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Jovanka Houska
J Houska 
Photograph © 2007 Jovanka Houska.  
Number of games in database: 916
Years covered: 1993 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2381 (2317 rapid, 2345 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2433

Overall record: +335 -235 =270 (56.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 76 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (54) 
    E62 E60 E63 E67 E64
 Queen's Pawn Game (53) 
    D02 A46 E10 A40 E00
 Sicilian (53) 
    B50 B31 B40 B43 B30
 Slav (32) 
    D12 D11 D15
 Queen's Indian (30) 
    E15 E17 E16 E19
 King's Indian Attack (23) 
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (159) 
    B12 B18 B13 B10 B15
 Slav (66) 
    D15 D11 D12 D10 D13
 Queen's Gambit Declined (40) 
    D37 D30 D35 D31 D36
 Semi-Slav (34) 
    D43 D45 D47 D44
 English (26) 
    A11 A13 A14 A12 A15
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    D02 D00 D04 A50 A45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Houska vs A Harley, 2001 1-0
   J Houska vs B Yildiz, 2005 1-0
   S McGrane vs J Houska, 2006 0-1
   R Bates vs J Houska, 2019 0-1
   J Houska vs G Koskoska, 2005 1-0
   Cmilyte vs J Houska, 2008 0-1
   J Houska vs Speelman, 2005 1-0
   J Houska vs I Rajlich, 2007 1-0
   M Goodger vs J Houska, 2008 0-1
   J Houska vs T Hebbes, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Team Championship (Women) (2015)
   European Championship (Women) (2004)
   European Championship (Women) (2005)
   British Championship (2016)
   European Championship (Women) (2008)
   Hastings 2007/08 (2008)
   European Championship (Women) (2007)
   Turin Olympiad (Women) (2006)
   European Union Championship (2008)
   European Championship (Women) (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2012)
   Baku Olympiad (Women) (2016)
   Gibraltar Masters (2013)
   Batumi Olympiad (Women) (2018)
   Gibraltar Masters (2016)

   🏆 FIDE Grand Swiss (Women)
   J Houska vs Anna M Sargsyan (Nov-07-21) 0-1
   K Cyfka vs J Houska (Nov-06-21) 1/2-1/2
   J Houska vs C Lujan (Nov-05-21) 1-0
   J N February vs J Houska (Nov-04-21) 0-1
   J Houska vs Divya Deshmukh (Nov-03-21) 0-1

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(born Jun-10-1980, 41 years old) United Kingdom

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Jovanka Houska is an English IM and WGM. She is currently the highest-rated woman in England. British women's champion in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Her brother is IM Miroslav Houska. She is the author of several books on the Caro-Kann Defense and Scandinavian Defense, and the co-author (with James Essinger) of the novel "The Mating Game."

Wikipedia article: Jovanka Houska

Last updated: 2019-04-23 15:03:50

 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 945  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Asit Baran Choudhury vs J Houska  0-1311993London LloydsB01 Scandinavian
2. J Houska vs A P Smith  1-0321998BCF-chB25 Sicilian, Closed
3. R Bates vs J Houska  1-0481998BCF-chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. M Basman vs J Houska  ½-½481998BCF-chA00 Uncommon Opening
5. J Houska vs N S W Alfred  1-0481998BCF-chB50 Sicilian
6. J Houska vs D Tebb  ½-½391998BCF-chB50 Sicilian
7. J Cobb vs J Houska  1-0491998BCF-chD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. O Jackson vs J Houska  0-1421998BCF-chB01 Scandinavian
9. J Houska vs T Hinks-Edwards  ½-½431998BCF-chB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. S Williams vs J Houska  1-0361998BCF-chA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
11. J Houska vs C W Kennaugh  ½-½611998BCF-chC44 King's Pawn Game
12. J Houska vs E Fakhiridou  0-1391998Elista Olympiad (Women)B25 Sicilian, Closed
13. S Williams vs J Houska  ½-½441999Hampstead IM-B 5thD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. M Sebag vs J Houska ½-½581999Saint-Vincent Zonal (Women)B01 Scandinavian
15. J Houska vs V Saravanan  0-1751999BCF-chA07 King's Indian Attack
16. J Houska vs Kosten  ½-½301999BCF-chA07 King's Indian Attack
17. J McDonnell vs J Houska  ½-½571999BCF-chB01 Scandinavian
18. J Houska vs B Thipsay  1-0471999BCF-chB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. H Hunt vs J Houska  1-0381999BCF-chB07 Pirc
20. J Houska vs A Ledger  ½-½691999BCF-chC45 Scotch Game
21. C Waters vs J Houska  ½-½531999BCF-chD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. J Houska vs J N Sugden  1-0351999BCF-chB12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. B Reefat vs J Houska 0-1431999BCF-chB01 Scandinavian
24. J Houska vs Summerscale  0-1331999BCF-chB03 Alekhine's Defense
25. M Makropoulou vs J Houska  ½-½561999European Team Championship (Women)B01 Scandinavian
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Jul-26-07  tud: Much better in reality ! - not very photogenic looks like
Aug-09-07  Karpova: Round 1, first picture
Oct-30-07  Udit Narayan: Have to say she looks stunning in this picture....and she beat Lahno in the European team event, so all the more credit to her:

