R Rapport 
Richard Rapport
Number of games in database: 274
Years covered: 2008 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2681
Highest rating achieved in database: 2693
Overall record: +112 -57 =82 (61.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      23 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (20) 
    D10 D11 D16 D17 D18
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E30 E21 E45 E46 E42
 King's Indian (14) 
    E92 E62 E91 E90 E66
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D35 D31 D36 D37 D38
 Sicilian (9) 
    B20 B51 B31 B90 B52
 Queen's Indian (8) 
    E12 E15
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (21) 
    E94 E92 E98 E62 E97
 French Defense (18) 
    C18 C10 C01 C03 C00
 Slav (14) 
    D10 D12 D11 D17 D13
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C61 C96 C69 C98 C99
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A40 A46 D04 E10 E00
 Sicilian (11) 
    B67 B51 B55 B52 B89
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Rapport vs D Rogic, 2010 1-0
   D Larino Nieto vs R Rapport, 2014 0-1
   Radjabov vs R Rapport, 2013 1/2-1/2
   Gelfand vs R Rapport, 2014 0-1
   R Rapport vs N Vitiugov, 2014 1/2-1/2
   S Ernst vs R Rapport, 2013 0-1
   R Rapport vs R Edouard, 2013 1-0
   Tiviakov vs R Rapport, 2013 0-1
   P Nikolic vs R Rapport, 2013 0-1
   R Rapport vs Naiditsch, 2013 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Groningen Chess Festival (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Bundesliga (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2013)
   Bundesliga (2013)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   European Club Cup (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)

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(born Mar-25-1996) Hungary

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Rapport was born in Szombathely, Hungary and learned chess at age four from his father. One of Europe's bright young talents, Richard Rapport acquired his FM title in 2008, his IM title in 2009 and his GM title in February 2010, when he became the world's youngest grandmaster at the age of 13 years 11 months. He remained the youngest GM until Illya Nyzhnyk gained his GM title in December 2010.

Rapport has been an active player since he started playing FIDE-rated events in 2006 when he was ten; in that year he won the U10 division of the 4th EU Youth Championship. In 2007, he took out the U12 Hungarian Boys Championship with 8.5/9, and was =4th in the Pannonia Cup Open A. In 2008, Rapport won First Saturday July IM Tournament, and came =5th in the Tenkes Kupa Open Championship. In 2009, he came second in the Genset Cup and in the First Saturday GM Tournament in August. In 2010, he came =2nd in the Marienbad Open 2010 - A - GM tournament and won the First Saturday GM February, defeating all four grandmasters who competed, thereby completing his third and final GM norm.

Since gaining his GM title, Rapport has finished equal second with Lajos Portisch behind Alexander Beliavsky in the Gotth' Art Cup GM Tournament in May 2010, scored 8.5/11 in the Hungarian Team Championship Final Szabo L, and scored 7/11 in the powerful Serbian League (2010), scoring +5 -3 =2 against the 10 grandmasters he encountered during the contest (the 11th player was an FM whom he also defeated). In October 2010, he scored 7.5/11 to come in 7th in the World Youth U14 championships, losing 22 ELO points in the process. However, he made up some ground in November when he scored 7.5/8 in the Hungarian Youth Team Championships, clawing back 10 ELO points. In 2011, he lost a match with Csaba Balogh 3.5-8 (+2 -3 =3), nonetheless gained Elo points for this result, and scored 5.5/10 at Tradewise Gibraltar (2011) and 7/11 at the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), gaining Elo points in each event. In May 2011, he scored 5.5/9 at the 41st International Tournament Bosna and in July, scored 7.5/10 at the Politiken Cup, a point off the lead. In November 2011, Rapport played a match with Austrian number 1 player Markus Ragger, losing by 3.5-4.5 (+1 -2 =5), nevertheless gaining 9 Elo as a result. Rapport finished 2011 with a solid 6/9 at Groningen and started 2012 with an equally solid 6/10 at Tradewise Gibraltar (2012), adding 16 points to his rating for the first bimonthly rating period of 2012. In early 2012, Rapport held his own in the 2011-12 Bundesliga and in the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) (5/10), but scored a strong 7/9 to place =2nd in the 2012 International Neckar Open. Subsequent strong results in the Hungarian Team Championship 2011-12 and in the Mitropa Cup 2012 have pushed his rating to over 2600 a few months after his 16th birthday. Later that year he was runner-up on tiebreak behind Turkish GM Alexander Ipatov in the World Junior Championship (2012).

