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Lubomir Ftacnik
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Number of games in database: 2,326
Years covered: 1973 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2510 (2499 rapid, 2556 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2618
Overall record: +775 -380 =1141 (58.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 30 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (170) 
    E94 E97 E98 E91 E99
 English (123) 
    A17 A15 A13 A14 A10
 Queen's Pawn Game (90) 
    D02 A46 A40 E10 A41
 Queen's Indian (83) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E19
 Slav (82) 
    D17 D15 D10 D12 D11
 English, 1 c4 c5 (82) 
    A30 A33 A35 A34 A37
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (373) 
    B90 B84 B50 B93 B51
 Grunfeld (283) 
    D85 D76 D86 D91 D78
 Sicilian Najdorf (158) 
    B90 B93 B97 B91 B99
 English, 1 c4 c5 (111) 
    A30 A36 A34 A33 A31
 Pirc (105) 
    B07 B08 B09
 Sicilian Scheveningen (99) 
    B84 B80 B81 B85 B83
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Polugaevsky vs Ftacnik, 1982 0-1
   Ftacnik vs F Vallejo Pons, 2007 1-0
   Ftacnik vs S Palatnik, 1978 1/2-1/2
   Wojtkiewicz vs Ftacnik, 1993 0-1
   H Spangenberg vs Ftacnik, 1994 0-1
   Ftacnik vs Uhlmann, 1978 1-0
   M Thesing vs Ftacnik, 2012 0-1
   G Kotlyar vs Ftacnik, 1991 0-1
   Ftacnik vs Plaskett, 1983 1-0
   M Wahls vs Ftacnik, 1992 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tatran Cup (1978)
   Baden-Baden Open (1987)
   Trnava (1983)
   Prague Metro (1979)
   Tirnavia (1984)
   Gold Coast International (Parkroyal) (2000)
   Wichern Open (1995)
   Dortmund (1992)
   Bucharest (1978)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2006)
   Hastings 1980/81 (1980)
   Moscow Olympiad (1994)
   FIDE Online Olympiad (2020)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Tallinn 1981 by Chessdreamer
   Hastings (1980/81) by Chessical
   Szirak 1986 by Tabanus
   US Open 1991, Los Angeles by Phony Benoni
   2005-6 Australian championship by gauer
   Chess Olympiad 2010 - team Slovakia - men by 810609
   Hastings 2000/01 by Phony Benoni
   Grunfeld Defense by leobabauta

   🏆 Bundesliga
   Ftacnik vs J L Pajeken (Oct-22-23) 1/2-1/2
   Ftacnik vs Grigoriants (Oct-21-23) 1/2-1/2
   Esmeraldas Huachi Anderson vs Ftacnik (Aug-07-22) 0-1
   Ftacnik vs E Zhakshylykov (Aug-05-22) 0-1
   N Abasov vs Ftacnik (Aug-03-22) 1-0

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(born Oct-30-1957, 66 years old) Slovakia

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Lubomir Ftacnik was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. Awarded the IM title in 1977 and the GM title in 1980 he was European Junior Champion in 1976-77 and Czechoslovak Champion in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985. His major tournament victories include 1st= at Cienfuegos 1980, 1st= at Dortmund 1981, 1st at Esbjerg 1982, 1st at Trnava 1983, 1st at Altensteig 1987 and 1st at Baden-Baden Open 1987. He was a member of the Czechoslovak National Team that won silver medals in the Luzern Olympiad in 1982 and in 1987 he drew a match with Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev. He has been earning his living as a professional chess player since 1982, the year he finished his studies in particle physics at the university in his home town of Bratislava. Ftacnik is also a FIDE Senior Trainer (2014).

