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Vlastimil Jansa
Number of games in database: 2,492
Years covered: 1959 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2426 (2452 rapid, 2400 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2524

Overall record: +864 -527 =1094 (56.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 7 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (512) 
    B92 B84 B32 B70 B30
 Ruy Lopez (232) 
    C92 C84 C81 C95 C67
 French Defense (137) 
    C05 C07 C03 C09 C16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (117) 
    C92 C84 C95 C93 C99
 French Tarrasch (109) 
    C05 C07 C03 C09 C04
 Caro-Kann (84) 
    B10 B17 B14 B18 B15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (391) 
    B46 B83 B81 B40 B80
 Grunfeld (177) 
    D85 D91 D87 D78 D94
 Sicilian Scheveningen (136) 
    B83 B81 B80 B82 B84
 Sicilian Taimanov (100) 
    B46 B47 B48 B49 B45
 King's Indian (93) 
    E62 E67 E60 E69 E97
 Pirc (85) 
    B07 B08 B09
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Jansa vs D Marovic, 1974 1-0
   Blatny vs Jansa, 1986 0-1
   Jansa vs Geller, 1970 1-0
   Jansa vs P Troeger, 1961 1-0
   Jansa vs I Gazik, 1992 1-0
   R Primavera vs Jansa, 1976 0-1
   Jansa vs Keene, 1983 1-0
   Jansa vs A Lanc, 1970 1-0
   J Fichtl vs Jansa, 1970 0-1
   Jansa vs Rublevsky, 1992 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Czechoslovak Championship (1964)
   CSR Army Championship (1968)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1974)
   Novy Smokovec (1971)
   Vrnjacka Banja (1981)
   World Seniors Championship (2005)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1972)
   Kragujevac (1977)
   Amsterdam IBM (1974)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1970)
   Vrnjacka Banja (1978)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1960)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1968)
   Athens Zonal (1969)
   Czechoslovak Championship (1962)

   🏆 TCh-CZE 1 Liga Zapad
   Jansa vs P Michalik (Nov-28-21) 0-1
   P Michalik vs Jansa (Jun-14-20) 1-0
   Jansa vs A Zatonskih (Oct-21-19) 1-0
   I Bulmaga vs Jansa (Oct-19-19) 1-0
   Jansa vs Gupta Prithu (Oct-18-19) 0-1

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(born Nov-27-1942, 80 years old) Czech Republic

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Vlastimil Jansa was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He was awarded the IM title in 1965 and the GM title in 1974. He has been Czechoslovak Champion in 1964, 1974 and 1984. When he was a youngster he played soccer and was good enough to be a representative on the National youth squad. World 65+ champion in 2018.

Wikipedia article: Vlastimil Jansa,

Last updated: 2018-11-30 03:20:40

 page 1 of 101; games 1-25 of 2,508  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Jansa vs F Zita  ½-½401959Cerveny KostelecC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
2. M Herink vs Jansa 0-1371959Cerveny KostelecA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
3. Jansa vs J Marsalek  ½-½391959Cerveny KostelecB32 Sicilian
4. Kavalek vs Jansa 0-1291959Cerveny KostelecB02 Alekhine's Defense
5. Jansa vs J Fabian 1-0651959Cerveny KostelecE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. F Blatny vs Jansa ½-½291959Cerveny KostelecC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
7. Jansa vs J Rejfir  1-0721959Cerveny KostelecE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. Tal vs Jansa  ½-½351960Prague radio simB41 Sicilian, Kan
9. Jansa vs S Dittmann  0-1291960Marianske LazneE92 King's Indian
10. Jansa vs L Alster  1-0401960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
11. J Vesely vs Jansa 0-1311960Czechoslovak ChampionshipE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
12. Jansa vs M Ujtelky ½-½181960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
13. S Kupka vs Jansa  0-1281960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Jansa vs K Opocensky ½-½141960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
15. S Jezek vs Jansa  ½-½301960Czechoslovak ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
16. Jansa vs J Florian  0-1431960Czechoslovak ChampionshipC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
17. J Fichtl vs Jansa  1-0401960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
18. Jansa vs F Blatny  ½-½271960Czechoslovak ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
19. Hort vs Jansa  ½-½241960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
20. Jansa vs J Marsalek  1-0381960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
21. J Cucka vs Jansa  0-1431960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
22. Jansa vs K Prucha  ½-½361960Czechoslovak ChampionshipB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
23. J Rejfir vs Jansa  ½-½331960Czechoslovak ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
24. Jansa vs J Zajic  1-0151960Czechoslovak ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
25. J Kozma vs Jansa 0-1411960Czechoslovak ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-20-04  youngplayer11: Does any body have info about this guy.Like: alink to a bio,an interesting story,great achievments,playing style,any thing? all info is apreciated
Feb-20-04  unsound: Well, he's Czech, he coached young David Navara and Eric Schiller in the preface to his Encyclopedia of Chess Knowledge (or something like that, it's online in pdf format) happily recalls analyzing adjourned games with him. Did you Google him?
Feb-20-04  youngplayer11: <did you google him?>yeah,nothing but book reviews of Dynamics of chess strategy by jansa
Jul-15-04  Geronimo: Dynamics of chess strategy is pretty fun to work through. Seems like a nice guy, too.
May-28-05  Mac3: Vlastimal Jansa also wrote a book in conjunction with Vlastimal Hort called "Best Move" that is highly regarded and can sell for as much as $200 US on the Internet.
Jul-10-05  Tigi: Mac3: I bought that book in a secondhand bookshop for approximately 3 USD, in czech language:-) It is well written with friendly comments. Players from patzers to masters can enjoy it...
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  Gypsy: Today, Jansa is the grand old man of Czech chess. Pachman passed away, Filip has been mostly retired for decades. Hort is in Germany, Kavalek in USA, and Smejkal seldom if ever plays. Thus Jansa is the fatherly figure of country's chess.