2013 started auspiciously for Rapport. Competing at Tata Steel (Group B) (2013), he finished =1st on 9/13 with Arkadi Naiditsch, but won the event on tiebreak. It also added a massive 25 points to his rating almost bringing him into the top 100. The completion of the Austrian League has lifted Rapport into the top 100 for the first time. His excellent results in the Bundesliga and his =1st at the 2013 Neckar International Open added 20 points to his card to push him well up into the top 100. In May 2013, he won the 21st Sigeman & Co (2013), a category 15 event in Sweden, with 4.5/7 and in June 2013, was a member of the victorious Clichy team in the French TOP 12 competition. He suffered a significant setback at the 6-player DRR category 19 Biel (2013) where he placed a long last with a -4 result, shedding 17 rating points. However, he subsequently made up some ground playing board 2 for Clichy Échecs 92, which placed 6th in the European Club Cup (2013), and in rounds 3 and 4 of the Bundesliga (2013). He closed out 2013 with =1st at the European Rapid Chess Championship and =4th at the European Blitz Chess Championship, both of which were held in Warsaw in December.

Rapport received an invitation to play at the category 20 Tata Steel (2014), however his inaugural participation in his first super tournament was inauspicious with his unorthodox and aggressive style costing more points than he gained. His final result was 3.5/11, although he scored wins over Boris Gelfand and Pentala Harikrishna.

With a standard rating of 2698 as of 1 April 2014, Rapport is the #1 U18 player in the world and the #2 Junior (U20) in the world. He is also #2 in Hungary overall and #48 in the world. His rapid rating is 2707 and his blitz rating is 2668. Playing top board for Hockenheim, his win against München's Andreas Schenk in round 14 of the Bundesliga 2013-14 brought Rapport into the "2700 club" for the first time, albeit on the basis of his live rating at this stage.

live ratings:; Wikipedia article: Rich%C3%A1rd Rapport

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 274  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. P Prohaszka vs R Rapport  1-027 2008 HUN-chT 0809D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. R Rapport vs R Dobias  1-051 2009 European Club CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. R Rapport vs X Wemmers  0-178 2009 European Club CupA17 English
4. R Rapport vs A Tzermiadianos  1-035 2009 FSGM AugustD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Miroshnichenko vs R Rapport  1-042 2009 European Club CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. R Rapport vs L Seres 1-025 2009 Budapest FS08 GMA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
7. A Giri vs R Rapport 1-057 2009 European Club CupE10 Queen's Pawn Game
8. R Rapport vs Bacrot  0-131 2009 European Club CupE91 King's Indian
9. R Rapport vs K Trygstad ½-½33 2009 European Club CupA10 English
10. N Maiorov vs R Rapport  0-161 2010 40th Bosna OpenD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
11. R Grib vs R Rapport  1-027 2010 WYCC Open U14B25 Sicilian, Closed
12. Romanishin vs R Rapport  1-043 2010 Balaton International Chess Festival (A Group)B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. Ftacnik vs R Rapport  ½-½38 2010 Gotth' Art Cup GMA35 English, Symmetrical
14. M Quinn vs R Rapport  0-150 2010 First Saturday februar GMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. A Timofeev vs R Rapport  1-051 2010 40th Bosna OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
16. G Nasuta vs R Rapport  1-050 2010 WYCC Open U14B15 Caro-Kann
17. M Ragger vs R Rapport  1-038 2010 Mitropa Cup MenA22 English
18. R Rapport vs G Pap  ½-½46 2010 First Saturday februar GMD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
19. T Fodor Jr vs R Rapport  0-129 2010 Gotth' Art Cup GMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. I Farago vs R Rapport  0-131 2010 First Saturday februar GMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. E Kislik vs R Rapport  0-141 2010 40th Bosna OpenC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
22. R Rapport vs F J Ynojosa  ½-½143 2010 WYCC Open U14B30 Sicilian
23. Caruana vs R Rapport  ½-½64 2010 Mitropa Cup MenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
24. R Rapport vs L Vajda  ½-½45 2010 Gotth' Art Cup GME90 King's Indian
25. R Rapport vs Ilincic  1-039 2010 First Saturday februar GMD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 274  PGN Download
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Jan-14-14  AsosLight: I watched closely Rapport's first three rounds and I have to say this.

If he put everything together and I mean IF, he is gonna make MUCH more ELO.

It's not that he is weak somewhere specifically, is than one day he misses this the other misses that.

