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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 in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (12) 
    E67 E62 E60 E68 E64
 King's Indian Attack (11) 
    A07 A08
 Reti System (7) 
    A04 A05
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D78 D80 D79
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A37 A34 A30
 Sicilian (4) 
    B30 B40 B50
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (19) 
    B42 B48 B28 B24 B43
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B17 B11 B10 B16 B19
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E50 E53 E21 E54
 Sicilian Kan (5) 
    B42 B43
 Sicilian Taimanov (4) 
    B48 B46 B47
 English, 1 c4 c5 (4) 
    A36 A30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Ogaard vs J Flesch, 1974 0-1
   M Czerniak vs J Flesch, 1964 0-1
   J Flesch vs Huebner, 1970 1/2-1/2

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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.

Wikipedia article: J%C3%A1nos Flesch

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 142  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Szilagyi vs J Flesch 0-126 1955 BudapestD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. T Filep vs J Flesch  0-159 1958 BudapestA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
3. J Flesch vs G Kluger  0-139 1958 HUN-ch 14thA86 Dutch
4. J Flesch vs Hrumo 1-014 1960 BFX BudapestC37 King's Gambit Accepted
5. J Flesch vs E Orendy  0-154 1961 HUN Ch 16thA53 Old Indian
6. J Flesch vs Szabo  ½-½41 1961 HUN chA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
7. J Flesch vs G Kluger  ½-½45 1961 HUN-ch 16thA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
8. J Flesch vs Portisch  ½-½15 1962 UngarnA13 English
9. Szabo vs J Flesch  1-047 1962 12C75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
10. J Flesch vs G Kluger  ½-½22 1962 HUN-ch 17thE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
11. Portisch vs J Flesch  ½-½20 1963 HUN-ch 18thD54 Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation
12. Szabo vs J Flesch  1-040 1963 BudapestD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. J Flesch vs E Paoli  1-051 1963 Reggio Emilia 6364A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
14. F Koberl vs J Flesch  0-143 1963 HUN-ch 18thA36 English
15. J Flesch vs J Bratoszewski  1-033 1963 Reggio Emilia 6364A04 Reti Opening
16. J Flesch vs G Kluger  ½-½30 1963 HUN-ch 18thA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Filip vs J Flesch  ½-½51 1963 Asztalos memD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. J Flesch vs Tal ½-½41 1963 MiskolcB50 Sicilian
19. J Flesch vs E Paoli  1-035 1963 Asztalos memA05 Reti Opening
20. Bronstein vs J Flesch  ½-½23 1963 MiskolcD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Matulovic vs J Flesch  1-043 1964 HUN-YUGB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
22. J Flesch vs Matulovic  0-145 1964 HUN-YUGA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
23. Szabo vs J Flesch  1-030 1964 Budapest HUN chE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
24. P Beggi vs J Flesch  0-138 1964 Reggio E.E15 Queen's Indian
25. J Flesch vs Portisch  ½-½30 1964 UngarnA37 English, Symmetrical
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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.

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  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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