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Erno Gereben
Number of games in database: 432
Years covered: 1930 to 1979

Overall record: +145 -111 =175 (53.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    A46 D02 A40 E10 A41
 King's Indian (23) 
    E67 E60 E70 E80 E64
 Orthodox Defense (11) 
    D55 D64 D52 D65 D67
 Sicilian (10) 
    B32 B73 B56 B25 B27
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C65 C67 C91 C77 C78
 Grunfeld (10) 
    D83 D95 D76 D94 D74
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (35) 
    B20 B74 B32 B91 B73
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C84 C97 C85 C98 C69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (19) 
    C84 C97 C98 C85
 English (19) 
    A15 A16 A13 A12 A14
 King's Indian (19) 
    E60 E62 E80 E98 E69
 Caro-Kann (15) 
    B17 B11 B18 B12 B10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Gereben vs M Szigeti, 1935 1-0
   J Fichtl vs E Gereben, 1956 0-1
   E Gereben vs A D de Groot, 1936 1/2-1/2
   S Boros vs E Gereben, 1935 0-1
   E Gereben vs M Ujtelky, 1967 1-0
   E Gereben vs H Ardiansyah, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Bronstein vs E Gereben, 1949 1/2-1/2
   E Gereben vs Bronstein, 1949 1/2-1/2
   E Gereben vs O Troianescu, 1951 1-0
   Z von Balla vs E Gereben, 1935 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Przepiorka Memorial (1951)
   Hoogovens-B1 (1962)
   San Benedetto (1957)
   Reggio Emilia 1963/64 (1963)
   Tatatovaros (1935)
   Budapest (1936)
   Amsterdam IBM-B (1967)
   Hungarian Championship (1951)
   Schlechter Memorial (1947)
   Hoogovens-B (1965)
   Hoogovens (1961)
   Trebitsch Memorial (1935)
   Hungarian Championship (1952)
   Budapest (1952)
   non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936)

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(born Jun-18-1907, died May-16-1988, 80 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality Switzerland)

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Erno Gereben (his name was Ernest Gruenfeld until 1935 but he is not to be confused with the well-known Austrian master Ernst Gruenfeld) was born in Sopron, Hungary in 1907. He was awarded the IM title in 1950 and emigrated to Switzerland in 1956. His best tournament result was 2nd= with Albert Becker after Laszlo Szabo at Tatatovaros in 1935. In Olympiads he played for Hungary in 1954 and for Switzerland in 1970, 1972 and 1974.

Wikipedia article: Ernő Gereben

Last updated: 2017-08-09 12:38:59

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 448  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Hoenlinger vs E Gereben  ½-½721930GyorA43 Old Benoni
2. E Gereben vs F Meller  0-1291930GyorA09 Reti Opening
3. E Klein vs E Gereben  1-0361930GyorD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
4. E Gereben vs L Reich  ½-½581930GyorD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. J Balogh vs E Gereben ½-½441930GyorB10 Caro-Kann
6. E Gereben vs H Steiner  1-0291930GyorD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Kashdan vs E Gereben  1-0471930GyorD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
8. E Gereben vs S Boros  ½-½361930GyorE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
9. B Szijjarto Szabo vs E Gereben  ½-½481930GyorB40 Sicilian
10. E Gereben vs Spielmann 0-1351934SopronD94 Grunfeld
11. E Gereben vs K Havasi  1-0411934SopronE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
12. E Gereben vs A Vajda  1-0371934SopronD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Immo Fuss vs E Gereben  0-1341934SopronE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
14. P Rethy vs E Gereben  1-0581934SopronA06 Reti Opening
15. E Gereben vs I Csath  0-1281934SopronE83 King's Indian, Samisch
16. Szabo vs E Gereben  ½-½361934SopronA95 Dutch, Stonewall
17. G Kluger vs E Gereben  ½-½181935TatatovarosB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. E Gereben vs L Steiner  ½-½171935TatatovarosD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
19. A Sacconi vs E Gereben  ½-½161935TatatovarosD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. E Gereben vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-0401935TatatovarosD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
21. S Boros vs E Gereben  0-1201935TatatovarosB83 Sicilian
22. E Gereben vs M Szigeti 1-0181935TatatovarosD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
23. A Becker vs E Gereben  1-0391935TatatovarosD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
24. E Gereben vs Szabo  ½-½171935TatatovarosB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
25. H Mueller vs E Gereben  0-1171935TatatovarosD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 448  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-18-06  BIDMONFA: Erno Gereben


Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: He is a different player from Ernst Gruenfeld isn't he?
Jun-18-06  WMD: Yes, he is. Or, rather, he was.
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <WMD>! Nice to see you again.
Jun-18-06  WMD: Thank you, my fan.
Jun-18-06  ughaibu: Fan singular? I feel snubbed.
Jun-18-06  WMD: Ditto.
Jun-18-06  mack: WMD me old mucker, where have you been? Travelling to third world countries in an attempt to 'find yourself' or something?
Jun-18-06  WMD: Frequenting various right-wing websites. I'm not sure when my posting ban here was lifted.
Jun-18-06  Karpova: WMD: <I'm not sure when my posting ban here was lifted.>

Why did you get banned?
I noticed your absence but didn't know you were banned.

Jun-18-06  WMD: Can't exactly recall the offending remark but it had something to do with John Donaldson, Ray Keene and the subject of plagiarism. So it goes.
Jun-18-06  Karpova: So you took on the mighty <Ray Kenne>? Better stick with LMAJ next time ;-)
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Ernö Gereben Bio:
Jun-18-09  WhiteRook48: happy birthday
Jun-18-12  LoveThatJoker: IM Gereben, today you are remembered!


May-16-18  Senk:
Jun-18-18  diagonal: <Senk> Many thanks for your link with a comprehensive portrait of a lesser known player.

In 1963/64, Gereben co-won at the 6th edition of the traditional Reggio Emilia tournament, alongside with Rudolf Teschner (best-on tie-break), Gedeon Barcza, and Janos Flesch.

Gereben was clear first at the Hoogovens Beverwijk - B tournament in 1962, and also won the so-called Masters A at the great Monte Carlo tournament in 1967 (in fact, this was another B-group), Bobby Fischer won the head tournament above Smyslov, Geller, and Larsen.

Jan-03-20  PJs Studio: I just used Bent Larsen’s game collection on to find the game from the nice photo featured on GM Larsen’s Wikipedia page. It was from the 1961 Hoovigan’s event. IM Gereben quickly outclassed in a closed Benoni (1...c5 3...e5)

Interestingly the photo was taken two moves before Larsen stole a second pawn and IM Gereben resigned shortly after dropping a third. No shame in that loss. His only game with Larsen who won the event equal with Ivkov. (+7 -1 = 1) The great Ernst Grüenfeld competed in Hoovigans ‘61. His final tournament appearance.

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