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Karel Treybal
K Treybal 

Number of games in database: 316
Years covered: 1904 to 1940
Overall record: +107 -84 =125 (53.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (47) 
    C77 C78 C79 C84 C62
 Sicilian (21) 
    B40 B43 B58 B80 B74
 Caro-Kann (20) 
    B13 B18 B15 B10 B12
 French Defense (15) 
    C11 C00 C10 C01 C12
 French (10) 
    C11 C00 C10 C12
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C84 C91 C86 C90 C99
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C72 C71 C74 C75 C79
 Orthodox Defense (22) 
    D55 D51 D50 D67 D64
 Queen's Gambit Declined (17) 
    D30 D31 D37
 Slav (16) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D02 D05 D04 D00
 Semi-Slav (9) 
    D43 D45 D46 D44
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Treybal vs J Rejfir, 1933 1-0
   B Kurz vs K Treybal, 1904 0-1
   K Treybal vs F Kafka, 1921 1-0
   K Treybal vs K Moll, 1907 1-0
   Z Vecsey vs K Treybal, 1931 0-1
   Colle vs K Treybal, 1925 0-1
   K Treybal vs Tarrasch, 1912 1-0
   Reti vs K Treybal, 1923 1/2-1/2
   K Treybal vs I Solin, 1935 1-0
   V Kahn vs K Treybal, 1933 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Teplitz-Schoenau (1937)
   Karlsbad (1923)
   Bad Sliac (1932)
   Folkestone Olympiad (1933)
   Teplitz-Schönau (1922)
   Ujpest (1934)
   16th DSB Congress, Duesseldorf (1908)
   Semmering (1926)
   Baden-Baden (1925)
   Bad Pistyan (1922)
   Karlsbad (1929)
   Podebrady (1936)
   18th DSB Congress, Breslau (1912)
   Hamburg Olympiad (1930)
   Warsaw Olympiad (1935)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Karel Treybal's Selected Games by Honza Cervenka
   FIDE Amateur Championship by MissScarlett
   UJCS-1.Kongress 1905 by thelegendisback

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(born Feb-02-1885, died Oct-02-1941, 56 years old) Czech Republic

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Karel Treybal was born in Kotopeky*. Although never a professional chessplayer, he was one of the strongest Czech players of his period. A lawyer and a district judge in the city of Velvary, Czech Republic, Treybal later became the head of the county court. He first entered into international chess competition at the Prague B-tourney of 1908. Treybal's best performance was at Karlsbad (1923) when he won his individual encounter with Alexander Alekhine. His brother, Frantisek Treybal, was also a prominent Czech player.

During Nazi occupation in 1941, Treybal was charged with illegal possession of a firearm (a pistol), condemned to death, and executed the same day.

*Wikipedia article: Kotopeky

Wikipedia article: Karel Treybal

Last updated: 2023-06-28 22:05:55

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 316  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Kurz vs K Treybal 0-1221904PragueC37 King's Gambit Accepted
2. A Dusek vs K Treybal  0-1431905UJCS-1.KongressC50 Giuoco Piano
3. K Treybal vs F Nachtikal 1-0431905UJCS-1.KongressD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. K Treybal vs L Prokes  0-1321905UJCS-1.KongressD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
5. Duras vs K Treybal 1-0441905UJCS-1.KongressC48 Four Knights
6. K Treybal vs J Brach Sr 1-0471907BrnoC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
7. F Treybal vs K Treybal ½-½231907BrnoC49 Four Knights
8. K Treybal vs M Gargulak  ½-½331907BrnoC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. J Genttner vs K Treybal  ½-½241907BrnoC50 Giuoco Piano
10. K Treybal vs J Rasovsky 1-0251907BrnoB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
11. A Perna vs K Treybal  ½-½451907BrnoC57 Two Knights
12. K Treybal vs K Moll 1-0211907BerlinC49 Four Knights
13. L Taussig vs K Treybal  ½-½161907BrnoC28 Vienna Game
14. K Treybal vs L Prokes  ½-½271907BrnoC12 French, McCutcheon
15. K Treybal vs M Gargulak  ½-½331907BrnoC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. A Beck vs K Treybal  0-1291907BrnoC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
17. F Chalupetzky vs K Treybal 0-1421908Prague-BD05 Queen's Pawn Game
18. K Treybal vs I Abonyi 1-0211908Prague-BC10 French
19. K Treybal vs W John 0-1113190816th DSB Congress, DuesseldorfC41 Philidor Defense
20. Von Gottschall vs K Treybal  ½-½41190816th DSB Congress, DuesseldorfC50 Giuoco Piano
21. K Treybal vs H Wolf  ½-½25190816th DSB Congress, DuesseldorfC66 Ruy Lopez
22. M Brody vs K Treybal  1-038190816th DSB Congress, DuesseldorfD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. K Treybal vs Salwe  0-144190816th DSB Congress, DuesseldorfC78 Ruy Lopez
24. A Fritz vs K Treybal ½-½29190816th DSB Congress, DuesseldorfB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
25. K Treybal vs Von Bardeleben  ½-½23190816th DSB Congress, DuesseldorfC30 King's Gambit Declined
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  Gypsy: Here is a small episode from the end of WW1. The historical context goes as thus: When Germany and Bolshevik's Russia signed their peace treaty, the Eastern front closed and the full brunt of fighting Germany fell upon France. At the same time, stranded deep in Russia were also very combat-worthy Czechoslovak Legions. Over the course of several month, these Legions took control of the Trans-Siberian Magistrale railroad and fought their way all the way east to Vladivostock. The goal was that they could be transported to France and Western Front.

