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Tibor Weinberger
Number of games in database: 259
Years covered: 1955 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2113
Highest rating achieved in database: 2444

Overall record: +151 -75 =32 (64.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (25) 
    E92 E65 E80 E66 E70
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A46 D02 E10 A40 A50
 Sicilian (10) 
    B30 B31 B58 B89 B29
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E38 E42 E34 E32 E45
 Semi-Slav (8) 
    D45 D47 D43
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D80 D93 D97 D71 D78
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (30) 
    B16 B13 B15 B12 B10
 Dutch Defense (19) 
    A84 A81 A85 A96 A97
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C67 C65
 Sicilian (7) 
    B42 B53 B20 B77 B72
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
    A00 B00
 Pirc (4) 
    B07 B09
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Hunnex vs T Weinberger, 1961 0-1
   D J Strauss vs T Weinberger, 1983 0-1
   T Weinberger vs S Yarmak, 1959 1-0
   A Nagel vs T Weinberger, 1971 0-1
   T Weinberger vs J Kaplan, 1968 1-0
   Reshevsky vs T Weinberger, 1961 0-1
   T Weinberger vs G Pipiringos, 1961 1-0
   Tarjan vs T Weinberger, 1968 0-1
   P Hummel vs T Weinberger, 1998 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   West Coast Open (1968)
   72nd US Open (1971)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Some players I knew by yiotta
   US Open 1971, Ventura by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1983, Pasadena by Phony Benoni
   US Open 2003, Los Angeles by Phony Benoni

   🏆 National Open
   A Belakovskaia vs T Weinberger (Jun-15-14) 0-1
   A Melekhina vs T Weinberger (Jun-14-14) 0-1
   J Sheng vs T Weinberger (May-??-12) 0-1
   J Stein vs T Weinberger (May-??-12) 0-1

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(born Nov-27-1932, 89 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality United States of America)

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FIDE Master (1983) and USCF Senior Master, Tibor Weinberger was a Hungarian master who played in five Hungarian championships from 1952 through 1956. He came to the United States in 1957. In 1957, he won the New Jersey Open. In 1958, he won the New Jersey State Championship and the Nebraska Open. In 1959, he won the California State Open, the Southern California Championship, and the 26th California Chess Championship. In 1961, he tied for 1st place with Irving Rivise in the California championship. In 1963, he tied for 1st place in the California State Open. In 1964, 1966 and 1967, he won the Pacific Southwest Open. In 1968, he played in the U.S. Chess Championship in New York, taking 11th place, won the Santa Monica Masters, the West Coast Open, the San Bernadino Open and the Long Beach Open. In 1973, he won the California Open Championship. In 1975, he played in the Cleveland International Tournament, but finished at the bottom.

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 259  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Weinberger vs I Hacsak  0-1521955BudapestC44 King's Pawn Game
2. T Weinberger vs L Binet Tapaszto  0-1301955BudapestA56 Benoni Defense
3. J Hajtun vs T Weinberger  1-0311955BudapestA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
4. G Kluger vs T Weinberger  0-1471955BudapestA81 Dutch
5. F Jenei vs T Weinberger  ½-½221955BudapestA84 Dutch
6. T Weinberger vs K Honfi  0-1411955BudapestD71 Neo-Grunfeld
7. I Meszaros vs T Weinberger  1-0351955BudapestB32 Sicilian
8. J Pogats vs T Weinberger  1-0331955BudapestB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
9. L Tipary vs T Weinberger  ½-½681955BudapestA45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. T Weinberger vs Barczay  1-0371955BudapestD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. T Weinberger vs G Negyesy  ½-½181955BudapestA30 English, Symmetrical
12. T Weinberger vs I Somogyi  ½-½481955BudapestA25 English
13. T Weinberger vs E Gereben  ½-½1021955BudapestD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. T Weinberger vs Grob 0-1201955BudapestA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. V V Kostic vs T Weinberger  0-1411957Chicago OpenA10 English
16. T Weinberger vs N Whitaker  1-0341957New Western OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. C Henin vs T Weinberger  0-1681957Chicago OpenA81 Dutch
18. Fischer vs T Weinberger 1-0351957North Central OpenB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. T Weinberger vs W Adams  ½-½481958New Jersey State OpenD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
20. T Weinberger vs C Kalme  1-0461958New Jersey State Open ChampionshipE65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
21. A Di Camillo vs T Weinberger  0-1611958New Jersey State Open ChampionshipB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
22. A Mengalis vs T Weinberger  0-1241958Midwest OpenA80 Dutch
23. A Liepnieks vs T Weinberger  0-1571958Midwest OpenD74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
24. S Sholomson vs T Weinberger  0-1411959Southern California ChB07 Pirc
25. T Weinberger vs S Yarmak  1-0581959So. Cal. ChampionshipC44 King's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 259  PGN Download
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Feb-09-13  The Last Straw: User: Tibor Weinberger


Feb-23-14  wrap99: I remember him from the late 1970s, playing in Betty Roberts'-run events in Los Angeles.

I believe he owned a camera store.

Feb-10-15  disasterion: Nice story from Andy Sacks about Weinberger at the Herman Steiner Chess Club:

"During the period from roughly late 1961 through late the next year, it was not very uncommon ... to hear one of the youngsters excitedly announce to his fellows, "Weinberger is playing The Nazi!" ...

