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Hans-Joachim Hecht
Number of games in database: 353
Years covered: 1959 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2332 (2311 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2428

Overall record: +106 -69 =178 (55.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (49) 
    B31 B40 B52 B89 B49
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C85 C69 C73 C63 C64
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (14) 
    C85 C69 C68
 English (9) 
    A15 A10 A13
 Caro-Kann (8) 
    B12 B17 B18 B10 B16
 Reti System (8) 
    A04 A06
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (29) 
    C05 C10 C16 C02 C11
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C63 C93 C64 C65 C77
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E21 E45 E33 E43 E59
 Alekhine's Defense (15) 
    B05 B03 B04 B02
 French Tarrasch (13) 
    C05 C07 C04 C03
 Queen's Indian (12) 
    E17 E16 E14 E12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hecht vs G Forintos, 1974 1-0
   Hecht vs Keene, 1966 1-0
   Hecht vs H Schaufelberger, 1973 1-0
   Hecht vs B Kristjansson, 1970 1-0
   Larsen vs Hecht, 1969 1/2-1/2
   Hecht vs Spassky, 1973 1-0
   Hecht vs C B van den Berg, 1963 1-0
   Hecht vs Parma, 1973 1/2-1/2
   D I Patrick vs Hecht, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Teesside (1972)
   World Seniors Championship (2005)
   2nd Queenstown Chess Classic (2009)
   National Open (2007)
   Queenstown Classic (2006)
   European Senior Championship (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1974 by suenteus po 147
   Forssa/Helsinki zonal tournament 1972 by Chessdreamer
   Dortmund 1973 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 European Senior Championship
   Hecht vs E Kristiansen (Aug-26-12) 1/2-1/2
   W Thormann vs Hecht (Aug-25-12) 1/2-1/2
   Hecht vs B Vager (Aug-24-12) 1-0
   K Kaunas vs Hecht (Aug-23-12) 1-0
   Hecht vs Kraidman (Aug-22-12) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-29-1939, 80 years old) Germany

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Hans-Joachim Hecht was born in Luckenwalde. Awarded the IM title in 1969, the GM title in 1973 and the IMC title in 1980, he was West German champion in 1970 and 1973. In tournaments he was 1st= at Bad Pyrmont 1970, 1st at Olot 1971, 1st at Malaga 1972, 1st at Montilla-Moriles 1972 and 1st= at Dortmund 1973. He has also played for West Germany in a number of Olympiads between 1962 and 1986. In 2006, he played at Queenstown, New Zealand, and took home the 'Seniors' trophy.

Wikipedia article: Hans-Joachim Hecht

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 353  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Darga vs Hecht  ½-½621959Berlin ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
2. S Bruechner vs Hecht ½-½161960?C56 Two Knights
3. Hecht vs Keres  ½-½411962Varna ol (Men) qual-AC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. Hecht vs Hort  0-1471962Varna ol (Men) fin-AB12 Caro-Kann Defense
5. N Minev vs Hecht  ½-½301962Varna ol (Men) fin-AE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
6. Tal vs Hecht 1-0491962Varna ol (Men) fin-AE12 Queen's Indian
7. Hecht vs C B van den Berg 1-0391963NED-FRG mB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. Tringov vs Hecht  1-0411964Kecskemet ZonalA07 King's Indian Attack
9. A Prameshuber vs Hecht  0-1561964Kecskemet ZonalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. Hecht vs Szabo  ½-½381964Kecskemet ZonalC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
11. A Matanovic vs Hecht  1-0371964Kecskemet ZonalC05 French, Tarrasch
12. Hecht vs Hort  0-1481964Kecskemet ZonalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. G Barcza vs Hecht  1-0581965EU-chT (Men)A05 Reti Opening
14. Hecht vs C Zuidema  ½-½201965EU-chT (Men)C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
15. C Radovici vs Hecht  ½-½291965EU-chT (Men)C10 French
16. Hecht vs G Barcza  ½-½231965EU-chT (Men)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
17. C Zuidema vs Hecht  ½-½581965EU-chT (Men)C93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
18. Hecht vs Huebner  0-1401965FRG-ch 08thB42 Sicilian, Kan
19. Hecht vs C Radovici  ½-½261965EU-chT (Men)C85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
20. Hecht vs Smyslov  ½-½441965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
21. Hecht vs Matulovic  ½-½191965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
22. Smyslov vs Hecht  1-0421965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
23. Matulovic vs Hecht 1-0401965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdC77 Ruy Lopez
24. J Hempel vs Hecht 0-1351966GermanyA02 Bird's Opening
25. Hecht vs Keene 1-0301966Clare Benedict Cup 13thB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 353  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Benzol: Hans-Joachim Hecht
Born 29th January 1939 in Luckenwalde
Awarded the IM title in 1969, the GM title in 1973 and the CIM title in 1980. He was West German champion in 1970 and 1973.
Sep-18-05  mcgee: Like Unzicker, had to combine the chess and the day job; I think his purple patch from 1969 to 1974 more or less exactly corresponds with the brief time he was a chess pro.
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  Benzol: In January 2006 he'll be playing in the Queenstown Classic.
Jan-29-06  BIDMONFA: Hans-Joachim Hecht

HECHT, Hans Joachim

Feb-17-06  DanielBryant: I was familiar with his brilliant loss to Tal, but I had no idea this guy still played.
Nov-07-06  Thrajin: This guy gave up chess and opened up a department store, which was recently bought out by Macy's. :-P
Nov-07-06  nummerzwei: Youré wrong. He still plays chess and, for example, played in the Canadian Open 2006 in Kitchener.
Nov-08-06  Thrajin: <nummerzwei>, My above post was a joke, hence the "cute" face after it. Hecht's is the name of a department store that was just bought by Macy's this year.
Jan-29-07  Eastfrisian: I know tjat "Hajo" Hecht is still an active player. He played several times in Senior Championships.
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  whiteshark: Some more pictures:

His famous loss: Tal vs Hecht, 1962

German Wikipedia-page

Jul-18-08  myschkin: "Did you hear what happened to Bob? He was taking a Panov the stove and he Byrned himself!"

"No kidding! That must have Hort like Hecht!"

Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: He's coming to visit the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club on Tuesday the 3rd of February. Don't know whether he's going to give a lecture or simil display. I'm looking forward to it.
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  Benzol: His lecture tonight at the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club was about his famous game against Tal

Tal vs Hecht, 1962

It was great to hear his comments about it and what transpired during it. I hope he and his wife enjoy the rest of their stay in New Zealand.

Premium Chessgames Member
  sonia91: I played with him in a simultaneous in Vienna a year and half ago. Happy birthday!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: Happy birthday to the loser of one of my all-time favourite games: Tal vs Hecht, 1962.
Feb-17-14  Cemoblanca: Just played through this game:

Hecht vs Spassky, 1973

A famous victory over Spassky. I noticed, that Spassky was highly vulnerable in the Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation (B31). In this variation, he has only won 1 game & that was against J M Bellon Lopez vs Spassky, 1978 & he's last defeat was against Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 ;)

I'll take a closer look to this variation soon to apply it at the next oppurtunity.

Aug-09-18  diagonal: Recent game of Hecht at the 4th 'ad Gredine' Open 2018 in Ortisei (St. Ulrich in Gröden), South Tyrol in northern Italy, where chess child prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa fulfilled his third and final gm norm to obtain the grandmaster title. They met each other otb!

Hajo Hecht (born 1939) vs. R. Praggnanandhaa (born 2005) remis, in an age difference of 66 years:

Official Website with beautiful pictures:

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