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Jan Smejkal
Number of games in database: 1,905
Years covered: 1960 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2504
Highest rating achieved in database: 2615

Overall record: +733 -305 =849 (61.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 18 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (161) 
    A15 A17 A10 A14 A13
 King's Indian (117) 
    E62 E63 E60 E67 E69
 English, 1 c4 e5 (89) 
    A29 A25 A21 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 C91
 Grunfeld (157) 
    D85 D94 D91 D87 D86
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (133) 
    C95 C92 C91 C85 C93
 Sicilian (116) 
    B43 B25 B35 B40 B93
 English, 1 c4 c5 (76) 
    A34 A37 A30 A35 A39
 English (49) 
    A15 A17 A16 A10 A13
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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
   Smejkal vs Ljubojevic, 1977 1-0
   V Tukmakov vs Smejkal, 1973 0-1
   B Ivanovic vs Smejkal, 1977 0-1
   Smejkal vs S Tatai, 1973 1-0
   Karpov vs Smejkal, 1975 1/2-1/2

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

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

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(born Mar-22-1946, 71 years old) Czech Republic

[what is this?]
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.

Wikipedia article: Jan Smejkal

 page 1 of 77; games 1-25 of 1,905  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tal vs Smejkal 1-0311960Prague radio simC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. Smejkal vs M Seifert  1-0451962Harrachov 62/63B89 Sicilian
3. P Voboril vs Smejkal  0-1261962Harrachov 62/63B23 Sicilian, Closed
4. Smejkal vs J Augustin  ½-½471963Telnice/UstiC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
5. Smejkal vs Kavalek 1-0401963CSR-chB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. J Vesely vs Smejkal 0-1271963Telnice/UstiB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. L Alster vs Smejkal 1-0361963CSR-chD80 Grunfeld
8. Smejkal vs J Trapl  ½-½111963CSR-chB06 Robatsch
9. Jansa vs Smejkal  1-0281963Telnice/UstiA08 King's Indian Attack
10. Pachman vs Smejkal  ½-½261963CSR-chB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
11. Smejkal vs M Seifert  1-0601963Telnice/UstiB07 Pirc
12. Smejkal vs Z Novak  ½-½411963CSR-chC11 French
13. J Kozma vs Smejkal  ½-½421963CSR-chE60 King's Indian Defense
14. K Eretova vs Smejkal  0-1301963Telnice/UstiB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
15. Smejkal vs Hybl  1-0391963CSR-chE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
16. Smejkal vs E Nowak  0-1351963Telnice/UstiC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
17. S Kupka vs Smejkal  1-0401963CSR-chB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
18. Smejkal vs J Simek 1-0691963CSR-chC17 French, Winawer, Advance
19. F Blatny vs Smejkal  ½-½321963Telnice/UstiB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. Hort vs Smejkal  ½-½491963CSR-chE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
21. Smejkal vs S Kupka  ½-½371963Telnice/UstiC45 Scotch Game
22. Filip vs Smejkal 1-0351963CSR-chE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
23. Smejkal vs F Zita  ½-½401963CSR-chB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
24. J Dolezal vs Smejkal  1-0371963CSR-chD90 Grunfeld
25. Smejkal vs F Blatny  ½-½641963CSR-chC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
 page 1 of 77; games 1-25 of 1,905  PGN Download
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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"...

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  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.
May-29-16  tjipa: It is a pity this man seems to have quit playing 15 years ago. Does anyone know what happened? Health? Mental problems? Disillusionment?
Dec-03-16  RookFile: He wised up?
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