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Miroslav Filip
Filip (left) analyzing with Tal. Photo courtesy of ¡Ajedrez Espectacular!  
Number of games in database: 1,046
Years covered: 1949 to 1995
Last FIDE rating: 2465

Overall record: +317 -143 =586 (58.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (80) 
    E60 E62 E61 E66 E67
 English (72) 
    A16 A14 A15 A10 A13
 English, 1 c4 e5 (41) 
    A21 A20 A25 A26 A22
 Queen's Indian (34) 
    E14 E19 E17 E12 E15
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E21 E53 E45 E32 E43
 English, 1 c4 c5 (26) 
    A30 A35 A36 A32 A34
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (83) 
    C76 C67 C98 C78 C90
 Sicilian (68) 
    B43 B42 B47 B44 B48
 Grunfeld (60) 
    D78 D86 D91 D94 D80
 Caro-Kann (53) 
    B17 B13 B10 B11 B18
 Nimzo Indian (44) 
    E52 E54 E41 E53 E47
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C98 C90 C94 C95 C93
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Unzicker vs Filip, 1955 0-1
   G Barcza vs Filip, 1953 0-1
   Filip vs Pachman, 1953 1-0
   Filip vs K Urbanec, 1954 1-0
   Filip vs Stefan Szabo, 1953 1-0
   Keres vs Filip, 1956 0-1
   Filip vs Euwe, 1955 1-0
   Filip vs I Platonov, 1970 1-0
   Filip vs A Fuderer, 1955 1-0
   Filip vs Szabo, 1956 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bucharest (1954)
   Hastings 1957/58 (1957)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)
   Amsterdam Candidates (1956)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Portoroz Interzonal (1958)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1970 by suenteus po 147
   1964 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   1966 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   1967 Capablanca memorial by gauer
   Moscow 1959 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1957/58 by suenteus po 147

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(born Oct-27-1928, died Apr-27-2009, 80 years old) Czech Republic

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Miroslav Filip was born in Prague. In 1953 he was awarded the title of International Master, followed two years later by the Grandmaster title. Filip's career was highlighted by three Czech Championship victories and two tenures as a World Championship Candidate (1956 and 1962). He retired to Czechloslovakia, and, although inactive from international tournaments after 1981, continued his lifelong passion as a chess commentator for various periodicals until his passing in 2009.

Wikipedia article: Miroslav Filip

Last updated: 2016-10-28 14:43:23

 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,046  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Kopetzky vs Filip  ½-½521949AUT-CSRB72 Sicilian, Dragon
2. Filip vs K Kopetzky 1-0431949AUT-CSRA22 English
3. Filip vs K Dimitrov  1-0431949BUL-CSRA95 Dutch, Stonewall
4. K Dimitrov vs Filip  ½-½401949BUL-CSRA02 Bird's Opening
5. G Piovesana vs Filip  0-1261949Venice-PragueD80 Grunfeld
6. Filip vs A Maltsev  1-0391950CSR-BULA25 English
7. Filip vs E Karastoichev  1-0581950CSR-BULD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Filip vs P Bobekov  ½-½261950CSR-BULE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
9. P Bobekov vs Filip  ½-½411950CSR-BULD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
10. Filip vs N Hruskova-Belska 1-0101951PragueC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
11. Pachman vs Filip  1-0411952PragueC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Filip vs F Olafsson 1-0441952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Najdorf vs Filip 1-0261952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AD71 Neo-Grunfeld
14. Filip vs J Enevoldsen  1-0351952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Teschner vs Filip  ½-½221952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. Filip vs F Planas Garcia  1-0671952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AC00 French Defense
17. Filip vs Golombek  ½-½231952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AE14 Queen's Indian
18. G Lorson vs Filip 0-1381952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AA15 English
19. Stahlberg vs Filip 1-0311952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-AD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
20. Filip vs Szabo  0-1491952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-AE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
21. Filip vs Najdorf  ½-½221952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-AB54 Sicilian
22. Keres vs Filip  ½-½151952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-AB20 Sicilian
23. Filip vs Gligoric  0-1411952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-AC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
24. E E Book vs Filip  0-1361952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-AD71 Neo-Grunfeld
25. Filip vs Teschner 1-0361952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-AD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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  whiteshark: Rest in peace GM Filip.
May-06-09  Riverbeast: <I think Pal Benko would disagree>

My mistake, I thought Pal was no longer with us...Guess the 'rumors' of his demise were exaggerated!

