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Jan Smejkal
  
Number of games in database: 1,914
Years covered: 1960 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2504
Highest rating achieved in database: 2615

Overall record: +736 -305 =855 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 18 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 English (163) 
    A15 A17 A10 A13 A14
 King's Indian (122) 
    E62 E63 E60 E67 E69
 English, 1 c4 c5 (95) 
    A30 A34 A33 A35 A36
 English, 1 c4 e5 (85) 
    A29 A25 A21 A26 A28
 Reti System (78) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Sicilian (45) 
    B36 B39 B89 B32 B27
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (203) 
    C95 C92 C69 C67 C77
 Grunfeld (158) 
    D85 D87 D94 D91 D86
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (136) 
    C95 C92 C93 C91 C85
 Sicilian (101) 
    B43 B32 B42 B23 B93
 English, 1 c4 c5 (74) 
    A34 A37 A30 A35 A33
 English (52) 
    A15 A10 A17 A16 A13
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J M Bellon Lopez vs Smejkal, 1970 0-1
   Jansa vs Smejkal, 1969 0-1
   Smejkal vs Petrosian, 1981 1-0
   Smejkal vs S Tatai, 1973 1-0
   Smejkal vs Adorjan, 1972 1-0
   V Tukmakov vs Smejkal, 1973 0-1
   Smejkal vs Smyslov, 1969 1-0
   Korchnoi vs Smejkal, 1972 1/2-1/2
   Furman vs Smejkal, 1971 0-1
   Smejkal vs Ljubojevic, 1977 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)
   Hoogovens (1975)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Hastings 1968/69 (1968)
   Milan (1975)
   Hoogovens (1972)
   IBM Amsterdam (1973)
   October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1975 by suenteus po 147
   Banja Luka 1979 by webbing1947
   Banja Luka 1979 by suenteus po 147
   IBM Amsterdam 1973 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1972 by suenteus po 147
   Hoogovens 1972 by Tabanus
   Palma de Mallorca 1972 by Tabanus
   Amsterdam IBM 1975 by Chessdreamer
   Amsterdam IBM 1979 by suenteus po 147

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JAN SMEJKAL
(born Mar-22-1946, 74 years old) Czech Republic

[what is this?]
Jan Smejkal was born in Lanskroun, Czechoslovakia. Awarded the IM title in 1970 and the GM title in 1972, he has been Czech champion in 1973, 1979 and 1986. In the 1973 Leningrad Interzonal he finished fourth--one spot shy of qualifying as a World Championship Candidate. He was on most Czech Olympiad teams between 1968 and 1988.

His tournament successes include wins at Polanica Zdroj 1970 and 1972, Smederevska Palanka 1971, Palma de Mallorca (1972), Novi Sad 1976, Vrsac 1977, Leipzig 1977, Warsaw 1979, Trencianske-Teplice 1979 and Baden-Baden 1985. He was also 4th= at Munich 1988.

Wikipedia article: Jan Smejkal


 page 1 of 77; games 1-25 of 1,914  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tal vs Smejkal 1-0311960Prague radio simC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. Smejkal vs M Seifert  1-0451962Harrachov 62/63B89 Sicilian
3. P Voboril vs Smejkal  0-1261962Harrachov 62/63B23 Sicilian, Closed
4. J Vesely vs Smejkal 0-1271963Telnice/UstiB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. Jansa vs Smejkal  1-0281963Telnice/UstiA07 King's Indian Attack
6. Smejkal vs M Seifert  1-0601963Telnice/UstiB07 Pirc
7. K Eretova vs Smejkal  0-1301963Telnice/UstiB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
8. Smejkal vs E Nowak  0-1351963Telnice/UstiC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
9. F Blatny vs Smejkal  ½-½321963Telnice/UstiB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. Smejkal vs S Kupka  ½-½371963Telnice/UstiC45 Scotch Game
11. Smejkal vs M Janata 1-0231963Telnice/UstiC41 Philidor Defense
12. Smejkal vs J Augustin  ½-½471963Telnice/UstiC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
13. J Fichtl vs Smejkal  1-0421963CSR-chB32 Sicilian
14. Smejkal vs F Blatny  ½-½641963CSR-chC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
15. Hort vs Smejkal  ½-½491963CSR-chE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
16. Smejkal vs Hybl  1-0391963CSR-chE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
17. Pachman vs Smejkal  ½-½261963CSR-chB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
18. Smejkal vs Kavalek 1-0401963CSR-chB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. J Vesely vs Smejkal  ½-½401963CSR-chB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. Smejkal vs F Zita  ½-½401963CSR-chB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
21. S Kupka vs Smejkal 1-0401963CSR-chB32 Sicilian
22. Smejkal vs Z Novak  ½-½411963CSR-chC11 French
23. L Alster vs Smejkal 1-0361963CSR-chD80 Grunfeld
24. Filip vs Smejkal 1-0351963CSR-chE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
25. Smejkal vs J Augustin 1-0691963CSR-chC16 French, Winawer
 page 1 of 77; games 1-25 of 1,914  PGN Download
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Aug-12-04  aw1988: Another completely unkown player of the day.
Aug-12-04  ughaibu: Not unknown to me and I imagine plenty of others and now no longer unknown to you thanks to Chessgames.com for bringing him to your attention.
Aug-12-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: <aw1988: Another completely unkown player of the day.> Pitty. Smejkal was one of the top 15-20 or so players in the seventies; together with Hort, he was board 1-2 for Czechoslovakia. A very strong player plagued by time troubles and health problems, Smejkal was/is one of those players that work very hard each game but do not pace themself well throughout the tournaments.
Aug-12-04
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  Gypsy: One should note that when Smejkal had his 2615 Elo, 2600 was considered the divide of super-GM.
Aug-12-04
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  Benzol: He's not unknown to me either. Here's a nice win some of you may not have seen. Smejkal vs Gheorghiu, 1972
Aug-12-04  HailM0rphy: <He's not unknown> ?? omg 3 of his 4 notable games are draws

