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Petar Trifunovic
Number of games in database: 789
Years covered: 1935 to 1966

Overall record: +222 -72 =495 (59.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (37) 
    D50 D63 D55 D56 D51
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    A46 E10 D02 A41 A45
 Sicilian (26) 
    B20 B36 B76 B39 B45
 King's Indian (24) 
    E60 E61 E97 E94 E79
 Semi-Slav (22) 
    D49 D46 D43 D45 D48
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C97 C91 C85 C80 C90
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (50) 
    B45 B32 B39 B36 B74
 Ruy Lopez (40) 
    C82 C67 C97 C60 C80
 Semi-Slav (28) 
    D48 D43 D49 D44 D45
 Petrov (23) 
    C43 C42
 Slav (19) 
    D14 D19 D18 D17 D12
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B17 B13 B18 B11 B15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Subaric vs P Trifunovic, 1946 0-1
   P Trifunovic vs M Aaron, 1962 1-0
   Tal vs P Trifunovic, 1963 0-1
   P Trifunovic vs D Djantar, 1959 1-0
   M Radojcic vs P Trifunovic, 1947 0-1
   F Burgalat vs P Trifunovic, 1953 0-1
   P Trifunovic vs J Kort, 1965 1-0
   P Trifunovic vs F Apsenieks, 1937 1-0
   Botvinnik vs P Trifunovic, 1947 1/2-1/2
   P Trifunovic vs Pirc, 1948 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Yugoslav Championship (1945)
   Yugoslav Championship (1946)
   Hilversum Zonal (1947)
   Prague (1946)
   Yugoslav Championship (1957)
   Rio de Janeiro (1952)
   Yugoslav Championship (1959)
   Yugoslav Championship (1963)
   Mar del Plata (1953)
   Dubrovnik Olympiad (1950)
   Wageningen Zonal (1957)
   Zagreb (1955)
   Saltsjobaden Interzonal (1948)
   Stockholm Olympiad (1937)
   Warsaw Olympiad (1935)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Yugoslav Chess Triumphs, Part 1 by Chessdreamer
   1963 Capablanca memorial by gauer
   Moscow 1947 by suenteus po 147
   Prague 1946 by crawfb5
   Najdorf v Trifunovic by Chessical
   1962 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Noordwijk 1965 by suenteus po 147

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(born Aug-31-1910, died Dec-08-1980, 70 years old) Yugoslavia

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Petar Trifunovic was born in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1953, he was Yugoslav Champion in 1945, 1946, 1947 (jointly), 1952 and 1961.

He also drew a match (+1, =10, -1) in July 1949 at Opatija, with the rising star Miguel Najdorf - Najdorf - Trifunovic (1949).

Beside this match against Najdorf, Trifunovic's greatest career performances were the Treybal Memorial tournament, Prague (1946), and the Dubrovnik Olympiad ( where he scored 10/13 which was the best performance on Board 3. His playing strength declined from the mid 1950s but only slowly, and he usually gained mid table results even in strong tournaments.

In this later period, Trifunovic's best tournament results include 3rd at Belgrade 1954, 1st at Prague 1961, 1st at Beverwijk 1962 and he was second to Botvinnik at Noordwijk (1965).

Trifunovic continued to play strongly in the Yugoslav championships being third in 1960, champion in 1961 and third again in the 1963. Trifunovic played for Yugoslavia in the Olympiads, his last being Varna 1962. He died in Belgrade in 1980.

