7th Yugoslav Team Chess Championship: Valjevo 1954

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Basic data

7th Yugoslav Team Chess Championship
(see all-time tournament summary)
Dates: 27th March - 2nd April 1954
City: Valjevo, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia
Tournament Director:
Chief Arbiter: Dragutin Đaja
Teams participating: 8
Top six from 1952 league and two winners from 1953 second league.

Note! Krim and Triglav merged to form ŠK Ljubljana.
Players participating: 78 (incl. 2GMs and 5 IMs)
Games played: 224
Competition format: Eight board round robin.
Final order decided by: Match points
Downloadable game file: 54yugoslavia.zip

Tournament review

The previous league took place two years earlier and in a shortened format, so this time we got a real league like the one from 1950. Partizan came to Valjevo stronger than ever, with nine masters, of which more than half were national team members. The only team that could threaten them was Mladost Zagreb, with Udovčić at top board. As it happened, Partizan won all the matches and won the fourth title. LjUŠK achieved a great success because to take the third place with only local players. Home team ŠK Valjevo managed to take sixth place and thus survive in the first league.

Game Vasiljević-Mlinar (round 4) ended in a draw after 148 moves and 14½ hours of play, because White did not manage to win QvR ending. Ćetković failed to mate Hočevar in a simple Bishop+Knight ending.

Best board results

bd name flag code pts gms %
1. GM Gligorić, Svetozar Yugoslavia PTBE 5 7 71.4
2. IM Nedeljković, Srećko Yugoslavia CZBE 7 78.6
=3. IM Milić, Borislav Yugoslavia PTBE 7 64.3
=3. Vošpernik, Zdravko Yugoslavia OLLJ 7 64.3
=3. Udovčić, Mijo Yugoslavia MLAZ 7 64.3
4. IM Matanović, Aleksandar Yugoslavia PTBE 6 7 85.7
5. Vasiljević, Mihailo Yugoslavia CZBE 5 7 71.4
6. Trampuž, Cveto Yugoslavia OLLJ 6 7 85.7
=7. Karaklajić, Nikola Yugoslavia PTBE 7 78.6
=7. Lukić, Arsenije Yugoslavia MTLB 7 78.6
8. Trajković, Mihajlo Yugoslavia PTBE 5 6 83.3