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Ljubomir Ljubojevic
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Number of games in database: 2,092
Years covered: 1966 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2571 (2469 rapid, 2504 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2645
Overall record: +555 -344 =902 (55.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 291 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (268) 
    B44 B81 B32 B96 B33
 Ruy Lopez (136) 
    C92 C95 C82 C90 C69
 French Defense (87) 
    C00 C07 C09 C18 C16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (78) 
    C92 C95 C90 C84 C99
 Caro-Kann (68) 
    B10 B11 B18 B14 B12
 King's Indian Attack (52) 
    A07 A08
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (268) 
    B90 B93 B92 B51 B47
 Sicilian Najdorf (98) 
    B90 B93 B92 B96 B99
 Queen's Indian (85) 
    E12 E15 E16 E14 E17
 Queen's Pawn Game (63) 
    A46 E00 A40 E10 D02
 English, 1 c4 c5 (62) 
    A30 A34 A33 A31 A35
 Nimzo Indian (55) 
    E32 E55 E20 E42 E59
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ljubojevic vs Andersson, 1976 1-0
   Larsen vs Ljubojevic, 1975 0-1
   Ljubojevic vs J Durao, 1974 1-0
   J Tarjan vs Ljubojevic, 1969 0-1
   Uhlmann vs Ljubojevic, 1975 0-1
   Ljubojevic vs Korchnoi, 1985 1-0
   Ljubojevic vs Portisch, 1982 1-0
   Ljubojevic vs Miles, 1986 1-0
   Ljubojevic vs G Tringov, 1982 1-0
   Ljubojevic vs N Padevsky, 1974 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Las Palmas (1974)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-A (1972)
   Sao Paulo (1979)
   Palma de Mallorca (1971)
   Titovo Uzice (1978)
   Caorle Zonal (1972)
   Las Palmas (1975)
   Buenos Aires (Konex) (1979)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)
   Teesside (1972)
   Manila (1973)
   Ourense (1975)
   Yugoslav Championship (1975)
   First Lady's Cup (1983)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Yugoslav Chess Triumphs, Part 1 by Chessdreamer
   Melody Amber 1992 (Rapid DRR) by amadeus
   Milan 1975 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Milan 1975 by suenteus po 147
   Melody Amber 1993 by amadeus
   Montreal 1979 by suenteus po 147
   Montreal 1979 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Brussels Blitz 1987 by KingG

   🏆 Platja d'Aro Legends Rap
   Romanishin vs Ljubojevic (Jun-28-19) 1-0, rapid
   O Perez Mitjans vs Ljubojevic (Aug-27-13) 0-1, rapid
   Ljubojevic vs Hort (Apr-04-12) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Portisch vs Ljubojevic (Apr-04-12) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Csom vs Ljubojevic (Apr-04-12) 0-1, rapid

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(born Nov-02-1950, 73 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Serbia)
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Ljubomir Ljubojevic was born in (Titovo) Užice, Yugoslavia. He was awarded the IM title in 1970 and the GM title in 1971. He placed first in the Canadian Open of 1974. He was Yugoslav Champion in 1977 (jointly) and 1982.

By the early 1980's he was ranked third in the Elo rating list but he never succeeded in reaching the Candidates stage of the World Championship. This was partly due to unsteadiness and opening experimentation. On his day he was dangerous to anyone but a lack of consistency prevented him from making an impact on world championship cycles. He did achieve a number of strong tournament victories, including Linares 1985 (shared with Robert Huebner), Brussels 1987 (shared with Garry Kasparov), Belgrade 1987, Barcelona 1989, and Melody-Amber 1993.

Wikipedia article: Ljubomir Ljubojević

Last updated: 2017-08-15 04:58:27

 page 1 of 85; games 1-25 of 2,114  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ljubojevic vs G Grozdanic  0-1461966City of Venice Team CupB27 Sicilian
2. F Arni vs Ljubojevic  0-1461966City of Venice Team CupA15 English
3. Ljubojevic vs A Rosino  0-1331966City of Venice Team CupC22 Center Game
4. M Vujovic vs Ljubojevic 1-0551966City of Venice Team CupC18 French, Winawer
5. Ljubojevic vs S Barbulovic  0-1501966City of Venice Team CupB40 Sicilian
6. A Neri vs Ljubojevic  ½-½381966City of Venice Team CupC18 French, Winawer
7. Ljubojevic vs V Kirpichnikov  1-0311967International Junior TournamentB06 Robatsch
8. Ljubojevic vs M Sirkia 1-0221967International Junior TournamentC44 King's Pawn Game
9. Kupreichik vs Ljubojevic 1-0411967International Junior TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Ljubojevic vs H Schaufelberger  ½-½641967International Junior TournamentB53 Sicilian
11. Ljubojevic vs V Jakovljevski  1-0231969YUGB03 Alekhine's Defense
12. R G Eales vs Ljubojevic  0-1411969European Junior ChA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
13. R Djordjevic vs Ljubojevic 0-1521969YUGA02 Bird's Opening
14. Ljubojevic vs A Matanovic 0-1291969Yugoslav ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
15. R Nicevski vs Ljubojevic  1-0591969Yugoslav ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
16. Ljubojevic vs S Puc  ½-½381969Yugoslav ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
17. B Ivanovic vs Ljubojevic  ½-½421969Yugoslav ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
18. Ljubojevic vs T Rakic 1-0271969Yugoslav ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
19. P Ostojic vs Ljubojevic  1-0351969Yugoslav ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
20. Ljubojevic vs A Deze  0-1301969Yugoslav ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
21. D Ciric vs Ljubojevic  ½-½171969Yugoslav ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
22. Ljubojevic vs A Planinc 0-1391969Yugoslav ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
23. Parma vs Ljubojevic  1-0281969Yugoslav ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Ljubojevic vs S Cvetkovic  ½-½841969Yugoslav ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
25. S Marangunic vs Ljubojevic  ½-½391969Yugoslav ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
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  DrNyet: This would be his *63rd* birthday according to the date of birth given in the bio. :)
Mar-29-15  zanzibar: It's nice to have a fairly recent photo, but a little unfortunate that he's only in profile.

