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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 E69
 Nimzo Indian (146) 
    E54 E41 E30 E55 E53
 Queen's Indian (123) 
    E12 E14 E15 E17 E19
 Queen's Gambit Declined (87) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D38
 English (87) 
    A17 A14 A10 A15 A16
 Grunfeld (85) 
    D97 D78 D85 D92 D94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (286) 
    B43 B42 B46 B47 B97
 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) 
    C18 C16 C09 C02 C01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Portisch vs Petrosian, 1967 1-0
   Portisch vs de Firmian, 1989 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 Karpov, 1975 1/2-1/2
   Portisch vs Petrosian, 1974 1-0
   Suba vs Portisch, 1984 0-1
   Keres vs Portisch, 1967 0-1
   Portisch vs I Radulov, 1969 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens (1972)
   Hoogovens (1975)
   Las Palmas (1972)
   San Antonio (1972)
   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
   My Secrets in the Ruy Lopez (Portisch) by Qindarka
   Milan 1975 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Milan 1975 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 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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(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 Benko  0-1361955HUN-ch 11thE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
2. G Barcza vs Portisch  ½-½261955HUN-ch 11thE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
3. Portisch vs F Koberl  1-0471955Voros LobogoA44 Old Benoni Defense
4. Portisch vs T Florian  1-0661955HUN-ch 11thB53 Sicilian
5. Szabo vs Portisch 1-0401955HUN chE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
6. M Bely vs Portisch  1-0631955HUN-ch 11thC45 Scotch Game
7. Portisch vs Mednis  ½-½501955Wch U20 final-AA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Portisch vs P Dely 1-0221955HUN-ch 11thA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
9. L Tipary vs Portisch  ½-½891955HUN-ch 11thA43 Old Benoni
10. F Jenei vs Portisch  ½-½571955HUN-ch 11thD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Portisch vs I Bilek  0-1511955HUN-ch 11thB40 Sicilian
12. K Honfi vs Portisch  0-1411955HUN-ch 11thB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
13. S Johannessen vs Portisch  ½-½261955AntwerpC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
14. Portisch vs E Gereben  1-0411955HUN-ch 11thE89 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line
15. J Foldi vs Portisch  ½-½251955HUN-ch 11thB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
16. Portisch vs F Csiszar  1-0481955Voros LobogoD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
17. Portisch vs J van Oosterom  1-0381955Wch U20 final-AA44 Old Benoni Defense
18. Portisch vs Tringov  ½-½401955Wch U20 prel-BE97 King's Indian
19. Portisch vs S Johannessen  1-0351955Wch U20 final-AB10 Caro-Kann
20. Portisch vs V Muller  1-0501955Wch U20 prel-BD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Tringov vs Portisch  ½-½631955Wch U20 final-AB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
22. M Farre vs Portisch  1-0601955Wch U20 final-AE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. I Johannsson vs Portisch  0-1261955Wch U20 prel-BE15 Queen's Indian
24. S Schweber vs Portisch 1-0541955Wch U20 prel-BE41 Nimzo-Indian
25. D Keller vs Portisch  0-1481955Wch U20 final-AB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
 page 1 of 111; games 1-25 of 2,765  PGN Download
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Apr-19-06  DeepBlade: Lajos Portisch, singing Santa Lucia.

Source: Chessbase

Apr-20-06  sitzkrieg: Very cool!
Good tournament also, i very much like what they are doing for chess in turkey!
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  Dozy: Thanks for the link, DeepBlade. I passed it on via our local (Australian) chess forum.
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  Resignation Trap: What? No portrait of Portisch on ??
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  chancho: Here's one from 2005. (Gotta scroll down a little to see the pic.

Aug-31-06  Hinger: I read that no chess player studied or worked harder at chess than Lajos Portich. Next was Bobby Fischer.

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  WTHarvey: Here are some critical positions from his games:
Feb-07-07  trixio: Lajos Portisch a real fighter, historical
Apr-04-07  ekornet: Happy birthday to you!
Thanks for all the excitement.
And good luck at Gausdal Classics!
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  Resignation Trap: Best wishes GM Portisch on your 70th birthday! And many more to come!
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  technical draw: It seems to me that Portisch has been around forever. He has played every top player of the last 50 years.
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  Quintiliano: Right on, GM Portisch!!
Apr-23-07  Maatalkko: Portisch is way better than 2512 at his best.
Apr-26-07  stanleys: He did very well at Gausdal Classic - shared second place with Rozentalis and Krasenkov with 5,5 from 9.

Congratulations Mr Portisch!

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  Eggman: Some unusual factual errors in Kasparov's new <"Revolution In the 70s"> tome, such as referring to 8-time candidate Portisch as a 5-time candidate.
Sep-26-07  parisattack: Portisch's play never 'spoke to me' but he certainly was a super-super GM. I interviewed him for the college newspaper when he played in Denver, 1972. It was tough getting much out of him; his answers whilst polite were short, to-the-point. When I asked him the difference between his play and Fischer's he said, "We are both tacticians, he plays 1. e4 and I play 1. d4; that's all." After the simul we treated him to a night at the then fashionable Playboy Club where I thought he might loosen up a bit - but not.
Oct-24-07  Manuel G. Vergara: Me and Mr. Lajos had a 3 blitz games a while ago over the site flyordie. Of course i have'nt had the chance to equalize, he is legendary.
Nov-05-07  parisattack: <he is legendary.> Indeed, he is. That would make a great memory for a chess player - blitz games with a Super-GM. I think someone pulled out a pocket set when we went to the Playboy Club but I was too busy watching the bunnies to remember much... :)
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  Billy Vaughan: Hey, he and I share a birthday!
May-26-08  RookFile: Portisch played a lot of interesting games.
Feb-05-09  M.D. Wilson: A very solid player and very dangerous at his best. Portisch worked very hard at chess and he has results to show for it. His approach to 1. d4 is instructive, but not mind-blowing.
Mar-01-09  parisattack: <M.D. Wilson: A very solid player and very dangerous at his best. Portisch worked very hard at chess and he has results to show for it. His approach to 1. d4 is instructive, but not mind-blowing.>

Agree. I think Gligoric was the most 'classical' 1. d4 player of the post-war era. the touchstone for his games is that the center is everything.

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  GrahamClayton: Portisch holds the record for the most victories by one player in the history of the Chess Olympiads, with 121 victories in 20 Olympiads.
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  wordfunph: From 1956 to 2000, Lajos Portisch has played in 20 chess olympiads, more than anyone else. Long live the celebrant...Happy Birthday GM Lajos Portisch!!
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  talisman: happy birthday lajos.the man is in all the books.
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