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    He's definitely dead, alas. I have a good friend who is a radiologist and he once asked me out of the blue if I knew of a strong chessplayer called Paul Dosza. When I replied in the affirmative he told me that sadly he had just seen X rays showing an aggressive brain tumour and the prognosis was terminal. Paul would have at least got some satisfaction from the way he died, as he would have seen it as vindication that the secret police implants had got him in the end.

    He was a lovable rogue.

    Once when I was 18 I played in an Australian championship in Perth and hadn't taken the trouble to work out how I was going to get back. Paul told me he could get me a cut price air ticket. When I asked how, he smiled enigmatically and said, "Ask me no kvestions and I will tell you no lies." When I got the ticket it had Michael Mescher's name on it, but it got me home, as there was very little airline security in those days.

    Dosza once turned up to an Australian championship organised by Mike Bigiel but was inexplicably short the $50 he needed for the entry fee. Putting his silver tongue to work he soon convinced the unsuspecting Bigiel that the tournament would be much the poorer without his participation and that Mike should "lend" him the $50, to be repaid from his "prize winnings". This was standard work from Dosza, but what impressed everyone was that Dosza then somehow convinced Bigiel to actually physically give him the $50 in cash which he would use to enter the tournament later, rather than just have Mike pay his entry. It was a good tournament, but sans Dosza of course. He and the $50 did not reappear. I would love to have a recording of the conversation between Paul and Mike!

    I can't remember Dosza falling asleep against The Norris, though that's the kind of thing that happens to The Norris, so it probably did happen. I can ask him, if no-one else remembers. I do however remember Dosza falling asleep in an, ahem, tired and emotional state, against Eddy Levi in an Australian Championship. Debate raged about whether Dosza should be woken up, but Levi didn't want to be part of the circus and declined to play on, telling the organisers that either he or Dosza would be continuing in the tournament, but not both. It was a fairly easy choice.

    Matthew Drummond tells a funny story about a dinner hosted by Aivars Lidums in Adelaide. Lidums invited various chessplayers to dinner with him at a nice restaurant and the understanding was that he would be footing the bill, even though he didn't know all the players who tagged along. At some stage one of the tagger alongers in a moment of generosity ordered a $300 bottle of Dom Perignon for the table, which it was assumed was going to be his own contribution to proceedings since he hadn't run the idea past Lidums. Stephen Pickles then became quite agitated and asked Matthew in a whisper if he knew who that was. Matthew didn't know who Dosza was, so it meant nothing to him. Anyway, the inevitable upshot of it all was that the police were called. On this occasion Paul's belligerent side came to the fore and he warned the police that he was a black belt in Llap Goch or some obscure martial art, a gambit which failed to save him from another appointment with a representative of Her Majesty.

    I've heard that Dosza didn't mind jail too much. He worked as a chef when in prison and was of course very familiar with several of the prisons.

    One of Dosza greatest contributions to humanity was in the field of fashion. He was the first and only person I have seen to tie his goatee with an elastic band, which produced an eccentric but quite distinguished look.

    R.I.P Paul Dosza. Whilst Mike Bigiel and numerous tailors and restauranteurs were the poorer with him, most of us are much the poorer without him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gattaca
    I have a good friend who is a radiologist and he once asked me out of the blue if I knew of a strong chessplayer called Paul Dosza. When I replied in the affirmative he told me that sadly he had just seen X rays showing an aggressive brain tumour and the prognosis was terminal.
    perhaps i'm misreading things here but prima facie this would seem to constitute a blatant breach of doctor patient confidentiality
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    Yes, I agree. I suspect it happens a fair bit in cases where someone is about to die. I'm glad I knew though, because there was a lot of skepticism about his passing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gattaca
    Yes, I agree. I suspect it happens a fair bit in cases where someone is about to die. I'm glad I knew though, because there was a lot of skepticism about his passing.
    What is your stance on doing interviews with channel seven reporters?

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    Look gray, I can't help meself. But you gots a strange style going there mate. FMD!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Selected to represent Australia at a seniors event (for which there was much fundraising effort given Dosza's poverty) but mysteriously fell ill, failed to make it and ended up visiting family.
    To the best of my knowledge Paul never left the country and didn't even have a valid passport.
    Not surprising as there were dozens of warrants for his arrest and he would have got arrested at the airport long before he had a chance to even board a plane.

    I'm pretty sure he just took all the donations, and then just drank and ate it all.

    But he traveled in the early days between Australia and New Zealand a lot.
    I think there was a time when you didn't even need a passport when traveling to NZ.

