Reports | October 17, 2013 11:03

Third chess train tournament won by Vlastimil Hort

Third chess train tournament won by Vlastimil Hort

The third Chess Train tournament, organized by the Prague Chess Society and Czech Railways, was won by the legendary Czech grandmaster Vlastimil Hort. This year the train had chosen the trail Prague – Regensburg (Germany) – Innsbruck (Austria) - Salzburg (Austria) – Český Krumlov (Czech Republic).

All photos © Anežka Kružíková courtesy of the Prague Chess Society

The third edition of the Chess Train tournament took place from Friday the 11th till Tuesday the 15th of October 2013. Again, it was a wonderful opportunity for chess fans to play five days of rapid chess in a specially launched train and to see several beautiful towns – this year ancient Regensburg, Innsbruck sunk in the Alps, thereafter Mozart's Salzburg and also two of the most beautiful Czech towns: Český Krumlov and Prague.

The tournament was a Swiss event of 11 rounds. The rate of play was 20 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move. And... all of the games were played in the train! This was the route and schedule:

October 11th from Prague (departure at 10 a.m. from the Main Station) to Regensburg
October 12th – from Regensburg to Innsbruck
October 13th – from Innsbruck to Salzburg
October 14th – from Salzburg to Český Krumlov
October 15th – from Český Krumlov to Prague

Vlastimil Hort vs Jan Plachetka, in a riding train!

Chess is for young and old

The train includes a restaurant wagon for a pleasant lunch

Shopping in Regensburg, Germany

Medieval Regensburg with stunning gothic cathedral and smiling angel, the oldest stone bridge to the north of the Alps, homely tavern famous for its grilled sausages (they are the invention of Regensburg) – and then mountain baroque of Tyrol. (From the Chess Train Facebook page.)

A stunning view over Innsbruck, Austria

Friday’s snow blizzard was replaced by azure sky and thus the Chess train was greeted by fairy Alps. Sharply cut snowy peaks under blue sky. For that reason many of the chess players went out, immediately after arrival, to visit Hafelekarspitze (2334) by cableway departing from the centre of Innsbruck. Some of us in patent-leather shoes or even in sandals and finally everyone was knee-deep in snow. (From the Chess Train Facebook page.)

Curious spectators

Innsbruck's fairy-tale mountains in the background

On Sunday, the most beautiful part of the way in its 3 years history was waiting for the Chess train. The travel from Innsbruck to Salzburg along the lakeside of Zell am See. (From the Chess Train Facebook page.)

Bird's eye view over Salzburg, Austria...

... where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born

Meanwhile, the chess tournament went on while travelling between the cities!

The pretty town of Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

Lots of opportunities to enjoy a nice beer

A true chess train!

GM Vlastimil Hort won the tournament, finishing on 8,5/11 and a better tiebreak than the untitled American player Alex Cherniack. Hort received a glass trophy in the shape of a locomotive from Antonin Blazek, CEO of the Research Institute of the railway.

