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Viktor Laznicka
Number of games in database: 937
Years covered: 1998 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2638 (2658 rapid, 2572 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2704

Overall record: +287 -150 =325 (59.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 175 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (62) 
    A45 E00 D02 E10 A40
 Grunfeld (36) 
    D70 D76 D85 D86 D78
 Sicilian (36) 
    B52 B51 B33 B90 B31
 Slav (35) 
    D11 D12 D10 D15 D14
 English (27) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A17
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E32 E34 E41 E46 E47
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (89) 
    B46 B40 B43 B22 B47
 Slav (81) 
    D15 D10 D11 D16 D13
 Caro-Kann (61) 
    B12 B11 B10 B18 B13
 Sicilian Taimanov (49) 
    B46 B47 B48 B45
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    D02 A40 E10 A46 E00
 Scandinavian (28) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Morozevich vs V Laznicka, 2013 0-1
   V Laznicka vs Kulaots, 2012 1-0
   J C Gonzalez Zamora vs V Laznicka, 2010 0-1
   Adams vs V Laznicka, 2015 0-1
   T Polak vs V Laznicka, 2006 0-1
   Short vs V Laznicka, 2011 0-1
   V Laznicka vs V Gashimov, 2012 1-0
   V Laznicka vs Negi, 2011 1-0
   V Laznicka vs Dubov, 2013 1-0
   B G Smith vs V Laznicka, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Gyorgy Marx Memorial (2010)
   Czech Championship (2020)
   European Union Championship (2008)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)
   Czech Open A (2009)
   4th Kolkata Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament (2009)
   European Club Cup (2013)
   Gibraltar Masters (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   World Cup (2009)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   European Championship (2010)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Czech Team on Chess Olympiad 2010 by Honza Cervenka

   🏆 European Hybrid Swiss TB
   E Can vs V Laznicka (May-30-21) 0-1
   V Laznicka vs V Fedoseev (May-30-21) 0-1
   V Babula Sr vs V Laznicka (Aug-31-20) 0-1
   V Laznicka vs Hracek (Aug-30-20) 1/2-1/2
   J Stocek vs V Laznicka (Aug-29-20) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-09-1988, 35 years old) Czech Republic

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FM (2002); GM (2006); Czech Champion (2006).

Viktor Láznička was born in Pardubice in the Czech Republic.


<Age championships> After learning the game at age six, Láznička won several age-based national championships, including wins in the U10 championship in 1997 and in the U12 championships in 1998 and 1999. He also finished second at the U18 event in 2001 and 4th in the Czech Junior Championship held in Luhacovice in 2003. At the European Youth Chess Championship, held in Herceg Novi in 2005, he was a bronze-medallist in the under-18 category behind Nikita Vitiugov (gold) and Pawel Czarnota (silver). He was unplaced in the 2005 and 2007 World Junior Championships, scoring 7.5/13 on both occasions and scoring 8/13 in the 2008 event in which he was also unplaced.

<National Championships> Láznička won the Czech Championship of 2006.

<World Championship> He qualified for the World Chess Cup (2007), but was eliminated in the first round by Bartlomiej Macieja. He made it to round 4 of the World Cup (2009), defeating Ioannis Papaioannou in round 1, Alexander Morozevich in round 2 and Viktor Antonovich Bologan in round 3 before losing in round 4 to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Láznička qualified for the World Cup (2015) with his strong 7.5/11 result in the European Individual Championship (2015), placing within the qualifying group. At the World Cup, Láznička defeated Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian in the first round and was defeated by Michael Adams in the second round in a prolonged match which ended in a win by Adams in the Armageddon blitz tiebreaker after the standard games and the three sets of rapid and blitz tiebreakers were drawn. He therefore exited the World Cup at this stage.


Láznička’s earliest significant tournament success was =1st with Ramil Hasangatin at the Olomouc Valoz Cup 2002, scoring 7.5/11, and 3rd in the 2002 Friendship GM Tournament 2002 in Cartak in the Czech Republic with 7/11, a point behind Andrei Vasilyevich Kovalev and Viacheslav Dydyshko. In 2003, he was a joint winner – again with Ramil Hasangatin - scoring 8.5/11 at the Mariánské Lázně Tournament in 2003, =1st in the 2003 Olomouc Open 2003 and =2nd in the Friendship GM tournament. In 2004, he came =2nd with 7.5/11 behind Vlastimil Babula alongside Evgeny Postny in the GM Skanska Cup in Olomouc, Czech Republic, and =2nd with 7/9 in the Czech Republic’s Christmas Tournament behind Pavel Blatny and alongside Andrei Vasilyevich Kovalev. He won the Tradefair Festival GM tournament in Brno in August 2005 with 7.5/11 in front of a field of six GMs and five other IMs and went one better in 2006 in Brno when he won the full national Czech Championship with a dominant 8.5/11, 2 points clear of the field. 2006 was also the year he qualified as a grandmaster and started his Olympiad career, scoring the best individual result of the Czech team in Turin.

