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Jan Kotrc
J Kotrc 
Wiener Schachzeitung, Sep-Oct 1915, p 195.
ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
Number of games in database: 26
Years covered: 1891 to 1912

Overall record: +12 -5 =9 (63.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C82 C66 C73 C67
With the Black pieces:
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Kotrc vs H Prochazka, 1910 1-0
   J Kotrc vs Weigl, 1912 1-0
   J Kotrc vs Schlechter, 1900 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Kolisch Memorial 1899/00 (1899)

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(born Aug-23-1862, died Oct-17-1943, 81 years old)

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Jan Kotrč was born in Bielsko (then Austrian Silesia, now Poland) on August 23, 1862. He was an editor of the chess magazines Šach-Mat (1884-1885), České listy šachové (1896-1900) in Prague, and Arbeiter Schachzeitung in the 1920s-1930s in Vienna. He shared 2nd with Karel Traxler, behind Jan Kvicala, at Prague 1891 (the 3rd Congress of the Bohemian Chess Association), and tied for 4th-6th at Dresden 1892 (the 7th DSB Congress, Hauptturnier A, won by Paul Lipke). He won a match against Josef Kvicala (+3 –0 =2) at Prague 1893, and finished 8th at the Kolisch Memorial at Vienna 1899/1900, won by Geza Maroczy. He was also a problemist. His name is associated with the Kotrč-Mieses gambit, 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.b4!? He died on October 17, 1943, at Vlachovo Březí (then Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic).

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Last updated: 2017-06-02 04:29:25

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 26  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Krautstengl vs J Kotrc 0-1261891PragueC30 King's Gambit Declined
2. J Kvicala vs J Kotrc 0-1261891PragueA03 Bird's Opening
3. J Kotrc vs M Kuerschner 1-0361892Siegergruppe Main TtC13 French
4. J Kotrc vs J Kvicala  1-0261893MatchC50 Giuoco Piano
5. J Kotrc vs J Kvicala  1-0351893MatchC50 Giuoco Piano
6. J Kvicala vs J Kotrc  ½-½171893MatchA07 King's Indian Attack
7. J Kvicala vs J Kotrc ½-½111893MatchC25 Vienna
8. B Frohmann vs J Kotrc 0-1271893'Cesky spolek sachovni' ClubC58 Two Knights
9. Schiffers vs J Kotrc 0-1181896PragueC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
10. Chigorin vs J Kotrc 1-0321896PragueC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
11. J Kotrc vs Charousek ½-½381897Casual gameC66 Ruy Lopez
12. G Marco vs J Kotrc  ½-½311899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
13. J Kotrc vs Alapin  ½-½571899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C42 Petrov Defense
14. Albin vs J Kotrc  ½-½421899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C53 Giuoco Piano
15. Von Popiel vs J Kotrc  1-0471899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C44 King's Pawn Game
16. J Kotrc vs C Prock 1-0231899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C67 Ruy Lopez
17. M Brody vs J Kotrc 1-0741899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C71 Ruy Lopez
18. J Kotrc vs Maroczy 0-1661899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
19. A Schwarz vs J Kotrc 0-1441899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C59 Two Knights
20. J Kotrc vs H Wolf  1-0481899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
21. A Zinkl vs J Kotrc ½-½261900Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C71 Ruy Lopez
22. J Kotrc vs Schlechter  ½-½491900Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. J Kotrc vs Traxler 0-1411901Veseli nad LuzniciC29 Vienna Gambit
24. J Kotrc vs J Perlis ½-½341908ViennaC55 Two Knights Defense
25. J Kotrc vs H Prochazka 1-0301910ViennaB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
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  Gypsy: Jan Kotrc was Karel Traxler's brother in-law. He, Traxler, and Dr. Jan Kvicala were together considered as being the strongest Czech chessplayers during the 1890-ties, before Duras came to the scene. Kotrc later migrated to Vienna and largely abandoned tournament play.
Sep-06-08  myschkin: . . .

Bio (in Czech):

Sep-08-08  DoctorD: Kotrc's prowess as a problem composer has been ignored here. Meson ( has 22 problems by Kotrc. Given possible local publication in Czech newspapers, etc, lost during the 30's and 40's, he may have had more.

This appears to be Kotrc's last problem, published in the Deutsche Schachzeitung of 1934:

Mate in 5

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I personally enjoyed this one the most, with a Siers battery (as well as other battery play and a nice switchback for mate):

1st Prize, Shakhmatny, 1929

Mate in 3

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This one won first prize in the Andrews Memorial Tourney of 1888, sponsored by the British Chess Magazine:

Mate in 3

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I find the key in the above especially appealing.

Sep-08-08  DoctorD: A final Kotrc:

This is also a favorite Kotrc, which won 3rd prize Narodni politika, 1922:

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The withdrawal key to a corner, along with corner play (a two corner queen), are what appeals to me from the aesthetic viewpoint.

