Vlastimil Hort, born Jan 12, 1944, is a grandmaster (1965) and former world championship candidate who emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Germany in 1985. In the mid-1970s he was ranked no.4 in the world. In April 1977 he played 550 opponents, 201 simultaneously, and lost only 10 games after 30 hours of play in Iceland. In 1984 he played 663 games in a simultaneous exhibition in 32 and a half hours at Porz, West Germany. He won the Czech Championship 6 times. He worked for a general-interest magazine as a translator.