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Lajos Portisch
Portisch 
Photograph copyright © 2006 Milan Kovacs (www.milankovacs.com)  
Number of games in database: 2,757
Years covered: 1955 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2467 (2426 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2655

Overall record: +942 -417 =1369 (59.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 29 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (200) 
    E92 E62 E60 E69 E75
 Nimzo Indian (144) 
    E41 E54 E57 E30 E55
 Queen's Indian (123) 
    E12 E14 E15 E17 E19
 Grunfeld (86) 
    D97 D78 D85 D92 D94
 English (86) 
    A17 A14 A10 A15 A16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (84) 
    D37 D35 D31 D38 D30
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (299) 
    B43 B42 B47 B97 B40
 Ruy Lopez (163) 
    C95 C92 C93 C69 C72
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (101) 
    C95 C92 C93 C85 C94
 Nimzo Indian (90) 
    E41 E38 E54 E55 E21
 Queen's Indian (87) 
    E12 E15 E19 E17 E14
 French Defense (82) 
    C16 C18 C09 C02 C05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Portisch vs Tal, 1964 1/2-1/2
   Portisch vs Petrosian, 1967 1-0
   Portisch vs Larsen, 1972 1-0
   Portisch vs S Johannessen, 1966 1-0
   Portisch vs DeFirmian, 1989 1-0
   Portisch vs Karpov, 1975 1/2-1/2
   Suba vs Portisch, 1984 0-1
   Portisch vs Petrosian, 1974 1-0
   Keres vs Portisch, 1967 0-1
   Portisch vs I Radulov, 1969 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Las Palmas (1972)
   Hoogovens (1972)
   San Antonio (1972)
   Toluca Interzonal (1982)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   Palma de Mallorca (1966)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   Palma de Mallorca (1967)
   Petropolis Interzonal (1973)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Moscow (1967)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Politiken Cup (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Selected Games of Lajos Portisch by StuporMoundi
   Selected Games of Lajos Portisch by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Exchange sacs - 4 by obrit
   Grandmaster Portisch by keywiz84
   Milan 1975 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Milan 1975 by suenteus po 147

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 1st MVM Chess Cup
   R Rapport vs Portisch (2014) 1/2-1/2
   Portisch vs R Rapport (2014) 0-1
   R Rapport vs Portisch (2014) 1-0
   Portisch vs R Rapport (2014) 0-1
   Y Boukhris-Ferre vs Portisch (Aug-04-13) 0-1

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LAJOS PORTISCH
(born Apr-04-1937, 80 years old) Hungary

[what is this?]
Lajos Portisch was born in Zalaegerszeg. He won the Hungarian Championship for the first time in 1958, and in 1961 he became a grandmaster. In 1960, he qualified from the Madrid Zonal for the Stockholm Interzonal (1962), where he came equal 9th. In 1963, he won the Halle Zonal ahead of Borislav Ivkov and Bent Larsen and advanced to the Amsterdam Interzonal (1964) where he came 8th. Over the course of his career he qualified for the Candidates eight times and played for his country in nineteen consecutive Olympiads (1956-1996). He had another fine tournament finish with an equal 2nd with Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian after Anatoly Karpov at Milan (1975). At the Biel Interzonal (1976), he qualified again with an equal 2nd after Bent Larsen, and went on to win the Portisch - Larsen Candidates Quarterfinal (1977) match, but then lost the Spassky - Portisch Candidates Semifinal (1977) match. He led the Hungarian team to an unprecedented 1st place finish ahead of the Soviets at the Buenos Aires Olympiad 1978.

He still lives in Hungary, and is still active in local tournaments. His younger brother is Ferenc Portisch.

English language interview with Portisch on 1 Feb 2012, Part 1: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail..., and Part 2: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail... YouTube tribute to Portisch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnAH...

Wikipedia article: Lajos Portisch


 page 1 of 111; games 1-25 of 2,757  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Jenei vs Portisch  ½-½571955HUN-ch 11thD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Szabo vs Portisch 1-0401955HUN chE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. Portisch vs I Bilek  0-1511955HUN-ch 11thB40 Sicilian
4. K Honfi vs Portisch  0-1411955HUN-ch 11thB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
5. Portisch vs E Gereben  1-0411955HUN-ch 11thE89 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line
6. S Johannessen vs Portisch  ½-½261955AntwerpC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
7. J Foldi vs Portisch  ½-½251955HUN-ch 11thB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
8. Portisch vs F Csiszar  1-0481955Voros LobogoD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
9. Portisch vs Benko  0-1361955HUN-ch 11thE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
10. G Barcza vs Portisch  ½-½261955HUN-ch 11thE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
11. Portisch vs F Koberl  1-0471955Voros LobogoA44 Old Benoni Defense
12. Portisch vs T Florian  1-0661955HUN-ch 11thB53 Sicilian
13. M Bely vs Portisch  1-0631955HUN-ch 11thC45 Scotch Game
14. Portisch vs Mednis  ½-½501955Wch U20 final-AA40 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Portisch vs P Dely 1-0221955HUN-ch 11thA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
16. L Tipary vs Portisch  ½-½891955HUN-ch 11thA43 Old Benoni
17. I Johannsson vs Portisch  0-1261955Wch U20 prel-BE15 Queen's Indian
18. S Schweber vs Portisch 1-0541955Wch U20 prel-BE41 Nimzo-Indian
19. Portisch vs Tringov  ½-½401955Wch U20 prel-BE97 King's Indian
20. D Keller vs Portisch  0-1481955Wch U20 final-AB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
21. S Schweber vs Portisch  0-1381955Wch U20 final-AE41 Nimzo-Indian
22. Portisch vs L Hallstrom  ½-½331955Wch U20 final-AD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
23. Tringov vs Portisch  ½-½631955Wch U20 final-AB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
24. Spassky vs Portisch  1-0361955Wch U20 final-AE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
25. Portisch vs K Lloyd  ½-½411955Wch U20 prel-BE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
 page 1 of 111; games 1-25 of 2,757  PGN Download
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Nov-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: According to this site:

