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R Rapport 
Richard Rapport
Number of games in database: 307
Years covered: 2008 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2704 (2724 rapid, 2668 blitz)
Overall record: +131 -59 =94 (62.7%)*
   * 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
 Nimzo-Larsen Attack (11) 
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D35 D31 D36 D37 D38
 Sicilian (9) 
    B20 B51 B31 B90 B52
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (21) 
    E94 E92 E98 E62 E97
 French Defense (21) 
    C18 C03 C10 C01 C00
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A40 A46 D04 D02 E10
 Sicilian (15) 
    B28 B67 B23 B51 B22
 Slav (14) 
    D10 D12 D11 D17 D13
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C61 C96 C69 C98 C99
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Rapport vs T Rogers, 2014 1-0
   R Rapport vs D Rogic, 2010 1-0
   Radjabov vs R Rapport, 2013 1/2-1/2
   Gelfand vs R Rapport, 2014 0-1
   R Rapport vs Onischuk, 2014 1-0
   V Pupols vs R Rapport, 2014 0-1
   R Rapport vs N Vitiugov, 2014 1/2-1/2
   D Larino Nieto vs R Rapport, 2014 0-1
   S Ernst vs R Rapport, 2013 0-1
   R Rapport vs E Berg, 2013 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2013)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   Groningen Chess Festival (2011)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   European Club Cup (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Black's Repertoire by thommy65

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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 Arkadij 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 (2013/14). 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. His first Olympiad participation was in August 2014 when he played board 4 for Hungary at the Chess Olympiad (2014), helping his team to win silver.

With a standard rating of 2704 as of 1 August 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 #45 in the world. His rapid rating is 2724 (world #29) and his blitz rating is 2668 (world #71). 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.

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

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 307  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 X Wemmers  0-178 2009 European Club CupA17 English
3. R Rapport vs A Tzermiadianos  1-035 2009 FSGM AugustD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Miroshnichenko vs R Rapport  1-042 2009 European Club CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. R Rapport vs L Seres 1-025 2009 Budapest FS08 GMA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
6. A Giri vs R Rapport 1-057 2009 European Club CupE10 Queen's Pawn Game
7. R Rapport vs Bacrot  0-131 2009 European Club CupE91 King's Indian
8. R Rapport vs K Trygstad ½-½33 2009 European Club CupA10 English
9. R Rapport vs R Dobias  1-051 2009 European Club CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Ftacnik vs R Rapport  ½-½38 2010 Gotth' Art Cup GMA35 English, Symmetrical
11. M Quinn vs R Rapport  0-150 2010 First Saturday februar GMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. A Timofeev vs R Rapport  1-051 2010 40th Bosna OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. G Nasuta vs R Rapport  1-050 2010 WYCC Open U14B15 Caro-Kann
14. M Ragger vs R Rapport  1-038 2010 Mitropa Cup MenA22 English
15. R Rapport vs G Pap  ½-½46 2010 First Saturday februar GMD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
16. T Fodor Jr vs R Rapport  0-129 2010 Gotth' Art Cup GMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. I Farago vs R Rapport  0-131 2010 First Saturday februar GMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. E Kislik vs R Rapport  0-141 2010 40th Bosna OpenC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
19. R Rapport vs F J Ynojosa  ½-½143 2010 WYCC Open U14B30 Sicilian
20. Caruana vs R Rapport  ½-½64 2010 Mitropa Cup MenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
21. R Rapport vs L Vajda  ½-½45 2010 Gotth' Art Cup GME90 King's Indian
22. R Rapport vs Ilincic  1-039 2010 First Saturday februar GMD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
23. R Rapport vs V Nevednichy  ½-½66 2010 40th Bosna OpenE91 King's Indian
24. R Rapport vs P Papadopoulos  1-061 2010 WYCC Open U14A14 English
25. R Rapport vs F Jenni  0-161 2010 Mitropa Cup MenE12 Queen's Indian
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 307  PGN Download
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Apr-30-14  Whitehat1963: Is this kid ready for prime time yet?
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  waustad: He just played 4 games with Lajos Portisch and scored a 3.5 - 0.5 victory. Since I speak no Magyar, I can't tell any more details:
May-04-14  Zerebuh: Some details then:
They played four games with rapid time control. Rapport played risky openings as usual, but calculated faster and better in the complicated middlegame positions, than Portisch. I must add, that the hungarian Olympic Champion is 77 years old, and even playing chess at this age is amazing!

