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Lajos Portisch
Photograph copyright © 2006 Milan Kovacs (  
Number of games in database: 2,765
Years covered: 1955 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2467 (2426 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2655

Overall record: +945 -418 =1373 (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.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (202) 
    E92 E62 E60 E97 E81
 Nimzo Indian (146) 
    E54 E41 E30 E55 E53
 Queen's Indian (123) 
    E12 E14 E15 E17 E19
 English (87) 
    A17 A14 A10 A15 A16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (87) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D38
 Grunfeld (85) 
    D97 D78 D92 D85 D94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (286) 
    B43 B42 B46 B47 B97
 Ruy Lopez (163) 
    C95 C92 C93 C69 C65
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (101) 
    C95 C92 C93 C94 C85
 Nimzo Indian (90) 
    E41 E38 E54 E55 E21
 Queen's Indian (87) 
    E12 E15 E19 E17 E14
 French Defense (82) 
    C18 C16 C09 C02 C05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Portisch vs Petrosian, 1967 1-0
   Portisch vs de Firmian, 1990 1-0
   Portisch vs Tal, 1964 1/2-1/2
   Portisch vs S Johannessen, 1966 1-0
   Portisch vs Larsen, 1972 1-0
   Portisch vs Petrosian, 1974 1-0
   Portisch vs Karpov, 1975 1/2-1/2
   Keres vs Portisch, 1967 0-1
   Suba vs Portisch, 1984 0-1
   Portisch vs I Radulov, 1969 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   San Antonio (1972)
   Las Palmas (1972)
   Hoogovens (1975)
   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)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Moscow (1967)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Politiken Cup (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Lajos Portisch (Varnusz) by Chessdreamer
   Selected Games of Lajos Portisch by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Selected Games of Lajos Portisch by StuporMoundi
   Exchange sacs - 4 by obrit
   Grandmaster Portisch by keywiz84
   My Secrets in the Ruy Lopez (Portisch) by Qindarka
   Milan 1975 by suenteus po 147
   Milan 1975 by JoseTigranTalFischer

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

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(born Apr-04-1937, 81 years old) Hungary

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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:, and Part 2: YouTube tribute to Portisch

Wikipedia article: Lajos Portisch

 page 1 of 111; games 1-25 of 2,765  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Portisch vs T Florian  1-0661955HUN-ch 11thB53 Sicilian
2. M Bely vs Portisch  1-0631955HUN-ch 11thC45 Scotch Game
3. Portisch vs Mednis  ½-½501955Wch U20 final-AA40 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Portisch vs P Dely 1-0221955HUN-ch 11thA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
5. L Tipary vs Portisch  ½-½891955HUN-ch 11thA43 Old Benoni
6. S Johannessen vs Portisch  ½-½261955AntwerpC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
7. Szabo vs Portisch 1-0401955HUN chE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. F Jenei vs Portisch  ½-½571955HUN-ch 11thD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Portisch vs I Bilek  0-1511955HUN-ch 11thB40 Sicilian
10. K Honfi vs Portisch  0-1411955HUN-ch 11thB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
11. Portisch vs E Gereben  1-0411955HUN-ch 11thE89 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line
12. J Foldi vs Portisch  ½-½251955HUN-ch 11thB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
13. Portisch vs F Csiszar  1-0481955Voros LobogoD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
14. Portisch vs Benko  0-1361955HUN-ch 11thE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
15. G Barcza vs Portisch  ½-½261955HUN-ch 11thE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
16. Portisch vs F Koberl  1-0471955Voros LobogoA44 Old Benoni Defense
17. Portisch vs S Johannessen  1-0351955Wch U20 final-AB10 Caro-Kann
18. Tringov vs Portisch  ½-½631955Wch U20 final-AB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
19. Portisch vs V Muller  1-0501955Wch U20 prel-BD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. M Farre vs Portisch  1-0601955Wch U20 final-AE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
21. I Johannsson vs Portisch  0-1261955Wch U20 prel-BE15 Queen's Indian
22. S Schweber vs Portisch 1-0541955Wch U20 prel-BE41 Nimzo-Indian
23. D Keller vs Portisch  0-1481955Wch U20 final-AB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
24. S Schweber vs Portisch  0-1381955Wch U20 final-AE41 Nimzo-Indian
25. Portisch vs L Hallstrom  ½-½331955Wch U20 final-AD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
 page 1 of 111; games 1-25 of 2,765  PGN Download
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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.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Lajos Portisch!!
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  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.

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  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.
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  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  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.
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  whiteshark: Many happy returns, <GM Portisch>!
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  uriel76: Happy birthday gm Portisch!
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  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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  offramp: He was not totally port. Just portisch.
Dec-16-17  WorstPlayerEver: Great Portisch pic:

Dec-16-17  Retireborn: Nice picture. Looks like a position from his rd 6 game vs Hartoch. Portisch won that tournament with an unbeaten 11.5/15
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  zanzibar: A classic chess pose.
Dec-17-17  Nosnibor: <offramp> But some of his games are vintage like good port !
Dec-17-17  Retireborn: Looking at the pic again, it's slightly odd that there's a prominent Yugoslav flag; suggests the game is over or adjourned and he's looking at it on a random table.
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  zanzibar: Portisch vs R Hartoch, 1969 (m=79)

(Aside - wish <CG> would notate move in such links)

Position after 78...Qc1.

The look definitely suggests in the "heat of the moment", as does the clock plunger being up for White (even if covered by the booklet).

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  zanzibar: Oh yeah, plus the "lived in" look of the Black side of the board, including the score-sheet at the ready.

In other words, the flag is the only thing that looks out of place.

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  saffuna: I assume that game had an adjournment?
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  zanzibar: <saff> good point - they could have just set up at any old table for the resumption.
Dec-17-17  Retireborn: <z> It may just be a mistaken flag, I suppose - Portisch not the kind of guy to kick up a fuss.
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