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Janos Flesch
Number of games in database: 142
Years covered: 1955 to 1983
Highest rating achieved in database: 2390
Overall record: +35 -42 =65 (47.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Sep-30-1933, died Dec-09-1983, 50 years old) Hungary

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Janos Laszlo Flesch was awarded the IM title in 1963 and an Emeritus GM title in 1980. He specialized in similtaneous blindfold exhibitions.

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 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 142  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Szilagyi vs J Flesch 0-1261955BudapestD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. T Filep vs J Flesch  0-1591958BudapestA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
3. J Flesch vs G Kluger  0-1391958HUN-ch 14thA86 Dutch
4. J Flesch vs Hrumo 1-0141960Blindfold simul, 52bC37 King's Gambit Accepted
5. J Flesch vs E Orendy  0-1541961HUN-ch 16thA53 Old Indian
6. J Flesch vs Szabo  ½-½411961HUN chA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
7. J Flesch vs G Kluger  ½-½451961HUN-ch 16thA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
8. J Flesch vs Portisch  ½-½151962HUN-ch 17thA13 English
9. Szabo vs J Flesch  1-0471962HUN-ch 17thC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
10. J Flesch vs G Kluger  ½-½221962HUN-ch 17thE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
11. J Flesch vs J Bratoszewski  1-0331963Reggio Emilia 6364A04 Reti Opening
12. Portisch vs J Flesch  ½-½201963HUN-ch 18thD54 Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation
13. Szabo vs J Flesch  1-0401963BudapestD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. F Koberl vs J Flesch  0-1431963HUN-ch 18thA36 English
15. J Flesch vs G Kluger  ½-½301963HUN-ch 18thA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Filip vs J Flesch  ½-½511963Asztalos Memorial 6thD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. J Flesch vs Tal ½-½411963Asztalos Memorial 6thA07 King's Indian Attack
18. J Flesch vs E Paoli  1-0351963Asztalos Memorial 6thA05 Reti Opening
19. Bronstein vs J Flesch  ½-½231963Asztalos Memorial 6thD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. J Flesch vs E Paoli  1-0511963Reggio Emilia 6364A05 Reti Opening
21. J Flesch vs Portisch  ½-½301964HUN-ch 19thA37 English, Symmetrical
22. Matulovic vs J Flesch  1-0431964HUN-YUGB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
23. J Flesch vs Matulovic  0-1451964HUN-YUGA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
24. Szabo vs J Flesch  1-0301964HUN-ch 19thE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
25. P Beggi vs J Flesch  0-1381964Reggio E.E15 Queen's Indian
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Dec-24-04  aw1988: Really? A blind simul actually turned him mad immediately? Or is this some sick joke?
Dec-24-04  von schlepstein: Everything I say here is true, or my name isn't Von Schlepstein!
Dec-24-04  Pawsome: <aw1988>It's a sick joke. Flesch's blindfold record was reported to be over 60 games in a contemporaneous article I read. Kotanowski and Najdorf scoffed at it because Flesch used scores, as noted above. The former and latter used nothing other than a list of their opponents' names. Najdorf won most of 45 blindfold games played simultaneously this way, I believe. To my mind, playing a single credible game blindfolded is a feat. The fact that he had the scores to him doesn't diminish Flesch's achievement. According to this db Flesch' highest rating was 2365. Factoring for inflation that would be about 2400+, I guesstimate. You'd think a guy with such prodigious talents would have attained a higher standing.
Jan-08-06  MUG: Commenting sometime after his blindfold simultaneous exhibition, Janos said:

<There was one other danger which Grandmaster Miguel Najdorf warned me of. After his display in South America he was laid up for about a month with a spasm of the brain vessels. I avoided that danger with some special exercises.

Generally speaking everything passed off happily, except that I lost six kilos of weight in one day.>

For the record, Janos played 52 games blindfold, winning 31, drawing 18, and conceding only 3 defeats. The exhibition lasted thirteen and a half hours, with three five-minute breaks.

Dec-10-06  Karpova: His book on material imbalances was quite interesting and written well.
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  Jim Bartle: "After the simul Flesch lost his mind and had to go to a nuthouse where he was thrown into a mob of naked filthy drooling blabbering madmen."

They sent him to chessgames?

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  Jim Bartle: Shortly after being granted the GM title he formed the legendary group "Grandmaster Flesch and the Furious Five."
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  tpstar: He was beloved for his formidable stage presence, yet he was even more imposing in the flesch.
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  Jim Bartle: He once struck the Black Knight a mighty blow, but the Knight said, "Tis but a Flesch wound."
Mar-25-08  Tomlinsky: "Perhaps it is a good time to recall an amusing, and probably apocryphal, story about an attempt by Janos Flesch, the late Hungarian Grandmaster, to beat the World Blindfold simultaneous record. His opponents, who all belonged to the same club, played a really dirty trick on him! Half of them answered Flesch's 1.d4 or 1.e4 with 1...g6, while the other half played 1...d6; then on the second move half of those who had played 1...g6 played 2...g7, while the other half played 2...d6; meanwhile the 1...d6 players were choosing between 2...g6 and 2...c6 and 2...Nd7. By the third move Black was announcing moves like 3...g6, 3...c6, 3...Bg7, 3...d6, or 3...Nd7 and poor Flesch, who of course had no sight of the boards, couldn't remember which moves had been played in each individual game. One version of the story has him escaping through a toilet window."

Speelman & McDonald, Modern Defence.

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  brankat: J.Flesch's blindfold simul displays were a feat of special kind of a talent. The results well deserved.

The occasional use of the score-sheets was not controversial, but within the rules.

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  PhilFeeley: <keypusher: I understand there is some controversy about the blindfold record -- is that true? Can anyone shed any light on this?> Perhaps this book can:

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  chancho: <Karpova: His book on material imbalances was quite interesting and written well.>

Is the name of the book <Planning in Chess>?

Jan-08-09  Karpova: <chancho>
I don't know and I don't have the book anymore. Maybe I'll remember the name or find it out.
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  chancho: <Karpova> I downloaded a book yesterday by Flesch called Planning in Chess. Thought you were referring to that book.

Jan-08-09  KingG: <chancho> Great website! Thanks.
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  chancho: <KingG> No problemo. :)
Jan-09-09  Karpova: <chancho>
Thanks for the link! Yes, that's the book I was referring to.
Sep-30-09  BIDMONFA: Janos Flesch

FLESCH, Janos L.

Sep-30-09  DrCurmudgeon: Interesting picture. I think we know why he's not looking at the board.
Sep-30-09  WhiteRook48: in the flesch
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  GrahamClayton: <keypusher>I understand there is some controversy about the blindfold record -- is that true? Can anyone shed any light on this?

According to an interview with arbiter Stewart Reuben by Sean Marsh in the May 2009 issue of "Chess", Flesch's opponents in the 1960 52 game exhibition were "allegedly" asked to resign early. Obviously 3 of the 52 players did not heed that instruction! The interview mentioned nothing about Flesch having the game scores read back to him.

May-16-10  myschkin: . . .

<Jan-08-09 PhilFeeley: Perhaps this book can:>

around p.101-110

Sep-08-13  Howard: As someone pointed out in one of the early comments, Flesch (and his wife) were killed in a car accident in London, in late 1983. In fact, they were both in town for the Kasparov-Korchnoi match. Chess Life had a short article about it, along with a picture of Flesch.
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  offramp: Shoulda taken that blindfold off when driving, dude!
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