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Julio Bolbochan
Against Keres (right)  

Number of games in database: 426
Years covered: 1941 to 1991
Highest rating achieved in database: 2485
Overall record: +162 -38 =226 (64.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (27) 
    E69 E60 E63 E67 E66
 Nimzo Indian (19) 
    E43 E46 E41 E47 E54
 Grunfeld (18) 
    D78 D75 D72 D97 D74
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D37 D35 D30 D06 D31
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C78 C77 C68 C97 C79
 Slav (13) 
    D11 D19 D16 D15 D12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (53) 
    B45 B92 B90 B43 B28
 King's Indian (27) 
    E60 E61 E95 E62 E81
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C92 C91 C77 C71 C98
 Sicilian Najdorf (16) 
    B92 B90 B95 B97 B96
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E34 E23 E55 E45 E46
 Grunfeld (13) 
    D77 D84 D98 D74 D85
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bolbochan vs Pachman, 1956 1-0
   Bolbochan vs Evans, 1952 1-0
   Bolbochan vs C H Maderna, 1953 1-0
   Euwe vs Bolbochan, 1947 0-1
   Bolbochan vs Gligoric, 1950 1-0
   E Lundin vs Bolbochan, 1954 0-1
   W M Duckworth vs Bolbochan, 1991 0-1
   Bolbochan vs A C Rocha, 1966 1-0
   Bolbochan vs J Martinez, 1946 1-0
   M Madeira de Ley vs Bolbochan, 1952 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dubrovnik Olympiad (1950)
   Mar del Plata Zonal (1951)
   Mar del Plata (1956)
   Sao Paulo Zonal (1960)
   Mar del Plata (1952)
   Buenos Aires / Rio Hondo Zonal (1966)
   Mar del Plata (1953)
   Amsterdam Olympiad Final-A (1954)
   Rio de Janeiro (1952)
   Reti Memorial (1949)
   Mar del Plata (1965)
   Mar del Plata (1947)
   Mar del Plata (1950)
   Mar del Plata (1941)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Games Around the World: Argentina by Gottschalk
   Mar del Plata 1947 by ozmikey
   US Open 1991, Los Angeles by Phony Benoni
   The Latin American Super Grand Masters by Eduardo Bermudez

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(born Mar-20-1920, died Jun-28-1996, 76 years old) Argentina

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Julio Bolbochan was born in Buenos Aires. He was Argentine Champion in 1946 and 1948. He was awarded the IM title in 1955 and an honorary GM title in 1977. He played in six Olympiads from 1950-66 and qualified for three Interzonals. He won a gold medal at the Dubrovnik Olympiad in 1950 on 2nd board.

1st (jointly) at Rio de Janeiro 1938 [brasilbase-1]. South American champion at Mar del Plata, zt1951 with Erich Eliskases (jointly) and at Sao Paulo, zt1960 and for the last time at Rio Hondo, zt1966.

In 1952 at Saltsjöbaden he had to withdraw after playing only a few games. At Stockholm 1962 he finished in 13th place and although he was slated to play at Sousse 1967, illness prevented him from participating. Other than this, most of his chess was in South America. He was the younger brother of Jacobo Bolbochan.

Wikipedia article: Julio Bolbochán

Last updated: 2019-03-27 23:34:00

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 426  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bolbochan vs V Winz 1-0451941Mar del PlataC05 French, Tarrasch
2. J Bolbochan vs Bolbochan  ½-½311941Mar del PlataD95 Grunfeld
3. Bolbochan vs M Luckis ½-½561941Mar del PlataE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. M Czerniak vs Bolbochan  0-1391941Mar del PlataA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
5. Bolbochan vs P Michel  1-0301941Mar del PlataD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Stahlberg vs Bolbochan  1-0341941Mar del PlataE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
7. Bolbochan vs I Raud  ½-½361941Mar del PlataD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. J Vinuesa vs Bolbochan  0-1431941Mar del PlataC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
9. Bolbochan vs C Guimard  0-1341941Mar del PlataC07 French, Tarrasch
10. L Engels vs Bolbochan  1-0501941Mar del PlataC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
11. Bolbochan vs J Traian Iliesco  1-0561941Mar del PlataD95 Grunfeld
12. Najdorf vs Bolbochan 1-0231941Mar del PlataE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
13. Bolbochan vs P Frydman  ½-½331941Mar del PlataE20 Nimzo-Indian
14. M Feigin vs Bolbochan  1-0541941Mar del PlataD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Bolbochan vs Graf-Stevenson  1-0591941Mar del PlataD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. F Sulik vs Bolbochan  ½-½181941Mar del PlataB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. Bolbochan vs Eliskases  ½-½331941Mar del PlataB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
18. Eliskases vs Bolbochan  ½-½421941Aguas de Sao Pedro / Sao PauloB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. Bolbochan vs M Luckis  ½-½481941Aguas de Sao Pedro / Sao PauloE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
20. Bolbochan vs C Guimard 0-1501941Aguas de Sao Pedro / Sao PauloC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
21. F de Carvalho vs Bolbochan  0-1371941Aguas de Sao Pedro / Sao PauloA47 Queen's Indian
22. Bolbochan vs P Frydman  0-1401941Aguas de Sao Pedro / Sao PauloA15 English
23. Bolbochan vs M Czerniak  1-0511944La Plata Jockey ClubD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
24. Bolbochan vs G Puiggros  1-0211944Buenos AiresC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
25. Graf-Stevenson vs Bolbochan  0-1421944La Plata Jockey ClubA40 Queen's Pawn Game
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  Phony Benoni: I got to meet Bolbochan when he played in the 1991 U.S. Open in Los Angeles (the last twelve games given here). At the previous U.S. Open, I had struck up an acquaintance with a player from Venezuela named Isidore Cherem, who mentioned that he played often with Bolbochan. Sure enough, the next year he showed up in Los Angeles and brought Bolbochan along with him.

