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|Jul-01-13|| ||cro777: Rapports next appearance will be this month at the Biel International Chess Festival, one of the most traditional chess tournaments in Europe. The main event (Grandmaster Tournament) is a 19 category six players round robin. He is going to meet five 2700+ players.|
Thanks to invitations to such strong grandmaster tournaments, Richard hopes to make further progress.
|Jul-01-13|| ||AsosLight: Richard has no experiences against +2700 players. This would be a real testament for him and a perfect indication about his prospects.|
His so far record is (if I am not missing anything) a disastrous +2 -11 =5 in classic chess and even this with players that barely made it to the exclusive club.
Time will tell. Wish the best.
|Jul-01-13|| ||AsosLight: May I add that in comparison Carlsen's record until the end of 2006 (more than a year younger) was +4 =14 -3 .........|
|Jul-01-13|| ||cro777: This will be a real test for Richard. His recent games against 2700+ players may give him shot in the arm.|
R Rapport vs Short, 2013
R Rapport vs Naiditsch, 2013
|Jul-01-13|| ||perfidious: In 1961, <AsosLight> would have told us that Bobby Fischer had no chance against the 'Russians' at Bled. |
He scored 3.5/4 against those players.
|Jul-01-13|| ||Zerebuh: I miss your point, <AsosLight>. No one spoke about Rapport reaches higher rating than Carlsen... It seems this is the only thing you care, but it's almost irrelevant at the moment. Rapport is for sure one of the biggest talents in chess now, and he is getting rapidly better and better recently. Not long ago he was ~20 points behind Nyzhnyk and a couple of points ahead of Dubov (the 2 other very talented kid born in 1996), and now he has a massive +70-80 point compared to them.
He hasn't reached Carlsen's age-corrected rating (inflation aside) and maybe he never will, but his actual rating is the third highest age-correctedly ever. Yes, even higher than Caruana's and Karjakin's (and even if we consider inflation, this remains true I think). If he hasn't got the potential to reach Carlsen's rating but he has the potential to reach Caruana's and Karjakin's I would consider him a pretty big candidate to enter the world top. We are speaking 2790ish ratings and least! I don't get your remarks about the world top either. How can a top 5 player not be a world top player? Flawed logic I guess. I don't think that the set of the chess world's top players has one element only: Carlsen... The recent top (notice the coincidence of the use of the word "top" here) tournaments (Candidates, Norway, Tal) seems to indicate the exact same thing.|
|Jul-01-13|| ||wtwz: <cro777> Rapport's next appearance will be tomorrow in Greek League.|
But if you were referring to major tournaments, then you're right, and it will definitely be interesting to see how he does.
|Jul-01-13|| ||cro777: <wtwz> I was referring to major tournaments. But thanks for the information. Last year the Greek Team Championship presented interesting chess with players such as Caruana, Kamsky and Judit Polgar. This year the highest rated players are Jakovenko (2713) and Navara (2707).|
|Jul-02-13|| ||cro777: At the 41st Greek Team Championship 2013 Premier League , Rapport plays on Board 1 for his chess club Panionios G.S.S. (Pan-Ionian Gymnastic Association of Smyrna). Last year he scored 4.5/7.|
The first round match Panionios vs Polichnis starts today at 16:30.
The defending champion is P.S. Peristeriou who won the title last year with Caruana and Judit Polgar on top boards. This year they have Jakovenko on Board 1.
|Jul-02-13|| ||cro777: This game is characteristic of Rapport's style (the game is not in the Chessgames database).|
At the last year edition of the Greek Team Championship, Rapport helped his team Panionios to stay in the higher league (scoring 4.5/7 on Board 1).
Rapport was particularly happy for beating GM Evgeny Postny (2651) from Israel: "Postny fortunately applied an opening that I was checking out several times in the preparation so I invented a new step against it. Finally I managed to beat him with my innovation after I knocked him out of his rhythm."
Evgeny Postny - Richard Rapport
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8.
Bd3 a6 9. e4 c5 10. d5 c4 11. dxe6 fxe6 12. Bc2
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12...Nc5 <Black usually plays here 12...Qc7 or 12...Bb7> 13. Qe2 Nd3+ 14. Bxd3 cxd3 15. Qe3 b4 16. Nd1 Bb7 17. Ng5 Qd7 18. e5 Ng4 19. Qh3 h5 20. Bd2 Be7 21. O-O Rc8 22. Nf3 Rc4 23. Ne3 Rf4 24. Ne1 Nxe5 25. Qg3 g5 26. h4 Ng6 27.
