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Vlastimil Hort
Number of games in database: 2,966
Years covered: 1959 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2387 (2457 rapid, 2364 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605

Overall record: +1093 -321 =1524 (63.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 28 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (177) 
    B23 B22 B40 B81 B20
 King's Indian (148) 
    E92 E75 E73 E70 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (93) 
    A46 A45 D02 A40 A41
 Nimzo Indian (90) 
    E32 E42 E30 E46 E54
 Ruy Lopez (73) 
    C69 C85 C95 C92 C60
 French Defense (63) 
    C07 C18 C11 C02 C03
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (204) 
    B57 B22 B83 B56 B81
 Caro-Kann (145) 
    B18 B12 B17 B14 B10
 Grunfeld (98) 
    D85 D94 D86 D91 D83
 Ruy Lopez (86) 
    C67 C95 C80 C97 C72
 King's Indian (74) 
    E94 E60 E95 E62 E90
 French Defense (66) 
    C07 C16 C19 C11 C09
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hort vs Portisch, 1973 1-0
   Hug vs Hort, 1972 0-1
   Hort vs I Radulov, 1974 1-0
   Hort vs Chandler, 1982 1-0
   Miles vs Hort, 1982 0-1
   Hort vs R Byrne, 1962 1-0
   Hort vs V Zheliandinov, 1967 1-0
   Hort vs Minic, 1967 1-0
   Hort vs Smyslov, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Ree vs Hort, 1986 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Venice (1969)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1972)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1970)
   Favorite Hammonia (1980)
   Bundesliga 1981/82 (1982)
   Hoogovens (1970)
   Halle Zonal (1967)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1968)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1960)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   First Lady's Cup (1982)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1963)
   Solidarity Tournament 2nd (1968)
   Palma de Mallorca (1969)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   81a ZOOM 001 SUBMODELS A-H by Atsa
   81a ZOOM 001 SUBMODELS A-H by whiteshark
   81a ZOOM 001 SUBMODELS A-H by T002102bd
   Vlastimil Hort by capybara

   🏆 27th Bunratty Masters
   Hort vs Arkell (Feb-23-20) 0-1
   Short vs Hort (Feb-22-20) 1-0
   Harikrishna vs Hort (Jul-23-17) 1-0, rapid
   Hort vs Harikrishna (Jul-23-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Hort vs T Kriebel (Jan-17-17) 1-0

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(born Jan-12-1944, 78 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) after losing on time in a winning position in the penultimate game. 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

Last updated: 2018-03-08 02:37:09

 page 1 of 121; games 1-25 of 3,011  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Opocensky vs Hort  ½-½391959Czechoslovak ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Hort vs I Ivanco 1-0291959Czechoslovak ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
3. Jiri Jares vs Hort 0-1381959Czechoslovak ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
4. Hort vs Pachman  ½-½171959Czechoslovak ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. M Ujtelky vs Hort 0-1281959Czechoslovak ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
6. Hort vs J Fichtl  ½-½251959Czechoslovak ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
7. J Fabian vs Hort 1-0411959Czechoslovak ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
8. Hort vs J Podgorny  ½-½391959Czechoslovak ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. J Ratolistka vs Hort 0-1581959Czechoslovak ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
10. F Blatny vs Hort 0-1401959Czechoslovak ChampionshipC14 French, Classical
11. Hort vs J Augustin  ½-½221959Czechoslovak ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. V Olexa vs Hort 0-1561959Czechoslovak ChampionshipA44 Old Benoni Defense
13. Hort vs S Kupka  ½-½201959Czechoslovak ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
14. L Alster vs Hort ½-½441959Czechoslovak ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Hort vs V Hofman  ½-½461959Czechoslovak ChampionshipC47 Four Knights
16. J Brach Jr vs Hort 0-1401959Czechoslovak ChampionshipA81 Dutch
17. Hort vs J Kozma  ½-½91959Czechoslovak ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
18. Hort vs J Fichtl 1-0361960Czechoslovak ChampionshipC11 French
19. F Blatny vs Hort  ½-½231960Czechoslovak ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
20. Hort vs V Olexa  1-0461960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
21. Hort vs J Marsalek  ½-½161960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
22. J Cucka vs Hort  ½-½561960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Hort vs K Prucha 1-0481960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. J Rejfir vs Hort  ½-½581960Czechoslovak ChampionshipA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
25. Hort vs J Zajic 1-0151960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Jan-12-11  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!

Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
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.
Jan-12-13  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.
Jan-12-14  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.
Apr-22-14  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!
Feb-11-15  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 =)

May-01-15  TheFocus: <In blitz, the Knight is stronger than the Bishop> - Vlastmil Hort.
May-03-15  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.
Jan-12-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Vlastimil Hort!
Jan-12-16 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!

May-04-16  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."

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