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Zoltan Almasi
Z Almasi 
Photograph copyright © 2006 Milan Kovacs (  
Number of games in database: 1,183
Years covered: 1990 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2696 (2650 rapid, 2585 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2726

Overall record: +331 -149 =473 (59.5%)*
   * 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 (218) 
    B90 B33 B32 B80 B42
 Ruy Lopez (124) 
    C78 C67 C84 C80 C92
 French Defense (55) 
    C11 C18 C10 C03 C16
 Sicilian Najdorf (55) 
    B90 B92 B93 B98 B91
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (54) 
    C84 C92 C89 C96 C95
 Sicilian Taimanov (34) 
    B48 B47 B45 B46
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (140) 
    C67 C65 C84 C92 C69
 Queen's Indian (88) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E19
 Nimzo Indian (76) 
    E32 E21 E55 E20 E46
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (52) 
    C84 C92 C91 C99 C95
 English (37) 
    A15 A17 A13 A14 A10
 Sicilian (35) 
    B42 B43 B90 B22 B30
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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
   Sutovsky vs Z Almasi, 2014 0-1
   Z Almasi vs J Salomon, 2016 1-0
   Z Almasi vs Radjabov, 2016 1-0
   Z Almasi vs Kengis, 1996 1-0
   Z Almasi vs M Marin, 2008 1-0

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

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

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

   🏆 Bundesliga 2017/18
   L Mons vs Z Almasi (Mar-11-18) 1/2-1/2
   Z Almasi vs Valentin Dragnev (Mar-10-18) 1-0
   Jakovenko vs Z Almasi (Feb-25-18) 1/2-1/2
   Z Almasi vs Leko (Feb-24-18) 1/2-1/2
   G Ginsburg vs Z Almasi (Feb-04-18) 0-1

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(born Aug-29-1976, 41 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 1,183  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 (Hungary)E32 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 Lajos Abel  1-0301992Zalakaros op rapB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
9. Z Almasi vs Kulaots  1-0451992Wch U16B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
10. Adorjan vs Z Almasi  1-0331992Ch HungaryE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
11. Svidler vs Z Almasi 1-0471992ChWmU16 Duisburg UTYSOC53 Giuoco Piano
12. M S Tseitlin vs Z Almasi 1-0281992Budapest (Hungary)C25 Vienna
13. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Z Almasi 1-0371992Duna KupaE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
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. Joel Benjamin vs Z Almasi  1-0561993New York Open (06)C67 Ruy Lopez
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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Oct-05-03  stinkymagoo: Zoltan is very wise and powerful- he is the holder of the continuum transfunctioner- a very mysterious and powerful device whose mystery is only exceeded by its power... nice rating too.
Sep-13-04  ConLaMismaMano: <stinkymagoo> Isn't that phrase from the movie "Austin Powers"? The "continuum transfunctioner"?
Mar-28-05  WTHarvey: Here are the critical positions of some of Zoltan's games not given here:
Mar-28-05  marekg248: Quite a notable player, he was 5th in Hungarian championship in 1992, one place ahead of Peter Leko. Their game was drawn at move 108. Leko vs Z Almasi, 1992
Mar-28-05  white pawn: <ConLaMismaMano> I believe it's from Dude Where's my Car?
Jun-22-05  jamesmaskell: Congrats on winning the Gyorgy Marx tourny, beating Korchnoi by half a point.
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Why are the pieces in the photo as 'misplaced' as the ones in Rustam Kasimdzhanov photo ???

If not for the fact that both side's pieces are black, I'd say they're playing each other!

Aug-04-05  DrDum: Unfortunately, the continuum transfunctioner hasn't worked since the flux capacitor broke.
Aug-04-05  rexeterna: <whitep pawn> That would be an affirmative. Dumbest movie ever.
Aug-04-05  Shokwave: The position he is examining in the pic is indeed very bizarre...wonder what the game could have been?
Aug-04-05  Lord.Dracula: <WannaBe> It's likely that they were both taken during the same Chess960 (FischerRandom) tournament, because they're both of the same quality.
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <Lord.Dracula> Thanks for the answer. We had a lots of fun trying to 'explain' the Rustam photo!
Aug-04-05  alexandrovm: yes, maybe a fischer random game
Mar-11-06  BIDMONFA: Zoltan Almasi

ALMASI, Zoltan

Mar-14-06  Warrush: It is Fischer Random
Mar-28-06  KYENNY139: I have Zoli Almasi's autograph; I aquired it whe I met him in Hungary.
Apr-22-06  Petrosian63: What was the score between Svidler and Almasi in the Fisher Random WCC?
Jun-23-06  makaveli52: the description says that he competed for the fischer random championship, so obviously the picture was taken while he was playing the variation of chess. Fischer Random is a type of chess where the back ranks are shuffled, in order to remove the necessary opening study, and create more of a pure equal game
Jul-03-07  sanyas: He looks very scary in that picture
Aug-19-07  linux fan: Congrats to Almási, 9/11 at the Ordix Open is one of his best result lately. And he plays those last rounds so cool and confident.
Nov-27-07  linux fan: Almási had 2692 before the World Cup, that is before he beat Wen Yang 1,5-0,5 and won the first game against Bartosz Socko. Second game is tomorrow. I guess he must have those missing 8 rating points by now. Way to go, Alma!
Dec-11-07  Resignation Trap: Almasi is a big fan of Formula 1 racing: .
Dec-11-07  Red October: good looking guy,
Dec-30-07  like a GM: Nice win today for Almasi.
Dec-30-07  veigaman: He is a very good player, very underestimated and unfortunately he doesnt recive many invitations to take part in tournaments
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