Reports | June 28, 2007 1:36

Interview Vlastimil Hort

[lang_nl]Gisteren had ChessVibes een interview met schaaklegende Vlastimil Hort, de in Tsjechoslowakije geboren en nu in Duitsland woonachtige schaker en voormalige wereldtopper. Hij is hier in Dortmund om een match van vier partijen te spelen tegen de niet minder legendarische Heikki Westerinen uit Finland, de eerste winnaar van Dortmund ooit, in 1973. Hort won Dortmund een paar jaar later en hun korte match, die vanaf vandaag wordt gespeeld op het podium waar ook de toppers schaken, is om de 35e editie van het toernooi te vieren. Veel plezier met het interview![/lang_nl][lang_en]Yesterday ChessVibes had an interview with chess legend Vlastimil Hort, the Czechoslovakia-born player now living in Germany and former world champion candidate. He's here in Dortmund to play a match against the no less legendary Heikki Westerinen from Finland, the first ever winner of the Dortmund tournament, in 1973. Hort won Dortmund a few years later and their short match, as from today played on the same stage as the 2700 guys, is to celebrate the 35th edition of the tournament. Enjoy the interview![/lang_en]




Mr Vlastimil Hort, in Dortmund. You're visiting the Sparkassen Chess Meeting. Are you also doing commentary here?

No no, I was here already many many years ago, twenty years, and I won once. What I do here or what I will do is, also?¢‚Ǩ¬¶ I'm here anyway, as a spectator, because it's very near to my living site, to Cologne. Why I'm here?¢‚Ǩ¬¶ I play against, it's some kind of nostalgia match, I play with Heikki Westerinen, a match, four games, very serious, no, it's really serious, also for ELO, or it doesn't matter, we are not dependant on ELO with Heikki, but still we play. It's very funny, I'm born 1944 and we played our first game exactly 44 years ago, and he's also from 1944 so it means that we are somehow here and we should try to give some piece of nostalgia?¢‚Ǩ¬¶ It's nice to be in Dortmund actually. It's some kind of chess Mecca. And so we are here on different terms. But the people they are used to it, the theater is really a beautiful site to enjoy chess, as an art, to meet friends, to think over, to improve your chess to, I don't know, just to forget the world. You are ill and you come to chess and you forget everything?¢‚Ǩ¬¶

Do you still play tournaments yourself?

Sometimes. I am senior but I don't like to play senior business. I accept if somebody likes it but if I would go to play senior now, world championship, or even if I would become world champion, I know, it is not easy, surely not easy, I appreciate, but still, I don't want to, I want to be a member of this chess society, full member of chess society. If I would play senior chess for me it would be like going, as the Germans say, ins Altersheim gehen. So I enjoy better to play young guys and just?¢‚Ǩ¬¶ enjoy chess.

Okay. At the moment there's a tournament in Romania going on with a lot of your old friends perhaps, do you follow that tournament?

Yes, yes, of course. I saw Timman was last, but?¢‚Ǩ¬¶ anyway, maybe I will be there in some years, you never know. But I like that they do it. Chess is also historic. Not only internet, also history, books, and many many lives, Schicksall, fate, et cetera et cetera. I wish you everything the best. Do you still want to know something?

I wonder if you have a favorite player of nowadays actually.

Aha, nowadays my favorite player [smiles]. Early it was Keres, and after Keres it was of course Fischer. And?¢‚Ǩ¬¶ nowadays?¢‚Ǩ¬¶ nowadays?¢‚Ǩ¬¶ actually you would laugh at me. What would you like to hear? Of course I like for example, it's not my favourite but I appreciate Topalov's chess, because it's always action. But it's not my favourite actually, but?¢‚Ǩ¬¶ chess is of course changing, it is getting better and better, it's getting higher and higher, and all this. We will see in Mexico. I think it's reasonable now that in the end somehow we will get a true world champion. It would be nice if there was more harmony, really, also not on the chess board, but really?¢‚Ǩ¬¶

In the politics?¢‚Ǩ¬¶

Forget it?¢‚Ǩ¬¶

Thank you.

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


Eric from France's picture

Tr?ɬ®s heureux de voir et entendre ce grand joueur et ce grand homme des ?ɬ©checs. Bravo Vlastimil et encore beaucoup de succ?ɬ®s ?ɬ† l'avenir.

Vassili's picture

Try to find the tournament table or the ?¢‚Ǩ?ìcontact us?¢‚Ǩ? link at Don?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t you think they could have found a better webmaster?

Avril's picture

It's cool to know that he was a "fan" of Fischer! Thx for the interview!

Tomas's picture

From my youth I am still loving chess despite the fact that I am worst and worst...Vlastimil Hort is still my favourite player (of course Fisher too, we played at that times many "world champion" battles at grammar school...). I still remember very well his match with Boris Spasskij, many many years ago. It was pitty he lost the match - but after very hard battle. It seems to me that at that times the system of world championship qualification was better ever...And very attractive too! Why it is invented many new, not so attractive systems? O.K. it was a little nostalgy from me, but with the name Hort I remember every time my youth, f.e. also very original battle USSR against the rest of World (1970) in which Vlastimil was successful against Polugajevskij (2,5:1,5). Today?Ǭ¥s chess is, of course, on the different level, influenced by computers, but in 70ties I think the chess atmosphere were more closer "to my heart"... Good luck Vlastimil to your future games and HODNE ZDRAVI A AT SE STALE DARI!!!

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