We didn't talk much, but he seemed like a very nice guy, even posing for a picture which, alas, I have long since lost.

Mar-15-08  nomaster: In the 1950 he was known in Argentina for his ability to draw against top players. Even if he wasn't the second best player in the country (the first was indisputably Najdorf) he would play second board in the olympiad with quite good results, draws that is.
Mar-10-09  WhiteRook48: how many wins did he get then?
May-01-09  Augalv:
Jul-08-09  mcgee: >>When I think of Bolbochan all I can think of is his stunning debacle at the hands of Fischer, described in <My 60 Memorable Games<<

Debacle implies that Bolbochan played disastrously which is a little unfair. The whole game is testimony to Fischer's superlative ablity to stick his opponents in the vice and squeeze...

Jul-08-09  mcgee: also don't forget this Tal cracker

Tal vs Julio Bolbochan, 1966

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  GrahamClayton: <Ribeiro>Bolbochán was a very strong player. For instance, when a match Argentina vs. USSR took place in 1954, he was the second player of his country (Najdorf was the first). His opponent was Paul Keres, and they tied (2-2).

The following Spanish biography includes a photo of Bolbochan and Keres sitting at the board during the 1954 Argentina v USSR match:

Oct-09-10  Eduardo Bermudez: G.M. Julio Bolbochan 50 !! consecutives chessgames in olimpyads whitout loses !!
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  Fusilli: <WhiteRook48: how many wins did he get then?>

He must have gotten a few, as he won gold medal on second board at the 1950 Olympiad in Dubrovnik ( and the article in Spanish from <Graham Clayton>)

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  Fusilli: <fred lennox: I love the way Bolbochan plays the rook. What a flair he has to handle these unweildy beasts! It is like the other pieces are servants to the rook. Nothing like a rook to set matters straight!>

For example? Are you thinking of a particular game?

And how about the knights? See: Gligoric vs Julio Bolbochan, 1953

Mar-10-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Bolbochan.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. POTD.
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  Fusilli: This is one of my favorite Julio Bolbochan games, which is at present not on the notable games list:

Gligoric vs Julio Bolbochan, 1953

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. GM Julio Bolbochan.
Mar-10-14  Petrosianic: He's actually been dead a long time, you know.
Jul-04-14  zanzibar: From an online obit about him: (ES)

<The Argentine chess and had a strong chess tradition before 1939, highlighting the disputed world championship between Capablanca and Alekhine in 1927.

After the outbreak of World War II, many of the best teachers in the world remained in Argentina after Buenos Aires Olympiad 1939, some forever, and Argentine chess environment was strengthened by the concentration of large players; some, like Miguel Najdorf and Erich Eliskases, came to represent Argentina.

The permanence of Najdorf was momentous for Argentina achieved the Olympic runners in Dubrovnik (1950), Helsinki (1952) and Amsterdam (1954), and third places in Munich (1958) and Varna (1962)

At the individual level achieved two Argentinian World Youth Championship, Oscar Panno in 1953 and in 1959 Carlos Bielicki.

The result of this chess boiling emerged (or were upgraded), several great teachers, one of them was Julio Bolbochán (Buenos Aires, March 10, 1920 Caracas, June 28, 1996), whose death is now serving 15 years.

