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|Dec-11-12|| ||GrahamClayton: <karpova>,
Here is a nice win by Duras as White during one of his 1910 simul games:
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1. ♖c1+ ♔b8 2. ♕b4+ ♔a8 3. ♗f3+! ♖xf3 4. ♕e4+! 1-0
|Dec-12-12|| ||Gypsy: <LoveThatJoker: ... Nice bio on Duras. Did you write that or is there a source for it? >|
Well, I wrote it, but I did not do any original research for it. I just combined various sources, such as Louma, Kalendovsky and so.
<GrahamClayton> Thx for the charming combo.
|Dec-12-12|| ||WannaBe: To steal from one, is plagarism, to steal from many, research. =))|
|Dec-12-12|| ||Gypsy: <WannaBe> Thx! You are right, of course. :-)|
|Aug-04-13|| ||Abdel Irada: <Marmot PFL: <On the other hand, as I read the comment by <Gypsy> from Jun-23-07, it is to the effect that when Duras had really long games (more than 150 moves), it tended to affect adversely his form in <subsequent> rounds of that event. >|
I doubt much study has been done here, as VERY few games ever reach 150 moves. I would think it would affect anyone's form.>
I can certainly attest to that.
In a tournament in Santa Cruz in the early 1990s, I reached a drawn position against my second-round opponent. However, with a bishop and two pawns against a knight, he was reluctant to admit there was no win, so he played on ... and on ... and on. The game finally ended around 2:00 a.m., and I staggered home exhausted but too wound up to sleep for several hours.
Just in time for my first game the following day, I stumbled into the tournament hall, having got maybe two hours of sleep, and proceeded to lose horribly.
I didn't check, but I hope the same happened to my second-round opponent. :-S
|Oct-30-13|| ||Kikoman: <Player of the Day>|
Rest In Peace Sir Oldrich Duras.
|Oct-30-13|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD>: Oldrich Duras.|
|Dec-15-13|| ||waustad: Seeing his name it struck me that he was better off than Poor Old Duras.|
|Feb-09-14|| ||Karpova: Oldrich Duras won the Master tournament at the 4th Congress of the Czech Chess Federation in Plzn, mid-August 1911, ahead of Hromadka and Prokes.|
Source: Page 335 of the November-December 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'
Complete result: http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...
|Feb-13-14|| ||tranquilsimplicity: A wonderful player to include on a list of creative, aggressive, tactical, combinatorial players. This is when Chess was an art. Draws were shunned and arose incidentally rather than as a contrivance.#|
|Feb-22-14|| ||Karpova: When travelling south, Duras stayed for 2 days in Vienna in November 1909, and played to consultation games. Duras played together with <J. Tartakower> (probably Savielly) and scored +1 -0 =1.|
Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', April-May 1910, p. 146
|Feb-22-14|| ||Karpova: Duras visited the 'Societa scacchistica Triestina' (Trieste, Italy) from November 23 to December 2, 1909.|
22-board Simul on November 24 saw Duras score +18 -2 =2 (lost to Badern and Horn, drew Brandmayr and Machnich).
20-board Simul on November 28 led only to +11 -5 =4 (lost to Brandmayr, Dr. Kern, Lutwak, Martin and Torre (!); drew Bezeg, O. Ebner von Ebenthal jr., Machnich and Schwarz).
There were also individual games, e. g. Nandor Müller og Hungary beat Duras on November 23.
There were also 4 individual games against Matteo Gladich:
1st game: Draw after 6 hours of play.
2nd game: Duras won after 5 hours of play.
3rd game: Gladich won after 11 hours of play.
4th game: Draw after 6 hours of play.
Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', May 1910, pp. 155-156
|Jan-05-16|| ||TheFocus: Rest in peace, Oldrich Duras!!|
|Oct-30-16|| ||thegoodanarchist: In the photo above, one can clearly see the silver chain he kept attached to his left (glass) eye.|
He lived to be old, 74. Was he rich too?
|Oct-30-16|| ||thegoodanarchist: <<karpova>,
Here is a nice win by Duras as White during one of his 1910 simul games:|
1. ♖c1+ ♔b8 2. ♕b4+ ♔a8 3. ♗f3+! ♖xf3 4. ♕e4+! 1-0>
Ah, yes! ...Qxe4 allows the aesthetically pleasing 5.Rc8#
<The game finally ended around 2:00 a.m., and I staggered home exhausted but too wound up to sleep for several hours.>
This is one reason I don't really miss tournament play. I <always> got paired against those idiots.
In one tournament, my opponent kept playing with a king and 4 pawns against my king, 3 pawns, and Rook+Knight!
By the time he resigned, we had a grand total of 20 minutes to eat lunch before the next round. And since the venue was a library, that time included leaving the library to find a place to buy food.
|May-04-17|| ||SteinitzLives: Yes, I will say he was underrated. A 38 year career with only 99 currently known losses? Not too shabby. Some of his endgames were really great. He also did not draw very much, but I can't be sure if that's a good or bad thing until I play through a lot more of his games.|
|May-04-17|| ||Paarhufer: <SteinitzLives: Yes, I will say he was underrated. A 38 year career with only 99 currently known losses?> His career basically ended already after 15 years with the Great War.|
|May-31-17|| ||zanzibar: There's another photo of him circulating on the net, I believe it is a cropped version coming from this source:|
|May-31-17|| ||zanzibar: It's curious, and in need of explanation, why such a strong player should essentially disappear from chess post-WW1, only to return in the mid-late-1930's.|
|May-31-17|| ||zanzibar: Ah, within the early pages of commentary is this, unfortunately unsourced, explanation by Honza Cervenka:|
Oldrich Duras (kibitz #4)
|May-31-17|| ||zanzibar: His bio should probably mention his editorship of the ACB's 5e Rice Gambit Supplement (1914) - which also is likely the source of <CG> portrait of him above (<CG>'s version being cropped):|
|May-31-17|| ||zanzibar: Looks like <CG> has a fairly goodly slice of his games, i.e. ~430 vs. the 539 mentioned here:|
<Jan Kalendovsky: The Complete Games of Oldrich Duras. The first book on Duras to appear in English. Career record, Tournaments and Matches tables, Biography, 539 games, Openings and Players index. 180 pages. Paperback. ISBN 1 901034 06 2. Chess Masters Series (3)>
|May-31-17|| ||zanzibar: <
[Site "Brixen IT"]
[Black "Duras, Oldrich"]
[Stub "fragment - ending"]
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1...d4 2.Rb4 d2 3.Rc2 Qa6 4.b3 Qf1+ 5.Kb2 dxc3+ 6.Ka3 Qc1+ 7.Rxc1
dxc1=Q+ 8.Ka4 Bd7+ 9.Ka5 b6+ 10.Ka6 Qf1+ 11.Kb7 Bc6+ 12.Kxc8 Qa6+ 13.
Kd8 Qd3+ 14.Kc7 Qd7+ 15.Kb8 Qb7# 0-1
From a 1941 newspaper:
(Duras made it a little harder on himself than it needed)
|Jun-01-17|| ||zanzibar: Ah, correction, Brixen is more likely in Austria.|
|Dec-17-18|| ||freewheel: Brixen or Bressanone is a town in South Tyrol in northern Italy, located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Bolzano.|
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