btw is his name pronounced Smeagol? The first thing I thought of when I seen his name was the word 'precious'..

Aug-12-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: Well <HailM0rphy>, you certainly came up with the weirdest criticism of GM Smejkal.
Aug-12-04  HailM0rphy: <ArabianGypsie> Thanks, I learn from the best :)

<7/30/04 CrackerSmack: I'm sure Morphy's photo here has been tampered. Judging by his games he should look like an anthropoid ape >

"Fat stuupid hobbit..."

Aug-12-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: That quote by <cs> explains your faul mood <HailM0rphy>. You had me puzzled.

Although I kind of enjoy the quick wit <cs> at times exudes, I dare not to provoke him. Even though he is now much less lethal than he used to be, I still would not want to be on the receiving end of his posts. (Even writing this may be too much I fear.)

Sep-03-04  Knight13: This guy is unknown to me, too. Who is he?
Sep-05-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: Smejkal, Jan (1946- ), Czech champion 1973, 1979, 1986, International Grandmaster 1972. Going into the second-last round of the 1973 interzonal he trailed Karpov by a half-point, with the two facing off against each other, and Smejkal needing a win to stay in the running. Smejkal lost the game (Smejkal vs Karpov, 1973), a classic, and would come no further toward the world title, but would have successes in other strong international tournaments up until the mid-80s.
Sep-05-04  iron maiden: Even if Smejkal had won that game, though, it still wouldn't have been enough to qualify him, because he lost in the last round too.
Sep-05-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: 2nd time in just over a fortnight. Not bad eh.
Sep-05-04
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  Gypsy: People are not machines <iron maiden> and we can not infer anything by such simple arithmetic. The last game would have been played by an inspired-, rather then dispirited man.
Sep-05-04  iron maiden: He'd have needed 1.5 points from the last two games just to qualify for a tie-break match.
Sep-05-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: Remembering how well Smejkal played back then, he had a fair to good shot at those 1.5 points. It was not to be.
Sep-05-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: <<People are not machines ... and we can not infer anything by such simple arithmetic. The last game would have been played by an inspired-, rather then dispirited man.>>

Yes, of course. Smejkal's last round game would have been played in a completely different context - as would Karpov's and Byrne's (Byrne was also in the running) last round games.

Feb-03-05  aw1988: I would like to correct a previous post- not completely unknown, but completely forgotten.
May-08-05  hintza: http://dictionary.reference.com/sea...
Nov-03-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of puzzles from Jan's games: http://www.wtharvey.com/smej.html
Mar-22-06  Mameluk: Jan Smejkal, elite player of the 70´s, now completely unknown to some kibitzers here :( turns 60 today. Pity he doesn´t play anymore, he doesn´t write books or train youngsters.
Feb-25-07  ChessNe1: why does David Goodman get a picture and Jan Smejkal not? I have heard more about Smejkal than Goodman.
May-13-07  ALEXIN: Smejkal unknown ? Not for me. A great player when I was 15 old :-)
Aug-08-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: i try and not pay attention to some of these guys.......i strongly suggest that you do some some homework first.......remember it's better to be thought a fool then open your mouth and remove all doubt.......i won't mention any names,i'll just look at the guilty party and whistle.......<hailmorphy>
Aug-08-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Troller: <ChessNe1: why does David Goodman get a picture and Jan Smejkal not? I have heard more about Smejkal than Goodman.> Good question. Goodman, is he the IM who has written some books? Oh, wow. Smejkal is, if not exactly legendary, then one of the great masters of the 70's.

Smejkal was known for getting into time trouble. Larsen won a famous game against him (Smejkal vs Larsen, 1976), where he deliberately tried to exploit this. Rumour has it that Smejkal for the last 10 moves before time control really needed to go to the rest room, but did not dare. While Larsen would take his time for his moves, and then move the pieces slowly across the board.

Smejkal does have an even score against Larsen, though, his best win probably being from Milan 1975: Smejkal vs Larsen, 1975

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