|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.|
|Mar-10-06|| ||Gypsy: Kottnauer escape and subsequent emigration to England was at the time a big loss for chess in Czechoslovakia.|
|Mar-10-06|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: And those two wins against Kotov were spectacular, esp. this one:|
C Kottnauer vs Kotov, 1946
|Mar-10-06|| ||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.|
|Dec-14-10|| ||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".
|Feb-24-12|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday!|
|Apr-20-14|| ||erniecohen: Is he the highest ranking non-GM in history?|
|Aug-04-14|| ||Gypsy: Kottnauer-E. Richter, Bratislava, 1948
click for larger view
White to play and win.
|Feb-24-16|| ||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.
'.. 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.
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
'.. 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
|Jun-20-19|| ||OhioChessFan: Nice sort of Knight/Bishop windmill in the position <Gypsy> posted 5 years ago. I don't see that game in the database.|