Cenek Kottnauer was born in Prague. He was awarded the IM title in 1950 and became an International Arbiter in 1951. Kottnauer played the Helsinki Olympiad 1952 on board 4 for Czechoslovakia, scoring +10 =5 -0. In 1953 he won the Lucerne international tournament. That same year, he emigrated to England, and eventually became a naturalized citizen and played for England in the Olympiads of 1964 and 1968. In the 1970s he became one of England's top coaches of young players.
Runemaster: Another of the largely forgotten players of his era. In the database, Kottnauer had 2 wins against Smyslov, Kotov and Szabo, and single wins against Averbakh, Bernstein, Levenfish, Bogoljubov, Pachman and Nadjorf. So, rather more than today's ordinary IM.
GrahamClayton: Article from the Milwaukee Journal dated January 3, 1953 about Kottnauer's "defection" from Czechoslovakia:
"Czech Chess Star Asks for Asylum
Lucerne, Switzerland - Cenek Kottnauer, 42, Czecho-Slovakian chess champion and an employee of the ministry of education in Prague, announced Saturday that he would not return to Czech-Slovakia and would request political asylum in Switzerland. Kottnauer had been participating in a chess tournament.
He said that the political situation in his country had grown "more and more critical" and he wanted "to leave before it is too late". He said that he had been divorced recently and had no children in Czech-Slovakia".
waustad: <erniecohen> That is difficult to decide, but some folks like Morphy and Lasker and such probably dwarf him. The GM title is recent so many earlier players were MUCH better. I have no desire to denegrate a fine player, but Capablanca was not a GM due to his date of birth.
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