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J Kotrc 
Wiener Schachzeitung, Sep-Oct 1915, p 195.
ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
 
Jan Kotrc
Number of games in database: 25
Years covered: 1891 to 1912
Overall record: +12 -5 =8 (64.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
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JAN KOTRC
(born Aug-23-1862, died Oct-17-1943, 81 years old) Czech Republic

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Jan Kotrč was born in Bielsko (then Austrian Silesia, now Poland) on August 23, 1862. He was an editor of the chess magazines Šach-Mat (1884-1885), České listy šachové (1896-1900) in Prague, and Arbeiter Schachzeitung in the 1920s-1930s in Vienna. He shared 2nd with Karel Traxler, behind Dr. Jan Kvicala, at Prague 1891 (the 3rd Congress of the Bohemian Chess Association), and tied for 4th-6th at Dresden 1892 (the 7th DSB Congress, Hauptturnier A, won by Paul Lipke). He won a match against Josef Kvicala (+3 –0 =2) at Prague 1893, and finished 8th at the Kolisch Memorial at Vienna 1899/1900, won by Geza Maroczy. He was also a problemist. His name is associated with the Kotrč-Mieses gambit, 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.b4!? He died on October 17, 1943, at Vlachovo Březí (then Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic).

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 page 1 of 1; games 1-25 of 25  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Kvicala vs J Kotrc  0-126 1891 PragueA03 Bird's Opening
2. J Krautstengl vs J Kotrc 0-126 1891 PragueC30 King's Gambit Declined
3. J Kotrc vs M Kuerschner 1-036 1892 Siegergruppe Main TtC13 French
4. J Kotrc vs J Kvicala  1-035 1893 Prague mC50 Giuoco Piano
5. J Kotrc vs J Kvicala  1-026 1893 Prague mC50 Giuoco Piano
6. B Frohmann vs J Kotrc 0-127 1893 'Cesky spolek sachovni' ClubC58 Two Knights
7. J Kvicala vs J Kotrc ½-½11 1893 Prague mC25 Vienna
8. J Kvicala vs J Kotrc  ½-½17 1893 Prague mC25 Vienna
9. Chigorin vs J Kotrc 1-032 1896 PragueC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
10. Schiffers vs J Kotrc 0-118 1896 Praha,C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
11. J Kotrc vs Alapin  ½-½57 1899 Kolisch mem 9900C42 Petrov Defense
12. J Kotrc vs C A Prock  1-023 1899 Kolisch mem 9900C67 Ruy Lopez
13. G Marco vs J Kotrc  ½-½31 1899 Kolisch mem 9900C79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
14. Von Popiel vs J Kotrc  1-047 1899 Kolisch mem 9900C44 King's Pawn Game
15. A Schwarz vs J Kotrc 0-144 1899 Kolisch mem 9900C59 Two Knights
16. J Kotrc vs H Wolf  1-048 1899 Kolisch mem 9900C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
17. J Kotrc vs Maroczy  0-166 1899 Kolisch mem 9900B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
18. Albin vs J Kotrc  ½-½42 1899 Kolisch mem 9900C50 Giuoco Piano
19. M Brody vs J Kotrc 1-074 1899 Kolisch mem 9900C71 Ruy Lopez
20. J Kotrc vs Schlechter  ½-½49 1900 Kolisch mem 9900C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. A Zinkl vs J Kotrc  ½-½26 1900 Kolisch mem 9900C71 Ruy Lopez
22. J Kotrc vs Traxler 0-141 1901 WesselyC29 Vienna Gambit
23. J Kotrc vs J Perlis ½-½34 1908 ViennaC55 Two Knights Defense
24. J Kotrc vs H Prochazka  1-030 1910 ViennaA00 Uncommon Opening
25. J Kotrc vs Weigl 1-021 1912 Vidni -C55 Two Knights Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-06-04
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  Gypsy: Jan Kotrc was Karel Traxler's brother in-law. He, Traxler, and Dr. Jan Kvicala were together considered as being the strongest Czech chessplayers during the 1890-ties, before Duras came to the scene. Kotrc later migrated to Vienna and largely abandoned tournament play.
Sep-06-08  myschkin: . . .

Bio (in Czech): http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Ko...

Sep-08-08  DoctorD: Kotrc's prowess as a problem composer has been ignored here. Meson (http://www.bstephen.me.uk/cgi-bin/m...) has 22 problems by Kotrc. Given possible local publication in Czech newspapers, etc, lost during the 30's and 40's, he may have had more.