Wikipedia article: Petar Trifunović

Last updated: 2019-12-08 07:45:20

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 818  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Julius Nielsen vs P Trifunovic  ½-½691935Warsaw OlympiadA84 Dutch
2. P Trifunovic vs I Vistaneckis  1-0511935Warsaw OlympiadA27 English, Three Knights System
3. I Solin vs P Trifunovic  0-1191935Warsaw OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
4. P Trifunovic vs H E Atkins  1-0341935Warsaw OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. K Treybal vs P Trifunovic  ½-½311935Warsaw OlympiadC50 Giuoco Piano
6. I A Horowitz vs P Trifunovic 1-0501935Warsaw OlympiadA90 Dutch
7. P Trifunovic vs E Lundin  1-0531935Warsaw OlympiadA16 English
8. M Romi vs P Trifunovic  0-1371935Warsaw OlympiadB27 Sicilian
9. P Trifunovic vs Najdorf  1-0551935Warsaw OlympiadA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Pirc vs P Trifunovic  1-0351936Novi SadD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
11. P Trifunovic vs Kostic  1-0461936Novi SadE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. Ahues vs P Trifunovic  ½-½341936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadA48 King's Indian
13. P Trifunovic vs Najdorf 0-1401936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
14. P Trifunovic vs I Vistaneckis  1-0411936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
15. Prins vs P Trifunovic  ½-½471936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD04 Queen's Pawn Game
16. A Gibaud vs P Trifunovic  0-1281936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. P Trifunovic vs S Rosselli del Turco 1-0411936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
18. Konig vs P Trifunovic  0-1371937YugoslaviaA07 King's Indian Attack
19. P Trifunovic vs Kostic  1-0311937YugoslaviaC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
20. Graf-Stevenson vs P Trifunovic  0-1321937PragueE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
21. J Dobias vs P Trifunovic  0-1561937PragueE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
22. P Trifunovic vs Keres 0-1541937PragueE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. P Trifunovic vs Gilg  ½-½831937PragueD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
24. P Trifunovic vs Eliskases 1-0651937PragueA47 Queen's Indian
25. Szabo vs P Trifunovic  1-0371937Stockholm OlympiadE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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  Gypsy: Opocensky-Trifunovic

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Black to play.

Jul-31-09  Karpova: Petar Trifunovic: <‘All agree the grandmaster title suffers from inflation and so has lost much of its value. The FIDE awards the title too readily and on conditions known in advance. So agreements are made in the corridors: “Help me and I will help you ...” The practice is irregular and needs correction.’>

From page 202 of "Chess Review", July 1965 (!).
Source: C.N. 6238

Aug-31-09  Sem: In 1962 Trifunovic won the Hoogoven Tournament at Beverwijk (Netherlands). Grandmaster Hein Donner commented in his newspaper column: 'Of course it irritates me that of all participants Trifunovic should have won. He is the laziest drawing master in the world. Of the 19 games he drew 15, and his three wins were against the last players on the list. ...'
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  whiteshark: <Sem> If the enclosed crosstable is right, they played only 9 games at Beverwijk 1962. Trifunovic scored (+3 =6 -0). <His three wins were against the last players on the list> could not be verified, but he defeated ...<Donner>. Whoops! :D

[Event "Beverwijk"]
[Date "1962.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Trifunovic, Petar"]
[Black "Donner, Johannes H. (Hein)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D56"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nc3 O-O 6. e3 h6 7. Bh4 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Qc2 Nxc3 10. Qxc3 c6 11. Rc1 b6 12. cxd5 exd5 13. Bd3 Be6 14. O-O Rc8 15. Rc2 a5 16. Ne5 Ra7 17. Rfc1 Rac7 18. a3 c5 19. dxc5 Rxc5 20. Qd2 Qd6 21. Nf3 Rxc2 22. Rxc2 Rxc2 23. Qxc2 Nc6 24. Bb5 Ne5 25. Nd4 Bd7 26. Be2 Nc6 27. Nxc6 Bxc6 28. Bf3 Bd7 29. Qd2 Be6 30. h3 Qc5 31. b4 axb4 32. axb4 Qc6 33. Kh2 Qd6 34. g3 Qe5 35. Bg2 g5 36. f4 gxf4 37. gxf4 Qh5 38. Qd4 b5 39. Qd3 d4 40. Qxd4 Qe2 41. e4 h5 42. f5 Bc4 43. Qd8 1-0

I think Donner overstretched/misplayed the ♕♗ endgame.

Aug-31-09  WhiteRook48: the QGD
Sep-02-09  Sem: <whiteshark> You caught me out, thanks. I now have Donner's column before me. I believe it appeared in Elsevier's Magazine, some time in 1962; the headline reads: 'Drawing master winner of Hoogoven chess tournament.'

Donner: '... The world knows no drawing master who is lazier [than Trifunovic]. In Bled [1961] he drew fifteen out of nineteen games. Only Bobby Fischer could beat him and he won three games against the last players on the list. ... He obviously feels that with regard to a chess game winning or losing is an abnormal result.'

What follows is the game Trifunovic - Donner, in which Donner claims to have started an attack in the endgame, in order to get out of a stalemate position. Afterthought: "Here I resigned. Rather out of nausea regarding myself and the game, than because of the position. ... Chess as played by Trifunovic is no less valid than are the most powerful brain waves of Bronstein and Tal. At the same time, however, it is this very notion of the game which I find the most difficult to handle.'

