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Erno Gereben
Number of games in database: 367
Years covered: 1930 to 1978

Overall record: +112 -101 =153 (51.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (21) 
    E67 E60 E70 E66 E72
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    A46 D02 E10 A41 D01
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D83 D95 D76 D85 D94
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C61 C91 C83 C67 C65
 Slav (8) 
    D15 D12 D18 D11
 Reti System (8) 
    A04 A05 A06
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (27) 
    B74 B20 B91 B88 B71
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C84 C97 C72 C73 C98
 King's Indian (18) 
    E60 E62 E80 E98 E76
 English (16) 
    A16 A15 A13 A12 A11
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (16) 
    C84 C97 C98 C85
 Orthodox Defense (14) 
    D51 D61 D50 D52 D63
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Gereben vs M Szigeti, 1935 1-0
   E Gereben vs A D de Groot, 1936 1/2-1/2
   S Boros vs E Gereben, 1935 0-1
   J Fichtl vs E Gereben, 1956 0-1
   E Gereben vs M Ujtelky, 1967 1-0
   E Gereben vs H Ardiansyah, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Bronstein vs E Gereben, 1949 1/2-1/2
   E Gereben vs Bronstein, 1949 1/2-1/2
   E Gereben vs O Troianescu, 1951 1-0
   Simagin vs E Gereben, 1949 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens-B1 (1962)
   Hastings 1958/59 (1958)
   San Benedetto (1957)
   Amsterdam IBM-B (1967)
   Hungarian Championship (1951)
   Hoogovens-B (1965)
   Hoogovens (1961)
   Amsterdam Olympiad qual-4 (1954)
   Hungarian Championship (1952)
   Budapest (1952)
   Amsterdam Olympiad Final-A (1954)
   non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936)

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(born Jun-18-1907, died May-16-1988, 80 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality Switzerland)

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Erno Gereben (his name was Ernest Gruenfeld until 1935 but he is not to be confused with the well-known Austrian master Ernst Gruenfeld) was born in Sopron, Hungary in 1907. He was awarded the IM title in 1950 and emigrated to Switzerland in 1956. His best tournament result was 2nd= with Albert Becker after Laszlo Szabo at Tatatovaros in 1935. In Olympiads he played for Hungary in 1954 and for Switzerland in 1970, 1972 and 1974.

Wikipedia article: Ernő Gereben

Last updated: 2017-08-09 12:38:59

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 367  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Gereben vs F Meller  0-1291930GyorA09 Reti Opening
2. E Klein vs E Gereben  1-0361930GyorD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
3. E Gereben vs L Reich  ½-½581930GyorD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. J Balogh vs E Gereben  ½-½441930GyorB10 Caro-Kann
5. E Gereben vs H Steiner  1-0291930GyorD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Kashdan vs E Gereben  1-0471930GyorD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
7. E Gereben vs S Boros  ½-½361930GyorE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. B Szijjarto Szabo vs E Gereben  ½-½481930GyorB40 Sicilian
9. B Hoenlinger vs E Gereben  ½-½721930GyorA43 Old Benoni
10. E Gereben vs Spielmann 0-1351934SopronD94 Grunfeld
11. E Gereben vs K Havasi  1-0411934SopronE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
12. E Gereben vs A Vajda  1-0371934SopronD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Immo Fuss vs E Gereben  0-1341934SopronE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
14. P Rethy vs E Gereben  1-0581934SopronA06 Reti Opening
15. E Gereben vs I Csath  0-1281934SopronE83 King's Indian, Samisch
16. Szabo vs E Gereben  ½-½361934SopronA95 Dutch, Stonewall
17. E Gereben vs Eliskases  0-1401935ViennaC77 Ruy Lopez
18. E Gereben vs B Lichtenstein  0-1731935ViennaD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. E Gereben vs H Mueller  1-0411935ViennaC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
20. E Gereben vs E Glass  0-1521935ViennaC11 French
21. E Gereben vs J Kolnhofer  1-0281935ViennaA35 English, Symmetrical
22. A Becker vs E Gereben  0-1601935ViennaC53 Giuoco Piano
23. Spielmann vs E Gereben  ½-½401935ViennaD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Immo Fuss vs E Gereben  0-1551935ViennaD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. S R Wolf vs E Gereben  ½-½441935ViennaC78 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 367  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-18-06  BIDMONFA: Erno Gereben


Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: He is a different player from Ernst Gruenfeld isn't he?
Jun-18-06  WMD: Yes, he is. Or, rather, he was.
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <WMD>! Nice to see you again.
Jun-18-06  WMD: Thank you, my fan.
Jun-18-06  ughaibu: Fan singular? I feel snubbed.
Jun-18-06  WMD: Ditto.
Jun-18-06  mack: WMD me old mucker, where have you been? Travelling to third world countries in an attempt to 'find yourself' or something?
Jun-18-06  WMD: Frequenting various right-wing websites. I'm not sure when my posting ban here was lifted.
Jun-18-06  Karpova: WMD: <I'm not sure when my posting ban here was lifted.>

Why did you get banned?
I noticed your absence but didn't know you were banned.

Jun-18-06  WMD: Can't exactly recall the offending remark but it had something to do with John Donaldson, Ray Keene and the subject of plagiarism. So it goes.
Jun-18-06  Karpova: So you took on the mighty <Ray Kenne>? Better stick with LMAJ next time ;-)
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Ernö Gereben Bio:
Jun-18-09  WhiteRook48: happy birthday
Jun-18-12  LoveThatJoker: IM Gereben, today you are remembered!


May-16-18  Senk:
Jun-18-18  diagonal: <Senk> Many thanks for your link with a comprehensive portrait of a lesser known player.

In 1963/64, Gereben co-won at the 6th edition of the traditional Reggio Emilia tournament, alongside with Rudolf Teschner (best-on tie-break), Gedeon Barcza, and Janos Flesch.

Gereben was clear first at the Hoogovens Beverwijk - B tournament in 1962, and also won the so-called Masters A at the great Monte Carlo tournament in 1967 (in fact, this was another B-group), Bobby Fischer won the head tournament above Smyslov, Geller, and Larsen.

Jan-03-20  PJs Studio: I just used Bent Larsen’s game collection on to find the game from the nice photo featured on GM Larsen’s Wikipedia page. It was from the 1961 Hoovigan’s event. IM Gereben quickly outclassed in a closed Benoni (1...c5 3...e5)

Interestingly the photo was taken two moves before Larsen stole a second pawn and IM Gereben resigned shortly after dropping a third. No shame in that loss. His only game with Larsen who won the event equal with Ivkov. (+7 -1 = 1) The great Ernst Grüenfeld competed in Hoovigans ‘61. His final tournament appearance.

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