Chess Train 2013 | Final standings

Rk. SNo   Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 1 GM Hort Vlastimil GER 2439 8,5 64 77,5 58,25
2 6   Cherniack Alex USA 2249 8,5 61,5 75 56,25
3 15   Benčo Pavel CZE 2183 8 64,5 78,5 54,25
4 4 FM Hoepfl Thomas GER 2308 8 63,5 77,5 53
5 5 FM Bretšnajdr Vladimír CZE 2272 8 63 77 54
6 10   Roemling Sven GER 2225 7,5 62,5 76 48,25
7 9   Folk Petr CZE 2226 7,5 59,5 72,5 48,5
8 7 FM Mac Intyre Paul USA 2246 7,5 58,5 71 45,5
9 14 FM Upton Timothy J SCO 2183 7,5 54,5 66,5 45,5
10 11   Burnett Andrew SCO 2203 7,5 53 64,5 43,25
11 2 GM Plachetka Jan SVK 2362 7 65 79 47,75
12 3 FM Hindermann Felix SUI 2309 7 60 72,5 44
13 25   Handl Martin CZE 2089 7 58,5 70 40,25
14 16   Desmarais Chris USA 2169 7 52 63,5 38,75
15 13 WFM Folková Martina CZE 2195 7 50,5 61,5 38
16 23   Guelke Volker GER 2100 7 50 62 38,75
17 35   Van Gils Martin NED 1984 6,5 59,5 72 38,75
18 30   Popper Tomáš CZE 2023 6,5 58,5 71 38,5
19 24   Hlavsa Petr CZE 2094 6,5 56 69,5 37,75
20 38   Stern Geoffrey LUX 1968 6,5 56 68,5 37,25
21 26   Hájek Jiří CZE 2068 6,5 55,5 68 36,75
22 22   Němec Igor CZE 2104 6,5 54 66,5 37
23 8 WIM Mrvova Alena SVK 2242 6,5 53 64,5 36,75
24 19   Hruška Jan CZE 2114 6,5 52,5 65 34,25
25 27   Záleský Karel CZE 2060 6,5 51 63,5 33,5
26 20 FM Mikulas Dusan SVK 2112 6,5 49 60 33,25
27 18   Sekanina Jiří CZE 2118 6,5 45,5 55,5 32
28 12   Jolowicz Matias GER 2201 6 57 70,5 35,25
29 21   Coutinho Sidnei Bissacot BRA 2110 6 56,5 69 32
30 28   Vavřinec Tomáš CZE 2024 6 53 66 32
31 43   Schmidt Frank GER 1936 6 51,5 61,5 29,25
32 32 CM Petras Milan CZE 2002 6 48,5 60,5 29,25
33 41   Šlechta Karel CZE 1947 6 47,5 59 30,5
34 86   Moreno David MEX 0 6 41,5 51 28
35 44   Kruijf Caspar NED 1928 5,5 58,5 68,5 32,5
36 37   Mižák Ján CZE 1970 5,5 57 67,5 30,5
37 34   Macura Emil CZE 1986 5,5 55,5 67 29,25
38 60   Gilstring Skare SWE 1800 5,5 55,5 64 27,75
39 39   Gouma Ronald NED 1950 5,5 54 62,5 25,25
40 53   Lee Bryan G ENG 1850 5,5 53 64 28,25
41 49 WFM Modrová Hana CZE 1902 5,5 52,5 64,5 27,5
42 40   Van Der Giessen Ada Leona NED 1948 5,5 51,5 60 25,5
43 48   Hloušek Zdeněk CZE 1909 5,5 51 62,5 28,25
44 52   Kouba Libor CZE 1869 5,5 51 61,5 25,75
45 58   Scherer Martin GER 1805 5,5 49,5 61,5 28,75
46 59   Trochta Vojtěch CZE 1804 5,5 48,5 57 21,75
47 45   Haelsig Guenter GER 1922 5,5 47 59 22,5
48 29   Pavlíček Petr CZE 2023 5,5 47 58,5 26,25
49 84   Haerdle Benjamin GER 0 5,5 46,5 58,5 24
50 31   Špaček Michal CZE 2012 5,5 46,5 57,5 24,75
51 55   Milián Milan CZE 1824 5,5 45,5 56,5 26
52 42   Popelka Pavel CZE 1940 5,5 45 56,5 25,25
53 36   Bajcár Tomáš CZE 1981 5,5 42 52 24,25
54 46   Hájek Jaroslav CZE 1914 5,5 38,5 46,5 20,75
55 50   Struckhof Ralf GER 1896 5 53 65,5 26,75
56 54   Truksa Václav CZE 1850 5 52 63,5 24,75
57 33   Musil Vítězslav CZE 1989 5 50,5 62,5 25,75
58 51   Mihál Sergej CZE 1877 5 50 61,5 23
59 67   Drahovzal Milan CZE 1721 5 49 60 25,25
60 81   Cheng Ben USA 0 5 45,5 55,5 22,75
61 56   Horák Miroslav CZE 1807 5 42,5 52 21,25
62 68   Kunc Alois CZE 1695 5 39,5 46,5 16
63 62   Van De Gevel Ed NED 1777 4,5 59,5 72,5 30,25
64 47   Navrátil Jiří CZE 1911 4,5 51,5 62,5 19,5
65 57   Erlandsson Calle SWE 1805 4,5 49 59 21,25
66 66   Ševčík Milan CZE 1724 4,5 48 58 20,25
67 63   Jirásek David CZE 1744 4,5 46,5 56,5 19,25
68 65   Růžička Tomáš CZE 1735 4,5 45 54 18,25
69 71   Srnec Michal CZE 1650 4,5 44 54 18,75
70 78   Loman Jon SWE 1000 4,5 43 53 19,75
71 70   Šeráková Taťána CZE 1662 4,5 42 52 18,5
72 61   Pihlgren Gunnar SWE 1800 4 49,5 60 21,5
73 85   Mixa Josef CZE 0 4 42 49 12
74 74   Shakessi Hossein FRA 1622 4 40 46,5 14
75 73   Glacner Karel CZE 1622 4 39 46 10
76 72   Samec František CZE 1628 4 39 45,5 10
77 79   Admiraal Ruurd NED 0 4 39 45 11
78 77   Bára Josef CZE 1288 4 31,5 37,5 7
79 64   Palla Rostislav CZE 1735 3,5 45 52 15
80 69   Wahlberg Jockum SWE 1670 3,5 44,5 55 14,75
81 76   Pitula Adam POL 1342 3,5 43,5 52 15,75
82 75   Baker Joseph USA 1600 3,5 43 52 14,5
83 87   Patrná Zlatuše CZE 0 3 36,5 43 4
84 80   Braun Gerhard GER 0 3 31,5 37,5 4
85 17   Lamser Jan CZE 2169 1 37 45 4,5
86 83   Gyurák Martin CZE 0 1 36,5 42,5 0,5
87 82   Folková Markéta CZE 0 0,5 35,5 42 1,75

