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Juan Traian Iliesco
Number of games in database: 138
Years covered: 1931 to 1949

Overall record: +34 -67 =37 (38.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (25) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English (10) 
    A14 A13 A11 A15
 King's Indian Attack (8) 
    A07 A08
 Grunfeld (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (29) 
    E67 E72 E85 E62 E64
 Sicilian (16) 
    B74 B20 B58 B73 B45
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D95 D97 D96 D77 D81
 Sicilian Dragon (6) 
    B74 B73
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A45 A46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Stahlberg vs J Traian Iliesco, 1941 1/2-1/2
   Rossetto vs J Traian Iliesco, 1944 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Mar del Plata (1936)
   Mar del Plata (1949)
   Mar del Plata (1943)
   Mar del Plata (1944)
   Mar del Plata (1942)
   Mar del Plata (1941)
   Mar del Plata (1946)

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(born Apr-18-1898, died Feb-02-1968, 69 years old) Romania (federation/nationality Argentina)

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Juan Traian Iliesco was born in Braila, Romania. He won the Argentinian Championship in 1943.

Wikipedia article: Juan Iliesco

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 138  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Holtey vs J Traian Iliesco  ½-½311931ARG-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. J Traian Iliesco vs G Holtey  0-1291934Mar del PlataA04 Reti Opening
3. B H Villegas vs J Traian Iliesco  0-1561936Mar del PlataE12 Queen's Indian
4. J Traian Iliesco vs J C Balparda  1-0611936Mar del PlataD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
5. I Pleci vs J Traian Iliesco  ½-½581936Mar del PlataE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. L Piazzini vs J Traian Iliesco  0-1531936Mar del PlataA47 Queen's Indian
7. J Traian Iliesco vs A Schwartzman  ½-½251936Mar del PlataD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
8. J Bolbochan vs J Traian Iliesco  ½-½291936Mar del PlataE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
9. J Traian Iliesco vs R Flores Alvarez 0-1431936Mar del PlataE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. V Fenoglio vs J Traian Iliesco  1-0401936Mar del PlataA45 Queen's Pawn Game
11. J Traian Iliesco vs C Guimard  0-1471936Mar del PlataA53 Old Indian
12. Letelier vs J Traian Iliesco  0-1351936Mar del PlataA52 Budapest Gambit
13. J Traian Iliesco vs A Pons  1-0421936Mar del PlataD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. C Hounie Fleurquin vs J Traian Iliesco  ½-½771936Mar del PlataB32 Sicilian
15. J Traian Iliesco vs R Charlier  0-1411936Mar del PlataA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
16. M Castillo vs J Traian Iliesco  0-1571936Mar del PlataB58 Sicilian
17. J Traian Iliesco vs J Vinuesa  0-1401936Mar del PlataA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
18. M Czerniak vs J Traian Iliesco  1-0431940Buenos AiresE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
19. J Traian Iliesco vs I Raud  0-1481941Mar del PlataA13 English
20. J Vinuesa vs J Traian Iliesco  1-0551941Mar del PlataE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
21. J Traian Iliesco vs C Guimard  1-0381941Mar del PlataA04 Reti Opening
22. L Engels vs J Traian Iliesco  1-0391941Mar del PlataB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
23. J Traian Iliesco vs Eliskases 0-1351941Mar del PlataA07 King's Indian Attack
24. J Traian Iliesco vs Najdorf  1-0391941Mar del PlataE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. P Frydman vs J Traian Iliesco  1-0351941Mar del PlataE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 138  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-19-06  radu stancu: Ha, I thought this name sounded too Romanian not to be so! :) In fact the original Romanian spelling is Iliescu; the "escu" ending is very common, historically meaning "son of", but it's also common for it to be transformed to "esco" especially for those who have lived in France. (ex: Eugène Ionesco - originally Eugen Ionescu)

I can't find any info on this guy, but since Juan = John = Ion or Ioan in Romanian his original name must have been Io(a)n Traian Iliescu. Which is funny considering that our current president is Traian Basescu and the one before him: Ion Iliescu. :)

Apr-18-10  wordfunph: he died the year i was born... he must be a patzer like me. :)

oh no! he's got a win over Najdorf..

Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: He must have been one of the many European masters who stayed in Argentina when WW2 broke out during the 1939 Buenos Aires chess Olympiad. Najdorf was the most famous of those, of course. But also Stahlberg, Eliskases, Czerniak, Luckis, Frydman, Engels, and many others. Some of them stayed in Argentina permanently (e.g. Najdorf and Eliskases), some moved on somewhere else after the war (e.g. Stahlberg, Czerniak). That sudden immigration of old world talent gave chess in Argentina an enormous boost.
Sep-21-20  login:

'.. Ion Traian Iliescu fue cadete en la armada rumana. Cayó prisionero en la I Guerra Mundial y estuvo recluido un año y medio en el campo de Havelberg. Al finalizar la contienda pasó a Francia y luego a la Argentina. Llegó a Buenos Aires en 1921; tres años más tarde aprendió a jugar al ajedrez y se convirtió en profesional para sobrevivir. En 1928 ganó el Nacional de segunda categoría. ..'

from '1.P4R!!' marzo 1968, p. 689-692

He learned chess 1923 to survive?! Not bad at all, that man was tough.

But there is more

'.. Su capacidad docente fue maravillosa. ..'

The maestro giving classes

So he is 'home made' chess master - a 'false positive' import. A wonderful story indeed.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <login> Cool story!

Let me approximately translate the Spanish part at the top of your post:

<Ion Traian Iliescu was a soldier in the Romanian Army. He fell prisoner during WW1 and spent a year and a half in the prisoners camp of Havelberg. After the war, he moved to France and then to Argentina in 1921. Three years later he learned chess and started to play to made a living. In 1928 he won the Argentine championship for his player class ("second category" in Argentina.)>

Sep-21-20  login:

And look at us today. We sitting here day in day out complaining our ever so hard life from within our grandma's basements, throwing poop at each other in the Rogoff loony bin, while ordinary men and women of the past challenged their faith to become outstanding. Hope he is resting well and having a good laugh at us grumpy bunch.

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