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Vlastimil Hort
Number of games in database: 2,652
Years covered: 1959 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2427 (2457 rapid, 2364 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605

Overall record: +981 -301 =1349 (62.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 21 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (196) 
    B23 B40 B22 B26 B81
 King's Indian (124) 
    E92 E75 E73 E70 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (86) 
    A46 A45 D02 E00 A41
 Nimzo Indian (86) 
    E32 E42 E30 E46 E41
 Ruy Lopez (66) 
    C69 C85 C95 C68 C76
 French Defense (58) 
    C07 C18 C11 C02 C15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (182) 
    B22 B57 B81 B83 B56
 Caro-Kann (135) 
    B19 B10 B12 B14 B17
 Grunfeld (91) 
    D94 D85 D86 D91 D83
 Ruy Lopez (75) 
    C67 C95 C80 C72 C73
 King's Indian (65) 
    E94 E60 E90 E95 E92
 French Defense (57) 
    C16 C07 C19 C11 C09
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hug vs Hort, 1972 0-1
   Hort vs Chandler, 1982 1-0
   Hort vs Portisch, 1973 1-0
   Hort vs V Zheliandinov, 1967 1-0
   Hort vs I Radulov, 1974 1-0
   Miles vs Hort, 1982 0-1
   Hort vs Robert E Byrne, 1962 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs Hort, 1976 0-1
   Huebner vs Hort, 1987 0-1
   H Ree vs Hort, 1986 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Hoogovens (1975)
   Monte Carlo (1968)
   Hoogovens (1972)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   Palma de Mallorca (1969)
   Madrid (1973)
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   San Antonio (1972)
   Bugojno (1978)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Petropolis Interzonal (1973)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   81a ZOOM 001 SUBMODELS A-H by whiteshark
   Vlastimil Hort by capybara
   Moscow 1975 by suenteus po 147
   Moscow 1963 by sneaky pete
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1975 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)
   Harikrishna vs Hort (Jul-23-17) 1-0, rapid
   Hort vs Harikrishna (Jul-23-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   V Kunin vs Hort (Dec-27-16) 1/2-1/2
   Hort vs J Moussard (Dec-27-16) 0-1
   Hort vs J N Riff (Jan-04-16) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-12-1944, 74 years old) Czech Republic (federation/nationality Germany)

[what is this?]
Vlastimil Hort was born in Kladno, Czechoslovakia. He became an IM in 1962 and a GM in 1965 and went on to win the Czechoslovak Championship six times. In 1977, he qualified for the Candidates but lost the Spassky - Hort Candidates Quarterfinal (1977). He is known for introducing the 'Hort system' of awarding prizes. He now lives in Germany and is still an active tournament player.

Wikipedia article: Vlastimil Hort

 page 1 of 107; games 1-25 of 2,652  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Fabian vs Hort  1-0411959CSR-chC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
2. Jiri Jares vs Hort  0-1381959CSR-chC78 Ruy Lopez
3. F Blatny vs Hort 0-1401959CSR-chC14 French, Classical
4. Hort vs I Ivanco 1-0291959CSR-chA07 King's Indian Attack
5. V Olexa vs Hort  0-1561959CSR-chA44 Old Benoni Defense
6. Ujtelky vs Hort 0-1281959CSR-chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
7. J Brach Jr vs Hort  0-1401959CSR-chA81 Dutch
8. J Ratolistka vs Hort  0-1581959BratislavaB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
9. Hort vs J Vesely 0-1401960CSR-chB24 Sicilian, Closed
10. Hort vs S Kupka  1-0321960CSR-chE91 King's Indian
11. J Florian vs Hort  0-1471960CSR-chB23 Sicilian, Closed
12. F Blatny vs Hort  ½-½231960CSR-chC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
13. J Rejfir vs Hort  ½-½581960CSR-chA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
14. L Alster vs Hort  0-1531960CSR-chE73 King's Indian
15. J Kozma vs Hort 0-1431960CSR-chA80 Dutch
16. Ujtelky vs Hort  ½-½381960CSR-chA21 English
17. Hort vs J Marsalek  ½-½161960CSR-chB40 Sicilian
18. Hort vs J Zajic  1-0151960CSR-chB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. Hort vs K Prucha  1-0481960CSR-chB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
20. Hort vs V Olexa  1-0461960CSR-chB41 Sicilian, Kan
21. Hort vs J Fichtl  1-0361960CSR-chC11 French
22. Hort vs Puc  0-1401960Central Chess Club InternationalD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Hort vs Kholmov  ½-½331960Central Chess Club InternationalA33 English, Symmetrical
24. Antoshin vs Hort 0-1291960Central Chess Club InternationalA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
25. Polugaevsky vs Hort 1-0421960Central Chess Club InternationalE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
 page 1 of 107; games 1-25 of 2,652  PGN Download
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Apr-29-11  Wyatt Gwyon: Somebody needs to upload those games.
Apr-29-11  Nietzowitsch: <Hort played an 8 game match against Viktor Korchnoi in the Czech Republic in mid-October 2010.>

<Hort disregarded the FIDE rule regarding smoking during play - he lit up during each game. Apparently Korchnoi didn't mind.> It doesn't bother me, too. [and check the art oil painting ...]

