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Vlastimil Hort
Number of games in database: 3,012
Years covered: 1959 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2387 (2457 rapid, 2364 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605

Overall record: +1108 -326 =1548 (63.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 30 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (180) 
    B23 B22 B40 B81 B20
 King's Indian (152) 
    E92 E75 E73 E70 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (94) 
    A46 A45 D02 A40 A41
 Nimzo Indian (90) 
    E32 E42 E46 E30 E54
 Ruy Lopez (74) 
    C69 C85 C95 C60 C81
 French Defense (65) 
    C07 C18 C11 C02 C16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (206) 
    B57 B22 B83 B81 B56
 Caro-Kann (145) 
    B18 B12 B17 B10 B13
 Grunfeld (100) 
    D85 D94 D78 D91 D86
 Ruy Lopez (88) 
    C95 C67 C80 C97 C74
 King's Indian (75) 
    E94 E60 E95 E62 E90
 French Defense (67) 
    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
   Hort vs I Radulov, 1974 1-0
   Hort vs Chandler, 1982 1-0
   Miles vs Hort, 1982 0-1
   Hort vs V Zheliandinov, 1967 1-0
   Hort vs R Byrne, 1962 1-0
   Hort vs Minic, 1967 1-0
   Hort vs Smyslov, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Ree vs Hort, 1986 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Marianske Lazne (1965)
   Venice (1969)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1970)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1972)
   Favorite Hammonia (1980)
   Bundesliga 1981/82 (1982)
   Halle Zonal (1967)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1968)
   Hoogovens (1970)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1960)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1963)
   Solidarity Tournament 2nd (1968)
   First Lady's Cup (1982)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   81a ZOOM 001 SUBMODELS A-H by Atsa
   81a ZOOM 001 SUBMODELS A-H by whiteshark
   81a ZOOM 001 SUBMODELS A-H by T002102bd
   Vlastimil Hort by capybara

   🏆 27th Bunratty Masters
   Hort vs Arkell (Feb-23-20) 0-1
   Short vs Hort (Feb-22-20) 1-0
   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

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(born Jan-12-1944, 78 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 122; games 1-25 of 3,037  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Opocensky vs Hort  ½-½391959Czechoslovak ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Hort vs I Ivanco 1-0291959Czechoslovak ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
3. Jiri Jares vs Hort 0-1381959Czechoslovak ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
4. Hort vs Pachman  ½-½171959Czechoslovak ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. M Ujtelky vs Hort 0-1281959Czechoslovak ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
6. Hort vs J Fichtl  ½-½251959Czechoslovak ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
7. J Fabian vs Hort 1-0411959Czechoslovak ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
8. Hort vs J Podgorny  ½-½391959Czechoslovak ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. J Ratolistka vs Hort 0-1581959Czechoslovak ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
10. F Blatny vs Hort 0-1401959Czechoslovak ChampionshipC14 French, Classical
11. Hort vs J Augustin  ½-½221959Czechoslovak ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. V Olexa vs Hort 0-1561959Czechoslovak ChampionshipA44 Old Benoni Defense
13. Hort vs S Kupka  ½-½201959Czechoslovak ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
14. L Alster vs Hort ½-½441959Czechoslovak ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Hort vs V Hofman  ½-½461959Czechoslovak ChampionshipC47 Four Knights
16. J Brach Jr vs Hort 0-1401959Czechoslovak ChampionshipA81 Dutch
17. Hort vs J Kozma  ½-½91959Czechoslovak ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
18. Tal vs Hort  ½-½311960Prague radio simE70 King's Indian
19. Hort vs J Fichtl 1-0361960Czechoslovak ChampionshipC11 French
20. F Blatny vs Hort  ½-½231960Czechoslovak ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
21. Hort vs V Olexa  1-0461960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
22. Hort vs J Marsalek  ½-½161960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
23. J Cucka vs Hort  ½-½561960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Hort vs K Prucha 1-0481960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. J Rejfir vs Hort  ½-½581960Czechoslovak ChampionshipA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
 page 1 of 122; games 1-25 of 3,037  PGN Download
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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. :)
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  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.

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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!

May-04-16  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."

Premium Chessgames Member
  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).

Premium Chessgames Member
  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): (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

Jan-12-19  login:


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

Jan-12-19  login:


- 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)

Jan-12-19  login:


- 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!
Sep-27-20  oolalimk1: He is playing Fischer random or 960. I never saw it played,
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  Eggman: Fun fact: Hort was born the exact same day (January 12, 1944) as late great Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier!
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