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Cenek Kottnauer
C Kottnauer 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 304
Years covered: 1931 to 1974

Overall record: +97 -92 =114 (50.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E32 E44 E33 E37 E47
 King's Indian (13) 
    E67 E95 E80 E64 E94
 Semi-Slav (12) 
    D47 D46 D49 D48 D43
 Orthodox Defense (9) 
    D51 D50 D67 D63 D53
 English, 1 c4 e5 (8) 
    A28 A20 A29 A27
 English (8) 
    A13 A15 A19 A18 A14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (55) 
    B50 B24 B92 B45 B20
 King's Indian (11) 
    E70 E67 E95 E92 E69
 Orthodox Defense (11) 
    D63 D50 D59 D60 D53
 English (10) 
    A17 A14 A15 A19 A18
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
    B92 B93 B91 B95 B90
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E20 E41 E29 E56 E26
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C Kottnauer vs Kotov, 1946 1-0
   C Kottnauer vs K Whyld, 1953 1-0
   C Kottnauer vs Smyslov, 1946 1-0
   C Kottnauer vs Bogoljubov, 1932 1-0
   Boleslavsky vs C Kottnauer, 1946 1/2-1/2
   C Kottnauer vs Reshevsky, 1950 1/2-1/2
   C Kottnauer vs Flohr, 1946 1/2-1/2
   C Kottnauer vs Kotov, 1946 1-0
   C Kottnauer vs Najdorf, 1946 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Zaandam (Kottnauer Hexathlon) (1946)
   Hastings 1959/60 (1959)
   Prague (1946)
   Hastings 1968/69 (1968)
   Groningen (1946)
   Budapest (1952)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1959/60 by suenteus po 147
   1962 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Zaandam 1946 - the Kottnauer hexathlon by sneaky pete


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CENEK KOTTNAUER
(born Feb-24-1910, died Feb-14-1996, 85 years old) Czech Republic (federation/nationality United Kingdom)
PRONUNCIATION:
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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.

Wikipedia article: Čeněk Kottnauer


 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 304  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Kottnauer vs J Rejfir  0-1331931Kautsky mem 8thA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. C Kottnauer vs Bogoljubov 1-0321932Prague clock simulD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. C Kottnauer vs K Treybal  0-1271933Kautsky mem10D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. F Schubert vs C Kottnauer  1-0561939Prague olm qualB72 Sicilian, Dragon
5. C Kottnauer vs A Pokorny  1-0331939Prague olm qualA20 English
6. C Kottnauer vs J Louma  ½-½161939Prague olm qualA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
7. C Kottnauer vs F Zita  ½-½921942Duras 60 memE00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. C Kottnauer vs Sajtar  ½-½501942ChocenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
9. M Katetov vs C Kottnauer 1-0181942ChocenE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
10. C Kottnauer vs E Richter  0-1591942ChocenD85 Grunfeld
11. C Kottnauer vs J Rejfir 0-1271942Duras 60 memE00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. C Kottnauer vs Foltys  0-1641942Duras 60 memD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
13. C Kottnauer vs R Keller  ½-½211942ChocenD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
14. C Kottnauer vs F J Prokop  1-0281942Duras 60 memA30 English, Symmetrical
15. C Kottnauer vs F Zita  1-0301942ChocenA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
16. J Dobias vs C Kottnauer 0-1451942ChocenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
17. C Kottnauer vs A Tikovsky  0-1291942ChocenE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
18. K Junge vs C Kottnauer 1-0321942Duras 60 memD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. C Kottnauer vs Saemisch  1-0781942ChocenE17 Queen's Indian
20. C Kottnauer vs Alekhine 0-1701942PragueE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
21. C Kottnauer vs M Foltys  1-0421943ZlinD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
22. C Kottnauer vs J Holas 1-0301943ZlinE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
23. C Kottnauer vs Pachman  ½-½301943ZlinA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
24. V Stulik vs C Kottnauer  0-1341943ZlinB50 Sicilian
25. J Fichtl vs C Kottnauer  ½-½391943ZlinB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 304  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-09-03  Resignation Trap: Tim Harding wrote a very good article about Kottnauer.

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kibit...

He also co-authored the book "Why You Lose at Chess" with Tim Harding.

Aug-15-05  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.
Mar-10-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: Kottnauer escape and subsequent emigration to England was at the time a big loss for chess in Czechoslovakia.
Mar-10-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: And those two wins against Kotov were spectacular, esp. this one:

C Kottnauer vs Kotov, 1946

Mar-10-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: Chessmetrics Player Profile: Cenek Kottnauer (*1910 +1996)

Best World Rank: #40 (1945)
Highest Rating: 2607 (1952, #46, 42y7m)
Best Individual Performance: 2715 (Helsinki ol (Men), 1952)

Feb-24-07  BIDMONFA: Cenek Kottnauer

KOTTNAUER, Cenek
http://www.bidmonfa.com/kottnauer_c...
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Jan-03-10  falso contacto: nice game in a crucial line vs kotov.
Dec-14-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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".

Feb-24-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday!
Apr-20-14  erniecohen: Is he the highest ranking non-GM in history?
Aug-04-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: Kottnauer-E. Richter, Bratislava, 1948


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Feb-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Cenek Kottnauer.
Feb-24-17  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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