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Zoltan Almasi
Z Almasi 
Photograph copyright © 2006 Milan Kovacs (  
Number of games in database: 1,111
Years covered: 1990 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2696 (2638 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2726

Overall record: +316 -144 =456 (59.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 195 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (213) 
    B90 B33 B32 B42 B48
 Ruy Lopez (120) 
    C78 C80 C67 C92 C89
 Sicilian Najdorf (64) 
    B90 B92 B93 B98 B91
 French Defense (55) 
    C11 C18 C10 C16 C03
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (52) 
    C92 C84 C89 C99 C95
 Caro-Kann (32) 
    B12 B17 B19 B18 B10
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (132) 
    C67 C65 C92 C88 C69
 Queen's Indian (87) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E19
 Nimzo Indian (74) 
    E32 E55 E20 E21 E46
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (50) 
    C92 C88 C84 C91 C99
 English (35) 
    A15 A17 A13 A14 A12
 Sicilian (33) 
    B43 B42 B90 B40 B22
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Z Almasi vs Korchnoi, 1996 1-0
   Z Almasi vs Korchnoi, 1997 1-0
   Z Almasi vs W Watson, 1994 1-0
   Z Almasi vs Radjabov, 2016 1-0
   Z Almasi vs M Marin, 2008 1-0
   Sutovsky vs Z Almasi, 2014 0-1
   Z Almasi vs J Salomon, 2016 1-0
   Z Almasi vs Stefansson, 2006 1-0
   Z Almasi vs A Tari, 2015 1-0
   Z Almasi vs E Kengis, 1996 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   53rd Hungarian Championships (2003)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Linz (1997)
   Reggio Emilia (2009)
   Reggio Emilia (2008)
   Ordix Open (2007)
   Corus Group B (2006)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Hasselbacken Open (2016)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Biel 1996 by suenteus po 147
   Linz 1997 by Phony Benoni
   Dos Hermanas 2001 by suenteus po 147
   2013 Capablanca memorial by gauer
   excellente! by acportugal808

   Z Almasi vs V S Gujrathi (Apr-26-17) 1/2-1/2
   Z Almasi vs E Can (Apr-25-17) 1-0
   Kamsky vs Z Almasi (Apr-23-17) 1/2-1/2
   Z Almasi vs A Ramirez Alvarez (Apr-22-17) 1-0
   A Donchenko vs Z Almasi (Apr-21-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-29-1976, 40 years old) Hungary
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Zoltán Almási earned the GM title in 1993 at the age of 17, the same year he became U-18 World Junior Champion. He has won seven Hungarian Championships (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008). His biggest victory of 2005 came when he won the 3rd Marx Gyorgy (2005) with 6.5 points out of 10. Later that year he challenged Peter Svidler for the Chess 960 (Fischerandom) World Championship in Mainz, but lost the match. In 2008 he won the 50th International Tournament in Reggio Emilia 2007/08 with 6.0/9 and no losses. His performance was 2747.

By placing =1st in the Krynica Zonal Tournament 1.4, Almási qualfied for the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999) where he made it to the third round where he lost to Michael Adams. He also qualified for the World Cup (2011) by virtue of his result in the European Individual Championships (2010), where he defeated Egyptian GM Essam El Gindy in the first round, but lost unexpectedly to Romanian GM Mircea-Emilian Parligras in the second round. He won individual silver (for board 2) and team bronze in the European Team Championship (2011), scoring 6/8 and a TPR of 2809. He has represented Hungary at every Olympiad since 1994, winning team silver in 2002 and 2014, and individual silver for board 2 in 2010. In May 2013, he won the annual Capablanca Memorial.

Almási's peak rating and ranking to date are 2726 and world #19 respectively, in July 2011.

Wikipedia article: Zolt%C3%A1n Alm%C3%A1si; Live rating list:

Latest update 24 May 2015

 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,119  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Z Almasi vs L Zsinka 1-041 1990 Ch Hungary (open)C55 Two Knights Defense
2. B Schipkov vs Z Almasi  ½-½18 1990 Hungary-ch openE41 Nimzo-Indian
3. Z Almasi vs G Timoshenko  0-145 1991 Budapest Spring opC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Barsov vs Z Almasi  ½-½61 1991 Cansys IM-AD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
5. Baburin vs Z Almasi  ½-½15 1991 Budapest (Hungary)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
6. Z Almasi vs Lajos Abel  1-030 1992 Zalakaros op rapB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
7. Leko vs Z Almasi ½-½108 1992 Budapest HUN chC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
8. Z Almasi vs Adorjan 1-027 1992 ZalakarosB01 Scandinavian
9. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Z Almasi 1-037 1992 Duna KupaE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
10. Z Almasi vs Oral  ½-½47 1992 EU-ch U16C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
11. Adorjan vs Z Almasi  1-033 1992 Ch HungaryE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. Z Almasi vs Kulaots  1-045 1992 Wch U16B82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
13. Svidler vs Z Almasi 1-047 1992 ChWmU16 Duisburg UTYSOC53 Giuoco Piano
14. M S Tseitlin vs Z Almasi 1-028 1992 Budapest (Hungary)C25 Vienna
15. C Lutz vs Z Almasi  ½-½46 1992 EU-chT (Men)E60 King's Indian Defense
16. Z Almasi vs V Dydyshko  ½-½65 1992 EU-chT (Men)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. V Malisauskas vs Z Almasi  1-066 1992 EU-chT (Men)C67 Ruy Lopez
18. Z Almasi vs B Ostenstad  0-149 1992 EU-chT (Men)C19 French, Winawer, Advance
19. E Prie vs Z Almasi  ½-½43 1992 EU-chT (Men)C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
20. P Vandevoort vs Z Almasi  0-144 1992 EU-chT (Men)A15 English
21. Z Almasi vs V Maidla  ½-½57 1992 EU-chT (Men)B32 Sicilian
22. Z Almasi vs A Sokolovs 1-030 1992 EU-chT (Men)C16 French, Winawer
23. Adorjan vs Z Almasi  ½-½11 1993 Ch HungaryA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
24. M Bezold vs Z Almasi 0-127 1993 Altensteig-AC33 King's Gambit Accepted
25. Z Almasi vs V Kovacevic 1-023 1993 EUCup Gr5Balatonbereny ;CBM 38C11 French
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Dec-20-08  Katu: Nice awareness, the bishop is really in b5.
Dec-29-08  jon01: I wonder how much his liverating is.
Sep-29-09  Billy Vaughan: And he's in the 2700 club. Congratulations!
Jan-04-10  magnuschess: his notable games were just with white ;)
Jan-06-10  Prugno: I'm a great fan of Almasi's style and was very happy to see him do so well in Reggio Emilia for the third year in a row, but still there seems to be a mistake in his biography above.

Almasi was never literally "World Junior Champion", a title reserved for the winner of the Under-20 event, and which in 1993 was won by Igor Miladinovic. More likely, in that year he was "World Under-18 Champion" or something similar.

Mar-06-10  supy: Top seeded and playing at table 1 with 240 GMs!

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  Method B: <Top seeded and playing at table 1 with 240 GMs!>

Good enough start with three victories out of three white games against much lower rated opponents. There wasn't a lot in his black games though. He has the black pieces against Sutovsky today. Both of them are only a half point behind the leaders.

Hajrá Zoli!

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  Tabanus: Well he ended 6th in EICC, with perf. according to his rating and qualification for the World Cup:

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  Caissanist: Until a few months ago Almasi's all time high rating was 2691, but he has managed to add another 29 points to reach 2720. FIDE's site has him expected to add another five points, which would put him into the world's top twenty for the first time. That's quite unusual in this day and age--I can't think of anyone else who has cracked the top twenty for the first time when he was over 30.
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  GrahamClayton: Here is an article about Almasi's visit to the Hungarian Grand Prix, and finding a couple of chess playing Formula 1 drivers:

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  Tabanus: Shared 2nd place in György Marx Memorial (Paks, Hungary) 5-16 August 2010:

Nov-05-10  zoren: <Caissanist: Until a few months ago Almasi's all time high rating was 2691, but he has managed to add another 29 points to reach 2720. FIDE's site has him expected to add another five points, which would put him into the world's top twenty for the first time. That's quite unusual in this day and age--I can't think of anyone else who has cracked the top twenty for the first time when he was over 30.>

At this point has actually surpassed Leko... just shows you how much of a rut Leko has been in.

Dec-21-10  Ezzy: Is the European rapidplay champion 2010.
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  Caissanist: Almasi will be playing second board (under Leko) in the World Team Championship, even though he's been Hungary's top player for close to a year now. I wonder if he agreed to this.
Jul-13-11  bronkenstein: Why not Caissanist , there are other things than ELO (only 9 points difference BTW) in making team setup.
Aug-29-11  abstract: Happy birthday GM Zoltan.. we share the same birthday and that what makes ur playing style boring as hell !! :)
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  whiteshark: <abstract <boring as hell>> Do you speak from personal experience?
Aug-29-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy 36th Birthday, GM Almasi!


Oct-30-12  waustad: His loss to Bodnaruk cost 8.4 elo at the Chigorin memorial:
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  Method B: Almási won the Capablanca Memorial with a +4-1=5 performance ahead of Yuniesky Quesada Perez , Leinier Dominguez, Andreikin, Inarkiev and Harikrishna.


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  whiteshark: You don't mess with the Zoltan!
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  Method B: His live rating is <2710.2>. Gaining 15.2 points he climbed back to the 2700's club. Well done.
Aug-29-14  Kain3: Very strong chess player who somehow never makes the headlines or could crack the top-15.
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  Penguincw: Happy 38th birthday to GM (and former 2700 club member) Zoltan Almasi.
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Zoltan Almasi for beating Lenderman (2617) today to gain 3.9 points. Almasi now sits at 2703.1, as he is back in the 2700 club.
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