Forgotten Genius – The Life and Games of Grandmaster Albin Planinc
Forgotten Genius This fascinating biography of over eighty-five annotated games and stories are
being presented by grandmasters Georg Mohr and Adrian Mikhalchishin. It covers Planinc’ entire life
and chess career, including his most fascinating games. This fitting tribute of a forgotten chess genius
should be found in anyone’s chess library. Thanks to this colorful book Albin Planinc will continue to
inspire us all and will keep his spirit alive.
‘Albin Planinc was born in the middle of the Second World War, on 18th April 1944, in the little
village of Briše, near the small town of Zagorje ob Savi, approximately 30 kilometers from
Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. He spent his childhood with his mother Ljudmila (unofficially
Milka), a simple, uneducated woman who earned money from various unskilled jobs’.
His earliest international success occurred at the first Vidmar Memorial at Ljubljana 1969. However,
his best result was achieved at the Amsterdam (IBM tournament) 1973, where he shared first place
with Tigran Petrosian, ahead of Lubomir Kavalek, Boris Spassky and László Szabó. He also tied for
2nd–4th at Čačak 1969, won at Varna 1970, shared 1st at Čačak 1970, took 9th at Vršac (Kostić
Memorial, Henrique Mecking won), tied for 2nd–3rd at Skopje 1971, tied for 3rd–5th at Wijk aan Zee
1974 (Corus chess tournament, Walter Browne won), took 6th at Hastings 1974/75 (Hastings
International Chess Congress, Vlastimil Hort won), tied for 2nd–3rd at Štip 1978, and took 12th at
Polanica Zdrój 1979 (17th Rubinstein Memorial).
Planinc played on fourth board (+9 –1 =5) for Yugoslavia in the 21st Chess Olympiad at Nice 1974,
where he won a team silver medal