This match was the battle of generations, referring to the big age gap (61 years) between the players. Portisch said jokingly that between Rapport's and his generations there were some other generations as well, but maybe the players of those didn't dare to play a match against Rapport!

About the future: Rapport confirmed, that he will play in the Hungarian team at the 2014 Chess Olympiad. The Hungarian team hasn't been finalized yet, but the lineup will probably be something like this:

Leko Peter, 2737
Rapport Richard, 2701
Almasi Zoltan, 2693
Polgar Judit, 2685

The last place is uncertain:

Berkes Ferenc, 2665 or
Balogh Csaba, 2651, or
Erdos Viktor, 2651

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  parisattack: Thank you, <Waustad> and <Zerebuh>!

Lajos Portisch is one classy guy and Richard Rapport will only get better and better. I predict it will have to be someone thinking a little out-of-the-box to successfully challenge Carlsen.

May-04-14  Method B: Some gossip about Rapport. He has moved to Belgrade with his girlfriend Jovana Vojinovic. In chess related news: he has trained with Shirov recently.

He mentions it in an interview:

Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Here is some more coverage on the match with Portisch, this time in German:
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  parisattack: Portisch Lajos is looking pretty spry! I interviewed him for the college newspaper when he gave a simul here on the way to Texas for a tournament in 1972.
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  waustad: In a year or two it might be interesting seeing a match between Rapport and Nakamura. It would not be tame.
May-06-14  Whitehat1963: Judging from the few games of his that I've played through, I think this kid loves unorthodox play. He may not go all the way with that kind of play, but it's always great to have players like him around. It sure beats the heck out of this:

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  parisattack: <Whitehat1963> Ugh. True, it may in itself not lead to the top - but it may lead him to some new ideas which do. And, if not, as you say - it is great to have a few players around to keep the others on their toes.
May-06-14  Everett: <Parisattack> on Portisch, the 2014 #1 issue has a nice article on the great Hungarian, by Mihai Marin.

And thanks for mentioning the Dory on the Rapport-Gelfand Budapest game. Totally forgot about that move.

Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Rapport won with a mate in 5 in the first round of the Politiken Cup. Here is an ephemeral link:
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  waustad: The moves:
1. e4 c6
2. Nc3 d5
3. Qe2 dxe4
4. Nxe4 Nd7
5. Nd6#
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  notyetagm: <waustad: Rapport won with a mate in 5 in the first round of the Politiken Cup. Here is an ephemeral link:>

Egads, it's not a <MATE IN 5>, it's a mate *on* move 5(!).

My first chess teacher was an advocate of the <BUDAPEST GAMBIT> with Black. He was *always* trying to get this mate with reversed colors whenever he had to play a fish.


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4 ...Nb8-d7??

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5 Ne4-d6#! 1-0

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[White "Rapport, Richard"]
[Black "Rogers, Tim L"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Round "01"]
[Date "Mon Jul 21 2014"]
[WhiteClock "1:31:00"]
[BlackClock "1:25:00"]

1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Qe2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nd6# 1-0

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  notyetagm: Link to above game
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  Chessgames Bookie: Plenty of Bookie action available for Rapport fans today:

Riga rd 3: Rapport-Boruchovsky
Riga rd 3: Rapport-Boruchovsky: FIRST MOVE

Good luck, and have fun!

Aug-20-14  AlexandraThess: Future world champion.
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  HeMateMe: only Five years younger than Carlsen. Already too old to benefit from the aging of a champion
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  wordfunph: Rapport opened with 1.e3 against Melkumyan, ayayayyyy!
Aug-22-14  AsosLight: I think this guy slowly but surely creates his own school.
Aug-22-14  diceman: <wordfunph:

Rapport opened with 1.e3 against Melkumyan, ayayayyyy!>

...the accelerated French.

Aug-23-14  Kain3: His unorthodox play and openings starts remind me of Bent Larsen.
Aug-23-14  AsosLight: Larsen was not even close to this mad man. Larsen was purely a spin off adventurer no more. This guy has miscellaneous as his norm.
Aug-23-14  Justin Flint: Future World Champ.


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  perfidious: Yup, the kid will never amount to anything.

On an analogous basis, some posters might well have concluded that Fischer had no shot either as of 1959.

The chart above 'proves' it. Rapport is and will always remain just another 2700 player. Fish.

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