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Milan Vidmar
Number of games in database: 575
Years covered: 1901 to 1955

Overall record: +208 -113 =254 (58.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (41) 
    D63 D69 D55 D68 D67
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    D02 A46 E10 E00 D04
 Queen's Indian (31) 
    E16 E17 E12 E15 E19
 Tarrasch Defense (24) 
    D32 D33 D34
 Queen's Gambit Declined (22) 
    D30 D31 D37 D39
 Slav (22) 
    D11 D10 D19 D17 D12
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (63) 
    C66 C77 C82 C98 C86
 Orthodox Defense (35) 
    D55 D69 D68 D59 D63
 Four Knights (28) 
    C49 C48 C47
 Semi-Slav (18) 
    D48 D43 D46 D45 D47
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (17) 
    C98 C86 C84 C91 C85
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    D02 D05 D04 A41 A45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929 1-0
   Rubinstein vs Vidmar, 1918 0-1
   Vidmar vs Maroczy, 1932 1/2-1/2
   Vidmar vs A Neumann, 1903 1-0
   Capablanca vs Vidmar, 1927 1/2-1/2
   G Norman vs Vidmar, 1925 0-1
   Alekhine vs Vidmar, 1926 0-1
   Vidmar vs Tarrasch, 1906 1-0
   Nimzowitsch vs Vidmar, 1927 0-1
   Colle vs Vidmar, 1929 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Mannheim (1914)
   Hastings 1925/26 (1925)
   Prague (1908)
   San Sebastian (1911)
   London (1922)
   Semmering (1926)
   1st Trebitsch Memorial (1907)
   Bled (1931)
   London (1927)
   Karlsbad (1907)
   Karlsbad (1929)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   San Remo (1930)
   15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg) (1906)
   St. Petersburg (1909)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   A Vidmar Sampler by Resignation Trap
   A Vidmar Sampler Compiled by Resignation Trap by fredthebear
   Yugoslav Chess Triumphs, Part 2 by Chessdreamer
   Nietzowitsch's favorite games no 2 by Nietzowitsch
   Bled 1931 by Benzol
   Bled 1931 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   New York 1927 by Benzol
   New York 1927 - Alekhine by vantheanh
   Bled 1931 international tournament part 2 by cuendillar

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(born Jun-22-1885, died Oct-09-1962, 77 years old) Yugoslavia

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Milan Vidmar was born in Laibach (Ljubljana*), now Slovenia. Awarded the GM title in 1950, he was Yugoslavia's first GM. He devoted himself to his academic and electrical engineering career, becoming a Dean at Ljubljana University. Therefore, his chess achievements are all the more remarkable. In the period 1911-30 Vidmar belonged in the World's top six players. He was Nordic Champion in 1909 and Yugoslav Champion in 1939. In tournaments, his first notable win was at Goteborg 1909. He was 2nd= at San Sebastian, 3rd at London 1922, 1st= at Hastings 1925-26 with Alexander Alekhine, 3rd at Semmering 1926 and 4th at New York 1927. A popular and respected figure in the chess world, he became the chief referee at the Hague/Moscow 1948 Match-Tournament to select the new World Champion. He passed away in Ljubljana in 1962.

*Wikipedia article: Ljubljana

Wikipedia article: Milan Vidmar

Last updated: 2019-07-28 21:04:00

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 575  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vidmar vs Poljanec 1-0251901LjubljanaC51 Evans Gambit
2. Vidmar vs Goldsand 1-0181902Vienna-corrC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Vidmar vs A Neumann 1-0251903ViennaC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. Vidmar vs F Motzko 0-1211903CorrespondenceC51 Evans Gambit
5. L Loewy Sr vs Vidmar 0-1311903ViennaC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. Vidmar vs Duras 1-0381904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Spielmann vs Vidmar 0-1391904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AC14 French, Classical
8. P F Johner vs Vidmar 0-129190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AC49 Four Knights
9. E Cohn vs Vidmar  ½-½411904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AC67 Ruy Lopez
10. Vidmar vs Nimzowitsch 1-048190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Vidmar vs A Neumann 0-148190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. P Kaegbein vs Vidmar  0-129190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. Vidmar vs A Neumann  ½-½491904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier A-playoffC77 Ruy Lopez
14. Vidmar vs A Neumann  1-0401904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier A-playoffC70 Ruy Lopez
15. A Neumann vs Vidmar 1-0561904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier A-playoffD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. Albin vs Vidmar 1-0321904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
17. Vidmar vs A Neumann 0-1391904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
18. L Loewy Sr vs Vidmar 1-0421904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
19. G Marco vs Vidmar  0-1301904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
20. Vidmar vs H Wolf 0-1321904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
21. L Loewy Jr vs Vidmar  0-1351904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
22. E Heilmann vs Vidmar  1-0361905Hauptturnier-AC46 Three Knights
23. Tartakower vs Vidmar 1-0291905ViennaB32 Sicilian
24. Vidmar vs Z von Balla  0-1211905ViennaC00 French Defense
25. Vidmar vs Rubinstein 1-0361905Barmen Main A, GERC11 French
 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 575  PGN Download
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Jun-22-16  JimNorCal: Sounds like an excellent guy, with admirable chess achievements considering it was a hobby for him. Still, this snip from his bio above seems a bit of a stretch: "In tournaments ... he was ... 4th at New York 1927."

