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New Books


The most beautiful studies and problems of Mario Matouš, the best Czech chess composer of the 20th century, and bizarre chess stories of Pavel Houser connected by illustrations of Kristina Peřichová into one splendid book. The book was published also in limited numbered edition (100 copies), bound in imitation leather with an embossed diagram, paper cover and sewn ribbon bookmark. On 240 pages you will found 45 studies and problems, 22 stories and 36 illustrations. The book is supplemented by biographies of both of the authors and several yet non-published photos. The book was published by Prague chess society in 2014.

(limited edition in imitation leather - 999 CZK + postage)

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The book can be ordered at an e-mail address Please give your full name, address and phone number.

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Alekhine's Defence sealed the deal


[10.06.2016] - The Hungarian grandmaster Richard Rapport yet again surprised with his choice of opening. With his black pieces he chose Alekhine´s defence twice. A surprise move considering that this defence is practically not used at the highest chess level and is considered to be inferior for the player with black pieces. But…. David Navara had white pieces and seemingly (or for real?) he gained an advantage at the opening of the game, however after while it was not clear how he could have progress and to use this advantage. During the first Alekhine´s defence Navara hung by the thread. During the second ... [all]

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Euphoria on Kampa

Euphoria on Kampa

[06.06.2016] - On Saturday morning more than 200 viewers were amused by chess performed by live people at Střelecký ostrov, a small island situated in the centre of Prague. The experienced company of professional fencers called ´Štiavnický živý šach´ demonstrated a game of blindfold chess, played by chess grandmasters Richard Rapport and David Navara.

In the evening visitors of Ponrepo cinema applauded to the film director Maris Flabba for her beautiful documentary movie about Chess Train. And we have not yet talked about Friday´s simultaneous game of the world best junior chess player, Richard Rap... [all]

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Grandmasters will be playing blindfolded, one of them even simul

Grandmasters will be playing blindfolded, one of them even simul

[05.06.2016] - How many people at once can a grandmaster play against when blindfolded? For decades, the blindfold simul world record was held by Miguel Najdorf, who played blindfolded against 45 opponents. A few years ago, the record was broken by the German master Marc Lang, who managed to play blindfolded against 46 opponents. Now, the Uzbek American GM Timur Gareyev is planning to play against 47 opponents.

Gareyev’s attempt to set a new world record will take place during the first weekend of December 2016 in Prague. He is already practising and you can come and see him playing this Sunday the... [all]

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Chess movie premiere in Ponrepo Cinema

Chess movie premiere in Ponrepo Cinema

[01.06.2016] - It would be quite a difficult task to find a Prague cinema with a tradition richer than that of Ponrepo. Ponrepo Cinema is situated in the historically valuable refectory of the Old Town Convent. The Convent Hall was one of Prague’s main cultural centres at the end of the 18th century and during the 19th century. It saw the performances of many Czech and foreign musicians (Beethoven, Rubinstein, Richard Wagner), it was a popular venue for balls, occasional theatre performances and exhibitions.

The Hall became part of the history of the Czech National Revival as a venue of the first Cz... [all]

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Living chess and swordsmen on Strelecky Island

Living chess and swordsmen on Strelecky Island

[30.05.2016] - There are not many attractive chess events for non-chess players. The two exceptions are blindfold chess and living chess. On Saturday the 4th of June at 3 PM, the performance on the Strelecky Island will combine these two disciplines.

Come and take a look at the show full of sword duels between actors dressed up as chess pieces on a large 12m chessboard. They will be performing the blindfold game of GMs David Navara and Richard Rapport.

The tradition of living chess is quite long in many cultures, its beginnings dating as far back as the 7th century. It was a favourite pasti... [all]

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Chess movie, living chess and other delicacies

Chess movie, living chess and other delicacies

[25.04.2016] - The chess match between the World Junior Champion Richard Rapport and the best Czech chess player David Navara will be the main event of this year’s CEZ CHESS TROPHY 2016, which will be held in Prague from the 3rd until the 8th of June in the usual premises: the Michna Palace on the Kampa Island.

The grandmasters will be competing in a match of 4 standard games in the classic tempo (counted to ELO) and the match will be commentated on by an experienced GM Robert Cvek in the commentator hall. The duel will be accompanied by a rich chess programme, as it’s customary during CEZ CHESS TRO... [all]

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Master Velíšek’s paintings

Master Velíšek’s paintings

[22.04.2016] - Chess is not just a sport, but also art and a social event. The Chess Train emphasises this cultural side by choosing the authors of its posters from the ranks of famous Czech artists.

The painting for the Chess Train 2016 poster was created by the painter Martin Velíšek and you can take a look at all three of his paintings with the motif of chess and trains here. Velíšek’s playful, cheerful, maybe even punk style goes hand in hand with the view of the Prague Chess Society that chess should not be taken too seriously. That despite the seriousness and difficulty of this game, it should... [all]

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