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Oldrich Duras
Number of games in database: 430
Years covered: 1900 to 1938
Overall record: +215 -99 =97 (64.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      19 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (107) 
    C77 C65 C66 C68 C67
 French Defense (20) 
    C01 C11 C14 C12 C10
 King's Gambit Accepted (12) 
    C33 C39 C36 C38 C37
 Four Knights (9) 
    C49 C48 C47
 Orthodox Defense (8) 
    D51 D63 D53 D55
 Scandinavian (8) 
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (38) 
    C88 C77 C84 C68 C78
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (23) 
    C88 C84 C92 C91 C96
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    D00 D02 D05 A50 D04
 Caro-Kann (19) 
    B13 B15 B12 B16 B19
 Queen's Gambit Declined (18) 
    D31 D37 D30 D35
 Four Knights (12) 
    C49 C47
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Duras vs E Cohn, 1911 1-0
   Vitacek vs Duras, 1900 0-1
   Duras vs H Wolf, 1907 1-0
   Duras vs Z Barasz, 1912 1-0
   Duras vs Spielmann, 1912 1-0
   Duras vs Spielmann, 1907 1-0
   Duras vs Teichmann, 1906 1-0
   Marshall vs Duras, 1912 1/2-1/2
   Spielmann vs Duras, 1907 0-1
   Duras vs Swiderski, 1908 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Prague (1908)
   18th DSB Kongress (1912)
   15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg) (1906)
   Hamburg (1910)
   1st Trebitsch Memorial (1907)
   Quadrangular Masters (1913)
   Abbazia (1912)
   Vienna (1908)
   St. Petersburg (1909)
   Scheveningen (1905)
   Bad Pistyan (1912)
   San Sebastian (1912)
   Karlsbad (1907)
   Mannheim (1914)
   Karlsbad (1911)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Abbazia 1912 by sneaky pete
   Scheveningen 1905 by Phony Benoni
   Vienna 1907 by suenteus po 147
   Rice CC Summer Masters Tourn. (New York 1913) by Phony Benoni
   Lasker annotates by bishop
   lasker annotates games by zakir

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(born Oct-30-1882, died Jan-05-1957, 74 years old)

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Oldrich Duras, born in Prague, was one of the world's premier tournament players from 1905 until the start of the First World War. His successes include joint first prizes at Vienna 1908 (shared with Carl Schlechter and Geza Maroczy), Prague 1908 (shared with Schlechter again) and Breslau 1912 (shared with Akiba Rubinstein). He was a three time Czech Champion (1905, 1909 and 1911) and he also tied for first in the German Championship of 1912. In 1950, on the basis of his earlier tournament achievements, Duras was officially awarded the grandmaster title by FIDE.

Duras variations include: 1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 ♘c6 3. ♗b5 ♘f6 4. d3 d6 5. c4 & 3 ... a6 4. ♗a4 ♘f6 5. d3 d6 6. c4, & the semi-Duras is: 3 ... d6 4. d4 ♗d7 5. c4.

Wikipedia article: Oldrich Duras

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 430  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Vlk vs Duras 0-129 1900 Family FeudD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Vitacek vs Duras 0-126 1900 Club GameC22 Center Game
3. Distl vs Duras 0-129 1900 Club GameB01 Scandinavian
4. Allies vs Duras 0-123 1901 Club GameD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. NN vs Duras 0-126 1901 Club GameC50 Giuoco Piano
6. Duras vs Schlechter 1-035 1901 Friendly MatchC70 Ruy Lopez
7. Duras vs V Vlk 1-030 1902 Family FeudC67 Ruy Lopez
8. Boucek vs Duras 0-120 1902 Prague -C55 Two Knights Defense
9. Duras vs J Kvicala 1-018 1902 Brilliant-Game Contest of Czech Chess ClubC67 Ruy Lopez
10. Duras vs Brozek / Doorschak 1-029 1902 consultation gameB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
11. Duras vs J Kvicala 1-032 1902 Czech Chess Club ChampionshipC25 Vienna
12. Stastny vs Duras 0-118 1902 Club GameC42 Petrov Defense
13. Duras vs P Dohnal  1-020 1902 Czech Chess Congress, VeseliC67 Ruy Lopez
14. Traxler vs Duras 1-019 1902 Veseli-MezimostiC54 Giuoco Piano
15. Duras vs Vetesnik 1-030 1902 Czech Chess Congress BlanskoC66 Ruy Lopez
16. Duras vs Raskovsky 1-026 1902 Czech Chess Congress, BlanskoC67 Ruy Lopez
17. Duras vs Veirauch 1-026 1902 Simultaneos ProductionC66 Ruy Lopez
18. Duras vs J F Heemskerk  1-040 1903 DCA Congress 31stC49 Four Knights
19. J W te Kolste vs Duras 0-161 1903 DCA Congress 31stC88 Ruy Lopez
20. W Meiners vs Duras  ½-½57 1903 DCA Congress 31stC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Duras vs A Neumann 1-023 1903 DCA Congress 31stC40 King's Knight Opening
22. Loman vs Duras 0-139 1903 DCA Congress 31stC88 Ruy Lopez
23. Duras vs M Lange 1-031 1903 DCA Congress 31stB24 Sicilian, Closed
24. J Esser vs Duras  ½-½44 1903 DCA Congress 31stD00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Leonhardt vs Duras 1-075 1903 DCA Congress 31stD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
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Apr-03-09  Dredge Rivers: I thought he was a Klingon! :)
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  whiteshark: Oldrich Duras, 1902

