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Stojan Puc
Number of games in database: 327
Years covered: 1945 to 1973

Overall record: +83 -94 =150 (48.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C78 C84 C80 C82 C77
 Sicilian (22) 
    B32 B59 B45 B83 B77
 King's Indian (16) 
    E67 E60 E95 E77 E73
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E20 E39 E27 E21 E50
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
    C84 C90 C92 C89 C87
 French Defense (8) 
    C16 C03 C13 C01 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (27) 
    B32 B83 B92 B33 B91
 Ruy Lopez (19) 
    C84 C97 C77 C86 C68
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E40 E42 E26 E41 E54
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D30 D31 D38 D37 D35
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C84 C97 C86 C90 C96
 Caro-Kann (9) 
    B15 B18 B10 B12 B11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Puc vs Tal, 1966 1/2-1/2
   Matulovic vs Puc, 1960 0-1
   S Dittmann vs Puc, 1956 0-1
   Puc vs Gligoric, 1945 1-0
   Ivkov vs Puc, 1951 0-1
   Puc vs Kovacs, 1948 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   YUG-ch 6th (1951)
   Vidmar Memorial (1969)
   Yugoslav Championship (1946)
   Belgrade (1952)
   Yugoslav Championship (1969)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vidmar Memorial by FSR
   Stojan Puc by TheAlchemist

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(born Apr-09-1921, died Jan-29-2004, 82 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Slovenia)

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Stojan Puc was awarded the IM title in 1950 and an Honorary GM title in 1984. His best tournament result was 1st= at Dortmund 1951. He played on the Yugoslav Olympiad team of 1950.

Wikipedia article: Stojan Puc

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 327  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Puc vs B Tot 1-0261945YUG-chD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Zarko Popovic vs Puc  ½-½231945YUG-chE16 Queen's Indian
3. Puc vs B Kazic  1-0341945YUG-chC87 Ruy Lopez
4. P Trifunovic vs Puc  1-0401945YUG-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Puc vs M Radojcic  ½-½571945YUG-chE17 Queen's Indian
6. D Avirovic vs Puc  ½-½341945YUG-chB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. Puc vs J Fajer  1-0501945YUG-chE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. S Vukovic vs Puc  ½-½201945YUG-chB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
9. Puc vs M Filipcic  ½-½591945YUG-chB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. D Poljakov vs Puc  0-1431945YUG-chE16 Queen's Indian
11. Puc vs Gligoric 1-0381945YUG-chB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
12. V Tomovic vs Puc  ½-½511945YUG-chE16 Queen's Indian
13. Puc vs A Preinfalk  0-1491945YUG-chD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Kostic vs Puc  1-0651945YUG-chB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. Puc vs M Subaric  0-1381945YUG-chB15 Caro-Kann
16. M Vidmar Jr vs Puc  ½-½401945YUG-chA25 English
17. Puc vs B Milic  1-0301945YUG-chD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Pirc vs Puc  ½-½301945YUG-chA22 English
19. Puc vs V Popovic  ½-½161945YUG-chC01 French, Exchange
20. B Rabar vs Puc  ½-½81945YUG-chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Puc vs N Kulzinski  ½-½131945YUG-chE16 Queen's Indian
22. Puc vs O Neikirch  ½-½231945YUG-chE46 Nimzo-Indian
23. A Tsvetkov vs Puc  ½-½181945YUG-chB15 Caro-Kann
24. Puc vs V Tomovic 1-0931945LiberationD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Gligoric vs Puc  1-0551945LiberationB10 Caro-Kann
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 327  PGN Download
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  cu8sfan: I have never heard of today's player of the day until today.

Stojan Puc was the first winner of the Sarajevo tournament in 1957 and he won it again in 1960, tied with Ludek Pachman (Source:

Here's a nice picture of Stojan and you can even see his signature among those of many members of the 1950 Dubrovnik Olympiad:

Feb-04-05  Castle In The Sky: Thanks for the info. The signatures and pictures are really interesting.
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  IMlday: Although I didn't find an example in the CG files, Puc was one of the first players to combine the Old Indian Reti line with ..Bf5,..h6, with the ambitious ..g5. A creative player with a lot of imagination, and capable of winning strong events in his prime.
Apr-09-06  BIDMONFA: Stojan Puc

PUC, Stojan

Apr-09-08  brankat: Happy Birthday Stojan!
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  WannaBe: Puc?! Didn't Shakespear's play have characters named after him?? =)
Apr-09-08  brankat: <WannaBe> The name is pronounced as "Putz".

