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Isaias Pleci
I Pleci 

Number of games in database: 143
Years covered: 1930 to 1978
Overall record: +64 -38 =41 (59.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D04 A45 D00 A46 D02
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D51 D56 D55
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D37 D31 D30 D39
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C84 C79 C86 C70
 Slav (5) 
    D12 D13 D10
 King's Indian (4) 
    E67 E71 E73 E90
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    D02 A46 D00 D04 A45
 Orthodox Defense (11) 
    D51 D63 D52 D50
 Sicilian (6) 
    B45 B74 B29 B25 B60
 Slav (5) 
    D11 D13 D17 D15
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E38 E34 E22 E24 E43
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C79 C71 C84
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Pleci vs L Endzelins, 1939 1-0
   I Pleci vs G Friedemann, 1939 1-0
   C Staldi vs I Pleci, 1937 0-1
   C Guimard vs I Pleci, 1935 0-1
   I Pleci vs V Soultanbeieff, 1930 1-0
   Eliskases vs I Pleci, 1935 0-1
   I Pleci vs M Castillo, 1936 1/2-1/2
   I Pleci vs V Fenoglio, 1936 1-0
   V Winz vs I Pleci, 1935 0-1
   I Pleci vs C de Ronde, 1939 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Argentine Championship Match (1930)
   Mar del Plata (1936)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-3 (1939)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-A (1939)
   Buenos Aires (1931)
   Warsaw Olympiad (1935)
   Buenos Aires qual (1970)
   Stockholm Olympiad (1937)

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(born Oct-27-1900, died Dec-27-1980, 80 years old) Argentina

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Isaias Pleci was awarded the IM title in 1965 and was Argentine champion in 1929 and 1930. He represented Argentina in the 1935, 1937, and 1939 Chess Olympiads. He won the reserve board gold medal at Buenos Aires 1939 and the reserve board bronze medal at Stockholm 1937. In 1936, he won, ahead of Aaron Schwartzman, in Mar del Plata (3rd it). His nickname was Tank.

He was champion of South America at Mar del Plata 1936 [brasilbase-1] and finished 2nd at the South America championship in 1935 [brasilbase-2].

In 1935, at the Warsaw Chess Olympiad, Pleci claimed his game on time forfeit against Miguel Najdorf. Najdorf said he made his move just before time control, but before he could press the button, Pleci picked up the clock and ran away with it. Pleci said he couldn't forcibly stop Najdorf from making his move and writing it down on his scoresheet. The arbiters were unable to reach a verdict on who was right, so the clock decided the issue. Najdorf lost the game on time.

Wikipedia article: Isaias Pleci

Last updated: 2020-10-27 12:58:41

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 143  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Pleci vs R Grau  1-0471930Argentine Championship MatchD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
2. R Grau vs I Pleci  1-0641930Argentine Championship MatchB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
3. R Grau vs I Pleci  0-1271930Argentine Championship MatchC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
4. R Grau vs I Pleci 1-0441930Argentine Championship MatchA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. I Pleci vs R Grau  ½-½611930Argentine Championship MatchD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. R Grau vs I Pleci  0-1231930Argentine Championship MatchC71 Ruy Lopez
7. I Pleci vs R Grau  1-0571930Argentine Championship MatchE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
8. I Pleci vs R Grau  ½-½821930Argentine Championship MatchE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
9. I Pleci vs G A Thomas  ½-½401930LiegeE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
10. Nimzowitsch vs I Pleci  1-0531930LiegeA00 Uncommon Opening
11. I Pleci vs V Soultanbeieff 1-0231930LiegeD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Ahues vs I Pleci  ½-½311930LiegeE14 Queen's Indian
13. I Pleci vs Sultan Khan 0-1401930LiegeE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
14. I Pleci vs Rubinstein 0-1541930LiegeC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
15. D Przepiorka vs I Pleci  ½-½711930LiegeD05 Queen's Pawn Game
16. I Pleci vs Tartakower 0-1351930LiegeD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. H Weenink vs I Pleci  1-0601930LiegeA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. I Pleci vs Marshall  ½-½421930LiegeD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Colle vs I Pleci  ½-½661930LiegeA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. I Pleci vs J Bolbochan  0-1471931ARG-ch m 3132D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. I Pleci vs J Bolbochan  1-0361931ARG-ch m 3132D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. I Pleci vs V Fenoglio  ½-½371931ARG-ch mD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. I Pleci vs V Fenoglio  1-0561931ARG-ch mD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. I Pleci vs V Fenoglio  0-1311931ARG-ch mD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
25. I Pleci vs V Fenoglio  1-0301931ARG-ch mD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 143  PGN Download
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  OlimpBase: How come there is no famous Pleci-Endzelis game?? One of most brilliant games ever played, just look:

[Event "8th olm final A"]
[Site "Buenos Aires ARG"]
[Date "1939.09.06"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Pleci, Isaias ARG"]
[Black "Endzelins, Lucijs LAT"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C07"]
[EventDate "1939.08.24"]
[PlyCount "41"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nd7 6.dxc5 Nxc5 7.Qxd8+ Kxd8 8.Bg5+ f6 9.O-O-O+ Ke8 10.Bb5+ Kf7 11.Rd8 Be7 12.Ne5+ fxe5 13.Nd6+ Kg6 14. Bxe7 Nxe7 15.Rxh8 a6 16.Be2 e4 17.f4 b5 18.Re8 Kf6 19.Rf8+ Kg6 20.h4 Bb7 21.h5+ 1-0

Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <OlimpBase> The database is not complete. If you have games that should be in it upload them using the PGN upload utility.
Premium Chessgames Member We just added a few Pleci games to our collection including the one mentioned above, I Pleci vs L Endzelins, 1939. Enjoy.
Dec-29-05  lopium: Incredible funny story from his biography!! ahahahzz!!!!!!
May-09-06  BIDMONFA: Isaias Pleci

PLECI, Isaias

May-09-06  gmgomes: About about Pleci x Najdorf. Ain´t the game available?
May-09-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I can't find the PGN of the Pleci vs. Najdorf game anywhere else on Internet either:

I only found these two links:

What a pity!

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  pawn to QB4: I've seen an account somewhere of the Pleci-Najdorf shambles. Alekhine asked Sir George Thomas "what would be the decision if that happened in England?" and got the reply "it wouldn't have happened in England!" (standards have declined over here since). Najdorf's comment on the decision he'd lost: "I wouldn't have wanted another result, playing, as we are, in Poland".
Mar-03-08  whiteshark: Meseems Lüttich (Liege) 1930 was not his best tournament performance.

Game Collection: Liege 1930

May-01-09  Augalv: Pleci was nicknamed the "Tank". He did not know a lot about theory, but he was an outstanding player in Argentina for many years. His secret, according to Foguelman, was his skill at simplifying the game at the right time to reach a good ending position.

Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Another biography can be found at:

Oct-02-10  paladin at large: <whiteshark><(Liege) 1930 was not his best tournament performance.>

Well, Pleci would have done a lot better, but none of his opponents got into time trouble.

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  Fusilli: Just based on personality and future actions by Najdorf, I tend not to believe the Najdorf's version of the story. But that's just my guess.

If memory serves, when Pleci died Najdorf was running a weekly chess column in Clarin newspaper and wrote a nice tribute to Pleci (of course, dedicating the column to one of Pleci's games).

Dec-03-10  Dredge Rivers: Where's his brother, Joe Pleci?
Oct-27-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Isaias Pleci.
Jun-16-19  wordfunph: IM Isaias "Tank" Pleci, rest in peace..

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