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With the White pieces: With the Black pieces: He passed away in his home city over 89 years later, completing a life in which he was widely regarded as a key figure in the development of chess in his native country. He began playing about three years after his father died, at the age of 11, when he was taught by a boarder in his family home. He was sufficiently interested in pursuing the game to make a chess set with pieces carved from the corks of wine bottles.

He became a national master in at the age of 16 by winning the Yugoslav Amateur Chess Championship, the year before his mother died. His career was interrupted by the onset of World War II, during which he fought as a partisan against the Nazis, rising to be captain and winning two military awards.

After the War, he worked as a journalist and organized tournaments while continuing his development as a chess player that had been interrupted by the War, gaining his Grandmaster title in thereby becoming one of the earliest of the modern official Grandmasters.

During his playing career, he won 24 games against six players who were at one time World Masterrpieces, namely Max Euwe 2Botvinnik 2Smyslov 6Tal 2Petrosian 8 and Fischer 4. These wins include two wins against Petrosian while he was World Champion, one of which was Petrosian’s first defeat since winning the title from Botvinnik.

He came first at the Bulgarian Championship inbut was excluded from claiming the championship because he was not a national. He won the Yugoslav championship in jointly with Petar Trifunovic fligoric, jointly with Vasja Pircoutright in, andjointly with Borislav Ivkov inand outright in, chfss He was a regular participant in the World Championship cycle between andparticipating in every Interzonal between and inclusive, except for the Interzonal in Goteborg.

He notched up zonal wins at Bad Pyrmont inMadrid in jointEnschede Netherlands inThe Hague inand Praia da Rocha Portugal in jointand his finishes gligoic the Interzonals of, and were sufficient to qualify him for the Candidates events that followed. However, he was not as successful in any of the Candidates events, with mediocre results in the and Candidates Tournaments and a match loss to Mikhail Tal in the first round of the Candidates matches.


The second match was against Samuel Reshevsky at the Manhattan Chess Club inand was glgioric won by Reshesvky 5. Gligoric also played ten training games against Fischer in the lead up to the latter’s rematch with Spassky in This era in Gligoric’s career lead Bronstein to opine that Gligoric was one of the three top players in the world.

He played his last tournament in the Rilton Cup at the age of The Yugoslav team was usually second or third in the world during the s and s, winning a further 6 silver and 5 bronze medals on his watch, and he personally won a gold medal for his top board performance in Other Inhe was declared the best athlete of Yugoslavia. Links to numerous photos on Edward Winter’s site: Milutin Rajkovic vs Gligoric.

Gligoric vs B Rabar. L Gabrovsek vs Gligoric. D27 Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Classical. M Vidmar Jr vs Gligoric.

D12 Queen’s Gambit Declined Slav. Gligoric vs N Kulzinski. Gligoric vs V Tomovic. B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack. A Preinfalk vs Gligoric. Gligoric vs B Kostic. C83 Ruy Lopez, Open. M Subaric vs Gligoric.

Gligoric vs M Vidmar Jr. B05 Alekhine’s Defense, Modern. B Masterpoeces vs Gligoric. V Popovic vs Gligoric. A08 King’s Indian Attack. D51 Queen’s Gambit Declined. Gligoric vs O Neikirch.

A Tsvetkov vs Gligoric. Gligoric vs B Tot. C82 Ruy Lopez, Open. Zarko Popovic vs Gligoric. Gligoric vs B Kazic. P Trifunovic vs Gligoric. Gligoric vs M Radojcic. D Avirovic vs Gligoric. C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange. Gligoric vs J Fajer. Someone uploaded all of Gligoric’s music to Youtube the month after he died. His memorial tourney is underway. Happy birthday, GM Svetozar Gligoric!! Almost 4 years since S. Does not seem that long does it?

He was one of my favorite players. Happy birthday, Svetozar Gligoric. The best of Yugoslavia-Gligoric! I do not understand why his highest rating was only In he was in the top 10 players in the World. Nowadays there are msny players with grades over who are mot im thr dame class as Gligoric. Is it because when Prof. Elo introduce his ratimg system Gligoric had slipped considerably down tin his results at that tima.

Takes a rating over nowadays to even make the top hundred in the world.


I should have stated the Karpov Poikovsky in my last post. I’m saying that you can’t compare ratings from different eras – Elo was very clear when he developed the formula that the intent was to measure differences in players of the same era not different eras though many here ignore this distinction.

I don’t even want to think about how complicated the math would be and I’m sure some approximation would be involved, but I bet it’s possible.

The problem seems to be that one would have to base the calculations on a certain assumption about overall progress: Ever onward and upward! Some degree of objectivity might still be possible: How then to compare a player today to a player in masterpiecces past?


And have a fresh view on them? In the middle ages people who could count to ten and do simple selectdd up to were considered mathematical geniuses. Today’s players are much stronger than the players of the past.

They are fitter, have better preparation, read more and better books, and have better endgame technique owing to advances in theory. There is inflation in the Elo system, but players are also simply better nowadays. It’s the same as in basketball or sprinting or surfing. Be sure not to tell anyone but I have it on good authority that the real reason that Fischer went it to hiding is that a gypsy woman told his mother that if he didn’t leave the country he chess have to face the humiliation of playing me!

There should be a much simpler and a more valid method of comparing the relative playing strength of players from different eras.

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Never mind all the possible mathematical complexities. During the period S. Which would place him 7th, to say the least. Check out the ratings of the 7th player of today. Whatever the number is, that was Gligoric’s strength 60 years ago.

Slected your argument to work, you have to assume there’s no progress. The following example may be an absurd exaggeration but bear with me to illustrate my point.

Say insome masterpueces arrived in Botswana and introduced the game of chess in his church. Inthere were only ten chess players in the country and even the best of them was extremely weak. Then say, again for the sake of argument, that thanks to masterpicees instruction in the top ten players in Botswana are 3 grandmasters, 5 IMs and two experts.

Is the International Master number 7 in the same strength as no. That’s an extreme gligorlc but it’s really the same situation now, because you have some people who claim that the top 15 players in the world now are all much better than the World Champion a hundred years ago.

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