In 2007, he was joint winner of the Czech Open (with Vlastimil Babula), held in his home town and scored 5.5/9 in his first tilt at the Aeroflot Open A. In the extraordinarily closely fought European Individual Chess Championships of 2007, he scored 7.5/11, a half point behind the 6 joint leaders, and alongside 35 other players who also scored 7.5/11, almost all of them GMs; he also scored 7.5/11 in the 2008 event, but was unplaced, being a point off the lead. In 2008, he shared 1st with Krishnan Sasikiran at Kolkata Open Grandmaster Tournament, winning on tie-break. He then took a share of second place at the EU Individual Open Chess Championship in Liverpool, behind Jan Werle (and equal with Michael Adams and Nigel Short). In December 2009, he tied for 1st-4th with Georg Meier, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga and Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev in the 19th Magistral Pamplona Tournament. In 2010, he won the City of Good Wine Rapid tournament in Hustopeče, the 38th World Open (2010) with 7.5/9 and the Gyorgy Marx Memorial (2010) with 8/10. His re-entry to competition in 2011 was a relatively meagre affair as he scored only 6.5/11 in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011). However, in July, he performed at rating to came 3rd at the Airports Authority of India (2011) with 5.5/11, behind Fabiano Caruana and Krishnan Sasikiran and repeated his par effort in the Tradewise Gibraltar (2012) where his score of 7/10 reflected his rating. He placed =2nd at the 2013 Dubai Open, =1st at the World Open 2013.

In April 2014 he won the 18th International Open at Neckar outright with a score of 8/9. In July 2015 he won the Czech Open.


In August 2011, he won three and drew three games in the Navara - Laznicka Match (2011). In August 2012, he lost the 6 game Shirov - Laznicka Match (2012) by 4-2 (+0 -2 =4). In September 2013, he played and lost the Topalov - Laznicka Match (2013) by 2-4 (+1 -2 =3).

Team play

<Olympiads> Láznička’s first Olympiad experience was the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006) in Turin where he scored 7.5/10 on board four, just missing out on the bronze. In the Olympiad (2008) in Dresden, he played board 3 scoring 5.5/10. In the Chess Olympiad (2010) at Khanty-Mansiysk, he scored 7.5/11 and came 9th on board 2. He played top board for his country at the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul, and scored 6.5/11, slightly above a par for rating performance.

<National Team Events> Láznička played board 2 for Czechia in the European Team Championship (2013). He also played board 2 in the Chess Olympiad (2014), scoring a par-for-rating 7/11.

<National Leagues> He scored 8.5/11 to help his team 1. Novoborský ŠK to win the Czech Extraliga in the 2012-13 season. Later in the year, he scored an impressive 5.5/7 on 3rd board to help his Czech team G-Team Novy Bor to win the European Club Cup (2013).


His highest standard rating was 2704 in January 2012 when he was ranked #40 in the world; this was also his highest world ranking to date.

Wikipedia article: Viktor Láznička Live rating:

Last updated: 2018-12-22 11:20:04

 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 945  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Laznicka vs S Zilka  1-0501998CZE-ch U10B01 Scandinavian
2. V Laznicka vs S Zilka  ½-½481999CZE-ch U12B01 Scandinavian
3. V Laznicka vs S Zilka  0-1412000CZE-ch U12B56 Sicilian
4. V Laznicka vs E Romanov  0-1232000EU-ch U12C28 Vienna Game
5. J Bernasek vs V Laznicka  ½-½292001CZE-ch U18A30 English, Symmetrical
6. V Laznicka vs F Tahirov  0-1262001EU-ch U14B07 Pirc
7. M Ragger vs V Laznicka  ½-½242001EU-ch U14C12 French, McCutcheon
8. A Krapivin vs V Laznicka  0-1292001EU-ch U14C02 French, Advance
9. V Laznicka vs L Gonda  1-0392001EU-ch U14B42 Sicilian, Kan
10. L Gerzhoy vs V Laznicka  ½-½162001EU-ch U14A13 English
11. V Laznicka vs Karjakin  0-1252001EU-ch U14B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
12. S Zilka vs V Laznicka  ½-½402002CZE-ch U14C12 French, McCutcheon
13. I Starostits vs V Laznicka  0-1662002Olomouc Valoz CupC05 French, Tarrasch
14. V Laznicka vs E Hedman  1-0292002Olomouc Valoz CupB40 Sicilian
15. V Laznicka vs E Romanov  ½-½562002EU-ch U14C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
16. V Laznicka vs J Obsivac 1-0402002Roznov Friendship-AC07 French, Tarrasch
17. J Bernasek vs V Laznicka  1-0312002Roznov Friendship-AE10 Queen's Pawn Game
18. S Zilka vs V Laznicka  0-1452003Marianske LazneC12 French, McCutcheon
19. J Bernasek vs V Laznicka  1-0482003CZE-ch U18/20E10 Queen's Pawn Game
20. P Haba vs V Laznicka  1-0242003Plzen op 9thC02 French, Advance
21. L Voloshin vs V Laznicka  1-0272003Plzen op 9thC12 French, McCutcheon
22. V Laznicka vs A Ziegler  1-0562003Cartak GMC05 French, Tarrasch
23. J Bernasek vs V Laznicka  1-0502003Cartak GMA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. P Haba vs V Laznicka  ½-½402004CZE-chC02 French, Advance
25. V Laznicka vs J Stocek  ½-½292004CZE-chB56 Sicilian
 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 945  PGN Download
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  Honza Cervenka: That was absolutely awful game from Laznicka's part. Probably the worst in last few years.

