Milan Matulovic

also known as Jadoubovic


Milan Matulovic Jadoubovic

Milan Matulovic was among a leading Yugoslav Grandmasters during the late 60′s and early 70′s. He was Yugoslav champion in 1965 and 1967 and the winner of many international tournaments. Milan Matulovic has represented Yugoslavia at five consecutive Olympiads in period 1964-1972, scoring 4 team medals (2 silver, 2 bronze) and even 3(!) medals for individual results (1 gold, 2 silver). He also played at four European Chess Team Championships (1961-1973), winning 3 team silver medals. His chess career culminated when he was taken to play 8th board in “USSR versus Rest of the World” played on 1970. He was parried to play against former world champion Mikhail Botvinnik. Matulovic lost one game and drew the other three.

Milan Matulovic was a good chess player. He even played a friendly match with 15-years old Bobby Fischer when he was visiting Belgrade in 1958. Fischer won two, Matulovic one and one game ended draw. However the story of Milan deserves to be in the anecdotes section becase of his scandalous behavior on and outside the board.

Matulovic was known for playing lost positions for a long time hoping to reach adjourment after the 40th move. He also has a long history of clashing with his teammates in Chess Club “Partizan”, Belgrade. Sometimes things heated up so much, that on several occasions he threw out his roommates during competitions.

The most emblematic event for Matulovic happened at the Sousse Interzonal in 1967. He took a move back in game against Istvan Bilek after saying ““j’adoube”. Bilek was shocked with the courage of Milan Matulovic, and even though many observers witnessed the incident, the arbiter didn’t see the takeback and allowed Matulovic to proceed the game. This earned him the nickname “J’adoubovic”. And who said that chess could be as boring as bingo.

Kasparov – Polgar

Curious situation from Linares, 1994

Judith Polgar

Judith Polgar

The norms of chess say that if a piece is touched during a game, it should be moved (except for the cases where the player applies the jadoube rule). It is impossible to imagine a take back on a GM level. However, it has happened on several ocasions, as the interesting Milan Matulovic Jadoubovic case.

Probably the biggest precedent in history happened in the Linares tournament in 1994. Garry Kasparov took a move back in his game against Judit Polgar. Except Judit, no one else saw the takeback, but Spanish TV filmed the scene. Kasparov dropped the Knight on c5, lifted hand a bit, then saw he was losing a Rook, took the Knight back to d7 and few seconds later played Nf8. Judit was stunned, looked around for the arbiter but didn’t complain at all. Here is the game, you can see that the mistake on move 37 would have been decisive.

Judit Polgar – Garry Kasparov

Linares, 1994

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 e6 7.Be2 Be7 8.0-0 Qc7 9.Qe1 Nbd7 10.a4 b6 11.Bf3 Bb7 12.Kh1 Rd8 13.Be3 0-0 14.Qg3 Nc5 15.f5 e5 16.Bh6 Ne8 17.Nb3 Nd7 18.Rad1 Kh8 19.Be3 Nef6 20.Qf2 Rfe8 21.Rfe1 Bf8 22.Bg5 h6 23.Bh4 Rc8 24.Qf1 Be7 25.Nd2 Qc5 26.Nb3 Qb4 27.Be2 Bxe4 28.Nxe4 Nxe4 29.Bxe7 Rxe7 30.Bf3 Nef6 31.Qxa6 Ree8 32.Qe2 Kg8 33.Bb7 Rc4 34.Qd2 Qxa4 35.Qxd6 Rxc2 36.Nd2 Here Kasparov played 36…Nc5 and the same moment he saw 37.Bc6 which is winning Rook for White. He grabbed the Knight and put it back to d7. 36…Nf8 37.Ne4 N8d7 38.Nxf6+ Nxf6 39.Qxb6 Ng4 40.Rf1 e4 41.Bd5 e3 42.Bb3 Qe4 43.Bxc2 Qxc2 44.Rd8 Rxd8 45.Qxd8+ Kh7 46.Qe7 Qc4 0-1

Short funny stories

This page is dedicated to short funny anecdotes that happend around the chess board. Most of the materials are sent by our fellow readers, so a big thanks goes to all of them. We hope you will enjoy the funny events. For longer stories (as the one about Kasparov or Matulovic) you may want to visit the anecdotes section.


This story happened at the Spain vs USA on the 13th Chess Olympiad, Munich 1958. On third board were playing Toran and Bisguier. When the American master resigned, Toran said with a smile, “I am so happy, it is the best present for my birthday!” The opponent replied, “It’s all right, today happens to be my birthday too”


Many years ago, US champion of that day GM Larry Evans, was playing a simul in the Mental institution in New York. He made pretty good result but some tall guy was playing absolutely brilliant and has demolished the Grandmaster. At the parting Larry congratulated to the winner once again and this one said: “Mister Evans. For one it’s not indispensable to be crazy so he could play good, but it really helps alot


GM Svetozar Gligoric in an interview:”…I also experienced an interesting case of concentration. It happened while I was playing in England. I got up from my board and noticed my wife. I realized that her face was familiar and I said ‘Good afternoon!’. She ran away…”


A chess player went to buy a chess book from a shop. He picked it up, went to the counter and asked, “Excuse me, how much does the book cost?” The lady at the counter replied, “This one is $150.” The chess player left the book carefully on the counter, said “J’adoube” and quickly went out of the shop.

We started our section of jokes in April 2006 exactly with a Jadoube joke