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Istvan Csom
Number of games in database: 927
Years covered: 1964 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2409
Highest rating achieved in database: 2545

Overall record: +246 -182 =492 (53.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 7 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (92) 
    A15 A13 A10 A14 A12
 Reti System (60) 
    A04 A06 A05
 King's Indian (47) 
    E62 E63 E66 E60 E69
 English, 1 c4 c5 (35) 
    A30 A36 A37 A38 A34
 Sicilian (33) 
    B22 B40 B23 B39 B52
 English, 1 c4 e5 (29) 
    A20 A22 A28 A26 A25
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (182) 
    B62 B57 B28 B61 B22
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (63) 
    B62 B61 B60 B69 B63
 Nimzo Indian (50) 
    E41 E21 E38 E20 E43
 Queen's Indian (35) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E16
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    A46 E00 E10 A40 D02
 Caro-Kann (22) 
    B10 B13 B12 B14
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Csom vs A Planinc, 1974 1-0
   Nunn vs Csom, 1977 0-1
   Csom vs Yusupov, 1982 1-0
   Csom vs P Ostojic, 1969 1-0
   Csom vs Gulko, 1976 1-0
   Csom vs Ribli, 1969 1-0
   Csom vs L Seres, 1999 1-0
   Csom vs G Gaertner, 1994 1-0
   Csom vs Chandler, 1983 1-0
   Adorjan vs Csom, 1969 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Pula Zonal (1975)
   Lugano Olympiad qual-4 (1968)
   EUR-chT (Men) 5th (1973)
   Hastings 1978/79 (1979)
   Skopje Olympiad qual-3 (1972)
   Vidmar Memorial (1973)
   Palma de Mallorca (1971)
   Las Palmas (1978)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   Siegen Olympiad Final-A (1970)
   Siegen Olympiad qual-4 (1970)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-A (1972)
   Kostic Memorial 3rd (1969)
   First Lady Cup 1st (1982)
   Valletta Olympiad (1980)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Baku 1980 by suenteus po 147
   Amsterdam IBM 1974 by Chessdreamer
   Palma de Mallorca 1971 by Tabanus

   🏆 Portisch 75 Rapid
   Csom vs Ljubojevic (Apr-04-12) 0-1, rapid
   Hort vs Csom (Apr-04-12) 1-0, rapid
   Portisch vs Csom (Apr-04-12) 1-0, rapid
   Csom vs Hort (Apr-03-12) 0-1, rapid
   Ljubojevic vs Csom (Apr-03-12) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Jun-02-1940, died Jul-28-2021, 81 years old) Hungary
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István Csom was born in Sátoraljaújhely. Awarded the IM title in 1967 and the GM title in 1973, he was Hungarian Champion in 1972 and 1973 (jointly). His tournament victories include Olot 1973, Cleveland 1975, Olot 1975, Pula zonal 1975, Berlin 1979, Copenhagen 1983, Järvenpää 1985 and Delhi 1987. Csom was also an International Arbiter (1991).

Wikipedia article: István Csom

Last updated: 2021-08-06 08:45:24

 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 964  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Csom vs Portisch 0-1321964HUN-ch 19thC02 French, Advance
2. Csom vs G Kluger  ½-½301964HUN-ch 19thC44 King's Pawn Game
3. Csom vs Szabo  1-0431964HUN-ch 19thC44 King's Pawn Game
4. W Schmidt vs Csom  0-1271964WchT U26 11th fin-AA07 King's Indian Attack
5. Csom vs Savon  0-1341964WchT U26 11th fin-AB15 Caro-Kann
6. Csom vs Kavalek  ½-½331964WchT U26 11th fin-AB06 Robatsch
7. Csom vs Vasiukov  ½-½181965BudapestD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Savon vs Csom  1-0351965BudapestA27 English, Three Knights System
9. Csom vs E Paoli  1-0271965Asztalos Memorial 8thB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. Csom vs Korchnoi 0-1161965Asztalos Memorial 8thE60 King's Indian Defense
11. Csom vs G Borisenko  ½-½151965Asztalos Memorial 8thC44 King's Pawn Game
12. Csom vs Sliwa  ½-½201965Asztalos Memorial 8thC44 King's Pawn Game
13. G Kluger vs Csom  0-1491965Asztalos Memorial 8thC00 French Defense
14. Portisch vs Csom  1-0491965HUN-ch 21stD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
15. Csom vs G Kluger  ½-½281965HUN-ch 21stC44 King's Pawn Game
16. Csom vs J Flesch 0-1141966Asztalos MemorialB23 Sicilian, Closed
17. Lilienthal vs Csom  ½-½421966Asztalos MemorialE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
18. Csom vs Uhlmann  ½-½301966Asztalos MemorialD75 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
19. I Bilek vs Csom  1-0261966Asztalos MemorialE08 Catalan, Closed
20. Csom vs Lengyel  ½-½121966Asztalos MemorialC44 King's Pawn Game
21. Kavalek vs Csom  1-0301966Asztalos MemorialC16 French, Winawer
22. Csom vs P Dely  0-1241966Asztalos MemorialE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
23. Csom vs L Navarovszky  ½-½391966Asztalos MemorialB10 Caro-Kann
24. E Paoli vs Csom ½-½521966Asztalos MemorialC03 French, Tarrasch
25. V Ciocaltea vs Csom  1-0331966Asztalos MemorialA03 Bird's Opening
 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 964  PGN Download
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  Bratek: R.I.P.
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  Honza Cervenka: R.I.P., maestro. This is one of my favourite games of yours: Csom vs Yusupov, 1982
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  Dionysius1: <Tabanus> I think it's a mourning symbol, or possibly an intractable problem from the recent renovation hasn't fixed yet.
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  Tabanus: <Dionysius1:> I fixed the symbol.

