|Feb-20-04|| ||youngplayer11: Does any body have info about this guy.Like: alink to a bio,an interesting story,great achievments,playing style,any thing?
all info is apreciated
|Feb-20-04|| ||unsound: Well, he's Czech, he coached young David Navara and Eric Schiller in the preface to his Encyclopedia of Chess Knowledge (or something like that, it's online in pdf format) happily recalls analyzing adjourned games with him. Did you Google him? |
|Feb-20-04|| ||youngplayer11: <did you google him?>yeah,nothing but book reviews of Dynamics of chess strategy by jansa |
|Jul-15-04|| ||Geronimo: Dynamics of chess strategy is pretty fun to work through. Seems like a nice guy, too. |
|May-28-05|| ||Mac3: Vlastimal Jansa also wrote a book in conjunction with Vlastimal Hort called "Best Move" that is highly regarded and can sell for as much as $200 US on the Internet.|
|Jul-10-05|| ||Tigi: Mac3: I bought that book in a secondhand bookshop for approximately 3 USD, in czech language:-) It is well written with friendly comments. Players from patzers to masters can enjoy it...|
|Aug-14-05|| ||Gypsy: Today, Jansa is the grand old man of Czech chess. Pachman passed away, Filip has been mostly retired for decades. Hort is in Germany, Kavalek in USA, and Smejkal seldom if ever plays. Thus Jansa is the fatherly figure of country's chess.|
Here are some excerpts from a recent inteview w. Jansa during the 2005 Czech National Championship (Jansa finished 5th).
<How did you start playing competitively?> My mom went to buy me a chess set for my 10th birtday. She met a gentleman, who turned out to be IM Emil Richter. They started talk and Mr Richer invited me to the Prague club Posista. My collaboration with Emil Richter, which lasted till I was 28, dates from that point on. I regard Emil Richter not only being a great pedagogue, but also being one of the strongest chessplayers in the land. Even Pachman stated about Richter that had Richter had more oportunities, he would have been so good that nobody could have faced him.
<How did your training go?> With Richter, you did not care about opening. Instead, the understanding of the depths of chess was at the training core. Richter realy liked chess studies; he had an excellent strategic feel and judgement for positions. I too learned a love for compositions from him. Chess studies are, to my opinion, now an underappreciated tool of training and of chess in general. So often one can find there some crystaline truth about positions, strategic ideas, or strength of individual piecess. I like the studies by Kasparian, Reti, Matison, and Troitsky. It is interesting, that Lasker held Reti in a fairly low esteem as a chessplayer. But when Lasker read through Reti's compositions, he declared Reti a genius.
< How/when did you become a GM; what was your ELO, and how high you got with your competive results? > I got the GM title in 1974, when I was 32. My highest rating was 2545, which I think is equivalent of being over 2600 today. And the highest I got on the FIDE list was the 33rd place in the world. But I thing of Elo as being only an ancilary measure of player's strength ...
< Which result you consider your best? > ... Probably my best chess ever I played in 1974 at the championships at Rimavska Sobota. I stopped smoking I played with the greatest of ease. At the end I scored 12/15 and won the tournament 1 pt ahead of Hort. Unfortunately, I returned to smoking and I got cured of it only after my heart-attack in 1989.
|Aug-14-05|| ||Gypsy: <What about your encounteres with the greatest players? > ...Tal was one of the most plesant oponents. He could teach anyone about behavior. During Tal vs Jansa, 1966, for instance, I was standing to win with Black, but I was in a time pressure. Tal was a hero in Jugoslavia and, perhaps to make a favorable impression, one of the tournament referees was trying to interfere with my playing. He was trying to make me record the moves, by all the time taping on my shoulder and disturbing me. But Tal just scorned him with a look and, with a resolute gesture, chased the referee away from me. ... Otherwise, as a player but also as a great personality, the grandest impression on me was left by Keres. ...|
< If you were to put together top-10, who wouldn't be missing? > A hard question. I personaly would put Fischer at the top; he was the only player so feared, and to draw him even with White was desperately hard. He was able to find all essential at the board better that anybody else. ... In Fischer vs Hort, 1970, Hort was standing a bit better at the adjournement. We analysed the game and suddenly Hort said: "Gentlemen, I just need to see a clear draw!" With anyone else in the world, he would have tried to win that game. We found a forced repetition of moves and that is how the game ended. Disapointed by the adjournement was -- Fischer. I would rather state the rest of the list without any particular order; those are realy hard. I certainly have to include Kasparov, Karpov, Keres, Tal, Spassky, Alekhine, Capablanca, Lasker, Smyslov, Petrosian, Botvinnik.