Oct-24-09  vonKrolock: Two consultation games with the presence of Carl Schlechter and Czech personalities cf. Frantisek Moucka

another Kotrc's favorite

J. Kotrc
"Sachmat" 1884

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mate in 3

A perfect balance of modelmates and interesting play

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  GrahamClayton: Here is a nice combination by Kotrc, playing White against NN at Vienna in 1907:

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Kotrc won with 1.♖e8+ ♔a7 2.♖a8+ ♔b6 3.♕a5+! ♔xa5 4. axb7+ ♔b6 5. b8=♕+ ♔c5 6. ♖a5+ ♔d4 7. ♕xf4

Feb-16-12  King Death: I've seen a gambit in the Scandinavian called the Mieses-Kotroc here at CG, I assume it's actually referring to this player.
Sep-16-12  Karpova: He won the Main Tournament of the Czech Chess Congress in Plzen (August 14 -15, 1887) ahead of F. Moucka with 6 participants overall.

From page 16 of the September 1887 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-23-13  Nosnibor: In the game against Charousek in the database it should be pointed out that this was a consultation match.The two allies assisting Kotrc were Kvicala and Svejda.A correction slip is needed.
Jan-02-14  Karpova: More on <Johann Kotrc>, as the 'Wiener Schachzeitung' calls him, by Karl Traxler:

He studied Architecture. Kotrc came to Prague in 1883. He was highly influenced by Morphy and even drew a portrait of Morphy which was showcased in the, then newly founded, 'Cesky spolek sachovni'. He had a very deep understanding of Morphy playing style, going beyond being merely fascinated by Morphy's brilliant combinations.

His stay in Prague from 1884 to 1900 was soimportant for Bohemian chess,that the article calls it (paraphrasing) the first schooldays of serious chessin Bohemia. First, he founded a free chess society, and became together with Dobrusky and Moucka the "soul" of the newly founded 'Cesky spolek sachovni', after the split of the <utraquistischen> Prague chess club. 'Cesky spolek sachovni' was located in Jedlicka's Cafe.

Kotrc edited the first lithographed Bohemian chess magazine 'Sach mat', wrote it and drew the diagrams himself. He always won the club tournaments and taught in the 'Ceske Listy Sachove' (<Böhmische Schachblätter>, Bohemian Chess Pages), which he had founded in 1896 together with Pospisil and Traxler. His chessplay was also the immediate antetype of Duras' playing style.

In the Dresden Main tournament 1892, he shared 4-6th place with Baird and Malthan (Lipke won). At Prague 1895, he shared 2nd-3rd place with Traxler (Johann Kvicala won. Yet, in several matches, Kotrc proved his superiority over Jos. and Joh. Kvicala). He represented the 'Cesky spolek sachovni' honourably against other masters, e. g. 1896 against Schiffers and Chigorin - scoring +1 -2 =2. He scored +0 -1 =1 against Charousek in 1897, but they were about equal in free, less serious games.

He came in 8th in the strong Kolisch tournament in Vienna 1899. At the beginning, he suffered from a painful soul pressure (<schmerzlichen Seelendruck>, maybe he was depressed?) and lost 3 of the first 4 games. Then he won 2 and drew 5 (against Schlechter, Marco and Alapin among others) and didn't lose a single game anymore. It's noted that, unlike the tournament report claimed, Kotrc came from chess play to chess composition, not the other way round.

For several years now, his professional duties prevented him from serious play and study composition, yet he remains interested. In 1910, he established a column in the 'Delnicke Listy', which is now maintained by Traxler. Then he founded a chess column in the 'Arbeiter-Zeitung', editing it together with the problemist S. Steiner. He also published a Bohemian Chess textbook 2 years ago, which shall be published in German eventually. Johann Kotrc was born on August 21, 1862, in Bilsko (Silesia).

Source: Pages 194-197 of the September-October 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-23-14  greed and death: <vonKrolock: Two consultation games with the presence of Carl Schlechter and Czech personalities cf. Frantisek Moucka another Kotrc's favorite

J. Kotrc
"Sachmat" 1884

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mate in 3

A perfect balance of modelmates and interesting play> Three possible solutions too. Impressive.

May-02-19  vonKrolock:

Solution as given in winchloe database

1.Cé6! [2.Cd8+ Rg6 3.Fé8‡]
1…Cé5 2.Fé8+ R×é6 3.D×é5‡
1…Fa5 2.Fd7 [3.Dg7‡] F×é6 3.Fé8‡
1…Fh3,Fg4 2.Dg7+ R×é6 3.Dg6‡
1…R×é6 2.d5+ Rd6/Rf7 3.Db8/Fé8‡

Seems to be ok

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