    When Paul played in the 1973 Asian teams he advised his team mates that there was a chance he could be arrested by the NZ police during the event!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gattaca
    Dosza once turned up to an Australian championship organised by Mike Bigiel but was inexplicably short the $50 he needed for the entry fee. Putting his silver tongue to work he soon convinced the unsuspecting Bigiel that the tournament would be much the poorer without his participation and that Mike should "lend" him the $50, to be repaid from his "prize winnings". This was standard work from Dosza, but what impressed everyone was that Dosza then somehow convinced Bigiel to actually physically give him the $50 in cash which he would use to enter the tournament later, rather than just have Mike pay his entry. It was a good tournament, but sans Dosza of course. He and the $50 did not reappear. I would love to have a recording of the conversation between Paul and Mike!
    I can add a bit more to the story..

    He told Bigiel (who was the current NSWCA President at the time) he was a famous Hungarian master and would surely win a prize and pay him back etc.

    Once he got hold of the $50 he went straight to the TAB and slammed the next favorite in the next race.
    If it had won maybe Paul would have played and maybe things would have worked out fine?

    Anyway the horse was no where to be seen and also Dosza!

    One of his tricks was to invite everyone to a restaurant and say he would shout the meal.
    On one such occasion he took a number of chess players to a restaurant in Sydney's Chinatown.

    He ordered fine wine and food etc.

    Then near the end of the evening he would get up for a quick trip to the gentleman's room but never return leaving a massive bill!
    Last edited by Sutek; 04-09-2007 at 04:26 PM.

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    Paul's last event

    Hello everyone,

    Here are the details I have been able to find on my hard drive about the 2002 City of Melbourne Open, which Paul won. I believe it may have been his last tournament on Australian soil.

    Quote Originally Posted by MCC AGM minutes 2002
    Secretary’s/tournament report: Tournament numbers were basically the same as previous years. Guy West won the Club championship this year, Paul Dozsa the City of Melbourne Open ( possibly his last tournament before his untimely death ).The Basta memorial was held s a smaller scale event than in previous years and attracted a diverse field, an out of club junior, Mahmud Chowdhury the upset winner. The under 2000 was won decisively by Ascaro Pecori with 6.5\7, but Ascaro had to be content to share the honours in the Melbourne Chess Club open with club secretary Malcolm Pyke, each with 7\9.Paul Kovacevic was successful for possibly the last time in the Under 1600 with another big score ( 6.5\7 ). Finally, the end of year Invitational weekender, The John McNab Memorial, finished in a tie between Michael Baron and Igor Bjelobrk, both with 6\7. The tournaments this year were all played in good spirit, with almost no disputes. The main written correspondence received by the club being bills for utilities, what little remained was easily dealt with.
    Field of the City of Melbourne 2002

    Code:
    1.  Dozsa, Paul                 2036
    2.  Hornung, Michael            1976
    3.  Krstic, Slobodan            1956
    4.  Mc Bride, Kelvin            1942
    5.  Pecori, Ascaro              1919
    6.  Raine, Marcus               1904
    7.  Wyss, Felix                 1839
    8.  Papadinis, Jim              1790
    9.  Roberts, Mark               1789
    10. Fry, Peter                  1788
    11. Kalisch, Thomas             1779
    12. Voon, Richard               1770
    13. Belletty, Malcolm           1758
    14. Lea, Tom                    1731
    15. Beattie, Roger              1729
    16. Mc Cart, Richard            1729
    17. Urban, Sylvester            1712
    18. Kaplan, Alex                1655
    19. Faber, Karl-Heinz           1647
    20. Beckman, John               1601
    21. Kovacevic, Paul             1597
    22. Ghobrial, Adel              1578
    23. Wright, Jim                 1571
    24. Omeragic, Jusuf             1566
    25. Knox, Alec                  1549
    26. Lovegrove, Adam             1519
    27. Brooking, Robert            1512
    28. Zivkovic, Sam               1404
    29. Lipe, Sam                   1148
    30. Cartledge, Dwayne           873 
    31. Stricki, Michael

    For some reason in changing machines the rest of the swiss perfect file has gone missing

    but...
    Code:
    City of Melbourne Open
    1st Paul Dozsa 7½\9
    2nd Thomas Kalisch 7\9
    =3rd Malcolm Belletty 6\9
    Jim Papadinis
    Slobodan Krstic
    Ascaro Pecori
    Mark Roberts
    
    31 Players
    I found this elsewhere on my hard drive and finally


    His round 1 and Round 2 games from the event

    Event: City of Melbourne Open
    Site: ?
    Date: 2002.05.13
    Round: 1.1
    White: Beattie, Roger
    Black: Dozsa, Paul
    Result: 0-1
    ECO: A45
    Annotator: Fritz 6 (25s)
    PlyCount: 96

