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Vlastimil Hort
Number of games in database: 2,641
Years covered: 1959 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2423 (2455 rapid, 2364 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605

Overall record: +978 -300 =1344 (62.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 19 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (194) 
    B23 B40 B22 B26 B81
 King's Indian (123) 
    E92 E75 E73 E70 E98
 Nimzo Indian (86) 
    E32 E42 E30 E46 E54
 Queen's Pawn Game (86) 
    A46 A45 D02 E00 A41
 Ruy Lopez (65) 
    C69 C85 C95 C68 C81
 English, 1 c4 c5 (58) 
    A30 A36 A34 A31 A32
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (182) 
    B22 B57 B81 B83 B56
 Caro-Kann (134) 
    B19 B10 B14 B12 B17
 Grunfeld (91) 
    D94 D85 D86 D91 D83
 Ruy Lopez (75) 
    C67 C95 C72 C80 C97
 King's Indian (64) 
    E94 E60 E95 E90 E92
 French Defense (56) 
    C16 C07 C09 C11 C19
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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
   Hort vs I Radulov, 1974 1-0
   Hort vs Robert E Byrne, 1962 1-0
   Miles vs Hort, 1982 0-1
   Polugaevsky vs Hort, 1976 0-1
   Hort vs Keene, 1975 1-0
   H Ree vs Hort, 1986 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Hoogovens (1975)
   Hoogovens (1972)
   Monte Carlo (1968)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   Palma de Mallorca (1969)
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)
   Madrid (1973)
   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
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1972 by suenteus po 147
   Moscow 1963 by sneaky pete
   Hoogovens 1972 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1970 by suenteus po 147

   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
   A Demuth vs Hort (Jan-02-16) 1-0
   T Sachdev vs Hort (Dec-16-12) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-12-1944, 73 years old) Czech Republic (federation/nationality 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 106; games 1-25 of 2,641  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Jiri Jares vs Hort  0-138 1959 CSR-chC78 Ruy Lopez
2. J Ratolistka vs Hort  0-158 1959 BratislavaB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
3. Hort vs I Ivanco 1-029 1959 CSR-chA07 King's Indian Attack
4. V Olexa vs Hort  0-156 1959 CSR-chA44 Old Benoni Defense
5. Ujtelky vs Hort 0-128 1959 CSR-chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
6. F Blatny vs Hort 0-140 1959 CSR-chC14 French, Classical
7. J Brach Jr vs Hort  0-140 1959 CSR-chA81 Dutch
8. J Fabian vs Hort  1-041 1959 CSR-chC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
9. Hort vs Puc  0-140 1960 MoscowD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. J Florian vs Hort  0-147 1960 CSR-chB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. J Rejfir vs Hort  ½-½58 1960 CSR-chA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
12. Korchnoi vs Hort 1-040 1960 MoscowD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. W Golz vs Hort  1-041 1960 Leipzig ol (Men) fin-AA44 Old Benoni Defense
14. Hort vs Kholmov  ½-½33 1960 MoscowA33 English, Symmetrical
15. L Alster vs Hort  0-153 1960 CSR-chE73 King's Indian
16. Hort vs J Vesely 0-140 1960 CSR-chB24 Sicilian, Closed
17. Ujtelky vs Hort  ½-½38 1960 CSR-chA21 English
18. Antoshin vs Hort 0-129 1960 MoscowA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
19. M Bertok vs Hort  0-143 1960 Leipzig ol (Men) fin-AD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. Polugaevsky vs Hort 1-042 1960 MoscowE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
21. Hort vs J Zajic  1-015 1960 CSR-chB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. F Blatny vs Hort  ½-½23 1960 CSR-chC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
23. Hort vs G Gunnarsson  1-041 1960 Leipzig olmC11 French
24. Hort vs M Zubieta Villegas 1-043 1960 Leipzig ol (Men) qual-CB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
25. K Blom vs Hort  0-126 1960 Leipzig ol (Men) qual-CE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
 page 1 of 106; games 1-25 of 2,641  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!
Premium Chessgames Member 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).

Mar-05-17  thegoodanarchist: Hort kinda looks like Walter Browne:

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