Renjuplayers in the world - 66. Jakub Tesinsky - Czech Republic

0.Your name, your nationality, your age, male or female.

Jakub Aragorn Tesinsky, Czechoslovak, 26 (born 28. 12. 1972), male

1.When did you start to play renju and how did you learn it? How many  years have you played renju?

I started to play game calles piskvorky very long time ago at primary school. Piskvorky will be mentioned several times in this letter, so few information about it:

Piskvorky is quite known game in Czech and slovak republics. It's usually played on "infinite" paper and there are no restrictions to moves and/or beginning at all. It's played with circles and crosses placed to the squares (not on the vertices). (Comments from Tommy Maltell: Probably our game with exactly these rules is known in many countries at least in Europe with different names. In Sweden for example we call it "luffarschack").

2.Do you play in a club? In which clubs have you played?

Yes we play piskvorky in our club. It's not its only interest, but most of the players play piskvorky here and some of them play Renju as well.

OUr board games club is called Paluba (Board) and you can find some information about it on 

There is a very brief information in English, but you may find far more comprehensive information on
but it's in Czech. Nevertheless it's a good pointer for Czech speaking people.

3.Which are your best results in national and international  tournaments (Usual tournaments and e-mail tournaments). Which is your  international rating for the moment?

I have never played on international tournament, I played several club tounaments and I have no international rating. I consider myself as stronger player in piskvorky.

4.Which is the best player you have met?

My collegue form secondary school Olda Dosedel.

5.Can you explain why you enjoy renju?

Simple rules. In piskvorky version you only need piece of paper, so you can play anywhere.

6.Which is your plans for the future as a player?

I would like to promote Renju in Czech republic as I think that we have good base of players in piskvorky to have quite strong Renju team. But it's long and hard work.

7. You can find a picture of me on the URL-address

8.Tell something about your current club. How many players, when do  you train? and so on.

We are quite big club, about 80 regular and maybe anothre 80 irregular players at the time. But we are not specialized only in Renju. We play different games and piskvorky is  one of them.

9. If you are the only player in your country or connection man of your country, please, tell a little about renju in your country. 

As I already mentioned there is a piskvorky/Renju duality in Czech republic. Piskvorky is very known here and as a connection man I mainly deal with questions about piskvorky. Based on questions about Renju we regulary update homepage with basic answers about Renju for Czech (and Slovak) people at 

It's hard to say how many clubs there are in Czech republic, because on one hand there are no clubs of Renju and there are no really big clubs in piskvorky, but on the other hand there are hundreds of very small groups which like to play piskvorky. Some of them meet, but ususally it is connected with some other activities and is not considered as their first interest.

Respecting the reality, we should take advantage of this big base and promote Renju in few steps. The first one is to promote Renju between players and you would not believe how hard is it to persuade some people about necessity of changing the rules. Surprisingly the best thing to do that is to use good program to beat them, so one of our plans it to set up an game server where players can test their abilities against computer.

Jakub A.T.

Jakub Aragorn Tesinsky (

Charles University at Prague & Universite Paris XI

board games club Paluba (

tel: (+420) 2 57314181 (evenings until 1 am )

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