Jan Smejkal

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Jan Smejkal
Jan Smejkal (Tsjech), Bestanddeelnr 928-0394.jpg
Smejkal in 1975
Full nameJan Smejkal
CountryCzech Republic
Born (1946-03-22) March 22, 1946 (age 73)
Lanskroun, Czech Republic
FIDE ratingNot active
Peak rating2615 (January 1976)

Jan Smejkal (born March 22, 1946) is a Czech chess player and, since 1972, an International Grandmaster. In the 1970s, he was among the world chess elite. He was champion of Czechoslovakia in 1973, 1979 and 1986 and won many international tournaments, including Polanica Zdrój in 1970 and 1972, Smederevska Palanka in 1971, Palma in 1972, Novi Sad in 1976, Vršac in 1977, Leipzig in 1977, Warsaw in 1979, Trenčianské Teplice in 1979, and Baden-Baden in 1985. In the 1973 Leningrad --Interzonal tournament he finished fourth, just missing out on qualification for the World Championship Candidates Tournament. Smejkal was born in Lanškroun, Czech Republic.

Notable chess games[edit]

  • Jan Smejkal vs Vasily Smyslov, Hastings 1968, Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06), 1-0, Sacrificing an exchange in order to attack the Black King[1]
  • Jan Smejkal vs Florin Gheorghiu, Palma de Mallorca 1972, Nimzo-Indian (E41), 1-0, A combination using the Excelsior theme[2]
  • Lev Polugaevsky vs Jan Smejkal, Reykjavik (0.25) 1978, English, Symmetrical (A33), 0–1, Two Rooks more powerful than a Queen[3]
  • Jan Smejkal vs Predrag Nikolić, Vršac 1981, Queen's Gambit Declined Slav (D11), 1-0, Rooks attacking along the D-file[4]


  1. ^ "Jan Smejkal vs Vasily Smyslov (1968)". Chessgames.com. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
  2. ^ "Jan Smejkal vs Florin Gheorghiu (1972)". Chessgames.com. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
  3. ^ "Lev Polugaevsky vs Jan Smejkal (1978)". Chessgames.com. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
  4. ^ "Jan Smejkal vs Predrag Nikolic (1981)". Chessgames.com. Retrieved 2011-12-14.

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