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|Jan-12-14|| ||diagonal: Happy birthday, Vlastimil Hort!
His latest competitive chess was just played a few days ago at Basel (Switzerland), Schachfestival Neujahrsopen 2014, won by Radoslaw Wojtaszek.
But Vlastimil Hort played, according to the tournaments homepage, <<http://www.schachfestivalbasel.ch/>>, the most moves of all (more than hundred) players, and finished honorably with 5 out of 7 points in a pretty strong field.
Hort was a top-ten player in the mid-1970s, and a regular top twenty-player from mid-60s to mid-80s. As already pointed out by <Gypsy> earlier, Hort played on board 4 for the "Rest of the World" against "USSR", beating individually his opponent Polugaevsky with 2.5 to 1.5. in this famous match in 1970 at Belgrade. Hort was also a Candidate, 1977 in the quarter-final against Boris Spasski, a match lost in extremis. On the english wikipedia site there are some interesting details. Hort is characterized as a truly fair sportsman: <<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlasti...>>
In honour of his jubilee, chessbase made an interview with Vlastimil: <<http://de.chessbase.com/post/vlasti...>>. Hort talks about how he was learning chess in a hospital, his czech childhood years, his first appearence at the Olympiads aged sweet sixteen in 1960 at Leipzig, his fellow compatriots Karel Opocensky, Pachman, Kavalek, Jansa, Smejkal and others; whom he regards as greatest player ever (Bobby Fischer, not Kasparov) and preferred piece (it's the horse, l'avant-garde), his love for ice-hockey, his emigration, and of course, he speaks about some famous wins and losses throughout his immense career.
Look at that: Wijk aan Zee in the wild seventies: Vlasti's famous win with black against Walter Browne: <<Browne vs Hort, 1975>>
Vlastimil Hort is one of the rare gentleman on Grandmaster top-level.
Happy birthday and many more!
|Jan-12-14|| ||waustad: Happy b'day. Yes it is 70 not 80 as I foolishly indicated a bit before. Sadly there is an important reason that he didn't get POTD with the passing of V. Gashimov.|
|Apr-22-14|| ||offramp: It was pretty hot in London yesterday so I went out wearing just me vlastimils.|
|Sep-07-14|| ||Martin Riggs: Lieber Herr Hort. Ich wünsche Ihnen für die Zunkunft alles Gute. Sie sind ein wunderbarer Mensch. :)|
|Dec-12-14|| ||Fusilli: <diagonal> Very nice summary and tribute. Thank you for posting it!|
|Feb-11-15|| ||offramp: Vlastimil Hort has undergone surgery to have the adscititious <L> removed from his first name. |
The offending <L> will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.
|Apr-03-15|| ||WannaBe: I believe that Chess possesses a magic that is also a help in advanced age. A rheumatic knee is forgotten during a game of chess and other events can seem quite unimportant in comparison with a catastrophe on the chessboard. - Vlastmil Hort|
(I will try to keep that in mind in a few more years =)
|May-01-15|| ||TheFocus: <In blitz, the Knight is stronger than the Bishop> - Vlastmil Hort.|
|May-03-15|| ||TheFocus: <I believe that chess possesses a magic that is also a help in old advanced age. A rheumatic knee is forgotten during a game of chess and other events can seem quite unimportant in comparison with a catastrophe on the chessboard> - Vlastimil Hort.|
|Jan-12-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Vlastimil Hort!|
|Jan-12-16|| ||dark.horse: Couple of questions:
1) The dossier says "He is known for introducing the 'Hort system' of awarding prizes.". What is this?
2) Why doesn't Chessgames have that pronunciation thing for Hort?
PS. Happy birthday GM Hort!
|May-04-16|| ||offramp: <dark.horse: Couple of questions:
1) The dossier says "He is known for introducing the 'Hort system' of awarding prizes.". What is this?>|
"Approach the victor with the trophy held in two (2) hands.
Stand in front of him with the trophy held at stomach-level or higher.
Take one (1) step, extend arms and give the trophy to the victor.
When he has taken the trophy you could say a few words, such as, 'Well done' or 'You were either lucky or cheating.'
Leave the stage quickly."
|Jun-15-16|| ||Troller: Hort prizing system is a way of evening out the prize structure in case of tied standings. Basically, everyone gets 50% of the prize according to their Sonnenborg-Berger standings, then the remaining 50% are split between all players sharing the same amount of points.|
So, if 3 players are tied for first in a tournament with these prizes:
Then players are ranked according to SB and will receive 50% of the prize for respective SB-placing and the remaining 100$ will go into a pot that is split threeways among the 3 players. So payout will be 83$, 63$ and 53$ (the final dollar in such a situation goes to Herr Hort).
|Mar-05-17|| ||thegoodanarchist: Hort kinda looks like Walter Browne:
|Jan-12-19|| ||bubuli55: GM Hort, Happy Birthday!|
|Jan-12-19|| ||diagonal: Health and happiness for Vlastimil Hort who turns 75 years.|
Those were the days: <At the USSR vs. Rest of the World match in Belgrade 1970 (ten boards, plus two substitutes each), Hort, born in 1944, was the youngest starter of all the 24 nominated players!
