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|May-23-04|| ||Seraphina: If it is, nicely played... Just one correction... I believe Kafka was more of an expressionist, you know, the bizarre worlds with everything full of levels of meaning, etc! |
|May-23-04|| ||telekon: My understanding is that Kafka was released from a sanitorium and returned to Prague at some point in 1921, so the timeframe works. I briefly searched the interet for references to Franz Kafka and chess without success. If one were prepared to stretch Kafka (and why not, he is pretty stretchable), perhaps the following can be seen as an apt, unintended description of high-level tournament chess: "They did not speak. They did not sing, they remained, all of them, silent, almost determinedly silent; but from the empty air they conjured music." (Kafka, "Investigations of a Dog") |
|May-23-04|| ||kevin86: Kafka was crushed like a cockroach!! A neat game of threats on both side-i like the move (25) where Kafka chases his opponents rook by putting it into the barrel of the same rook |
|May-23-04|| ||mahmoudkubba: does anybody have history of Frantisek Treybal anyhow like was he a police officer or something??? |
|May-23-04|| ||Lawrence: <mahmoudkubba>, there's info from both <Honza> and <Gypsy> on the Karel Treybal page. |
|Jun-20-05|| ||offramp: <kevin86: Kafka was crushed like a cockroach!! A neat game of threats on both side-i like the move (25) where Kafka chases his opponents rook by putting it into the barrel of the same rook> |
Doesn't Kafka mean rook? Or jackdaw, or crow - or something similar?
|Jun-20-05|| ||offramp: 22.Kh1 Now Arthur & Jeremiah link up. 22...Rfe8.|
26...Ke8 One of the reasons that I doubt this game is by Franz Kafka is that anyone with tuberculosis would have spotted the x-ray 26...Qf2! which seems to win for black: 27.Rxf7+ Kxf7 28.Rxf2+ Rxf2 29.Kg1 Rxc2 30.Bxe7 Kxe7.
27.h3 R7e3 Black is desperately trying to enter the castled position - but he will never get in...
39.Ng3 The g-pawn will shortly transform into a giant piece. 1-0
|Jun-20-05|| ||mymt: 26. ...Qf2! 27.Rg1|
|Jun-20-05|| ||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
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|| ||Gypsy: <weimar> Thx for the great detective work!|
|Aug-13-06|| ||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|| ||Gypsy: Comes to think of it, "The Metamorphosis" has proved a rather prophetic title.|
|Aug-13-06|| ||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:
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
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|| ||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|
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