Czech Lockpicking Championship

10th Czech Lockpicking Championship 2019 – Eugene Ivanov Memorial

2019-09-26T05:36:24+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship, Lockpicking, News and events|Tags: , , , |

LOOKING BACK AT THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CZECH LOCKPICKING CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 The 10th Czech Lockpicking Championship 2019 is already behind us, so let's see how it went. This year was held on September 13-15, 2019, in Nová Živohošť (Benešov District, close to Prague). The competition was attended by a total of 35 competitions not only from the Czech Republic but also from Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands and Italy. We also had as special guests our friends from the USA, Scotland and Poland. This year our own electronic time-keeping button system was used for the first time [...]

The foreword of the organizer – 10th Czech Lockpicking Championship 2019

2019-09-24T16:47:13+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship, Interesting, Lockpicking|Tags: , , , , , , |

OUR PLAN, OUR LOCKPICKING CHAMPIONSHIP, OUR FUTURE 🏆 The date of the event is coming slowly but surely, this year we have really challenged ourselves! We want to organize a grand event and fit a lot into one weekend. So, what will the extended weekend of September 13-15, 2019, look like? What will the 10th Czech Lockpicking Championship bring? What did we plan for you? FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 On Friday afternoon, we will begin with safecracking of keyed locks. We don’t want anyone to miss the official opening of the event, so it will [...]

Czech Lockpicking Championship 2019 – Downloads

2019-08-11T23:00:41+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship, Lockpicking|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Here you can download the bulletins about lockpicking 2019. Bulletin 1 - Basic information Lockpicking 2019 Bulletin 2 - Preliminary schedule + Workshops Bulletin 3 - Competition disciplines and rules Bulletin 4 - The foreword of the organizer

Championship disciplines under the microscope: Cylinders

2019-07-22T19:03:43+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship, Interesting, Lockpicking|Tags: , , , , , , |

CHAMPIONSHIP DISCIPLINES UNDER THE MICROSCOPE CYLINDERS: “THE SUPREME DISCIPLINE OF LOCKPICKING” + AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CURRENT CHAMPION Lockpicking of cylinders is probably the most prestigious discipline of the lockpicking championship, as it features some of the most difficult locks. The contestants bring their own cylinder which they need to open in 5 minutes before the start of the competition, otherwise they are eliminated. As can be expected, the range of difficulty of locks is very wide. The less experienced pickers usually bring simpler lock in order to minimize the chance of getting knocked-out before the competition starts. The seasoned [...]

Championship disciplines under the microscope: Padlocks

2019-07-22T19:03:05+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship, Interesting, Lockpicking|Tags: , , , , , , |

CHAMPIONSHIP DISCIPLINES UNDER THE MICROSCOPE PADLOCKS: “5 MINUTES TO OPEN THE SHACKLE” Opening of padlocks is one of the traditional disciplines of lockpicking. It is suitable for lockpickers of all levels including beginners. The locks in the padlocks competition are usually simpler than in the discipline of opening of cylinders. LOCKPICKING OF PADLOCKS The art of opening of padlocks is very old, likely almost as old as the first padlocks which appeared more than 2000 years ago in ancient Rome and China. As the padlocks evolved, so did the opening methods. Nowadays, most padlocks use pin-tumbler mechanisms. There are two [...]

Championship disciplines under the microscope: Safecracking

2019-07-11T15:21:57+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship, Interesting, Lockpicking|Tags: , , , , , , |

CHAMPIONSHIP DISCIPLINES UNDER THE MICROSCOPE SAFECRACKING: “OPENING OF SAFES LIKE YOU HAVE SEEN IN THE MOVIES AND BEYOND” The term safecracking means nondestructive opening of safes and safe locks and usually involves either keyed locks or mechanical combination lock. Safecracking requires specialized tools such as safe lock decoders and “Hobbs’ hooks” (in English, these are usually known as 2-in-1 picks, as they function as both picks and tension tools). Such tools are specifically designed for each type of safe lock. Some tools are used to pick the lock, some to decode the lock which is followed by building the key [...]

Championship disciplines under the microscope: Blitz

2019-07-11T15:21:46+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship, Interesting, Lockpicking|Tags: , , , , , , |

CHAMPIONSHIP DISCIPLINES UNDER THE MICROSCOPE BLITZ: "HOW TO ELIMINATE ALL YOUR OPPONENTS IN ONE MINUTE" Blitz the fastest and most dynamic discipline of the championship; it is a fast elimination tournament. Competitors are standing forming a "circle" and holding their cylinder or padlock in their hands, having extra tools stuffed in their pockets. Each competitor has only one minute to open the lock to advance into the next round. If they fail to open they are, of course, eliminated. HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PAST  Sometimes, interesting locks appear in the competitions. In 2017, in the championship held in Orlik Marina, an [...]

