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K Treybal 
Karel Treybal
Number of games in database: 303
Years covered: 1904 to 1940
Overall record: +101 -82 =120 (53.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (44) 
    C77 C79 C62 C66 C88
 Sicilian (23) 
    B40 B58 B43 B34 B74
 Caro-Kann (16) 
    B13 B10 B18 B12 B15
 French Defense (15) 
    C11 C00 C10 C01 C12
 French (10) 
    C11 C00 C10 C12
 Four Knights (8) 
    C49 C48
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C72 C74 C75 C71 C79
 Orthodox Defense (23) 
    D55 D51 D53 D67 D57
 Queen's Gambit Declined (16) 
    D31 D30 D37
 Slav (15) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D05 D02 D04 A50 D00
 Semi-Slav (9) 
    D43 D45 D46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B Kurz vs K Treybal, 1904 0-1
   K Treybal vs J Rejfir, 1933 1-0
   K Treybal vs K Moll, 1907 1-0
   K Treybal vs F Kafka, 1921 1-0
   Reti vs K Treybal, 1923 1/2-1/2
   Colle vs K Treybal, 1925 0-1
   Alekhine vs K Treybal, 1923 0-1
   K Treybal vs J Rasovsky, 1907 1-0
   K Treybal vs Tarrasch, 1912 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Karlsbad (1923)
   16th DSB Kongress, Duesseldorf (1908)
   Semmering (1926)
   Baden-Baden (1925)
   Bad Pistyan (1922)
   Karlsbad (1929)
   Podebrady (1936)
   18th DSB Kongress (1912)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Karel Treybal's Selected Games by Honza Cervenka
   UJCS-2e Brno (1907) by zanzibar
   FIDE Amateur Championship by MissScarlett

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(born Feb-02-1885, died Oct-02-1941, 56 years old) Czech Republic

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Karel Treybal was born in Kotopeky,* Czech Republic. Although never a professional chessplayer, he was one of the strongest Czech players of his period. A lawyer and a district judge in the city of Velvary, Czech Republic he later became the head of the county court. He first entered into international chess competition at the Prague B-tourney of 1908. His best performance was at Karlsbad (1923) when he won his individual encounter with Alexander Alekhine. His brother, Frantisek Treybal, was also a prominent Czech player.

During Nazi occupation in 1941, he was charged with illegal possession of a firearm (a pistol), condemned to death, and executed the same day.

*Wikipedia article: Kotopeky

Wikipedia article: Karel Treybal

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 303  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. B Kurz vs K Treybal 0-122 1904 PragueC37 King's Gambit Accepted
2. A Dusek vs K Treybal  0-143 1905 UJCS-1.KongressC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Duras vs K Treybal 1-044 1905 UJCS-1.KongressC48 Four Knights
4. K Treybal vs Prokes  0-132 1905 UJCS-1.KongressD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
5. K Treybal vs F Nachtikal 1-043 1905 UJCS-1.KongressD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. K Treybal vs K Moll 1-021 1907 BerlinC49 Four Knights
7. K Treybal vs J Brach Sr 1-047 1907 BrnoC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
8. L Taussig vs K Treybal  ½-½16 1907 BrnoC28 Vienna Game
9. F Treybal vs K Treybal  ½-½23 1907 BrnoC49 Four Knights
10. A Perna vs K Treybal  ½-½45 1907 BrnoC57 Two Knights
11. K Treybal vs M Gargulak  ½-½33 1907 BrnoC88 Ruy Lopez
12. K Treybal vs J Rasovsky 1-025 1907 BrnoB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
13. J Genttner vs K Treybal  ½-½24 1907 BrnoC50 Giuoco Piano
14. A Beck vs K Treybal  0-129 1907 BrnoC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
15. K Treybal vs Prokes  ½-½27 1907 BrnoC12 French, McCutcheon
16. A Fritz vs K Treybal ½-½29 1908 16th DSB Kongress, DuesseldorfB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. K Treybal vs P F Johner 0-132 1908 16th DSB Kongress, DuesseldorfC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
18. Von Gottschall vs K Treybal  ½-½41 1908 16th DSB Kongress, DuesseldorfC50 Giuoco Piano
19. K Treybal vs Von Bardeleben  ½-½23 1908 16th DSB Kongress, DuesseldorfC30 King's Gambit Declined
20. Mieses vs K Treybal 0-143 1908 16th DSB Kongress, DuesseldorfC26 Vienna
21. Swiderski vs K Treybal 0-128 1908 16th DSB Kongress, DuesseldorfB24 Sicilian, Closed
22. K Treybal vs H Wolf  ½-½25 1908 16th DSB Kongress, DuesseldorfC66 Ruy Lopez
23. K Treybal vs W John  0-1113 1908 16th DSB Kongress, DuesseldorfC41 Philidor Defense
24. Przepiorka vs K Treybal 0-141 1908 16th DSB Kongress, DuesseldorfD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. K Treybal vs Marshall  ½-½30 1908 16th DSB Kongress, DuesseldorfC42 Petrov Defense
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Feb-02-08  BIDMONFA: Karel Treybal


