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|Jan-12-11|| ||wordfunph: GM Vlastimil Hort quotes..
"I believe that chess possesses a magic that is also a help in advanced age. A rheumatic knee is forgotten during a game of chess and other events can seem quite unimportant in a
comparison with a catastrophe on the chessboard."
"In blitz, the knight is stronger than the bishop."
"This is chess from another planet." (on the book Tony Miles 1955-2001 - His Fifty Great Short Stories by IM Nikolay Minev)
"When intuition does not betray you, chess is easy and beautiful."
happy 67th birthday Vlastimil!
|Feb-26-11|| ||GrahamClayton: Hort played an 8 game match against Viktor Korchnoi in the Czech Republic in mid-October 2010. Hort disregarded the FIDE rule regarding smoking during play - he lit up during each game. Apparently Korchnoi didn't mind.|
|Apr-29-11|| ||Wyatt Gwyon: Somebody needs to upload those games.|
|Apr-29-11|| ||Nietzowitsch: <Hort played an 8 game match against Viktor Korchnoi in the Czech Republic in mid-October 2010.> http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/l...|
<Hort disregarded the FIDE rule regarding smoking during play - he lit up during each game. Apparently Korchnoi didn't mind.> http://www.chessvibes.com/plaatjes/... It doesn't bother me, too. [and check the art oil painting ...]
|Apr-29-11|| ||Helloween: He's playing a game of chess 960 in the photograph, incase nobody noticed.|
|Feb-20-12|| ||waustad: He looks a lot like a doctor I know who comes and joins us for a libation on occasion. The bow tie would never happen with the gentleman here though.|
|Jan-12-13|| ||waustad: Happy b'day. It is a difficult choice for POTD with V. Hort sharing a birthday with S. Karjakin and Harika D.|
|Jan-12-13|| ||lost in space: Happy birthday, GM Hort. May chess let forget you your rheumatic knee also in the future.|
|Jan-12-13|| ||Kikoman: Happy 69th Birthday GM Vlastimil Hort. :D|
|Oct-25-13|| ||waustad: Congratulations on winning the Chess Train Tournament. One of these years I'll have to play in that and combine it with some time in Austria to visit my old haunts and see more of the country than I visited years ago.
|Nov-07-13|| ||whiteshark: Long-haired opponents are the most dangerous. They always want to attack, and they know the openings well. |
- Vlastmil Hort, 1975
|Dec-30-13|| ||waustad: He is commentator in some of these: http://www.youtube.com/results?sear...|
As usual, the one speaking in a second or third language is easier to understand than the native speakers because he doesn't talk as fast. He also gets more laughs than anyone else.
He really ought to be POTD January 12th since it will be his 80th b'day. The selection process doesn't seem to give any special weight to milestone birthdays though.
|Jan-12-14|| ||Penguincw: Happy 70th birthday to GM Vlastimil Hort.|
|Jan-12-14|| ||diagonal: Happy birthday, Vlastimil Hort!
His latest competitive chess was just played a few days ago at Basel (Switzerland), Schachfestival Neujahrsopen 2014, won by Radoslaw Wojtaszek.
But Vlastimil Hort played, according to the tournaments homepage, <<http://www.schachfestivalbasel.ch/>>, the most moves of all (more than hundred) players, and finished honorably with 5 out of 7 points in a pretty strong field.
Hort was a top-ten player in the mid-1970s, and a regular top twenty-player from mid-60s to mid-80s. As already pointed out by <Gypsy> earlier, Hort played on board 4 for the "Rest of the World" against "USSR", beating individually his opponent Polugaevsky with 2.5 to 1.5. in this famous match in 1970 at Belgrade. Hort was also a Candidate, 1977 in the quarter-final against Boris Spasski, a match lost in extremis. On the english wikipedia site there are some interesting details. Hort is characterized as a truly fair sportsman: <<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlasti...>>
In honour of his jubilee, chessbase made an interview with Vlastimil: <<http://de.chessbase.com/post/vlasti...>>. Hort talks about how he was learning chess in a hospital, his czech childhood years, his first appearence at the Olympiads aged sweet sixteen in 1960 at Leipzig, his fellow compatriots Karel Opocensky, Pachman, Kavalek, Jansa, Smejkal and others; whom he regards as greatest player ever (Bobby Fischer, not Kasparov) and preferred piece (it's the horse, l'avant-garde), his love for ice-hockey, his emigration, and of course, he speaks about some famous wins and losses throughout his immense career.
Look at that: Wijk aan Zee in the wild seventies: Vlasti's famous win with black against Walter Browne: <<Browne vs Hort, 1975>>
Vlastimil Hort is one of the rare gentleman on Grandmaster top-level.
Happy birthday and many more!
|Jan-12-14|| ||waustad: Happy b'day. Yes it is 70 not 80 as I foolishly indicated a bit before. Sadly there is an important reason that he didn't get POTD with the passing of V. Gashimov.|
|Apr-22-14|| ||offramp: It was pretty hot in London yesterday so I went out wearing just me vlastimils.|
|Sep-07-14|| ||Martin Riggs: Lieber Herr Hort. Ich wünsche Ihnen für die Zunkunft alles Gute. Sie sind ein wunderbarer Mensch. :)|
|Dec-12-14|| ||Fusilli: <diagonal> Very nice summary and tribute. Thank you for posting it!|
|Feb-11-15|| ||offramp: Vlastimil Hort has undergone surgery to have the adscititious <L> removed from his first name. |
The offending <L> will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.
|Apr-03-15|| ||WannaBe: I believe that Chess possesses a magic that is also a help in advanced age. A rheumatic knee is forgotten during a game of chess and other events can seem quite unimportant in comparison with a catastrophe on the chessboard. - Vlastmil Hort|
(I will try to keep that in mind in a few more years =)
|May-01-15|| ||TheFocus: <In blitz, the Knight is stronger than the Bishop> - Vlastmil Hort.|
|May-03-15|| ||TheFocus: <I believe that chess possesses a magic that is also a help in old advanced age. A rheumatic knee is forgotten during a game of chess and other events can seem quite unimportant in comparison with a catastrophe on the chessboard> - Vlastimil Hort.|
|Jan-12-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Vlastimil Hort!|
|Jan-12-16|| ||dark.horse: Couple of questions:
1) The dossier says "He is known for introducing the 'Hort system' of awarding prizes.". What is this?
2) Why doesn't Chessgames have that pronunciation thing for Hort?
PS. Happy birthday GM Hort!
|May-04-16|| ||offramp: <dark.horse: Couple of questions:
1) The dossier says "He is known for introducing the 'Hort system' of awarding prizes.". What is this?>|
"Approach the victor with the trophy held in two (2) hands.
Stand in front of him with the trophy held at stomach-level or higher.
Take one (1) step, extend arms and give the trophy to the victor.
When he has taken the trophy you could say a few words, such as, 'Well done' or 'You were either lucky or cheating.'
Leave the stage quickly."
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