Let's do a brief summary of his career: He started moving the pieces after five years; He taught his older brother, James, who was Argentine chess champion in 1932 and 1933.

Was Argentine champion in 1946 and 1948, with Erich Eliskases shared first place in the South American Championship in 1951, a title he repeated in 1960.

He received the gold medal on board two of the Olympiad in Dubrovnik 1950, for his 11 ½ points out of 14, and the silver medal on the second board in the 1954 Amsterdam Olympics with 11 ½ out of 15.

He spent three consecutive Olympics (1950, 1952 and 1954), without losing any game, and only fell after being defeated unbeaten 50 Olympic games, which is a record among Hispanic players.

On his style of play in many places emphasizes its solidity, it was very difficult to beat even the best in the world.

When I searched for material for a book of 1,001 problems that I wrote, I watched many games Bolbochán, what caught my attention in his game were not the virtues already assumed, as being very good tactician, and very good runner, which I I was amazed that he was upfront about his South American contemporaries in the types of positions he practiced. He played almost all classical positions of isolated pawn, hanging pawns, etc., Sharp Sicilian line, Indian defenses, etc.

From 1957 developed the skills as a journalist, writer, took care of the "Front Panel" column in the Buenos Aires newspaper La Nación.

He wrote several books and in 1953 was Oscar Panno analyst when youth was proclaimed world champion in Copenhagen, then went over Argentine representatives analyst. His great capacity for work was also reflected in the many places where he taught while living in Argentina, for example in the Banfield Club, Buenos Aires Province, which he represented club on many occasions.

He also served his teaching in the San Lorenzo de Almagro Club in the Club ADISYC, in the Maccabi Club, and many more.

At 56 years old, and he retired early at the National Meat Board, made a decision that stunned many, as it was hard to change routine went Argentina's May 13, 1976, shortly after the military seized power.

He was hired by the Venezuelan Foundation for Chess Development, settled in Caracas (Venezuela), and went on to teach countless children and organize tournaments in Capablanca Academy in Caracas and Colegio Emil Friedman.

He was awarded the Grand Cordon Order of Venezuela in recognition of his 20 years of public service teaching chess at the Simon Bolivar University.

Continued to play until his later years, and represented Venezuela in the Maccabiah in Tel Aviv in 1977, 1981, 1985 and 1989.


They also give the Bolbochan--Pachman (1956) game (1st in <CG> notable games):

Julio Bolbochan vs Pachman, 1956

Interesting that he taught his older brother (and future ARG ch) the game.

Dec-26-15  Caissanist: Ah, the pitfalls of Google Translate. I have no idea why it would render the Spanish name "Jacobo" as "James" in English, but in any case his brother's name was in fact Jacobo. Google also thinks the phrase "le enseñó su hermano mayor" should be rendered as "he taught his older brother"; although without context it is ambiguous, I believe the author meant that "he was taught by his older brother".
Mar-20-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Julio Bolbochan.
May-30-16  diagonal: marvelous biography (ES):
Feb-16-19  Retireborn: Is there any information about the championship match with Rossetto (5-5)in 1948?

Interested to know if it was entirely in Buenos Aires, and what month it started. Google no help.

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  Fusilli: <Retireborn> IDK. The Wiki entry says Bolbochan defended his title successfully against challenger Rosetto, but that's puzzling since Rosetto was the 1947 champion. Shouldn't it have been Rosetto defending against Bolbochan?

Have you checked out It's a great resource on Argentine chess. It was started quite a few years ago by Daniel Bertaccini and Ariel Fabian, players of my generation (we all played in Torre Blanca as kids, in the 80s, both very nice guys, fond memories). Maybe you can find something there?

Feb-16-19  Retireborn: <Fusili> Yes, it's confusing isn't it? I assume that Bolbochan won a tournament before the match, and they agreed to share the title in the event the match was drawn, perhaps.

Thanks for your help.

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  Fusilli: <Retireborn> Oh, but they did not share the title. Bolbochan is the 1948 champion alone.

Look at us! We must be the only two users who care the slightest bit about these two players, lol.

Feb-17-19  Retireborn: <Fusili> It's certainly true that in the next (1949) championship match, it was Bolbochan who played against Najdorf.

Unfortunately I've been unable to discover any dates for that match either.

No worries though.

Dec-26-19  jith1207: <Fusilli>, <retire born>:

Wiki article for Argentine championships do not have a championship match played in '47. Not sure how the tied March in '46 was decided, but there seems to be a sole winner.

The article also has a Challenger section, that lists Julio, Hector, Julio in that order from '46-'48.

Not sure if these sources were correct, I hope I've not muddied the waters.

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