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Miroslav Katetov
Number of games in database: 80
Years covered: 1940 to 1949
Overall record: +30 -19 =31 (56.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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(born Mar-07-1918, died Dec-15-1995, 77 years old) Czech Republic

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(Dr) Miroslav Katetov was awarded the IM title in 1951. He was Prague champion in 1942 and 1946. His doctorate was in Mathematics.

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Katetov vs J Louma  ½-½27 1940 RakovnikD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. F Zita vs M Katetov  ½-½52 1940 RakovnikA14 English
3. M Katetov vs J Dobias  1-033 1940 RakovnikD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Opocensky vs M Katetov  ½-½79 1940 RakovnikA40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. A Pokorny vs M Katetov  0-131 1940 RakovnikE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
6. M Katetov vs K Treybal 0-152 1940 RakovnikD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. M Katetov vs Hromadka ½-½32 1940 RakovnikA12 English with b3
8. M Katetov vs J Podgorny  0-141 1940 RakovnikD66 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
9. Foltys vs M Katetov 1-029 1940 RakovnikD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
10. V Olexa vs M Katetov  ½-½41 1940 RakovnikE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. M Katetov vs F Krticka  ½-½49 1940 RakovnikA13 English
12. M Katetov vs E Richter  ½-½45 1942 ChocenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. A Tikovsky vs M Katetov  0-129 1942 ChocenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. M Katetov vs C Kottnauer 1-018 1942 ChocenE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
15. Saemisch vs M Katetov 0-137 1942 ChocenC12 French, McCutcheon
16. M Katetov vs Hromadka  1-029 1942 ChocenA28 English
17. R Keller vs M Katetov 0-129 1942 ChocenE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
18. Sajtar vs M Katetov  0-146 1942 ChocenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
19. M Katetov vs J Florian  ½-½60 1942 ChocenD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. M Katetov vs J Dobias 1-023 1942 ChocenA04 Reti Opening
21. M Katetov vs B Thelen  ½-½39 1942 ChocenA15 English
22. F Zita vs M Katetov  1-031 1942 ChocenE07 Catalan, Closed
23. M Katetov vs K Urbanec  ½-½26 1943 PragueA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. M Katetov vs O Novotny  1-045 1943 PragueD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Pachman vs M Katetov  0-124 1943 09C12 French, McCutcheon
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  Honza Cervenka: Miroslav Katetov was quite interesting person not only as a chess player. See
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  Gypsy: In the late 1940's, Katetov rivaled Pachman for the 1-2 board for Czechoslovakia. But his life calling was in mathematics. As I understand things, some apparatchiks wanted to turn Katetov into a 'Soviet style' full time chess professional. But, if anything, that had a rather oposite effect and Katetov drifted away from chess.
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  GrahamClayton: Biography and mathematical work:

Mar-07-11  BIDMONFA: Miroslav Katetov

KATETOV, Miroslav

Mar-07-11  haydn20: The depth and range of his math is stunning.
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  Penguincw: "Happy Birthday" Miroslav Katetov.I put <Happy Birthday> because I'm not sure if people who passed away still have birthdays.
Mar-18-12  DoctorD: In his article, "One Hit Wonders," in the German chess magazine Problem Forum (April 2012), Stephen Rothwell gives the following study by Katetov:

Miroslav Katetov
Ceskoslovensky Sach 1936, 2nd. Place

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1. g7 (1. gxh7? ♖f1+ =) ♖g1 (1... ♖e8 2. ♗xe8+ ♔h6 3. g8=♘+ (3.g8=♗??; two bishops of the wrong color are no better than one although Fritz will tell you you have a winning advantage here) 3... ♔g7 4. ♘e7 ♔f8 5. ♘d5 ♔xe8) 2. ♗g4+ ♖xg4 (2... ♔h6 3. g8=♖ (3.g8=♕ ♖g3+ 4. ♔f4 (4. ♔e2 ♖g2+) 4... ♖xg4+ 5. ♕xg4=)) 3. hxg4+ ♔h6 4. g8=♗ (4.g8=♘+? ♔g5 5. ♘e7 h5=)

A position that looks game-like and features three underpromotions. Halberstadt later converted the problem into one of four promotions, and thus an Allumwandlung (AUW). I'll leave the reader to figure that one out himself, from Halberstadt's CuriositÚs Tactiques des Finales(1954):

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  GrahamClayton: Here is a link to an edition of the Czechoslovak Mathematical Journal which commemorated Katetov's 70th birthday in 1988:

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to IM Miroslav Katetov (would've been 96 today).
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