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Istvan Csom
Number of games in database: 1,295
Years covered: 1964 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2409
Highest rating achieved in database: 2545

Overall record: +355 -242 =691 (54.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 7 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (130) 
    A15 A13 A10 A14 A11
 Reti System (74) 
    A04 A06 A05
 King's Indian (63) 
    E62 E63 E60 E69 E66
 English, 1 c4 c5 (48) 
    A30 A36 A37 A34 A32
 Sicilian (43) 
    B22 B40 B23 B25 B30
 English, 1 c4 e5 (35) 
    A20 A22 A26 A28 A25
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (231) 
    B62 B57 B28 B61 B51
 Nimzo Indian (73) 
    E41 E21 E38 E39 E45
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (73) 
    B62 B61 B63 B60 B69
 Queen's Indian (56) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E19
 English (35) 
    A17 A14 A13 A15 A19
 Caro-Kann (30) 
    B10 B14 B13 B12 B11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nunn vs Csom, 1977 0-1
   Csom vs Yusupov, 1982 1-0
   Csom vs A Planinc, 1974 1-0
   Csom vs P Ostojic, 1969 1-0
   Csom vs Gulko, 1976 1-0
   Csom vs Ribli, 1969 1-0
   Csom vs L Seres, 1999 1-0
   Csom vs G Gaertner, 1994 1-0
   Csom vs Chandler, 1983 1-0
   Csom vs Kindermann, 1986 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Pula Zonal (1975)
   Lugano Olympiad qual-4 (1968)
   Hungarian Championship (1976)
   Hungarian Championship (1969)
   Hungarian Championship (1973)
   Laszlo Toth Memorial (1979)
   Asztalos Memorial (1965)
   Vidmar Memorial (1973)
   Saemisch Memorial (1978)
   Hungarian Championship 1967/68 (1967)
   Las Palmas (1978)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   Hungarian Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-A (1972)
   First Lady's Cup (1982)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Baku 1980 by suenteus po 147
   Palma de Mallorca 1971 by Tabanus

   🏆 Portisch 75 Rapid
   Csom vs Ljubojevic (Apr-04-12) 0-1, rapid
   Hort vs Csom (Apr-04-12) 1-0, rapid
   Portisch vs Csom (Apr-04-12) 1-0, rapid
   Csom vs Hort (Apr-03-12) 0-1, rapid
   Ljubojevic vs Csom (Apr-03-12) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Jun-02-1940, died Jul-28-2021, 81 years old) Hungary
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Istvan Csom was born in Sátoraljaújhely. Awarded the IM title in 1967 and the GM title in 1973, he was Hungarian Champion in 1972 and 1973 (jointly). His tournament victories include Olot 1973, Cleveland 1975, Olot 1975, Pula Zonal 1975, Berlin 1979, Copenhagen 1983, Järvenpää 1985 and Delhi 1987. Csom was also an International Arbiter (1991).

Wikipedia article: István Csom

Last updated: 2021-11-08 05:19:14

 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,536  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Csom vs Portisch 0-1321964HUN-ch 19thC02 French, Advance
2. Csom vs Lengyel  1-0411964HUN-ch 19thC44 King's Pawn Game
3. Csom vs G Kluger  ½-½301964HUN-ch 19thC44 King's Pawn Game
4. Csom vs Szabo  1-0431964HUN-ch 19thC44 King's Pawn Game
5. Csom vs Savon  0-1341964WchT U26 11th fin-AB15 Caro-Kann
6. W Schmidt vs Csom  0-1271964WchT U26 11th fin-AA07 King's Indian Attack
7. Csom vs Kavalek  ½-½331964WchT U26 11th fin-AB06 Robatsch
8. Csom vs A Filipowicz  0-1421965Socialist Armed Forces TournamentA57 Benko Gambit
9. Z Kadrev vs Csom  ½-½411965Socialist Armed Forces TournamentE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
10. Csom vs R Marszalek  1-0341965Socialist Armed Forces TournamentC01 French, Exchange
11. Csom vs Vasiukov  ½-½181965Socialist Armed Forces TournamentD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. V Popov vs Csom  1-0421965Socialist Armed Forces TournamentA53 Old Indian
13. B Toth vs Csom  0-1391965Socialist Armed Forces TournamentA55 Old Indian, Main line
14. Csom vs L Liptay  ½-½211965Socialist Armed Forces TournamentC48 Four Knights
15. Csom vs J Augustin  ½-½531965Socialist Armed Forces TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Savon vs Csom  1-0351965Socialist Armed Forces TournamentA27 English, Three Knights System
17. I Farago vs Csom  0-1751965HUN-ch 21thD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
18. Lengyel vs Csom  1-0311965HUN-ch 21thE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
19. C Meleghegyi vs Csom  0-1321965Socialist Armed Forces TournamentC01 French, Exchange
20. Csom vs V Hora  1-0571965Socialist Armed Forces TournamentD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Csom vs A Kolarov  1-0281965Asztalos MemorialC44 King's Pawn Game
22. Csom vs E Paoli  1-0271965Asztalos MemorialB23 Sicilian, Closed
23. E Gasztonyi vs Csom  ½-½141965Asztalos MemorialA95 Dutch, Stonewall
24. Csom vs Forintos  0-1251965Asztalos MemorialB25 Sicilian, Closed
25. J Flesch vs Csom  ½-½161965Asztalos MemorialE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,536  PGN Download
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Aug-05-21  Bratek: R.I.P.
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  Honza Cervenka: R.I.P., maestro. This is one of my favourite games of yours: Csom vs Yusupov, 1982
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  Dionysius1: <Tabanus> I think it's a mourning symbol, or possibly an intractable problem from the recent renovation hasn't fixed yet.
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  Tabanus: <Dionysius1:> I fixed the symbol.

