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Karl Robatsch
Number of games in database: 609
Years covered: 1954 to 1995
Highest rating achieved in database: 2460
Overall record: +127 -179 =303 (45.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (64) 
    B91 B90 B92 B32 B47
 Ruy Lopez (38) 
    C77 C85 C96 C95 C75
 King's Indian (32) 
    E90 E92 E94 E91 E97
 English (20) 
    A17 A10 A15 A16 A14
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (18) 
    C85 C96 C95 C98 C92
 Sicilian Najdorf (18) 
    B91 B90 B92 B98 B97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (67) 
    B61 B60 B57 B58 B56
 English (38) 
    A10 A14 A18 A13 A15
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C95 C94 C78 C70 C64
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (26) 
    B61 B60 B62
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (23) 
    C95 C94 C85 C98 C93
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A46 A40 A41 A45 E00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Robatsch vs Jansa, 1974 1-0
   Robatsch vs F J Perez Perez, 1963 1-0
   Robatsch vs Tal, 1960 1/2-1/2
   Robatsch vs T van Scheltinga, 1963 1-0
   Robatsch vs Hertneck, 1994 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1961/62 (1961)
   Havana (1965)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   IBM Amsterdam (1972)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1962 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww

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KARL ROBATSCH
(born Oct-14-1928, died Sep-19-2000, 71 years old) Austria

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Karl Robatsch was born in Klagenfurt. Awarded the IM title in 1957 and the GM title in 1961, he was Austrian champion in 1960. The Robatsch (B06) Defence is named after him. He was 2nd at Kapfenberg in 1955, 2nd= at Varna 1957, 1st= at Madrid 1961, 2nd= at Wijk aan Zee 1962, 3rd= at Halle 1963 and had his finest moment at the Leipzig Olympiad 1960 when he won the gold medal for the best performance on first board. He passed away in 2000 after a long battle with stomach and throat cancer.

Wikipedia article: Karl Robatsch


 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 609  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J H Donner vs Robatsch  1-041 1954 Amsterdam olym preB06 Robatsch
2. Robatsch vs M Cuellar Gacharna  ½-½62 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. C Doerner vs Robatsch  0-142 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
4. B P Reilly vs Robatsch  0-123 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)E64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
5. Smyslov vs Robatsch 1-034 1954 AmsterdamA10 English
6. Morcken vs Robatsch  ½-½82 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)A40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Robatsch vs Yanofsky  0-159 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)E66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
8. Robatsch vs J Vesterinen  1-053 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)A07 King's Indian Attack
9. Robatsch vs J Kupper  0-153 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)A04 Reti Opening
10. G Porreca vs Robatsch  0-139 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
11. D Parliaros vs Robatsch  0-153 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)A04 Reti Opening
12. D Parliaros vs Robatsch  0-126 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)A05 Reti Opening
13. Robatsch vs Larsen  ½-½40 1954 02 AmsterdamB53 Sicilian
14. O Bernstein vs Robatsch  0-185 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)B06 Robatsch
15. Robatsch vs O Benkner  1-032 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)C77 Ruy Lopez
16. T Salo vs Robatsch  0-168 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)E60 King's Indian Defense
17. Robatsch vs Weghofer 1-018 1955 Kapfenberg, AustriaA04 Reti Opening
18. Filip vs Robatsch  ½-½41 1955 CSR-AUT mA10 English
19. Robatsch vs Filip  ½-½51 1955 CSR-AUT mA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
20. E Paoli vs Robatsch ½-½42 1955 LjubljanaB06 Robatsch
21. Robatsch vs O'Kelly  ½-½19 1956 OlympiadA05 Reti Opening
22. Robatsch vs Uhlmann  ½-½22 1956 Moscow ol (Men)C19 French, Winawer, Advance
23. M Czerniak vs Robatsch  1-035 1956 Moscow ol (Men) prelB08 Pirc, Classical
24. Robatsch vs Larsen 0-119 1956 04 MoscowA04 Reti Opening
25. Robatsch vs Prins  0-169 1956 RUSC41 Philidor Defense
 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 609  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-07-04  WMD: Austrian GM, born 1928. Helped popularise the defence that (sometimes) bears his name.

Lost a memorable game to Fischer: Fischer vs Robatsch, 1962. Played in the 1974 Chigorin Memorial in Sochi. Finished in 15th place from 16. Scored 6/15 (+2 =8 -5). Both wins took 14 moves each, one being:

Robatsch vs Jansa, 1974.

Apr-03-05  dac1990: Half of this guy's games are draws- either a statistical improbability, boring player, or both.
Oct-08-05  Helios727: In Fischer's MSMG book, he said that Robatsch claimed to have had good results with his offbeat version of the centre-counter (as black). Does anyone have any examples of games where Robatsch actually won as black with the centre-counter?
Jan-26-06  BIDMONFA: Karl Robatsch

ROBATSCH, Karl
http://www.bidmonfa.com/robatsch_ka...
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May-02-06  DutchDunce: ??? This dude plays 1...g6 SIX times out of 101, and they name the opening after him??
Nov-11-07  pawnofdoom: Well I guess it's just whoever plays it first. Whichever famous person plays it first, that is.

A worse case is Alekhine, who has the Alikhine defense named after him. He employed his defense 30 times out of almost 2000 games! And I don't think he actually invented it. He only popularized it, but because he was famous, the defense wa named after him.

Nov-11-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: <Pawnofdoom> See Game Collection: Alekhine plays Klyatskin's Defense
Oct-14-08  brankat: GM Robatsch's best years were from about the mid-fifties to the mid-sixties, with a number of good results.

R.I.P. Mr.Robatsch.

Aug-04-09  Dredge Rivers: He played like a Robat! :)
Aug-04-09  blacksburg: oh god. that was uncalled for.
Aug-06-09  Dredge Rivers: <blacksburg> OK. He played like a Karl. Are you happy now?
Oct-14-09  Thrajin: <blacksburg> I agree. That was unKarled for.
Oct-14-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: Photograph?
Oct-14-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <Richard> See <BIDMONFA>'s post earlier for a picture of Robatsch.
Oct-14-09  vonKrolock: ... or this one http://www.olimpbase.org/1966q/img/...
Oct-14-09  WhiteRook48: and he doesn't play the Robatsch that often
Oct-14-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Ujtelky really the father of the ...g6 defence and especially the Hippo variation(s). Later Suttles played it almost exclusively.

When the center is closed with e5 the Bg7 very often comes back to Bf8. I've seen games where it never even goes to Bg7, making ...g6 'a high class waiting move.'

Oct-14-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: If you look in the year 2008 in the game list of Robatsch's or Moderns you will find my sacrificial masterpiece v FM M. Steadman! (Played near this time last year...

<Benzol> I'll check it out. Thanks.

Oct-14-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: Chess is infinite.
May-22-12  LoveThatJoker: God bless you, GM Karl Robatsch!

LTJ

Sep-07-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: He played in 11 olympics from 1954 through 1994.
http://www.olimpbase.org/players/w0...
Oct-14-13  Penguincw: R.I.P. Karl Robatsch.
Jun-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: It is a minor nuisance that when one enters his name correctly in the Search text field on the search page on cg.com, it doesn't get to his page. Using the Advanced Search text field one gets to his page, but for the name it defaults to the defense instead of the player, claiming that Karl Gilg never played Robatsch (B06)
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