[Event "Czech Open"]
[Site "Pardubice"]
[Date "2006.07.23"]
[Round "3"]
[White "M. Oleksienko"]
[Black "V. Laznicka"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2497"]
[BlackElo "2602"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Be2 d6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Kh1 Be7 9. f4 O-O 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. e5 dxe5 12. fxe5 Nd7 13. Bf4 Qa5 14. Qd4 Rb8 15. Rab1 c5 16. Qe3 Qc7 17. Qg3 Rb4 18. Bd3 Bb7 19. Rbe1 Kh8 20. a3 Rd4 21. Ne2 Ra4 22. c4 Rd8 23. Nc3 Ra5 24. Bh6 1-0

The final position deserves diagram:

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Look where are all black pieces...:-/

Sep-08-07  Mameluk: Viktor the cleaner got his first top 10 victim today, Alexey Shirov at Karlsbad tournament. The experience from closed tournaments may start to pay off.
Nov-25-09  swordfish: Took out Morozevich 2-0 in their World Cup minimatch, which is really impressive.
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  Tabanus: GM Viktor Laznicka, Czech Republic, born 9 January 1988. Now rated 2637,

IM in 2002. European U18 bronze winner 2005. Czech champion 2006. GM in 2006. Winner of Kolkata Open 2008.

Played in the olympiads 2006 (board 4) and 2008 (board 3), and in the European Team Chs 2007 (board 2) and 2009 (board 2).

Biography: (in Polish)

Pictures: (Kolkata 2008)

Today he knocked out Viktor Bologan in the 3rd round's rapid playoff of World Cup (2009).

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  waddayaplay: With his new rating of 2652 he made it into the FIDE top 100 rating list, at place #84.
Jul-03-10  wordfunph: he leads the World Open with 5/5 after beating GM Lenderman..

Jul-06-10  Don Cossacks: He won the World Open with a score of 7.5/9.Good showing and a good news for Czech chess.GM's Navara and Laznicka is a force to reckon with.
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  Tabanus: World Open (Valley Forge, USA) 29 June - 5 July 2010, final ranking crosstable:, congratulations!

Aug-15-10  slomarko: seems that he will win the Gyorgy Marx Memorial as well.
Aug-16-10  Ezzy: <slomarko: seems that he will win the Gyorgy Marx Memorial as well.> He did indeed, with a fantastic score of 8/10 and was 2.5 points ahead of second place. His tournament performance was a cool 2867! Czech mate!
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  Tabanus: György Marx Memorial men (Paks, Hungary) 5-16 August 2010, final crosstable:, congratulations!

Oct-25-10  wordfunph: "I would like to become a chess professional, but it depends on my strength. I will definitely not play chess all my life…after some point, I would like to switch to a normal occupation."

- GM Viktor Laznicka

Nov-05-10  rapidcitychess: This kid seems that he will be among the best soon.
Aug-06-11  twinlark: Congratulations to Láznička for trouncing Navara in their match. 4-1 so far in a 6 game match. What an amazing performance!
Jan-03-12  fisayo123: I respect his openings and playing style.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday! And let me guess, David Navara is Czech #1. Anyways, you'll take over one day, if you keep trying.
Sep-20-13  waustad: This could be a name where a pronounciation guide would help. Is the end like the character in Jenufa, who is called the "church sexton's widow in English)? Does it sound more like "eesshka" or "eeka"? Many years ago I lived close to the border in Austria for a while, but the world in the 1970s made the border more complicated to cross than it is now.
Sep-20-13  wtwz: <waustad: Does it sound more like "eesshka" or "eeka"?>

I believe it sounds more like "eechka" (with "ch" as in "chess").

Sep-20-13  dunican: <wtwz> is right. And the "ee" is short as in "pitch".
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  perfidious: <wtwz> is correct, as I understand it.

<Honza> would be surely be able to corroborate this.

Sep-20-13  waustad: So it does sound like Kostelnička Buryjovka, the character in Jenůfa.
Sep-21-13  dunican: <waustad> exactly.
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  perfidious: In the early 1990s, Boston Bruins had a player called Vladimir Ruzicka and at first, announcers pronounced it phonetically; they finally got the tongue-twister right in the end.
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  Penguincw: Viktor Laznicka did well at the Porticcio Open, scoring 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3) against 2282 opposition.
Jan-09-16  Sularus: happy birthday!
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