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Frantisek Batik
Number of games in database: 41
Years covered: 1908 to 1978
Overall record: +8 -22 =11 (32.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-26-1887, died Oct-20-1985, 98 years old) Czech Republic

[what is this?]
He was an IMC.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Rotlewi vs F Batik  ½-½361908Prague-BC49 Four Knights
2. F Horak vs F Batik 1-0191923cr ch-CSRC56 Two Knights
3. F Batik vs A Macht  0-1281927WSZ correspondenceD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
4. A H Privonitz vs F Batik  1-0311928WSZ CorrespondenceA43 Old Benoni
5. F Batik vs K Treybal  0-1281928corrC30 King's Gambit Declined
6. F Batik vs M Seibold  ½-½451928corrD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. F Batik vs E Dyckhoff 0-1291930I.F.S.B. ChampionshipD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. F Batik vs Siegel 0-1151938corrC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
9. F Batik vs V Borsony  ½-½4319562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE14 Queen's Indian
10. K Kaliwoda vs F Batik  1-04919562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
11. F Batik vs L Schmid  0-13019562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
12. J Balogh vs F Batik  ½-½7619562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
13. J Jezek vs F Batik  1-04019562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
14. E Arnlind vs F Batik  1-05319562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
15. F Batik vs A Lundqvist  ½-½3519562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
16. M Napolitano vs F Batik  0-13919562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
17. F Batik vs V Bergraser  ½-½5319562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
18. F Batik vs S Kjellander  ½-½2919562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
19. A Laustsen vs F Batik  0-16419562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. F Batik vs L Endzelins  0-14519562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
21. F Batik vs Ragozin  1-05319562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
22. B Koch vs F Batik  1-05519562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. F Batik vs B Svancer  1-0441968corr ch CZED01 Richter-Veresov Attack
24. Kozak vs F Batik 1-0331968corr ch CZEE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
25. J Sulc vs F Batik  0-1401968corr EURC34 King's Gambit Accepted
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  Honza Cervenka: Frantisek Batík (1887 - 1985) was the strongest Czech correspondence chess player prior to the First World War and in the inter-war period. He made a significant contribution to the popularity of correspondence chess and became a true legend of it. He entered the international scene in 1905-1908 as player in two friendly matches between England and the Czechs where he played on a total of four boards and won all 8 games. Later he took part in many CC tournaments organized by the Schweizerische Schachzeitung, Wiener Schachzeitung and Deutsche Schachzeitung as well as in local competitions and became one of strongest players in Europe. As 70 years old he played in the final of the 2nd World Championships (1956-59) and was the only one who won against the world champion V. Ragozin. He stopped to play only at age over 90.
Nov-01-15  ljfyffe: Batik came second (13:5/16) in Propaganda-Turnier ICSB/IFSB 1928-1930; fifth (1.5/5) in IFSB league championship 1929-30; sixth (4/9) 1930-31; 11th (4/12)1932-33; 13th (3.5/12)1934-35.
Dec-30-16  zanzibar: I have my doubts as to the first game, vs. Siegel in 1898, as F. Batik would be but 11 years old.

If it was played by him, its likely the date is wrong - or his biography should make mention of his precociousness.

Here is some more biographical data:

<Ing. Francis Batík was born February 26, 1887 in Chotusice Caslav. Jaroměřským is the only chess player, who acknowledged and recognized throughout the world of chess. Member of the Czech Chess Association has been since its inception in the year. 1905. He was a strong correspondence player already as a student of the Prague Polytechnic, where in 1911 he received a diploma civil engineer. He became the first champion of Czechoslovakia in correspondence chess game in 1923. The title of international champion achieved in 1959. The greatest success came in 1956-58, when the World Championships in Correspondence Chess occupied 2nd place. He was also a member of the team that won 3rd place at the Chess Olympiad. Several regional championship was initiated in honor of his birthday on February 26. Even in the 94 years ended on an incredible 4th place. We can say that my whole life to chess. A member of the chess club TJ Jiskra became in February 1974. In his apartment he always had on his desk a small board and a prayer book. He was a great admirer of nature and even in old age is like bathing in the river base. He lived very modestly and financial assistance to postcards at their low pensions refused. He died 20 October 1985 in Jaroměři at the age of 99 years.

Miroslav Martinovský> (cz)

Dec-30-16  zanzibar: Another mention of him, including a large photograph (towards bottom) is here:

Jan-02-17  hemy: <zanzibar>The picture similar to the one you mentioned, (retouched by me):

The second one is low quality picture from WSZ 1929, number 14, p. 211

Jan-02-17  zanzibar: Both serviceable photographs.

Of course the first is preferable for inclusion here, but the origin source is unknown. Plus the issue of copyright permissions.

The 2nd photograph is usable, since the WSZ issue is old enough to put it in public domain (I'm pretty sure). I think it could be improved, just a little, in photoshop by adjusting the contrast. But we could use that right away.

I still wonder if we have any contacts with the ICCF though.

Jan-02-17  hemy: The source of the 1st image:
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