Tibor Weinberger, of course, was at that time a Senior Master and strong speed player, who occasionally came to the club either to play in the Rapids-or to have a pre-arranged speed chess session for stakes with "The Nazi." This remarkably self-named young man of about 21 years of age was a sight to behold. Tall, thin, gangly, and awkward, he was the prototype of a nerd, before the word existed. He wore an eye patch, and came carrying his chess equipment in a beat-up bag. He spoke to no one except Weinberger. As for playing strength, he must have been around 1600-but was apparently confident that if the odds were right, he could hold his own against even a strong Master. And the odds he and Weinberger had some time, somewhere, and somehow settled on were unique ...

The singular odds (in addition to time) demanded by The Nazi were that he had either a "Ping," a "Pong," or, depending on the time allotment for Weinberger, both. A Ping was a queen's rook turned upside down, and had the powers of both a rook and a knight, depending on his preference in any given position. A Pong was usually slightly stronger, a queen's rook having the powers of both rook and bishop ...

As is nearly always the case in such Master-weaker player match-ups, the odds did not actually serve to equalize the vast difference in playing strength and speed chess savvy: Weinberger won nearly all the games every session."

Full story here:

Feb-10-15  Tomlinsky: <A Pong was usually slightly stronger, a queen's rook having the powers of both rook and bishop.>

That's called a Queen, isn't it?

Feb-10-15  disasterion: <Tomlinsky> I believe it is. "Pong" somehow has more resonance...
May-21-15  wrap99: I believe I confused this player in my post above with Julius Loftsson -- Loftsson I think had the camera store.
Dec-14-15  siggemannen: <disasterion>, interesting story, one can wonder what happened with the Nazi guy
Dec-14-15  andrewjsacks: <Tomlinsky> <disasterion> Yes, of course a Pong has the powers of a Queen, but is a "Pong" and looks the part from the outset. I had dinner with the Weinbergers at their house in West L.A. three or four years ago, but did not bring up The Nazi, so I have no idea what happened to him. I was, interestingly, able to sit in their living room on the very chair occupied by Judit Polgar, when she came over to visit them not too long before that. Those strong Hungarian chess players have a network and stick together.
Jan-16-19  Pyrandus: Tibor, the Hungarian.
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  yiotta: Kibitz, already! (S) Your former tenant.
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  OhioChessFan: tibor weinberger
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  yiotta: Tibor Weinberger has more games won by sacrifices than Mikhail Tal (in this database). A really brilliant player in his time. Check some of his games.
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  AylerKupp: <andrewjsacks> A belated thank you for the story, I had not stumbled into Weinberger's page before and I didn't know that he had one. I see that you have one also. I have one too, sort of: Aylerkupp / Rybka.. And mine has a picture of me and yours doesn't, at least not yet, but on "my" page most people have failed to identify which one in the picture is me and which one is the "creature". :-)

Unfortunately all the events in your story happened before my time since I only arrived in LA in 1963 and did not start frequenting the site on Cashio St. until 1964. But all those names (Weinberger, Pilnick Moscowitz, Rivise) bring back some very fond memories, although I doubt that I played any of them except perhaps by chance during the 10 sec Rapids. And, if I did, I'm certain that I lost all of them since I was a fairly weak player then and I still am. But I had never heard of the Nazi, although someone who shall remain nameless I played many times somewhat fits the description, except for the eye patch. Maybe that was a prop to get even better odds from Weinberger?

And whatever happened to your planned books about the Piatigorsky Cup tournaments? I'm still waiting ... To further increase interest in the books, at least the second one, I suggest that you accompany it with a CD featuring my song, and I'll even offer to sing it. My wife has suggested that my voice has gotten better with time but then, as we age, our hearing is seldom what it used to be.

On an off-topic site note, I don't know how many people have been to both Mrs. Piatigorsky's house and OJ Simpson's house. To Mrs. Piatigorsky's house we've both been, and my late father-in-law was a good friend of the guy who owned the house before selling it to OJ Simpson. I remember that he had torn down the existing house to build a new one but left one room standing since due to the tax laws at the time the new house would be considered an "addition" and had a lower property tax rate. The "addition" that he built was much larger than the original house and quite nice. He was a wine enthusiast just like I was even at that time, and I still remember the closet that he lined with cedar and had converted into a wine cellar. That and the 24-seat (maybe it was "only" 12, I forget) dining room table that he likely used for entertainment purposes (and therefore a tax deduction) although I sadly was never invited to one of these events. :-(

Aug-02-20  andrewjsacks: <AylerKupp> Hey, my friend! Thanks for catching the story, even if a bit late. Right, I was fortunate to be in the Steiner Juniors just before the Student Club got started a year or two later. You glance by that 10-second speed set-up, but yes again, that 10-second bell method preceded 5-minute blitz, but that was still the common way in the early 60s. It is hard to overstate the excitement of us juniors when Weinberger took on that mysterious "Nazi."
Aug-02-20  jith1207: <yiotta>: you must have some interesting anecdotes on Tibor Weinberger.
Aug-04-20  andrewjsacks: <AylerKupp> As for the book, it is in the works but my co-writer has been dragging his feet, alas.
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  AylerKupp: <andrewjsacks> Well, light a fire under him!

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