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Julio Bolbochan
Number of games in database: 324
Years covered: 1941 to 1991
Highest rating achieved in database: 2485

Overall record: +128 -33 =163 (64.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (18) 
    E69 E60 E95 E67 E68
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E43 E41 E47 E46 E54
 Grunfeld (13) 
    D78 D75 D97 D77 D76
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D37 D06 D35 D38 D30
 Slav (10) 
    D11 D15 D19 D16 D12
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C61 C63 C89 C91 C68
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B92 B90 B45 B95 B28
 King's Indian (19) 
    E60 E95 E67 E66 E81
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B92 B90 B95 B91 B94
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C91 C92 C98 C99 C71
 Nimzo Indian (13) 
    E23 E34 E52 E45 E20
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (11) 
    C92 C91 C98 C97 C86
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Julio Bolbochan vs Pachman, 1956 1-0
   Julio Bolbochan vs Larry Evans, 1952 1-0
   Julio Bolbochan vs C H Maderna, 1953 1-0
   W M Duckworth vs Julio Bolbochan, 1991 0-1
   Julio Bolbochan vs A Rocha, 1966 1-0
   E R Lundin vs Julio Bolbochan, 1954 0-1
   Julio Bolbochan vs J Martinez, 1946 1-0
   M M de Ley vs Julio Bolbochan, 1952 0-1
   Julio Bolbochan vs Gligoric, 1950 1-0
   Euwe vs Julio Bolbochan, 1947 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Mar del Plata 1947 by ozmikey
   US Open 1991, Los Angeles by Phony Benoni
   The Latin American Super Grand Masters by Eduardo Bermudez

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(born Mar-20-1920, died Jun-28-1996, 76 years old) Argentina

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Julio Bolbochan was born in Buenos Aires. He was Argentine Champion in 1946 and 1948. He was awarded the IM title in 1955 and an honorary GM title in 1977. He played in six Olympiads from 1950-66 and qualified for three Interzonals. He won a gold medal at the Dubrovnik Olympiad in 1950 on 2nd board.

1st (jointly) at Rio de Janeiro 1938 [brasilbase-1]. South American champion at Mar del Plata, zt1951 with Erich Eliskases (jointly) and at Sao Paulo, zt1960 and for the last time at Rio Hondo, zt1966.

In 1952 at Saltsjöbaden he had to withdraw after playing only a few games. At Stockholm 1962 he finished in 13th place and although he was slated to play at Sousse 1967, illness prevented him from participating. Other than this, most of his chess was in South America. He was the younger brother of Jacobo Bolbochan.

Wikipedia article: Julio Bolbochán

Last updated: 2019-03-27 23:34:00

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 324  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Julio Bolbochan vs V Winz  1-0451941Mar del PlataC05 French, Tarrasch
2. M Czerniak vs Julio Bolbochan  0-1391941Mar del PlataA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
3. Najdorf vs Julio Bolbochan 1-0231941Mar del PlataE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
4. M Feigin vs Julio Bolbochan  1-0541941Mar del PlataD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Julio Bolbochan vs Graf-Stevenson  1-0591941Mar del PlataD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. E Eliskases vs Julio Bolbochan  ½-½421941Aguas de Sao PedroB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. Julio Bolbochan vs M Luckis  ½-½481941Aguas de Sao PedroE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
8. Julio Bolbochan vs Guimard 0-1501941Aguas de Sao PedroC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
9. F De Carvalho vs Julio Bolbochan  0-1371941Aguas de Sao PedroA47 Queen's Indian
10. Julio Bolbochan vs P Frydman  0-1401941Aguas de Sao PedroA15 English
11. Julio Bolbochan vs P Michel ½-½1051942Mar del PlataA52 Budapest Gambit
12. Graf-Stevenson vs Julio Bolbochan  0-1421944La Plata Jockey ClubA40 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Julio Bolbochan vs M Czerniak  1-0511944La Plata Jockey ClubD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
14. Julio Bolbochan vs R Sanguinetti 1-0411945Mar del PlataD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Najdorf vs Julio Bolbochan  ½-½311945Mar del PlataE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
16. Julio Bolbochan vs J Martinez 1-0441946ARG-chC10 French
17. J Sanz vs Julio Bolbochan 0-1251946Spain vs Argentina Radio MatchA17 English
18. R Sanguinetti vs Julio Bolbochan  ½-½221947MarbellaE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
19. Julio Bolbochan vs R Sanguinetti  1-0471947Mar del PlataC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
20. J Traian Iliesco vs Julio Bolbochan ½-½111947Mar del PlataA04 Reti Opening
21. Julio Bolbochan vs Stahlberg  ½-½491947Mar del PlataB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. Jacobo Bolbochan vs Julio Bolbochan ½-½301947Mar del PlataE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
23. Julio Bolbochan vs M Luckis  ½-½391947Mar del PlataE46 Nimzo-Indian
24. Julio Bolbochan vs C Hounie Fleurquin  1-0341947Mar del PlataD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
25. Euwe vs Julio Bolbochan 0-1331947Mar del PlataE00 Queen's Pawn Game
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Mar-10-06  BIDMONFA: Julio Bolbochan


