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Pavle Bidev
Number of games in database: 39
Years covered: 1946 to 1948
Overall record: +11 -15 =13 (44.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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A54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3 (3 games)
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(born Jun-22-1912, died Jan-16-1988, 75 years old) Yugoslavia

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Pavle Bidev was born in Prijepolje, Serbia in 1912. In addition to being a strong chess player, he was also a well known Yugoslav (Macedonian) philosopher, historian and orientalist who studied the history of chess and wrote many texts about it.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 39  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Tot vs Bidev  1-0301946YUG-ch Semifinal EastE60 King's Indian Defense
2. Gligoric vs Bidev 1-0271946YUG-ch Semifinal EastC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Bidev vs Pirc  1-0581946YUG-chA05 Reti Opening
4. B Tot vs Bidev 1-0361946YUG-chC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
5. Bidev vs I Tekavcic  ½-½401946YUG-chD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
6. A Bozic vs Bidev  ½-½331946YUG-chA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
7. Bidev vs B Simonovic  0-1391946YUG-chD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. B Kostic vs Bidev  0-1551946YUG-chA48 King's Indian
9. Bidev vs Vidmar  0-1481946YUG-chE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. Mihajlo Markovic vs Bidev  0-1451946YUG-chD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Bidev vs B Milic  1-0261946YUG-chE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. S Vukovic vs Bidev  ½-½321946YUG-chC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Bidev vs M Subaric  0-1771946YUG-chA04 Reti Opening
14. Kindij vs Bidev  1-0361946YUG-chD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
15. Bidev vs V Tomovic  1-0311946YUG-chD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. S Kalabar vs Bidev  1-0451946YUG-chC50 Giuoco Piano
17. Bidev vs Gligoric  0-1581946YUG-chD97 Grunfeld, Russian
18. P Trifunovic vs Bidev  ½-½291946YUG-chD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Bidev vs B Rabar  ½-½311946YUG-chD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
20. Puc vs Bidev  1-0301946YUG-chC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Bidev vs D Andric  1-0511947YUG-ch Semifinal EastC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
22. B Milic vs Bidev  ½-½631947YUG-chA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
23. Bidev vs P Trifunovic  0-1341947YUG-chB56 Sicilian
24. M Germek vs Bidev 0-1651947YUG-chD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Bidev vs N Kulzinski  ½-½311947YUG-chE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
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  Honza Cervenka: Pavle Bidev [*22.6.1912 in Prijepolje, Serbia] was a strong player and well-known Yugoslav (Macedonian) philosopher, historian and orientalist who studied history of chess and wrote many texts about it. He died in 1988.
Premium Chessgames Member Thanks, Honza, we adopted that into the biography above.
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  IMlday: Pavel Bidev was the first westerner to have access to Tang dynasty records in Communist China. He believed he had discovered the invention of chess by a court astrologer using magic squares to give the moves to the original pieces. This was circa 1971 and he couldn't get Encyclopedia Britanica to include his research so he wrote various chess magazines instead. From his letter to Chess Canada I deduced he was Rosicrucian.
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  Honza Cervenka: Pavle Bidev's view of the origin of chess is available at
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  brankat: I feel embarrassed to admit I had never heard of this person until today.

I will try to learn more. Mr.Bidev does seem to be a very interesting personality.

R.I.P. Mr.Bidev.

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  Benzol: Looks like he deserves to be better known. Shares the same birthday as Morphy and Vidmar too.
Jun-22-09  tivrfoa: <Benzol>wow. you know their birthday dates!! hehe
Jun-22-09  myschkin: . . .

Indeed, but he became a bit "edgy" over time

Jun-22-09  WhiteRook48: wow! Happy birthday!
Jun-22-09  Draw Odds: <Shares the same birthday as Morphy and Vidmar> The astrologers are having a jolly time with this date!
Apr-17-12  miron: Bidev was first chess champion of macedonia (after WW II). He has also won games against Reshevski on the tournaments of solidarity after the eartquake in Skopje.
Jun-22-12  LoveThatJoker: Pavle Bidev, today you are remembered!


Jun-22-12  BIDMONFA: Pavle Bidev

BIDEV, Pavle

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  brankat: Beside Reshevsky, Mr.Bidev also had scalps of V.Pirc and B.Kostic. Not shabby for an amateur.

A philosopher, historian orientalist. a prolific author.

Rest in Peace Dr.Bidev.

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  wordfunph: "Grandmasters have no interest in scientific research in chess. They just want an orgy of combinations with the biggest prostitute of all ages and nations, the chess muse Caissa."

- Pavle Bidev (in a letter to Ken Whyld dated July 8, 1987)

Source: BCM 1996 August

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