He is 87 years old, practically Shakespeare's contemporary :-)

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  wordfunph: [Event "Ljubljana"]
[Site "Ljubljana"]
[Date "1955.07.20"]
[Round "17"]
[White "Puc, Stojan"]
[Black "Pirc, Vasja"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B37"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "1955.??.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "17"]
[EventCountry "YUG"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2000.11.22"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Bg7 6. Nc2 Nf6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Be2 b6 9. Bg5 Bb7 10. Qd2 Rc8 11. f3 Na5 12. b3 d5 13. exd5 Nxd5 14. Nxd5 Bxd5 15. Rd1 f6 16. Qe3 fxg5 17. Rxd5 Qc7 18. Nd4 Qf4 19. Qxf4 gxf4 20. Ne6 Bc3+ 21. Kf2 Rf6 22. Ng5 Bb4 23. Rhd1 Nc6 24. Ne4 Rf5 25. Rd7 Kf8 26. Rb7 Ke8 27. g4 Re5 28. a4 Rd8 29. Rd5 Bc5+ 30. Kf1 Nd4 31. Bd1 Rexd5 32. cxd5 Bb4 33. Be2 Nxe2 34. Kxe2 Rxd5 35. Rxa7 Ba5 36. Rc7 Bb4 37. Rc4 Ba3 38. Nc3 Re5+ 39. Re4 Rc5 40. Kd3 Rc6 41. b4 g5 42. Nb5 Bb2 43. Re2 Bg7 44. Rc2 Rh6 45. a5 1-0

Sweet victory by GM Stojan Puc vs Vasja Pirc. Happy Birthday GM Puc!

Apr-09-09  WeakSquare: Where was this guy born? Which part of former Yugoslavia?

Slovenia, perhaps....?

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  TheAlchemist: <WeakSquare> Yes, in Novo mesto, he died in Kranj.
Apr-09-09  WhiteRook48: what a
Happy birthday!
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  TheAlchemist: <WhiteRook48> Maybe for foreigners, otherwise neither his first nor his last name are too uncommon here. In fact, the name "Stojan" is more prevalent in other countries of the former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria too, I think, while I don't really know about "Puc".
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  whiteshark: Bio:
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  wordfunph: <brankat: <WannaBe> The name is pronounced as "Putz".> that's cool..

Happy Birthday Stojan!

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  GrahamClayton: Quick victory by Puc using the rare 2...♗f5 defence to the Queen's Gambit:

[Event "?"]
[Site "Rogaska-Slatina"]
[Date "1948.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Markovic, Mihajlo"]
[Black "Puc, Stojan"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 Bf5 3. cxd5 Bxb1 4. Rxb1 Qxd5 5. Qa4+ Nc6 6. Nf3 e5 7. dxe5 Bb4+ 8. Bd2 Qe4 9. Qd1 O-O-O 10. a3 Nxe5 11. Bxb4 Nd3+ 12. Qxd3 Rxd3 13. Ng5 Qe8 14. Nxf7 a5 15. Nxh8 axb4 16. g4 Qe4 17. Rg1 Rg3 18. fxg3 Qxb1+ 19. Kf2 Qxb2 20. axb4 Qf6+ 21. Kg2 g5 0-1

Unusual position after 17...♖g3!:

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Both White rooks are "en prise"

Source: Bill Wall, “500 Queen’s Gambit Miniatures”, Chess Enterprises Inc, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, 1985

Jan-06-14  Poisonpawns: Puc-Damjonovic Yugoslavia 1966 after 26..Qa7? White to move and win

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Jun-07-14  Granny O Doul: Black is incredibly hamstrung, so the rook lift to e4 (protecting the d4 pawn) with the idea of Nh4-g6+, with backup ideas (depending how Black squirms) of Nh4-f5, Rg4xg7 or maybe Rh4 and takes something with something, with something, looks promising.
Jul-16-14  zanzibar: Puc -- Bozic YUG-sf Sjopje 1947

Open Spanish, with 11.Qh5 g6 just played:

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White's best move certainly isn't Puc's 12.Nxh7?

What is, makes for a good tactical/positional study.

(11.Qh5 may have been a bit too aggressive)

Apr-09-18  diagonal: Bio additions:

Stojan Puc shared 1st with Jan Foltys at Vienna in 1949 (Schlechter Memorial), he won the inaugural edition of the Bosna series at Sarajevo in 1957 as clear first, and was first again with the better tie-break alongside Ludek Pachman at the strong Sarajevo (Bosna) in 1960, ahead of 3. Matulovic, 4. Trifunovic, 5.-6. Ivkov, Udovcic, 7. Toran Albero, 8.-9. Larsen, Pirc, etc. (12 players), arguably his biggest international success.

For many years, Puc was the leading Slovenian chess player after Pirc. He won the Slovenian Chess Championship on four occasions: 1954 (joint), 1958, 1965 (joint), and 1967.

Puc played for Yugoslavia in the 9th Chess Olympiad at Dubrovnik 1950, as the team won the gold medal with IM Gligoric, IM Pirc, IM Trifunovic, IM Rabar, IM Vidmar jr., and IM Puc (in the early 1950s, young Gligo, Pirc, and Trifunovic got all the then rare GM title, Puc got a GM Hon. later in 1980s).

Correction of the cg. bio: He did *not* win at Dortmund in 1951 (a strong Prequel of the series launched in 1973). Puc finished 5th-6th at Dortmund 1951, together with Rossolimo (Albéric O'Kelly de Galway won).

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  Paint My Dragon: “… the Yugoslav master, <Puc>, a remarkable person who was wont to walk down the street that led to the old Turkish fort by the Danube almost every evening, dressed in a splendid black cloak and a highly dramatic air of secrecy.”

- Harry Golombek in The Times (17/5/75)

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