<How about today chess?> Today chess is different. A classical example is Leko: His discipline and absoprtion of information made him into a player of world top class, even though, to my opion, he lacks chess personality. A personality is, for instance, Anand: I like his chess; it has clear strategic concepts. And Anand is capable of playing practically anything. Today chess is too affected by computer science and that is not realy endeering. On the other side, guys such as Kasparov and Kramnik are capable of, with the help of computer science, moving chess forward.
< How do you view the shattered chess world? > ... we should take a move back, I think, and return to the candidates cycles.
|Aug-11-06|| ||Mameluk: Jansa has beaten Korchnoi in World senior championship and is leading.|
|Oct-01-06|| ||Zabranolog: Jack Peters in the LA Times reports today:
"Another world championship ended Sept. 22 in Arvier, Italy. Viktor Korchnoi won the World Senior Championship for players over age 60. The Swiss grandmaster, 75, finished with an undefeated 9-2 score, a half-point ahead of Czech GM Vlastimil Jansa. The field of 124 players included nine GMs."
|Oct-03-06|| ||Chess Carnival: Hello <Gypsy> ! I know it's been a long time since you've posted this Jansa interview. But it's never too late to say: great job! It's a very nice reading..|
|Sep-06-07|| ||Manuel Garcia: Indeed; a very nice interview. The book "The best move" is highly recommendable. I red it in english and, almost 15 years later, tried to get a copy of it. Alas, I could get it only in german...|
|Jul-18-08|| ||BIDMONFA: http://chessgames.com/perl/chesspla...
|Nov-27-10|| ||wordfunph: amazon's customer reviews of the book "THe Best Move" by Vlastimil Jansa and Vlastimil Hort..|
|Mar-31-11|| ||kingfu: We debate about age and Chess performance / ratings. Korchnoi has remained strong. Karpov has faded a bit.|
Grandmaster Vlastimil Jansa is with 10 points of his highest rating ever at almost 70 years of age.
|Jun-26-11|| ||Antiochus: A splendid loss in 2011:
Jansa vs V Mirumian, 2011
42...Txg3!! was a tremendous sacrifice combining concepts and calculate.
|Nov-27-12|| ||brankat: Best wishes for Your 70th Vlastimil!|
|Nov-27-12|| ||waustad: Happy 70th!|
|Feb-13-13|| ||gars: The two Valstimils, Hort and Jansa, have written "The Best Move", a very good book published in 1980 by R.H. M. Press, a publishing house famous for its books, which were excellent in content and atrocious as productions, because in a few months the pages always fell apart.|
|Apr-25-13|| ||Gottschalk: [Event "20th World Seniors"]
[Site "Arco ITA"]
[White "Herman Claudius Van Riemsdijk"]
[Black "Vlastimil Jansa"]
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a6 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d5 8. O-O Nf6 9. Re1
Be7 10. Bf4 O-O 11. Qf3 Re8 12. Rad1 e5 13. Bxe5
Bg4 14. Qg3 Bxd1 15. Rxd1 Nh5 16. Qf3 Bf6 17. Bxf6
Nxf6 18. exd5 cxd5 19. h3 Qa5 20. a3 Rad8 21. Ne2
Qb6 22. b4 g6 23. Nc3 Qc6 24. Ne2 Ne4 25. Nd4
Qb6 26. Nb3 Rd6 27. Qe2 Rde6 28. Bxe4 Rxe4 29. Qf3
Re1+ 30. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 31. Kh2 Qc7+ 0-1