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Zoltan von Balla
Z von Balla 

Number of games in database: 127
Years covered: 1904 to 1940
Overall record: +32 -49 =46 (43.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (29) 
    C66 C68 C77 C87 C80
 Sicilian (12) 
    B40 B56 B20 B46 B21
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
    C87 C99 C84 C96 C91
 French Defense (5) 
    C12 C14 C11 C01
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B10 B16 B18 B12
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    E00 A46 A45
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C68 C78 C62 C77 C84
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    D02 A46 D01 D05 D04
 Orthodox Defense (8) 
    D63 D60 D52 D51 D69
 French Defense (5) 
    C00 C01 C10 C11
 Four Knights (5) 
 Sicilian (5) 
    B45 B28 B73 B40 B92
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Z von Balla vs A Ritzen, 1914 1-0
   Z von Balla vs K Sterk, 1921 1-0
   Z von Balla vs Szabo, 1940 1-0
   Z von Balla vs K Opocensky, 1922 1-0
   G Marco vs Z von Balla, 1906 1/2-1/2
   Reti vs Z von Balla, 1922 0-1
   Rubinstein vs Z von Balla, 1906 1/2-1/2
   Vidmar vs Z von Balla, 1905 0-1
   Z von Balla vs L Forgacs, 1906 1/2-1/2
   Z von Balla vs Breyer, 1918 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Budapest (1921)
   Bad Pistyan (1912)
   Kaschau (1918)
   Bad Pistyan (1922)
   Ostend (1906)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Budapest 1921 by suenteus po 147

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(born Aug-31-1883, died Apr-01-1945, 61 years old) Hungary

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Zoltan von Balla was born in Budapest. He was Hungarian champion in 1906 and 1911 (Zsigmond Barasz).

Balla was killed in a traffic accident with a Soviet tank at the end of World War II.

Wikipedia article: Zoltán von Balla

Last updated: 2022-06-09 12:25:15

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 127  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Z von Balla vs Duras 0-144190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. Vidmar vs Z von Balla 0-1211905ViennaC00 French Defense
3. L Forgacs vs Z von Balla 1-0381906OstendD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Z von Balla vs L Forgacs ½-½371906OstendC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Rubinstein vs Z von Balla ½-½511906OstendD05 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Z von Balla vs P P Saburov  1-0441906OstendB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
7. W John vs Z von Balla  ½-½441906OstendC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
8. Z von Balla vs Maroczy  ½-½661906OstendC87 Ruy Lopez
9. G Marco vs Z von Balla  ½-½321906OstendC78 Ruy Lopez
10. Z von Balla vs W Cohn 1-0361906OstendC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
11. P Johner vs Z von Balla 1-0321906OstendD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
12. Z von Balla vs H Fahrni  ½-½291906OstendC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
13. Breyer vs Z von Balla 0-1351911BudapestC77 Ruy Lopez
14. Z von Balla vs L Asztalos 1-0531911Main Tt Hun Chess FedC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
15. K Sterk vs Z von Balla 1-0321911Main Tt Hun Chess FedC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. Z von Balla vs Reti 1-0471911Main Tt Hun Chess FedC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
17. Z von Balla vs M Brody 1-0561911Main Tt Hun Chess FedC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. Spielmann vs Z von Balla  ½-½331912Bad PistyanC01 French, Exchange
19. Z von Balla vs Salwe  ½-½311912Bad PistyanC66 Ruy Lopez
20. Breyer vs Z von Balla 1-0141912Bad PistyanC46 Three Knights
21. Z von Balla vs M Lowcki  1-0401912Bad PistyanC12 French, McCutcheon
22. Yates vs Z von Balla  ½-½461912Bad PistyanC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Z von Balla vs Teichmann 1-0251912Bad PistyanC87 Ruy Lopez
24. Duras vs Z von Balla 1-0951912Bad PistyanC67 Ruy Lopez
25. Z von Balla vs Z Barasz  ½-½261912Bad PistyanC87 Ruy Lopez
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-23-03  Ashley: Does anyone know what the Balla Variation is?
Jan-27-03  PVS: I do not know, but I would begin by looking at a monograph on the Ruy Lopez Closed if I wanted to know.
Jan-28-03  Ashley: You were right, I found it. It is a long variation of the Lopez.
Jan-28-03  refutor: i did a little digging up too...basically it's the position after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 Na5 9.Bc2 c5 10.d4 Qc7 11.a4 almost the Tchigorin variation but not quite (no h3 for white, no O-O for black and white threw in a4). it's an interesting variation, but i'd likely play 10.h3 to stop ...Bg4
Jan-28-03  Ashley: Yes, that is what I found.
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  Benzol: Zoltan von Balla
Born 31st August 1883 in Budapest
Died 1st April 1945 also in Budapest.
He was Hugarian champion in 1906 and shared the title in 1911.
Aug-31-06  Ziggurat: von Balla used to participate in many of the same tournaments as Breyer, and played some nice games with him. Although Breyer was stronger on the whole, von Balla was not so far behind him which makes their games interesting.
Aug-31-10  BIDMONFA: Zoltan Von Balla


