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Karl Robatsch
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Number of games in database: 897
Years covered: 1953 to 1996
Highest rating achieved in database: 2460
Overall record: +193 -229 =475 (48.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (82) 
    B90 B92 B47 B91 B43
 Ruy Lopez (55) 
    C85 C75 C77 C73 C64
 King's Indian (46) 
    E90 E92 E91 E94 E97
 English (39) 
    A17 A15 A16 A14 A10
 Reti System (29) 
    A04 A05 A06
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (26) 
    C85 C95 C96 C93 C84
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (93) 
    B61 B56 B60 B58 B22
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C95 C94 C64 C70 C74
 English (42) 
    A10 A14 A18 A15 A13
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    A40 A46 A45 A41 D02
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (32) 
    B61 B60 B62
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (29) 
    C95 C94 C93 C85 C92
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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 Weghofer, 1955 1-0
   Robatsch vs Hertneck, 1995 1-0
   Robatsch vs Tal, 1960 1/2-1/2
   Robatsch vs T van Scheltinga, 1963 1-0
   Robatsch vs Timman, 1972 1-0
   Robatsch vs Letelier, 1964 1-0
   Ivkov vs Robatsch, 1965 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Leipzig Olympiad qual-2 (1960)
   Moscow Olympiad Final-B (1956)
   Austrian Championship (1993)
   Amsterdam Olympiad Final-B (1954)
   Halle Zonal (1963)
   Venice (1969)
   Nice Olympiad Final-B (1974)
   Austrian Championship (1987)
   Leipzig Olympiad Final-B (1960)
   Maribor (1967)
   Havana (1965)
   Gotha (1957)
   Capablanca Memorial (1963)
   Capablanca Memorial (1964)
   European Team Championship (1992)

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.

Wikipedia article: Karl Robatsch

 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 903  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Geller vs Robatsch  1-0411953AUT-URSB06 Robatsch
2. Robatsch vs Geller  0-1421953AUT-URSA00 Uncommon Opening
3. D Parliaros vs Robatsch  0-1531954Amsterdam Olympiad qual-1A07 King's Indian Attack
4. Smyslov vs Robatsch 1-0341954Amsterdam Olympiad qual-1A10 English
5. Robatsch vs J Vesterinen  1-0531954Amsterdam Olympiad qual-1A07 King's Indian Attack
6. J H Donner vs Robatsch  1-0411954Amsterdam Olympiad qual-1A40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. G Porreca vs Robatsch  0-1391954Amsterdam Olympiad Final-BC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
8. Robatsch vs Larsen  ½-½401954Amsterdam Olympiad Final-BB53 Sicilian
9. B P Reilly vs Robatsch  0-1231954Amsterdam Olympiad Final-BE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
10. T Salo vs Robatsch  0-1681954Amsterdam Olympiad Final-BE60 King's Indian Defense
11. D Parliaros vs Robatsch  0-1261954Amsterdam Olympiad Final-BA05 Reti Opening
12. Robatsch vs J Kupper  0-1531954Amsterdam Olympiad Final-BA07 King's Indian Attack
13. O Morcken vs Robatsch  ½-½821954Amsterdam Olympiad Final-BA40 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Robatsch vs Yanofsky  0-1591954Amsterdam Olympiad Final-BE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
15. C Doerner vs Robatsch  0-1421954Amsterdam Olympiad Final-BD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
16. Robatsch vs M Cuellar Gacharna  ½-½621954Amsterdam Olympiad Final-BC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. O Bernstein vs Robatsch  0-1851954Amsterdam Olympiad Final-BB06 Robatsch
18. Robatsch vs O Benkner  1-0321954Amsterdam Olympiad Final-BC77 Ruy Lopez
19. Robatsch vs Filip ½-½511955CSR-AUTA05 Reti Opening
20. Robatsch vs Weghofer 1-0181955Kapfenberg, AustriaA04 Reti Opening
21. Filip vs Robatsch  ½-½411955CSR-AUTA10 English
22. Robatsch vs S Krivec  ½-½551955LjubljanaA00 Uncommon Opening
23. S Witkowski vs Robatsch  0-1221955LjubljanaB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
24. Robatsch vs R Persitz  ½-½351955LjubljanaE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
25. B Milic vs Robatsch  1-0321955LjubljanaB06 Robatsch
 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 903  PGN Download
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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.

Nov-11-07  Calli: <Pawnofdoom> See Game Collection: Alekhine plays Klyatskin's Defense
Oct-14-08  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.
Oct-14-09  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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  FSR: Repertoire Explorer: Karl Robatsch (black) shows that he only played the Robatsch about 10% of the time. Contrast Repertoire Explorer: Tiger Hillarp Persson (black), which shows that Tiger plays it almost half the time.

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