An interesting array of older photographers of a younger GM can be found here:

A suggested edit for the bio:

"In his day" was probably intended instead of "On his day".

But I would prefer a little more nuanced phrasing, say...

"On game day he was a danger to any given player, but lacked ...".

May-22-15  TheFocus: <...Every person has their own moment of lucidity. Even a chess player who is objectively considered as a weaker player can have ingenious ideas. The only question is if he will use that moment of lucidity to make a good result worthy of that ingenious idea…> - Ljubomir Ljubojevic, asked if he had some unique ability to find surprising moves.
May-24-15  TheFocus: <I have won many games that have not made me happy and when I lose, I am also not happy. My friends ask 'so when are you happy?' That's the way chess is; you are happy only rarely; the rest is grief> - Ljubomir Ljubojevic.
Nov-02-15  diagonal: Happy birthday Ljubo! Best wishes from Switzerland for a giant player from the era of the fighters.

Ljubojevic was ranked <sole third of the World> in both half-year ELO lists in the year 1983 and has won many strong international tournaments including Wiik aan Zee in 1976 (together with Olafsson, ahead of Tal).

Laudatio (2007):

Picture (1972):

Nov-27-15  Howard: Just noticed when browsing through Informant 34 last night that Ljubo didn't play in the 1982 interzonals----quite a surprise considering that he was a top-10 player at the time.

Anyone know why ?

Nov-27-15  Petrosianic: Probably didn't qualify.
Nov-27-15  Nerwal: One guess is that the Yugoslav zonal was set at about the same time than Tilburg 1981 where Ljubojevic played.
Nov-27-15  Olavi: According to Timman in Schaakwerk I, Hort and Ljubojevic protested against the decision to award the six ratings based slots only on the basis of the 1.7.1981 Elo list. I believe at least in Hort's case that meant he declined an automatic qualification.
Nov-29-15  Howard: Why would they have used the 1-7-1981 list ? Wouldn't the 1-1-82 list have been more logical?
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: From another post:

<+ Bilbao 1987: GM Ljubojevic was complaining before the tournament started. He was attacking the organizers for inviting females (Chiburdanidze and Susan Polgar). Ljubojevic maintained that the tournament was too strong for women. His score against Chiburdanidze and Susan Polgar was 0-2!>

Oh, the irony--this rather reminds one of what transpired for the losers in Tarrasch-Yates and Capablanca-Bernstein in their first meetings.

Aug-04-16  brankat: In San Sebastian, 1911, some masters (mostly Nimzovitch) were complaining about Capablanca's and Vidmar's invitation to the premier tourney and suggested they should be in a minor one.

Capablanca won the event, and Vidmar shared the second place 1/2 a point behind :-)

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  perfidious: Pas mal, for a pair of 'minor masters' who did not belong.
Aug-04-16  morfishine: Sir <Lobo> is such a great player over the years and such an endearing personality. A real credit to chess. This is a person to not only be admired, but emulated and followed by example


Sep-23-16  brankat: Only six pages of kibitzing on the site of one of the most talented/spectacular players ever!
Nov-02-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Ljubomir Ljubojevic.
Nov-02-17  joeyj: Happy 67th birthday GM Ljubojevic, Ljubomir !|
Nov-02-17  joeyj: He is still active playing in the Rapids & Blitz.
Apr-30-18  SimonWebbsTiger: Never let him be commentator/interviewer again!

The post game interviews at Shamkir 2018 were a travesty.

Apr-30-18  morfishine: <SimonWebbsTiger> Take it easy on Lobo. Commentating in all fields/sports takes time to adjust.

Most commentators who transition from their sport "to the booth", start out nervous and flat, but improve over time.


Apr-30-18  Howard: He was ranked #3 in the world back on the FIDE January, 1983 list.

One can easily guess who the two players were ranked ahead of him, but here's a subtle hint: Fischer was not one of them.

May-01-18  SimonWebbsTiger: @Morfishine

I respect Ljubo but not those stupid questions he came up with. I am reminded of a painful moment when Tiviakov asked Nakamura, I forget which tournament, what he thought about the US bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Hikaru, quite rightly, gave a disgusted look and said he was there to talk chess.

May-01-18  morfishine: <SimonWebbsTiger> I searched for his interviews but was unsuccessful. If you could provide a link, that would be much appreciated. If not, thats ok
Nov-02-18  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Ljubo!
Apr-05-23  pazzed paun: Has anyone bought the Zeno Franco’s book about Ljubo?
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