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Vlastimil Hort
Number of games in database: 2,675
Years covered: 1959 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2403 (2457 rapid, 2364 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605

Overall record: +990 -306 =1358 (62.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 21 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (165) 
    B23 B22 B40 B81 B20
 King's Indian (127) 
    E92 E75 E73 E70 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (88) 
    A46 A45 D02 A40 E00
 Nimzo Indian (86) 
    E32 E42 E30 E46 E54
 Ruy Lopez (66) 
    C69 C85 C95 C87 C81
 English, 1 c4 c5 (59) 
    A30 A36 A34 A31 A32
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (173) 
    B57 B22 B81 B83 B56
 Caro-Kann (131) 
    B18 B12 B17 B14 B10
 Grunfeld (90) 
    D85 D94 D91 D86 D83
 Ruy Lopez (76) 
    C67 C95 C72 C74 C80
 King's Indian (66) 
    E60 E94 E95 E90 E62
 French Defense (57) 
    C07 C16 C19 C11 C09
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hug vs Hort, 1972 0-1
   Hort vs Portisch, 1973 1-0
   Miles vs Hort, 1982 0-1
   Hort vs I Radulov, 1974 1-0
   Hort vs Chandler, 1982 1-0
   Hort vs Robert E Byrne, 1962 1-0
   Hort vs V Zheliandinov, 1967 1-0
   Hort vs Minic, 1967 1-0
   Hort vs Smyslov, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Hort vs Hartston, 1976 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Hoogovens (1975)
   Monte Carlo (1968)
   Hoogovens (1972)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   Palma de Mallorca (1969)
   Madrid (1973)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)
   San Antonio (1972)
   Bugojno (1978)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Petropolis Interzonal (1973)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   81a ZOOM 001 SUBMODELS A-H by whiteshark
   81a ZOOM 001 SUBMODELS A-H by Atsa
   Vlastimil Hort by capybara
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1970 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)
   Harikrishna vs Hort (Jul-23-17) 1-0, rapid
   Hort vs Harikrishna (Jul-23-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Hort vs T Kriebel (Jan-17-17) 1-0
   Hort vs J Moussard (Dec-27-16) 0-1
   V Kunin vs Hort (Dec-27-16) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-12-1944, 76 years old) Czech Republic (federation/nationality Germany)

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Vlastimil Hort was born in Kladno, Czechoslovakia. He became an IM in 1962 and a GM in 1965 and went on to win the Czechoslovak Championship six times. In 1977, he qualified for the Candidates but lost the Spassky - Hort Candidates Quarterfinal (1977) after losing on time in a winning position in the penultimate game. He is known for introducing the 'Hort system' of awarding prizes. He now lives in Germany and is still an active tournament player.

Wikipedia article: Vlastimil Hort

Last updated: 2018-03-08 02:37:09

 page 1 of 107; games 1-25 of 2,675  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Hort vs I Ivanco 1-0291959CSR-chA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Jiri Jares vs Hort 0-1381959CSR-chC78 Ruy Lopez
3. Ujtelky vs Hort 0-1281959CSR-chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
4. J Fabian vs Hort 1-0411959CSR-chC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
5. J Ratolistka vs Hort 0-1581959CSR-chB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
6. F Blatny vs Hort 0-1401959CSR-chC14 French, Classical
7. V Olexa vs Hort  0-1561959CSR-chA44 Old Benoni Defense
8. J Brach Jr vs Hort  0-1401959CSR-chA81 Dutch
9. Hort vs J Fichtl 1-0361960CSR-chC11 French
10. F Blatny vs Hort  ½-½231960CSR-chC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
11. Hort vs V Olexa  1-0461960CSR-chB41 Sicilian, Kan
12. Hort vs J Marsalek  ½-½161960CSR-chB40 Sicilian
13. Hort vs K Prucha 1-0481960CSR-chB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. J Rejfir vs Hort  ½-½581960CSR-chA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
15. Hort vs J Zajic  1-0151960CSR-chB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. J Kozma vs Hort 0-1431960CSR-chA80 Dutch
17. L Alster vs Hort 0-1531960CSR-chE73 King's Indian
18. Hort vs J Vesely 0-1401960CSR-chA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Ujtelky vs Hort  ½-½381960CSR-chA10 English
20. Hort vs S Kupka  1-0321960CSR-chE91 King's Indian
21. J Florian vs Hort  0-1471960CSR-chB23 Sicilian, Closed
22. Hort vs Puc  0-1401960Central Chess Club InternationalD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Hort vs Kholmov  ½-½331960Central Chess Club InternationalA33 English, Symmetrical
24. Antoshin vs Hort 0-1291960Central Chess Club InternationalA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
25. Polugaevsky vs Hort 1-0421960Central Chess Club InternationalE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
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  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, <<>>, 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: <<>>

In honour of his jubilee, chessbase made an interview with Vlastimil: <<>>. 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.
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  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. :)
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  Fusilli: <diagonal> Very nice summary and tribute. Thank you for posting it!
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  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.

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  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 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!

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  offramp: < 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:

1 100$
2 60$
3 40$

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).

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  thegoodanarchist: Hort kinda looks like Walter Browne:

Jan-12-19  bubuli55: GM Hort, Happy Birthday!
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  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): (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!
Jan-12-19  login:

Gars olá, boa sorte olhando aqui

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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

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- 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

  Schachtage (1982)

Jan-12-19  login:


- 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)

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- 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)

Picture (9/2018)

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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