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Jan Smejkal
Number of games in database: 1,904
Years covered: 1960 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2504
Highest rating achieved in database: 2615
Overall record: +734 -304 =848 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      18 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (158) 
    A15 A17 A10 A14 A13
 King's Indian (117) 
    E62 E63 E60 E67 E69
 English, 1 c4 e5 (89) 
    A29 A21 A25 A26 A28
 English, 1 c4 c5 (87) 
    A30 A34 A33 A35 A31
 Reti System (76) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Sicilian (52) 
    B36 B38 B39 B89 B43
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (199) 
    C95 C92 C67 C77 C68
 Grunfeld (157) 
    D85 D94 D91 D87 D86
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (133) 
    C95 C92 C91 C85 C93
 Sicilian (115) 
    B43 B25 B35 B40 B42
 English, 1 c4 c5 (76) 
    A34 A37 A30 A39 A35
 English, 1 c4 e5 (49) 
    A21 A29 A28 A20 A22
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J M Bellon Lopez vs Smejkal, 1970 0-1
   Jansa vs Smejkal, 1969 0-1
   Smejkal vs Petrosian, 1981 1-0
   Smejkal vs Adorjan, 1972 1-0
   Smejkal vs Smyslov, 1969 1-0
   V Tukmakov vs Smejkal, 1973 0-1
   Smejkal vs Ljubojevic, 1977 1-0
   Smejkal vs J Moles, 1972 1-0
   Smejkal vs S Tatai, 1973 1-0
   Smejkal vs Gheorghiu, 1972 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)
   Hoogovens (1975)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Milan (1975)
   Hastings 1968/69 (1968)
   Hoogovens (1972)
   October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Banja Luka 1979 by suenteus po 147
   Hoogovens 1972 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1975 by suenteus po 147
   Palma de Mallorca 1972 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1972 by suenteus po 147
   Amsterdam IBM 1979 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1968/69 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1976 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1976 by WCC Editing Project
   Milan 1975 by suenteus po 147

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(born Mar-22-1946, 70 years old) Czech Republic

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Jan Smejkal was born in Lanskroun, Czechoslovakia. Awarded the IM title in 1970 and the GM title in 1972, he has been Czech champion in 1973, 1979 and 1986. In the 1973 Leningrad Interzonal he finished fourth--one spot shy of qualifying as a World Championship Candidate. He was on most Czech Olympiad teams between 1968 and 1988.

His tournament successes include wins at Polanica Zdroj 1970 and 1972, Smederevska Palanka 1971, Palma de Mallorca (1972), Novi Sad 1976, Vrsac 1977, Leipzig 1977, Warsaw 1979, Trencianske-Teplice 1979 and Baden-Baden 1985. He was also 4th= at Munich 1988.

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 page 1 of 77; games 1-25 of 1,904  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Tal vs Smejkal 1-031 1960 Prague radio simC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. P Voboril vs Smejkal  0-126 1962 Harrachov 62/63B23 Sicilian, Closed
3. Smejkal vs M Seifert  1-045 1962 Harrachov 62/63B89 Sicilian
4. L Alster vs Smejkal 1-036 1963 CSR-chD80 Grunfeld
5. K Eretova vs Smejkal  0-130 1963 Telnice/UstiB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
6. Smejkal vs Kavalek 1-040 1963 CSR-chB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. J Kozma vs Smejkal  ½-½42 1963 CSR-chE60 King's Indian Defense
8. Smejkal vs S Kupka  ½-½37 1963 Telnice/UstiC45 Scotch Game
9. J Fichtl vs Smejkal  1-042 1963 CSR-chB32 Sicilian
10. Smejkal vs Z Novak  ½-½41 1963 CSR-chC11 French
11. F Blatny vs Smejkal  ½-½32 1963 Telnice/UstiB23 Sicilian, Closed
12. Pachman vs Smejkal  ½-½26 1963 CSR-chB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
13. Smejkal vs J Simek 1-069 1963 CSR-chC17 French, Winawer, Advance
14. Smejkal vs M Janata 1-023 1963 Telnice/UstiC41 Philidor Defense
15. S Kupka vs Smejkal  1-040 1963 CSR-chB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
16. Smejkal vs J Fabian  ½-½44 1963 CSR-chB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. J Vesely vs Smejkal 0-127 1963 Telnice/UstiB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
18. Smejkal vs Hybl  1-039 1963 CSR-chE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
19. J Dolezal vs Smejkal  1-037 1963 CSR-chD90 Grunfeld
20. Smejkal vs J Augustin  ½-½47 1963 Telnice/UstiC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
21. Filip vs Smejkal 1-035 1963 CSR-chE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
22. Smejkal vs F Zita  ½-½40 1963 CSR-chB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
23. Ujtelky vs Smejkal  1-050 1963 CSR-chA00 Uncommon Opening
24. Smejkal vs M Seifert  1-060 1963 Telnice/UstiB07 Pirc
25. Hort vs Smejkal  ½-½49 1963 CSR-chE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
 page 1 of 77; games 1-25 of 1,904  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Sep-05-04  iron maiden: Even if Smejkal had won that game, though, it still wouldn't have been enough to qualify him, because he lost in the last round too.
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  Benzol: 2nd time in just over a fortnight. Not bad eh.
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  Gypsy: People are not machines <iron maiden> and we can not infer anything by such simple arithmetic. The last game would have been played by an inspired-, rather then dispirited man.
Sep-05-04  iron maiden: He'd have needed 1.5 points from the last two games just to qualify for a tie-break match.
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  Gypsy: Remembering how well Smejkal played back then, he had a fair to good shot at those 1.5 points. It was not to be.
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  Eggman: <<People are not machines ... and we can not infer anything by such simple arithmetic. The last game would have been played by an inspired-, rather then dispirited man.>>

