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Zoltan Ribli
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Number of games in database: 1,732
Years covered: 1967 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2524 (2545 rapid, 2532 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2630
Overall record: +494 -187 =1044 (58.9%)*
   * 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 (124) 
    A15 A14 A10 A16 A17
 Reti System (95) 
    A04 A06 A05
 King's Indian (74) 
    E62 E67 E63 E66 E69
 Queen's Indian (66) 
    E17 E15 E12 E19 E16
 English, 1 c4 c5 (56) 
    A30 A34 A33 A36 A37
 Sicilian (48) 
    B39 B35 B32 B56 B47
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (310) 
    B90 B84 B47 B48 B93
 Sicilian Najdorf (79) 
    B90 B93 B97 B92 B91
 Semi-Slav (67) 
    D45 D47 D44 D43 D48
 Queen's Indian (64) 
    E12 E17 E15 E19 E14
 English, 1 c4 c5 (63) 
    A30 A36 A37 A35 A34
 Sicilian Taimanov (57) 
    B47 B48 B46 B49 B45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ribli vs Karpov, 1980 1-0
   Quinteros vs Ribli, 1974 0-1
   Ribli vs Spassky, 1985 1/2-1/2
   Korchnoi vs Ribli, 1988 0-1
   Ribli vs B Thorfinnsson, 2005 1-0
   Ribli vs Unzicker, 1985 1-0
   Ribli vs Romanishin, 1982 1/2-1/2
   Ribli vs Yusupov, 2002 1-0
   Ribli vs K Mokry, 1994 1-0
   Ribli vs Unzicker, 1995 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik Zonal (1975)
   Hungarian Championship (1974)
   Hungarian Championship (1977)
   Budapest Tungsram (1975)
   Hungarian Championship (1972)
   Amsterdam IBM (1978)
   Hoogovens-B (1972)
   Baden-Baden (1981)
   Vidmar Memorial (1979)
   Hungarian Championship (1976)
   Forssa / Helsinki Zonal (1972)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   Subotica Interzonal (1987)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   First Lady's Cup (1982)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   0ZeR0's Favorite Games Volume 20 by 0ZeR0
   IBM Amsterdam 1973 by Tabanus
   Forssa/Helsinki zonal tournament 1972 by Chessdreamer
   Belfort World Cup 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1973 by suenteus po 147
   Amsterdam IBM 1980 by suenteus po 147
   Las Palmas Interzonal 1982 by suenteus po 147
   Amsterdam IBM 1978 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee 1983 by EmperorAtahualpa
   1984 Phillips & Drew GLC Kings Tt by Benzol

   🏆 Bundesliga
   E Schmidek vs Ribli (Oct-22-22) 1-0
   F Braeuer vs Ribli (Apr-30-22) 1/2-1/2
   N Begnis vs Ribli (Feb-09-20) 1-0
   Ribli vs A Muetsch (Feb-08-20) 1-0
   Ribli vs A Kiss (Feb-24-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Sep-06-1951, 72 years old) Hungary
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Zoltan Ribli was born on the 6th of September 1951 in Mohacs, Hungary. Awarded the IM title in 1970 and the GM title in 1973 he was a Candidate in 1983 and 1985 and nearly qualified in 1980 but lost out on tiebreaks after a playoff with compatriot Andras Adorjan ended +1 -1 =2. In 1983 he defeated Eugenio Torre (+3, =6, -1) but then lost to Vasily Smyslov (+1, =7, -3). At Montpellier 1985 he did not make the final playoffs. He has been European Junior Champion twice, 1968-69 (jointly) and 1970-71 and Hungarian Champion three times, 1973 (joint), 1974 and 1977 (joint). He has a fine tournament record and played in the 1984 USSR versus The Rest of The World match where he defeated Rafael Vaganian (+1, =3, -0). He is married to WIM Maria Grosch.