http://tartajubow.blogspot.com/2012...

<Now thereís a name thatís unknown to a lot of players today, [...]>

Can that possibly be true?

(Wonder who conducts the surveys to determine this)

Tartajubow finishes with links to the two part Chessbase interview found in the bio above.

May-10-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <Your only task in the opening is to reach a playable middlegame> - Lajos Portisch.
May-19-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <He approaches the chess board as if about to perform a sacrament, and when one watches his deep concentration at play, even his silence seems different from the silence of the others> - (on Portisch) - Grigor Piatigorsky.
May-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <The best decisions in chess are always those that are supported by accurate calculation> - Lajos Portisch.
Jun-05-15  ToTheDeath: <Your only task in the opening is to reach a playable middlegame> - Lajos Portisch.

This advice is definitely outdated... nowadays it's not enough to put your pieces on good squares and hope for the best. You have to play to win from the start.

Jun-05-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <ToTheDeath: <Your only task in the opening is to reach a playable middlegame> - Lajos Portisch. This advice is definitely outdated... nowadays it's not enough to put your pieces on good squares and hope for the best. You have to play to win from the start.>

Well, it remains valid advice to amateurs, to whom I assume it was addressed. It's not as if he played that way himself.

Jun-05-15  ToTheDeath: Good point. Out of context that quotation can be easily misread.
Jun-05-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: If your pieces ARE properly developed, it is better to form attacks.

I think Little Paulie morphy taught us that trick.

Jun-05-15  Everett: Reaching playable middlegames <while assidiously avoiding your opponents prep> is the magic recipe of Carlsen. Seems the above advice is still quite valid with a little tweaking.
Jun-05-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <Everett: Reaching playable middlegames <while assidiously avoiding your opponents prep> is the magic recipe of Carlsen. Seems the above advice is still quite valid with a little tweaking.>

That has definitely been Carlsen's approach but I think he is getting more ambitious in the opening. This game seemed like more or less straight prep. Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2015

Quite a contrast with Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2013.

Jun-05-15  Everett: <keypusher> I agree. Do you think match preparation changes things, especially WC prep, compared to tournament prep? If so, I agree.
Oct-04-15  Helios727: Why are there 7 games between Portish and Karpov from 8/31/1975 to 9/14/1975 ? That is a lot of games in a 15 day period.
Oct-04-15  Helios727: And I would add that they are all in Milan.
Jan-28-16  HSOL: >Helios727>: Check this tournament page, Milan (1975). An unusual format for a chess tournament with a round robin and then a playoff with semifinals and final.
Apr-04-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Lajos Portisch!!
Jul-18-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <keypusher: <ToTheDeath: <Your only task in the opening is to reach a playable middlegame> - Lajos Portisch. This advice is definitely outdated... nowadays it's not enough to put your pieces on good squares and hope for the best. You have to play to win from the start.>

Well, it remains valid advice to amateurs, to whom I assume it was addressed. It's not as if he played that way himself.>

This was taken, I believe, from the RHM work <How To Open a Chess Game>, which was indeed directed towards amateur players wishing to improve--sound advice which is by no means outdated, more than forty years on. My recollection is that this book offered useful practical advice in the pre-database era.

Apr-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Happy 80, GM Portisch!
Apr-04-17  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster! Have truly treasured your chess acumen over these many years. Enjoy your special day.
Apr-04-17  gars: Happy Birthday, Grandmaster Portisch! Your games are as instructive as entertaining.
Apr-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  LucB: Happy Bday, GM Portisch Lajos! (see what I did there?)
Apr-04-17  Eastfrisian: One of my chess heroes. Happy birthday GM Portisch.
Apr-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nosnibor: <Zugswangovitch> The wins that you are referring to against Tal, Keres, Petrosian and Spassky were all played in the 1967 Moscow Tournament and I understand that Portisch won a special prize for his win against Keres. This was `The Work of Art` prize. This is not mentioned on the Tournament site.
Apr-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Many happy returns, <GM Portisch>!
Apr-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  uriel76: Happy birthday gm Portisch!
Apr-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: btw, in an yesterday's chessbase interview Portisch said that he has just finished writing a chess book on a black defense he'd often played. He didn't want to reveal further details though.

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