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R Rapport 
Richard Rapport
Number of games in database: 405
Years covered: 2008 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2717 (2729 rapid, 2600 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2720
Overall record: +168 -78 =123 (62.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      36 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (20) 
    D10 D11 D16 D17 D18
 Nimzo-Larsen Attack (19) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A45 D00 A41 D02 A46
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E30 E21 E46 E45 E42
 King's Indian (15) 
    E92 E62 E91 E73 E90
 Sicilian (13) 
    B20 B51 B52 B31 B90
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (25) 
    B28 B67 B43 B23 B51
 King's Indian (23) 
    E92 E98 E62 E97 E94
 French Defense (22) 
    C18 C03 C10 C01 C00
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A40 A46 D02 D04 E00
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C61 C96 C69 C98 C99
 Slav (14) 
    D10 D12 D11 D17 D13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Rapport vs T Rogers, 2014 1-0
   B Bok vs R Rapport, 2014 0-1
   Gelfand vs R Rapport, 2014 0-1
   R Rapport vs A Tari, 2015 1-0
   R Rapport vs Fressinet, 2015 1-0
   R Rapport vs Onischuk, 2014 1-0
   R Rapport vs N Vitiugov, 2014 1/2-1/2
   R Rapport vs D Rogic, 2010 1-0
   R Rapport vs Adams, 2015 1/2-1/2
   R Rapport vs T Sachdev, 2014 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Tata Steel Group B (2013)
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   European Team Championship (2015)
   Groningen Chess Festival (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)

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

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(born Mar-25-1996, 20 years old) 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. Later that month, he came =1st (2nd on tiebreak) alongside Hrant Melkumyan at the Riga Technical University Open (2014). He competed in the Serbian League in 2014, playing board 1 for SK "Radnicki Vodovod" - Kragujevac, winning both team and individual gold. (1)

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. His highest rating to date was 2720 in October 2014 when he was ranked #28 in the world, his highest ranking to date. He was the world's top junior (i.e, under 20) from January 2015 until April 2015.

In early 2015, he scored a relatively rating neutral 7/10 at Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) but suffered a catastrophic loss of form in March and April during Aeroflot Open (2015) and the FIDE World Team Championship (2015), losing 39 rating points to fall well below 2700.

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


Latest update 26 July 2015

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 405  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. P Prohaszka vs R Rapport  1-027 2008 HUN-chT 0809D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. A Giri vs R Rapport 1-057 2009 European Club CupA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
3. R Rapport vs Bacrot 0-131 2009 European Club CupE91 King's Indian
4. R Rapport vs K Trygstad ½-½33 2009 European Club CupA10 English
5. R Rapport vs R Dobias  1-051 2009 European Club CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. R Rapport vs X Wemmers  0-178 2009 European Club CupA17 English
7. R Rapport vs L Seres 1-025 2009 Budapest FS08 GMA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
8. R Rapport vs A Tzermiadianos  1-035 2009 FSGM AugustD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Miroshnichenko vs R Rapport  1-042 2009 European Club CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. R Rapport vs N Huschenbeth 1-021 2010 Mitropa Cup MenD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. R Rapport vs Ilincic  1-039 2010 First Saturday februar GMD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
12. T Banusz vs R Rapport  0-133 2010 Gotth' Art Cup GMA33 English, Symmetrical
13. S Haskovic vs R Rapport  0-133 2010 40th Bosna OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
14. R Rapport vs D Rogic 1-029 2010 TCh-AUT -11D16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. L Lenic vs R Rapport  ½-½30 2010 Mitropa Cup MenB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
16. I Beradze vs R Rapport  0-126 2010 WYCC Open U14C53 Giuoco Piano
17. R Rapport vs M Jurcik  0-132 2010 Mitropa Cup MenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. R Rapport vs D Boros 1-025 2010 First Saturday februar GMD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. M Neubauer vs R Rapport  0-153 2010 Gotth' Art Cup GMC01 French, Exchange
20. G Djurovic vs R Rapport  0-165 2010 40th Bosna OpenD04 Queen's Pawn Game
21. R Rapport vs J Carow  1-041 2010 WYCC Open U14A57 Benko Gambit
22. P Simacek vs R Rapport  0-162 2010 Mitropa Cup MenB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
23. D Sharma vs R Rapport 0-128 2010 First Saturday februar GMC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
24. R Rapport vs Beliavsky  ½-½37 2010 Gotth' Art Cup GME12 Queen's Indian
25. R Rapport vs A Malachi  1-028 2010 40th Bosna OpenE92 King's Indian
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Jan-23-15  Kain3: <Whitehat1963: I like his affinity for unorthodox opening play, but will he ever be ready for prime time? By that, I mean, will he ever become one of the world's top 10, receive invites to the super tournaments, participate in championship knockout matches, etc.?>

