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Mato Damjanovic
M Damjanovic 
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Number of games in database: 991
Years covered: 1949 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2303
Highest rating achieved in database: 2490
Overall record: +274 -244 =473 (51.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Mar-23-1927, died Feb-12-2011, 83 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Croatia)

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Mato Damjanovic was awarded the IM title in 1962 and the GM title in 1964. He was 2nd= at Sochi 1964, 1st at Zagreb 1969 and 1st= at Bad Pyrmont in 1970. He also played for the Yugoslav Olympiad team in 1960 and won the Yugoslav championship in 1961. Damjanovic remained active in competition chess (Croatian Team championships) until shortly before he passed away in early 2011.

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Last updated: 2017-01-19 08:58:51

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 991  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Damjanovic vs N Jurisic  1-0261949Yugoslav 1st Category 2D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
2. M Damjanovic vs F Licul  1-0321949Yugoslav 1st Category 2D99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
3. M Ridjicki vs M Damjanovic  0-1281949Yugoslav 1st Category 2A28 English
4. M Damjanovic vs Grgic  1-0291958YUG-ch sfE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
5. M Damjanovic vs M Bertok  ½-½231960Yugoslav ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
6. Matulovic vs M Damjanovic  1-0361960Yugoslav ChampionshipA13 English
7. M Damjanovic vs Gligoric  0-1411960Yugoslav ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
8. S Puc vs M Damjanovic  1-0571960Yugoslav ChampionshipC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. M Damjanovic vs J Sofrevski  1-0421960Yugoslav ChampionshipE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
10. M Damjanovic vs M Vukovic  1-0731960Yugoslav ChampionshipE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
11. Parma vs M Damjanovic 0-1261960Yugoslav ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
12. M Damjanovic vs D Minic  1-0341960Yugoslav ChampionshipA15 English
13. V Kozomara vs M Damjanovic  ½-½91960Yugoslav ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. M Damjanovic vs P Trifunovic  ½-½221960Yugoslav ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Janosevic vs M Damjanovic  1-0481960Yugoslav ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
16. M Damjanovic vs M Udovcic  0-1571960Yugoslav ChampionshipE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
17. M Knezevic vs M Damjanovic  0-1281960Yugoslav ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. M Damjanovic vs P Smederevac ½-½11960Yugoslav ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
19. A Bulat vs M Damjanovic  ½-½231960Yugoslav ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. M Damjanovic vs B Tot  1-0441960Yugoslav ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. D Ciric vs M Damjanovic  0-1461960Yugoslav ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. Lengyel vs M Damjanovic  1-0431960Asztalos MemorialA00 Uncommon Opening
23. M Damjanovic vs G Kluger  0-1681960Asztalos MemorialE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
24. M Damjanovic vs Flohr  1-0351960Asztalos MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
25. M Damjanovic vs Sliwa  1-0331960Asztalos MemorialE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-06-06  biglo: According to ChessBase FIDE has banned this GM from tournament play for 1 year because of the fake Kali Cup GM tournament held in Mindzentkalla Hungary in February 2004. At 79 I hardly think he'll worry.
Mar-09-06  EmperorAtahualpa:

<At 79 I hardly think he'll worry.>

<biglo> That might indicate that perhaps he got paid to take part in this scheme.

Apr-28-06  knightfly: I remember reading a quote attributed to Korchnoi about this player. Someone had just obtained the GM title and said to Korchnoi "now I am a grandmaster like you" to which he replied "no you are grandmaster like Damjanovic".
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  offramp: The poor town of Mindzentkalla. 58 hits on Google and they are all about the fake Kali Cup.
Apr-29-06  whatthefat: 59 now in fact.
Dec-27-09  pink gorilla: Only player in the data base to beat Botnivik with white against the Kings Indian defence
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  alexmagnus: <I remember reading a quote attributed to Korchnoi about this player. Someone had just obtained the GM title and said to Korchnoi "now I am a grandmaster like you" to which he replied "no you are grandmaster like Damjanovic".>

The "someone" was Gufeld, the precise phrase was "Damjanovic is your colleague". The story had a continuation, when Korchnoi drew Damjanovic in one tournament and Gufeld sent him a telegram with exactly these words.

Damjanovic is BTW the oldest active GM now.

Dec-25-10  wordfunph: as related by GM George Koltanowski in Chess Life & Review 1970..

1969 Palma de Mallorca: Mato Damjanovic seems to prefer bridge to chess; no sooner is the chess game over than he is at the bridge table playing to all hours of the morning. He has a plus score against Botvinnik.

Jan-27-11  twinlark: And equal scores against Petrosian and Spassky.
Feb-13-11  Paint My Dragon: GM Damjanovic died 0n 12th February 2011 - R.I.P.
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  GrahamClayton: Obituary notice:

Feb-12-16  TheFocus: rest in peace, GM Mato Damjanovic.
Mar-23-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Mato Damjanovic.
Feb-14-18  Grandma Sturleigh: The point of the "Grandmaster like Damjanovic" quote is that Damjanovic was the lowest-rated grandmaster at that time. Korchnoi was stressing the gap (wide, even back then) between a lesser grandmaster and the very best.
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  alexmagnus: There were no ratings before 1971 (the quote originates from the 1960s). The existence of GMs like Damjamovic back then proves wrong the often repeated thesis that in those times one could only become a GM by qualifying to the Candidates. There are many GMs from that time who never were even close to the Candidates.
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  alexmagnus: And I have a good idea where the Candidates misconception comes from. From the same source from which some kibitzer here put Taimanov and Hort into the same generation. Fischer fever. Fischer <did> become GM by qualifying to the Candidates, and I guess people assume since doing it is such a big feat it was the only way.

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