Wikipedia article: Zoltán Ribli

Last updated: 2017-06-20 10:56:00

 page 1 of 70; games 1-25 of 1,732  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ribli vs P Szilagyi  ½-½391967Hungarian Championship 1967/68C85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
2. Ribli vs P Dely  0-1321967Hungarian Championship 1967/68B89 Sicilian
3. L Tipary vs Ribli  1-0411967Hungarian Championship 1967/68A45 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Csom vs Ribli  ½-½321967Hungarian Championship 1967/68B22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. I Farago vs Ribli  0-1161967Hungarian Championship 1967/68D92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
6. Ribli vs J Tompa  0-1441967Hungarian Championship 1967/68C78 Ruy Lopez
7. Ribli vs L Prelovszky  ½-½411967Hungarian Championship 1967/68B02 Alekhine's Defense
8. B Toth vs Ribli  0-1501967Hungarian Championship 1967/68D87 Grunfeld, Exchange
9. Ribli vs Szabo  0-1411967Hungarian Championship 1967/68B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Lengyel vs Ribli  1-0561967Hungarian Championship 1967/68E60 King's Indian Defense
11. C Meleghegyi vs Ribli  1-0331967Hungarian Championship 1967/68B22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. Ribli vs J Szily  ½-½521967Hungarian Championship 1967/68B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
13. Barcza vs Ribli  1-0391967Hungarian Championship 1967/68A15 English
14. Ribli vs L Barczay  0-1391967Hungarian Championship 1967/68B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Ribli vs Forintos  1-0541967Hungarian Championship 1967/68B27 Sicilian
16. Beliavsky vs Ribli  0-1571968EU-ch U20D80 Grunfeld
17. Ribli vs Adorjan  0-1301968HungaryB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
18. Ribli vs A Lombard 1-0241968It (juniors)C67 Ruy Lopez
19. Ribli vs J Imre 1-0211968HungaryC44 King's Pawn Game
20. L M Kovacs vs Ribli  ½-½521968Hungarian Championship 1967/68D71 Neo-Grunfeld
21. I Bokor vs Ribli  1-0261968Hungarian Championship 1967/68B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Ribli vs E Haag  0-1291968Hungarian Championship 1967/68B10 Caro-Kann
23. Ribli vs M Umansky 0-1551968Russia - Hungary MatchB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
24. Ribli vs Y Anikaev 1-0291968Russia - Hungary MatchB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
25. Ribli vs Y Anikaev  ½-½361968Russia - Hungary MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
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Sep-06-09  WhiteRook48: i believe i have heard of this guy
Mar-22-10  ozmikey: How to tell a chess tragic. When my baby daughter spills some of her milk during a feed, I now refer to her as Zoltan Dribbly.
Jun-16-11  Antiochus: Ribli achieved a definitive-artistic win with a creative opening Ribli vs B Thorfinnsson, 2005
Sep-06-12  Abdel Irada: <BishopofBlunder: I like anybody with a cool name like Zoltan. It sounds like a comic book super-villain.>

You mean to say you've never heard of Spider-Man's great adversary, Joltin' Zoltan?

Under Hungary's Soviet-aligned former regime, he ran a museum of curiosities: Ribli's Believe It Or Else.

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  HeMateMe: Best chess name ever.
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  Eggman: It'd be nice to have a pic for this two-time candidate and former world top ten. Oh, and happy birthday!
Sep-07-12  waustad: He's now the captain for the Austrian Open Olympic team. Happy B'day, but losing 0-4 to the Czech squad probably wasn't what he had in mind for today.
Sep-06-13  brankat: Happy Birthday Zoltan!
Sep-08-13  RedShield: Not to be confused with <salt and vinegar>.
Sep-04-14  waustad: Markus Ragger speaks well of him:
Feb-24-15  zanzibar: I found this commentary online about Ribli's good performance in <Subotica izt (1987)>:

<In the first tournament in Subotica, Sax, Short, and Speelman qualified. Lubomir Kavalek withdrew after six rounds; his results are not included in the totals for the other players. Robert Hübner was invited, but declined to participate. As a result, Ribli had a free day during the last round. To show his displeasure, he refused to take part in a playoff against Tal, which could have been important, if a reserve spot had opened up in the Candidates Tournament. >

Does anybody know if this is true?

I know that Ribli didn't do the play-off with Tal for the alt spot, but was it really because he was unhappy over a last round bye?

(Which would be unfortunate scheduling - since he couldn't play all-out for a win at the end.)

Feb-24-15  Paint My Dragon: <Z> It would be hard to get to the absolute truth behind this, because players who don't observe the rules can be punished. He therefore told Tal that he was going home to seek medical advice. Reading between the lines of BCM's report however, it was clear that Ribli had arrived with the plan of drawing with his closest rivals and defeating the rest. Unfortunately, it didn't work out like that for him and he was probably generally disappointed, in addition to his thoughts on the last round bye fiasco. In actual fact there were many disruptions to the schedule, not just the Hubner debacle. Kavalek also scratched part way through in controversial circumstances, causing more byes. Alburt and Tal both took illness breaks meaning that planned rest days were filled with re-scheduled games and some games I believe were even played in hotel rooms. Hard to imagine how that could happen! And other strange stuff - Short wearing shorts caused an uproar (yes, there was a FIDE dress code even then). Also, Tal was giving regular simul exhibitions during the tournament - a bit crazy, it didn't seem to help him in the end.
Feb-25-15  Retireborn: <Paint my Dragon> According to Jon Speelman's tournament report in NiC it was actually only Ribli who complained about Short's shorts, in consequence of which Nigel did *not* wear said shorts v Ribli. I don't think anybody else cared. Speelman mentioned that somebody else - I think it was Lev Alburt - was also wearing shorts. It was a hot June, no doubt!

