljubojevic vs Korchnoi, 1985 1-0
   Uhlmann vs Ljubojevic, 1975 0-1
   Ljubojevic vs Tringov, 1982 1-0
   Ljubojevic vs Miles, 1986 1-0
   Ljubojevic vs Karpov, 1988 1-0
   Ljubojevic vs R Calvo, 1973 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Palma de Mallorca (1971)
   Buenos Aires (Konex) (1979)
   Teesside (1972)
   Manila (1973)
   2nd AVRO (1973)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   Milan (1975)
   Bugojno (1978)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   IBM Amsterdam (1972)
   Phillips & Drew Kings (1982)
   Madrid (1973)
   Petropolis Interzonal (1973)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Yugoslav Chess Triumphs, Part 1 by Chessdreamer
   Melody Amber 1992 (Rapid DRR) by amadeus
   Milan 1975 by suenteus po 147
   Melody Amber 1993 by amadeus
   Brussels Blitz 1987 by KingG
   Montreal 1979 by suenteus po 147
   Palma de Mallorca 1972 by Tabanus

   Portisch vs Ljubojevic (Apr-04-12) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Csom vs Ljubojevic (Apr-04-12) 0-1, rapid
   Ljubojevic vs Hort (Apr-04-12) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Hort vs Ljubojevic (Apr-03-12) 0-1, rapid
   Ljubojevic vs Csom (Apr-03-12) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Nov-02-1950, 66 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Serbia)
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Ljubomir Ljubojevic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He was awarded the IM title in 1970 and the GM title in 1971. He placed first in the Canadian Open of 1974. He was Yugoslav Champion in 1977 (jointly) and 1982.

By the early 1980's he was ranked third in the Elo rating list but he never succeeded in reaching the Candidates stage of the World Championship. This was partly due to unsteadiness and opening experimentation. On his day he was dangerous to anyone but a lack of consistency prevented him from making an impact on world championship cycles. He did achieve a number of strong tournament victories, including Linares 1985 (shared with Robert Huebner), Brussels 1987 (shared with Garry Kasparov), Belgrade 1987, Barcelona 1989, and Melody-Amber 1993.

Wikipedia article: Ljubomir Ljubojevi%C4%87

 page 1 of 79; games 1-25 of 1,971  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Neri vs Ljubojevic  ½-½38 1966 Venice ttC18 French, Winawer
2. F Arni vs Ljubojevic  0-146 1966 Venice ttA15 English
3. M Vujovic vs Ljubojevic  1-055 1966 Venice ttC18 French, Winawer
4. Ljubojevic vs A Rosino  0-133 1966 Venice ttC22 Center Game
5. Ljubojevic vs G Grozdanic  0-146 1966 Venice ttB27 Sicilian
6. Ljubojevic vs S Barbulovic  0-150 1966 Venice ttB40 Sicilian
7. J Aijala vs Ljubojevic 0-124 1969 Dresden WchT stB56 Sicilian
8. R G Eales vs Ljubojevic  0-141 1969 European Junior ChA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
9. G Timoshchenko vs Ljubojevic  0-161 1969 URS-JUG m U18B56 Sicilian
10. Ljubojevic vs V Jakovljevski  1-023 1969 JugoslavienB03 Alekhine's Defense
11. R Djordjevic vs Ljubojevic 0-152 1969 JugoslavienA02 Bird's Opening
12. B Ivanovic vs Ljubojevic  ½-½42 1969 YUG-ch 24thB06 Robatsch
13. Ljubojevic vs T Rakic 1-027 1969 YUG-ch 24thB06 Robatsch
14. Ljubojevic vs A Planinc 0-139 1969 YUG-ch 24thB01 Scandinavian
15. Ljubojevic vs H Messing  1-028 1969 YUG-ch 24thC44 King's Pawn Game
16. Ljubojevic vs M Bertok  1-045 1969 YUG-ch 24thB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
17. Tarjan vs Ljubojevic 0-127 1969 WchT U26 fin-A 16thB57 Sicilian
18. Ljubojevic vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½17 1969 WchT U26 fin-A 16thC44 King's Pawn Game
19. S Marangunic vs Ljubojevic 0-124 1970 PorecA21 English
20. Ljubojevic vs R Milovanovic  ½-½29 1970 CacakB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
21. B Jacobsen vs Ljubojevic 0-120 1970 Nederland 9/177A00 Uncommon Opening
22. M Mihaljcisin vs Ljubojevic 0-141 1970 SarajevoB72 Sicilian, Dragon
23. Ghizdavu vs Ljubojevic  0-133 1970 BucharestB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
24. Ljubojevic vs Antoshin  ½-½12 1970 SarajevoC44 King's Pawn Game
25. Quinteros vs Ljubojevic  1-042 1970 JugoslavienA04 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 79; games 1-25 of 1,971  PGN Download
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Nov-02-12  zev22407: A great creative playe.
Nov-02-12  midknightblue: happy birthday GM LJUBOJEVIC. One of the great contributors to the hedgehog.
Nov-02-12  talisman: happy birthday L.L.
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  perfidious: On Ljubojevic, from a post at Wesley So:

<GM Ljubomir Ljubojevic is fluent in several languages and is capable of talking at an amazing speed in all of them so much so that he has acquired the nickname "Motormouth". Having a post-portem with Ljubojevic is usually great fun; he will try to defend any position, no matter how bad, saying over and over "It's not so simple". If you find a nice tactic, he will remark, "You're very trickful". Late news has it that Ljubo no longer says "trickful". The other players had carefully avoided correcting him for years, but some spoilsport must have told Ljubo that the word is "tricky".>

This excerpt originated from John Nunn's Best Games, in the annotations to Ljubojevic vs Nunn, 1987.

Jul-08-13  LIFE Master AJ:

Found the above piece on the 'net on "LUBO" ... thought I would share it.

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  cro777: Ljubojevic's impressions about the influence of computers on chess.

"In terms of openings, chess has developed a lot. But, it is my impression that the middlegame and endgame are still an Achilles’ heel of professionals. This begs the question:

<Has the quality of those game phases stagnated because people got used to relying on computer knowledge?

Or could this be because people get tired faster than before, because they spend less time on exercising their mental skills leaving that to technology?>

In the period when chess relied on personal analyses and when it was difficult to find the information about the latest games played in tournaments worldwide, we depended on how fast we could get these pieces of information. That's why we would analyse for days, sometimes even for months, to be sure if some line is playable or not."

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  offramp: I always think of him as a more scientific and better version of Velimirovic.
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  Penguincw: Happy 53rd birthday to GM <Ljubomir Ljubojevic>.
Nov-02-13  chesswar1000: happy birthday Ljubojevic!
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  DrNyet: This would be his *63rd* birthday according to the date of birth given in the bio. :)
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  zanzibar: It's nice to have a fairly recent photo, but a little unfortunate that he's only in profile.

An interesting array of older photographers of a younger GM can be found here:

A suggested edit for the bio:

"In his day" was probably intended instead of "On his day".

But I would prefer a little more nuanced phrasing, say...

"On game day he was a danger to any given player, but lacked ...".

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  TheFocus: <...Every person has their own moment of lucidity. Even a chess player who is objectively considered as a weaker player can have ingenious ideas. The only question is if he will use that moment of lucidity to make a good result worthy of that ingenious idea…> - Ljubomir Ljubojevic, asked if he had some unique ability to find surprising moves.
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  TheFocus: <I have won many games that have not made me happy and when I lose, I am also not happy. My friends ask 'so when are you happy?' That's the way chess is; you are happy only rarely; the rest is grief> - Ljubomir Ljubojevic.
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  diagonal: Happy birthday Ljubo! Best wishes from Switzerland for a giant player from the era of the fighters.

Ljubojevic was ranked <sole third of the World> in both half-year ELO lists in the year 1983 and has won many strong international tournaments including Wiik aan Zee in 1976 (together with Olafsson, ahead of Tal).

Laudatio (2007):

Picture (1972):

Nov-27-15  Howard: Just noticed when browsing through Informant 34 last night that Ljubo didn't play in the 1982 interzonals----quite a surprise considering that he was a top-10 player at the time.

Anyone know why ?

Nov-27-15  Petrosianic: Probably didn't qualify.
Nov-27-15  Nerwal: One guess is that the Yugoslav zonal was set at about the same time than Tilburg 1981 where Ljubojevic played.
Nov-27-15  Olavi: According to Timman in Schaakwerk I, Hort and Ljubojevic protested against the decision to award the six ratings based slots only on the basis of the 1.7.1981 Elo list. I believe at least in Hort's case that meant he declined an automatic qualification.
Nov-29-15  Howard: Why would they have used the 1-7-1981 list ? Wouldn't the 1-1-82 list have been more logical?
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  perfidious: From another post:

<+ Bilbao 1987: GM Ljubojevic was complaining before the tournament started. He was attacking the organizers for inviting females (Chiburdanidze and Susan Polgar). Ljubojevic maintained that the tournament was too strong for women. His score against Chiburdanidze and Susan Polgar was 0-2!>

Oh, the irony--this rather reminds one of what transpired for the losers in Tarrasch-Yates and Capablanca-Bernstein in their first meetings.

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  brankat: In San Sebastian, 1911, some masters (mostly Nimzovitch) were complaining about Capablanca's and Vidmar's invitation to the premier tourney and suggested they should be in a minor one.

Capablanca won the event, and Vidmar shared the second place 1/2 a point behind :-)

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  perfidious: Pas mal, for a pair of 'minor masters' who did not belong.
Aug-04-16  morfishine: Sir <Lobo> is such a great player over the years and such an endearing personality. A real credit to chess. This is a person to not only be admired, but emulated and followed by example


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  brankat: Only six pages of kibitzing on the site of one of the most talented/spectacular players ever!
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Ljubomir Ljubojevic.
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