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Hans-Joachim Hecht
Number of games in database: 423
Years covered: 1959 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2306 (2311 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2428

Overall record: +128 -81 =214 (55.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (66) 
    B31 B40 B52 B89 B43
 Ruy Lopez (28) 
    C85 C69 C73 C97 C61
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (15) 
    C85 C69 C68
 Reti System (13) 
    A04 A06
 English (11) 
    A15 A10 A12 A13
 Caro-Kann (11) 
    B12 B17 B16 B18 B14
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (39) 
    C05 C10 C16 C02 C11
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C65 C63 C93 C77 C64
 French Tarrasch (18) 
    C05 C07 C04 C03
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E43 E45 E21 E33 E59
 Alekhine's Defense (17) 
    B05 B04 B03 B02
 Bogo Indian (13) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hecht vs Keene, 1966 1-0
   Hecht vs Forintos, 1974 1-0
   Hecht vs H Schaufelberger, 1973 1-0
   Hecht vs Matulovic, 1972 1-0
   Hecht vs Parma, 1973 1/2-1/2
   Hecht vs B Kristjansson, 1970 1-0
   Larsen vs Hecht, 1969 1/2-1/2
   Hecht vs Spassky, 1973 1-0
   Hecht vs L Espig, 1969 1-0
   Hecht vs C B van den Berg, 1963 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Seniors Championship (2005)
   Teesside (1972)
   Queenstown Classic (2006)
   2nd Queenstown Chess Classic (2009)
   National Open (2007)
   European Senior Championship (2012)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)

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

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

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(born Jan-29-1939, 81 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 17; games 1-25 of 423  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Darga vs Hecht  ½-½621959Berlin ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
2. S Bruechner vs Hecht ½-½161960?C56 Two Knights
3. Hecht vs Keres  ½-½411962Varna Olympiad qual-1C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. Hecht vs Hort  0-1471962Varna Olympiad Final-AB12 Caro-Kann Defense
5. A Ginsberger vs Hecht  0-1471962Varna Olympiad Final-AC05 French, Tarrasch
6. N Minev vs Hecht  ½-½301962Varna Olympiad Final-AE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
7. G Barcza vs Hecht  1-0741962Varna Olympiad Final-AA37 English, Symmetrical
8. Tal vs Hecht 1-0491962Varna Olympiad Final-AE12 Queen's Indian
9. H Liebert vs Hecht  0-1411962Varna Olympiad Final-AC44 King's Pawn Game
10. Hecht vs C B van den Berg 1-0391963NED-FRG mB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. Hecht vs N Karaklajic  0-1251963Bognor RegisB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
12. A Matanovic vs Hecht  1-0371964Kecskemet ZonalC05 French, Tarrasch
13. A Prameshuber vs Hecht  0-1561964Kecskemet ZonalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
14. Hecht vs Szabo  ½-½381964Kecskemet ZonalC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
15. Tringov vs Hecht  1-0411964Kecskemet ZonalA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Hecht vs Hort  0-1481964Kecskemet ZonalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
17. Hecht vs Huebner  0-1401965FRG-ch 08thB42 Sicilian, Kan
18. Hecht vs C Zuidema  1-0401965Clare Benedict Cup 12thC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
19. Hecht vs M J Franklin  ½-½161965Clare Benedict Cup 12thB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
20. Hecht vs O Marthaler  1-0321965Clare Benedict Cup 12thB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
21. E Franco Raymundo vs Hecht  ½-½151965Clare Benedict Cup 12thE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
22. Hecht vs Smyslov  ½-½441965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
23. G Barcza vs Hecht  1-0581965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdA05 Reti Opening
24. Hecht vs C Radovici  ½-½261965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
25. C Zuidema vs Hecht  ½-½581965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 423  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.
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  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.
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  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!
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  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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