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Michael Janata
Number of games in database: 76
Years covered: 1961 to 1970
Overall record: +29 -14 =33 (59.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-27-1944, 77 years old) Czech Republic

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Michael Janata was a childhood friend and neighbor of Lubomir Kavalek according to Kavalek, they played hundreds of friendly games as juniors, which greatly helped Kavalek's chess development. Janata shared 1st place with Florin Gheorghiu in the 1963 World Junior Championship. Drawing all four games in the play-off he lost the title on tie-break. He reportedly died in the late 1980s.

Last updated: 2021-04-22 19:20:21

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 76  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tal vs M Janata ½-½421961Mikhail Tal Radio exhibitionC11 French
2. Smejkal vs M Janata 1-0231963Telnice/UstiC41 Philidor Defense
3. M Janata vs F Blatny  0-1401963Telnice/UstiA27 English, Three Knights System
4. M Janata vs J Vesely  1-0591963Telnice/UstiA04 Reti Opening
5. M Janata vs Velimirovic  1-0331964WchT U26 11th fin-AA37 English, Symmetrical
6. M Janata vs J Sloth  ½-½411964WchT U26 11th fin-AA12 English with b3
7. M Janata vs M Markus  ½-½221964Zurich - jungmeisterC42 Petrov Defense
8. M Janata vs O Kinnmark  0-1281964Zurich - jungmeisterA14 English
9. Kurajica vs M Janata  1-0451964Zurich - jungmeisterC05 French, Tarrasch
10. M Janata vs E Eichhorn  ½-½251964Zurich - jungmeisterE61 King's Indian
11. M Janata vs H Holaszek  ½-½321964Zurich - jungmeisterC44 King's Pawn Game
12. C Zuidema vs M Janata  ½-½451964Zurich - jungmeisterB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
13. P N Lee vs M Janata  0-1381964Zurich - jungmeisterC41 Philidor Defense
14. M Janata vs H Pfleger  1-0411964Zurich - jungmeisterA14 English
15. M Janata vs O Jakobsen  ½-½441964Zurich - jungmeisterA15 English
16. H Glauser vs M Janata  0-1341964Zurich - jungmeisterB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
17. F Tejero Royo vs M Janata  0-1211964Zurich - jungmeisterC07 French, Tarrasch
18. Plachetka vs M Janata  ½-½231965Klasterec nad Orlici U18 6566E14 Queen's Indian
19. Smejkal vs M Janata  1-0421965Harrachov U26A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
20. M Janata vs Plachetka  ½-½251965Harrachov U26B01 Scandinavian
21. M Janata vs J Bellin  1-0171965Harrachov U26B42 Sicilian, Kan
22. E Nowak vs M Janata  ½-½341965Czechoslovak ChampionshipB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
23. M Janata vs Smejkal  ½-½141965Czechoslovak ChampionshipE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
24. Opocensky vs M Janata  ½-½581965Czechoslovak ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
25. M Janata vs V Cibulka  1-0241965Czechoslovak ChampionshipC11 French
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  GrahamClayton: Janata was very unlucky to lose the World Junior Championship on a tie-break after a play-off. Maybe he and Gheorghiu should have been declared joint winners?
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  John Saunders: GM Ian Rogers, writing on the English Forum reports that "Michael Janata died in the late 1980s. He returned to Czechoslovakia with an unidentified illness and died three months later. He was a polyglot, specialising in Arabic, who traveled widely." <>
Feb-27-21  Eastfrisian: His bio should be updated.
Apr-22-21  Caissanist: I added the line "he reportedly died in the late 1980s" to his bio, since that appears to be all anyone knows.

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