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J Houska 
Photograph © 2007 Jovanka Houska.  
Jovanka Houska
Number of games in database: 712
Years covered: 1993 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2386 (2400 rapid, 2360 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2433
Overall record: +255 -171 =223 (56.5%)*
   * 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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (53) 
    B31 B50 B43 B23 B30
 King's Indian (49) 
    E60 E62 E63 E67 E64
 Queen's Pawn Game (36) 
    D02 A46 E10 A40 A41
 Slav (30) 
    D12 D11 D15
 Queen's Indian (22) 
    E15 E17 E16 E19
 Queen's Gambit Declined (16) 
    D30 D38 D37 D06 D39
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (124) 
    B12 B18 B10 B13 B14
 Slav (57) 
    D15 D12 D10 D11 D13
 Semi-Slav (32) 
    D43 D45 D47 D46
 English (21) 
    A11 A13 A14 A12 A15
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    D02 D00 D04 A45 A50
 Queen's Gambit Declined (18) 
    D37 D30 D35 D31 D36
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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)
   British Championships (2016)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2009)
   6th European Individual Women's Championship (2005)
   83rd Hastings Chess Congress (2008)
   European Individual Championships (Women) (2007)
   London Chess Classic (Open) (2014)
   PokerStars IoM Masters (2015)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   European Union Championships (2008)
   London Chess Classic (2013)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2016)

RECENT GAMES:
   E Player vs J Houska (Oct-09-16) 0-1
   J Houska vs M Zumsande (Oct-08-16) 0-1
   M Marin vs J Houska (Oct-07-16) 0-1
   J Houska vs A Bellaiche (Oct-06-16) 1/2-1/2
   Nicolo Pasini vs J Houska (Oct-03-16) 0-1

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JOVANKA HOUSKA
(born Jun-10-1980, 36 years old) United Kingdom

[what is this?]
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 29; games 1-25 of 712  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 Houska vs A Summerscale  0-133 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B03 Alekhine's Defense
4. J McDonnell vs J Houska  ½-½57 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B01 Scandinavian
5. B Reefat vs J Houska 0-143 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B01 Scandinavian
6. J Houska vs A Kosten  ½-½30 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)A07 King's Indian Attack
7. J Houska vs J N Sugden  1-035 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. C Waters vs J Houska  ½-½53 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. H Hunt vs J Houska  1-038 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B06 Robatsch
10. J Houska vs B Thipsay  1-047 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. S Williams vs J Houska  ½-½44 1999 Hampstead IM-B 5thD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. M Sebag vs J Houska  ½-½58 1999 Zone 1.1 (women)B01 Scandinavian
13. J Houska vs S Swanson  ½-½69 2000 BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)C44 King's Pawn Game
14. M Machalova vs J Houska  0-138 2000 EU-ch U20 GirlsA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
15. V Cmilyte vs J Houska  ½-½38 2000 EU-ch U20 GirlsD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. J Houska vs A Harley 1-057 2001 4NCLB24 Sicilian, Closed
17. S J Barrett vs J Houska  0-138 2001 4NCLD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. J Houska vs R Pert  ½-½32 2001 4NCLB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
19. D Mason vs J Houska  ½-½72 2001 4NCLB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
20. V Krapivin vs J Houska  1-034 2001 Schneider Bohemia OpenC02 French, Advance
21. A Bigg vs J Houska 0-139 2001 Ron Banwell MastersD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. J Houska vs O Kirsanov  ½-½19 2001 Ron Banwell MastersB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. C McNab vs J Houska  1-039 2001 Ron Banwell MastersA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
24. J Houska vs C Njotea  1-031 2001 Ron Banwell MastersC25 Vienna
25. J Barle vs J Houska  0-135 2001 Ron Banwell MastersB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
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Jun-09-06  BIDMONFA: Jovanka Houska

HOUSKA, Jovanka
http://www.bidmonfa.com/houska_jova...
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Apr-23-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: There is a lovely picture of Ms Houska on page 22 of the April CHESS Monthly magazine. She is really quite beautiful.
Apr-24-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: http://www.chessbase.de/2005/sofia/...
Apr-24-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: <chancho: http://www.chessbase.de/2005/sofia/...;

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: http://www.bcf.org.uk/assets/images...

http://www.frankfurtwest.de/ChessCl...

http://beta.uschess.org/frontend/co...

Jul-26-07  tud: Much better in reality ! - not very photogenic looks like
Aug-09-07  Karpova: http://www.howardstaunton.com/hsmt2... 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:

http://www.chessbase.com/news/2007/...

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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Nov-17-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Jovanka Houska @ Dresden 2008: http://chessbase.de/2008/dresdenoly...
Dec-25-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: An excellent result for Jovanka in Hastings, 6/9, +5 -2 =2. Ahead of a few GMs.
Mar-26-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: If you go to the Google translator and ask it translate "Paehtz" from German to English, it will come back with "Houska": http://www.google.com/language_tool...
Jul-30-10  waustad: Good start to the British Championship so far, equal second behind Adams.
Jul-30-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Dec-12-11  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.
Dec-05-12  waustad: She is now playing against Jonathan Hawkins in the 5th round of the Open section on London. Looking at the FIDE norms page: http://ratings.fide.com/title_norms... 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
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Is Jiri Houska related? tyia
Sep-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Jiri Houska is Jovanka's brother.
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