Apr-29-11  Helloween: He's playing a game of chess 960 in the photograph, incase nobody noticed.
Feb-20-12  waustad: He looks a lot like a doctor I know who comes and joins us for a libation on occasion. The bow tie would never happen with the gentleman here though.
Jan-12-13  waustad: Happy b'day. It is a difficult choice for POTD with V. Hort sharing a birthday with S. Karjakin and Harika D.
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  lost in space: Happy birthday, GM Hort. May chess let forget you your rheumatic knee also in the future.
Jan-12-13  Kikoman: Happy 69th Birthday GM Vlastimil Hort. :D
Oct-25-13  waustad: Congratulations on winning the Chess Train Tournament. One of these years I'll have to play in that and combine it with some time in Austria to visit my old haunts and see more of the country than I visited years ago.
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  whiteshark: Long-haired opponents are the most dangerous. They always want to attack, and they know the openings well.

- Vlastmil Hort, 1975

Dec-30-13  waustad: He is commentator in some of these:

As usual, the one speaking in a second or third language is easier to understand than the native speakers because he doesn't talk as fast. He also gets more laughs than anyone else.

He really ought to be POTD January 12th since it will be his 80th b'day. The selection process doesn't seem to give any special weight to milestone birthdays though.

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  Penguincw: Happy 70th birthday to GM Vlastimil Hort.
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  diagonal: Happy birthday, Vlastimil Hort!

His latest competitive chess was just played a few days ago at Basel (Switzerland), Schachfestival Neujahrsopen 2014, won by Radoslaw Wojtaszek.

But Vlastimil Hort played, according to the tournaments homepage, <<>>, the most moves of all (more than hundred) players, and finished honorably with 5 out of 7 points in a pretty strong field.

Hort was a top-ten player in the mid-1970s, and a regular top twenty-player from mid-60s to mid-80s. As already pointed out by <Gypsy> earlier, Hort played on board 4 for the "Rest of the World" against "USSR", beating individually his opponent Polugaevsky with 2.5 to 1.5. in this famous match in 1970 at Belgrade. Hort was also a Candidate, 1977 in the quarter-final against Boris Spasski, a match lost in extremis. On the english wikipedia site there are some interesting details. Hort is characterized as a truly fair sportsman: <<>>

In honour of his jubilee, chessbase made an interview with Vlastimil: <<>>. Hort talks about how he was learning chess in a hospital, his czech childhood years, his first appearence at the Olympiads aged sweet sixteen in 1960 at Leipzig, his fellow compatriots Karel Opocensky, Pachman, Kavalek, Jansa, Smejkal and others; whom he regards as greatest player ever (Bobby Fischer, not Kasparov) and preferred piece (it's the horse, l'avant-garde), his love for ice-hockey, his emigration, and of course, he speaks about some famous wins and losses throughout his immense career.

Look at that: Wijk aan Zee in the wild seventies: Vlasti's famous win with black against Walter Browne: <<Browne vs Hort, 1975>>

Vlastimil Hort is one of the rare gentleman on Grandmaster top-level.

Happy birthday and many more!

Jan-12-14  waustad: Happy b'day. Yes it is 70 not 80 as I foolishly indicated a bit before. Sadly there is an important reason that he didn't get POTD with the passing of V. Gashimov.
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  offramp: It was pretty hot in London yesterday so I went out wearing just me vlastimils.
Sep-07-14  Martin Riggs: Lieber Herr Hort. Ich wünsche Ihnen für die Zunkunft alles Gute. Sie sind ein wunderbarer Mensch. :)
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  Fusilli: <diagonal> Very nice summary and tribute. Thank you for posting it!
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  offramp: Vlastimil Hort has undergone surgery to have the adscititious <L> removed from his first name.

The offending <L> will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.

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  WannaBe: I believe that Chess possesses a magic that is also a help in advanced age. A rheumatic knee is forgotten during a game of chess and other events can seem quite unimportant in comparison with a catastrophe on the chessboard. - Vlastmil Hort

(I will try to keep that in mind in a few more years =)

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  TheFocus: <In blitz, the Knight is stronger than the Bishop> - Vlastmil Hort.
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  TheFocus: <I believe that chess possesses a magic that is also a help in old advanced age. A rheumatic knee is forgotten during a game of chess and other events can seem quite unimportant in comparison with a catastrophe on the chessboard> - Vlastimil Hort.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Vlastimil Hort!
Jan-12-16 Couple of questions:

1) The dossier says "He is known for introducing the 'Hort system' of awarding prizes.". What is this?

2) Why doesn't Chessgames have that pronunciation thing for Hort?

PS. Happy birthday GM Hort!

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  offramp: < Couple of questions: 1) The dossier says "He is known for introducing the 'Hort system' of awarding prizes.". What is this?>

"Approach the victor with the trophy held in two (2) hands.

Stand in front of him with the trophy held at stomach-level or higher.

Take one (1) step, extend arms and give the trophy to the victor.

When he has taken the trophy you could say a few words, such as, 'Well done' or 'You were either lucky or cheating.'

Leave the stage quickly."

Jun-15-16  Troller: Hort prizing system is a way of evening out the prize structure in case of tied standings. Basically, everyone gets 50% of the prize according to their Sonnenborg-Berger standings, then the remaining 50% are split between all players sharing the same amount of points.

So, if 3 players are tied for first in a tournament with these prizes:

1 100$
2 60$
3 40$

Then players are ranked according to SB and will receive 50% of the prize for respective SB-placing and the remaining 100$ will go into a pot that is split threeways among the 3 players. So payout will be 83$, 63$ and 53$ (the final dollar in such a situation goes to Herr Hort).

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  thegoodanarchist: Hort kinda looks like Walter Browne:

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