OK, he was 4th. Out of six players. He scored 50% in that tourney. A tough field (Capa, Alekhine) but not the kind of result that is usually chosen as notable.

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  andrewjsacks: Happy birthday to a great player who often does not get the recognition he deserves. Capa said that had Vidmar been a full-time professional player, his (Capa's) WC title might be thus in jeopardy.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Milan Vidmar.
Jun-22-16  brankat: Happy Birthday! The same date of birth as Paul Morphy.
Jun-22-16  brankat: Some 10 years ago I had compiled Vidmar,s (partial) stats against the leading masters of the period between about 1906- to 1935. Quite revealing. That would be on page #1 .
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  diagonal: The <Vidmar Memorial> series is relaunched as international invitation tournament. These are the players of the XX jubilee edition in 2016:

Fist edition Held in 1969, causing an upset: Albin Planinc was the darkest of dark horses: Vidmar Memorial (1969) (Chessgames), a MUST Read for all who are interested in tournament history.

Albo d'Oro: (Wikipedia)

Aug-04-16  brankat: A big time upset indeed. I remember it quite well. All of us following the tournament could hardly believe what was happening.
Jun-22-17  RookFile: I've been playing over some of Vidmar's games and find that he was quite strong, in the same league as Nimzovich.
Jun-22-17  sudoplatov: Vidmar did write the two-volume set of Karlsbad 1911. When I was at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, I looked up Vidmar's books. This one on chess; many others on electrical engineering.
Oct-11-17  zanzibar: Recent <CB> article on him:

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  Retireborn: <z> Another interesting link. I recall reading somewhere, about the New York 1927 tournament, Vidmar recounting a chat he had with Nimzowitsch. They were on good terms, but Nimzo couldn't conceal his resentment of "amateurs" playing in important tournaments.
Oct-11-17  john barleycorn: Classical games: Milan Vidmar beat Aron Nimzowitsch 4 to 2, with 8 draws. Not bad for an amateur

<Retireborn> Vidmar gives that anecdote in his book "Goldene Schachzeiten". Nimzowitsch thought that those "amateurs" with an income outside chess put the masters at a handicap with the prize money etc.. But Nimzowitsch was always convinced that he got the smallest protion on the plate in any restaurant.

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  Retireborn: <jb> Yes, Nimzowitsch wasn't using "amateur" to mean "weak", he just thought people with paying jobs should not be competing with him.

In those days professionals like Nimzowitsch and Yates lived in quite reduced circumstances, I believe.

Oct-12-17  zanzibar: His bio should probably make mention of his son, who earned an IM in 1950:

Nov-11-17  simaginfan: I have posted some stuff on vidmar on my blog on working on a translation of the London rules stuff in Goldenene schachzeiten which I will post separately in the next couple of weeks. My post has 4 sets of vidmar's game annotations translated from the book if anyone is interested- they are great stuff.
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  Retireborn: <simaginfan> Could you post a direct link? Thanks.
Nov-12-17  simaginfan:

Thanks for your interest Retireborn. Fell free to post any comments there.

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  Retireborn: <simaginfan> Many thanks, interesting games.
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  andrewjsacks: Happy birthday to GM Dr. Vidmar, a great player much respected and complimented by Capablanca.
Jun-22-19  RookFile: Vidmar was good enough of an amateur to post a match victory over Nimzo.
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  thegoodanarchist: < RookFile: Vidmar was good enough of an amateur to post a match victory over Nimzo.>

Good point, <RookFile>. "Amateur" does not mean "weak".

Case in point, the good Doctor Max Euwe was a teacher of mathematics, professionally. So he was an amateur chess player who happened to win the title of World Chess Champion.

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  thegoodanarchist: Happy Birthday, GM Vidmar! He was born on one of the 3 longest days of the year.
Jun-22-19  brankat: The same birth date as Paul Morphy!

Aside from Nimzo, Dr.Vidmar won against Chigorin, Burn, Tarrasch, Rubinstein, Reti, Tartakower, Bogoljubov, Alekhine, Marshal, Spielman, Euwe, Fine.

Not shabby at all.

Jul-10-19  The17thPawn: <brankat> - not to mention Schlechter.
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  andrewjsacks: Happy birthday, worthy Grandmaster.
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