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Josef Rejfir
Number of games in database: 278
Years covered: 1925 to 1962

Overall record: +99 -58 =121 (57.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (31) 
    D51 D53 D61 D55 D50
 King's Indian (20) 
    E87 E75 E81 E80 E92
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E32 E38 E33 E46 E35
 English (14) 
    A10 A16 A14 A19 A15
 English, 1 c4 e5 (9) 
    A20 A21 A23 A28
 English, 1 c4 c5 (7) 
    A30 A34 A31
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (40) 
    B29 B88 B65 B63 B62
 Caro-Kann (16) 
    B13 B10 B17 B15 B12
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E38 E21 E44 E54 E49
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (10) 
    B63 B65 B62 B67
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A46 A45 D02 E00 D04
 Semi-Slav (6) 
    D43 D45 D47
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Saemisch vs J Rejfir, 1942 0-1
   J Rejfir vs L Steiner, 1933 1/2-1/2
   J Rejfir vs Noteboom, 1931 1-0
   Spielmann vs J Rejfir, 1934 0-1
   A Tsvetkov vs J Rejfir, 1936 0-1

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Rejfir Madness by chocobonbon

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(born Sep-22-1909, died May-04-1962, 52 years old)

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Josef Rejfir was awarded the IM title in 1956. He was one of the strongest Czech masters before the Second World War and played in the five Olympiads between 1928 and 1935. After this he retired for a number of years and emerged again in the last decade of his life to play in the Olympiads of 1956 and 1958. He died of a heart attack in Prague, the town of his birth.

Wikipedia article: Josef Rejfíř

Last updated: 2017-09-22 04:44:57

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 278  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Rejfir vs B Thelen  0-1321925Bratislava-AA53 Old Indian
2. F J Prokop vs J Rejfir  ½-½161927Prague EvonyD04 Queen's Pawn Game
3. B Thelen vs J Rejfir  0-1491927Prague EvonyB83 Sicilian
4. J Rejfir vs Hromadka  0-1521927Prague EvonyA81 Dutch
5. J Rejfir vs F Treybal ½-½201927Prague EvonyD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. J Rejfir vs K Skalicka 0-1131927Prague EvonyD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. F Treybal vs J Rejfir ½-½151927Prague EvonyA47 Queen's Indian
8. Hromadka vs J Rejfir  0-1471927Prague EvonyC25 Vienna
9. Hromadka vs J Rejfir  1-0651927CSR-chE17 Queen's Indian
10. J Rejfir vs B Thelen  1-0351927Prague EvonyE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
11. R Pikler vs J Rejfir 0-1221927KecskemetC33 King's Gambit Accepted
12. Opocensky vs J Rejfir 1-0231928Prague EvonyB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. Prokes vs J Rejfir  ½-½321928Prague EvonyB10 Caro-Kann
14. V Jandera vs J Rejfir 0-1351928Prague EvonyB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. J Rejfir vs J Dobias  1-0391928Prague EvonyD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. J Rejfir vs F Krticka  1-0451928Prague EvonyA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
17. Koltanowski vs J Rejfir 1-0731928OlympiadD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
18. J Rejfir vs F Lustig  1-0431928PragueD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. J Rejfir vs K Treybal  1-0421928Prague EvonyD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. J Rejfir vs A Vajda  0-1301928The Hague ol (Men)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
21. J Rejfir vs A Muffang 0-1291928The Hague ol (Men)E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
22. J Rejfir vs M Oren  0-1391928The Hague ol (Men)D58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
23. W F Wertheim vs J Rejfir  ½-½371928The Hague ol (Men)A20 English
24. M Brody vs J Rejfir  0-1621928The Hague ol (Men)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. K Ruben vs J Rejfir  0-1401928The Hague ol (Men)E12 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-24-04  siggemannen: who is this guy? never heard of him
Nov-24-04  radu stancu: I'll bet it's mutual! :)
Nov-24-04  siggemannen: i'll bet so LOL
Nov-24-04  weirdoid: I once heard that he was perhaps the strongest Czech players in the early postwar years - which probably doesn't tell much (I think Czech chess was pretty barren those years). Any Czech or chess historians here? Perhaps you would like to shed some light?
Nov-25-04  sneaky pete: In 1947 a touring Czechoslovak team consisting of Pachman, Foltys, Kottnauer, Opocensky, Sajtar, Zita, Florian, Louma, Fichtl and Potucek (no Rejfir around) beat Holland 12,5 to 7,5 and Great Britain (with Alexander, Golombek, Thomas, Fairhurst and Winter on the first 5 boards) 12 to 8, so they weren't that bad.
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  offramp: Yesterday, on a chess Newsgroup a general challenge was issued:

<"Name a player whose surname is composed of what appear to be cognates of the words for both King and Queen.

That's all for now. More tips and clarifications to follow, as needed Which they probably will be, seeing as you are all pigmies before the intelletural gigantism of Jason "Size-is-Everything" Repa.">

[I have strong suspicions that 'Jason "Size-is-Everything" Repa' is not the same person as Jason Repa.]

So I had a go (this entire exchange is easily found on Google):

<"Royal Goode>," I wrote.

That was wrong, and I got the response:

<"OK, let me clarify a little then.

Remember, it's the surname (so Royal Goode obviously doesn't cut it). The name is composed of what seem to be cognates of words for the chess pieces. Clue: the Queen is not actually a Queen.

Don't think about the English words. Think of names for the chess pieces.


To which I replied - (predictably, since this is where I have posted the response:

<"Josef Rejfir.">

Jason Repa replied:
<"Well, well, well. Congratulations. You are now entitled to join me in the Olympian ranks of innerlectural giants.

Either that, or the question was easier than I'd thought.

Your prize is in the mail.">

I think he got a big shock that his toughie was answered within a day!

I wonder what the prize will be?

More importantly... What if the sender of the quiz was paranoid? What if he thought that I was a Freemason? Will I ever get that prize?

Jul-17-05  farrooj: Rejfir means queen? In what language?
And will you ever get that prize?
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  offramp: 'Rey' means King and 'fir' is the same as 'ferze' meaning Queen - or consort.

I do not hold out much hope of receiving the prize.

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  Gypsy: Chessmetrics Player Profile: Josef Rejfír -- Highest Rating: 2566 on the December 1931 rating list, #35 in world, age 22y3m; Best Individual Performance: 2583 in Prague ol (Men), 1931.
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  Benzol: <offramp> Hope you got your prize. <"...the Olympian ranks of innerlectural giants."> Sounds like the guy had had one over the eight. Was he drunk?


Oct-01-05  WTHarvey: Here are some critical positions from Josef's games:
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  offramp: Player of the day at last! At long long last.
Probably his most famous game is J Rejfir vs Keres, 1956
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  whiteshark: He's not Icelandic? I always thought so. But don't ask to explain the meaning of 'alweays' here. Well, since Rejkyavik 1972, maybe. :D
Sep-22-08  chocobonbon: Rejfir has style,IMO sort of like Pillsbury, in that he often plays for Mate but will simplify to an ending if the beautiful threats are avoided. He has fighting qualities &, it seems to me, a lot of wins with Black. I have a collection of his games. My appreciation is purely subjective, not analytical.
Sep-22-11  BIDMONFA: Josef Rejfir


Sep-22-11  Xeroxx: Player of the day, sick of it.
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