First let me say that I don't consider his openings a weakness but a strength. He brings what Carlsen did a lot further, which seems the right way to go.

After the openings, in his game with So he messed middle game, tactics and defense.

Against Gelfand he got exhausted around move 40 once again and he missed some tactical tricks as well, but he played a very strong opening and a strong middle game.

Against Aronian once again lost concentration and sophistication when he simplified a little but he played well until then.

I will focus on him until the end of the tournament to receive more feedback from him. So far he's the best of the 90's generation on Tata.

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  parisattack: It seems generally to me that his technique is poor. Manifests itself towards the second part of the middlegame in many instances.

He probably needs to go back to the minors for a few months, try to put it all together a little better. But I will keep watching, think he has long term prospects considerably higher up the list.

Feb-02-14  Kain3: Back to his winning ways at Gibraltar, +4 from five rounds. I've got to agree with you guys, he has a unique aggressive style that he needs to fine-tune against 2700+ opposition. Against lesser opposition he's doing extremely well. I wouldn't worry much about his Tata result, Richard is very young, a few years of experience and he'll be an elite GM.
Mar-08-14  Xeroxx: Future World champion. Yeah, remember I told you so.
Mar-16-14  fgh: Quite an entertaining game between Rapport and van Kampen:

Mar-23-14  Zerebuh: Recent Rapport:
Two good weekends in the German Bundesliga (+2 -0 =2, +6 Elo) One win in the Hungarian Team Ch (+3 Elo)
A mediocre Reykjavik tournament (+6 -2 =2, -2 Elo)
An exceptional weekend with four wins in a row in the Austrian Bundesliga (+4 -0 =0, +12 Elo)

As a consequance, Rapport's live rating is around 2699 at the moment. Just below 2700, but he will reach it soon for sure. His rating was ~2694 in June 2013. Since then he is progressing slowly but steadily with two major setbacks (Biel 2013 and Wijk aan Zee 2014).

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  twinlark: <Zerebuh> He lost a game in the Hungarian Team Championship:
Mar-23-14  Zerebuh: Yes I knew about that one. That loss was in February. He won the game I spoke about afterwards, in March:

GM 2676 Rapport Richárd 1 - 0 Horváth Ádám 2536 GM

The current live rating is 2699 as I wrote.

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  twinlark: You're quite right. Thanks.
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <Zerebuh>

But I calculate 2698.

Currently 2681 on FIDE minus 1.6 for Reykjavik plus 3.9 for R11 & R12 in the BL plus 11.6 for the Austrian BL and 3.1 for the Hungarian TCh win = 2698.

btw I have no doubt he'll be 2700 soon and remain there for a very long time!

Mar-23-14  fgh: What is Rapport's next tournament?
Mar-23-14  Zerebuh: <twinlark> Yes, 2698.3 -> 2698. It doesn't really matter though :) It means striking distance to the 2700 Club.

<fgh> As far as I know Rapport's next tournament (after 3 rounds of German BL and possibly a round in the Hungarian TCH) will be the Neckar Open. After that I really don't know. Last year he played the Sigeman chess tournament and he palyed at the French TOP12 before Biel.

Mar-23-14  Everett: Heard he has great communication skills, has nice relations with everyone.
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  perfidious: <Everett> Maybe he could bring Argue round-if there is anyone for the job, seems he would be the man!
Mar-23-14  Everett: <perfidious> touché! Well-done.
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  waustad: Happy 18th b'day.
Mar-25-14  Zerebuh: Happy 18th! It's high time for another 18 year old lad to break into the 2700 club and with it the elite! C'mon Richard! :)
Apr-04-14  optimuswise: Rapport drew with Aronian today in bundesliga gaining 1,6 elo.
Apr-05-14  Zerebuh: Rapport won his game in the Bundesliga today and with that he crosses the 2700 ELO points barrier! Very few players reached it at a younger age. Congratulations!
Apr-05-14  fgh: However, it appears that the guys have not been notified of this.
Apr-05-14  Zerebuh: Not yet, but they will update it soon.
Apr-05-14  AsosLight: Because his rating must be 2699.6 aka still below 2700 if we don't round to the first digital like the official scale.
Apr-05-14  Zerebuh: <AsosLight> Yes, but that was before today's match. After this one, his rating is 2701.9, and now lists him as well.
Apr-05-14  AsosLight: OK, I was one day late. Congratulations then!
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  Jambow: Saw that he broke into the 2700 club today.
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