He won at Kraków 1938, thrice placed joined 4th at Choceň 1942, Prague 1943 (Alexander Alekhine won), Zlín 1943, and 4th at Teplitz-Schönau 1947. His peak years were about 1950, his best results being shared 2nd with Isaac Boleslavsky, Luděk Pachman, and Vasily Smyslov at Warsaw 1947 and 3rd at Bucharest 1949. Šajtar played on the Czechoslovak team against Great Britain in 1947 and in the Helsinki 1952 and Amsterdam 1954 Olympiads. He finished 2nd in the 1952 Czechoslovak Championship.
In 1956 Šajtar was elected vice-president of FIDE (as president of Zone 3 [Eastern Europe]). He served as a FIDE official until 1974, devoting himself to the organisation of chess. He often served as arbiter at the Students Olympiads.
Notable chess games
- Jaroslav Sajtar vs Bogdan Sliwa, Warsaw 1947, Queen's Gambit Accepted (D23), 1-0 A nice, very short game: Undeveloped Black position is successfully attacked by the White light pieces.
- Jaroslav Sajtar vs Ludek Pachman, UJCS-17. Kongress 1943, Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 (E47), 1-0 Another short game of two (then young) Czech masters demonstrates a typical exchange sacrifice for the sake of attack.
- Gaige, Jeremy (1987), Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography, McFarland, p. 369, ISBN 0-7864-2353-6
- Chessmetrics :: Event Details: Krakow, 1938
- Chessgames.com :: Jaroslav Sajtar
- Roger Paige Chess Site
- Šajtar, Jaroslav team chess record at olimpbase.org
- Golombek, Harry (1977), Golombek's Encyclopedia of Chess, Crown Publishing, p. 285, ISBN 0-517-53146-1
- Sunnucks, Anne (1970), The Encyclopaedia of Chess, St. Martin's Press, p. 419, LCCN 78106371
- Jaroslav Sajtar player profile and games at Chessgames.com
- Chessmetrics Player Profile :: Jaroslav Šajtar
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