A few years later I played against Ribli myself (in a simul!) and he was a nice enough guy. Probably he was having an unhappy time in this tournament because of the muddled schedule, as you say.

Feb-25-15  Paint My Dragon: <Retireborn> Thanks. Yes, I should have said "caused an uproar in the media". The incident got front page attention in the UK national newspapers. <Infra dignitatem>, or an infringement of dignity, was how it was termed. Short had previously incurred the wrath of Campomanes at Biel in 1985 for a similar offence. But as you say, only Ribli officially complained this time, and Short had to make the undertaking not to wear the offending items if anyone else objected in advance, in writing. Temperatures were recorded above 30 Centigrade.
Feb-25-15  zanzibar: Can't help but chuckle at this thread. What is it about British and pants?!

A mention in the tournament bio surely is merited, with a pointer to the above.

<Infra dignitatem>, might even deserve an entry in the vocabulary list.

Sep-06-15  Eduardo Bermudez: 1) Tigran Petrosian: 94
2) Boris Spassky: 86
3) Vasily Ivanchuk: 84
4) PaulKeres: 76
5) Zoltan Ribli: 67
6) Vladimir Kramnik: 64
7) Mikhail Tal: 62
8) Borislav Ivkov: 51
9) Julio Bolbochán: 50
10) Gennady Sosonko: 47

More consecutive games without losing in Olympiads !!

Aug-09-17  diagonal: Ribli wins a World Chess Legends Exhibition in Spain:

World Chess Legends was a Rapid and Blitz combined round-robin tournament of four former top players which took place from 27-30 June 2017 in Platja d'Aro, Spain:

Karpov, Ljubojevic, Ribli and Timman played six rounds of Rapid, followed by another six rounds of Blitz.

Ribli won the blitz play-off against Karpov 2-0 (note: some sources were published before the play-off, or do only show the Rapid or Blitz standings alone).

Official website:; http://www.platjadarochessfestival....

Oct-14-17  zanzibar: One of his wins was Mexico City (1980):

<Zoltan Ribli, a Hungarian grandmaster, won the $4,000 first prize in the Mexico City International Tournament with a 10-2 score.>

October 27, 1980,
Section Sports, Page C20

Oct-14-17  Retireborn: <z> According to your Di Felice link he won eight games at Mexico, but only one (against Romanishin, present on here) made it to Informator.

I'd love to see the others if they ever turn up. At his best Ribli has an elegant, Capablanca-like style.

Oct-14-17  zanzibar: <RB> you've given me an excuse to get away from politics for a bit (thankfully).

The games from the GM and Master section are terribly mixed up in <MillBase>, and I doubt <CB> online is much better. Let me check 365chess (normally the best site, at least until <CG> gets its bulk-submission act together)...

Whoa, no mention at all on 365?!

Just checked <CB> online, specifically for Ribli, and found four games

<mexico city 1980 ribli>

I did find one additional game, Ribli--Nogueira (1980) 1-0, a French Tarrasch, in Boletin de Ajedrez N1 (1981).

Oct-14-17  Retireborn: <z> Thanks. Must admit that, though a CB user, I have never got to grips with CB online. Must get myself an account.

As for 365, my impression is that (at least for older stuff) it simply matches my CB Big 2002, so it's no surprise that they don't have this tournament either.

Oct-14-17  zanzibar: <<RB> Must get myself an account.>

Having an account has advantages, I'm sure, but they're kind enough to allow guest usage - which is quite handy in and of itself.

Oct-14-17  zanzibar: PS- I would agree that <365> ~= <CB>.

Maybe not entirely, but quite likely.

I once was in a phase of actually comparing tournament games one-by-one between the various online database sources, actually looking for discrepancies and reliability. There's probably a few blog posts on the matter that I won't bother to bore you with.

The fact that <CG> still refuses to conform in player name format (using <First Last> instead of <Last First>) made such work unnecessarily complicated, and I fear I was the only one to even try it.

Ah - but I said I was trying to stay away from politics!


Sep-07-20  MelanieLubbeFan: He was known as Zoltan ”Hound of Dracula” Ribli , as in the title of the 1978 horror movie ”Zoltan - Dracula’s dog”...
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  Check It Out: Zoltan is a cool name to be sure, but if you're familiar with Hungarian culture you know every 5th guy is name Zoltan.
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