Fischer the second youngest; Najdorf, born in 1910, the oldest player, followed by Botvinnik and Reshevsky.>
Vlastimil Hort beat individually his highly reputated opponent Lev Polugaevsky with 2.5 to 1.5 on board four.
At Wijk aan Zee (then Hoogovens), Vlastimil Hort, is a four times runner-up!, twice as clear second, twice as shared second; making it six podium finishes out of ten entries between 1968 and 1986.
In the Tournament of 1975, Vlastimil Hort surpassed the two soviet players Geller and Furman as well as - in no particular order - Timman, Hübner, Gligoric, Browne, Smejkal, Kavalek, Sosonko, and the rest of the field, only half a point missing to clinch winner Portisch.
Hort, in the 1970s a Candidate and top ten ranked player, is still occassionally active, his latest tournament was at the Basel Schachfestival 2019 (he is a regular participant in this New Year - Open series):
http://www.schachfestivalbasel.com/... (Basler Zeitung, swiss daily newspaper, with a picture of Hort during the tournament)
|Jan-12-19|| ||Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster! Many thanks for your contributions and great games over the years, sir.|
|Jan-12-19|| ||gars: First of all, Happy Birthday, GM Hort! All the chessplayers are grateful to you. Now, which game was GM Hort playing when the photo above was taken? His pieces are in the most strange squares!|
Gars olá, boa sorte olhando aqui https://chess960frc.blogspot.com/20...
1944 Geboren in Kladno (bei Prag)
1950 Erste Schachkenntnisse
1958 Juniormeister der Tschechoslowakei
1965 Erlangung des Titels Internationaler
1967 Beendigung des Hochschulstudiums
1968 Nach Besetzung der Tschechoslowakei
durch die UDSSR Aufgabe des Zivilberufes
und Entscheidung Schachprofi zu werden
1977 Teilnahme am WM-Kandidatenturnier
in Reykjavik (denkwürdige Viertelfinalbegegnung
gegen Ex-Weltmeister Boris Spasski)
1979 Debüt in der deutschen Schachbundesliga
für die SG Porz
1985 Unerlaubtes Verlassen der Tschechoslowakei
1986 Annahme der Deutschen Staatsbürgerschaft
- Ehemaliger Weltranglistensiebter (1977)
- Teilnahme am Wettkampf UDSSR
gegen den Rest der Welt (1972 in Belgrad, Brett 4),
Sieg gegen Lew Polugajewski (2,5-1,5)
- Teilnahme an 14 Schacholympiaden:
11x für die Tschechoslowakei
(1960-1984, Silbermedaillengewinner 1982 in Luzern),
3x für &Deutschland (1988-1992);
zweitbester Spieler an Brett 1 (1972),
drittbester Spieler an Brett 3 (1962)
- 7x Meister der Tschechoslowakei
- 3x Deutscher Einzelmeister (1987, 1989, 1991)
- 4x Deutscher Mannschaftsmeister
und 4x Pokalsieger mit der SG Porz
- Seniorenweltmeister im Chess960 (2006)
- Sieger in über 70 internationalen Schachturnieren,
u.a. Gewinner des GM-Turniers der Dortmunder
- Siebensprachig (Tschechisch, Deutsch, Englisch,
Französisch, Russisch, Serbisch-Kroatisch, Spanisch)
- 22 Jahre Co-Moderator der Kultsendung „Schach der
Großmeister“ im WDR (zusammen mit GM Dr. Helmut
- Spezialist im Schach-Simultan (1985: Partien gegen
636 Gegner – damaliger Weltrekord,
1980: Spiel an 20 Brettern in München,
1982: Partien an 22 Brettern in Meran)
- Autor zahlreicher Bücher, Artikel und Schach-DVDs,
u.a. „Meine Partien gegen die Weltmeister“ (2008),
So spielen Profis“ (1984),
„Schwarzweiße Erzählungen“ (Belletristik, 1989)
(Source: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., 2013)
Madjesoomalops (DER SPIEGEL 43/1979, in German)
Přeji ti v tento speciální den hodně štěstíčka.
Krásné narozeniny - blahopřeji k výročí!
|Jan-12-19|| ||botvinnik64: Happy Birthday (also) goes out to Sergey Karjakin and Dronavili Harika! Three great players on one cold day.|
|Jan-12-20|| ||botvinnik64: I repeat my Birthday Greetings to 3 great chess players. This year, it's 67o in NYC!|
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