Wikipedia article: Ľubomír Ftáčnik

Last updated: 2017-10-02 04:14:25

 page 1 of 94; games 1-25 of 2,326  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Cipev vs Ftacnik 1-0181973CSRC27 Vienna Game
2. G Deleyn vs Ftacnik  0-1311974EU-ch U20 qualA28 English
3. Ftacnik vs F J Ochoa  1-0341974GroningenA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
4. Ftacnik vs E Rayner  1-0291974EU-ch U20 fin-BD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
5. Ftacnik vs M Knezevic  0-1271975Tatra-PokalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Vladimirov vs Ftacnik 0-1411976W/EU-ch U20 7677E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. V N Kozlov vs Ftacnik  1-0661976Stary SmokovecE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Ftacnik vs J Franzen  1-0501976Stary SmokovecA17 English
9. Ftacnik vs J Banas  ½-½411976Stary SmokovecA16 English
10. Ftacnik vs D Gliksman  ½-½311976Stary SmokovecA15 English
11. Ftacnik vs I Novak ½-½341976Stary SmokovecA17 English
12. Ftacnik vs J Pribyl  ½-½101976Stary SmokovecD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. G Szilagyi vs Ftacnik  ½-½321976Stary SmokovecE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. P Petran vs Ftacnik  0-1521976Stary SmokovecE72 King's Indian
15. D Treybal vs Ftacnik  0-1341976Stary SmokovecB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
16. Ftacnik vs S Cvetkovic  0-1471976Stary SmokovecA13 English
17. J Augustin vs Ftacnik  1-0331976Stary SmokovecB06 Robatsch
18. G Moehring vs Ftacnik  0-1461976Stary SmokovecD94 Grunfeld
19. Ftacnik vs K Georgiev 1-0321976Wch U20E97 King's Indian
20. K Helmers vs Ftacnik  ½-½571976Wch U20D82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
21. Ftacnik vs T Nemec  1-0801977Stary SmokovecD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Ftacnik vs S Petrik  1-0491977SVK-chE17 Queen's Indian
23. Ftacnik vs R Vera  1-0331977Groningen 24/46A22 English
24. S Cvetkovic vs Ftacnik  1-0291977Stary Smokovec 24/84A34 English, Symmetrical
25. Ftacnik vs Plachetka  ½-½771977Stary SmokovecA22 English
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  Benzol: Lubomir Ftacnik
Born 30th October 1957 in Bratislava
Awarded the IM title in 1977 and the GM title in 1980. He was European junior champion 1976-77 and won the Czech championship in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985.
Feb-07-05  DP12: My best understanding of the pronounciation would read something like Fachnik. For his calculating style he is referred to by some people in Slovakia as "Fritz."
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  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Ljubomir's games:
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  paulalbert: Since Lubomir ( no "j" in his first name ) is our player of the day, I would like to make a few comments. I know Lubomir from Danny Kopec's summer chess camps where he is frequently the GM instructor, and I have had the pleasure of taking a few private lessons with him. Lubomir, along with IM Danny Kopec, is a co-author of "Winning the Won Game: Lessons from the Albert Brilliancy Prizes" (published by Batsford earlier this year) which is based on the 64 games that have won my brilliancy prizes from 1983-2003 at both the men's and women's U.S. Championship Tournaments. I had the honor of writing the foreword to this very instructive book. Lubomir is not only a strong chessplayer, but also a great person and excellent teacher, and a credit in every way to the wonderful game of chess. Paul Albert
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  Honza Cervenka: <paulalbert> <Since Lubomir ( no "j" in his first name )...>

You are right but in Slovak there are two different consonants "L". One of them is softer (so called soft l with diacritical mark - ¼, ¾) and it is pronounced alike Serbo-Croatian consonant "Lj" in Ljubojevic, Komljenovic, Rogulj or Russian Bogoljubov. Consonant "L" in Slovak name Lubomir (exactly ¼ubomír) is the soft variation. (I can see it correctly displayed with Central European (Windows-1250) coding in my browser.)

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  Honza Cervenka: By the way, Lubo Ftacnik is a Slovak player, not Czech. In 1980s he was a Czechoslovak champion (not Czech) for several times and it also should be mentioned that he was a member of "silver" Czechoslovak national team on Luzern Chess Olympiad in 1982.
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  Benzol: <Honza> my apologies. The bio was written by me so I must take responsibility for the mistakes contained. Please feel free to point out any others you find. Cheers mate.


Nov-29-05  Larsker: <Please feel free to point out any others you find.> It should read "1st at Esbjerg 1982". (Esbjerg is a Danish coastal city where the North Sea Cup is held every year).
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  Honza Cervenka: Ftacnik's performance in Luzern 1982 was quite interesting. He made almost unbelievable, excellent result with black pieces winning five games (against Mark Condie, Lars Karlsson, Bozidar Ivanovic, Lev Polugaevsky and Lawrence Day) and drawing three (with Adam Kuligowski, Mihai Suba and Gyula Sax). Unfortunately, his play with white pieces was far less impressive with two losses (against Jonathan Speelman and Helmut Pfleger), two draws (with Fernando Silva and James Tarjan) and only two wins (with Phillip M. Short and Hans Ree). Of course, Ftacnik's overall record in Luzern was not bad and it was crucial part of final success of whole team:

1. Vlastimil Hort +4=6-3
2. Jan Smejkal +7=6-1
3. Lubomir Ftacnik +7=5-2
4. Vlastimil Jansa +2=2-2
5. Jan Plachetka +5=2-1
6. Jan Ambroz +0=1-0

Mar-29-06  DP12: Lubomir Ftacnik will be coming to the US to teach a camp in Philadelphia from June 26-30th(along with GM Christiansen and IM Milman) and then to play in the World Open.

