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Olaf Barda
Number of games in database: 67
Years covered: 1930 to 1954

Overall record: +23 -24 =20 (49.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D02 E00
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C75 C90 C91 C81
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (5) 
    B71 B23 B58 B55 B50
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   O Barda vs Foltys, 1951 1-0
   O Barda vs E E Book, 1947 1-0
   Edmund Adam vs O Barda, 1950 0-1
   O Barda vs L Watzl, 1950 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   1st World Correspondence Chess Championship (1950)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1st World Correspondence Chess Championship by Benzol

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(born Aug-17-1909, died May-02-1971, 61 years old) Norway

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Olaf Martinius Olsen was born in Oslo as the 5th child of Agnethe Olsen and seaman Ole Olsen. He changed his name to Barda in 1942. Awarded the IM title in 1952 and the GMC title in 1953, he was Norwegian Champion in 1930, 1947, 1948, 1952, 1953 and 1957. Among his best tournaments were Copenhagen 1947 (1st, ahead of Jens Enevoldsen and Daniel Abraham Yanofsky), Marienbad zonal tournament 1951 (9th, IM title) and Jönköping (Sweden) 1958/59 (1st= with Alexander Kotov, ahead of Viacheslav Ragozin).

He was a known problem composer and author of endgame studies. His book Sjakk! (Oslo 1943) was with its later editions a source for Norwegian players. After the war in 1945 he was a founder of the Norwegian Correspondence Chess (CC) Federation; he was then also an editor of the chess magazine Sjakkliv. He promoted chess on the radio, and during 1955-1971 he edited the daily chess column in the newspaper Dagbladet. Before this he also had chess columns in Magasinet for Alle (1935-1954) and in Swedish Schackvärlden (during the war). He was Norwegian CC champion in 1946 and 1950, and in 1953 he came 4th in the 1st World CC Championship.

Olaf Barda passed away in Oslo in 1971. On average he was probably Norway's strongest player in the period 1930 to 1960, and the first one to achieve an IM title. According to some sources (e. g. OlimpBase of 2011) he played for Norway in the 1956 olympiad, but that was his son Yngvar Barda (1935-1999).

Sources: (pp. 10-14), and Wikipedia article: Olaf Barda. OlimpBase:

Wikipedia article: Olaf Barda

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 67  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sultan Khan vs O Barda 1-0271930Hamburg OlympiadC01 French, Exchange
2. O Barda vs Flohr 0-1221930Hamburg OlympiadE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
3. O Barda vs Petrov 0-1141930Hamburg OlympiadD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. O Barda vs Maroczy  1-0261930Hamburg OlympiadD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
5. O Barda vs J van den Bosch  ½-½401930Hamburg OlympiadD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. P Hage vs O Barda ½-½611947NOR-DENB50 Sicilian
7. O Barda vs E E Book 1-0171947HelsinkiD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. O Barda vs Szabo  ½-½331949Hastings 1949/50A47 Queen's Indian
9. D Horne vs O Barda  1-0611949Hastings 1949/50B55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
10. O Barda vs Rossolimo 0-1241949Hastings 1949/50A83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
11. Euwe vs O Barda ½-½381950Radio game 1950/51E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
12. W A Winser vs O Barda 1-0341950Hastings 1949/50A98 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with Qc2
13. O Barda vs Euwe ½-½651950Hastings 1949/50D02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Larry Evans vs O Barda  ½-½321950Hastings 1949/50E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
15. O Barda vs I Koenig  ½-½341950Hastings 1949/50C05 French, Tarrasch
16. J Fuller vs O Barda  ½-½571950Hastings 1949/50B71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
17. O Barda vs B H Wood 1-0281950Hastings 1949/50D02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. O Barda vs M Napolitano  0-12619501st Correspondence World ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
19. O Barda vs T D van Scheltinga  1-05319501st Correspondence World ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. A Cuadrado vs O Barda 0-12619501st Correspondence World ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
21. O Barda vs H Malmgren  ½-½4319501st Correspondence World ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
22. G Wood vs O Barda  0-16219501st Correspondence World ChampionshipC13 French
23. P van't Veer vs O Barda  0-14519501st Correspondence World ChampionshipE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
24. Edmund Adam vs O Barda 0-12419501st Correspondence World ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. O Barda vs J W Collins  1-05119501st Correspondence World ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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  Benzol: Olaf Barda
Born 17th August 1909
Died 2nd May 1971 in Oslo
Awarded IM title in 1952 and CGM title in 1953.
He was Norwegian champion 1930, 1947, 1948, 1952, 1953, and 1957.
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  OlimpBase: Before WWII he used to appear as Olaf Olsen. I don't know what was the story behind his name being changed.
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  Benzol: <OlimpBase> O Olsen ?
Aug-17-08  ravel5184: Hipy papy bthuthdth thuthda bthuthdy!
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  whiteshark: <OlimpBase>: He was born as <born Olaf M. Olsen> and in 1930 he won the championship still with the name Olsen.


Apr-07-09  Dredge Rivers: Why does this guy have two entries? Is there a boxing site with seperate entries for Cassius Clay and Muhammed Ali?

Let's get with the program, here!

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  Tabanus: Olaf Martinius Barda changed surname from Olsen in 1943, see But why?

The article also says he defeated Maroczy in the Hamburg olympiad 1930 (not in database), ok I found this game here

Olsen,O - Maroczy,Geza [D64]
Hamburg ol (Men) Hamburg (15.1), 25.07.1930
1.d4 Sf6 2.c4 e6 3.Sf3 d5 4.Lg5 Sbd7 5.Sc3 Le7 6.e3 0–0 7.Dc2 c6 8.Tc1 Te8 9.a3 a6 10.Ld3 h6 11.Lh4 dxc4 12.Lxc4 b5 13.La2 c5 14.0–0 Lb7 15.De2 Db6 16.Tfd1 Tac8 17.dxc5 Sxc5 18.Se5 b4 19.axb4 Dxb4 20.Td4 Db6 21.Tcd1 Tcd8 22.Dc2 Txd4 23.Txd4 Td8 24.Lb1 Txd4 25.exd4 Sb3 26.Lxf6 1–0

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Aug-17-10  BobCrisp: Never heard of him.
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  Tabanus: He was really a chess allrounder. According to biographer and store owner ( Øystein Brekke, the reason for his name change is that there was also another correspondence chess player named Olaf Olsen. That's the spirit!
Aug-17-16  waustad: Wow, being POTD with the same birthday as Botvinnik!
Aug-17-16  Nosnibor: Here is a game that POTD won in the 1949 Hastings Premier in the last round. White: Barda Black: B.H.Wood Catalan ,Ply count A40 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Bf5 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.0-0 c5 6.c4 Nc6 7.Nc3 Rc8 8.Nh4 cxd4 9.Nxd5 exd5 10.Nxf5 exd4 11.Qa4 Qd7 12.Bh3 Qd5 13.Nxd4 Nd7 14.Rd1 Nxd4 15.Rxd4! Qxd4 16.Be3 b5 17.Qa6 Qd6 18.Qxc8+ Ke7 19.a4 bxa4 20.Qxc4 g6 21.Rxa4 Bg7 22.Rxa7 Qd1+ 23.Kg2 f5 24.Bc5+ Kd8 25.Ra8+ Kc7 26.Be7+ Kb7 27.Qa6+ Kc7 28.Ra7+ 1-0 R.I.P. Olaf.
Aug-17-16  TheFocus: Player of the Day

Happy birthday, Olaf Barda.

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