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Eugenio Szabados
Number of games in database: 102
Years covered: 1930 to 1962
Overall record: +12 -43 =47 (34.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jul-03-1898, died Mar-06-1974, 75 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality Italy)

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Hungarian-Italian chess master. In 1921 he won the SocietÓ Scacchistica Torinese Championship. In 1950-1958 he was President of the FSI (Italian Chess Federation). He was awarded the IM title in 1951. He built and owned a fleet of ships and was a millionaire. He spoke 10 different languages. He sponsored four international tournaments in Venice. In 1956 Szabados lost all his ships due to the Suez crisis and became a poor man.

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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 102  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Szabados vs E Hellmann  1-01141930VeniceA81 Dutch
2. G Stalda vs Szabados  1-0401930VeniceB56 Sicilian
3. Szabados vs J Mieses  1-0731930VeniceD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
4. Tartakower vs Szabados  1-0421947VeniceB89 Sicilian
5. O'Kelly vs Szabados  1-0541947VeniceB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
6. G Fletzer vs Szabados  ½-½301948VeniceA34 English, Symmetrical
7. Szabados vs M Monticelli  0-1511948VeniceA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Szabados vs E Canal ½-½571948VeniceD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. G Barcza vs Szabados  1-0501948VeniceA04 Reti Opening
10. Opocensky vs Szabados  ½-½271948VeniceE01 Catalan, Closed
11. Szabados vs Tartakower  ½-½701948VeniceA81 Dutch
12. Szabados vs Euwe  0-1401948VeniceD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
13. G Primavera vs Szabados  0-1351948VeniceA47 Queen's Indian
14. A M Giustolisi vs Szabados  1-0411948VeniceA15 English
15. Szabados vs Lokvenc  ½-½671948VeniceA47 Queen's Indian
16. Szabados vs Grob  1-0371948VeniceA46 Queen's Pawn Game
17. V Castaldi vs Szabados 1-0491948VeniceB53 Sicilian
18. Najdorf vs Szabados  1-0341948VeniceD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Szabados vs Gligoric  0-1491949VeniceE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. Szabados vs Prins  ½-½411949VeniceE60 King's Indian Defense
21. H Mueller vs Szabados  ½-½251949VeniceD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Szabados vs Golombek  ½-½511949VeniceE17 Queen's Indian
23. Szabados vs Tartakower  ½-½241949VeniceA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Szabados vs Foltys  ½-½231949VeniceD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
25. Rossolimo vs Szabados  1-0441949VeniceB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
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Feb-28-07  get Reti: I searched a random article on wikipedia and got this guy.
May-03-09  myschkin: . . .

Eugenio Szabados (1898-1974) was a great man both in Venetian and Italian chess. Himself a player of master strength, he was also the organiser and patron of many fine chess events. ... He was rich, being the owner of many ships, among other things. In 1956 there was the so-called Suez crises, when the Suez canal was closed off by the Egyptian president Nasser, who wanted to nationalise it. Almost all of Szabados' ships were inside the canal at the time. According to Jan Hein Donner they were confiscated. Szabados had not insured his ships, because for an owner of a big fleet insurance is usually senseless. Once in a while you lose a ship, but insurance for the whole fleet would be much more costly. . . .

In 1956 Szabados lost all of them and his whole fortune and was a poor man afterwards.

(Source: by Hans Ree)

Jul-12-13  epistle: AFGM's nom de guerre every Saturday when he goes Karaoke-singing.
Sep-02-18  clement41: What a life this man had!
Although he was on the losing side of what I am about to submit here, I cannot resist but to post a stunning position from a game Jung-Szabados, Vienna 1952 (you may find Venice 1953, though, so the source is not certain). This gem looks like a composition!

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  keypusher: <clement41>

1.Re4 Rxd4 2.Rxe2 Rh4 3.f4+ wins. 1.Bxg7 Rxh4 2.Bf6+ or 1.Be3+ Kf6 or even 1....Qxe3 2.f4+ Qxf4 don't seem as strong. Is there something else?

Sep-02-18  ughaibu: What about 1.Qd7?
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  keypusher: <ughaibu: What about 1.Qd7?>

Well, that is problematic! Beautiful.

After I'd convinced myself that obvious attempts at brilliancy like 1.Bxg7 didn't work, I finally lit on 1.Re4. I knew it wasn't the answer, because who cares about a move like that? I don't think I would have found 1.Qd7 if I'd looked all day. But Shredder will select 1.Re4 if you give it the position.

<In 1956 Szabados lost all his ships due to the Suez crisis and became a poor man.>

Hopefully this is not entirely true, because when Tal was in the hospital Szabados sent him wine, fruit, and <a fashionable tie of unbelievable colouring>. <The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal> at 66. See Szabados vs Tal, 1957

Incidentally, in the Cadogan reprint of the 1976 RHM translation of Tal's autobiography, his name is rendered as Signor Sabadosh.

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  whiteshark: April 15 [1953]

Without having a good look at Milan, we took the train to Venice and the high spot of our trip so far. When we arrived at <Venice> we were met by a large number of porters. It was raining and each porter had an umbrella for each of us. We were whisked off to the waiting Chris-Crafts for the ride up the Grand Canal to <the luxurious Hotel Europa. <Everything was paid for by Szabados. <(Eugenio Szabados is probably the only really rich chess mastere. A child prodigy at chess, he was more or less adopted by a ship-owner when he was about twenty, turned to business, and was very successful at it. He now is the owner of a shipping line, and is ranked as International Master of the FIDE.)>>> We played a double round with the Carlo Salvioli Chess Club of Venice....

Source: THE CALIFORNIA CHESS REPQRTER (Vol. III, No. l) September 1953, p4

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