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Portisch 
Photograph copyright © 2006 Milan Kovacs (www.milankovacs.com)  
Lajos Portisch
Number of games in database: 2,770
Years covered: 1955 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2467 (2426 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2635
Overall record: +944 -416 =1381 (59.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      29 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (203) 
    E92 E62 E60 E81 E69
 Nimzo Indian (145) 
    E54 E41 E30 E55 E59
 Queen's Indian (124) 
    E12 E14 E15 E17 E18
 English (87) 
    A17 A14 A15 A10 A16
 Grunfeld (87) 
    D97 D78 D85 D92 D94
 Queen's Gambit Declined (81) 
    D37 D35 D31 D38 D30
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (299) 
    B43 B42 B47 B90 B40
 Ruy Lopez (164) 
    C95 C92 C93 C69 C72
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (101) 
    C95 C92 C93 C94 C85
 Queen's Indian (89) 
    E12 E15 E19 E17 E14
 Nimzo Indian (89) 
    E41 E38 E54 E55 E21
 French Defense (87) 
    C18 C16 C09 C02 C15
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Portisch vs Tal, 1964 1/2-1/2
   Portisch vs Petrosian, 1967 1-0
   Portisch vs S Johannessen, 1966 1-0
   Portisch vs DeFirmian, 1989 1-0
   Portisch vs Larsen, 1972 1-0
   Suba vs Portisch, 1984 0-1
   Portisch vs I Radulov, 1969 1-0
   Portisch vs L Lengyel, 1964 1/2-1/2
   Keres vs Portisch, 1967 0-1
   Portisch vs Petrosian, 1974 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Las Palmas (1972)
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens (1975)
   Hoogovens (1972)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   San Antonio (1972)
   Petropolis Interzonal (1973)
   Palma de Mallorca (1966)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Palma de Mallorca (1967)
   Moscow (1967)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   Politiken Cup (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Selected Games of Lajos Portisch by StuporMoundi
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
   Exchange sacs - 4 by obrit
   Grandmaster Portisch by keywiz84
   Milan 1975 by suenteus po 147
   Second Piatigorsky Cup 1966 by Benzol

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LAJOS PORTISCH
(born Apr-04-1937) 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 Madrid Zonal for Stockholm Interzonal 1962 where he came equal 9th. In 1963, he won Halle Zonal ahead of Borislav Ivkov and Bent Larsen and advanced to 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 Biel Interzonal 1976, he qualified again with an equal 2nd after Bent Larsen, and went on to beat Larsen in Candidates quarter final 1977, but then lost the semi-final to Boris Spassky. He led the Hungarian team to an unprecedented 1st place finish ahead of the Soviets at 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 2,770  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Spassky vs Portisch  1-036 1955 Wch U20 final-AE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
2. Portisch vs S Johannessen  1-035 1955 Wch U20 final-AB10 Caro-Kann
3. L Tipary vs Portisch  ½-½89 1955 HUN-ch 11thA43 Old Benoni
4. Portisch vs J van Oosterom  1-038 1955 Wch U20 final-AA44 Old Benoni Defense
5. Portisch vs F Koberl  1-047 1955 Voros LobogoA44 Old Benoni Defense
6. Portisch vs P Dely 1-022 1955 HUN-ch 11thA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
7. K Honfi vs Portisch  0-141 1955 HUN-ch 11thB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
8. S Johannessen vs Portisch  ½-½26 1955 AntwerpC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
9. Portisch vs Mednis  ½-½50 1955 Wch U20 final-AA40 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Portisch vs I Bilek  0-151 1955 HUN-ch 11thB40 Sicilian
11. Portisch vs V Muller  1-050 1955 Wch U20 prel-BD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. S Schweber vs Portisch  1-054 1955 Wch U20 prel-BE41 Nimzo-Indian
13. J Foldi vs Portisch  ½-½25 1955 HUN-ch 11thB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
14. I Johannsson vs Portisch  0-126 1955 Wch U20 prel-BE15 Queen's Indian
15. Portisch vs E Gereben  1-041 1955 HUN-ch 11thE89 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line
16. M Farre vs Portisch  1-060 1955 Wch U20 final-AE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. Portisch vs Tringov  ½-½40 1955 Wch U20 prel-BE97 King's Indian
18. Portisch vs L Hallstrom  ½-½33 1955 Wch U20 final-AD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
19. G Barcza vs Portisch  ½-½26 1955 HUN-ch 11thE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
20. S Schweber vs Portisch  0-138 1955 Wch U20 final-AE41 Nimzo-Indian
21. Portisch vs Benko  0-136 1955 HUN-ch 11thE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
22. D Keller vs Portisch  0-148 1955 Wch U20 final-AB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
23. Tringov vs Portisch  ½-½63 1955 Wch U20 final-AB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
24. Portisch vs M Donia  1-054 1955 Wch U20 prel-BE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
25. M Bely vs Portisch  1-063 1955 HUN-ch 11thC45 Scotch Game
 page 1 of 111; games 1-25 of 2,770  PGN Download
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Jan-14-05
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  Gypsy: <nikolaas/Dillinger> All of the above are fine choices -- and I would add also Charousek. (At least.)