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White to move wins.

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  GrahamClayton: Here is a postcard featuring one of Duras' compositions:

Sep-20-10  I play the Fred: Duras is credited, at least here, with the gambit which inspired my name.
Nov-18-10  ughaibu: I'm unconvinced by the notion that Duras was "tired" by long games, and that this caused poor tournament performances. He seems to have been a long game player, regardless of results:

Salwe vs Duras, 1909

Schlechter vs Duras, 1910

Rubinstein vs Duras, 1912

To tell you the truth, I'm also unconvinced by the "comfortable tournament pace" story.

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  Peligroso Patzer: <ughaibu: I'm unconvinced by the notion that Duras was "tired" by long games, and that this caused poor tournament performances. *** >

Here's an instance of a game in which Duras's <opponent> played a careless 99th move (the only losing move in the position), and Duras was able to swindle a full point out of a drawn position in a game that went nearly 100 moves: Spielmann vs Duras, 1907.

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. Thus, the swindled win against Spielmann would not be inconsistent with <Gypsy>'s comment.

Jan-06-12  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.

Mar-17-12  LoveThatJoker: <Gypsy> Nice bio on Duras. Did you write that or is there a source for it?

If you wrote that, it reads beautifully.


Aug-19-12  Karpova: On the occasion of the constitution of the Bohemian Chess Federation (Ustredni jednota ceskych sachistu), a congress was held from 1905.09.07 to 1905.09.12 in Prague.

The Main Tournament ended with a victory for Oldrich Duras who thereby won the Bohemian Chess Federation Championship.

These are the final standings:

1. Duras 5.5
2. L. Tausig 3.5
3-4. K. Treybal 3.0
3-4. A. Dusek 3.0
5. L. Prokes 2.5
6. Dr. Nachtikal 2.0
7. T. Sika 1.5

Source: Page 62 of the 1906 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-19-12  Karpova: Christmas Tournament (end of 1906, beginning of 1907 - it's just said that it took place after the christmas holidays, probably in Prague) as preparation for the Vienna tournament was dominatingly won by Duras (+5 =2 -0):

1. Duras 6.0
2. Dr. Kvicala 5.5
3. K. Treybal 4.0
4-5. Geutner 3.0
4-5. Prokes 3.0
6. V. Pechman 2.5
7-8. Kautsky 2.0
7-8. Sop 2.0

From page 170 of the 1907 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-25-12  Karpova: Duras won a match against F. D. Yates at Bradford, February 1911, with +3 -1

Duras: 1 1 0 1
Yates: 0 0 1 0

From page 128 of the 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-25-12  Karpova: Duras' Simul Tour through the Netherlands in 1910:

1910.12.03 Amsterdam: +21 -7 =2
1910.12.06 Haag: +19 -5 =5
1910.12.07 Amsterdam: +03 -3 =1
1910.12.11 Zaandam: +19 -5 =8
1910.12.13 Leiden: +16 -0 =7
1910.12.14 Enschede: +18 -2 =2
1910.12.15 Delft: +18 -7 =4

Overall 172 games with +114 -29 =29

Interestingly there was also a 31-player Simul at Utrecht where the hotel keeper switched off the gas at 1 a.m. because it had been going on for too long.

Duras also beat Dr. Esser in a short match with +4 -1 in Amsterdam.

From page 179 of the 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  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

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  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.

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  WannaBe: To steal from one, is plagarism, to steal from many, research. =))
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  Gypsy: <WannaBe> Thx! You are right, of course. :-)
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  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.

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  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:

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

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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Oldrich Duras!!
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