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Zoltan Almasi
Z Almasi 
Photograph copyright © 2006 Milan Kovacs (  
Number of games in database: 1,199
Years covered: 1990 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2699 (2650 rapid, 2585 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2726

Overall record: +338 -152 =479 (59.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 230 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (220) 
    B90 B33 B32 B80 B42
 Ruy Lopez (125) 
    C78 C84 C80 C67 C92
 Sicilian Najdorf (57) 
    B90 B92 B93 B98 B91
 French Defense (55) 
    C11 C18 C10 C16 C03
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (54) 
    C84 C92 C89 C96 C99
 Sicilian Taimanov (34) 
    B48 B47 B45 B46
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (140) 
    C67 C65 C84 C92 C69
 Queen's Indian (90) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E19
 Nimzo Indian (76) 
    E32 E21 E55 E20 E46
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (52) 
    C84 C92 C91 C86 C95
 English (37) 
    A15 A17 A13 A14 A10
 Sicilian (36) 
    B42 B90 B43 B22 B32
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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 A Tari, 2015 1-0
   Z Almasi vs M Marin, 2008 1-0
   Z Almasi vs Radjabov, 2016 1-0
   Z Almasi vs J Salomon, 2016 1-0
   R Aloma Vidal vs Z Almasi, 2012 0-1
   Z Almasi vs V M Mikhalevski, 2008 1-0
   Sutovsky vs Z Almasi, 2014 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   53rd Hungarian Championship (2003)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Reggio Emilia (2008)
   Corus Group B (2006)
   Ordix Open (2007)
   Hasselbacken Open (2016)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   European Individual Championship (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

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

   🏆 Isle of Man Masters
   D Gukesh vs Z Almasi (Oct-28-18) 0-1
   Z Almasi vs S Williams (Oct-26-18) 1/2-1/2
   D Wagner vs Z Almasi (Oct-25-18) 1/2-1/2
   Z Almasi vs P V Vishnu (Oct-24-18) 1-0
   M Parligras vs Z Almasi (Oct-23-18) 1-0

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(born Aug-29-1976, 42 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: Zoltán Almási; Live rating list:

Last updated: 2017-06-20 10:55:05

 page 1 of 48; games 1-25 of 1,199  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Z Almasi vs L Zsinka 1-0411990Ch Hungary (open)C55 Two Knights Defense
2. B Schipkov vs Z Almasi  ½-½181990Hungary-ch openE41 Nimzo-Indian
3. Barsov vs Z Almasi  ½-½611991Cansys IM-AD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
4. Z Almasi vs G A Timoshenko  0-1451991Budapest Spring opC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Baburin vs Z Almasi  ½-½151991Budapest HonvedE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
6. Z Almasi vs Adorjan 1-0271992ZalakarosB01 Scandinavian
7. Z Almasi vs Oral  ½-½471992EU-ch U16C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
8. Z Almasi vs Kulaots  1-0451992Wch U16B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
9. Adorjan vs Z Almasi  1-0331992Ch HungaryE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. Svidler vs Z Almasi 1-0471992ChWmU16 Duisburg UTYSOC53 Giuoco Piano
11. M S Tseitlin vs Z Almasi 1-0281992Budapest (Hungary)C25 Vienna
12. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Z Almasi 1-0371992Duna KupaE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
13. Z Almasi vs Lajos Abel  1-0301992Zalakaros op rapB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
14. C Lutz vs Z Almasi  ½-½461992EUR-chT (Men) 10thE60 King's Indian Defense
15. Z Almasi vs V Dydyshko  ½-½651992EUR-chT (Men) 10thC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. Malisauskas vs Z Almasi  1-0661992EUR-chT (Men) 10thC67 Ruy Lopez
17. Z Almasi vs B Ostenstad  0-1491992EUR-chT (Men) 10thC19 French, Winawer, Advance
18. E Prie vs Z Almasi  ½-½431992EUR-chT (Men) 10thC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
19. P Vandevoort vs Z Almasi  0-1441992EUR-chT (Men) 10thA15 English
20. Z Almasi vs V Maidla  ½-½571992EUR-chT (Men) 10thB32 Sicilian
21. Z Almasi vs A Sokolovs 1-0301992EUR-chT (Men) 10thC16 French, Winawer
22. Leko vs Z Almasi ½-½1081992HUN-chC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
23. Z Almasi vs I Almasi  ½-½401993KecskemetC18 French, Winawer
24. Finkel vs Z Almasi  0-1511993Ch World (cadets) (under 18)C25 Vienna
25. Rublevsky vs Z Almasi  ½-½421993EUCup BalatonberenyC47 Four Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
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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!

Mar-11-10  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:

Apr-15-10  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:

Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Jul-13-11  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 !! :)
Premium Chessgames Member
  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:
May-02-13  Method B: Almási won the Capablanca Memorial with a +4-1=5 performance ahead of Yuniesky Quesada Perez , Leinier Dominguez, Andreikin, Inarkiev and Harikrishna.


Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: You don't mess with the Zoltan!
May-02-13  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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