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Karoly Honfi
K Honfi 
Number of games in database: 407
Years covered: 1950 to 1995
Last FIDE rating: 2035
Highest rating achieved in database: 2390

Overall record: +134 -157 =116 (47.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (70) 
    B93 B88 B20 B47 B43
 Caro-Kann (19) 
    B18 B16 B17 B12 B11
 French Defense (16) 
    C02 C16 C10 C13 C18
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C77 C91 C67 C60 C65
 Two Knights (13) 
    C59 C57 C58 C55 C56
 Vienna Opening (13) 
    C26 C29 C27 C28
With the Black pieces:
 Grunfeld (31) 
    D94 D78 D86 D97 D71
 Sicilian (25) 
    B42 B27 B43 B32 B40
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C81 C82 C73 C93 C80
 English (15) 
    A16 A10 A13 A15 A14
 King's Indian (15) 
    E60 E67 E90 E94 E62
 English, 1 c4 c5 (13) 
    A34 A39 A36 A38 A30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Ozsvath vs K Honfi, 1953 0-1
   G Negyesy vs K Honfi, 1955 0-1
   Portisch vs K Honfi, 1963 0-1
   K Honfi vs G Barcza, 1968 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Sukhumi (1972)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Genius in the Background (Karolyi/Aplin) by Qindarka

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(born Oct-25-1930, died Aug-14-1996, 65 years old) Hungary

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Born and died in Budapest, Karoly Honfi was awarded the IM title in 1962. In tournaments he was 1st= at Timisoara 1972, 1st at Kecskemet 1975 and 1st at Pecs 1976. He was married to Lujza Honfi Gurszky.

Wikipedia article: Karoly Honfi

Last updated: 2018-01-09 07:31:40

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 407  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Szabo vs K Honfi  1-0341950BudapestB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
2. K Honfi vs G Szilagyi  0-1551950HUN-ch 06thB56 Sicilian
3. E Gereben vs K Honfi  0-1341950HUN-ch 06thD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
4. K Honfi vs Bela Sebestyen  0-1251950HUN-ch 06thC44 King's Pawn Game
5. J Balogh vs K Honfi  ½-½361950HUN-ch 06thA07 King's Indian Attack
6. G Fuster vs K Honfi  1-0551950HUN-ch 06thA51 Budapest Gambit
7. K Honfi vs B Sandor  1-0571950HUN-ch 06thC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. G Barcza vs K Honfi  1-0511950HUN-ch 06thA28 English
9. Benko vs K Honfi  1-0321950HUN-ch 06thA07 King's Indian Attack
10. K Honfi vs G Kluger  1-0581950HUN-ch 06thB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
11. K Honfi vs P Rethy 0-1241950HUN-ch 06thC10 French
12. Szily vs K Honfi  ½-½251950HUN-ch 06thB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
13. K Honfi vs L Monostori  0-1431950HUN-ch 06thD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
14. K Honfi vs A Vajda  1-0281950HUN-ch 06thB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
15. K Honfi vs J Pogats  ½-½161950HUN-ch 06thC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
16. I Molnar vs K Honfi  1-0461950HUN-ch 06thD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Szabo vs K Honfi 1-0261950HUN-ch 06thD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. K Honfi vs T Florian  1-0421950HUN-ch 06thB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. K Honfi vs F Koberl  0-1601950HUN-ch 06thB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
20. M Bely vs K Honfi  0-1671950HUN-ch 06thD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. A Ozsvath vs K Honfi 0-1561953BudapestB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
22. L Barczay vs K Honfi  0-1331955BudapestC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
23. G Kluger vs K Honfi  0-1451955BudapestD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
24. G Negyesy vs K Honfi 0-1191955BudapestD84 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit Accepted
25. K Honfi vs Bela Erdy  1-0401955BudapestC55 Two Knights Defense
 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 407  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-29-05  Eastfrisian: Honfi died already on 14.08.1996. in the years 1958 and 1962 he was a member of the Hungarian team on the chess olympiades.

He had already the GM-norm, but was awarded at that time only the IM-title. He never became a GM.

Oct-25-06  BIDMONFA: Karoly Honfi

HONFI, Karoly

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  whiteshark: There is a biography in Hungarian language:

György und Négyesi Honfi:
<Honfi Nagymester (1930-1996)> Softback 248 S., Zalaegerszeg 2000, Fr. 30.-

short review (in German):

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  wordfunph: IM Karoly Honfi represented Hungary in two Olympiads:

1958 Munich = +3=5-2
1962 Varna = +6=3-3

excerpt from Karolyi/Aplin's book Genius in the Background..

<Honfi was an honourable man, and it is rather ironic that his honesty may have contributed to his failure to become a grandmaster. Other players have told me of a tournament where he needed to win his last game to secure the title. His Yugoslav opponent offered to make an 'arrangement' but Honfi refused. In the game he was close to winning, but he spoiled the position in time trouble.>

Nov-19-14  ljfyffe: Member of CC Oympiad IV (1962-1964) team.
Nov-07-15  zanzibar: There is a nice page, w photos, of him here (in Hungarian):

He did become a Hungarian GM in 1966. Only in 1975 did he achieve his first FIDE norm. As for the FIDE GM title:

<Not bitter at all races with renewed vigor went into battle, but while the world has changed, the circuit races ousted the Swiss system tournament, making it difficult for older job, execution is the norm. While some frequently used unfair means to this end, he refused to do so. "What good is a title that is bought?" - He asked, often he said. At the time, this view was not alone ...>

Nov-28-15  ljfyffe: Honfi finished 8th in the IV Final of the 1984-1992 Ladies CC World Championship, scoring 6.5/13.
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  Breunor: The Wikipedia article on him states he was awarded the GM title posthumously.
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