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|May-08-08|| ||Gypsy: Opocensky-Trifunovic
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Black to play.
|Jul-31-09|| ||Karpova: Petar Trifunovic: <‘All agree the grandmaster title suffers from inflation and so has lost much of its value. The FIDE awards the title too readily and on conditions known in advance. So agreements are made in the corridors: “Help me and I will help you ...” The practice is irregular and needs correction.’>|
From page 202 of "Chess Review", July 1965 (!).
Source: C.N. 6238
|Aug-31-09|| ||Sem: In 1962 Trifunovic won the Hoogoven Tournament at Beverwijk (Netherlands). Grandmaster Hein Donner commented in his newspaper column: 'Of course it irritates me that of all participants Trifunovic should have won. He is the laziest drawing master in the world. Of the 19 games he drew 15, and his three wins were against the last players on the list. ...'|
|Aug-31-09|| ||whiteshark: <Sem> If the enclosed crosstable is right, they played only 9 games at Beverwijk 1962. Trifunovic scored (+3 =6 -0). <His three wins were against the last players on the list> could not be verified, but he defeated ...<Donner>. Whoops! :D|
[White "Trifunovic, Petar"]
[Black "Donner, Johannes H. (Hein)"]
1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nc3 O-O 6. e3 h6 7. Bh4 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Qc2 Nxc3 10. Qxc3 c6 11. Rc1 b6 12. cxd5 exd5 13. Bd3 Be6 14. O-O Rc8 15. Rc2 a5 16. Ne5 Ra7 17. Rfc1 Rac7 18. a3 c5 19. dxc5 Rxc5 20. Qd2 Qd6 21. Nf3 Rxc2 22.
Rxc2 Rxc2 23. Qxc2 Nc6 24. Bb5 Ne5 25. Nd4 Bd7 26. Be2 Nc6 27. Nxc6 Bxc6 28. Bf3
Bd7 29. Qd2 Be6 30. h3 Qc5 31. b4 axb4 32. axb4 Qc6 33. Kh2 Qd6 34. g3 Qe5 35. Bg2
g5 36. f4 gxf4 37. gxf4 Qh5 38. Qd4 b5 39. Qd3 d4 40. Qxd4 Qe2 41. e4 h5 42. f5 Bc4
43. Qd8 1-0
I think Donner overstretched/misplayed the ♕♗ endgame.
|Aug-31-09|| ||WhiteRook48: the QGD|
|Sep-02-09|| ||Sem: <whiteshark> You caught me out, thanks. I now have Donner's column before me. I believe it appeared in Elsevier's Magazine, some time in 1962; the headline reads: 'Drawing master winner of Hoogoven chess tournament.'|
Donner: '... The world knows no drawing master who is lazier [than Trifunovic]. In Bled  he drew fifteen out of nineteen games. Only Bobby Fischer could beat him and he won three games against the last players on the list. ... He obviously feels that with regard to a chess game winning or losing is an abnormal result.'
What follows is the game Trifunovic - Donner, in which Donner claims to have started an attack in the endgame, in order to get out of a stalemate position. Afterthought: "Here I resigned. Rather out of nausea regarding myself and the game, than because of the position. ... Chess as played by Trifunovic is no less valid than are the most powerful brain waves of Bronstein and Tal. At the same time, however, it is this very notion of the game which I find the most difficult to handle.'
|Sep-02-09|| ||whiteshark: Thank you, <Sem>! I think it all works out now.|
We shall repost these posts when ceegee has done the upload of the game. :D
|Feb-12-12|| ||brankat: In his youth, mostly 1930s, Dr.Trifunovic's nickname in chess circles was Typhonovich due to his aggressive and uncompromising style. |
His approach changed after the WWII, particularly during the 1950s. Although even then he did win 5 Yugoslav championships and some international events.
