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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Gideon Barcza

Barcza (August 21, 1911 in Kisujszallas, Hungary– February 27, 1986 in Budapest) had a Ph.D. in mathematics and was a professor of mathematics, Grandmaster and Correspondence International Master.

third place behind Euwe and Vidmar at Maróczy Jubilee in Budapest.
sixth place at the first European Championship in Munich
1947 helped design the first "chess stamp," one of a set of five issued to commemorate the 1947 Balkan Games in Bulgaria.
second place in Karlovy Vary behind Jan Foltys tied for second/third place in Venice; the event was won by Najdorf
tied for second/fourth place in Salzbrunn. won by Keres
1951 Chessmetrics has Barcza rated #16 in the world in 1951 with a rating of 2683. His best individual performance was Leningrad 1967, with a performance rating of 2710.
fifteenth place in Saltsjöbaden Interzonal
won San Benedetto del Tronto.
third place in Vienna.
tied for third/sixth place in Moscow tied for fourteenth/fifteenth place in Stockholm Interzonal

      Barcza played for Hungary in seven Chess Olympiads (1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1968). He won the Gold medal in 1954 as best board 3. He won a Silver medal in 1956 as board 2. He won a Bronze medal in 1968 as first reserve.
      He won the Hungarian Championship eight times (1942, 1943, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1957, and 1958).
      Barcza is remembered for the opening 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3, known as the Barcza System. British writer Harry Golombek wrote of Barcza, "[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."
      He was editor of the chess magazine Magyar Sakkelet from 1951 to 1986 and contributed to Magyar Sakktortenet 3.
      In 2009 the Second Barcza Memorial was held which included a very strong field: GMs Zoltan Almasi, Ivan Sokolov, Evengy Postny, Victor Mikhalevsky, Eduard Rozentalis, Geetha Gopal, Oleg Romanishin and IMs Marcos Llanea, Peter Prohaszka, David Guerra and Robert Ris, but the event was canceled after the first round when it was discovered the organizer did not have the money to pay either the players or the Ramada Resort Hotel where the players were staying and, also, the tournament venue.

      Barcza is buried at the Kerepesi cemetery in Budapest.

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