My list was by no means exhaustive; I highlited Maroczy as I like both his play and the way he faced life.

I just plain out spaced on Breyer. He was a revolutionary chess thinker, but I was looking along the lines of a championship calliber play.

Reti and Benko are "multinationals" so I kind of passed by them too. While Reti is an all time favorite of mine I knew next to nothing about Benko's play and thoughts untill very recently. Only about a month ago I read Benko's book on chess psychology and I liked his writing and games there.

I rooted for Leko in the Kramnik match, and he exceeded expectations pretty much throughout the match, except for his dear-in-headlight play in the last game (and one or two early draws up to that point). His conduct off the board was impecable throughout. We will see how he proceeds from here on.

As for Polgar sisters: It was absolutely shameful how some appartchiks of hungarian chess federation tried to block their progress (particularly Zuza's) and "put them in their place". Interestingly, Judith and Zuza play quite different chess. While Judith brilliance reminds one of Alekhine, I found also very pleasurable to watch Zuza dismantle her oponents (during the Olympiad) with the logic of Rubinstein.

Jan-14-05  dryden: Hungarian all time favourites of mine:
1. Lajos Portisch (who once sang several bars of a magyar folk song over the phone to the referee of the K-K match to prove he was Anatoly's coach) 2. Laszlo Szabo (3 times a candidate - brilliant attacking player) 3. Geza Maroczy
4. Farago (always plays the French)
5. Forintos
Jan-14-05  percyblakeney: <Hungarian all time favourites> Isidor Gunsberg is my choice. Losing 4-6 (with nine draws) against Steinitz in a match for the World Championship was no bad result, even if he maybe was counted as an Englishman by then.
Jan-17-05  nikolaas: <gypsy> I have to agree that it's a pleasure to study his endgames. Especially those two against Marshall.
Feb-15-05  Dudley: Portisch is a very solid strategic player so many of his games don't have the brilliant touch of a Kasparov, but they are probably more realistic for the average player to emulate. In the aforementioned new book, Benko relates that Portisch did not think much of his own tactical ability, comparing it to a typical master ranked player. It's positional play and strategy that allow him to play and sometimes beat the highest ranked players. Btw, there seems to be a lot of contempt here for players like Portisch that would beat almost anyone on this website routinely.
Apr-04-05  skakmiv: Today, Portisch turns 68.
Jun-19-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: As I remember it, Portisch was on the wrong end of a lot of brilliant *comebacks*, rather than brilliancies in general. He was the best in his generation at planning and preparing openings, arguably better even than Fischer; so long as the game followed his plans he would totally crush his opponent. But if something happened that he had not foreseen then he became a completely different player. He would then make not just tactical but positional errors as well.

Several times I have heard him described as "panicking" when things did not go as expected. It may be that he simply didn't have the kind of mind that couldn't adjust to surprises quickly enough.

