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Cenek Kottnauer
C Kottnauer 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 320
Years covered: 1931 to 1974

Overall record: +104 -96 =119 (51.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E32 E48 E49 E37 E26
 King's Indian (15) 
    E67 E95 E80 E94 E64
 Semi-Slav (12) 
    D49 D46 D47 D45 D48
 Orthodox Defense (10) 
    D51 D50 D67 D63
 English, 1 c4 e5 (9) 
    A28 A20 A27 A29
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D94 D78 D85 D77 D98
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (54) 
    B50 B72 B45 B92 B58
 Orthodox Defense (12) 
    D50 D59 D63 D62 D60
 King's Indian (11) 
    E95 E67 E70 E91 E90
 Sicilian Najdorf (10) 
    B92 B93 B91 B95 B90
 English (10) 
    A17 A15 A19 A14 A18
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E20 E27 E41 E29 E32
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C Kottnauer vs Kotov, 1946 1-0
   C Kottnauer vs K Whyld, 1953 1-0
   C Kottnauer vs Smyslov, 1946 1-0
   C Kottnauer vs Kotov, 1946 1-0
   C Kottnauer vs Bogoljubov, 1932 1-0
   C Kottnauer vs J Holas, 1945 1-0
   Boleslavsky vs C Kottnauer, 1946 1/2-1/2
   C Kottnauer vs Najdorf, 1946 1-0
   C Kottnauer vs Denker, 1946 1-0
   C Kottnauer vs Reshevsky, 1950 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Zaandam (Kottnauer Hexathlon) (1946)
   Hastings 1959/60 (1959)
   Prague (1946)
   Hastings 1968/69 (1968)
   Groningen (1946)
   Budapest (1952)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1962 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Hastings 1959/60 by suenteus po 147
   Zaandam 1946 - the Kottnauer hexathlon by sneaky pete

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(born Feb-24-1910, died Feb-14-1996, 85 years old) Czech Republic (federation/nationality United Kingdom)
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Cenek Kottnauer was born in Prague. He was awarded the IM title in 1950 and became an International Arbiter in 1951. Kottnauer played the Helsinki Olympiad 1952 on board 4 for Czechoslovakia, scoring +10 =5 -0. In 1953 he won the Lucerne international tournament. That same year, he emigrated to England, and eventually became a naturalized citizen and played for England in the Olympiads of 1964 and 1968. In the 1970s he became one of England's top coaches of young players.

Wikipedia article: Čeněk Kottnauer

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 320  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Kottnauer vs J Rejfir  0-1331931Kautsky mem 8thA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. C Kottnauer vs Bogoljubov 1-0321932Prague clock simulD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. C Kottnauer vs K Treybal  0-1271933Kautsky mem10D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. F Schubert vs C Kottnauer  1-0561939Prague olm qualB72 Sicilian, Dragon
5. C Kottnauer vs A Pokorny  1-0331939Prague olm qualA20 English
6. C Kottnauer vs J Louma  ½-½161939Prague olm qualA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
7. J Dobias vs C Kottnauer 0-1451942ChocenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
8. C Kottnauer vs F Zita  1-0301942ChocenA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
9. C Kottnauer vs A Tikovsky  0-1291942ChocenE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
10. C Kottnauer vs Saemisch  1-0781942ChocenE17 Queen's Indian
11. C Kottnauer vs Sajtar  ½-½501942ChocenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
12. C Kottnauer vs F Zita  ½-½921942Duras 60 memE00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. M Katetov vs C Kottnauer 1-0181942ChocenE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
14. C Kottnauer vs J Rejfir 0-1271942Duras 60 memE00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. C Kottnauer vs E Richter  0-1591942ChocenD85 Grunfeld
16. C Kottnauer vs Foltys  0-1641942Duras 60 memD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
17. C Kottnauer vs R Keller  ½-½211942ChocenD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
18. C Kottnauer vs F J Prokop  1-0281942Duras 60 memA30 English, Symmetrical
19. C Kottnauer vs Alekhine 0-1701942Duras 60 memE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
20. K Junge vs C Kottnauer 1-0321942Duras 60 memD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. C Kottnauer vs F Zita  1-0301943ZlinA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Foltys vs C Kottnauer  1-0201943ZlinB50 Sicilian
23. C Kottnauer vs Sajtar  ½-½271943ZlinA15 English
24. K Prucha vs C Kottnauer  0-1281943ZlinD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. C Kottnauer vs Hromadka  1-0451943ZlinD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 320  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-09-03  Resignation Trap: Tim Harding wrote a very good article about Kottnauer.