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  Phony Benoni: I got to meet Bolbochan when he played in the 1991 U.S. Open in Los Angeles (the last twelve games given here). At the previous U.S. Open, I had struck up an acquaintance with a player from Venezuela named Isidore Cherem, who mentioned that he played often with Bolbochan. Sure enough, the next year he showed up in Los Angeles and brought Bolbochan along with him.

We didn't talk much, but he seemed like a very nice guy, even posing for a picture which, alas, I have long since lost.

Mar-15-08  nomaster: In the 1950 he was known in Argentina for his ability to draw against top players. Even if he wasn't the second best player in the country (the first was indisputably Najdorf) he would play second board in the olympiad with quite good results, draws that is.
Mar-10-09  WhiteRook48: how many wins did he get then?
May-01-09  Augalv:
Jul-08-09  mcgee: >>When I think of Bolbochan all I can think of is his stunning debacle at the hands of Fischer, described in <My 60 Memorable Games<<

Debacle implies that Bolbochan played disastrously which is a little unfair. The whole game is testimony to Fischer's superlative ablity to stick his opponents in the vice and squeeze...

Jul-08-09  mcgee: also don't forget this Tal cracker

Tal vs Julio Bolbochan, 1966

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  GrahamClayton: <Ribeiro>Bolbochán was a very strong player. For instance, when a match Argentina vs. USSR took place in 1954, he was the second player of his country (Najdorf was the first). His opponent was Paul Keres, and they tied (2-2).

The following Spanish biography includes a photo of Bolbochan and Keres sitting at the board during the 1954 Argentina v USSR match:

Oct-09-10  Eduardo Bermudez: G.M. Julio Bolbochan 50 !! consecutives chessgames in olimpyads whitout loses !!
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  Fusilli: <WhiteRook48: how many wins did he get then?>

He must have gotten a few, as he won gold medal on second board at the 1950 Olympiad in Dubrovnik ( and the article in Spanish from <Graham Clayton>)

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  Fusilli: <fred lennox: I love the way Bolbochan plays the rook. What a flair he has to handle these unweildy beasts! It is like the other pieces are servants to the rook. Nothing like a rook to set matters straight!>

For example? Are you thinking of a particular game?

And how about the knights? See: Gligoric vs Julio Bolbochan, 1953

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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Bolbochan.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. POTD.
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  Fusilli: This is one of my favorite Julio Bolbochan games, which is at present not on the notable games list:

Gligoric vs Julio Bolbochan, 1953

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. GM Julio Bolbochan.
Mar-10-14  Petrosianic: He's actually been dead a long time, you know.
Jul-04-14  zanzibar: From an online obit about him: (ES)

<The Argentine chess and had a strong chess tradition before 1939, highlighting the disputed world championship between Capablanca and Alekhine in 1927.

After the outbreak of World War II, many of the best teachers in the world remained in Argentina after Buenos Aires Olympiad 1939, some forever, and Argentine chess environment was strengthened by the concentration of large players; some, like Miguel Najdorf and Erich Eliskases, came to represent Argentina.

The permanence of Najdorf was momentous for Argentina achieved the Olympic runners in Dubrovnik (1950), Helsinki (1952) and Amsterdam (1954), and third places in Munich (1958) and Varna (1962)

At the individual level achieved two Argentinian World Youth Championship, Oscar Panno in 1953 and in 1959 Carlos Bielicki.

The result of this chess boiling emerged (or were upgraded), several great teachers, one of them was Julio Bolbochán (Buenos Aires, March 10, 1920 Caracas, June 28, 1996), whose death is now serving 15 years.

