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Igor Stohl
I Stohl 
Number of games in database: 1,046
Years covered: 1981 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2500 (2485 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2578

Overall record: +291 -131 =620 (57.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (82) 
    E67 E62 E63 E97 E60
 English (41) 
    A13 A15 A16 A10 A17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (40) 
    D37 D35 D30 D31 D39
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    E00 A41 A40 D02 A46
 Slav (33) 
    D10 D15 D17 D12 D16
 English, 1 c4 c5 (27) 
    A30 A33 A31 A36 A32
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (158) 
    B84 B22 B80 B81 B83
 Grunfeld (103) 
    D85 D86 D76 D82 D98
 Sicilian Scheveningen (64) 
    B84 B80 B81 B83 B82
 Queen's Indian (35) 
    E12 E15 E14 E17
 Caro-Kann (27) 
    B12 B17 B10 B11 B18
 Sicilian Najdorf (25) 
    B90 B91 B93 B97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Stohl vs Seirawan, 1990 1/2-1/2
   I Stohl vs Korchnoi, 1993 1-0
   Damljanovic vs I Stohl, 1999 0-1
   I Stohl vs R Kuczynski, 1993 1-0
   I Stohl vs A Blodstein, 1992 1-0
   S Siebrecht vs I Stohl, 2006 0-1
   I Stohl vs Pavasovic, 1999 1-0
   Hjartarson vs I Stohl, 1982 0-1
   R Slobodjan vs I Stohl, 1993 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Club Cup (2003)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)

   🏆 TCh-AUT -18
   I Stohl vs G Dizdar (Nov-19-17) 1/2-1/2
   F Schwabeneder vs I Stohl (Nov-18-17) 1/2-1/2
   I Stohl vs J Krassowizkij (Nov-17-17) 1/2-1/2
   Dominik Horvath vs I Stohl (Nov-16-17) 0-1
   N Vrbova vs I Stohl (Nov-12-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Sep-27-1964, 54 years old) Slovakia

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Grandmaster (1992) and FIDE Senior Trainer.

 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,046  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J A C Blanco vs I Stohl  ½-½381981EU-ch jrD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
2. I Stohl vs F A Cuijpers  ½-½181981EU-ch jrD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. I Stohl vs C Hansen  0-1321981EU-ch jrD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
4. A Frois vs I Stohl  0-1521981EU-ch jrB08 Pirc, Classical
5. A Sokolov vs I Stohl  1-0411981Groningen 33/323B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
6. H Kuijf vs I Stohl  0-1321981EU-ch jrB83 Sicilian
7. I Stohl vs J M Hodgson  1-0311981EU-ch jrA25 English
8. Hjartarson vs I Stohl  ½-½371981EU-ch jrE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
9. I Stohl vs G Borg  1-0331981EU-ch jrD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. P Staniszewski vs I Stohl  0-1411982Groningen NEDD85 Grunfeld
11. E Gudmundsson vs I Stohl  1-0311982GroningenA04 Reti Opening
12. I Stohl vs C D'Amore  1-0521982GroningenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. I Stohl vs M Bosboom  1-0421982GroningenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. I Stohl vs J Graf  1-0241982GroningenA15 English
15. Hansen vs I Stohl  1-0561982GroningenB08 Pirc, Classical
16. I Stohl vs Plachetka  1-0291982Tatran CupD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. I Stohl vs D King  ½-½241982GroningenA36 English
18. Joel Benjamin vs I Stohl  0-1481982Wch U20B82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. Hjartarson vs I Stohl 0-1221982Wch U20D85 Grunfeld
20. P Moulin vs I Stohl  0-1441982EU-ch U20B83 Sicilian
21. I Stohl vs Plachetka  1-0421983Tatran CupA04 Reti Opening
22. K Mokry vs I Stohl  1-0391983Tirnavia-BB54 Sicilian
23. Short vs I Stohl  ½-½241983BelfortB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. I Stohl vs A Greenfeld  ½-½571983Belfort 36/47A30 English, Symmetrical
25. I Stohl vs J Howell  1-0371983EU-ch U20E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,046  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-15-05  lopium: Does anybody know more about this player? He was strong, and play for only 4 years...
Apr-21-05  soberknight: I know Igor Stohl, but I don't know what he Stohl.
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  PhilFeeley: <lopium: Does anybody know more about this player? He was strong, and play for only 4 years...>

An odd comment to make, considering the database gives his dates of games as 1981-2005, i.e. about 25 years worth of games - a good career. Plus he has games recorded for this year so he's not finished.

He has, however, taken the time to write a major work of analysis of Kasparov's best games. Read about it here:

Jan-25-06  EmperorAtahualpa: This is a player with one of the highest percentages of "short draws" (draws reached in less than 20 moves). According to a calculation, an astonishing 41% of his games were reached by short draws!

Kramnik only has 16%, so what are all the Kramnik-bashers thinking??

For more information, go to this page:

Sep-27-06  BIDMONFA: Igor Stohl


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  plang: Excellent writer; Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces is a great book.

His two volume set on Kasparov is great as well.

Apr-14-07  bauernfresser: Has recently worked with David Navara.
Sep-11-08  myschkin: . . .

Bio (in German):

Porträt (in German):

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  wordfunph: <lopium: Does anybody know more about this player? He was strong, and play for only 4 years...>

2587 = peak
2510 = current

quite a modest GM and author of good books..

+ Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces (2009)

+ Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games Vol. 1 (2005)

+ Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games Vol. 2 (2006)

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  GrahamClayton: Stohl also co-authored a book on the 1990 Manila Interzonal with Lubomir Ftacnik.
Sep-27-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM Stohl!


Sep-27-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Happy 49th birthday GM Igor Stohl. :D

Sep-27-13  waustad: He is still active in team tournaments, playing in Czech, Slovak and sometimes Austrian and German leagues. Since he publishes with Gambit Books, some of his work is available via the Gambit Books app on the iPad, notably the Kasparov Best books.

Apart from the team tournaments, one he played in is the admirably named:

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Igor Stohl!
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  offramp: <EmperorAtahualpa: This is a player with one of the highest percentages of "short draws" (draws reached in less than 20 moves). According to a calculation, an astonishing 41% of his games were reached by short draws!...>

That is a strange fact. Another player worth looking at would be the late Peter Szekely.

Istvan Bilek was also not inclined to overexertion later in his career.

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  MissScarlett: Credit to he is making John Nunn look stylish:
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Stohl! <MissScarlett> Lol indeed he did do that!
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  MissScarlett: I wouldn't wish those trousers on my worst enemy.
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  whiteshark: Game Collection: Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces ~ Stohl

<MS> What does that say about you? ;)

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  eternaloptimist: <MissScarlett> The sweatshirt looks tacky also. It's funny how much styles change over the years.
Sep-28-15  columbeau: @barkingscarlett : send us a picture of your underwear. all chess players will surely appreciate your epic style
Sep-28-15  siggemannen: Are those trousers or pyjamas?
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