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Janos Flesch
Number of games in database: 145
Years covered: 1955 to 1983
Highest rating achieved in database: 2390

Overall record: +35 -43 =67 (47.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian Attack (14) 
 King's Indian (13) 
    E67 E62 E60 E97 E68
 Reti System (9) 
    A04 A05
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D78 D79 D80
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A36 A37 A34
 English (4) 
    A13 A15 A14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (19) 
    B42 B48 B28 B25 B93
 Caro-Kann (12) 
    B17 B11 B18 B14 B16
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E50 E53 E54 E21
 Sicilian Taimanov (5) 
    B48 B45 B47 B46
 Sicilian Kan (5) 
    B42 B43
 English (4) 
    A10 A14 A19
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   L Ogaard vs J Flesch, 1974 0-1
   M Czerniak vs J Flesch, 1964 0-1
   J Flesch vs Huebner, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Smyslov vs J Flesch, 1975 1/2-1/2

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(born Sep-30-1933, died Dec-09-1983, 50 years old) Hungary

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Janos Laszlo Flesch was awarded the IM title in 1963 and an Emeritus GM title in 1980. He specialized in similtaneous blindfold exhibitions.

Wikipedia article: János Flesch

Last updated: 2019-01-04 06:40:33

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 145  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Szilagyi vs J Flesch 0-1261955BudapestD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. T Filep vs J Flesch  0-1591958BudapestA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
3. J Flesch vs G Kluger  0-1391958HUN-ch 14thA86 Dutch
4. J Flesch vs Hrumo 1-0141960Blindfold simul, 52bC37 King's Gambit Accepted
5. J Flesch vs E Orendy  0-1541961HUN-ch 16thA53 Old Indian
6. J Flesch vs Szabo  ½-½411961HUN-ch 16thA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
7. J Flesch vs G Kluger  ½-½451961HUN-ch 16thA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
8. J Flesch vs G Kluger  ½-½221962HUN-ch 17thE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. J Flesch vs Portisch  ½-½151962HUN-ch 17thA13 English
10. Szabo vs J Flesch  1-0471962HUN-ch 17thC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
11. Portisch vs J Flesch  ½-½201963HUN-ch 18thD54 Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation
12. Szabo vs J Flesch  1-0401963BudapestD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. F Koberl vs J Flesch  0-1431963HUN-ch 18thA36 English
14. J Flesch vs G Kluger  ½-½301963HUN-ch 18thA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Filip vs J Flesch  ½-½511963Asztalos Memorial 6thD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. J Flesch vs E Paoli  1-0351963Asztalos Memorial 6thA05 Reti Opening
17. J Flesch vs Tal ½-½411963Asztalos Memorial 6thA07 King's Indian Attack
18. Bronstein vs J Flesch  ½-½231963Asztalos Memorial 6thD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. J Flesch vs E Paoli  1-0511963Reggio Emilia 6364A05 Reti Opening
20. Matulovic vs J Flesch  1-0431964HUN-YUGB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
21. J Flesch vs Matulovic 0-1451964HUN-YUGA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
22. P Beggi vs J Flesch  0-1381964Reggio E.E15 Queen's Indian
23. J Flesch vs Portisch  ½-½301964HUN-ch 19thA37 English, Symmetrical
24. J Flesch vs J Bratoszewski  1-0331964Reggio Emilia 6364A04 Reti Opening
25. H Lehmann vs J Flesch  ½-½401964Hoogovens-BB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
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Dec-24-04  Pawsome: <aw1988>It's a sick joke. Flesch's blindfold record was reported to be over 60 games in a contemporaneous article I read. Kotanowski and Najdorf scoffed at it because Flesch used scores, as noted above. The former and latter used nothing other than a list of their opponents' names. Najdorf won most of 45 blindfold games played simultaneously this way, I believe. To my mind, playing a single credible game blindfolded is a feat. The fact that he had the scores to him doesn't diminish Flesch's achievement. According to this db Flesch' highest rating was 2365. Factoring for inflation that would be about 2400+, I guesstimate. You'd think a guy with such prodigious talents would have attained a higher standing.
Jan-08-06  MUG: Commenting sometime after his blindfold simultaneous exhibition, Janos said:

<There was one other danger which Grandmaster Miguel Najdorf warned me of. After his display in South America he was laid up for about a month with a spasm of the brain vessels. I avoided that danger with some special exercises.

Generally speaking everything passed off happily, except that I lost six kilos of weight in one day.>

For the record, Janos played 52 games blindfold, winning 31, drawing 18, and conceding only 3 defeats. The exhibition lasted thirteen and a half hours, with three five-minute breaks.