Let's do a brief summary of his career: He started moving the pieces after five years; He taught his older brother, James, who was Argentine chess champion in 1932 and 1933.

Was Argentine champion in 1946 and 1948, with Erich Eliskases shared first place in the South American Championship in 1951, a title he repeated in 1960.

He received the gold medal on board two of the Olympiad in Dubrovnik 1950, for his 11 ˝ points out of 14, and the silver medal on the second board in the 1954 Amsterdam Olympics with 11 ˝ out of 15.

He spent three consecutive Olympics (1950, 1952 and 1954), without losing any game, and only fell after being defeated unbeaten 50 Olympic games, which is a record among Hispanic players.

On his style of play in many places emphasizes its solidity, it was very difficult to beat even the best in the world.

When I searched for material for a book of 1,001 problems that I wrote, I watched many games Bolbochán, what caught my attention in his game were not the virtues already assumed, as being very good tactician, and very good runner, which I I was amazed that he was upfront about his South American contemporaries in the types of positions he practiced. He played almost all classical positions of isolated pawn, hanging pawns, etc., Sharp Sicilian line, Indian defenses, etc.

From 1957 developed the skills as a journalist, writer, took care of the "Front Panel" column in the Buenos Aires newspaper La Nación.

He wrote several books and in 1953 was Oscar Panno analyst when youth was proclaimed world champion in Copenhagen, then went over Argentine representatives analyst. His great capacity for work was also reflected in the many places where he taught while living in Argentina, for example in the Banfield Club, Buenos Aires Province, which he represented club on many occasions.

He also served his teaching in the San Lorenzo de Almagro Club in the Club ADISYC, in the Maccabi Club, and many more.

At 56 years old, and he retired early at the National Meat Board, made a decision that stunned many, as it was hard to change routine went Argentina's May 13, 1976, shortly after the military seized power.

He was hired by the Venezuelan Foundation for Chess Development, settled in Caracas (Venezuela), and went on to teach countless children and organize tournaments in Capablanca Academy in Caracas and Colegio Emil Friedman.

He was awarded the Grand Cordon Order of Venezuela in recognition of his 20 years of public service teaching chess at the Simon Bolivar University.

Continued to play until his later years, and represented Venezuela in the Maccabiah in Tel Aviv in 1977, 1981, 1985 and 1989.


They also give the Bolbochan--Pachman (1956) game (1st in <CG> notable games):

Julio Bolbochan vs Pachman, 1956

Interesting that he taught his older brother (and future ARG ch) the game.

Dec-26-15  Caissanist: Ah, the pitfalls of Google Translate. I have no idea why it would render the Spanish name "Jacobo" as "James" in English, but in any case his brother's name was in fact Jacobo. Google also thinks the phrase "le enseńó su hermano mayor" should be rendered as "he taught his older brother"; although without context it is ambiguous, I believe the author meant that "he was taught by his older brother".
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Julio Bolbochan.
May-30-16  diagonal: marvelous biography (ES):
Feb-16-19  Retireborn: Is there any information about the championship match with Rossetto (5-5)in 1948?

Interested to know if it was entirely in Buenos Aires, and what month it started. Google no help.

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  Fusilli: <Retireborn> IDK. The Wiki entry says Bolbochan defended his title successfully against challenger Rosetto, but that's puzzling since Rosetto was the 1947 champion. Shouldn't it have been Rosetto defending against Bolbochan?

Have you checked out It's a great resource on Argentine chess. It was started quite a few years ago by Daniel Bertaccini and Ariel Fabian, players of my generation (we all played in Torre Blanca as kids, in the 80s, both very nice guys, fond memories). Maybe you can find something there?

Feb-16-19  Retireborn: <Fusili> Yes, it's confusing isn't it? I assume that Bolbochan won a tournament before the match, and they agreed to share the title in the event the match was drawn, perhaps.

Thanks for your help.

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  Fusilli: <Retireborn> Oh, but they did not share the title. Bolbochan is the 1948 champion alone.

Look at us! We must be the only two users who care the slightest bit about these two players, lol.

Feb-17-19  Retireborn: <Fusili> It's certainly true that in the next (1949) championship match, it was Bolbochan who played against Najdorf.

Unfortunately I've been unable to discover any dates for that match either.

No worries though.

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