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Karel Opocensky
Number of games in database: 360
Years covered: 1913 to 1972

Overall record: +97 -132 =131 (45.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A45 E00 E10 D01 D02
 Queen's Gambit Declined (13) 
    D30 D37 D31
 Catalan (11) 
    E04 E06 E01 E09
 Slav (11) 
    D11 D14 D15 D10 D12
 Queen's Indian (9) 
    E17 E16 E15 E19
 King's Indian (8) 
    E60 E76 E88
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (35) 
    B16 B13 B12 B15 B18
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    D02 A46 A40 D04 E00
 Sicilian (17) 
    B92 B23 B20 B84 B29
 French Defense (12) 
    C01 C17 C18 C07 C13
 Queen's Indian (11) 
    E16 E12 E17 E15 E19
 Nimzo Indian (8) 
    E34 E40 E48 E33 E32
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Opocensky vs Hromadka, 1931 1-0
   T van Scheltinga vs Opocensky, 1939 0-1
   A Tikovsky vs Opocensky, 1954 0-1
   Opocensky vs A Teller, 1928 1-0
   Opocensky vs J Hrdina, 1913 1-0
   Opocensky vs Pachman, 1945 1-0
   Opocensky vs K Skalicka, 1936 1-0
   Opocensky vs Duchamp, 1933 1/2-1/2
   B Rabar vs Opocensky, 1941 0-1
   Opocensky vs Saemisch, 1922 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Paris (1925)
   London A (1946)
   Parnu (1937)
   Vienna (1923)
   Baden-bei-Wien (1914)
   Marienbad (1925)
   Podebrady (1936)
   Munich (1941)
   Prague (1946)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vienna 1923 by suenteus po 147
   London A 1946 by Tabanus
   Bad Nauheim 1935 by suenteus po 147
   Paris 1925 by suenteus po 147
   Parnu 1937 by suenteus po 147

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(born Feb-07-1892, died Nov-16-1975, 83 years old) Czech Republic

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Karel Opocensky was Czechoslovak champion in 1927, 1929 and 1938. He was 1st= at Arbon 1946 and scored the best individual result on board 4 at the 1933 Olympiad at Folkestone. FIDE awarded Opocensky the IM title in 1950, on its first list of titleholders. He was the chief arbiter at the Botvinnik - Bronstein World Championship Match (1951) and Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Match (1954).

Wikipedia article: Karel Opočenský

Last updated: 2017-02-24 07:07:30

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 360  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Opocensky vs J Hrdina 1-0191913Mlada Boleslav-BC49 Four Knights
2. Opocensky vs F Schubert  1-0311913Ceska TrebovaC22 Center Game
3. B Steiner vs Opocensky  ½-½271913Debrecen-CC29 Vienna Gambit
4. O Loewenborg vs Opocensky 0-1331913Mlada Boleslav-BC10 French
5. B Kolousek vs Opocensky  0-1271913Mlada Boleslav-BA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
6. M Hajn vs Opocensky  1-0371913Mlada Boleslav-BC77 Ruy Lopez
7. Opocensky vs M Gargulak  ½-½611913Mlada Boleslav-BC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
8. Opocensky vs Tartakower  ½-½331914Baden-bei-WienC21 Center Game
9. Schlechter vs Opocensky ½-½271914Baden-bei-WienC44 King's Pawn Game
10. Opocensky vs G Nyholm  0-1371914Baden-bei-WienC44 King's Pawn Game
11. P F Johner vs Opocensky 1-0251914Baden-bei-WienC54 Giuoco Piano
12. Opocensky vs Reti  0-1391914Baden-bei-WienC21 Center Game
13. Hromadka vs Opocensky  ½-½371914Baden-bei-WienC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. Opocensky vs Breyer  0-1531914Baden-bei-WienC21 Center Game
15. Opocensky vs Fahrni  ½-½631914Baden-bei-WienC21 Center Game
16. Spielmann vs Opocensky  1-0421914Baden-bei-WienC45 Scotch Game
17. Tartakower vs Opocensky  1-0681914Baden-bei-WienC30 King's Gambit Declined
18. Opocensky vs Schlechter  ½-½321914Baden-bei-WienC44 King's Pawn Game
19. G Nyholm vs Opocensky  ½-½251914Baden-bei-WienC54 Giuoco Piano
20. Opocensky vs P F Johner  1-0291914Baden-bei-WienC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
21. Reti vs Opocensky 1-0321914Baden-bei-WienC55 Two Knights Defense
22. Opocensky vs Hromadka 0-1231914Baden-bei-WienC34 King's Gambit Accepted
23. Breyer vs Opocensky  0-1381914Baden-bei-WienC33 King's Gambit Accepted
24. Fahrni vs Opocensky 1-0221914Baden-bei-WienC56 Two Knights
25. Opocensky vs Spielmann 0-1301914Baden-bei-WienC21 Center Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-25-05  who: This guy's career wasn't short. Can anyone add more about him than is in the bio.
Sep-26-05  paladin at large: <who> Capablanca wrote about Opocensky 1939 in the context of the chess olympiad: "Opocensky has a marked tendency to complicate the game, and he is not intimidated by the reputation of the opponent".