But only here. We may need 100 volunteers to work for some weeks to fix all the others. If not CG can do it at one fell swoop.

Aug-06-21  Z legend of CG: <CG> should fix this very soon.

Hand fixes, e.g. by <tab> and <jfq>, will just make the global fix harder.

(Plus, I have to find yet another unfixed bio to monitor to see if and when <CG> finally does do the global fix)

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  Dionysius1: It's good to know have it in mind to fix. Personally, I'm in no immediate hurry, the extra symbols don't spoil my experience of the text. But then I didn't write the text, and I think <Tabanus> you do that don't you?
Aug-07-21  Z legend of CG: <Dionysius1: It's good to know have it in mind to fix>

Theoretically, they have it in mind, practicality-wise, it's proven elusive (from <Steve's> profile):

<3) UTF-8 issue> - ...

I've been hitting dead ends.
We are looking into getting additional help for this issue.

stevemcd87 chessforum

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  Tabanus: I did not write this text, but I wrote for example Szirak (1985) and I'm definately <not> happy with what happened to it.
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<Z> Here are some other examples of bios that need to be fixed just from the list of players posted by <Tab> in Szirak (1985)

Jozsef Pinter

Andras Adorjan

Gyula Sax

Kiril Georgiev

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I believe I will take <Z's> advice to not manually fix any more of these coding errors- just in case the "fixed" bios might make the admins' job of re-coding more difficult. If the admins give up, or simply don't give a @#$% any more, then manual fixing will be necessary

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  Tabanus: <jess> Yeah, sounds reasonable. I don't think our fixing matters, but I don't know either.
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<Tab> Well yes and there's the added point <Z> brought up that I hadn't thought of- if we continue making ad hoc corrections, then the data set of bios that need correction will be compromised.

As <Z> points out, we need to know which corrections were actually made by the admins.

Hopefully we will get an update from them soon.

Aug-08-21  Z4all: We all got hit:

Steinitz - Chigorin Telegraph Match (1890)

but <tab>, being the most prolific, got hit the hardest.

I think this problem should get elevated to a high status asap (stat in med-speak).

Seems to me that <CG> has a duty-of-care to inform editors of progress, and hopefully, fixes. This is now a fairly old problem, essentially affecting the entire site.

(We still don't even know if the DB got corrupted, or not) .

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<I think this problem should get elevated to a high status asap>


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  Dionysius1: Yep, the question mark problem really wrecks the text for Szirak (1985), particularly the cross table. It's not a cosmetic problem then - it overwrites some of the information. I hadn't realised that.
Aug-08-21  Z4all: Loaded chrome extension for altering character encoding, and Szirak ('85) shows up fine with <Western (Windows 1252)>.

There, that wasn't so hard, was it?

Importantly, I learned the DB is still whole, at least, at the moment.

(Of course great care has to be taken when altering any encoding in the main <CG> db.

Guess <Daniel> had a perl script converter for taking utf-8 comments and converting them into the older encoding... maybe??)

Aug-08-21  Retireborn: Another example is the crosstable on this page:-

Bad Lauterberg (1977)

Aug-08-21  Z4all: There's a million of 'em!
Aug-09-21  chesshistoryinterest: You sometimes get this on Rusbase, too, eg, Lithuanian Championship 1950.
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Yes I have also noticed the "question mark inside of a black diamond" substitutions for the "1/2" notation for draws in the crosstables.

This glitch is certainly a similar coding error, and in the case of Rusbase it only occurs when the crosstable has obviously been imported from another website, as in the case you mention:

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  Tabanus: FIDE have them too, see
Aug-09-21  nok: <Yes I have also noticed the "question mark inside of a black diamond" substitutions for the "1/2" notation for draws in the crosstables.>

My old friend the equal sign never let me down. Just sayin.

Aug-09-21  Albertan: A tribute to GM Csom can be viewed here:

Aug-09-21  chesshistoryinterest: <jessicafischerqueen>

Thanks, I didn't actually know that. I'm not quite sure what website they imported it from, but all the likely possibilities that I checked had crosstables that seemed fine. So maybe Rusbase has different software/programming and it occurs on transfer. Or something. At any rate, with the FIDE website also having it, it seems a fairly common problem.

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<nok> you said it brah=

Also I use them all the time to divide things up=




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