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Josef Rejfir
Number of games in database: 281
Years covered: 1925 to 1962

Overall record: +99 -60 =122 (56.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (30) 
    D50 D51 D61 D63 D55
 King's Indian (22) 
    E87 E75 E64 E81 E62
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E32 E38 E34 E33 E36
 English (14) 
    A10 A16 A14 A15 A13
 English, 1 c4 e5 (8) 
    A20 A21 A28 A23
 English, 1 c4 c5 (7) 
    A30 A34 A31
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (38) 
    B29 B88 B58 B63 B65
 Caro-Kann (15) 
    B13 B17 B15 B14 B10
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E21 E38 E54 E49 E29
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D02 A46 A45 E00 D04
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (10) 
    B63 B65 B62 B67
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D30 D31 D36 D35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Tsvetkov vs J Rejfir, 1936 0-1
   Vladimir Petrov vs J Rejfir, 1933 0-1
   J Rejfir vs L Steiner, 1933 1/2-1/2
   Spielmann vs J Rejfir, 1934 0-1
   Saemisch vs J Rejfir, 1942 0-1
   J Rejfir vs Noteboom, 1931 1-0
   V Jandera vs J Rejfir, 1928 0-1
   J Rejfir vs Vladimir Petrov, 1931 1-0
   J Rejfir vs T Ichim, 1936 1-0
   J Rejfir vs F Herzog, 1933 1-0

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Rejfir Madness by chocobonbon
   Moravska Ostrava 1933 by jessicafischerqueen

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(born Sep-22-1909, died May-04-1962, 52 years old)

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Josef Rejfir was awarded the IM title in 1956. He was one of the strongest Czech masters before the Second World War and played in the five Olympiads between 1928 and 1935. After this he retired for a number of years and emerged again in the last decade of his life to play in the Olympiads of 1956 and 1958. He died of a heart attack in Prague, the town of his birth.

Wikipedia article: Josef Rejfíř

Last updated: 2017-09-22 04:44:57

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 281  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Rejfir vs B Thelen  0-1321925Bratislava-AA53 Old Indian
2. Hromadka vs J Rejfir  0-1471927Prague EvonyC25 Vienna
3. Hromadka vs J Rejfir  1-0651927CSR-chE17 Queen's Indian
4. J Rejfir vs B Thelen  1-0351927Prague EvonyE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
5. R Pikler vs J Rejfir 0-1221927KecskemetC33 King's Gambit Accepted
6. F J Prokop vs J Rejfir  ½-½161927Prague EvonyD04 Queen's Pawn Game
7. B Thelen vs J Rejfir  0-1491927Prague EvonyB83 Sicilian
8. J Rejfir vs Hromadka  0-1521927Prague EvonyA81 Dutch
9. J Rejfir vs F Treybal ½-½201927Prague EvonyD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. J Rejfir vs K Skalicka 0-1131927Prague EvonyD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. F Treybal vs J Rejfir ½-½151927Prague EvonyA47 Queen's Indian
12. J Rejfir vs J Dobias 1-0391928Prague EvonyD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. J Rejfir vs F Krticka  1-0451928Prague EvonyA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
14. J Rejfir vs F Lustig  1-0431928PragueD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. J Rejfir vs K Treybal  1-0421928Prague EvonyD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Opocensky vs J Rejfir 1-0231928Prague EvonyB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
17. Prokes vs J Rejfir  ½-½321928Prague EvonyB10 Caro-Kann
18. V Jandera vs J Rejfir 0-1351928Prague EvonyB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. W F Wertheim vs J Rejfir  ½-½371928OlympiadA20 English
20. M Brody vs J Rejfir  0-1621928OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. K Ruben vs J Rejfir  0-1401928OlympiadE12 Queen's Indian
22. J Rejfir vs A Vajda  0-1301928OlympiadE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. J Rejfir vs A Muffang 0-1291928OlympiadE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
24. J Rejfir vs M Oren  0-1391928OlympiadD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
25. Vladimir Petrov vs J Rejfir  ½-½321928The Hague OlympiadD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 281  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-24-04  siggemannen: who is this guy? never heard of him
Nov-24-04  radu stancu: I'll bet it's mutual! :)
Nov-24-04  siggemannen: i'll bet so LOL
Nov-24-04  weirdoid: I once heard that he was perhaps the strongest Czech players in the early postwar years - which probably doesn't tell much (I think Czech chess was pretty barren those years). Any Czech or chess historians here? Perhaps you would like to shed some light?
Nov-25-04  sneaky pete: In 1947 a touring Czechoslovak team consisting of Pachman, Foltys, Kottnauer, Opocensky, Sajtar, Zita, Florian, Louma, Fichtl and Potucek (no Rejfir around) beat Holland 12,5 to 7,5 and Great Britain (with Alexander, Golombek, Thomas, Fairhurst and Winter on the first 5 boards) 12 to 8, so they weren't that bad.
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  offramp: Yesterday, on a chess Newsgroup a general challenge was issued:

<"Name a player whose surname is composed of what appear to be cognates of the words for both King and Queen.

That's all for now. More tips and clarifications to follow, as needed Which they probably will be, seeing as you are all pigmies before the intelletural gigantism of Jason "Size-is-Everything" Repa.">

[I have strong suspicions that 'Jason "Size-is-Everything" Repa' is not the same person as Jason Repa.]

So I had a go (this entire exchange is easily found on Google):

<"Royal Goode>," I wrote.

That was wrong, and I got the response:

<"OK, let me clarify a little then.

Remember, it's the surname (so Royal Goode obviously doesn't cut it). The name is composed of what seem to be cognates of words for the chess pieces. Clue: the Queen is not actually a Queen.

Don't think about the English words. Think of names for the chess pieces.


To which I replied - (predictably, since this is where I have posted the response:

<"Josef Rejfir.">

Jason Repa replied:
<"Well, well, well. Congratulations. You are now entitled to join me in the Olympian ranks of innerlectural giants.

Either that, or the question was easier than I'd thought.

Your prize is in the mail.">

I think he got a big shock that his toughie was answered within a day!

I wonder what the prize will be?

More importantly... What if the sender of the quiz was paranoid? What if he thought that I was a Freemason? Will I ever get that prize?

Jul-17-05  farrooj: Rejfir means queen? In what language?
And will you ever get that prize?
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  offramp: 'Rey' means King and 'fir' is the same as 'ferze' meaning Queen - or consort.

I do not hold out much hope of receiving the prize.

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  Gypsy: Chessmetrics Player Profile: Josef Rejfír -- Highest Rating: 2566 on the December 1931 rating list, #35 in world, age 22y3m; Best Individual Performance: 2583 in Prague ol (Men), 1931.
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  Benzol: <offramp> Hope you got your prize. <"...the Olympian ranks of innerlectural giants."> Sounds like the guy had had one over the eight. Was he drunk?


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  WTHarvey: Here are some critical positions from Josef's games:
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  offramp: Player of the day at last! At long long last.
Probably his most famous game is J Rejfir vs Keres, 1956
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  whiteshark: He's not Icelandic? I always thought so. But don't ask to explain the meaning of 'alweays' here. Well, since Rejkyavik 1972, maybe. :D
Sep-22-08  chocobonbon: Rejfir has style,IMO sort of like Pillsbury, in that he often plays for Mate but will simplify to an ending if the beautiful threats are avoided. He has fighting qualities &, it seems to me, a lot of wins with Black. I have a collection of his games. My appreciation is purely subjective, not analytical.
Sep-22-11  BIDMONFA: Josef Rejfir


Sep-22-11  Xeroxx: Player of the day, sick of it.
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  offramp: <Xeroxx: Player of the day, sick of it.>

Today he is Xeroxx: Player of the day again.

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