(from Winter)

Feb-07-06  BIDMONFA: Karel Opocensky


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  GrahamClayton: The Opocensky variation of the Queens-Indian Defence is 1. d4 ♘f6 2. c4 e6 3. ♘f3 b6 4. g3 ♗a6 5. ♗g2 ♗e7 6. ♘c3 ♘e4 7. ♗d2

Source: David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld "Oxford Companion to Chess", OUP, 1992

Feb-07-09  nescio: Usually Boleslavsky is mentioned as the originator of de the Sicilian with e7-e5 (M Yudovich Sr. vs Boleslavsky, 1942) and as the player who made it an important system. While he certainly deserves the credit, great strategist that he was, I have heard rumours that Opocensky experimented with it as early as the late 1930's. I have never seen games to back this up though, the earliest I can find is Lokvenc-Opocensky, Prague 1943:

[Event "Prague"]
[Site "Prague"]
[Date "1943.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Lokvenc,Josef"]
[Black "Opocensky,Karel"]
[Result "1/2"]
[Eco "B92"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 b5 7.Bf3 e5 8.Nb3 Bb7 9.a3 Nbd7 10.0-0 Qc7 11.Be3 Nb6 12.Na5 Nc4 13.Nxc4 Qxc4 14.Qd3 Qxd3 15.cxd3 Be7 16.Rac1 Rc8 17.d4 0-0 18.d5 g6 19.Be2 Nd7 20.Bh6 Rfd8 21.Bg4 Rb8 22.Bxd7 Rxd7 23.Be3 Bd8 24.b4 Rc7 25.Na2 Rbc8 26.Rxc7 Bxc7 27.Rc1 f5 28.f3 Kf7 29.Kf1 Ke7 30.Ke2 Kd7 31.g4 f4 32.Bf2 Ra8 33.Nc3 Bd8 34.h4 Rc8 35.Kd2 Rc4 36.Na2 Rxc1 37.Kxc1 h5 38.g5 Kc7 39.Kd2 Bc8 40.Ke2 Kb7 1/2

Note that Opocensky, contrary to Boleslavsky's 5...Nc6, used the move order 5...a6, which was later popularized by Najdorf.

Feb-07-09  WhiteRook48: these players of the day keep on making me feel dumb
Feb-08-09  AnalyzeThis: Yes, for a time, Opocensky was mentioned in the same sentence as Najdorf for the now well known setup involving ...e5.
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  whiteshark: Picture: Karel Opocensky in 1942 (or 1943)
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Karel Opocensky.
May-18-12  minasina: There reads anachronism in the bio. There wasn't any Czech Republic before 1993. There were Czechoslovakia, and apparently he was many times Czechoslovakian Chess Champion?
Sep-08-12  Karpova: Opocensky won the Prague City Championship in 1934 with 8.0/9 ahead of Karjakin with 7.0, Zitta with 6.5, Rejdal with 6.0 and Pelikan with 5.5, etc.

From page 253 of the 1934 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Sep-08-12  Karpova: The 11th Kautsky Memorial in Prague in 1934:

1. Opocensky 11.0
2. Dr. Treybal 9.5
3. Kopecek 8.5
4. Karjakin 8.0

5-6. Chodera 7.5
5-6. Dobias 7.5
7-8. Zitta 6.5
7-8. Flohr (Salomon's brother) 6.5
9. F. Treybal 6.0
10. Dr. Skalicka 5.5
11-12. Koska 4.0
11-12. Dietze 4.0
13-14. Rosenbaum 3.5
13-14. Petkiewitsch 3.5

From page 375 of the 1934 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Dec-13-13  Karpova: <Der Ustredni jednota ceskoslovenskysch sachistu v Praze ersucht uns um Veröffentlichung nachstehender Zeilen: Laut Beschluss des "Verbandes der tschechoslowakischen Schachspieler" erkennt dieser Meister Opocensky nicht als seinen offiziellen Vertreter an und wurde Herr Opocensky vom Oesterreichischen Schachverbande privat eingeladen.> (The ... requests us to publish the following lines: By virtue of decision of the "Association of Czechoslovakian Chessplayers", Master Opocensky is not being recognized as their official representative and so Mr. Opocensky was invited privately by the Austrian Chess Federation.)

Source: Page 350 of the December 1923 'Neue Wiener Schach-Zeitung'

Feb-07-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Karel Opocensky.
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  offramp: Another incredible chess lookalike! He is a dead ringer for Crackerjack's Peter Glaze.
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  diagonal: In a personal note, Vlastimil Hort honors Karel Opocensky:
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