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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)

333,- Kč (+ postage)

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

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Chess Festival 2020

Art Nouveau secrets of the Grandmaster duel

Art Nouveau secrets of the Grandmaster duel

[09.10.2020] - The legend of British chess, the challenger of world champion Kasparov and the current vice-president of FIDE Nigel Short will be a guest of the 18th year of the Prague Chess Festival organized by Pavel Matocha.
Grandmaster Short (55 years old) will compete in a 10 games match in rapid chess with the youngest Czech Grandmaster Thai Dai Van Nguyen (18 years old) from Saturday 10 October to Monday 12 October in the beautiful hall of the Municipal House in Prague.

Due to anti-coronavirus epidemiological measures, spectators are not allowed to access sports events, so the Grandmaster... [all]

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Chess Train 2019

Prusikin as Marcus Aurelius

Prusikin as Marcus Aurelius

[18.10.2019] - While in the case of Roman Empire, Trenčín was the northernmost point of its territory, in the case of this year's Chess Train, it was the easternmost point on its way.

At the beginning of our era, when the Romans pushed the boundaries of their empire closer to the Danube River and built their ingenious system of fortifications called Limes Romanus, they gradually set up fortified camps north of the Danube, too. In Trencin they left the original proof of their presence – the memorial inscription on the vertical wall of the castle rock commemorating the victory of emperor Marcus Aure... [all]

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Chess Train 2019

Indian Summer in Krumlov

Indian Summer in Krumlov

[14.10.2019] - German Grandmaster Michael Prusikin´s smooth ride continues on the third day, after seven rounds he still has a faultless score. This year's Chess Train also rides confidently through the countryside in wonderful weather.

Second place is shared by Lumir Mrazek, Ladislav Langner, Bram Van Den Berg and Matias Jolowicz (6,5 points). In the team competition, Team Bavaria (16.5 points) leads closely before Silesia Team (16 points) and Team Schaakhuis (14 points). Czech Railways (13.5 points) and the Ministry of Transport (12.5 points) follow. There are four rounds left until the end of t... [all]

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Chess Train 2019

Memories of previous tournaments and faithful deceased

Memories of previous tournaments and faithful deceased

[12.10.2019] - The Chess Train is dropping us off at the railway station in Karlovy Vary, the sun is appearing, and we are expecting to have a wonderful weather all the way. As in previous years. They love us above, moreover, there are already three of the faithful participants of the Chess Train of previous years - Marianne Hartlaub, Johann Slacik and Jon Loman.

From the Imperial Hotel, where the famous Carlsbad chess tournament was played in 1923, we come down to the center by a funicular. Karlovy Vary is a live city with a lot of visitors even now in the middle of October, when we would expect th... [all]

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Chess Train 2019

Ministers on board

Ministers on board

[12.10.2019] - Minister of Transport Vladimír Kremlík and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček opened the ninth year of the Chess Train today. Both Ministers, under whose patronage this year's Chess Train goes, attended its ceremonial departure. Along with the Ministers, the Deputy of General Director of the Czech Railways Patrik Horný, the General Director of SŽDC Jiří Svoboda and the General Director of JLV Bohumír Bárta were present at the opening ceremony at the Prague Main Station Government Lounge.

“I came to support this original idea and to thank those people who are preparing the pr... [all]

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Chess Train 2019

Chess game on the railway under the supervision of ministers

Chess game on the railway under the supervision of ministers

[08.10.2019] - For the ninth time this Friday, the Chess Train will start its 5-day Central European ride, with an international chess tournament on board, where about 100 chessplayers and their friends from more than twenty countries participate.

The Chess Train 2019 is held under the auspices of the Minister of Transport Vladimír Kremlík and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček, who will attend its ceremonial departure from Prague Main Station on Friday 11 October. Legendary chess Grandmaster Vlastimil Hort, who will travel in the train the first day to Karlovy Vary, will also be one of ... [all]

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Chess Festival 2019

Ding Liren and Thai Dai Van Nguyen triumphing

Ding Liren and Thai Dai Van Nguyen triumphing

[27.06.2019] - The ceremonial first move of the last festival day was made by Vlastimil Ježek, the chairman of the Municipal House, and soon after that, bloody battles flared up. All of the Wednesday games ended in a decisive way. Both Ding Liren and Thai Dai Van Nguyen defeated their opponents 3: 0 the last day, confirming their leadership and deservingly winning the trophies of the 2019 Chess Festival winner. Ding Liren beat David Navara 7: 3 and Thai Dai Van Nguyen beat Jan Timman with the same score.

Among the guests of the festival, you could also meet the legends of Czech chess Vlastimil Hor... [all]

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