Championship disciplines under the microscope: Freestyle

2019-07-11T15:21:29+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship, Interesting, Lockpicking|Tags: , , , , , , |

CHAMPIONSHIP DISCIPLINES UNDER THE MICROSCOPE FREESTYLE: "SPEED IS UNRIVALED" Another discipline we want to introduce to our readers, lockpickers, partners and sponsors is freestyle. This discipline has been a part of our championships right from the beginning. It this disciplines the locks can be opened by any tools as long as they are nondestructive. The most often used tools used by the contestants are elektropicks, pick-guns, standard picks or bump keys. MOST COMMON NONDESTRUCTIVE METHODS Lockpicking using picks Opening cylinders and padlocks with picks and tension tools is the main approach used by hobby lockpickers. The most common techniques include [...]

Championship disciplines under the microscope: Impressioning

2019-07-11T15:21:09+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship, Interesting, Lockpicking|Tags: , , , , , , |

CHAMPIONSHIP DISCIPLINES UNDER THE MICROSCOPE IMPRESSIONING: “A CONTEST IN FILING THE KEYS” While preparing the anniversary Czech lockpicking championship, it occurred to us that we could write for our readers, lockpicker, partners and sponsors a closer look at the individual competition disciplines and perhaps also mention some interesting things from the past championships. THE DAY OUR HISTORY BEGAN The first official Czech Lockpicking Championship took place on Saturday, September 18, 2010, in a sports club Sokol in Prague Vršovice. It was an important day for lockpicking in our region. Many lockpickers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia entered the competition, [...]

You can already register for the 10th Czech Lockpicking Championship

2019-07-11T10:06:55+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship, Lockpicking, News and events|Tags: , , , , , |

From June 15, 2019, you can register for the 10th Czech Lockpicking Championship 2019, which will take place on September 13-15 2019 in Nová Živohošť. Find out more about the championship here. REGISTRATION Terms of data processing By sending the form, you agree with processing of your data in order to create your entrance ID for the 10th Czech Lockpicking Championship 2019, diplomas, certificates or score boards and other activities related to the event including reservations for accommodation or catering (in case you chose to reserve accommodation or the Friday buffet). Note that in addition to the data you [...]

Championship Venue: Juniorcamp Nová Živohošť

2019-07-13T08:03:26+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship|Tags: , , , , , |

INFO ABOUT THE VENUE FOR THE 10TH CZECH LOCKPICKING CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 The tenth anniversary of the Czech Lockpicking Championship will take place in a beautiful landscape at the right bank of the Slapy dam, about 60 km from Prague, near the city Neveklov of the Benešov district. Attractive atmosphere of the area, many possibilities for sports activities and reasonable prices are among the main reasons why this site is very popular for tourists and locals alike. For reservation of accommodation or any questions, you can reach us at info@lockpicking.team. ACCOMMODATION The price for the basic accommodation in the Juniorcamp venue is 250 CZK [...]

IX. Czech Lockpicking Championship 2018

2019-07-13T08:04:23+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship|Tags: , , , , , |

A RECAP OF THE IX. CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN LOCKPICKING 2018 The 9th Czech Championship in Lockpicking is already behind us, let's review how it all went down. This year's edition took place on 20 - 21 October 2018 in Nová Živohošť. This year we had a total of 29 lockpickers from the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Italy. Need to thank our sponsors that provided not only locks for competition but also a number of valuable prizes. Similarly as in previous year, we competed in four disciplines. The first discipline was opening of padlocks. This year’s padlocks [...]

Invitation and info about the Czech Lockpicking Championship 2018

2019-07-13T08:07:01+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship|Tags: , , , , , |

INVITATION AND INFO ABOUT THE CZECH LOCKPICKING CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 The Association of Czech Lockpickers is organizing the 9th year of the Czech Lockpicking Championship and all lockpickers and lock enthusiasts are all cordially invited to attend. This year’s competition will take place on the weekend of 19-21 October 2018 at Nová Živohošť (40 km of Prague). Come to show off your skills or just to have fun with friends not only from the Czech Republic but also from Germany, Hungary, Austria and other countries. The competitions start on Saturday, but most of the contestants usually arrive on Friday evening for an international training [...]

