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Vlastimil Hort
Number of games in database: 2,653
Years covered: 1959 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2442 (2455 rapid, 2413 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605
Overall record: +985 -300 =1349 (63.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      19 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (195) 
    B23 B40 B22 B26 B81
 King's Indian (126) 
    E92 E75 E73 E70 E98
 Queen's Pawn Game (92) 
    A46 A45 D02 E10 E00
 Nimzo Indian (85) 
    E32 E42 E30 E46 E39
 Ruy Lopez (65) 
    C69 C85 C95 C68 C81
 English, 1 c4 c5 (58) 
    A36 A30 A34 A31 A32
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (183) 
    B57 B22 B83 B81 B42
 Caro-Kann (135) 
    B19 B10 B14 B12 B17
 Grunfeld (92) 
    D94 D85 D91 D86 D83
 Ruy Lopez (76) 
    C67 C95 C80 C72 C97
 King's Indian (62) 
    E94 E60 E90 E92 E62
 French Defense (57) 
    C07 C16 C11 C19 C09
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hug vs Hort, 1972 0-1
   Hort vs Portisch, 1973 1-0
   Hort vs Chandler, 1982 1-0
   Hort vs V Zheliandinov, 1967 1-0
   Miles vs Hort, 1982 0-1
   Hort vs I Radulov, 1974 1-0
   Huebner vs Hort, 1987 0-1
   H Ree vs Hort, 1986 1/2-1/2
   Polugaevsky vs Hort, 1976 0-1
   Hort vs Minic, 1967 1-0

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vlastimil Hort by capybara
   Moscow 1975 by suenteus po 147
   San Antonio 1972 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by WCC Editing Project
   Bugojno 1978 by Benzol
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1973 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jan-12-1944, 71 years old) Czech Republic (citizen of Germany)

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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 2,653  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Ujtelky vs Hort  0-128 1959 CSR-chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
2. Hort vs I Ivanco  1-029 1959 CSR-chA07 King's Indian Attack
3. F Blatny vs Hort 0-140 1959 CSR-chC14 French, Classical
4. V Olexa vs Hort  0-156 1959 CSR-chA44 Old Benoni Defense
5. J Ratolistka vs Hort  0-158 1959 BratislavaB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
6. J Brach Jr vs Hort  0-140 1959 CSR-chA81 Dutch
7. J Fabian vs Hort  1-041 1959 CSR-chC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
8. Jiri Jares vs Hort  0-138 1959 CSR-chC78 Ruy Lopez
9. M Bertok vs Hort  0-143 1960 Leipzig ol (Men) fin-AD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. Hort vs Smyslov  ½-½41 1960 MoscowB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Hort vs M Zubieta Villegas 1-043 1960 Leipzig ol (Men) qual-CB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
12. Smyslov vs Hort 1-036 1960 Leipzig olmD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. J Kozma vs Hort 0-143 1960 CSR-chA80 Dutch
14. Hort vs K Prucha  1-048 1960 CSR-chB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. Hort vs Puc  0-140 1960 MoscowD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Hort vs J Vesely 0-140 1960 CSR-chB24 Sicilian, Closed
17. K Blom vs Hort  0-126 1960 Leipzig ol (Men) qual-CE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
18. N Minev vs Hort  ½-½18 1960 MoscowA86 Dutch
19. Hort vs J Fichtl  1-036 1960 CSR-chC11 French
20. Hort vs V Olexa  1-046 1960 CSR-chB41 Sicilian, Kan
21. Hort vs Kholmov  ½-½33 1960 MoscowA33 English, Symmetrical
22. Hort vs J Marsalek  ½-½16 1960 CSR-chB40 Sicilian
23. Hort vs R Weinstein  1-041 1960 Leipzig ol (Men) fin-AB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
24. Korchnoi vs Hort  1-040 1960 MoscowD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. J Florian vs Hort  0-147 1960 CSR-chB23 Sicilian, Closed
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Jan-12-09  seaotter: The book "The BEST Move," Hort & Jansa should be on everyone's BEST list,... Real hard book,... I think it is no longer in print in english,... I was able to get a German copy from an old East German book dealer,... Really a classic,... Unfortunately, I am after 1 year still only on problem 28,.. The problems are really humbling and it is more fun to study openings or Dworetski (thats sick isn't it,... i.e. more fun then Dworetski I mean)....

