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Paul Charles Dozsa
Number of games in database: 36
Years covered: 1956 to 2000
Highest rating achieved in database: 2230
Overall record: +8 -18 =10 (36.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-20-1940, died Oct-2003, 63 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality Australia)

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Paul Charles (Pal Karoly) Dozsa was born in Szeged, Hungary in 1940. In the mid-1960s he emigrated to Australia. He died in Melbourne in 2003, aged 63. An eccentric character, he was repeatedly convicted of dining in restaurants, then declining to pay his bill.

Last updated: 2022-04-15 19:05:37

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 36  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Szigeti vs P C Dozsa  0-1511956DebrecenB07 Pirc
2. T Filep vs P C Dozsa  1-0401956DebrecenE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
3. P C Dozsa vs L Vajai  0-1561956DebrecenB53 Sicilian
4. P C Dozsa vs S Szekely  1-0361956DebrecenA04 Reti Opening
5. P C Dozsa vs P Kalmar  ½-½271956DebrecenB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. P C Dozsa vs I Hacsak  ½-½171956DebrecenC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
7. P C Dozsa vs A Cseh  ½-½551956DebrecenB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
8. S Daroczy vs P C Dozsa  1-0311956DebrecenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. F Rieger vs P C Dozsa  ½-½411956DebrecenA03 Bird's Opening
10. T Szobi vs P C Dozsa  0-1261956DebrecenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
11. P C Dozsa vs F Portisch ½-½351956DebrecenA07 King's Indian Attack
12. P C Dozsa vs A Hollis  0-1391961WchT U26 08thA07 King's Indian Attack
13. P C Dozsa vs L Szollosi Sr  1-0341962Hungarian ChampionshipA65 Benoni, 6.e4
14. P Dely vs P C Dozsa  ½-½281962Hungarian ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
15. P C Dozsa vs J Szily  ½-½191962Hungarian ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
16. P C Dozsa vs K Honfi  0-1411962Hungarian ChampionshipD84 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit Accepted
17. I Bilek vs P C Dozsa  1-0411962Hungarian ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
18. P C Dozsa vs Portisch 0-1251962Hungarian ChampionshipD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. Szabo vs P C Dozsa 1-0421962Hungarian ChampionshipE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
20. P C Dozsa vs J Flesch  1-0821962Hungarian ChampionshipE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
21. J Pogats vs P C Dozsa  ½-½421962Hungarian ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
22. P C Dozsa vs A Ozsvath  1-0501962Hungarian ChampionshipE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
23. S Bakos vs P C Dozsa  1-0591962Hungarian ChampionshipB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
24. P C Dozsa vs Lengyel  0-1501962Hungarian ChampionshipA60 Benoni Defense
25. T Filep vs P C Dozsa  ½-½551962Hungarian ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
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Oct-12-03  popski: Huh, this is the strangest chess-related reading ever! Check this out:

Oct-12-03  Ken MacGillivray: <popski> I don't know if it's coincidence or not that you are the first to kibitz on this page, and chose the 12th.Oct to do so, but in the chess column of the "Weekend Australian" October 11-12 appears the following comment. "Australian seniors champion Paul Dozsa has died in Melbourne aged 63." Paul Dozsa migrated to Australia from Hungary in the 1960's and was welcomed into the chess fraternity as someone who could help lift the standard of play in Australia. Sadly Paul was a very disturbed person and was well known to the general public not so much for his chessplaying skills, but for a habit he developed of eating and drinking up big in hotels and restaurants, and then because he had no money, not paying the bill. He served quite a number of terms in jail for this offence, and I remember reading once, not surprisingly, he was the Parramatta jail chess champion.
Oct-13-03  popski: <Ken MacGillivray> No, I didnĀ“t know this. I have no idea why I remembered him exactly on this day!? This is sad story then and strange coincidence as well. Rest in peace Paul.
Jan-20-06  BIDMONFA: Paul Dozsa

DOZSA, Paul C.

Jul-09-09  myschkin: . . .

