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Pavle Bidev
Number of games in database: 42
Years covered: 1946 to 1956
Overall record: +12 -16 =14 (45.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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A54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3 (3 games)
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(born Jun-22-1912, died Jan-16-1988, 75 years old) Yugoslavia

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Pavle Bidev was born in Prijepolje, Serbia in 1912. In addition to being a strong chess player, he was also a well known Yugoslav (Macedonian) philosopher, historian and orientalist who studied the history of chess and wrote many texts about it.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 42  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Vukovic vs P Bidev  ½-½321946YUG-chC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. B Tot vs P Bidev  1-0301946YUG-ch Semifinal EastE60 King's Indian Defense
3. Gligoric vs P Bidev 1-0271946YUG-ch Semifinal EastC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. P Bidev vs Pirc  1-0581946Yugoslav ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
5. B Tot vs P Bidev 1-0361946Yugoslav ChampionshipC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
6. P Bidev vs I Tekavcic  ½-½401946Yugoslav ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
7. A Bozic vs P Bidev  ½-½331946Yugoslav ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
8. P Bidev vs B Simonovic  0-1391946Yugoslav ChampionshipD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. Kostic vs P Bidev  0-1551946Yugoslav ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
10. P Bidev vs M Vidmar Jr  0-1481946Yugoslav ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
11. Mihajlo Markovic vs P Bidev  0-1451946Yugoslav ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. P Bidev vs B Milic  1-0261946Yugoslav ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. S Vukovic vs P Bidev  ½-½321946Yugoslav ChampionshipC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. P Bidev vs M Subaric  0-1771946Yugoslav ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
15. Kindij vs P Bidev  1-0361946Yugoslav ChampionshipD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
16. P Bidev vs V Tomovic  1-0311946Yugoslav ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. S Kalabar vs P Bidev  1-0451946Yugoslav ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
18. P Bidev vs Gligoric  0-1581946Yugoslav ChampionshipD97 Grunfeld, Russian
19. P Trifunovic vs P Bidev  ½-½291946Yugoslav ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. P Bidev vs B Rabar  ½-½311946Yugoslav ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
21. Puc vs P Bidev 1-0301946Yugoslav ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. P Bidev vs D Andric  1-0511947YUG-ch Semifinal EastC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
23. B Milic vs P Bidev  ½-½631947Yugoslav ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
24. P Bidev vs P Trifunovic  0-1341947Yugoslav ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
25. M Germek vs P Bidev 0-1651947Yugoslav ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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  Honza Cervenka: Pavle Bidev [*22.6.1912 in Prijepolje, Serbia] was a strong player and well-known Yugoslav (Macedonian) philosopher, historian and orientalist who studied history of chess and wrote many texts about it. He died in 1988.
Premium Chessgames Member Thanks, Honza, we adopted that into the biography above.
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  IMlday: Pavel Bidev was the first westerner to have access to Tang dynasty records in Communist China. He believed he had discovered the invention of chess by a court astrologer using magic squares to give the moves to the original pieces. This was circa 1971 and he couldn't get Encyclopedia Britanica to include his research so he wrote various chess magazines instead. From his letter to Chess Canada I deduced he was Rosicrucian.
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  Honza Cervenka: Pavle Bidev's view of the origin of chess is available at
Jun-22-08  brankat: I feel embarrassed to admit I had never heard of this person until today.

I will try to learn more. Mr.Bidev does seem to be a very interesting personality.

R.I.P. Mr.Bidev.

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  Benzol: Looks like he deserves to be better known. Shares the same birthday as Morphy and Vidmar too.
Jun-22-09  tivrfoa: <Benzol>wow. you know their birthday dates!! hehe
Jun-22-09  myschkin: . . .

Indeed, but he became a bit "edgy" over time

Jun-22-09  WhiteRook48: wow! Happy birthday!
Jun-22-09  Draw Odds: <Shares the same birthday as Morphy and Vidmar> The astrologers are having a jolly time with this date!
Apr-17-12  miron: Bidev was first chess champion of macedonia (after WW II). He has also won games against Reshevski on the tournaments of solidarity after the eartquake in Skopje.
Jun-22-12  LoveThatJoker: Pavle Bidev, today you are remembered!


Jun-22-12  BIDMONFA: Pavle Bidev

BIDEV, Pavle

Jun-22-12  brankat: Beside Reshevsky, Mr.Bidev also had scalps of V.Pirc and B.Kostic. Not shabby for an amateur.

A philosopher, historian orientalist. a prolific author.

Rest in Peace Dr.Bidev.

Jan-21-14  wordfunph: "Grandmasters have no interest in scientific research in chess. They just want an orgy of combinations with the biggest prostitute of all ages and nations, the chess muse Caissa."

- Pavle Bidev (in a letter to Ken Whyld dated July 8, 1987)

Source: BCM 1996 August

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