Here are some excerpts from a recent inteview w. Jansa during the 2005 Czech National Championship (Jansa finished 5th).

<How did you start playing competitively?> My mom went to buy me a chess set for my 10th birtday. She met a gentleman, who turned out to be IM Emil Richter. They started talk and Mr Richer invited me to the Prague club Posista. My collaboration with Emil Richter, which lasted till I was 28, dates from that point on. I regard Emil Richter not only being a great pedagogue, but also being one of the strongest chessplayers in the land. Even Pachman stated about Richter that had Richter had more oportunities, he would have been so good that nobody could have faced him.

<How did your training go?> With Richter, you did not care about opening. Instead, the understanding of the depths of chess was at the training core. Richter realy liked chess studies; he had an excellent strategic feel and judgement for positions. I too learned a love for compositions from him. Chess studies are, to my opinion, now an underappreciated tool of training and of chess in general. So often one can find there some crystaline truth about positions, strategic ideas, or strength of individual piecess. I like the studies by Kasparian, Reti, Matison, and Troitsky. It is interesting, that Lasker held Reti in a fairly low esteem as a chessplayer. But when Lasker read through Reti's compositions, he declared Reti a genius.

< How/when did you become a GM; what was your ELO, and how high you got with your competive results? > I got the GM title in 1974, when I was 32. My highest rating was 2545, which I think is equivalent of being over 2600 today. And the highest I got on the FIDE list was the 33rd place in the world. But I thing of Elo as being only an ancilary measure of player's strength ...

< Which result you consider your best? > ... Probably my best chess ever I played in 1974 at the championships at Rimavska Sobota. I stopped smoking I played with the greatest of ease. At the end I scored 12/15 and won the tournament 1 pt ahead of Hort. Unfortunately, I returned to smoking and I got cured of it only after my heart-attack in 1989.

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  Gypsy: <What about your encounteres with the greatest players? > ...Tal was one of the most plesant oponents. He could teach anyone about behavior. During Tal vs Jansa, 1966, for instance, I was standing to win with Black, but I was in a time pressure. Tal was a hero in Jugoslavia and, perhaps to make a favorable impression, one of the tournament referees was trying to interfere with my playing. He was trying to make me record the moves, by all the time taping on my shoulder and disturbing me. But Tal just scorned him with a look and, with a resolute gesture, chased the referee away from me. ... Otherwise, as a player but also as a great personality, the grandest impression on me was left by Keres. ...

< If you were to put together top-10, who wouldn't be missing? > A hard question. I personaly would put Fischer at the top; he was the only player so feared, and to draw him even with White was desperately hard. He was able to find all essential at the board better that anybody else. ... In Fischer vs Hort, 1970, Hort was standing a bit better at the adjournement. We analysed the game and suddenly Hort said: "Gentlemen, I just need to see a clear draw!" With anyone else in the world, he would have tried to win that game. We found a forced repetition of moves and that is how the game ended. Disapointed by the adjournement was -- Fischer. I would rather state the rest of the list without any particular order; those are realy hard. I certainly have to include Kasparov, Karpov, Keres, Tal, Spassky, Alekhine, Capablanca, Lasker, Smyslov, Petrosian, Botvinnik.