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    Event: City of Melbourne Open
    Site: ?
    Date: 2002.05.20
    Round: 2.1
    White: Dozsa, Paul
    Black: Belletty, Malcolm
    Result: 0-1
    ECO: B52
    WhiteElo: 1991
    BlackElo: 1769
    Annotator: Fritz 6 (25s)
    PlyCount: 76

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    Take care and God Bless, Macavity

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    Quote Originally Posted by macavity
    Hello everyone,

    Here are the details I have been able to find on my hard drive about the 2002 City of Melbourne Open, which Paul won. I believe it may have been his last tournament on Australian soil.
    No, he played in 3 events after that.
    They were:

    2002 VCA Winter Interclub (Eastern Zone)
    2002 Victorian Championship
    2002 VCA Christmas Swiss
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gattaca
    He was a lovable rogue.
    Agreed. I only met him at the Aus Champs 01-02 and found him most amusing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sutek
    To the best of my knowledge Paul never left the country and didn't even have a valid passport.
    Shame I wasn't the selection co-ordinator when he applied (I was actually a selector for that one, which was amusing as all I could do was evaluate the applicants on their playing strength, of which likelihood to do a runner if selected was not a part) or maybe I would know what passport number he quoted.

    Checking the old ACF BB, a post dated May 12th 2003 by Jase (IA Jason Lyons) notes "by the by, rumour has it that Dozsa has passed away", so yes, it was late 02-early 03.

    Jase also writes this about the Norris game:

    Yes, it's absolutely true - he was drunk and fell alseep mid-game! What did I do? Certainly I did not do "nothing" - upon query from Norris, I gave him the instruction to be very quiet!

    In the early rounds Dozsa had been consuming vast amounts of alcohol at the board. After a couple of hours he would become rowdy and was a bit of a menace. He made daily mention of his karate prowess when I asked him to pipe down. After about round 3 I banned alcohol from the playing area. It was a ruling aimed at Dozsa, without quite pointing the finger at him.

    His solution: between moves he would race across the 6 lane road outside for a scotch. So I told him he did not have my permission to leave the playing area.

    His last solution: get totally wasted before the game. Result: one dozey chess player. As soon as his flag fell security was summoned and he was removed from the tournament hall, and the tournament.

    During the event he was regularly loud, abusive, and twice knocked over games in progress. I feel that my actions were in the best interests of the tournament.

    It was bloody funny though. The security guard they sent up made Gary Coleman look like a big'un. I thought dosza might go ballistic, and suggested to my fellow arbiter Manuel Weeks that we ought to help in his removal. Manuel laughed at me with a look of "Not in this lifetime my friend". The end was an anticlimax [of course].
    Last edited by Kevin Bonham; 13-09-2007 at 02:16 PM.

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    I don't wish to speak ill of the dead, and I didn't know Paul. I too wish that he rest well in peace.

    But I do have an opinion of the behaviour described, generally for the living! I see no up-side to the behaviour as described. While it makes titillating reading; behind each one of these type of stories, is another person who has experienced difficulty or hardship and breach of trust.

    In turn there becomes future suspicion and second thoughts when doing favours for others and the concentric circles widen. I find the behaviour described as selfish - certainly not befitting anyone with whom I would associate.
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    The question that comes to mind is why, considering that Dozsa appears to have passed away through the normal channels without intervention by flying saucers, Chinese submarines, etc and did so in Australia, there has been any great mystery. Surely there is the standard paperwork and maybe even a notice in the classifieds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Rout
    The question that comes to mind is why, considering that Dozsa appears to have passed away through the normal channels without intervention by flying saucers, Chinese submarines, etc and did so in Australia, there has been any great mystery. Surely there is the standard paperwork and maybe even a notice in the classifieds?
    maybe someone thought he went for a swim in Port Phillip Bay

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    nice win by Bullet-Head Belletty.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner Duggan
    I don't wish to speak ill of the dead, and I didn't know Paul. I too wish that he rest well in peace.

    But I do have an opinion of the behaviour described, generally for the living! I see no up-side to the behaviour as described. While it makes titillating reading; behind each one of these type of stories, is another person who has experienced difficulty or hardship and breach of trust.

    In turn there becomes future suspicion and second thoughts when doing favours for others and the concentric circles widen. I find the behaviour described as selfish - certainly not befitting anyone with whom I would associate.
    No offence intended, but that's the sort of remark you'd expect from a roughly normal person. Pal Dozsa was not normal - he was an alcoholic with various associated mental problems who struggled against demons most of us can only approximately imagine. Different rules apply. There's no point in getting uppity about it.
    Last edited by paulb; 08-09-2007 at 04:48 AM.
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