Feb-02-08  brankat: Happy Birthday to the brave and decent man, a fine chess master, too!
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  Wild Bill: Dr. Treybal was great man of many talents. We do well to honor him.
Feb-02-08  brankat: Btw, it is also GM S.Gligoric's birthday today ;-)
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  Gypsy: Here is a small episode from the end of WW1. The historical context goes as thus: When Germany and Bolshevik's Russia signed their peace treaty, the Eastern front closed and the full brunt of fighting Germany fell upon France. At the same time, stranded deep in Russia were also very combat-worthy Czechoslovak Legions. Over the course of several month, these Legions took control of the Trans-Siberian Magistrale railroad and fought their way all the way east to Vladivostock. The goal was that they could be transported to France and Western Front.

The local situation in the Russian Far East was extremely complex with Red and White armies fighting each other, the intervention armies, various local war-lords....

In the Spring of 1918, when Czech Legions temporarily occupied the city of Tomsk, they found many prisoners left behind by the army of general Kolchak. The officer cheking the lists of prisoners saw a familiar name: "Are you the chess-master Dus Chotimirsky?" "Yes," answered the prisoner. "The very same one who so nicely beat Lasker in St. Petersburg?" "Yes," answered the prisoner now quite proudly. "You can go. You are free!" -- The officer was Karel Treybal; he served the Legions as a military judge.

Dus Chotimirsky vs Lasker, 1909

Feb-02-08  brankat: <Gypsy> Thanks for the link to the story of the Check Legion. Fascinating!
Jan-27-09  Mibelz: Treybal won ahead of Hromadka at Tomsk (Siberia, Russia) 1919.
Feb-02-09  brankat: R.I.P. master Treybal.
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  visayanbraindoctor: Aside from Hromadka and Treybal, were there other Czech or Slovak chess players that joined the Czechoslovak Legion?
Feb-04-10  blazerdoodle: Having read games of his over the years and not paying a bit of attention to who he was, just some good player who played Tiechman, Janowski, Marshall and the rest, lol... adn then, out of the blue, and last year stumbling upon this blog to find he'd been shot dead by the Nazi's, was a shock. May he RIP.
Apr-05-10  Bent75: Thanks to all with theire postive infos
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday <Karel Treybal>!
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  Penguincw: <Penguincw : Happy Birthday <Karel Trebal>> . Ok, that makes no sense. I meant to say : R.I.P. <Karel Treybal>.Wait,why am I responding to myself?
Mar-10-11  markwell: There was no Czech Republic or Czechoslovakia in either 1885 or 1941. He was a Czech born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
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  wordfunph: Alekhine described Treybal as "conspicuously endowed with the imaginative sense".

rest in peace master Treybal..

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Karel Treybal.
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  Honza Cervenka: <He first entered into international chess competition at the Prague tourney of 1908.> Well, he did not play in main event there. It was his older brother Frantisek Treybal who participated in the master tournament. Karel's debut on elite international scene was rather the 16th Congress of German Schachbund in Düsselforf, which was played some two months later in August 1908.
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  Honza Cervenka: Of course, as <Gypsy> pointed out long time before, Karel played and won the B-tournament in Prague 1908.
Feb-05-12  AlphaMale: If you think this guy was bad, you should have met his wife.
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  Honza Cervenka: <He was Czech champion in 1907> No, it was his brother Frantisek. Karel never won the Czech or Czechoslovak championship, he was the second once in 1909 behind Duras and twice he finished the third (in 1905 behind Duras and Lev Taussig and again in 1921 behind Karel Hromadka and Ladislav Prokes). See
Dec-23-13  Karpova: <Ende April waren über 50 Mitglieder eingerückt; von denen 36 and die Front kamen und 8 verwundet wurden, darunter die Meister A. Pokorny und K. Treybal. Treybal ist bald nach der Heilung einer durch einen Schrapnellschuß verursachten Wunde anfangs März in die Karpathen gezogen.>

So at the end of April 1915, more than 50 members of the Prague "Dabrusky" Chess Club were enlisted and 36 of them at the front. Eight of those were wounded, among them Amos Pokorny and Karel Treybal. Treybal suffered a wound from shrapnel and now the text is ambiguous as commata are lacking - after his recovery he went to the Carpathians - but it's not clear whether he suffered the wound or left for the Carpathians at the beginning of march (although I guess that it's rather the latter).

Source: Page 75 of the March-April 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Karel Treybal.
Feb-02-14  Howard: Treybal and Wolf (who did well at Vienna 1922) were two well-known Jewish chess players who were murdered by the Nazis.
Feb-02-14  RedShield: Was Treybal Jewish? That's news to me. I'm not even sure it's correct to say he was murdered.
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  zanzibar: His brother Frantisek was ~2 years older than him, taught him the game when Karel was 13.

A picture of him and his brother, from Bruno (1907) can be seen here:

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