But only here. We may need 100 volunteers to work for some weeks to fix all the others. If not CG can do it at one fell swoop.

Aug-06-21  Z legend of CG: <CG> should fix this very soon.

Hand fixes, e.g. by <tab> and <jfq>, will just make the global fix harder.

(Plus, I have to find yet another unfixed bio to monitor to see if and when <CG> finally does do the global fix)

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  Dionysius1: It's good to know have it in mind to fix. Personally, I'm in no immediate hurry, the extra symbols don't spoil my experience of the text. But then I didn't write the text, and I think <Tabanus> you do that don't you?
Aug-07-21  Z legend of CG: <Dionysius1: It's good to know have it in mind to fix>

Theoretically, they have it in mind, practicality-wise, it's proven elusive (from <Steve's> profile):

<3) UTF-8 issue> - ...

I've been hitting dead ends.
We are looking into getting additional help for this issue.

stevemcd87 chessforum

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  Tabanus: I did not write this text, but I wrote for example Szirak (1985) and I'm definately <not> happy with what happened to it.
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<Z> Here are some other examples of bios that need to be fixed just from the list of players posted by <Tab> in Szirak (1985)

Jozsef Pinter

Andras Adorjan

Gyula Sax

Kiril Georgiev

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I believe I will take <Z's> advice to not manually fix any more of these coding errors- just in case the "fixed" bios might make the admins' job of re-coding more difficult. If the admins give up, or simply don't give a @#$% any more, then manual fixing will be necessary

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  Tabanus: <jess> Yeah, sounds reasonable. I don't think our fixing matters, but I don't know either.
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<Tab> Well yes and there's the added point <Z> brought up that I hadn't thought of- if we continue making ad hoc corrections, then the data set of bios that need correction will be compromised.

As <Z> points out, we need to know which corrections were actually made by the admins.

Hopefully we will get an update from them soon.

Aug-08-21  Z4all: We all got hit:

Steinitz - Chigorin Telegraph Match (1890)

but <tab>, being the most prolific, got hit the hardest.

I think this problem should get elevated to a high status asap (stat in med-speak).

Seems to me that <CG> has a duty-of-care to inform editors of progress, and hopefully, fixes. This is now a fairly old problem, essentially affecting the entire site.

(We still don't even know if the DB got corrupted, or not) .

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<I think this problem should get elevated to a high status asap>


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  Dionysius1: Yep, the question mark problem really wrecks the text for Szirak (1985), particularly the cross table. It's not a cosmetic problem then - it overwrites some of the information. I hadn't realised that.
Aug-08-21  Z4all: Loaded chrome extension for altering character encoding, and Szirak ('85) shows up fine with <Western (Windows 1252)>.

There, that wasn't so hard, was it?

Importantly, I learned the DB is still whole, at least, at the moment.

(Of course great care has to be taken when altering any encoding in the main <CG> db.

Guess <Daniel> had a perl script converter for taking utf-8 comments and converting them into the older encoding... maybe??)

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  Retireborn: Another example is the crosstable on this page:-

Bad Lauterberg (1977)

Aug-08-21  Z4all: There's a million of 'em!
Aug-09-21  chesshistoryinterest: You sometimes get this on Rusbase, too, eg, Lithuanian Championship 1950.
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Yes I have also noticed the "question mark inside of a black diamond" substitutions for the "1/2" notation for draws in the crosstables.

This glitch is certainly a similar coding error, and in the case of Rusbase it only occurs when the crosstable has obviously been imported from another website, as in the case you mention:

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  Tabanus: FIDE have them too, see
Aug-09-21  nok: <Yes I have also noticed the "question mark inside of a black diamond" substitutions for the "1/2" notation for draws in the crosstables.>

My old friend the equal sign never let me down. Just sayin.

Aug-09-21  Albertan: A tribute to GM Csom can be viewed here:

Aug-09-21  chesshistoryinterest: <jessicafischerqueen>

Thanks, I didn't actually know that. I'm not quite sure what website they imported it from, but all the likely possibilities that I checked had crosstables that seemed fine. So maybe Rusbase has different software/programming and it occurs on transfer. Or something. At any rate, with the FIDE website also having it, it seems a fairly common problem.

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<nok> you said it brah=

Also I use them all the time to divide things up=




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