I'm sure he will be ready, maybe not right away, but by the time he reaches 20-21. His play is very wild and therefore inconsistent, brilliant wins followed by shocking losses, I beleive the only thing he needs is experience playing against the super-top, to add a little "stability" to his play. It's too early to predict anything about him being WC material, but I'm he'll crack the top-10.

Feb-01-15  Whitehat1963: Meanwhile Wei Yi has passed him on the Live Rating list. Still, I think ratings for teenagers are far too volitile to predict future success among top 10 players.
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  waustad: Happy birthday to one of the more interesting players around.
Apr-26-15  f0xl0ck: Top 100 in 68 Rapport 2671.1 −38.9


Jul-27-15  Whitehat1963: Not yet ready for prime time. Will he ever be? I have my doubts. He might become a top 20 player one day, but I don't see him ever becoming top 5. Still, I like his unorthodox style, which should help him generate plenty of upsets during his career.
Aug-03-15  fisayo123: If he starts to take openings seriously again and develops a decent repertoire then he certainly has the talent to do so.

The strange about Rapport is that initially, if memory serves, he actually used to play more orthodox openings and that's what made him successful. All of a sudden, he starts playing all this funny stuff and he unsurprisingly begins to decline. I have nothing against him playing the Chigorin for example because I think it's a very interesting opening, but if you're going to do that, then stick with it for more than 5 minutes and know what you're doing beyond the opening.

Aug-03-15  Whitemouse: <Top 100 in 68 Rapport 2671.1 −38.9 Ouch> it seems that FIDE hasn't calculated games from Biel. Rapport will drop more elo point in the next list.
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  parisattack: At one point I simply assumed he was 'hanging it all out' to see where the boundaries were in the game. That would be a reasonable process for a young player.

At this point...not so sure. As interesting as I find his openings ->2400 they are just suicidal.

Aug-14-15  Kain3: <If he starts to take openings seriously again and develops a decent repertoire then he certainly has the talent to do so.

The strange about Rapport is that initially, if memory serves, he actually used to play more orthodox openings and that's what made him successful. All of a sudden, he starts playing all this funny stuff and he unsurprisingly begins to decline. I have nothing against him playing the Chigorin for example because I think it's a very interesting opening, but if you're going to do that, then stick with it for more than 5 minutes and know what you're doing beyond the opening.>

He did play unusual openings like Larsen's opening even in his breakthrough years (2013-14), but I have to agree with you, this year he went completely overboard with the experimenting and unorthodox openings. I have no problem with unorthodox play, but he does need to stick to some of these openings and form a repertoire.

Aug-15-15  Barococo Prosopoeia: It is good for chess to have variety.
Aug-15-15  FairyPromotion: <Barococo Prosopoeia: It is good for chess to have variety.>

It is even better for chess elite to have variety. There are many super exciting players below 2700, but Rapport is one with all the necessary skills to make it at the very top. He just needs to appreciate the sportive values of chess a little more, and focus on winning some games. Otherwise there won't be many invitations left for elite tournaments.

Nov-15-15  AzingaBonzer: Rapport is on a ridiculous streak. He's managed to pull his rating back up from ~2650 to 2700+, and now he's on a perfect 2/2 at the European Team Championship and looking to win a third. Live rating at 2704.3.
Nov-15-15  Zerebuh: Yes, he is in tremendous form.
In the last 3 months he played 33 games (against opposition rated (averagely) 2535). He won 24 (including wins against 2700+ guys Naiditsch, Li Chao and Fressinet), draw 8 and lost only 1. That makes his performance rating 2814. For the last 20 games, his performance rating is an even more impressive 2840!