Long live Viktor and Pal!

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  WTHarvey: Here's a little collection of critical positions from Miroslav's games: Find the winning move.
May-07-09  CaptainEvans: Ray, I see from the above you wrote the obituary published in The Times today. It was very befitting for the geat man.
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  ray keene: yes - i put up my first draft here and enlarged it somewhat for the times-i shall be annotating some of his games there too
Oct-27-10  brankat: R.I.P. GM Filip.
Dec-08-10  I play the Fred: Six-foot-nine. Wow. I don't know why I'm curious, but what are the heights of other GMs? I know that Smyslov and Kramnik are routinely referred to as tall, but how tall? Karpov is what, 5-1, 5-2?

And what about female players? Any heights there?

Oct-04-11  Cemoblanca: RIP "Magic" Filip!

Here is a nice article:

P.S. 6 ft 9 =


Oct-04-11  Cemoblanca: In 2002 he was invited to attend the festivities surrounding the 40th anniversary of the tournament, but he declined the invitation saying that he had largely lost interest in chess. What a pity!
Oct-27-12  brankat: R.I.P. Mr.Filip.
Oct-27-12  Abdel Irada: <And what about female players? Any heights there?>

Jaques: "What stature is she of?"

Orlando: "Just as high as my heart."

— William Shakespeare, _As You Like It_, Act III, Scene 2

Oct-27-12  companys: In his book about the Baguio match 1978 Filip repetitively called V. Korchnoi "a traitor of the Soviet Union" and other @#$%*&!#. Probably because Korchnoi beat him many times. Among Czech grandmasters V. Hort and L. Pachman deserve more credit for not serving the communist ideology...
Oct-27-12  twinlark:

You can't really blame people for supporting the dominant ideology.

Lots still do it, and they're applauded and lauded for doing so.

In fact, isn't it de rigeur in the modern world, and isn't a person a little strange if they <don't>?

Oct-28-12  vinidivici: am i wrong or player of the day same with yesterday /?
Oct-28-12  brankat: <vinidivici> A supporter of Communist Ideology does deserve to be the P. of the D. 2 days in a row.
Oct-28-12  Abdel Irada: Speaking of Magic Johnson (vide Cemoblanca above), I'm reminded of a basketball player (I don't recall which one) who once quipped, "I'm so big, I was born on July 17th, 18th *and* 19th."

Now it would seem that Miroslav Filip was so big, he was Player of the Day on October 27 and 28.

Oct-30-12  brankat: Good point!
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  zydeco: Any books/game collections of Filip's?
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Miroslav Filip.
Oct-28-16  cunctatorg: It is written that GM Miroslav Filip (whom Victor Korchnoi really admired and he highly praised his understanding of chess!...) was not a chess professional; if so, what was his profession?
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  Retireborn: <cunctatorg> He was a journalist, I think.
Oct-28-16  Petrosianic: Korchnoi drew strength from disliking his opponents. So in a perverse way, for Korchnoi to admire you is an insult, because it means you're not really that much of an opponent. Had Filip scored better than +0-8=4 against Korchnoi, he might not have admired him so much.
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  Honza Cervenka: <cunctatorg> Miroslav Filip was a lawyer by profession.
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  Honza Cervenka: <zydeco: Any books/game collections of Filip's?> He had written a book about the first Karpov vs Korchnoi WCH match "100 dní v Baguiu" (A Hundred Days in Baguio) and in 1979 he wrote a fine book "Celý svět se od nich učí" (All World Is Learning From Them), which is a collection of one hundred games of ten great grandmasters (Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Gligoric, Larsen, Portisch, Fischer and Karpov) with their short biographies and game annotations by Filip.

Games selected by M. Filip you can find in this collection: Game Collection: Miroslav Filip - All World Is Learning From Them

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  Jonathan Sarfati: As far as I can tell, Filip was the tallest GM at 205 cm (6 feet 9 inches).

A very strong player who twice qualified for the Candidates, which makes him one of the best players in the world. Unfortunately the very best had an edge over him, although he was still dangerous: wins over Euwe, Smyslov, and Tal.

ChessMetrics says that his best rating was 2677 on the March 1962 rating list, #17 in world.

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