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Josef Emil Krejcik
Number of games in database: 63
Years covered: 1898 to 1952

Overall record: +29 -17 =11 (60.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Vienna Opening (8) 
    C29 C25 C28 C26
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D05 A40 D02
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (7) 
    C11 C01 C13 C14
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
 French (4) 
    C11 C13
 Sicilian (4) 
    B32 B20 B73
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Krejcik vs K Krobot, 1908 1-0
   Helmer vs J Krejcik, 1917 0-1
   J Krejcik vs Baumgartner, 1914 1-0
   S Takacs vs J Krejcik, 1920 0-1
   J Krejcik vs Reti, 1922 1-0
   J Krejcik vs NN, 1908 1-0
   J Krejcik vs R Muenz, 1911 1-0
   J Krejcik vs S Takacs, 1920 1-0
   J Krejcik vs H Suechting, 1908 1-0
   J Krejcik vs A Gottlieb, 1922 1-0

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(born Jan-22-1885, died Jan-04-1957, 71 years old) Austria

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Josef Emil Krejcik was born in Vienna. He was a player, journalist and chess author. He won many brilliancy prizes without winning tournaments but is probably best known for his humorous books.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 63  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Krejcik vs J Thirring 0-1111898Vienna corrA40 Queen's Pawn Game
2. A Benesch vs J Krejcik 1-0281904OlomoucC54 Giuoco Piano
3. J Krejcik vs Schlechter ½-½441905OlomoucD05 Queen's Pawn Game
4. J Krejcik vs Vidmar 1-0211906ViennaC29 Vienna Gambit
5. J Krejcik vs Tartakower ½-½3319062nd Neumann TrophyC46 Three Knights
6. J Krejcik vs F Klar 1-0241907OlmutzC29 Vienna Gambit
7. R Berger vs J Krejcik 0-1211907ViennaD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
8. J Krejcik vs H Suechting 1-0101908ViennaB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
9. J Krejcik vs NN 1-061908Wenen blindA00 Uncommon Opening
10. J Krejcik vs K Krobot 1-0271908Casual gameC22 Center Game
11. J Krejcik vs Lasker 0-1421908Clock simul, 3bD05 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Lasker vs J Krejcik 0-1271908Simul, 16bC13 French
13. J Krejcik vs Albin  1-0461909Vienna CC Winter TourneyC01 French, Exchange
14. J Schenkein vs J Krejcik  0-1421909Vienna CC Winter TourneyC23 Bishop's Opening
15. J Krejcik vs L Loewy Jr  ½-½511909Vienna CC Winter TourneyC49 Four Knights
16. Albin vs J Krejcik  1-0351909Vienna CC Winter TourneyD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Meitner vs J Krejcik  1-0431909Vienna CC Winter TourneyC49 Four Knights
18. J Krejcik vs Reti 0-1311909ViennaC26 Vienna
19. J Krejcik vs NN 1-0301909ViennaD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Tartakower vs J Krejcik 1-0321909Trebitsch MemorialC49 Four Knights
21. O Strobl vs J Krejcik 0-1561909Trebitsch MemorialC49 Four Knights
22. S R Wolf vs J Krejcik ½-½311910Landstrasser TtB32 Sicilian
23. Reti vs J Krejcik 1-0711910Trebitsch Memorial 1909/C01 French, Exchange
24. J Perlis vs J Krejcik 1-0201911ViennaC42 Petrov Defense
25. J Krejcik vs Tartakower 0-1331911ViennaC28 Vienna Game
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Apr-07-04  tacticsjokerxxx: a bad day, haha.
Apr-08-04  AdrianP: I've often thought about trying to outdo Josef Krejcik... maybe a 30 game simultaneous display... ;-)
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: <gave a 25 game simultaneous display in 1910 and lost every single game!> Sounds like Ostap Bender, of Russian folklore.
Apr-27-04  ughaibu: Is there a problem with the Krejcik-Krobot game? It's about six weeks since I uploaded it.
Apr-10-05  marekg248: <> Really, what was the problem with the game? It's a Josef Krejcik v Konrad Krobot, Vienna, February 1908.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: What happened to the Krejcik - Krobot game?
Oct-05-05  dakgootje: <tamar> well then i have a little different kind of Fritz then you ;-), my Fritz did only well maybe half a minut for the solution and about 5 main variations...
May-02-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I have reproduced a FEN of two puzzles posted by <ughaibu> and <Benjamin Lau> on page 1:

1) Krejcik's "immortal puzzle"

White to move and win:

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2) Liburkin's puzzle

White to move and win:

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May-28-06  WarmasterKron: Does anyone have any experience with Krejcik's odd gambit in the Dutch?
May-28-06  offramp: The Krejcik-Krobot game is still not in the database, apparently.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <offramp> I uploaded it yesterday so hopefully it should appear shortly.
Jul-15-06  Open Defence: ok....!!! Rd6 blocks the ♗ on c8 after cxd6 .... brilliant!!!!!!!!! so after Bxg7 and gxh5 Black cannot threaten the White ♕ with d5 as it does not open a line for the ♗ on c8...
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Krejcik seems to have had the knack of picking opponents who lost quickly.
Apr-16-07  gambitfan: An amateur chess player having played with many famous chess players in his life...
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Krejcik is holding a special record. At a simul in Linz 1910 he lost at all boards, 0:25. His clever opponents had invited him to a pre-lunch drink before.

