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J Houska 
Photograph © 2007 Jovanka Houska.  
Jovanka Houska
Number of games in database: 672
Years covered: 1993 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2376 (2360 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2433
Overall record: +235 -163 =211 (55.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      63 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (53) 
    B31 B50 B43 B30 B24
 King's Indian (45) 
    E60 E62 E63 E67 E64
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    A46 E10 D02 A40 A41
 Slav (30) 
    D12 D11 D15
 Queen's Indian (21) 
    E15 E17 E16 E19
 French Defense (15) 
    C02 C11 C17 C05 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (115) 
    B12 B18 B10 B13 B14
 Slav (57) 
    D15 D12 D11 D10 D13
 Semi-Slav (32) 
    D43 D45 D47 D46
 English (17) 
    A11 A14 A13 A12 A15
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    D02 D00 D04 A50 A45
 Queen's Gambit Declined (15) 
    D30 D37 D31 D35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Houska vs G Koskoska, 2005 1-0
   V Cmilyte vs J Houska, 2008 0-1
   J Houska vs Speelman, 2005 1-0
   J Houska vs A Harley, 2001 1-0
   J Houska vs T Hebbes, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Team Championship (Women) (2015)
   London Chess Classic Open (2012)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2009)
   83rd Hastings Chess Congress (2008)
   6th European Individual Women's Championship (2005)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   European Individual Championships (Women) (2007)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   PokerStars IoM Masters (2015)
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   London Chess Classic (2013)
   European Union Championships (2008)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)

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(born Jun-10-1980, 35 years old) United Kingdom

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Jovanka Houska is an English IM and WGM. She is currently the second highest-rated woman in England (behind Harriet Hunt). British champion (w) in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Her brother is IM Miroslav Houska.

Wikipedia article: Jovanka Houska

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 672  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Asit Baran Choudhury vs J Houska  0-131 1993 London LloydsB01 Scandinavian
2. S Williams vs J Houska  1-036 1998 BCF-ch 85thA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
3. J McDonnell vs J Houska  ½-½57 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B01 Scandinavian
4. J Houska vs J N Sugden  1-035 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
5. J Houska vs A Kosten  ½-½30 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)A07 King's Indian Attack
6. C Waters vs J Houska  ½-½53 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. S Williams vs J Houska  ½-½44 1999 Hampstead IM-B 5thD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. H Hunt vs J Houska  1-038 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B06 Robatsch
9. M Sebag vs J Houska  ½-½58 1999 Zone 1.1 (women)B01 Scandinavian
10. J Houska vs A Summerscale  0-133 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B03 Alekhine's Defense
11. J Houska vs B Thipsay  1-047 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. B Reefat vs J Houska 0-143 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B01 Scandinavian
13. M Machalova vs J Houska  0-138 2000 EU-ch U20 GirlsA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
14. V Cmilyte vs J Houska  ½-½38 2000 EU-ch U20 GirlsD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. J Houska vs S Swanson  ½-½69 2000 BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)C44 King's Pawn Game
16. J Houska vs P Konguvel  0-142 2001 Ron Banwell MastersB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
17. J Houska vs A Harley 1-057 2001 4NCLB24 Sicilian, Closed
18. D Mason vs J Houska  ½-½72 2001 4NCLB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
19. V Krapivin vs J Houska  1-034 2001 Schneider Bohemia OpenC02 French, Advance
20. I Rajlich vs J Houska  ½-½26 2001 EuTChwD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. J Houska vs O Kirsanov  ½-½19 2001 Ron Banwell MastersB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
22. S Batyrov vs J Houska  ½-½47 2001 Ron Banwell MastersD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. J Houska vs S Petrenko  0-148 2001 EuTChwB23 Sicilian, Closed
24. J Houska vs R Pert  ½-½32 2001 4NCLB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
25. J Houska vs D Barua  1-063 2001 Ron Banwell MastersC02 French, Advance
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Jun-09-06  BIDMONFA: Jovanka Houska

HOUSKA, Jovanka

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  notyetagm: There is a lovely picture of Ms Houska on page 22 of the April CHESS Monthly magazine. She is really quite beautiful.
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  notyetagm: <chancho:;

She's much prettier in CHESS Monthly. No glasses, for one thing.

Jul-22-07  tud: She is amazingly beautiful and won today in Montreal - nice and neat game .
Jul-26-07  Marmot PFL: In that photo she looks like the brainy girl that stays home solving math problems while the cheerleaders are all out on dates.
Jul-26-07  Karpova:

Jul-26-07  tud: Much better in reality ! - not very photogenic looks like
Aug-09-07  Karpova: Round 1, first picture
Oct-30-07  Udit Narayan: Have to say she looks stunning in this picture....and she beat Lahno in the European team event, so all the more credit to her:

Oct-30-07  DCP23: <Udit Narayan>: <and she beat Lahno in the European team event>

She did nothing of the kind. The game Houska vs Lahno was a draw.

Oct-30-07  Udit Narayan: <DCP23> You're right...I guess I read that chessbase article too quickly.
Nov-24-07  ketchuplover: Her recent "Play the Caro-Kann" is quite good(according to some reviews).
Apr-18-08  DanielBryant: <ketchuplover> I've learned a lot from the book, although it should be noted that she does favor offbeat lines and introduce a number of novelties. I followed her Fantasy Variation analysis in a correspondence game in which I was black and found myself lost when my opponent deviated after ten moves. However, with the more mainstream CK lines, she does devote more attention and considers most plausible variations.

The two chapters dealing with the CK Advance Variation consider 3...c5 rather than 3...Bf5 exclusively. At first, I was skeptical of this line, but Houska preps the reader for this line well.

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  whiteshark: Jovanka Houska @ Dresden 2008:
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  Joshka: For you ICC Members, she was interviewed by John Watson on his show last night! It's available on replay of course.
Jan-12-09  brankat: An excellent result for Jovanka in Hastings, 6/9, +5 -2 =2. Ahead of a few GMs.
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  Caissanist: If you go to the Google translator and ask it translate "Paehtz" from German to English, it will come back with "Houska":
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  waustad: Good start to the British Championship so far, equal second behind Adams.
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  twinlark: What a bunch of perverts this page has posting all these photos of this lady!

Does anyone have any more recent ones?

Mar-02-11  JonDSouzaEva: She's England's #2 woman (behind Harriet Hunt), but not Britain's - Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant is probably better than both at the moment.
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  waustad: During the London broadcast one of the announcers mentioned that she needed a draw in the next round to get a GM norm. She lost in the last round but drew in the second last, so I don't know if she got it or not.
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  waustad: She is now playing against Jonathan Hawkins in the 5th round of the Open section on London. Looking at the FIDE norms page: it appears that Hawkins has at leas one GM norm but I don't see any for Houska. The are both at 3.5/4 so far so a norm could be in reach.
Aug-17-14  ketchuplover: Is Jiri Houska related? tyia
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  perfidious: Jiri Houska is Jovanka's brother.
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