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Jovanka Houska
J Houska 
Photograph © 2007 Jovanka Houska.  
Number of games in database: 853
Years covered: 1993 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2426 (2334 rapid, 2345 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2433

Overall record: +313 -217 =260 (56.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 63 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (53) 
    E62 E60 E67 E63 E64
 Queen's Pawn Game (50) 
    D02 A46 E10 A40 D00
 Sicilian (44) 
    B31 B50 B43 B30 B87
 Slav (32) 
    D12 D11 D15
 Queen's Indian (29) 
    E15 E17 E16 E19
 Queen's Gambit Declined (23) 
    D30 D38 D35 D37 D06
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (154) 
    B12 B18 B10 B13 B15
 Slav (61) 
    D15 D11 D12 D10 D13
 Queen's Gambit Declined (37) 
    D37 D30 D35 D31 D36
 Semi-Slav (34) 
    D43 D45 D47 D44
 English (24) 
    A11 A13 A14 A12 A15
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    D02 D00 D04 A45 A50
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Houska vs B Yildiz, 2005 1-0
   S McGrane vs J Houska, 2006 0-1
   J Houska vs G Koskoska, 2005 1-0
   R Bates vs J Houska, 2019 0-1
   V Cmilyte vs J Houska, 2008 0-1
   J Houska vs Speelman, 2005 1-0
   J Houska vs A Harley, 2001 1-0
   J Houska vs I Rajlich, 2007 1-0
   J Houska vs T Hebbes, 2014 1-0
   J Houska vs S Heer, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Team Championship (Women) (2015)
   6th European Individual Women's Championship (2005)
   Hastings 2008/09 (2009)
   British Championship (2016)
   Hastings 2007/08 (2008)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2007)
   British Championship (2017)
   London Chess Classic Open (2013)
   London Chess Classic Open (2014)
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2016)
   European Union Championship (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2018)

   🏆 Gibraltar Masters
   J Houska vs N Studer (Jan-25-20) 0-1
   J Houska vs Navara (Jan-21-20) 0-1
   E Repkova vs J Houska (Nov-02-19) 0-1
   J Houska vs D Reizniece-Ozola (Nov-01-19) 1/2-1/2
   Zhaoqin Peng vs J Houska (Oct-31-19) 1-0

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(born Jun-10-1980, 39 years old) United Kingdom

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Jovanka Houska is an English IM and WGM. She is currently the highest-rated woman in England. British women's champion in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Her brother is IM Miroslav Houska. She is the author of several books on the Caro-Kann Defense and Scandinavian Defense, and the co-author (with James Essinger) of the novel "The Mating Game."

Wikipedia article: Jovanka Houska

Last updated: 2019-04-23 15:03:50

 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 853  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Asit Baran Choudhury vs J Houska  0-1311993London LloydsB01 Scandinavian
2. S Williams vs J Houska  1-0361998BCF-ch 85thA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
3. S Williams vs J Houska  ½-½441999Hampstead IM-B 5thD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. M Sebag vs J Houska  ½-½581999Zone 1.1 (women)B01 Scandinavian
5. J Houska vs A Kosten  ½-½301999BCF-chA07 King's Indian Attack
6. J McDonnell vs J Houska  ½-½571999BCF-chB01 Scandinavian
7. J Houska vs B Thipsay  1-0471999BCF-chB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. H Hunt vs J Houska  1-0381999BCF-chB07 Pirc
9. C Waters vs J Houska  ½-½531999BCF-chD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. J Houska vs J N Sugden  1-0351999BCF-chB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. B Reefat vs J Houska 0-1431999BCF-chB01 Scandinavian
12. J Houska vs A Summerscale  0-1331999BCF-chB03 Alekhine's Defense
13. J Houska vs S Swanson  ½-½692000BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)C44 King's Pawn Game
14. M Machalova vs J Houska  0-1382000EU-ch U20 GirlsA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
15. V Cmilyte vs J Houska  ½-½382000EU-ch U20 GirlsD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. J Houska vs A Harley 1-05720014NCLA07 King's Indian Attack
17. S J Barrett vs J Houska  0-13820014NCLD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. J Houska vs R Pert  ½-½3220014NCLA07 King's Indian Attack
19. D Mason vs J Houska  ½-½7220014NCLB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
20. V Krapivin vs J Houska  1-0342001Schneider Bohemia OpenC02 French, Advance
21. A Bigg vs J Houska 0-1392001Ron Banwell MastersD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. J Houska vs O Kirsanov  ½-½192001Ron Banwell MastersB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. C McNab vs J Houska  1-0392001Ron Banwell MastersA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
24. J Houska vs C Njotea  1-0312001Ron Banwell MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
25. J Barle vs J Houska  0-1352001Ron Banwell MastersB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 853  PGN Download
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Apr-24-07  notyetagm: <chancho:;

