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Karl Robatsch
Number of games in database: 636
Years covered: 1954 to 1995
Highest rating achieved in database: 2460

Overall record: +133 -188 =315 (45.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (67) 
    B91 B90 B92 B47 B56
 Ruy Lopez (39) 
    C77 C85 C95 C96 C92
 King's Indian (33) 
    E90 E92 E94 E91 E97
 English (22) 
    A17 A16 A10 A14 A15
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B91 B90 B92 B97 B98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (19) 
    C85 C96 C95 C93 C98
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (67) 
    B61 B56 B60 B58 B21
 English (38) 
    A10 A14 A18 A15 A13
 Ruy Lopez (35) 
    C95 C94 C70 C69 C64
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (26) 
    B61 B60 B62
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (24) 
    C95 C94 C85 C92 C98
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    A40 A46 A41 A45 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Robatsch vs Jansa, 1974 1-0
   Robatsch vs F J Perez Perez, 1963 1-0
   Robatsch vs S Garcia Martinez, 1974 1-0
   Robatsch vs Hertneck, 1994 1-0
   Robatsch vs Weghofer, 1955 1-0
   Robatsch vs Tal, 1960 1/2-1/2
   Robatsch vs Timman, 1972 1-0
   Robatsch vs T van Scheltinga, 1963 1-0
   Robatsch vs Letelier, 1964 1-0
   Euwe vs Robatsch, 1962 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1961/62 (1961)
   Havana (1965)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   IBM Amsterdam (1972)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1962 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww

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(born Oct-14-1928, died Sep-19-2000, 71 years old) Austria

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Karl Robatsch was born in Klagenfurt. Awarded the IM title in 1957 and the GM title in 1961, he was Austrian champion in 1960. The Robatsch (B06) Defence is named after him. He was 2nd at Kapfenberg in 1955, 2nd= at Varna 1957, 1st= at Madrid 1961, 2nd= at Wijk aan Zee 1962, 3rd= at Halle 1963 and had his finest moment at the Leipzig Olympiad 1960 when he won the gold medal for the best performance on first board. He passed away in 2000 after a long battle with stomach and throat cancer.

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 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 636  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Parliaros vs Robatsch  0-1531954Amsterdam ol (Men) qual-AA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Smyslov vs Robatsch 1-0341954Amsterdam ol (Men) qual-AA10 English
3. Robatsch vs J Vesterinen  1-0531954Amsterdam ol (Men) qual-AA07 King's Indian Attack
4. J H Donner vs Robatsch  1-0411954Amsterdam ol (Men) qual-AA40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. G Porreca vs Robatsch  0-1391954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
6. Robatsch vs Larsen  ½-½401954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BB53 Sicilian
7. B P Reilly vs Robatsch  0-1231954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
8. T Salo vs Robatsch  0-1681954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BE60 King's Indian Defense
9. D Parliaros vs Robatsch  0-1261954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BA05 Reti Opening
10. Robatsch vs J Kupper  0-1531954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BA07 King's Indian Attack
11. Morcken vs Robatsch  ½-½821954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BA40 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Robatsch vs Yanofsky  0-1591954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
13. C Doerner vs Robatsch  0-1421954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
14. Robatsch vs M Cuellar Gacharna  ½-½621954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. O Bernstein vs Robatsch  0-1851954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BB06 Robatsch
16. Robatsch vs O Benkner  1-0321954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BC77 Ruy Lopez
17. Filip vs Robatsch  ½-½411955CSR-AUTA10 English
18. Robatsch vs Filip  ½-½511955CSR-AUTA05 Reti Opening
19. Robatsch vs Weghofer 1-0181955Kapfenberg, AustriaA04 Reti Opening
20. E Paoli vs Robatsch ½-½421955LjubljanaB06 Robatsch
21. N Karaklajic vs Robatsch  1-0241956Smederevska PalankaB06 Robatsch
22. M Czerniak vs Robatsch  1-0351956Moscow ol (Men) qual-BB08 Pirc, Classical
23. Robatsch vs Prins 0-1691956Moscow ol (Men) qual-BC41 Philidor Defense
24. Gligoric vs Robatsch  1-0431956Moscow ol (Men) qual-BB06 Robatsch
25. Robatsch vs Larsen 0-1191956Moscow ol (Men) qual-BA04 Reti Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-07-04  WMD: Austrian GM, born 1928. Helped popularise the defence that (sometimes) bears his name.

Lost a memorable game to Fischer: Fischer vs Robatsch, 1962. Played in the 1974 Chigorin Memorial in Sochi. Finished in 15th place from 16. Scored 6/15 (+2 =8 -5). Both wins took 14 moves each, one being:

Robatsch vs Jansa, 1974.

Apr-03-05  dac1990: Half of this guy's games are draws- either a statistical improbability, boring player, or both.
Oct-08-05  Helios727: In Fischer's MSMG book, he said that Robatsch claimed to have had good results with his offbeat version of the centre-counter (as black). Does anyone have any examples of games where Robatsch actually won as black with the centre-counter?
Jan-26-06  BIDMONFA: Karl Robatsch


May-02-06  DutchDunce: ??? This dude plays 1...g6 SIX times out of 101, and they name the opening after him??
Nov-11-07  pawnofdoom: Well I guess it's just whoever plays it first. Whichever famous person plays it first, that is.

A worse case is Alekhine, who has the Alikhine defense named after him. He employed his defense 30 times out of almost 2000 games! And I don't think he actually invented it. He only popularized it, but because he was famous, the defense wa named after him.

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  Calli: <Pawnofdoom> See Game Collection: Alekhine plays Klyatskin's Defense
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  brankat: GM Robatsch's best years were from about the mid-fifties to the mid-sixties, with a number of good results.

R.I.P. Mr.Robatsch.

Aug-04-09  Dredge Rivers: He played like a Robat! :)
Aug-04-09  blacksburg: oh god. that was uncalled for.
Aug-06-09  Dredge Rivers: <blacksburg> OK. He played like a Karl. Are you happy now?
Oct-14-09  Thrajin: <blacksburg> I agree. That was unKarled for.
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  Richard Taylor: Photograph?
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  Benzol: <Richard> See <BIDMONFA>'s post earlier for a picture of Robatsch.
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  vonKrolock: ... or this one
Oct-14-09  WhiteRook48: and he doesn't play the Robatsch that often
Oct-14-09  parisattack: Ujtelky really the father of the ...g6 defence and especially the Hippo variation(s). Later Suttles played it almost exclusively.

When the center is closed with e5 the Bg7 very often comes back to Bf8. I've seen games where it never even goes to Bg7, making ...g6 'a high class waiting move.'

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  Richard Taylor: If you look in the year 2008 in the game list of Robatsch's or Moderns you will find my sacrificial masterpiece v FM M. Steadman! (Played near this time last year...

<Benzol> I'll check it out. Thanks.

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  Richard Taylor: Chess is infinite.
May-22-12  LoveThatJoker: God bless you, GM Karl Robatsch!


Sep-07-12  waustad: He played in 11 olympics from 1954 through 1994.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Karl Robatsch.
Jun-01-14  waustad: It is a minor nuisance that when one enters his name correctly in the Search text field on the search page on, it doesn't get to his page. Using the Advanced Search text field one gets to his page, but for the name it defaults to the defense instead of the player, claiming that Karl Gilg never played Robatsch (B06)
May-10-15  TheFocus: <Today young people never play romantic openings like the King's Gambit ... They play without feeling. They only know what is written in books> - Karl Robatsch.
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