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Number of games in database: 575
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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.
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)
Amsterdam IBM-B (1973)
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
|1. E Walther vs H Hecht
|| ||1-0||34||1953||Mitropa Cup||C97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin|
|2. K Darga vs H Hecht
|| ||½-½||62||1959||Berlin Championship||C97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin|
|3. H Hecht vs P Grosemans
|| ||1-0||13||1959||West European Junior Team Tournament||B40 Sicilian|
|4. S Bruechner vs H Hecht
||½-½||16||1960||?||C56 Two Knights|
|5. D Hottes vs H Hecht
|| ||0-1||56||1962||Bamberg IT||E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation|
|6. W Bialas vs H Hecht
|| ||1-0||58||1962||Bamberg IT||A47 Queen's Indian|
|7. T Serra Olives vs H Hecht
|| ||0-1||39||1962||Varna Olympiad qual-1||C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|8. H Hecht vs Keres
|| ||½-½||41||1962||Varna Olympiad qual-1||C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense|
|9. P Limbos vs H Hecht
|| ||½-½||30||1962||Varna Olympiad qual-1||C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack|
|10. B Malich vs H Hecht
|| ||½-½||30||1962||Varna Olympiad qual-1||B49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation|
|11. B Soderborg vs H Hecht
|| ||½-½||30||1962||Varna Olympiad qual-1||C44 King's Pawn Game|
|12. H Hecht vs O Gunsav
|| ||1-0||34||1962||Varna Olympiad qual-1||B54 Sicilian|
|13. H Hecht vs Hort
|| ||0-1||47||1962||Varna Olympiad Final-A||B12 Caro-Kann Defense|
|14. A Ginsberger vs H Hecht
|| ||0-1||47||1962||Varna Olympiad Final-A||C05 French, Tarrasch|
|15. N Minev vs H Hecht
|| ||½-½||30||1962||Varna Olympiad Final-A||E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation|
|16. Barcza vs H Hecht
|| ||1-0||74||1962||Varna Olympiad Final-A||A37 English, Symmetrical|
|17. Tal vs H Hecht
||1-0||49||1962||Varna Olympiad Final-A||E12 Queen's Indian|
|18. H Liebert vs H Hecht
|| ||0-1||41||1962||Varna Olympiad Final-A||C44 King's Pawn Game|
|19. H Hecht vs N Karaklajic
|| ||0-1||25||1963||Bognor Regis||B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack|
|20. H Hecht vs C van den Berg
||1-0||39||1963||NED-FRG m||B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack|
|21. H Hecht vs M Eisinger
|| ||1-0||45||1963||West German Championship||B45 Sicilian, Taimanov|
|22. S Wolk vs H Hecht
|| ||½-½||46||1963||West German Championship||A36 English|
|23. H Hecht vs P Troeger
|| ||1-0||34||1963||West German Championship||C02 French, Advance|
|24. Unzicker vs H Hecht
|| ||½-½||30||1963||West German Championship||C10 French|
|25. H Hecht vs P Ellrich
|| ||1-0||34||1963||West German Championship||B95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6|
| page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 643
|Jan-02-05|| ||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.|
|Oct-15-05|| ||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
|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!"
|Jan-29-09|| ||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.|
|Feb-03-09|| ||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!|
|Jan-29-13|| ||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:
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