You can find all results are here at Chess-Results. A photogallery is here, and there is also a Facebook page.

The first chess train took its journey in October 2011 from Prague to Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Krakow and back to Prague. Last year, the second chess train followed the route Prague – Dresden – Wroclaw – Piestany – Vienna - Prague. Here's the video report we did in 2011:

 

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Comments

Viveiros's picture

Amazing, awesome! I wonder where else such chess tournaments are going to be played, cause I want to so bad to have that kind of experience!

Patrick's picture

Lovely photos , and the winner Mr. Hort is a chess legend.

Anonymous's picture

Hort is chess genius!!!

Anon's picture

Do trains have WiFi??

RG13's picture

I hope the train does have with-fi and other amusements because only 11 rounds of rapid chess in 5 days is not a very grueling playing schedule.

Thomas Oliver's picture

The individual train trips may have taken roughly four hours, largely filled with two rapid games (up to an hour each or a bit more with the given time control) and lunch in between. The remaining time can be spent talking to fellow travelers, reading a book or watching the scenery - no real need for Wifi or other amusements? As the report and the photos show, the rest of the day was spent with touristic activities at the stopover cities.

Anonymous's picture

Wouldn't they want to get off the train and play the games in a fancy hotel or town square in these beautiful cities.

Andrew Burnett's picture

NO need for Wi-Fi! It would have spoiled a wonderful and beautiful trip. The social side was just as fantastic as the chess itself. I would recommend this event to anyone who loves travel, chess...and people! I will be returning next year for sure :)

Anonymous's picture

Vlastimil is still awesome!!
What a legend!

Petr Hlavsa's picture

Oh yes, it was really cool. I joined the chess train for the first time and I really enjoyed it - especially my game with a true legend, GM Vlastimil Hort. (Of course I lost, but it was a real struggle - on the railroad )

I can only recommend it, as all the logistics was perfectly organised - thanks again to the organisation team and the Prague Chess Society for introducing these Chess Trains (starting in 2011)

P.S. Greetings to Andrew

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