This appears to be Kotrc's last problem, published in the Deutsche Schachzeitung of 1934:

Mate in 5


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I personally enjoyed this one the most, with a Siers battery (as well as other battery play and a nice switchback for mate):

1st Prize, Shakhmatny, 1929

Mate in 3


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This one won first prize in the Andrews Memorial Tourney of 1888, sponsored by the British Chess Magazine:

Mate in 3


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I find the key in the above especially appealing.

Sep-08-08  DoctorD: A final Kotrc:

This is also a favorite Kotrc, which won 3rd prize Narodni politika, 1922:


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The withdrawal key to a corner, along with corner play (a two corner queen), are what appeals to me from the aesthetic viewpoint.

Oct-24-09  vonKrolock: Two consultation games with the presence of Carl Schlechter and Czech personalities cf. Frantisek Moucka

another Kotrc's favorite

J. Kotrc
"Sachmat" 1884


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mate in 3

A perfect balance of modelmates and interesting play

Aug-16-11
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  GrahamClayton: Here is a nice combination by Kotrc, playing White against NN at Vienna in 1907:


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Kotrc won with 1.♖e8+ ♔a7 2.♖a8+ ♔b6 3.♕a5+! ♔xa5 4. axb7+ ♔b6 5. b8=♕+ ♔c5 6. ♖a5+ ♔d4 7. ♕xf4

Feb-16-12  King Death: I've seen a gambit in the Scandinavian called the Mieses-Kotroc here at CG, I assume it's actually referring to this player.
Sep-16-12
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  Karpova: He won the Main Tournament of the Czech Chess Congress in Plzen (August 14 -15, 1887) ahead of F. Moucka with 6 participants overall.

From page 16 of the September 1887 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-23-13  Nosnibor: In the game against Charousek in the database it should be pointed out that this was a consultation match.The two allies assisting Kotrc were Kvicala and Svejda.A correction slip is needed.
Jan-02-14
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  Karpova: More on <Johann Kotrc>, as the 'Wiener Schachzeitung' calls him, by Karl Traxler:

He studied Architecture. Kotrc came to Prague in 1883. He was highly influenced by Morphy and even drew a portrait of Morphy which was showcased in the, then newly founded, 'Cesky spolek sachovni'. He had a very deep understanding of Morphy playing style, going beyond being merely fascinated by Morphy's brilliant combinations.

His stay in Prague from 1884 to 1900 was soimportant for Bohemian chess,that the article calls it (paraphrasing) the first schooldays of serious chessin Bohemia. First, he founded a free chess society, and became together with Dobrusky and Moucka the "soul" of the newly founded 'Cesky spolek sachovni', after the split of the <utraquistischen> Prague chess club. 'Cesky spolek sachovni' was located in Jedlicka's Cafe.

Kotrc edited the first lithographed Bohemian chess magazine 'Sach mat', wrote it and drew the diagrams himself. He always won the club tournaments and taught in the 'Ceske Listy Sachove' (<Böhmische Schachblätter>, Bohemian Chess Pages), which he had founded in 1896 together with Pospisil and Traxler. His chessplay was also the immediate antetype of Duras' playing style.

In the Dresden Main tournament 1892, he shared 4-6th place with Baird and Malthan (Lipke won). At Prague 1895, he shared 2nd-3rd place with Traxler (Johann Kvicala won. Yet, in several matches, Kotrc proved his superiority over Jos. and Joh. Kvicala). He represented the 'Cesky spolek sachovni' honourably against other masters, e. g. 1896 against Schiffers and Chigorin - scoring +1 -2 =2. He scored +0 -1 =1 against Charousek in 1897, but they were about equal in free, less serious games.

He came in 8th in the strong Kolisch tournament in Vienna 1899. At the beginning, he suffered from a painful soul pressure (<schmerzlichen Seelendruck>, maybe he was depressed?) and lost 3 of the first 4 games. Then he won 2 and drew 5 (against Schlechter, Marco and Alapin among others) and didn't lose a single game anymore. It's noted that, unlike the tournament report claimed, Kotrc came from chess play to chess composition, not the other way round.

For several years now, his professional duties prevented him from serious play and study composition, yet he remains interested. In 1910, he established a column in the 'Delnicke Listy', which is now maintained by Traxler. Then he founded a chess column in the 'Arbeiter-Zeitung', editing it together with the problemist S. Steiner. He also published a Bohemian Chess textbook 2 years ago, which shall be published in German eventually. Johann Kotrc was born on August 21, 1862, in Bilsko (Silesia).

Source: Pages 194-197 of the September-October 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-23-14  greed and death: <vonKrolock: Two consultation games with the presence of Carl Schlechter and Czech personalities cf. Frantisek Moucka another Kotrc's favorite

J. Kotrc
"Sachmat" 1884

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mate in 3

A perfect balance of modelmates and interesting play> Three possible solutions too. Impressive.

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