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  whiteshark: Thank you, <Sem>! I think it all works out now.

We shall repost these posts when ceegee has done the upload of the game. :D

Feb-12-12  brankat: In his youth, mostly 1930s, Dr.Trifunovic's nickname in chess circles was Typhonovich due to his aggressive and uncompromising style.

His approach changed after the WWII, particularly during the 1950s. Although even then he did win 5 Yugoslav championships and some international events.

Aug-31-12  brankat: R.I.P.uncle Pero!
Aug-31-12  thegoldenband: I'm trying to remember an annotated game of Trifunovic's I looked at years ago. I can't recall the details, but if memory serves, in a very drawish position Trifunovic was somehow provoked by his opponent (or maybe his opponent made a poorly-considered attempt to unbalance the position), and he promptly unleashed holy hellfire upon the hapless fellow and won the game.

Anyone know what I'm talking about? It certainly wasn't the Tal game. I think the annotator may have called him "the peace-loving Trifunovic".

Jun-17-14  zanzibar: <He wrote Sahovski bukvay (1960), Fischer ante portas (1972), Yugoslavian Triumphs (with Gligoric, Janoseivc, (1976).>

from a bio here:

(Sahovski bukvay = Chess points(?))
(Fischer ante portas = Fischer at the Threshold(?))

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  cro777: Šahovski bukvar = Chess Primer

Fischer ante portas = Fischer before the gates

Jun-18-14  zanzibar: <cro777> it goes without mentioning, but I'll mention it anyways - thanks for the translation improvements.
May-24-15  TheFocus: <Fischer ante portas = Fischer before the gates>

I have this book.

May-24-15  TheFocus: <He has contributed a few notorious drawing variations to chess theory and obviously holds to the firm belief that winning or losing is an abnormal end to a chess game> - Jan Hein Donner (on Trifunovic).
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  perfidious: <‘All agree the grandmaster title suffers from inflation and so has lost much of its value. The FIDE awards the title too readily and on conditions known in advance. So agreements are made in the corridors: “Help me and I will help you ...” The practice is irregular and needs correction.’>

If Trifunovic had lived until 2000 or later--what might he have thought then?

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  Fusilli: <Karpova> <perfidious> When I began playing competitive chess in the early 1980s, I devoured chess magazines and the Informator, and I'm pretty sure I knew the names of virtually all 200 or so active GMs in the world. I was even familiar with the names of many IMs from remote places! Now there are over 1,200 GMs and I find myself thinking all the time "oh, another grandmaster I've never heard of"...

It's sad, but it would be pointless to create a "SuperGM" or any other new title without killing inflation first. Or in 20 years they will be talking about the need to create the "Elite SuperGM" title, and then the "Elite SuperGM for REAL" title, and so on.

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  perfidious: <Fusilli> Even before facing my first GM in a serious game (1982), I could have named a great many, if not most of them.

Nowadays, another 2550 player comes out of the woodwork and my own reaction is very often, 'Who's he?'

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  parisattack: <<He wrote Sahovski bukvay (1960), Fischer ante portas (1972), Yugoslavian Triumphs (with Gligoric, Janoseivc, (1976).> from a bio here>

He also wrote the seminal book on the Grunfeld, Grunfeld Indijska Obrana.

Aug-31-15  rollingrook5: I've heard of a Trifunovic variation in the Alekhine for Black. It's specifically 5... Bf5 and maybe 6... e6 against the 4 pawns attack.

Funny, I can only find games with 4. Nf3. Maybe it's another Trifunovic?

Aug-31-15  NeverAgain: Megabase 2012 lists only two game where Trifunovic played his eponymous variation. It's Wade-Trifunovic, 1951, currently not in the database. There was also a short draw with Joppen.

Jun-24-16  brankat: Dr.P.Trifunovic wrote "Fischer ante Portas" (with D.Bjelica) in 1962 (possibly '63).

"Sahovski Bukvay" is actually "Bukvar" (meaning= a beginner's book).

Aug-31-17  Marmot PFL: 26 pages of his games spanning decades. Lots of decisive games in the 40s, after the mid-50s seems like 75% draws.
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  perfidious: To wit: Bled (1961), featuring fifteen draws in nineteen games.
Aug-31-17  Howard: Yes, and he lost only one game at Bled out of 19. It was to someone named "Bobby".
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