Jun-08-06  GrimsFairyTale: Hi, my name is David Grimaud, Secretary of the South Carolina Chess Association, a USCF affiliate. In order to promote USCF chess in South Carolina, both GM Lubomir Ftacnik and IM Dr. Danny Kopec will be giving a lecture and tandem simul in Columbia, SC, on Monday, June 19. (This event is sponsored by Precision Tune Auto Care.)

GM Ftacnik will also be playing in the South Carolina Chess Open in Greenville, SC, June 23 - 25.

For more information, please contact me at Please put "Lubo Ftacnik" in the heading of your e-mail.

Jun-27-06  GrimsFairyTale: GM Ftacnik went 38-0 in four evenings of simuls in Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville, S.C. He placed first in the S.C. Open, 5-0. His only real competition was Ronald Burnett, who tied for second.
Jun-27-06  GrimsFairyTale: Correction...that's 38-0 in THREE evenings...not four.
Oct-30-06  BIDMONFA: Ljubomir Ftacnik

FTACNIK, Lubomir

May-27-08  DarthStapler: How do you pronounce this guy's name?
May-27-08  hrvyklly: <Darth> Scroll to the top of the page... Nov 03 or Feb 04.
Jul-08-08  Jesspatrick: Congrats Lubo, to your share of first in the 2008 World Open. A true credit to your status as a top player for all these years!

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  paulalbert: Congratulations to Lubo for such a great result at the 2008 World Open: his win over GM Stocek as black in a Gruenfeld is really worth studying. Right before the tournament Lubo was an instructor at Kopec's Chess Camp which I again attended. Lubo's instructor sessions were excellent, and I also was able to take a very instructive private lesson with him. Also to <GrimsFairyTale>: Hi, David. I didn't know you were a contributor to the Chessgames site. Regards, Paul Albert
May-13-09  Hesam7: Ftacnik is writing an opening repertoire based on Najdorf for Black:

Given Ftacnik's reputation as an analyst this looks very interesting.

Aug-08-09  M.D. Wilson: How does one pronounce "Ftacnik"?
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  GrahamClayton: Photos of Ftacnik giving a recent simul at the Charleston Chess Club:

Jul-03-13  ozmikey: GM Ftacnik is currently coaching the next generation of talented Australian youngsters at the 12th annual JETS (Junior Elite Training Squad) camp here in Sydney. A very popular visitor.
Oct-02-17  diagonal: Apparently, Australia is a good ground for Ftacnik: In 1991 he won the <Mercantile Mutual Grandmaster Classic>, an international invitation tournament in <Sydney>, namend after the sponsor, an insurance company, ahead of 2./3. Ian Rogers and Rogelio Antonio Jr. who then achieved his first GM norm (10 players):
Oct-30-17  whiteshark: Happy 60th Birthday, <GM Ftacnik>! Good luck vs Nikolaidis today.
Oct-30-17  diagonal: Ftacnik, the famous Slovak chess grandmaster, still active, notable author, and important reviser to the Mega Database, turns 60 years young today: Health and Happiness for you! (ChessBase, in german language)

One of his finest international tournament wins is not yet mention in the cg. bio: in 1989, the year of the Velvet Revolution in Czecho-Slovakia, he won the <Haninge> in Sweden, a strong International Invitation GM Tournament outright (above luminaries as the Soviet players Polugaevsky (previous winner) & Smyslov, Sax or, of course, Andersson):

Lubomir Ftacnik winning in 1989 at Haninge – what a historical coincidence:

The Velvet Revolution (Czech: sametová revoluce) or Gentle Revolution (Slovak: nežná revolúcia) was a non-violent transition of power in what was then Czechoslovakia, occurring from November 17 to December 29, 1989. Popular demonstrations against the one-party government of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia combined students and older dissidents. The result was the end of 41 years of a one-party rule in Czechoslovakia, subsequent dismantling of the planned economy, and the conversion to a democratic parliamentary republic. (Wikipedia)

<History of Haninge: <Lev Polugaevsky> won the inaugural edition 1988, <Lubomir Ftacnik> the second tournament 1989, and <Yasser Seirawan> took the third and last Haninge GM tournament 1990, unbeaten, a full point ahead of the field.

The most famous players at Haninge (also called ‘Sweden Chess Tournament’) were Viktor Korchnoi in 1988, Vasily Smyslov in 1989, and Anatoly Karpov in 1990. They all did not win.

This tournament, lasting three years (always played in May) at Haninge near Stockholm was the strongest closed series in Sweden for a long time, followed by the Malmö Sigeman & Co tournament, starting in 1993.>

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