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Ladislav Prokes
From left to right: Prokes, (unidentified), Steiner, Neuwirth, Treybal.  
Number of games in database: 192
Years covered: 1905 to 1930

Overall record: +57 -78 =57 (44.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D02 A46 D00 D05
 Giuoco Piano (11) 
    C50 C54 C53
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C84 C77 C67 C70 C78
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D50 D51 D52 D53 D61
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B13 B10 B18 B15
 French Defense (6) 
    C11 C01 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A46 D02 D05 A45 E00
 French Defense (12) 
    C11 C12 C13 C01 C14
 Orthodox Defense (11) 
    D51 D67 D60 D63 D50
 French (10) 
    C11 C12 C13 C00 C10
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C68 C96 C64 C69 C77
 Bogo Indian (8) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Prokes vs O Zander, 1925 1-0
   Prokes vs K Krofta, 1909 1-0
   Prokes vs Tylor, 1930 1-0
   Dus Chotimirsky vs Prokes, 1908 0-1
   Prokes vs Spielmann, 1907 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Debrecen (1925)
   Prague (1908)
   Bad Pistyan (1922)

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(born Jun-07-1884, died Jan-09-1966, 81 years old) Czech Republic

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Ladislav Prokes (PROK-kesh) was born in Prague. Joint Czechoslovak champion (=Karel Hromadka) in 1921, he played for the Czech Olympiad team (in 1927, 1928 and 1931) but is best remembered as one of the most prolific composers of endgame studies of all time. His lifetime output of 1,159 studies ranks 4th among all composers, according to the endgame database of Harold Van der Heijden. He was the master of the study that looks easy, but is much more difficult than the solver thinks at first glance. In 1951, Professor Prokes published the acclaimed Kniha Sahovych Studii, a collection of 623 of his compositions.

He passed away in Prague in 1966 at the age of 81.


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 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 192  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Treybal vs Prokes  0-1321905UJCS-1.KongressD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
2. Prokes vs T Sika 1-0311905UJCS-1.KongressA07 King's Indian Attack
3. Prokes vs F Nachtikal 0-1351905UJCS-1.KongressD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Duras vs Prokes  1-0451905UJCS-1.KongressC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
5. Prokes vs J Rasovsky 1-0271907BrnoD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Prokes vs A Perna  ½-½411907BrnoD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Prokes vs L Taussig  1-0351907BrnoD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. A Beck vs Prokes  0-1411907BrnoC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
9. Prokes vs M Gargulak  0-1281907BrnoD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. F Treybal vs Prokes  ½-½261907BrnoC49 Four Knights
11. Prokes vs J Brach Sr  ½-½261907BrnoD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
12. J Genttner vs Prokes  0-1261907BrnoC87 Ruy Lopez
13. K Treybal vs Prokes  ½-½271907BrnoC12 French, McCutcheon
14. Duras vs Prokes 1-04519071st Trebitsch MemorialC12 French, McCutcheon
15. Prokes vs Albin 1-03119071st Trebitsch MemorialB07 Pirc
16. J Mieses vs Prokes 1-03319071st Trebitsch MemorialC12 French, McCutcheon
17. Prokes vs Spielmann  ½-½4919071st Trebitsch MemorialC24 Bishop's Opening
18. Maroczy vs Prokes 1-02819071st Trebitsch MemorialD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Prokes vs L Loewy Sr  0-14519071st Trebitsch MemorialC55 Two Knights Defense
20. Schlechter vs Prokes  1-02019071st Trebitsch MemorialD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. Prokes vs J Perlis  0-13119071st Trebitsch MemorialC50 Giuoco Piano
22. J N Berger vs Prokes  1-04919071st Trebitsch MemorialD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. H Wolf vs Prokes  ½-½3119071st Trebitsch MemorialC00 French Defense
24. Prokes vs Vidmar  0-13019071st Trebitsch MemorialC77 Ruy Lopez
25. Martinolich vs Prokes  1-04819071st Trebitsch MemorialD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Jan-23-06  BIDMONFA: Ladislav Prokes

PROKES, Ladislav

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  OhioChessFan: He has some interesting end game studies. I just posted one on my forum, and am trying to find a few more.
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  whiteshark: German Wikipedia page:

Picture from Bad Pistyan 1922 (Breyer Memorial):

CB-report about Bad Pistyan 1922 (Breyer Memorial):

Dec-09-07  paladin at large: Not a bad player, as well as having his name on the "Prokes Maneuver" (which is pretty nifty - nice link <whiteshark>) and being the first victim of the "Monticelli Trap"......sounds like an adventurous life.
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  whiteshark: <paladin at large> For the lazy kibutzers: <"Monticelli Trap">: M Monticelli vs Prokes, 1926
Jun-07-08  wolfmaster: Prokes lived until 1966, does anyone know if he was awarded an IM title from FIDE based on his performances in the early 20th century?
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  Phony Benoni: A simple study from Prokes, with a useful point. It's White to Play and Win:

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And not 1.Kc7, as we'll see.

<1...Ka7 2.b4 b5>

2...a5 3.b5 is easy.

<3.Kc7 a5>

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Now, of course, 4.bxa5 renders White's pawns useless. He could force Black to play ...b4, but only by stalemating Black's king first.


Now White wins after 4...axb4 5.axb5 or 4...bxa4 5.b5 as he can support the b-pawn all the way to glory, with similar lines following 4...Ka6 5.Kc6. And now you can see why White had to use the move order Kc6-Kc7; had he reversed the moves, Black could now take a pawn and play ...Kb8.

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  Peligroso Patzer: The "Prokes Maneuver", refeenced in an earlier comment, is from a 1938 study:

White to move and win from this position:

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Solution (translated from Prokes's German):

1. b7 Nd6+ 2. Kd4! (not 2. Kd5? Nxb7 3.e7 Kf7 drawn) Nxb7 3. Kd5 Kg7 (3… Nc5 also loses: 4. e7 Na6 (the promotion is temporarily prevented by the threatened Knight fork on c7) 5. Kd6 Kf7 6. Nd8+ Ke8 7. Ne6 (threatening 8. Ng7+) Kf7 8. Ng7 Nc7 9. Kd7 (zugzwang) Kf6 10.Ne8+ and the Knight fork ends Black’s resistance.) 4. Nd8! Nxd8 5. e7 (echo to the first move: 1. b7) wins, because now the promotion cannot be prevented. Although the king can reach the square of the pawn (5. … Kf7), the square rule is not applicable in this case, because the pawn can escape the King’s attack by 6. exd8=Q.

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  Peligroso Patzer: The most useful finesse (in terms of potential to be used over-the-board) from the 1938 Prokes Study is from this position:

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In the above position, 1. Nd8! is the only winning move. It threatens 2. e7 (when 2. ... Kf7 will not be possible in reply), as well as 2. Nxb7 winning easily), so Black has nothing better than 1. ... Nxd8, but this also loses, as the analysis by Prokes quoted above demonstrates.

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  GrahamClayton: Here is a transcript of a talk given by AJ Roycroft of the Chess Endgame Study Circle in London in 1966 about some of Prokes' endgame studies:

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  whiteshark: GM Lubomir Kavalek on <Prokes's Windmills>
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  WTHarvey: Here are some combinations and mates from Ladislav's games: Find the winning move.
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  wordfunph: rest in peace endgame master Prokes..
Jun-07-20  Nosnibor: Just to be clear the photograph shows Karel Treybal and not his brother Frantisek. During his chess career Prokes had played them both.
Jun-07-20  Cibator: A Prokes study from 1947 with minimal material, reminiscent of Reti's famous 1921 composition:

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