<How about today chess?> Today chess is different. A classical example is Leko: His discipline and absoprtion of information made him into a player of world top class, even though, to my opion, he lacks chess personality. A personality is, for instance, Anand: I like his chess; it has clear strategic concepts. And Anand is capable of playing practically anything. Today chess is too affected by computer science and that is not realy endeering. On the other side, guys such as Kasparov and Kramnik are capable of, with the help of computer science, moving chess forward.

< How do you view the shattered chess world? > ... we should take a move back, I think, and return to the candidates cycles.

Aug-11-06  Mameluk: Jansa has beaten Korchnoi in World senior championship and is leading.
Oct-01-06  Zabranolog: Jack Peters in the LA Times reports today:
"Another world championship ended Sept. 22 in Arvier, Italy. Viktor Korchnoi won the World Senior Championship for players over age 60. The Swiss grandmaster, 75, finished with an undefeated 9-2 score, a half-point ahead of Czech GM Vlastimil Jansa. The field of 124 players included nine GMs."
Oct-03-06  Chess Carnival: Hello <Gypsy> ! I know it's been a long time since you've posted this Jansa interview. But it's never too late to say: great job! It's a very nice reading..
Sep-06-07  Manuel Garcia: Indeed; a very nice interview. The book "The best move" is highly recommendable. I red it in english and, almost 15 years later, tried to get a copy of it. Alas, I could get it only in german...
Jul-18-08  BIDMONFA:

JANSA, Vlastimil

Nov-27-10  wordfunph: amazon's customer reviews of the book "THe Best Move" by Vlastimil Jansa and Vlastimil Hort..

Mar-31-11  kingfu: We debate about age and Chess performance / ratings. Korchnoi has remained strong. Karpov has faded a bit.

Grandmaster Vlastimil Jansa is with 10 points of his highest rating ever at almost 70 years of age.

Jun-26-11  Antiochus: A splendid loss in 2011:
Jansa vs V Mirumian, 2011
42...Txg3!! was a tremendous sacrifice combining concepts and calculate.
Nov-27-12  brankat: Best wishes for Your 70th Vlastimil!
Nov-27-12  waustad: Happy 70th!
Feb-13-13  gars: The two Valstimils, Hort and Jansa, have written "The Best Move", a very good book published in 1980 by R.H. M. Press, a publishing house famous for its books, which were excellent in content and atrocious as productions, because in a few months the pages always fell apart.
Apr-25-13  Gottschalk: [Event "20th World Seniors"]
[Site "Arco ITA"]
[Date "2010.??.??"]
[White "Herman Claudius Van Riemsdijk"]
[Black "Vlastimil Jansa"]
[Round "5"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2390"]
[BlackElo "2499"]
[ECO "B46"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3
a6 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d5 8. O-O Nf6 9. Re1
Be7 10. Bf4 O-O 11. Qf3 Re8 12. Rad1 e5 13. Bxe5
Bg4 14. Qg3 Bxd1 15. Rxd1 Nh5 16. Qf3 Bf6 17. Bxf6
Nxf6 18. exd5 cxd5 19. h3 Qa5 20. a3 Rad8 21. Ne2
Qb6 22. b4 g6 23. Nc3 Qc6 24. Ne2 Ne4 25. Nd4
Qb6 26. Nb3 Rd6 27. Qe2 Rde6 28. Bxe4 Rxe4 29. Qf3
Re1+ 30. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 31. Kh2 Qc7+ 0-1

Nov-27-13  Morttuus: Happy birthday, GM Vlastimil Jansa!

BTW: Two Czech chessplayers, Jiøí Dufek and Roman Chytilek, wrote an interesting book called "Beat the French!" (it can be downloaded for free from Jiøí Dufek's webpage, if someone will be interested, I will post a link). There is a statement, aspirating for Quote of the day:

"How can you recognize a correct prophylaxion? It is such prophylaxion, that GM Jansa describes in Czechoslovak Chess magazine!"

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  whiteshark: <an interesting book called "Beat the French!">

Here they are:

published 1998

Nov-27-13  Morttuus: Thank you, whiteshark.:)
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  Penguincw: Happy 71st birthday GM Vlastimil Jansa.
Oct-10-19  Nosnibor: He was World Senior Chess (over65) champion in 2018 but there are no games of his in the database from this event.He is now playing in the huge open in the Isle of Man and is probably the oldest entrant considering that he will be 77 years old soon.

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