The local situation in the Russian Far East was extremely complex with Red and White armies fighting each other, the intervention armies, various local war-lords....

In the Spring of 1918, when Czech Legions temporarily occupied the city of Tomsk, they found many prisoners left behind by the army of general Kolchak. The officer cheking the lists of prisoners saw a familiar name: "Are you the chess-master Dus Chotimirsky?" "Yes," answered the prisoner. "The very same one who so nicely beat Lasker in St. Petersburg?" "Yes," answered the prisoner now quite proudly. "You can go. You are free!" -- The officer was Karel Treybal; he served the Legions as a military judge.

Dus Chotimirsky vs Lasker, 1909

Feb-02-08  brankat: <Gypsy> Thanks for the link to the story of the Check Legion. Fascinating!
Jan-27-09  Mibelz: Treybal won ahead of Hromadka at Tomsk (Siberia, Russia) 1919.
Feb-02-09  brankat: R.I.P. master Treybal.
Jul-06-09  visayanbraindoctor: Aside from Hromadka and Treybal, were there other Czech or Slovak chess players that joined the Czechoslovak Legion?
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  blazerdoodle: Having read games of his over the years and not paying a bit of attention to who he was, just some good player who played Tiechman, Janowski, Marshall and the rest, lol... adn then, out of the blue, and last year stumbling upon this blog to find he'd been shot dead by the Nazi's, was a shock. May he RIP.
Apr-05-10  Bent75: Thanks to all with theire postive infos
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday <Karel Treybal>!
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  Penguincw: <Penguincw : Happy Birthday <Karel Trebal>> . Ok, that makes no sense. I meant to say : R.I.P. <Karel Treybal>.Wait,why am I responding to myself?
Mar-10-11  markwell: There was no Czech Republic or Czechoslovakia in either 1885 or 1941. He was a Czech born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Sep-27-11  wordfunph: Alekhine described Treybal as "conspicuously endowed with the imaginative sense".

rest in peace master Treybal..

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Karel Treybal.
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  Honza Cervenka: <He first entered into international chess competition at the Prague tourney of 1908.> Well, he did not play in main event there. It was his older brother Frantisek Treybal who participated in the master tournament. Karel's debut on elite international scene was rather the 16th Congress of German Schachbund in Düsselforf, which was played some two months later in August 1908.
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  Honza Cervenka: Of course, as <Gypsy> pointed out long time before, Karel played and won the B-tournament in Prague 1908.
Feb-05-12  AlphaMale: If you think this guy was bad, you should have met his wife.
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  Honza Cervenka: <He was Czech champion in 1907> No, it was his brother Frantisek. Karel never won the Czech or Czechoslovak championship, he was the second once in 1909 behind Duras and twice he finished the third (in 1905 behind Duras and Lev Taussig and again in 1921 behind Karel Hromadka and Ladislav Prokes). See
Dec-23-13  Karpova: <Ende April waren über 50 Mitglieder eingerückt; von denen 36 and die Front kamen und 8 verwundet wurden, darunter die Meister A. Pokorny und K. Treybal. Treybal ist bald nach der Heilung einer durch einen Schrapnellschuß verursachten Wunde anfangs März in die Karpathen gezogen.>

So at the end of April 1915, more than 50 members of the Prague "Dabrusky" Chess Club were enlisted and 36 of them at the front. Eight of those were wounded, among them Amos Pokorny and Karel Treybal. Treybal suffered a wound from shrapnel and now the text is ambiguous as commata are lacking - after his recovery he went to the Carpathians - but it's not clear whether he suffered the wound or left for the Carpathians at the beginning of march (although I guess that it's rather the latter).

Source: Page 75 of the March-April 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Karel Treybal.
Feb-02-14  Howard: Treybal and Wolf (who did well at Vienna 1922) were two well-known Jewish chess players who were murdered by the Nazis.
Feb-02-14  RedShield: Was Treybal Jewish? That's news to me. I'm not even sure it's correct to say he was murdered.
Mar-07-15  zanzibar: His brother Frantisek was ~2 years older than him, taught him the game when Karel was 13.

A picture of him and his brother, from Bruno (1907) can be seen here:

Feb-02-17  Sularus: RIP karel treybal
Feb-02-17  diagonal: <Karel Treybal and Vera Menchik Memorial>, sometimes referred to as <Treybal Memorial>, held in Prague 1946.

Miguel Najdorf won; it was arguably the second strongest tournament that year after Groningen: Prague (1946),

Karel Treybal, historical peak ranking #15 (Sonas chessmetrics)

Nov-15-18  mckmac: Remembering Karel Treybal - Chessbase article by Vlastimil Hort

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  Honza Cervenka: In the 1st Kautsky memorial both Treybals were participating, and so it is apparent, that some of these games were played by Frantisek. At least one of those two games with Karel Hromadka and two games with Jan Kuzelka were played by Frantisek Treybal for sure.
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