....( @ @ )....

Jan-22-08  DarthStapler: I use an opening named after this guy
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Here is a picture of J.E. Krejcik:

Related article: (scroll down)

Jan-22-11  BIDMONFA: Josef Emil Krejcik


Jan-14-12  sneaky pete: From a game by the Baron Von Münchhausen, as related by Josef Krejcik. He also gives details of the circumstances under which this game was played, but they seem quite unlikely to me, so I will ignore them here. I like to stick to the truth and not annoy you with fairy tales. This is not the Kenneth Rogoff page.

Anyway, in this position

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the Baron had intended to play h5 .. winning back the piece sacrified earlier, but after .. Ng5 black would have a solid and safe position with 2 extra pawns. So after 15 seconds of deep thought, the Baron changed his mind and announced # in 15.

Sep-08-12  Karpova: Krejcik demonstrates chess blindness:

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Now, White could have failed with 1.Ne7+ Kh8 2.Nxg6 fxg6 3.Qxh7+ Kxh7 4.Rh1# as 2...fxg6 comes with check.

Krejcik found a nicer way: 1.Bxf7+ Bxf7 <White announces mate in 3> 2.Ne7+ Kh8 3.Qxh7+ Kxh7 4.Rh1+ Bh5#

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He almost had to be put in a straitjacket after this game.

From Prof. Krejcik's <Ueber Schachblindheit>, page 15 of the 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jun-01-13  Karpova: Winter Tournament of the Vienna Chess Club, 1915.12.15 to 1916.02.20

1. J. E. Krejcik 7.5
2. J. Schenkein 6.5
3-4. Leo Singer 5.5
3-4. S. Steiner 5.5
5. A. E. Wolf 5.0
6. L. Zuckerbäcker 3.0
7. Dr. H. V. Klein 1.5
8-9. J. Falk 1.0
8-9. Schohann 1.0

Krejcik with +7 =1 -0 (draw against Schenkein)

From page 10 of the 1916 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Oct-12-13  Karpova: His wife died suddenly in 1925.

From page 149 of the May 1925 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Nov-24-13  Karpova: The shortest Queen odds game of all times

Back in the days of the Vienna Chess Club when Schlechter, Marco, Albin, Schwarz, Perlis, Vidmar and others met, and Fähndrich gathered Albert von Rothschild, Meitner and Fleissig, the following took place:

Krejcik was among them, better known for his quick tongue than great victories. One day, Krejcik played several games and got crushed in each of them. A very old but kind amateur (category knight odds) named Hirschhorn witnessed the massacre. While Krejcik was everything but amused, Hirschhorn enjoyed it and said to him <Sie scheinen sich für's Schach zu interessieren, ich an ihrer Stelle würde es doch erlernen.> (You seem to be interested in chess, I in your stead would learn how to play it.).

Krejcik replied <Ihnen gebe ich die Dame vor und spiele jede Partie um einen Gulden.> (I play you at queen odds and every game at a stake of one Gulden). Right after he had spoken those words, he regretted them and wanted to take them back. But it was too late as Hirschhorn was mortified.

This is the game:

[Event "Queen odds game"]
[Site "Vienna Chess Club"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Krejcik, Josef Emil"]
[Black "Hirschhorn"]
[Result "1-0"]
[FEN "

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"] [SetUp "1"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c6 4.a3 Ne7 5.f4 Qa5+ 6.b4 Qb6 7.Nf3 h6 8.c4 g6 9.Nc3 a5 10.c5 Qc7 11.b5 cxb5 12.Nxb5 Qc6 13.Nd6+ Kd8 14.Bb5 Qc7 15.Nxf7# 1-0

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Hirschhorn got up silently. Albin remarked bitingly <Mit dem Mundwerk werden Sie noch viele Partien gewinnen.> (With this gab you will win many games to come.)

From pages 363-364 of the December 1924 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Dec-01-13  Karpova: April Fools' Joke:

Krejcik plays out a middlegame position against Capablanca (Black pieces). An 8-month old infant created the position by dropping pieces on the board:

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Capablanca said that he wouldn't stand a chance, but then Krejcik announced selfmate in 16:

1.e8=K Kf5 2.d8=N Kg6 3.h8=B Kf5 4.b8=N Kg6 5.a8=R Kf5 6.f8 <remains a pawn> 6...Kg6 7.Nf7 Kf5 8.c8=Q+ Kg6 9.Qhg5+ Kf7 10.Qg1 Kg8 11.Qcg4 Kh7 12.Nd7 Kg8 13.Rd8 Kh7 14.Qh1+ Kg8 15.Nfxe5 Rxe5+ 16.Qe6+ Rxe6#

From pp. 59-60 of the April 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-22-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Josef Krejcik.
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