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Gedeon Barcza
Number of games in database: 1,048
Years covered: 1934 to 1979
Highest rating achieved in database: 2480

Overall record: +385 -214 =449 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (163) 
    A04 A05 A06
 English (69) 
    A15 A14 A10 A13 A16
 English, 1 c4 e5 (36) 
    A21 A26 A28 A20 A22
 English, 1 c4 c5 (35) 
    A36 A37 A38 A30 A35
 King's Indian (27) 
    E62 E67 E69 E63 E60
 King's Indian Attack (26) 
    A07 A08
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (74) 
    B18 B17 B10 B12 B13
 Sicilian (67) 
    B83 B43 B32 B60 B30
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C92 C85 C94 C84 C70
 Nimzo Indian (41) 
    E54 E53 E47 E21 E46
 Grunfeld (36) 
    D97 D71 D82 D83 D78
 French Defense (33) 
    C11 C07 C10 C01 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kiss vs Barcza, 1934 0-1
   Barcza vs O Troianescu, 1948 1-0
   Barcza vs Golombek, 1952 1-0
   Barcza vs Bogoljubov, 1942 1-0
   Barcza vs Prins, 1952 1/2-1/2
   Barcza vs B Soos, 1962 1-0
   Filip vs Barcza, 1957 0-1
   Barcza vs Smyslov, 1956 1-0
   Barcza vs Tal, 1959 1/2-1/2
   K Darga vs Barcza, 1954 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hungarian Championship (1951)
   San Benedetto (1957)
   Budapest Szikra (1956)
   Budapest Zonal (1960)
   Przepiorka Memorial (1950)
   Venice (1948)
   Amsterdam Olympiad Final-A (1954)
   Hungarian Championship (1952)
   Hungarian Championship (1950)
   Hungarian Championship 1967/68 (1967)
   Marianske Lazne / Prague Zonal (1951)
   Reggio Emilia 1963/64 (1963)
   Varna Olympiad qual-4 (1962)
   Capablanca Memorial (1963)
   non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1963 Capablanca memorial by gauer
   Zurich 1959 by suenteus po 147
   Tallinn 1969 by Chessdreamer
   1950 Hungarian championship by Treev
   Barcza by nbabcox
   Barcza by Inius Mella

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(born Aug-21-1911, died Feb-27-1986, 74 years old) Hungary
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Gedeon Barcza was born on the 21st of August 1911 in Kisujszallas, Hungary. He had a Ph.D. in mathematics and was a Hungarian professor of mathematics. He was awarded the IM title in 1950, the GM title in 1954 and the IMC title in 1966. He won the Hungarian Championship eight times and played on seven Hungarian Olympiad teams. The Opening 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 known as the Barcza System is named after him. He passed away in Budapest in 1986.

Wikipedia article: Gedeon Barcza

 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,122  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kiss vs Barcza 0-1141934DebrecenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
2. D May vs Barcza  ½-½511936BudapestD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
3. M Szigeti vs Barcza  ½-½511936BudapestD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. Barcza vs Szabo  ½-½251936BudapestC28 Vienna Game
5. G Lovas vs Barcza  0-1331936BudapestD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. Barcza vs G Kluger  1-0511936BudapestD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. E Steiner vs Barcza  0-1601936BudapestB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
8. Barcza vs G Negyesy  ½-½201936BudapestD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Najdorf vs Barcza  1-0431936BudapestD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
10. Barcza vs L Steiner 0-1231936BudapestB40 Sicilian
11. E Gereben vs Barcza  ½-½201936BudapestA13 English
12. Barcza vs S Boros  ½-½341936BudapestD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Barcza vs K Havasi  1-0561936BudapestD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. J Balogh vs Barcza  ½-½241936BudapestB24 Sicilian, Closed
15. Barcza vs E Glass  ½-½431936BudapestD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. P Rethy vs Barcza  1-0461936BudapestA06 Reti Opening
17. L Laurine vs Barcza 1-0551936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
18. Barcza vs O Trompowsky  ½-½401936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
19. K S Ojanen vs Barcza 0-1371936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. Barcza vs I Halic  1-0191936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. W Hasenfuss vs Barcza 0-1361936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadB24 Sicilian, Closed
22. S Gudmundsson vs Barcza 0-1201936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Barcza vs L Abramavicius 0-1301936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
24. J Nielsen vs Barcza  0-1481936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Barcza vs B Ekenberg  1-0411936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,122  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Nov-08-04  offramp: His opening repertoire as white was varied by playing either 2.g3 or 3.g3.
Mar-12-06  fred lennox: For those who like Nimzowitch i would imagine Barcza games would be a bit of a treasure. His forte was positional feel for closed games and as nilolaas points out, subtle handling of knights and endgame. Of courae the Barcza-Larson Defense is named after him, a defense which can be used against e4 and d4. His interpretation of it is very differant from Larson, being more positionally based instead of a counter-attacking approach. Filip vs G Barcza, 1957 is an example of his use of it.
Aug-21-06  BIDMONFA: Gedeon Barcza

BARCZA, Gedeon

Aug-21-08  brankat: A very fine positional master indeed!