VIII. Czech Lockpicking Championship 2017

2019-07-13T08:06:06+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship|Tags: , , , , , |

The fastest opening record was achieved in the VIII Czech Lockpicking Championship! The record time was achieved by Petr Wittner (Czech Republic) who opened a cylinder in 0.47 second. Congratulations! The eighth  Czech Lockpicking Championship, the Evžen Ivanov Memorial, was held on September 8-10 in Marina Orlík. There were 27 contestants from several countries (Česká republika, Německo, Maďarsko a Rakousko). The competition included four traditional disciplines: lockpicking of padlocks (time limit of 5 min), lockpicking of cylinders (time limit of 15 min), freestyle (time limit of 5 min) and blitz (time limit 1 minute). The title of "Czech Lockpicker 2017" was announced. The [...]

VII. Czech Lockpicking Championship 2016

2019-07-13T08:06:27+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship|Tags: , , , , , |

On October 28 - 30 2016, the seventh Czech Lockpicking Championship took place. The competition included four traditional disciplines: lockpicking of padlocks (time limit of 5 min), lockpicking of cylinders (time limit of 15 min), freestyle (time limit of 5 min) and blitz (time limit 1 minute). RESULTS PADLOCKS FINAL A FINAL B 1 Till 1 Filip 2 Torsten 2 Sönke 3 Jascha 3 Petr W. 4 Jaroslav H. 4 Akos 5 Roman C. 5 Tamas 6 David K. 6 Sven CYLINDERS FINAL A FINAL B 1 Torsten 1 Till 2 Tamas 2 Sönke 3 Filip 3 Sven 4 Jascha 4 Bence [...]

VI. Czech Lockpicking Championship 2015

2019-07-13T08:08:47+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship|Tags: , , , , , |

On September 19-20 2015, the sixth Czech Lockpicking Championship took place and Vranov Ranch. The contestants arrived on Friday afternoon and spent a pleasent evening chatting with their international colleagues, picking locks and eating grilled meat. The championship started on Sunday morning with lockpicking of padlocks. This discipline was conquered by Tamas Varadi (Hungary), followed by Manfred Bölker (Germany) and Torsten Quast (Germany). In freestyle, 3 winners were awarded: a lucky lockpicking beginner Viktor Kučava (Czech Republic), Evžen Ivanov (Czech Republic) and Akos Subecz (Hungary). Several skilled lockpickers failed to pass the elimination rounds of lockpicking of cylinders, including the last years champion [...]

V. Czech Lockpicking Championship 2014 and LOCKFEST 2014

2019-07-13T08:06:53+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship|Tags: , , , , , , |

On September 20. - 21. 2014, the fifth Czech Lockpicking Championship took place. I was part of Lockfest, an international exhibition for locksmiths. The exhibition was very successful and highly praised by experts and visitors from the general public. The exhibition also included popular workshops and seminars, some open to public, some restricted workshops for certified locksmiths or government. The lockpicking championship included traditional disciplines: Lockpicking of padlocks (time limit of 5 min) Lockpicking of cylinders (time limit of 15 min) Freestyle (time limit of 5 min), won by Akos Subecz (Hungary) Blitz (time limit of 1 minute), won by Evžen Ivanov [...]

IV. Czech Lockpicking Championship 2013

2019-07-13T08:06:57+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship|Tags: , , , , , |

Already fourth Czech Lockpicking Championship took place in the Nectiny Castle on November 16-17 2013.  We had 130 visitors and contestants, including  Ken Peterson, the famous American pick manufacturer, lockpickers from Germany and Hungary. PHOTO GALERY

III. Czech Lockpicking Championship 2012

2019-07-13T08:08:15+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship|Tags: , , , , , |

On November 17 - 18 2012, the third Czech Lockpicking Championship took place in Prague. The competition included four traditional disciplines: lockpicking of padlocks (time limit of 5 min), lockpicking of cylinders (time limit of 15 min), freestyle (time limit of 5 min) and blitz (time limit 1 minute). PHOTO GALERY

II. Czech Lockpicking Championship 2011

2019-07-11T10:07:33+00:00By |Categories: All posts, Czech Lockpicking Championship|Tags: , , , , , |

On November 12-13 2011, the second Czech Lockpicking Championship took place. Compered to previous year, the rules were updated. Since Evžen Ivanov was the only one that truly mastered impressioning, this discipline was cancelled. Raking was merged with single pin picking and padlocks and cylinders were separated. From now on, all the championships contained 4 basic disciplines: opening of padlocks with time limit of 5 minutes, opening of euro profile cylinders with the time limit of 15 minutes, freestyle with the time limit of 5 minutes and blitz with 1 minute elimination rounds. ACL supplied new padlocks for the first discipline and new [...]

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