She's much prettier in CHESS Monthly. No glasses, for one thing.

Jul-22-07  tud: She is amazingly beautiful and won today in Montreal - nice and neat game .
Jul-26-07  Marmot PFL: In that photo she looks like the brainy girl that stays home solving math problems while the cheerleaders are all out on dates.
Jul-26-07  Karpova:

Jul-26-07  tud: Much better in reality ! - not very photogenic looks like
Aug-09-07  Karpova: Round 1, first picture
Oct-30-07  Udit Narayan: Have to say she looks stunning in this picture....and she beat Lahno in the European team event, so all the more credit to her:

Oct-30-07  DCP23: <Udit Narayan>: <and she beat Lahno in the European team event>

She did nothing of the kind. The game Houska vs Lahno was a draw.

Oct-30-07  Udit Narayan: <DCP23> You're right...I guess I read that chessbase article too quickly.
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  ketchuplover: Her recent "Play the Caro-Kann" is quite good(according to some reviews).
Apr-18-08  DanielBryant: <ketchuplover> I've learned a lot from the book, although it should be noted that she does favor offbeat lines and introduce a number of novelties. I followed her Fantasy Variation analysis in a correspondence game in which I was black and found myself lost when my opponent deviated after ten moves. However, with the more mainstream CK lines, she does devote more attention and considers most plausible variations.

The two chapters dealing with the CK Advance Variation consider 3...c5 rather than 3...Bf5 exclusively. At first, I was skeptical of this line, but Houska preps the reader for this line well.

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  whiteshark: Jovanka Houska @ Dresden 2008:
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  Joshka: For you ICC Members, she was interviewed by John Watson on his show last night! It's available on replay of course.
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  brankat: An excellent result for Jovanka in Hastings, 6/9, +5 -2 =2. Ahead of a few GMs.
Mar-26-10  Caissanist: If you go to the Google translator and ask it translate "Paehtz" from German to English, it will come back with "Houska":
Jul-30-10  waustad: Good start to the British Championship so far, equal second behind Adams.
Jul-30-10  twinlark: What a bunch of perverts this page has posting all these photos of this lady!

Does anyone have any more recent ones?

Mar-02-11  JonDSouzaEva: She's England's #2 woman (behind Harriet Hunt), but not Britain's - Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant is probably better than both at the moment.
Dec-12-11  waustad: During the London broadcast one of the announcers mentioned that she needed a draw in the next round to get a GM norm. She lost in the last round but drew in the second last, so I don't know if she got it or not.
Dec-05-12  waustad: She is now playing against Jonathan Hawkins in the 5th round of the Open section on London. Looking at the FIDE norms page: it appears that Hawkins has at leas one GM norm but I don't see any for Houska. The are both at 3.5/4 so far so a norm could be in reach.
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  ketchuplover: Is Jiri Houska related? tyia
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  perfidious: Jiri Houska is Jovanka's brother.
Jan-05-17  waustad: She is co-author of a chess themed romance novel called "The Mating Game." I started it hoping for something like "Queens Gambit" by Walter Tevis or the more recent "Lisa: a Chess Novel." I'll probably finish it sometime, but I don't think I'm the target audience.
Jan-05-17  waustad: By the way, the heroine plays the Caro-Kann.
Jul-02-17  Octavia: Tomorrow is your last chance to watch her in action with gentleman Jasser Seirawan analysing blitz games in Leuwen.

She's doing a great job!

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