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Vasik G Rajlich
Number of games in database: 165
Years covered: 1994 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2303 (2239 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2364

Overall record: +53 -72 =35 (44.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (37) 
    B42 B65 B47 B32 B99
 Sicilian Kan (13) 
 French Defense (10) 
    C18 C11 C16 C14
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C78 C63 C92 C99 C80
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B13 B14 B10
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (7) 
    B65 B62 B60
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (36) 
    B76 B78 B50 B22 B74
 King's Indian (25) 
    E97 E70 E69 E71 E92
 Sicilian Dragon (23) 
    B76 B78 B74 B70
 English (4) 
    A16 A15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Rajlich vs Groszpeter, 2001 1/2-1/2
   G Valenti vs V Rajlich, 2001 0-1
   V Rajlich vs E N Cooke, 2001 1-0
   V Rajlich vs Csom, 2001 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-19-1971, 49 years old) United States of America

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Vasik Rajlich was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He grew up in Prague, and has dual U.S. and Czech citizenship. He is an International Master, but is best-known as the author of the computer chess program Rybka (Computer). He is married to IM/WGM Iweta Radziewicz Rajlich, and currently resides in Budapest.

In 2011, the International Computer Games Association (ICGA) found that Rajlich had plagiarized two other programs, Crafty and Fruit, disqualified him for life from competing in the World Computer Chess Championship and all other ICGA events, and stripped Rybka of the championship titles it had won in 2006 through 2010.

Wikipedia article: Vasik Rajlich

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 165  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Rajlich vs G Leighton  1-0531994Detroit-ch MI opC14 French, Classical
2. V Rajlich vs R Antonio  0-1411995Troy Chess ClassicB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
3. V Rajlich vs L Filatov  0-138199523rd World OpenC18 French, Winawer
4. H R Jung vs V Rajlich  1-0431996North Bay InternationalB50 Sicilian
5. Joel Benjamin vs V Rajlich  1-0361998OpenB50 Sicilian
6. V Rajlich vs T Duong 0-1221998Toronto opC34 King's Gambit Accepted
7. L Day vs V Rajlich  ½-½191998North Bay InternationalA07 King's Indian Attack
8. V Rajlich vs Kaufman  1-031199826th World OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. G Kacheishvili vs V Rajlich  1-022199829th National Chess CongressE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
10. A Csonka vs V Rajlich  0-1281999Harkany Ozdi MemorialB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. C Boor vs V Rajlich  0-1601999Oberlin opC52 Evans Gambit
12. C Boor vs V Rajlich  0-1251999CCA ChessWise opB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. V Rajlich vs S Farago  1-0572000FSIMB JulyB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. V Rajlich vs H Kallio  0-1772001FSGM FebruaryC42 Petrov Defense
15. V Rajlich vs Z Medvegy  ½-½412001FSGM FebruaryB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
16. V Rajlich vs A Jurkovic  1-0382001FSIMA MarchC11 French
17. Y Dembo vs V Rajlich  1-0472001FSIMA MarchB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
18. V Rajlich vs Z Nemeth ½-½682001FSIMA MarchB01 Scandinavian
19. L Gonda vs V Rajlich  ½-½562001FSIMA MarchA16 English
20. V Rajlich vs E Kahn  ½-½452001FSIMA MarchB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
21. G Jamrich vs V Rajlich  0-1442001FSIMA MarchB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. V Rajlich vs Tian Tian  1-0682001FSIMA MarchE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
23. L Eperjesi vs V Rajlich  0-1682001FSIMA MarchA48 King's Indian
24. V Rajlich vs S Farago  1-0332001FSIMA MarchB03 Alekhine's Defense
25. V Rajlich vs A Sendur  1-0362001FSIMA MarchC16 French, Winawer
 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 165  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-26-06  mj29479: This guy is author of Rybka (Computer) the result percentage definitely favours his opponents unlike his chess engine :)) although i must say they share almost identical chess knowledge :)))
Mar-07-06  EmperorAtahualpa: IM Vasik G Rajlich is married to WGM Iweta Radziewicz.

For a recent interview, go here:

May-07-06  chessmoron: In an interview for Arena, he wants to meet Brad Pitt and Veronica Varekova
Jun-11-06  cotdt: Rajlich could beat Rybka, just that Rybka plays much more consistently and calculates better.
Jun-11-06  Dionyseus: <Chessmoron> Actually the interviewer joked aroud saying Vasik will soon become famous and that he would be able to meet Brad Pitt and Veronica Varekova. Vasik said that he doesn't know why he would want to meet Brad.

Here's the interview:

Nov-05-06  fgh: I knew it! The first time I saw this guy's face I felt there was something Czech about it. But good to know, the strongest avaible chess program was made by an Czech!
Jan-30-07  cpoc: <fgh> <guy's face I felt there was something Czech about it> Name Rybka is also suspicious to Czech ear :)
Sep-24-07  Resignation Trap: <fgh> This is what a Czech face looks like? : .
Sep-24-07  cotdt: rajlich looks like booby fischer
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  WannaBe: <cotdt> I wouldn't know, never seen/met Booby.
Sep-24-07  mrbasso: He won his title by participating in numerous Kecskemet and First Saturday events. I doubt he ever had International Master strength.
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  WannaBe: His FIDE card says IM title: and federation of USCF, his USCF card says he has not played in an USCF rated tournament since 1999:
Dec-22-09  zanshin: This is a very sparse bio for someone as dominant in the field of chess engine programming. I suggest a chessgames biographer add some details from

Some interesting parts:

His father teaches computer science at Wayne State University, in Detroit; his mother trained as a mathematician; and two of his brothers are computer scientists. A third one, the black sheep, is a doctor.

Finally, his savings and his morale both nearly depleted, he broke the rating barrier, getting as high as 2440—earning him the international master title—before another decline forced him to realize that he’d never make grandmaster. So he set his sights on a new brass ring: writing the strongest chess-playing program in the world.

”I figured there were about 2000 people in the world stronger than me in chess,” he says, ”but not one chess player that was stronger than me in programming.”

Dec-30-09  zanshin: Pretty good interview with Vas covering his life, Rybka, his co-workers, plans for Rybka and his future in general:
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  Stonehenge: <You are a reliable and helpful person, honest through and through. Intellectual independence is an essential virtue: each and everyone must take one's responsibilities and accept the consequences of one's faults.

You avoid underhand manoeuvres and scheming like the plague! Your unfailing sincerity commands your entourage's consideration. You fight shams and all forms of hypocrisy>.

Jul-01-11  Reggaalex: CHEATER.
Jul-01-11  Ragh: <Vasik Rajlich, the creator of Rybka, plagiarised volumes of code from two pre-existing chess engines called Crafty and Fruit.

He's been stripped of his titles and ordered to return all the prize money. >

Read more:

Jul-01-11  Bratek: <Apparently ICGA has a rule that every programmer who enters its annual world computer championship tournament has to be aware of: namely, that plagiarism will not be tolerated. Levy is using this rule as the excuse for disqualifying Rybka. Me thinks that why stop there: disqualify EVERY programmer! Chess players may not cheat, but they copy like whores!>
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