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Hans-Joachim Hecht
H Hecht 
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Number of games in database: 575
Years covered: 1959 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2306 (2311 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2428

Overall record: +183 -104 =288 (56.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (94) 
    B31 B40 B53 B52 B89
 Ruy Lopez (36) 
    C85 C69 C73 C67 C97
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (18) 
    C85 C69 C68
 Caro-Kann (17) 
    B12 B16 B18 B17 B14
 Reti System (16) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English (15) 
    A15 A10 A12 A17 A13
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (55) 
    C05 C10 C03 C16 C01
 Ruy Lopez (35) 
    C63 C64 C65 C77 C69
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E21 E43 E33 E45 E40
 French Tarrasch (26) 
    C05 C03 C07 C04
 Alekhine's Defense (25) 
    B05 B03 B04 B02
 Queen's Indian (19) 
    E17 E16 E14 E12 E19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hecht vs Forintos, 1974 1-0
   Hecht vs Keene, 1966 1-0
   Hecht vs H Schaufelberger, 1973 1-0
   Larsen vs Hecht, 1969 1/2-1/2
   Hecht vs Matulovic, 1972 1-0
   Hecht vs Spassky, 1973 1-0
   Hecht vs B Kristjansson, 1970 1-0
   Hecht vs L Espig, 1969 1-0
   Hecht vs Parma, 1973 1/2-1/2
   Hecht vs C B van den Berg, 1963 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   FRG-ch International (1973)
   Skopje Olympiad qual-4 (1972)
   West German Championship (1963)
   Amsterdam IBM-B (1971)
   Forssa / Helsinki Zonal (1972)
   Hoogovens (1974)
   Amsterdam IBM-B (1973)
   Reykjavik (1970)
   Buesum (1968)
   Hoogovens-B (1971)
   Raach Zonal (1969)
   World Seniors Championship (2005)
   2nd Queenstown Chess Classic (2009)
   Valletta Olympiad (1980)
   Bundesliga 1981/82 (1982)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Forssa/Helsinki zonal tournament 1972 by Chessdreamer
   Dortmund 1973 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1974 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 European Senior Championship
   H Hecht vs E Kristiansen (Aug-26-12) 1/2-1/2
   W Thormann vs H Hecht (Aug-25-12) 1/2-1/2
   H Hecht vs B Vager (Aug-24-12) 1-0
   K Kaunas vs H Hecht (Aug-23-12) 1-0
   H Hecht vs Kraidman (Aug-22-12) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-29-1939, 84 years old) Germany

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Hans-Joachim Hecht was born in Luckenwalde. Awarded the IM title in 1969, the GM title in 1973 and the IMC title in 1980, he was West German champion in 1970 and 1973. In tournaments he was 1st= at Bad Pyrmont 1970, 1st at Olot 1971, 1st at Malaga 1972, 1st at Montilla-Moriles 1972 and 1st= at Dortmund 1973. He has also played for West Germany in a number of Olympiads between 1962 and 1986. In 2006, he played at Queenstown, New Zealand, and took home the 'Seniors' trophy.