R.I.P. GM Barcza.

Aug-24-08  myschkin: . . .

Chess Master <Gedeon Barcza> also worked as chief editor at the leading Hungaria chess magazin "Magyar sakkélet" as of 1956 and published in 1959 a story about the World Champions (together with László Alföldy and Jenõ Kapu).

He is remembered for the opening 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3, known as the <Barcza System>.

Harry Golombek once said of Barcza that he "is a most versatile player in the openings. He plays g2-g3 sometimes on the first, sometimes on the second, sometimes on the third, and sometimes not until the fourth move".

Apr-11-09  JaneEyre: <First and foremost, I have to mention three characters whom I have never known personally, what is more, I have never seen them. One of them is Steinitz, the first official world champion. I was amazed by his system-building ability, his constantly searching mind, the mass of games that illustrated his positional teachings. The next one, Dr Lasker, was the second world champion, whose many-sidedness, tactical sense and enormous fighting power aroused my admiration. The third one is Rubinstein, who could go through every single phase of a game with incredible patience so as to bring an invisible endgame possibility to victory.[...]

Robert Fischer was the 'devil' of modern chess. He got it into his head that he would create the same luxurious conditions for himself by the way of chess as those of very well-to-do stars in other sports. True, his claims and successes have stirred millions of laymen and he was not the only one to benefit from the advantage gained by meeting his demands - a considerable number of his fellow-players had a share in it. Fischer's behaviour thus put an end to the so-called 'bread-and-butter trips' in chess. [...]

It is also certain that a good player must have a good sense of recognising the new requirements brought about by ever-changing conditions. I heard once from grandmaster Laszlo Szabo that at one tournament he entered the analysis room where Bronstein was sitting alone by a chessboard. The Soviet grandmaster suddenly turned over the position - obviously, he did not want others to know what he had been examining. But Szabo spotted that there had been nothing on the board but a knight! So Bronstein was looking for connections between the knight and certain fields, but he wished to keep the secrets of his thoughts. Anyway, this story tells us that one of the secrets of development in chess is in discovering the interrelationships not even guessed by others. Three decades ago Bronstein was a key figure in chess. Without him neither Tal, nor even Fischer, could have played such important roles in the history of chess.>

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  keypusher: <The players have all gotten soft on the Benko-Barcza-Botvinnik diet.> Bobby Fischer. I am quoting from memory, so I may not have it quite right.
Apr-12-09  Open Defence:

shame that a cheat has used Barcza's name to cheat chessplayers

Aug-21-09  wordfunph: The late GM Gedeon Barcza once won a game with pawn from e2 to e4 move. So what's the big deal? The thing is, he played the e2 to e4 move on move 40!

Happy Birthday GM Barcza..

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  Peligroso Patzer: Here is a game unaccountably missing from GM Barcza's "Notables":

G Barcza vs Smyslov, 1956

Perhaps the above-linked game is just too positional to be a crowd-pleaser.

Apr-15-10  whatthefat: <Harry Golombek once said of Barcza that he "is a most versatile player in the openings. He plays g2-g3 sometimes on the first, sometimes on the second, sometimes on the third, and sometimes not until the fourth move".>

Ha! That's a great quote.

Aug-21-10  wordfunph: Zurich 1959 Fischer-Barcza: Game was adjourned three times and ended after 103 moves. Even when there were only the Kings left on the board, Fischer made 2 more moves! Fischer wanted to post-mortem from move one. Barcza begged off, pleading "I have a wife and children. Who will feed them in case of my premature death?"
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Gedeon Barcza>

Correct pronunciation of his name-

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Aug-21-12  LoveThatJoker: GM Barcza, today you are remembered!


Aug-21-12  brankat: Quite a character, GM Barcza!


Aug-21-13  brankat: And once again.
Aug-21-13  parisattack: He played some very beautiful chess games! RIP, GM Barcza.
Jan-12-14  TheTamale: Kind of looks like Walt Disney.
Jun-19-14  offramp: <TheTamale: Kind of looks like Walt Disney.>

Yes. But Barcza plays chess and Walt Disney.

Oct-29-14  ljfyffe: Barcza, with Balogh, Szigeti, Szucs, Gonda, and Elekes won the 1949-1952 CC Olympiad I.
Jul-13-15  James Demery: Seirawan recommends this guys opening as a way to not have to remember so many different openings. Apparently it can be used against whatever Black plays. Now if only there was a similar opening for Black...
Feb-27-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, GM Gedeon Barcza.
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  yiotta: <James Demery:...if only there was a similar opening for Black...> Try 1...d6, leading to the Old Indian, The Rat, Pirc, King's Indian, playable against anything. 1...e6 is also uni-flexible.
Mar-13-18  waustad: <tamale> I was thinking more Charles de Gaulle.
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  wwall: I was thinking more Vincent Price.
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