|Aug-31-12|| ||brankat: R.I.P.uncle Pero!|
|Aug-31-12|| ||thegoldenband: I'm trying to remember an annotated game of Trifunovic's I looked at years ago. I can't recall the details, but if memory serves, in a very drawish position Trifunovic was somehow provoked by his opponent (or maybe his opponent made a poorly-considered attempt to unbalance the position), and he promptly unleashed holy hellfire upon the hapless fellow and won the game.|
Anyone know what I'm talking about? It certainly wasn't the Tal game. I think the annotator may have called him "the peace-loving Trifunovic".
|Jun-17-14|| ||zanzibar: <He wrote Sahovski bukvay (1960), Fischer ante portas (1972), Yugoslavian Triumphs (with Gligoric, Janoseivc, (1976).>|
from a bio here:
(Sahovski bukvay = Chess points(?))
(Fischer ante portas = Fischer at the Threshold(?))
|Jun-17-14|| ||cro777: Šahovski bukvar = Chess Primer
Fischer ante portas = Fischer before the gates
|Jun-18-14|| ||zanzibar: <cro777> it goes without mentioning, but I'll mention it anyways - thanks for the translation improvements.|
|May-24-15|| ||TheFocus: <Fischer ante portas = Fischer before the gates>|
I have this book.
|May-24-15|| ||TheFocus: <He has contributed a few notorious drawing variations to chess theory and obviously holds to the firm belief that winning or losing is an abnormal end to a chess game> - Jan Hein Donner (on Trifunovic).|
|May-24-15|| ||perfidious: <‘All agree the grandmaster title suffers from inflation and so has lost much of its value. The FIDE awards the title too readily and on conditions known in advance. So agreements are made in the corridors: “Help me and I will help you ...” The practice is irregular and needs correction.’>|
If Trifunovic had lived until 2000 or later--what might he have thought then?
|May-24-15|| ||Fusilli: <Karpova> <perfidious> When I began playing competitive chess in the early 1980s, I devoured chess magazines and the Informator, and I'm pretty sure I knew the names of virtually all 200 or so active GMs in the world. I was even familiar with the names of many IMs from remote places! Now there are over 1,200 GMs and I find myself thinking all the time "oh, another grandmaster I've never heard of"...|
It's sad, but it would be pointless to create a "SuperGM" or any other new title without killing inflation first. Or in 20 years they will be talking about the need to create the "Elite SuperGM" title, and then the "Elite SuperGM for REAL" title, and so on.
|May-24-15|| ||perfidious: <Fusilli> Even before facing my first GM in a serious game (1982), I could have named a great many, if not most of them.|
Nowadays, another 2550 player comes out of the woodwork and my own reaction is very often, 'Who's he?'
|May-24-15|| ||parisattack: <<He wrote Sahovski bukvay (1960), Fischer ante portas (1972), Yugoslavian Triumphs (with Gligoric, Janoseivc, (1976).>
from a bio here>
He also wrote the seminal book on the Grunfeld, Grunfeld Indijska Obrana.
|Aug-31-15|| ||rollingrook5: I've heard of a Trifunovic variation in the Alekhine for Black. It's specifically 5... Bf5 and maybe 6... e6 against the 4 pawns attack. |
Funny, I can only find games with 4. Nf3. Maybe it's another Trifunovic?
|Aug-31-15|| ||NeverAgain: Megabase 2012 lists only two game where Trifunovic played his eponymous variation. It's Wade-Trifunovic, 1951, currently not in the database. There was also a short draw with Joppen.|
|Jun-24-16|| ||brankat: Dr.P.Trifunovic wrote "Fischer ante Portas" (with D.Bjelica) in 1962 (possibly '63).|
"Sahovski Bukvay" is actually "Bukvar" (meaning= a beginner's book).
|Aug-31-17|| ||Marmot PFL: 26 pages of his games spanning decades. Lots of decisive games in the 40s, after the mid-50s seems like 75% draws.|
|Aug-31-17|| ||perfidious: To wit: Bled (1961), featuring fifteen draws in nineteen games.|
|Aug-31-17|| ||Howard: Yes, and he lost only one game at Bled out of 19. It was to someone named "Bobby".|
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