He also co-authored the book "Why You Lose at Chess" with Tim Harding.

Aug-15-05  Runemaster: Another of the largely forgotten players of his era. In the database, Kottnauer had 2 wins against Smyslov, Kotov and Szabo, and single wins against Averbakh, Bernstein, Levenfish, Bogoljubov, Pachman and Nadjorf. So, rather more than today's ordinary IM.
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  Gypsy: Kottnauer escape and subsequent emigration to England was at the time a big loss for chess in Czechoslovakia.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: And those two wins against Kotov were spectacular, esp. this one:

C Kottnauer vs Kotov, 1946

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  Gypsy: Chessmetrics Player Profile: Cenek Kottnauer (*1910 +1996)

Best World Rank: #40 (1945)
Highest Rating: 2607 (1952, #46, 42y7m)
Best Individual Performance: 2715 (Helsinki ol (Men), 1952)

Feb-24-07  BIDMONFA: Cenek Kottnauer


Jan-03-10  falso contacto: nice game in a crucial line vs kotov.
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  GrahamClayton: Article from the Milwaukee Journal dated January 3, 1953 about Kottnauer's "defection" from Czechoslovakia:

"Czech Chess Star Asks for Asylum

Lucerne, Switzerland - Cenek Kottnauer, 42, Czecho-Slovakian chess champion and an employee of the ministry of education in Prague, announced Saturday that he would not return to Czech-Slovakia and would request political asylum in Switzerland. Kottnauer had been participating in a chess tournament.

He said that the political situation in his country had grown "more and more critical" and he wanted "to leave before it is too late". He said that he had been divorced recently and had no children in Czech-Slovakia".

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday!
Apr-20-14  erniecohen: Is he the highest ranking non-GM in history?
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  Gypsy: Kottnauer-E. Richter, Bratislava, 1948

click for larger view

White to play and win.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Cenek Kottnauer.
Feb-24-17  waustad: <erniecohen> That is difficult to decide, but some folks like Morphy and Lasker and such probably dwarf him. The GM title is recent so many earlier players were MUCH better. I have no desire to denegrate a fine player, but Capablanca was not a GM due to his date of birth.
Jan-23-19  Cibator: Just comparing the photo at the head of this page to the one on <bidmonfa>: they don't seem to me to be of the same man. The chin and jawline; the nose; the hair - all look different, even allowing for the obvious age difference. Or am I imagining it?
Jan-23-19  disasterion: <Cibator>You may be right, but the photo at the head of the page matches this:

where the players' names are clearly visible; which suggests that <bidmonfa>'s photo may not be of Kottnauer.

Jan-26-19  login:


'.. Vrijdagavond werd een zeer geslaag de bonte avond gegeven, waarbij oa een intelligentietest gehoulen tussen tween groepen bestaande uit Dr. Euwe, Kottnauer, O'Kelly en Dr. de Goot, Cortlever en Pruyt. De laatsten wonnen met een kwart punt verschil. ..'

reported in 'De Vrije Alkmaaeder', Jan 1947

Jan-26-19  disasterion: Well spotted, <login>.

It seems <bidmonfa>'s photo is of Max Euwe.

Jan-26-19  login:

Bidmonfa is a simpatico caballero, contact him via the specified email to enquire about his original photographs source (there are a couple of strange places citing him).

And Disasterion, while researching please keep in mind that this outstanding conjecture has been portrayed as 'nonsmoker', e.g. 'Max Euwe: The Biography' by Munninghoff and here one is facing an 'uncompromising' left-handed dandy in some sort of infants' school environment

Happy hunting.

'.. Despite these fine results, many will remember Cenek Kottnauer most fondly for the evening classes he gave at Morley College in London, when he would walk round demanding, not better chess from his class, but greater signs of emotion and enjoyment. If he did not hear shouts of joy and anguish and the crash of pieces being banged down, Kottnauer felt his pupils were not entering into the true spirit of the game. He was never quite able to transplant the fervour of Prague coffee-house chess to south London, but he did teach his colleagues in the English team a great deal about self-discipline and commitment."

from The Independent 'Obituary: Cenek Kottnauer', by William Hartston , 1996

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  OhioChessFan: Nice sort of Knight/Bishop windmill in the position <Gypsy> posted 5 years ago. I don't see that game in the database.
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