Dec-10-06  Karpova: His book on material imbalances was quite interesting and written well.
Jan-01-08  Jim Bartle: "After the simul Flesch lost his mind and had to go to a nuthouse where he was thrown into a mob of naked filthy drooling blabbering madmen."

They sent him to chessgames?

Jan-05-08  Jim Bartle: Shortly after being granted the GM title he formed the legendary group "Grandmaster Flesch and the Furious Five."
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  tpstar: He was beloved for his formidable stage presence, yet he was even more imposing in the flesch.
Jan-05-08  Jim Bartle: He once struck the Black Knight a mighty blow, but the Knight said, "Tis but a Flesch wound."
Mar-25-08  Tomlinsky: "Perhaps it is a good time to recall an amusing, and probably apocryphal, story about an attempt by Janos Flesch, the late Hungarian Grandmaster, to beat the World Blindfold simultaneous record. His opponents, who all belonged to the same club, played a really dirty trick on him! Half of them answered Flesch's 1.d4 or 1.e4 with 1...g6, while the other half played 1...d6; then on the second move half of those who had played 1...g6 played 2...g7, while the other half played 2...d6; meanwhile the 1...d6 players were choosing between 2...g6 and 2...c6 and 2...Nd7. By the third move Black was announcing moves like 3...g6, 3...c6, 3...Bg7, 3...d6, or 3...Nd7 and poor Flesch, who of course had no sight of the boards, couldn't remember which moves had been played in each individual game. One version of the story has him escaping through a toilet window."

Speelman & McDonald, Modern Defence.

Mar-25-08  brankat: J.Flesch's blindfold simul displays were a feat of special kind of a talent. The results well deserved.

The occasional use of the score-sheets was not controversial, but within the rules.

Jan-08-09  PhilFeeley: <keypusher: I understand there is some controversy about the blindfold record -- is that true? Can anyone shed any light on this?> Perhaps this book can:

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  chancho: <Karpova: His book on material imbalances was quite interesting and written well.>

Is the name of the book <Planning in Chess>?

Jan-08-09  Karpova: <chancho>
I don't know and I don't have the book anymore. Maybe I'll remember the name or find it out.
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  chancho: <Karpova> I downloaded a book yesterday by Flesch called Planning in Chess. Thought you were referring to that book.

Jan-08-09  KingG: <chancho> Great website! Thanks.
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  chancho: <KingG> No problemo. :)
Jan-09-09  Karpova: <chancho>
Thanks for the link! Yes, that's the book I was referring to.
Sep-30-09  BIDMONFA: Janos Flesch

FLESCH, Janos L.

Sep-30-09  DrCurmudgeon: Interesting picture. I think we know why he's not looking at the board.
Sep-30-09  WhiteRook48: in the flesch
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  GrahamClayton: <keypusher>I understand there is some controversy about the blindfold record -- is that true? Can anyone shed any light on this?

According to an interview with arbiter Stewart Reuben by Sean Marsh in the May 2009 issue of "Chess", Flesch's opponents in the 1960 52 game exhibition were "allegedly" asked to resign early. Obviously 3 of the 52 players did not heed that instruction! The interview mentioned nothing about Flesch having the game scores read back to him.

May-16-10  myschkin: . . .

<Jan-08-09 PhilFeeley: Perhaps this book can:>

around p.101-110

Sep-08-13  Howard: As someone pointed out in one of the early comments, Flesch (and his wife) were killed in a car accident in London, in late 1983. In fact, they were both in town for the Kasparov-Korchnoi match. Chess Life had a short article about it, along with a picture of Flesch.
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  offramp: Shoulda taken that blindfold off when driving, dude!
Oct-16-19  ndg2: I remember him as a book author, ne of the first chess books I bought was from him.didn'know he was killed in a car accident.
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  MissScarlett: C.N. 5941

<The above list omits the display by János Flesch (supposedly 52 boards in Budapest in 1960) for the reasons discussed on pages 99-110. The last two pages of that section have a report entitled ‘A Sensational Postscript: Flesch vs Barcza!?’ which relates that four Hungarian contacts independently told the co-authors that a year or two after Flesch’s exhibition Gedeon Barcza described Flesch as a ‘crook’ and a ‘fraud’ and was then sued by Flesch for defamation of character. Whether any such case went to trial has yet to be established. Can it be hoped that a researcher in Hungary will look into the matter?>

Needless to say, no-one ever did.

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