It seems like he got over his problems and he finally shows everyone his true potential.

Nov-17-15  AzingaBonzer: Unfortunately, Rapport's hot streak was stopped by another player who has recently been on fire: Pavel Eljanov.
Nov-26-15  Zerebuh: Yes, he lost to Eljanov with black (can happen to anyone), but despite that he had a very good ETCC! His team finished on 3rd and got the Bronze medal, and Rapport himself got an individual gold medal for his board 2 performance of 2828!

In the last 3 months, he gained ~70 Elo points and he beat well known super GMs (Naiditsch, Li Chao, Fressinet, Radjabov). His performance rating for his last 40 games is 2800+, so if he keeps this form, he will be a 2750+ top player in no time. Let's wait and see.

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  waustad: Going from Smyslov to Rapport as POTD is quite a jump. I enjoy what both did, but the imagination and tactical approach is probably more fun. Damn the Torpedos and all of that Farragut kind of stuff. Several of my favorites have this sort of approach. May they all prosper, since this style makes chess so much more fun than milking the last iota of advantage out of a fashionable line of the Berlin. I'm in awe there, but getting to a complicated position where nobody has seen the position before is better from my POV.
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  Richard Taylor: But Smyslov played some beautiful attacking and combinative games. He was one of the greatest chess players. Fischer (for example) admired Smyslov and his play.
Mar-25-16  ketchuplover: happy 20th young man
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  waustad: <richard taylor> I love Smyslov's approach to the game. I am also in awe of Petrosian with his positional exchange sacs and so much more. That being said, I find the player who goes off the beaten track to be more interesting. My faves are a rather eclectic bunch.
Mar-25-16  falso contacto: Veinte años no es nada.
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  Richard Taylor: Yes he is young still and very strong...but <waustad> my point is that people forget the complexity of chess. Tal, and I liked him when I started Chess, as I had his book (by P H Clarke), but we (my father and I) then got Petrosian's book...meanwhile, Botvinnik.

Fischer for example is often wrongly called an "attacking player" by those who don't study his games deeply but he really, at base, has more similarity with Capablanca, Tarrasch and others: but of course he understood the Hypermodern ideas and his Poisoned Pawn line was based no positional ideas...just that the Nafdorf is the positional converted into tactics: and as you would know there is no real separation except style and these are hard to guage...

These days there is talk of Anand's great depth of opening knowledge but playing his games in his (several) books (Gambit courtesy of Murray I got his latest largest one) we see some excruciatingly complex positions arising...and some beautiful tactical and innovative games.

That side of him is forgotten, and we see that happened to Flohr and others who were more 'creative' when young. Many other examples & issues, and there are those off-beat players less attended to...

Oh well, we are all pushing the same little objects around a board!

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  Richard Taylor: <falso contacto: Veinte años no es nada.>

I think I understand, but his age could be seen 2 ways. One he is greatly talented to be only 20, or that at 20 he should be doing even better.

But I think he looks happy enough. I would be happy with 1/2 his rating! Well a (bit more of a) reasonable fraction of it...

Mar-26-16  falso contacto: Hi Richard. I was referring to a small part of a famous tango by Gardel, which me as an Argentinian keep in my blood. It is an old song that has come a long way. The voice is saying that very thing you said: even if twenty years is not nothing, I still remember when I was young. And I still love all the those many things I loved as a child. Btw: Do you speak some spanish? I'll search for a more complete translation if its not the case. (
Then the voice say that he's aging, and as far as he may have go and come back from, he still remember the pains of its youth with some regrets. Who doesn't? So for the young man: tanti auguri, a pagan blessing. Meaning I wish you receive many more blessings in the future.
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  waustad: <falso...>You are speaking to all of us who are a bit older than typical here.
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  waustad: For my Spanish, Costa Rican barmaids have often asked me to translate for them, but that doesn't mean I speak it well. Hearing comprehension is always difficult in any language.
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