Zlin CSR (1945) — Free at last

One of the first strong tournaments in Europe after the end of WWII was held in Zlin Czechoslovakia (no longer the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia). The crosstable for the event can be found in a couple of places:

II.Zlínský šachový turnaj 1945 (vánoce)

---------------------------------------------------------------------                         
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5   Body  Los
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1. Trifunovič  (Jugo/    - x x x 1 x x 1 x 1 1 1 1 1 1   11     15
2. Pachman     (Praha/   x - x x x 1 x x 1 1 1 1 1 x 1   1O,5   11
3. Zíta        (Praha/   x x - x x 1 1 0 x 1 1 x 0 1 1    9      7
4. Šajtar      (Praha/   x x x - 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 x 1 x 1    8,5    3
5. Opočenský   (Praha/   0 x x 0 - 0 x 1 x x 1 1 1 1 1    8,5    8
6. Hromádka    (Praha/   x 0 0 1 1 - 0 0 x x 1 1 1 x 1    8     1O
7. Podgorný    (Praha/   x x 0 1 x 1 - x 1 0 0 1 0 x 1    7,5    5
8. Fichtl      (Zlín/    0 x 1 1 0 1 x - x 0 0 0 1 1 x    7      9
9. Kottnauer   (Praha/   x 0 x 0 x x 0 x - x 0 1 x 1 1    6,5    4
1O.Lendl       (Brno/    0 0 0 0 x x 1 1 x - 1 x 0 x 0    5,5    2
11.Petřík      (Zlín/    0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 - x x x 1    5,5   12
12.Potůček     (Bratis/  0 0 x x 0 0 0 1 0 x x - 1 x 1    5,5    6
13.Florián     (Brno/    0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 x 1 x 0 - 0 1    5      1
14.Thelen      (Praha/   0 x 0 x 0 x x 0 0 x x x 1 - 0    4,5   13
15.Holas       (Zlín/    0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 0 1 0 0 0 1 -    2,5*  14
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(Československý šach 1946, str. 3)  
[*Holas disagrees with Kalendovsky table below]
x eqv = in the above

The above is from O Jiřím Lendlovi upr, a pdf file with a lot of Czech history. It uses Československý šach as a source, a sample issue cover I can show you:

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The Zlin 1945 xtab can also be found here: http://www.rogerpaige.webspace.virginmedia.com/Tables%2016.htm

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Now, it turns out that the many of the participants for this tournament signed an autograph card:

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This can be found under Card Zlin 1945 at http://www.chessautographs.com/, where the signatures are listed as:

Sajtar, Jaroslav         Podgorný, Jirí
Zíta, František          Lendl, Jiri
Holas, Josef             Fichtl, Jirí
Trifunovic, Petar        Opocensky, Karl
Potucek, Ludovit         Petrik, K1.
Hromadka, Karel

Looking for games from this tournament is a challenge – ICONfY has none, MillBase/Enormous have but one: Florian–Pachman (0-1).

There are 26 games from the tournament at 365chess.com:

Zlin (1945) - 365chess.com gamelist(Click image to enlarge)

Unfortunately, four of these are stubs – game fragments whose moves, if any, don’t match a starting position (or if it does, only gives enough moves to identify the opening – which I haven’t counted in the four 0-move games).

Zlin (1945) - 365chess.com stubs(Click image to enlarge)

I’ll ask on <CG> to see if anybody can help me at least identify the starting position. For example, the Thelen–Forian game I found in an endgame book. I can easily imagine finding the Pachman fragments mentioned in one of his books, and maybe the Trifunovic–Zita fragment as well.

For the record – here is the crosstable using these 26 games:

Zlin (1945)
Zlin CSR, 1945.12 - 1945.12.13
                          Ti Age Nat    Score       1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10 
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 1: Pachman, Ludek        gm  21 GER   8.0 / 10    8b+ ....  5w+ .... .... .... 11w+ ....  9b+ 14b+  (+5 -0 =0)
 2: Trifunovic, Petar     gm  35 YUG   3.5 /  4   .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... 13b+ ....  (+1 -0 =0)
 3: Sajtar, Jaroslav      im  24 CSR   3.0 /  5   .... .... .... 10b+ ....  6w- .... .... .... 13w+  (+2 -1 =0)
 4: Zita, Frantisek       im  36 CSR   2.5 /  4   .... .... .... ....  9w+ .... .... .... .... ....  (+1 -0 =0)
 5: Potucek, Ludovit          33 CSR   2.0 /  4   15w+ ....  1b- .... .... 14b+ .... .... .... ....  (+2 -1 =0)
 6: Podgorny, Jiri            33 CSR   1.5 /  2   .... .... .... .... ....  3b+ .... .... .... ....  (+1 -0 =0)
 7: Thelen, Bedrich           40 CZE   1.5 /  2   .... .... .... .... .... .... .... ....  1b= ....  (+0 -0 =1)
 8: Kottnauer, Cenek      im  35 ENG   1.5 /  3    1w- .... .... .... .... .... .... .... 12w+ ....  (+1 -1 =0)
 9: Petrik (Zlin/1940s)                1.0 /  3   .... .... .... ....  4b- .... 15b+ ....  1w- ....  (+1 -2 =0)
10: Lendl, Jiri                  CSR   1.0 /  3   .... .... ....  3w- .... .... .... .... .... 15w+  (+1 -1 =0)
11: Hromadka, Karel           58 CZE   0.5 /  2   .... .... .... .... .... ....  1b- .... .... ....  (+0 -1 =0)
12: Holas, Josef              25 CSR   0.0 /  2   .... .... .... .... .... .... .... ....  8b- ....  (+0 -1 =0)
13: Opocensky, Karel      im  53 CSR   0.0 /  2   .... .... .... .... .... .... .... ....  2w-  3b-  (+0 -2 =0)
14: Florian, Jaromir          34 CZE   0.0 /  3   .... .... .... .... ....  5w- .... .... ....  1w-  (+0 -2 =0)
15: Fichtl, Jiri          im  23 CZE   0.0 /  3    5b- .... .... .... .... ....  9w- .... .... 10b-  (+0 -3 =0)
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26 games: +10 =7 -9

(The usual caveats about nationality and title apply)

Note that I use the name “Petrik (Zlin/1940s)” instead of chessautograph’s Petrik, K. There are two reasons for that – first, the only information I have for this player in the crosstables (from a chess journal, etc.) uses Petrik. Second, there is a modern player with the name Petrik, K., and I want to keep this player separate.

 

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