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|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.
|Jul-04-11|| ||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'
|Dec-11-12|| ||GrahamClayton: <karpova>,
Here is a nice win by Duras as White during one of his 1910 simul games:
click for larger view
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.|
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