hxg5 Bd6 28. Nd1 Rg4 29. Qh3
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29...Rh4 30. Qxd3 Bh2+ 31. Kh1 Qxd3 32. Nxd3 Bf4+ 33. Kg1 Bxd2 0-1
|Jul-21-13|| ||cro777: The six players double round robin GM tournament, the main event of the Biel International Chess Festival 2013, starts on Monday, 22nd July at 14:00 (UTC+2).|
In the first round Rapport plays with the black pieces against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
|Jul-22-13|| ||pbercker: Quite an exciting game between Maxime and Rapport ... |
... nice Bishop sacrifice on h3!
|Jul-22-13|| ||Strongest Force: If the worlds and times of Rapport and Capablanca were switched, would Capa be a GM at 12 and world champ at 20 and would Rap even be known before he quit chess? It's a unfair crazy question but that's how my mind works.|
|Jul-23-13|| ||cro777: Richard Rapport: "Usually I make a deep preparation before every tournament. I try to find the weaknesses of my opponent, and play something that my opponent does not like. I also like to go into unexplored territory. I work six to nine hours per day, depending on the circumstances."|
Richard Rapport portrayed by Diana Mihajlova at
|Jul-23-13|| ||AsosLight: Like I said Rapport kept his so far tradition of getting destroyed against +2700 opposition. So far so bad.|
|Jul-26-13|| ||AsosLight: OK this is the last time that I post here for a long long time and certainly the last time that I post something negative. Already fell bad enough as it is since I was indeed looking for a great talent.|
So my assessment after studying Richard's hard opposition games until r5 of Biel is this. He is a very entertaining and a highly imaginative player who unfortunately looks more like someone who grew up prematurely than someone who is as strong as it is due to a great potential.
In that sense I would put him more towards Negi or Ponomariov or Bacrot and distant from the likes of Carlsen or Nakamura or even Grischuk or Radjabov who grew fast but topped later in life.
Time will tell whether I am right or wrong, statistics though indicate that rarely my guesstimates get blown.
|Jul-26-13|| ||perfidious: <AsosLight: OK this is the last time that I post here for a long long time and certainly the last time that I post something negative.....>|
We may only hope.
|Jul-26-13|| ||AsosLight: You seem to be obsessed against people who like to use their brains and post with any kind of reasoning. |
Although I do sympathize your problem and understand you being jealous for not having the same capacity, let me kindly advice you to stop taking the monopoly of trolling the clever people.
Let others produce an equally negative contribution, you start to be boringly predictable.
|Aug-02-13|| ||fgh: Biel and the Greek League may have been setbacks for Rapport, but I'm sure he will learn from them. I honestly hope he becomes the #1 player in Hungary in 3 or so years, since that would practically cause Leko to disappear from top tournaments. And that can't happen soon enough.|
|Oct-06-13|| ||ChessVip: Richard Rapport from Hungary, Julio Granda from Peru,Ivan Cheparinov from Bulgaria,Lázaro Bruzón from Cuba and Iván Salgado from Spain are playing Entre Faros International Chess Tournament http://www.chessfaros.com/english/|
|Oct-10-13|| ||Oxnard: In the six years Apr 2001-Apr 2007 Carlsen (10 yrs 4 months-16 yrs, 4 months) went from 2064-2693 elo.|
In the six years Jul 2006-Jul 2013, Rapport (10 yrs, 4 months-16 yrs, 4 months) went from 2005-2693 elo.
Quite a remarkable correlation.
Those other prodigies in Carlsen's shadow, for example Caruana, made roughly the same progress starting from the same age, but over about 8 years. Karjakin made unmatched progress early on (culminating in his becoming the youngest ever Grandmaster) but his subsequent passage from 2500-2700 took much longer (5 years).
Mark my words, Rapport will be Carlsen's major rival in some years, and he's poised to crash into the 2700 club sometime inside of the next few months.
|Oct-10-13|| ||ketchuplover: Best wishes at Wijk aan Zee young man :)|
|Oct-10-13|| ||parisattack: <Oxnard> Interesting stats!|
<...Mark my words, Rapport will be Carlsen's major rival in some years, and he's poised to crash into the 2700 club sometime inside of the next few months.>
You may well be correct. Of course, time will tell! I do like that he does not seem as dependent on computers as the 'older' generation.
The apparent 'erratic' experiences in his current games only indicate things are beginning to come together for him. I recall the same 'digesting' in Carlsen's play several times along the way to the top.
|Oct-10-13|| ||babalu: ELO points are nothing more than a representation of volume of activity.|
|Oct-11-13|| ||Oxnard: My mistake, I selected the wrong data point, a better fit is Apr 2007-Apr 2013, 2027-2654elo (+627) (11 yrs, 1 month-17 yrs, 1 month) compared to Carlsen's (+629). In this case, Rapport is a bit over half a year behind Carlsen, but still closer than the other two.|
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