"[Sydney's most famous] Restaurant Runner hits tape again"

(by Daniel Moore, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1988)

bon appetit

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  GrahamClayton: An interesting article on Dozsa:

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  Penguincw: There's also Paul Charles Morphy. :-\
Sep-04-13  BareKing: He was arrested many times, and once caught in this hilarious clip.

Jan-22-14  kereru: The clip is indeed hilarious, however it almost certainly isn't Paul Dozsa in the clip. Dozsa had a strong Hungarian accent (as opposed to a theatrical British accent) and Ian Rogers (among others) is quite certain that it isn't him.

I'm kind of disappointed. :)

Jan-22-14  ozmikey: I can confirm that it's certainly not Paul Dozsa in that clip. Dozsa had a very thick central European accent.

He was certainly a character of the Australian chess scene - my abiding memory of him is a long semi-drunken rant he delivered to a bunch of players in the bar downstairs after the last round of a Doeberl Cup. Darryl K Johansen was playing up to him brilliantly (Darryl has a wonderful dry sense of humour/satire) while the rest of us were desperately trying to stop from bursting out laughing. Darryl eventually managed to get him talking about the chip that he (Dozsa) always claimed the government had planted in his head to make him do all these runners from restaurants. It was an immensely entertaining half-hour or so.

Jan-22-14  kereru: From what I understand when Dozsa was caught after scamming a free meal he was generally accepting of his fate, not someone to put on a show for the cameras.
Jan-20-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Paul Dozsa.
Nov-03-16  optimal play: "Bulldozsa"

[Event "Australian Championship"]
[Site "Melbourne"]
[Date "1969.01.02"]
[Round "5.3"]
[White "Dozsa, Paul"]
[Black "Bergmanis, Olgerts"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E73"]
[PlyCount "131"]
[EventDate "1968.12.27"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "15"]
[EventCountry "AUS"]
[SourceDate "2007.10.17"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 d6 4. Nc3 g6 5. e4 Bg7 6. Be2 e5 7. Bg5 h6 8. Be3 a6 9. h3 Bd7 10. a4 O-O 11. g4 Ne8 12. Qd2 Kh7 13. Bd3 Qe7 14. Nge2 Nc7 15. Ng3 b6 16. Qe2 Ra7 17. h4 Rh8 18. h5 g5 19. Bd2 Rb7 20. Nd1 Qe8 21. b3 f6 22. Ne3 Bf8 23. O-O a5 24. Qf3 Be7 25. Kg2 Nba6 26. Rad1 Rb8 27. Bb1 Rg8 28. Bc3 Rd8 29. Rfe1 Bc8 30. Kf1 Nb8 31. Ke2 Nba6 32. Kd2 Bd7 33. Ngf5 Bc8 34. Kc2 Nb8 35. Kb2 Nba6 36. Ka3 Nb8 37. Ng2 Nd7 38. Qe3 Nf8 39. Ngh4 Bd7 40. Rh1 Bc8 41. Ng6 Bxf5 42. exf5 Kg7 43. Rhe1 Rd7 44. Re2 Nh7 45. Rde1 Kf7 46. Qd2 Qa8 47. Be4 Qc8 48. Qc2 Na6 49. Qb1 Nb4 50. f3 Ra7 51. Bxe5 fxe5 52. f6 Nxf6 53. Bf5 Qd8 54. Be6+ Ke8 55. Qf5 Rg7 56. f4 gxf4 57. g5 hxg5 58. h6 Rh7 59. Nxe5 dxe5 60. Qg6+ Kf8 61. Rxe5 Qe8 62. Qxg5 Nc2+ 63. Ka2 Nxe1 64. Rf5 Rf7 65. h7 Rxh7 66. Qg8# 1-0

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Paul Dozsa finished 4th in the 1969 Australian Championship

13/15 [+11/=04/-00] clear 1st Browne
11/15 [+09/=04/-02] =2nd Hamilton
11/15 [+08/=06/-01] =2nd Flatow
10/15 [+06/=08/-01] 4th Dozsa

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  Richard Taylor: Fascinating. A sad story. But he seems to have certainly been a character for sure. Such people make chess worth playing.
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  Richard Taylor: I thought the bloke putting on the show was good though! Whoever he was!

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