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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 E92 E62 E80
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E32 E38 E33 E36 E46
 English (14) 
    A10 A16 A19 A17 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 B63 B65 B89
 Caro-Kann (16) 
    B13 B17 B15 B10 B14
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E21 E38 E32 E44 E22
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (10) 
    B65 B63 B67 B62
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A46 D02 A45 E10 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) Czech Republic

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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 Rejf%C3%AD%C5%99

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 278  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Rejfir vs B Thelen  0-132 1925 Bratislava-AA53 Old Indian
2. J Rejfir vs K Skalicka 0-113 1927 Prague EvonyD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. J Rejfir vs B Thelen  1-035 1927 Prague EvonyE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
4. B Thelen vs J Rejfir  0-149 1927 Prague EvonyB83 Sicilian
5. F J Prokop vs J Rejfir  ½-½16 1927 Prague EvonyD04 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Hromadka vs J Rejfir  1-065 1927 CSR-chE17 Queen's Indian
7. J Rejfir vs Hromadka  0-152 1927 Prague EvonyA81 Dutch
8. Hromadka vs J Rejfir  0-147 1927 Prague EvonyC25 Vienna
9. R Pikler vs J Rejfir 0-122 1927 KecskemetC33 King's Gambit Accepted
10. J Rejfir vs F Treybal ½-½20 1927 Prague EvonyD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. F Treybal vs J Rejfir ½-½15 1927 Prague EvonyA47 Queen's Indian
12. V Jandera vs J Rejfir 0-135 1928 Prague EvonyB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. J Rejfir vs J Dobias  1-039 1928 Prague EvonyD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. J Rejfir vs K Treybal  1-042 1928 Prague EvonyD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Prokes vs J Rejfir  ½-½32 1928 Prague EvonyB10 Caro-Kann
16. J Rejfir vs F Lustig  1-043 1928 PragueD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. J Rejfir vs F Krticka  1-045 1928 Prague EvonyA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
18. Opocensky vs J Rejfir 1-023 1928 Prague EvonyB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
19. Koltanowski vs J Rejfir 1-073 1928 den HaagD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
20. J Rejfir vs A Muffang 0-129 1928 The Hague ol (Men)E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
21. W F Wertheim vs J Rejfir  ½-½37 1928 The Hague ol (Men)A20 English
22. J Rejfir vs A Vajda  0-130 1928 The Hague ol (Men)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. K Ruben vs J Rejfir  0-140 1928 The Hague ol (Men)E12 Queen's Indian
24. J Rejfir vs M Oren  0-139 1928 The Hague ol (Men)D58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
25. M Brody vs J Rejfir  0-162 1928 The Hague ol (Men)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
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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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