Jun-19-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  OneArmedScissor: I have yet to see a picture of Mr. Portisch. Anyone care to post a link to a picture of him? Thanks
Jun-19-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  paulalbert: For picture, go to google link on this site ( better to strike chess after his name ) and do a google " images" search. You'll come up with some decent pictures of Lajos at various times during his career. Paul Albert
Aug-01-05  WMD: Another excerpt from the NIC interview:

Q: One of the reasons why you wore this this black suit against Fischer was that it was Sunday. Has it ever been a problem for you to be a Catholic in a socialist country?

P: Actually never, because they never dared say anything about it. When they realized I was a religious person I was already a well-known chess player. For example, the morning after we had won the Chess Olympiad in Buenos Aires in '78, me and two other players ran into the chief of the Hungarian delegation in the hall of the hotel. Well, he was a nice man, but a strong communist. And he said, 'Where are you going?' And I said, 'To church to give thanks that we won the Olympiad.' And his answer was, 'Yes, well done, well done. Go, go.' (Laughs) It was a bit funny and we started to laugh, well, smile at least, that a communist leader should say something like that.'

Aug-01-05  Koster: Posiibly because socialism and catholicism are so similar. Both are absolutist and demand obedience to a centralized beauracracy.
Aug-01-05  WMD: <beauracracy> 6/10 for effort.
Aug-03-05  weirdoid: This is not fully chess related, but I cannot refrain from posting it.

Was Portisch the strongest (again, strongest, not best) chessplayer of his day? You judge!

http://www.ex.ac.uk/~dregis/DR/Stor...

Nov-09-05  EmperorAtahualpa: <weirdoid> Your link doesn't work! Could you correct it please?
Jan-06-06  chessmaster pro: <EmperorAtahualpa>yes it works are u connected??or maybe you have a virus
Jan-09-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: Hehe, nice anecdote. The directory that contains the link that <weirdoid> gave has been moved to another site, and it looks like there's a redirection problem. The correct new link is http://www.ex.ac.uk/~dregis/DR/Stor....
Jan-09-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Pawn and Two: <it was Russia who liberated Hungary>. The Soviets had an unfortunate tenancy to turn their liberated countries into Soviets Pawns. After 11 years of Soviet freedom, came 1956. I well remember the Hungarian uprising of 1956 and the savage Soviet response.
Feb-04-06  Dozy: As a member of a Sydney Hungarian chess club I had the good fortune to play a simul against Portisch when he was in Australia in 1971 for a GM tournament. I've been a Portisch fan ever since. I don't remember much about the game except that his b2 bishop kept its malevolent eye on my position the whole time. It didn't actually DO anything, it just watched, but boy, how it watched! There's a short piece about it at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/porti...
Mar-16-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: All four of Portisch's "notable" draws are games where he should have won and got swindled, ouch.
Mar-16-06  Hafen Slawkenbergius: Reading Caissanist from June 19th, doesn't it seem as if Leko and Portisch have much in common, far more than their nationality?
Apr-04-06  BIDMONFA: Lajos Portisch

PORTISCH, Lajos
http://www.bidmonfa.com/portisch_la...
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Apr-04-06  Catfriend: Happy birthday, Mr.Portisch!
Apr-04-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <Dozy> I also played against Portisch in 1971 in a simul in Canberra. I had been playing chess for a couple of years since high school and mine was one of the last games to finish when I lost (needlessly I might add) a Queen pawn ending.

I don't have the score for that game any more, but I do remember Portisch regretfully taking advantage of my blunder as I had played really well up till then.

He was my favourite GM for a while after that and I truly hoped he could do well in the Candidates cycle.

Boldog szuletesnapot, GM Portisch!

Apr-04-06  drukenknight: <Several times I have heard him described as "panicking" when things did not go as expected. It may be that he simply didn't have the kind of mind that couldn't adjust to surprises quickly enough.>

This sounds about right. If you read his comments to his game vs Fischer, the Nimzo Indian at Santa Monica 1966, he sounds as if there is nothing he can do after the sack of Q for 2 rooks. His comments are fatalistic.

Apr-09-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: late happy birthday for Lajos Portisch, the man with the - until know - most Chess Olympic appearances (twenty times: 1956-74, 78-88, 92-96 & 2000): the hungarian regular was also a strong contender in the Interzonals: eight times qualified as a Candidate (but never made the final).
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