Vlastimil Hort was born in Prague in 1944 and won the grandmaster title in 1965. Among his great successes are the qualification for the WCh Candidates' tournament of 1977 in which he reached the quarter finals in Reykjavik, only just going down to ex world champion Boris Spassky. Hort won the Czech championships on several occasions, and after taking German nationality in 1986 he was also Gerrnan champion on several occasions. For over 30 years he took part in many chess Olympiads for both of these countries, starting with 1960 in Leipzig, and finishing in 1992 in Manila. Vlastimil Hort is best known to the German public for his appearances with Helmut Pfleger as a team of commentators in TV-programmes.