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Krzysztof Pytel

Krzysztof Pytel in 1987
Country Poland
Born 15 May 1945
Chełm, Poland
Title International Master (1975)

Krzysztof Pytel (born 15 May 1945) is a Polish chess player who twice won the Polish Chess Championship (1972, 1973). FIDE International Master (1975). Since 1989 he has played for France.

Chess career

Started playing chess at the age of ten. In 1964 and 1965 Pytel twice won Polish Junior Chess Championship. Pytel was a good correspondence chess player - in 1966 he won Polish Championship in correspondence chess, and in 1968 - won silver medal in this tournament. From 1968 to 1985 Pytel played thirteen times in the Polish Chess Championship's finals, and winning three medals: two gold (1972, 1973) and silver (1979). In the years 1966-1982 he won ten medals in Polish Team Chess Championships, including two gold (1966, 1982).

In 1972 Pytel qualified for the World Chess Championship zonal tournament in Vrnjačka Banja, but his trip to the tournament was cancelled due to the ongoing smallpox epidemic in Yugoslavia. He was awarded the International Master title in 1976.

Krzysztof Pytel played for Poland in Chess Olympiads:

Krzysztof Pytel played for Poland in European Team Chess Championship:

Krzysztof Pytel is a chess trainer and journalist, and author of many books on chess. He now lives permanently in France, where he trains children and young people. His wife Bożena Pytel is also a chess player: she won the Polish Women's Chess Championship in 1970.