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Jiri Vesely
Number of games in database: 173
Years covered: 1949 to 1996
Overall record: +49 -49 =75 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-30-1932, died Feb-27-2009, 76 years old) Czech Republic

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 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 173  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Z Rutka vs J Vesely 0-1111949Czech Jr ChampionshipC57 Two Knights
2. V Hromada vs J Vesely  ½-½371950ChocenC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
3. B Formanek vs J Vesely ½-½181950Chocen 3m-BC56 Two Knights
4. V Antos vs J Vesely  ½-½251950ChocenD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
5. J Vesely vs J Hejduk 1-0191950ChocenC11 French
6. J Vesely vs J Lastovicka  ½-½211950Chocen 3m-AC05 French, Tarrasch
7. V Kabes vs J Vesely  0-1131950ChocenA28 English
8. Z Pechan vs J Vesely  0-1411950Chocen 3m-AC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
9. Z Pechan vs J Vesely  1-0401950ChocenC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
10. J Vesely vs J Cucka  ½-½411950ChocenC07 French, Tarrasch
11. J Lastovicka vs J Vesely  0-1291950Chocen 3m-AA07 King's Indian Attack
12. J Pospisil vs J Vesely  0-1341950Chocen qual1D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
13. J Ratolistka vs J Vesely  ½-½321950ChocenA07 King's Indian Attack
14. J Vesely vs Z Novak 1-0191950ChocenC29 Vienna Gambit
15. J Vesely vs M Herink  1-0421950ChocenB56 Sicilian
16. J Vesely vs J Cucka  ½-½201950Chocen 3m-BA09 Reti Opening
17. Letz vs J Vesely  0-1311950Chocen qual1C46 Three Knights
18. J Vesely vs J Lastovicka  ½-½211950ChocenC46 Three Knights
19. J Vesely vs Z Pechan  ½-½181950Chocen 3m-AC77 Ruy Lopez
20. F Leitner vs J Vesely 0-1381950ChocenC55 Two Knights Defense
21. J Vesely vs Pachman  0-1371951PragueC77 Ruy Lopez
22. F Zita vs J Vesely  1-0511953Czechoslovak ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
23. J Vesely vs J Fichtl 0-1251953Czechoslovak ChampionshipC11 French
24. V Hofman vs J Vesely  1-0411953Czechoslovak ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. J Vesely vs L Alster  ½-½231953Czechoslovak ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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  Honza Cervenka: Jiri Vesely (b. 1932) is well-known chess writer and reporter. He wrote several text books of chess which are still quite popular in Czech Republic. In 1950s and early 1960s he was also one of leading Czech active players.
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  TheAlchemist: <Honza> Is he as happy as his last name suggests? :-)
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  Honza Cervenka: <TheAlchemist> I don't know if "nomen omen" dictum applies to Mr. Vesely just now but when I have seen him last time few years ago, he looked quite happy. And his books are going quite well...:-)
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  Gypsy: Vesely is the (mostly forgotten) author of the following training position and tallent test (probably the original chess-maze):

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The goal is to compute a grand tour a1-b1-c1-....-h1-h2-f2-c2-a2-a3-b3-d3-e3-..., so that the knight never steps on an attacked square; nor can it capture any of the black pawns. (Just to make it clearer by an example, the beginning of the tour of first few way points can go <Na1>-c2-a3-<b1>-a3-c2-b4-a2-<c1>-d3-f2-<d1>....)

The challenge is to compute the whole tour in one's head, while timing it. As a reference point, Barden writes that Hort, Smejkal, and Penrose did it in 2 min; McShane in 2+1/2 min (at age ten), other GMs took 3-5 min, and in general, times bellow 6 min place well above average.

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  Honza Cervenka: Mr. Vesely is playing now on the second board of "Motorlet A" team in Prague team championship. I have seen him yesterday when my team (DA Praha D) played against Motorlet. By the way, Motorlet is quite interesting team because average age of its players in basic line-up is much over 70 years. But these old boys are no woodpushers and NNs. Josef Marsalek or Jiri Vesely were among leading Czech players some forty years ago and they are still able to play quite well. Rest of team is not much worse. For example, my opponent on the 4th board was relatively young (70) candidate of master Jiri Prochazka with ELO 2076 (still somewhat better than my best in OTB play). Vesely's present rating (2093) is not bad at all and I think that he plays better than the rating suggests. At least, he won his game in good style. Fortunately and a little bit suprisingly, we won the match 4.5:3.5 after long and heavy fight.
Oct-02-08  Darth Lasker: Yes, but there is also the dark side. Jiri Vesely has been long time StB informer under nickname "Ĺ achista" (Chessplayer).

(StB - Czechoslowak communist secret police.)


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  Honza Cervenka: Jiri Vesely died 27. 2. 2009. R.I.P.!

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