Maybe this year I will get past problem 100.

Kind regards to Mr. Hort

Apr-05-09  Dredge Rivers: Czech, please! :)
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  Gypsy: <Fusilli: <Gypsy: 'Hoard', exept with the nonsounding 't' instead of the sounding 'd' at the end, comes reasonably close.>

Hmmm... in that case it sounds like "whore", doesn't it? I think I'll keep calling him "HoarT", with a big T at the end!>

First. Go right ahead with your <HoarT>, it will be about right.

Second. By 'non-sounding', I did not mean 'silent'. Instead, I was referring to a pronunciation based classification of consonants: sounding = (d,v,...), non-sounding = (t,f,...).

In Czech, despite being a generally a phonetic language, non-accented 'sounding' consonants at the end of the words are pronounced as if they were their 'non-sounding' siblings:

d -> t
v -> f

Thus the nominative of the names spelled as 'Hort' and 'Hord' would be pronounced about the same, even though their other cases (e.g., vocative) would generally differ.

Jul-07-09  ToTheDeath: <The book "The BEST Move," Hort & Jansa should be on everyone's BEST list,... Real hard book,... I think it is no longer in print in english,... I was able to get a German copy from an old East German book dealer,... Really a classic,... Unfortunately, I am after 1 year still only on problem 28,.. The problems are really humbling and it is more fun to study openings or Dworetski (thats sick isn't it,... i.e. more fun then Dworetski I mean)....>

Really the hardest problem book I've ever seen- anyone sub expert level should not even try. IF you love a challenge pick up this book.

I am watching Hort's Chessbase DVD Facing the World Champions right now. Will post a review after I'm finished.

Jul-10-09  ToTheDeath: I finished Hort's Chessbase DVD "Facing the World Champions". Very entertaining stories, the games themselves are not so great, but Hort is nonetheless interesting to listen to as he describes how he knew the champions: playing blitz with Fischer and Najdorf until 6 am (with Najdorf not winning a game from Bobby), seeing Karpov's political machinations and his tears over Brezhnev's death, Botvinnik refusing to shake his hand before their game.

This is essentially a chess memoir and if you are a fan of Hort or just want to hear some stories about the world champions by a 20th century chess professional you will enjoy this DVD.

May-16-10  myschkin: . . .

"Am 06.06.2010 findet im Herzoginnensaal des Schöninger Schlosses [bei Helmstedt in Niedersachsen] ein Großmeistersimultan gegen den bekannten Spieler Vlastimil Hort statt.

Das Startgeld beträgt 30,00 Euro für Erwachsene und 15,00 Euro für Jugendliche.

Anmeldungen (Name, Alter, DWZ/ELO, Verein) sind an folgende Emailadresse zu richten:

Nach Eingang der Anmeldung werden die Interessenten davon unterrichtet, ob noch Bretter zur Verfügung stehen.
Außerdem erfolgt hiernach die entsprechende Zusendung der Bankdaten für die Überweisung des Startgeldes."


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  wordfunph: GM Vlastimil Hort quotes..

"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 a comparison with a catastrophe on the chessboard."

"In blitz, the knight is stronger than the bishop."

"This is chess from another planet." (on the book Tony Miles 1955-2001 - His Fifty Great Short Stories by IM Nikolay Minev)

"When intuition does not betray you, chess is easy and beautiful."

happy 67th birthday Vlastimil!

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  GrahamClayton: 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.
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.
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  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.
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  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
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  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

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  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!

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  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.
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  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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