Wikipedia article: Hans-Joachim Hecht

 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 643  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Walther vs H Hecht  1-0341953Mitropa CupC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
2. K Darga vs H Hecht  ½-½621959Berlin ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
3. H Hecht vs P Grosemans  1-0131959West European Junior Team TournamentB40 Sicilian
4. S Bruechner vs H Hecht ½-½161960?C56 Two Knights
5. D Hottes vs H Hecht  0-1561962Bamberg ITE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
6. W Bialas vs H Hecht  1-0581962Bamberg ITA47 Queen's Indian
7. T Serra Olives vs H Hecht  0-1391962Varna Olympiad qual-1C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. H Hecht vs Keres  ½-½411962Varna Olympiad qual-1C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
9. P Limbos vs H Hecht  ½-½301962Varna Olympiad qual-1C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
10. B Malich vs H Hecht  ½-½301962Varna Olympiad qual-1B49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. B Soderborg vs H Hecht  ½-½301962Varna Olympiad qual-1C44 King's Pawn Game
12. H Hecht vs O Gunsav  1-0341962Varna Olympiad qual-1B54 Sicilian
13. H Hecht vs Hort  0-1471962Varna Olympiad Final-AB12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. A Ginsberger vs H Hecht  0-1471962Varna Olympiad Final-AC05 French, Tarrasch
15. N Minev vs H Hecht  ½-½301962Varna Olympiad Final-AE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
16. Barcza vs H Hecht  1-0741962Varna Olympiad Final-AA37 English, Symmetrical
17. Tal vs H Hecht 1-0491962Varna Olympiad Final-AE12 Queen's Indian
18. H Liebert vs H Hecht  0-1411962Varna Olympiad Final-AC44 King's Pawn Game
19. H Hecht vs N Karaklajic  0-1251963Bognor RegisB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
20. H Hecht vs C van den Berg 1-0391963NED-FRG mB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. H Hecht vs M Eisinger  1-0451963West German ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
22. S Wolk vs H Hecht  ½-½461963West German ChampionshipA36 English
23. H Hecht vs P Troeger  1-0341963West German ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
24. Unzicker vs H Hecht  ½-½301963West German ChampionshipC10 French
25. H Hecht vs P Ellrich  1-0341963West German ChampionshipB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 643  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Benzol: Hans-Joachim Hecht
Born 29th January 1939 in Luckenwalde
Awarded the IM title in 1969, the GM title in 1973 and the CIM title in 1980. He was West German champion in 1970 and 1973.
Sep-18-05  mcgee: Like Unzicker, had to combine the chess and the day job; I think his purple patch from 1969 to 1974 more or less exactly corresponds with the brief time he was a chess pro.
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  Benzol: In January 2006 he'll be playing in the Queenstown Classic.
Jan-29-06  BIDMONFA: Hans-Joachim Hecht

HECHT, Hans Joachim

Feb-17-06  DanielBryant: I was familiar with his brilliant loss to Tal, but I had no idea this guy still played.
Nov-07-06  Thrajin: This guy gave up chess and opened up a department store, which was recently bought out by Macy's. :-P
Nov-07-06  nummerzwei: Youré wrong. He still plays chess and, for example, played in the Canadian Open 2006 in Kitchener.
Nov-08-06  Thrajin: <nummerzwei>, My above post was a joke, hence the "cute" face after it. Hecht's is the name of a department store that was just bought by Macy's this year.
Jan-29-07  Eastfrisian: I know tjat "Hajo" Hecht is still an active player. He played several times in Senior Championships.
Jul-15-07  whiteshark: Some more pictures:

His famous loss: Tal vs Hecht, 1962

German Wikipedia-page

Jul-18-08  myschkin: "Did you hear what happened to Bob? He was taking a Panov the stove and he Byrned himself!"

"No kidding! That must have Hort like Hecht!"

Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: He's coming to visit the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club on Tuesday the 3rd of February. Don't know whether he's going to give a lecture or simil display. I'm looking forward to it.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: His lecture tonight at the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club was about his famous game against Tal

Tal vs Hecht, 1962

It was great to hear his comments about it and what transpired during it. I hope he and his wife enjoy the rest of their stay in New Zealand.

Jan-29-10  sonia91: I played with him in a simultaneous in Vienna a year and half ago. Happy birthday!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: Happy birthday to the loser of one of my all-time favourite games: Tal vs Hecht, 1962.
Feb-17-14  Cemoblanca: Just played through this game:

Hecht vs Spassky, 1973

A famous victory over Spassky. I noticed, that Spassky was highly vulnerable in the Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation (B31). In this variation, he has only won 1 game & that was against J M Bellon Lopez vs Spassky, 1978 & he's last defeat was against Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 ;)

I'll take a closer look to this variation soon to apply it at the next oppurtunity.

Aug-09-18  diagonal: Recent game of Hecht at the 4th 'ad Gredine' Open 2018 in Ortisei (St. Ulrich in Gröden), South Tyrol in northern Italy, where chess child prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa fulfilled his third and final gm norm to obtain the grandmaster title. They met each other otb!

Hajo Hecht (born 1939) vs. R. Praggnanandhaa (born 2005) remis, in an age difference of 66 years:

Official Website with beautiful pictures:

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