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Mato Damjanovic
Damjanovic 
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Number of games in database: 874
Years covered: 1958 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2303
Highest rating achieved in database: 2314
Overall record: +234 -220 =420 (50.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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MATO DAMJANOVIC
(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.

Wikipedia article: Mato Damjanović

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

 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 874  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Damjanovic vs Grgic  1-0291958YUG-ch sfE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
2. Damjanovic vs M Bertok  ½-½231960Yugoslav ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
3. Matulovic vs Damjanovic  1-0361960Yugoslav ChampionshipA13 English
4. Damjanovic vs Gligoric  0-1411960Yugoslav ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
5. Puc vs Damjanovic  1-0571960Yugoslav ChampionshipC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Damjanovic vs J Sofrevski  1-0421960Yugoslav ChampionshipE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
7. Damjanovic vs M Vukovic  1-0731960Yugoslav ChampionshipE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
8. Parma vs Damjanovic 0-1261960Yugoslav ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
9. Damjanovic vs Minic  1-0341960Yugoslav ChampionshipA15 English
10. V Kozomara vs Damjanovic  ½-½91960Yugoslav ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. Damjanovic vs P Trifunovic  ½-½221960Yugoslav ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Janosevic vs Damjanovic  1-0481960Yugoslav ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
13. Damjanovic vs Udovcic  0-1571960Yugoslav ChampionshipE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
14. M Knezevic vs Damjanovic  0-1281960Yugoslav ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Damjanovic vs P Smederevac ½-½11960Yugoslav ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
16. A Bulat vs Damjanovic  ½-½231960Yugoslav ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Damjanovic vs B Tot  1-0441960Yugoslav ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
18. Ciric vs Damjanovic  0-1461960Yugoslav ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. Lengyel vs Damjanovic  1-0431960Asztalos MemorialA00 Uncommon Opening
20. Damjanovic vs G Kluger  0-1681960Asztalos MemorialE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
21. Damjanovic vs Sliwa  1-0331960Asztalos MemorialE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
22. Damjanovic vs Flohr  1-0351960Asztalos MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. Damjanovic vs A Baswedan  1-0411960Leipzig Olympiad qual-1E70 King's Indian
24. Damjanovic vs C Cormier  1-0391960Leipzig Olympiad qual-1D87 Grunfeld, Exchange
25. Damjanovic vs M Veizaj  1-0351960Leipzig Olympiad qual-1A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
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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: http://www.fide.com/news.asp?id=962

<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".
Apr-29-06  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
Jan-07-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
May-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Obituary notice:

http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/g...

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.
Feb-14-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Feb-14-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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