Milan Matulovic (1935-2013)

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Milan Matulovic (1935-2013)

Post by Richard James » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:17 pm

Serbia Chess is reporting that GM Milan Matulovic, a controversial figure in the 60s and 70s, has died after a long illness.

http://www.serbiachess.net/ gives the report: the English version gives you an error message but you can copy the text into Google Translate should you wish.

More about Matulovic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan_Matulovi%C4%87

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Re: Milan Matulovic (1935-2013)

Post by Roger de Coverly » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:27 pm

Richard James wrote: More about Matulovic:
And in the Chess Addict books. His line about "only a Bosnian" when he was put in the slammer for the car accident didn't become chilling until the second edition of the Fox and James title.

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Re: Milan Matulovic (1935-2013)

Post by Richard James » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:31 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Richard James wrote: More about Matulovic:
And in the Chess Addict books. His line about "only a Bosnian" when he was put in the slammer for the car accident didn't become chilling until the second edition of the Fox and James title.
I preferred to avoid the blatant self-publicity. :wink:

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Re: Milan Matulovic (1935-2013)

Post by David Robertson » Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:49 pm

I remember this guy from Birmingham (1975). But what a complete sh!t.

As Nigel Short said (on F/b), on hearing the news:

"They say only speak good of the dead. He's dead? Good!"

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Re: Milan Matulovic (1935-2013)

Post by Gordon Cadden » Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:45 pm

He has achieved immortality, but not in the way that he would have wished. Long after his name has faded from living memory, the nickname of "J'adoubovic", will last forever.
Sadly, not missed by most of his fellow grandmasters. Let him R.I.P.

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Re: Milan Matulovic (1935-2013)

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:08 pm

Also gained a bit of a reputation for playing on in ridiculously lost positions when he felt affronted in some way.

(there are a few examples in early Informators, IIRC)

Still, nobody is all bad - and in his defence he seemed to mellow in old age. As others have said, RIP.
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Re: Milan Matulovic (1935-2013)

Post by John Moore » Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:37 pm

Matt, think it used to be said that Matulovic liked to adjourn his lost positions. This meant that his score would show as, for example, 4/7 with 4 adjourned rather than 4/11!

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Re: Milan Matulovic (1935-2013)

Post by Gordon Cadden » Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:47 pm

John Moore wrote:Matt, think it used to be said that Matulovic liked to adjourn his lost positions. This meant that his score would show as, for example, 4/7 with 4 adjourned rather than 4/11!
Of course, that was in the bad old days when we had adjournments !

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Re: Milan Matulovic (1935-2013)

Post by Paolo Casaschi » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:06 pm

David Robertson wrote:As Nigel Short said (on F/b), on hearing the news:

"They say only speak good of the dead. He's dead? Good!"
Did he actually say that or it's some kind of sick joke?

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Re: Milan Matulovic (1935-2013)

Post by John Moore » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:06 pm

Nigel is direct as always.

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Re: Milan Matulovic (1935-2013)

Post by David Robertson » Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:09 pm

Paolo Casaschi wrote:Did he actually say that or it's some kind of sick joke?
It's correctly quoted. I gave some thought to whether I should have quoted it at all. It was a close call. But I found the comment amusing - as acerbic comments in poor taste often can be if we're honest - certainly not 'sick'. On balance, I'd guess Nigel sums things up pretty well, albeit brutally.

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Re: Milan Matulovic (1935-2013)

Post by Neil Graham » Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:51 pm

Paolo Casaschi wrote:
David Robertson wrote:As Nigel Short said (on F/b), on hearing the news:

"They say only speak good of the dead. He's dead? Good!"
Did he actually say that or it's some kind of sick joke?
http://streathambrixtonchess.blogspot.c ... -week.html

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Re: Milan Matulovic (1935-2013)

Post by Gordon Cadden » Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:55 pm

Neil Graham wrote:
Paolo Casaschi wrote:
David Robertson wrote:As Nigel Short said (on F/b), on hearing the news:

"They say only speak good of the dead. He's dead? Good!"
Did he actually say that or it's some kind of sick joke?
http://streathambrixtonchess.blogspot.c ... -week.html
It is truly extraordinary, that the Editor of the Sunday Telegraph permitted those highly inflammatory comments to be published.

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Re: Milan Matulovic (1935-2013)

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:21 pm

Gordon Cadden wrote:
It is truly extraordinary, that the Editor of the Sunday Telegraph permitted those highly inflammatory comments to be published.

Not when you consider who the Editor was.

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