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Zoltan Almasi
Z Almasi 
Photograph copyright © 2006 Milan Kovacs (  
Number of games in database: 1,109
Years covered: 1990 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2696 (2638 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2726

Overall record: +315 -144 =455 (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 C67 C80 C92 C89
 Sicilian Najdorf (64) 
    B90 B92 B93 B98 B94
 French Defense (55) 
    C11 C18 C10 C03 C16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (52) 
    C92 C89 C84 C96 C95
 Caro-Kann (32) 
    B12 B17 B19 B10 B18
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 E20 E55 E21 E46
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (50) 
    C92 C88 C84 C91 C86
 English (34) 
    A15 A17 A13 A14 A12
 Sicilian (33) 
    B43 B42 B22 B90 B40
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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
   Z Almasi vs Stefansson, 2006 1-0
   Z Almasi vs J Salomon, 2016 1-0
   Z Almasi vs A Tari, 2015 1-0
   Z Almasi vs Karpov, 2001 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)
   Linz (1997)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Reggio Emilia (2009)
   Reggio Emilia (2008)
   Corus Group B (2006)
   Ordix Open (2007)
   Hasselbacken Open (2016)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

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

   C Balogh vs Z Almasi (Feb-12-17) 1/2-1/2
   Z Almasi vs A Jankovic (Jan-29-17) 1/2-1/2
   R Rabiega vs Z Almasi (Dec-04-16) 0-1
   Z Almasi vs K Piorun (Dec-03-16) 1/2-1/2
   Y Kryvoruchko vs Z Almasi (Nov-27-16) 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 1,109  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. Leko vs Z Almasi ½-½108 1992 Budapest HUN chC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
7. Z Almasi vs Adorjan 1-027 1992 ZalakarosB01 Scandinavian
8. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Z Almasi 1-037 1992 Duna KupaE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
9. Z Almasi vs Oral  ½-½47 1992 EU-ch U16C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
10. Z Almasi vs Lajos Abel  1-030 1992 Zalakaros op rapB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
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. Z Almasi vs I Almasi  ½-½40 1993 KecskemetC18 French, Winawer
24. M Casella vs Z Almasi  0-139 1993 It (open)C51 Evans Gambit
25. M Bezold vs Z Almasi 0-127 1993 Altensteig-AC33 King's Gambit Accepted
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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?
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  jamesmaskell: Congrats on winning the Gyorgy Marx tourny, beating Korchnoi by half a point.
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  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.
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  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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