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Karel Treybal vs F Kafka
"The Metamorphosis" (game of the day Mar-03-2018)
Prague-ch (1921), Prague CSR
Scandinavian Defense: Main Lines (B01)  ·  1-0
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Jun-20-05
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  offramp: <mymt: 26. ...Qf2! 27.Rg1> then 27...Re1 mates.
Jun-20-05  mymt: oops ! so embarassing made it worse not better.Will have to get a peg set or one small enough to fit on this table,its a bit hard working these variation out from the game diagram - at least for me it is- sorry <offramp> got a set and played through your line couldnt find anything to save White that ending is hopeless.

Jul-03-05  abstraction: Hi Honza, if you are out there could you confirm or deny if this is indeed Franz Kafka, and if so, where you got the game information? thanks in advance
Aug-09-06  Runemaster: <Honza's> gone to Amerika to avoid being put on Trial.
Aug-09-06  sleepkid: ...this game looks composed. Also, if this was Franz Kafka, it's interesting that we don't have a few more games by someone of his relative strength.
Aug-12-06  weimar: This game was not played by the
writer Fr.Kafka but rather by Dr.
Fr.Kafka, a lecturer in psychiatry
at the Charles University in Prague,
and member of the famous 'Dobrusky'
chess club. The event was the 1921
Prague Championship, won jointly by
Hromadka and Fr.Treybal with 8(11),
followed by the latter's brother
Dr.Karel Treybal with 7 points. Dr.
Fr.Kafka was ninth with 5 points and,
incidentally, lost his games to both
Treybal brothers.
During WW2, Dr.Fr.Kafka was
arrested and executed by the Gestapo.
Aug-12-06  weimar: This game was not played by
Fr.Treybal either, but by his brother
Dr.Karel Treybal, according to the
book of L.Prokes "Dr.Karel Treybal"
(Neubert, Prague, 1946),pp.72-73.
Aug-12-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: <weimar> Thx for the great detective work!
Aug-13-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gregor Samsa Mendel: By missing 26...Qf2, Kafka manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Aug-13-06  sleepkid: <weimar> Thank you very much for clearing all that up. Excellent work.

Aug-13-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: Comes to think of it, "The Metamorphosis" has proved a rather prophetic title.
Aug-13-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: As <weimar> has pointed out, F. Kafka who played in this tournament was a different person than the writer Franz Kafka. Chessbase.com's database has this game with Frantisek Treybal as white but only a few games of this event survived (or are available in electronic form) and as both Treybals were participating, there can be made quite easily a mistake in player's identity. Prokes should have known well who played this one and so I would guess that chessbase.com (which was my source) has it incorrectly.

Btw, there are two other games of F. Kafka from the same event, unfortunately both lost by him, though against very strong opponents - Karel Hromadka and Miroslav Chodera:

[Event "Prague-ch"]
[Site "Prague"]
[Date "1921.??.??"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Kafka,F"]
[Black "Hromadka,Karel"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "A54"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d6 3.c4 Nbd7 4.Nc3 e5 5.e3 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.Qc2 0-0 8.h3 Re8 9.g4 exd4 10.Nxd4 Nc5 11.Nb3 Nce4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Nd2 Nc5 14.h4 a5 15.Nf1 Bd7 16.Ng3 Ba4 17.Qd2 Bc6 18.Rh2 a4 19.Rb1 Qe7 20.Qc2 Be5 21.f4 Ne4 22.Nh1 Bg7 23.h5 Rad8 24.Nf2 Nxf2 25.Kxf2 d5 26.hxg6 hxg6 27.b4 d4 28.Bf3 dxe3+ 29.Kg3 Bxf3 30.Kxf3 e2 31.Qxe2 Qd7 32.Be3 Qc6+ 33.Kf2 Qe4 34.Rc1 Rd3 0-1

[Event "Prague-ch"]
[Site "Prague"]
[Date "1921.??.??"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Chodera,Miroslav"]
[Black "Kafka,F"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "B01"]

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.d4 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Bd2 Nbd7 9.Bc4 e6 10.0-0 Qc7 11.Rfe1 Bd6 12.a3 0-0-0 13.b4 Nb6 14.Bf1 h5 15.b5 c5 16.a4 cxd4 17.a5 Nc4 18.Bxc4 dxc3 19.Qxc3 Kb8 20.Be3 Nd5 21.Bxa7+ Ka8 22.Qb3 Nf4 23.Bb6 Qe7 24.a6 Qg5 25.Qf3 Nd5 26.Bxd5 exd5 27.Qxf7 1-0

Sep-04-06
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  OhioChessFan: Read The Metamorphosis: http://www.mala.bc.ca/~Johnstoi/sto...
Sep-04-06  thatsmate: This is a great game, no matter who Kafka was or what he didnt write.

I think he should have resigned a while before he did, but thats just me.

May-21-08  abstraction: It's been nearly two years, but thanks for clearing that up Honza & weimar (I thought it was too good to be true to be Kafka the writer).
Jan-14-09  aduket: "This game was not played by the writer Fr.Kafka but rather by Dr. Fr.Kafka, a lecturer in psychiatry at the Charles University in Prague"

Infact, the famous author Franz Kafka, enrolled at Charles University in 1901 for eight semesters of law school. He obtained the degree of Doctor of Law on 18 June 1906. Two Dr. Fr. Kafka's in the same Charles University?

I think that this game might well be played by the same Franz Kafka we know after all.

Maybe his (late) fame as an author, and his life as an (discontinued) academics make us think that they two are different people?

Feb-28-09  WhiteRook48: perhaps he was better as a Scientist
Feb-02-14  Eduardo Bermudez: http://www.tabladeflandes.com/frank...
Feb-02-17  azziadrian: 26...Qf2, maybe 27 Rxf7 check.
Feb-02-17  ColeTrane: I choose to believe it's the writer. Drunk on pivo in his house anybody else was...?
Mar-03-18  eykca: The Metamorphosis is a bit overrated, *ducks* read The Trial instead... his greatest work in my ridiculously silly opinion.
Mar-03-18  Absentee: <aduket: "This game was not played by the writer Fr.Kafka but rather by Dr. Fr.Kafka, a lecturer in psychiatry at the Charles University in Prague"

Infact, the famous author Franz Kafka, enrolled at Charles University in 1901 for eight semesters of law school. He obtained the degree of Doctor of Law on 18 June 1906. Two Dr. Fr. Kafka's in the same Charles University?

I think that this game might well be played by the same Franz Kafka we know after all.

Maybe his (late) fame as an author, and his life as an (discontinued) academics make us think that they two are different people?>

Franz Kafka the writer was never an academic or a lecturer in psychiatry, and in 1921 he was already touring the sanatoriums of Europe. Besides, "Kafka" wasn't such an uncommon surname in Bohemia.

Mar-03-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <eykca: The Metamorphosis is a bit overrated, *ducks* read The Trial instead... his greatest work in my ridiculously silly opinion.>

For me it's The Castle, see my earlier comment.

From his short stories my favourite is A Country Doctor.

Erik Bauersfeld singlehandedly adapted the story for an episode of The Black Mass radio series. He did it extremely well. It is online.

Erik will be known to our younger readers as the voice of Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars: The Force Awakens....

IT'S A TRAP!! 😂

Mar-03-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Breunor: As pointed out above missing Qf2 on move 26 throws away the win.. According to Stockfish black Still holds with 27 Rf2. R7e3 is the losing move.
Mar-03-18
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  thegoodanarchist: The loser was transformed into a winner. Thus, "Metamorphosis"
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