Oct-30-07  DCP23: <Udit Narayan>: <and she beat Lahno in the European team event>

She did nothing of the kind. The game Houska vs Lahno was a draw.

Oct-30-07  Udit Narayan: <DCP23> You're right...I guess I read that chessbase article too quickly.
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  ketchuplover: Her recent "Play the Caro-Kann" is quite good(according to some reviews).
Apr-18-08  DanielBryant: <ketchuplover> I've learned a lot from the book, although it should be noted that she does favor offbeat lines and introduce a number of novelties. I followed her Fantasy Variation analysis in a correspondence game in which I was black and found myself lost when my opponent deviated after ten moves. However, with the more mainstream CK lines, she does devote more attention and considers most plausible variations.

The two chapters dealing with the CK Advance Variation consider 3...c5 rather than 3...Bf5 exclusively. At first, I was skeptical of this line, but Houska preps the reader for this line well.

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  whiteshark: Jovanka Houska @ Dresden 2008:
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  Joshka: For you ICC Members, she was interviewed by John Watson on his show last night! It's available on replay of course.
Jan-12-09  brankat: An excellent result for Jovanka in Hastings, 6/9, +5 -2 =2. Ahead of a few GMs.
Mar-26-10  Caissanist: If you go to the Google translator and ask it translate "Paehtz" from German to English, it will come back with "Houska":
Jul-30-10  waustad: Good start to the British Championship so far, equal second behind Adams.
Jul-30-10  twinlark: What a bunch of perverts this page has posting all these photos of this lady!

Does anyone have any more recent ones?

Mar-02-11  JonDSouzaEva: She's England's #2 woman (behind Harriet Hunt), but not Britain's - Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant is probably better than both at the moment.
Dec-12-11  waustad: During the London broadcast one of the announcers mentioned that she needed a draw in the next round to get a GM norm. She lost in the last round but drew in the second last, so I don't know if she got it or not.
Dec-05-12  waustad: She is now playing against Jonathan Hawkins in the 5th round of the Open section on London. Looking at the FIDE norms page: it appears that Hawkins has at leas one GM norm but I don't see any for Houska. The are both at 3.5/4 so far so a norm could be in reach.
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Is Jiri Houska related? tyia
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Jiri Houska is Jovanka's brother.
Jan-05-17  waustad: She is co-author of a chess themed romance novel called "The Mating Game." I started it hoping for something like "Queens Gambit" by Walter Tevis or the more recent "Lisa: a Chess Novel." I'll probably finish it sometime, but I don't think I'm the target audience.
Jan-05-17  waustad: By the way, the heroine plays the Caro-Kann.
Jul-02-17  Octavia: Tomorrow is your last chance to watch her in action with gentleman Jasser Seirawan analysing blitz games in Leuwen.

She's doing a great job!

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  Messiah: Surprisingly undercommented.
Jun-10-21  Nosnibor: Happy 40th birthday Jovanka! I do not understand why you are not on the birthday list for today.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Nosnibor>, there are other such oversights; bank on it.
Oct-21-21  Albertan: An interview with Jovanka is at:

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