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  GrahamClayton: von Balla was one of the 36 players who competed in the 1906 Ostende tournament. He tied with Duras in Group A of Stage One with a score of 5/8, but did not progress to Stage 2 after a tie-break.

What would have been galling for von Balla was that players with lower scores in Groups B, C and D advanced.

Feb-22-11  Maatalkko: Balla was a legit playa. He was competitive vs some of the best of his day. Perhaps, had the 19 year old Balla been luckier at Ostende, we would have heard more of him. Ostende helped launch Nimzowitsch's career.
Nov-02-13  Karpova: Hungary arranged a tournament to decide the players of the 1924 Paris Chess Olympiad:

1. Z von Balla 9.5
2. Havasi 8.5
3. Sterk 7.5
4-5. Andreas Steiner 7.0
4-5. Szigeti 7.0

So Hungary planned to send Balla, Havasi and Sterk. Additionally Dr. Vajda who couldn't participate in this tournament due to an illness. Possible reserve players are he brothers Steiner and Jakab. Abonyi will accompany them and give a 110-board Simul in Paris.

From page 189 of the July 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

For those interested, the 1924 Olympiad:

Jan-22-14  Karpova: More information on

This was the Winter tournament of the Győri Sakkör (Győr Chess Club) which ended at the beginning of May, 1912.

It was split into 2 groups and this is the 1st group. It was a 7-player double round-robin tournament.

1. von Balla 9.5
2. Chalupetzky 8.5
3. Szekely 7.0
4-5. Balazs 6.5
4-5. Exner 6.5
6. Renyi 4.0
7. Meszey 0.0

Two important details: One game between von Balla and Balazs was not played and scored as a win for Balazs. Furthermore, Meszey withdrew from the tournament and all of his games were counted as losses.

Von Balla scored +9 -2 =1 (counted: loss from the game not played).

I add the result of the 2nd group:

1. Deutsch 10.5
2. Meller 8.0
3-4. Szvoboda 6.5
3-4. Herczeg 6.5
5. Fridrich 5.5
6. Weisz 4.0
7. Salgo 1.0

Source: Page 176 of the May-June 1912 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-31-16  morfishine: Wow, what a way to go: this guy apparently got run over by a tank.


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  Stonehenge: Slightly better photo than BIDMONFA's:

Jan-21-18  zanzibar: Kingpin has this photograph:

What source?

Jan-22-19  login:

Hungarian Chess Championship, Budapest 1911

'Világunk 64 Mezön', by Andras Ozsvath, Budapest 1978, p.360-361

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  perfidious: <morf: Wow, what a way to go: this guy apparently got run over by a tank.>

And we have a poster in the Rogovian miasma who merely threatens to run over ideological opponents like a Mack truck....

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