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Bela Soos
Number of games in database: 139
Years covered: 1954 to 2003
Last FIDE rating: 2281
Highest rating achieved in database: 2415

Overall record: +36 -47 =56 (46.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (11) 
    E70 E83 E81 E76 E88
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E36 E38 E50 E40 E47
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D91 D85 D73 D79 D78
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A45 D02 A40
 Modern Benoni (4) 
    A74 A67 A76 A78
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (35) 
    B45 B27 B22 B47 B48
 Sicilian Taimanov (13) 
    B45 B48 B47
 Modern Benoni (8) 
    A56 A57 A72 A70 A61
 King's Indian (7) 
    E80 E61 E77 E62 E86
 Reti System (6) 
    A04 A05
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A36 A30 A31 A37
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Soos vs Geller, 1962 1-0
   Soos vs Dzindzichashvili, 1965 1/2-1/2
   Soos vs Geller, 1964 1-0
   Soos vs Maric, 1967 1/2-1/2
   Janosevic vs Soos, 1967 0-1
   Soos vs K Danov, 1967 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Skopje (1967)

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(born Mar-06-1930, died Sep-2007, 77 years old) Romania (federation/nationality Germany)

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International Master Bela Soos was born in Targu Mures, Romania and was awarded the IM title in 1967. He gained a reputation for being Efim Geller 's nemesis - beating him at Varna 1962 and 1964.

After emigrating to West Germany in the 1970s, Soos' name was erased from history books in Romania.

Wikipedia article: Bela Soos

Last updated: 2020-08-30 12:00:12

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 140  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Ciocaltea vs Soos  1-0201954RomaniaB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. A Sansas vs Soos  1-0411955ROU-FRAE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
3. Soos vs A Sansas  1-0511955ROU-FRAD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
4. R Cardoso vs Soos  0-1371956Moscow Olympiad qual-4B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. M Bely vs Soos  ½-½171956Moscow Olympiad qual-4B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
6. P Limbos vs Soos  ½-½211956Moscow Olympiad qual-4B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. K Mostafavi-Kachani vs Soos  0-1411956Moscow Olympiad qual-4E70 King's Indian
8. S Loverdos vs Soos  0-1641956Moscow Olympiad qual-4A26 English
9. R Fuchs vs Soos  1-0801956Moscow Olympiad qual-4A10 English
10. Tringov vs Soos  ½-½431956Moscow Olympiad Final-AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
11. L Alster vs Soos  1-0581956Moscow Olympiad Final-AE61 King's Indian
12. Soos vs A Ingerslev  1-0391956Moscow Olympiad Final-AE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
13. Ivkov vs Soos  ½-½411956Moscow Olympiad Final-AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
14. Niephaus vs Soos  1-0361956Moscow Olympiad Final-AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. Soos vs Milner-Barry  ½-½661956Moscow Olympiad Final-AE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
16. I Aloni vs Soos  0-1501956Moscow Olympiad Final-AE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
17. Soos vs Taimanov  ½-½261956Moscow Olympiad Final-AE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. I Bilek vs Soos  ½-½141959Asztalos Memorial 2ndA04 Reti Opening
19. Uhlmann vs Soos  ½-½371959Asztalos Memorial 2ndA61 Benoni
20. Soos vs A Beni  ½-½241959Asztalos Memorial 2ndA15 English
21. T Florian vs Soos 1-0651959Asztalos Memorial 2ndB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. Soos vs Portisch  0-1501959Asztalos Memorial 2ndE41 Nimzo-Indian
23. G Kluger vs Soos  ½-½261959Asztalos Memorial 2ndE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
24. Soos vs Kholmov  ½-½101959Asztalos Memorial 2ndD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
25. Soos vs K Honfi  1-0431959Asztalos Memorial 2ndA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheAlchemist: Now this is an iron man! He played Kashdan in 1924 and also some games in 2001!
Jan-28-06  jamesmaskell: Also caused Gellar some serious problems. Look at the 1962 Varna Olympiad game between the two of then. Also the 1964 Varna game is worth a look at.

According to Chesscafe, his emigrating to Germany led to his history being torn apart. Its a great story and well worth looking into.

Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: I do not like them in a box.
I do not like them with a fox.
I do not like them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.
Oct-03-08  Karpova: The article that <jamesmaskell> mentioned on 2006.01.28 is <Geller's Nightmare> by Marius Ceteras & Olimpiu G. Urcan:

Excerpt: <It is less known that Geller had, like all mortals, his own nightmares. And one of them was generated by Bela Soos, a Romanian chess player. We confess we knew little of Soos ourselves, until two years ago when we discovered some of his games in older issues of Revista Romana de Sah. One of Romania’s top players since the 1950s, Soos has been practically erased from the history of Romanian chess as a result of his decision to emigrate to Germany in the early 1970s. During the Cold War era in most of the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe, immigration was regarded by the Party officials and its repressive mechanisms as an act of treason and any infidel’s name was simply thrown out of history books. And so it happened to Soos, whose name did not appear in any chess productions following his leave. The Communist censorship did a professional job, one might say.

Unfortunately, not even after 1989, the year that brought a change of regimes, no one rushed to repair the injustice done to Soos.>

The article is worth reading and contains three games Soos played against Efim Geller - 2 wins and a draw for Soos. They are all annotated.

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  MissScarlett: <Paul McKeown of London, UK, informs us that "Simen Agdestein is not the only person to have represented his country at football and chess. Try IGM Vlastimil Jansa, who was three times Czechoslovak chess champion, played at several Olympiads and also, when younger, I believe, played association football for his country. Or Bela Soos, strong IM, who represented Romania at a number of chess Olympiads and also at association football. Other famous footballing chess players include Torkil Nielsen, who has been the Faroer national chess champion and, if I remember correctly, scored the goal in the Faroes 1-0 victory over Austria in a 1990 European championship qualifying game. Or Charles Wreford Brown, who coined the word, "soccer", etc. I think I will stop boring you here, but the point is made, is it not?">

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  whiteshark: † Sept-12-2007


Premium Chessgames Member
  Peligroso Patzer: There is an English language Wikipedia page for this player:

Apparently he was something of the Simen Agdestein of his day excelling also at (European) football.

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