Yes, of course. Smejkal's last round game would have been played in a completely different context - as would Karpov's and Byrne's (Byrne was also in the running) last round games.

Feb-03-05  aw1988: I would like to correct a previous post- not completely unknown, but completely forgotten.
May-08-05  hintza:
Nov-03-05  WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of puzzles from Jan's games:
Mar-22-06  Mameluk: Jan Smejkal, elite player of the 70´s, now completely unknown to some kibitzers here :( turns 60 today. Pity he doesn´t play anymore, he doesn´t write books or train youngsters.
Feb-25-07  ChessNe1: why does David Goodman get a picture and Jan Smejkal not? I have heard more about Smejkal than Goodman.
May-13-07  ALEXIN: Smejkal unknown ? Not for me. A great player when I was 15 old :-)
Aug-08-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: i try and not pay attention to some of these guys.......i strongly suggest that you do some some homework first.......remember it's better to be thought a fool then open your mouth and remove all doubt.......i won't mention any names,i'll just look at the guilty party and whistle.......<hailmorphy>
Aug-08-07  Troller: <ChessNe1: why does David Goodman get a picture and Jan Smejkal not? I have heard more about Smejkal than Goodman.> Good question. Goodman, is he the IM who has written some books? Oh, wow. Smejkal is, if not exactly legendary, then one of the great masters of the 70's.

Smejkal was known for getting into time trouble. Larsen won a famous game against him (Smejkal vs Larsen, 1976), where he deliberately tried to exploit this. Rumour has it that Smejkal for the last 10 moves before time control really needed to go to the rest room, but did not dare. While Larsen would take his time for his moves, and then move the pieces slowly across the board.

Smejkal does have an even score against Larsen, though, his best win probably being from Milan 1975: Smejkal vs Larsen, 1975

Apr-08-08  Resignation Trap: Photo of Smejkal with Robert Eugene Byrne during the 1973 Leningrad Interzonal: .
May-13-08  percyblakeney: <The first thing I thought of when I seen his name was the word 'precious'..>

The first thing he thinks if he sees that is surely "we hate those kibitzes"...

Mar-22-09  brankat: Happy Birthday my old friend!
Mar-22-09  WhiteRook48: happy birthday!!
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  GrahamClayton: Smejkal is now a Councillor on the FIDE Medical Commission:

Mar-22-11  BIDMONFA: Jan Smejkal


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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday POTD!
Mar-22-12  haydn20: Finally someone my own age! Tho' I've forgotten a lot about the 70's, I remember his name very well, and it's fun to look at some of his games from back then.
Mar-22-12  Sonny Rollins: He was one of the top players in our first team here in Munich from 1985 to 1993. Happy birthday Jan and all the best.
Jun-06-12  Cemoblanca: Just checking out some games of the tournament in Game Collection: Milan 1975 and he attracted my attention immediately! Until today he was unknown to me! His win against "The Great" Larsen in this tournament was really great! Very interesting opening indeed: 9.Nf1!?, 10.Nxg2!?, 11.e4!? and finally Ne3!? to control the center! Very fine moves here! :0)
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Jan Smejkal.
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