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Laszlo Kovacs
Number of games in database: 109
Years covered: 1960 to 2000
Last FIDE rating: 2017
Highest rating achieved in database: 2315
Overall record: +28 -44 =37 (42.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-05-1938, 80 years old) Hungary

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Hungarian IM Laszlo M. Kovacs was born in 1938. He was 1st at Lublin 1968.

Note: there are several other players named Laszlo Kovacs.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 109  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Laszlo Kovacs vs Nikitin  1-0321960WchT U26 07thB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
2. Laszlo Kovacs vs J Sloth  1-0361964WchT U26 11th fin-AB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
3. Laszlo Kovacs vs K Honfi  0-1251965HUN-ch 20thC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
4. Laszlo Kovacs vs G Kluger 0-1321965HUN-ch 20thC59 Two Knights
5. Laszlo Kovacs vs Polugaevsky  0-1331965BudapestB42 Sicilian, Kan
6. D Levy vs Laszlo Kovacs  0-1211965WchT U26 12th prelC44 King's Pawn Game
7. G Kluger vs Laszlo Kovacs  1-0521965HUN-ch 21stD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Laszlo Kovacs vs Portisch  ½-½401966BudapestC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
9. Taimanov vs Laszlo Kovacs  ½-½661966CSR-ch InternationalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Laszlo Kovacs vs Filip  0-1561966CSR-ch InternationalB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
11. G Kluger vs Laszlo Kovacs  0-1461966HUN-chA22 English
12. Adorjan vs Laszlo Kovacs  ½-½341966HUN-chC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
13. Laszlo Kovacs vs Ribli  ½-½521967HUN-chD71 Neo-Grunfeld
14. Szabo vs Laszlo Kovacs  1-0291968Magyarorszag 5/497D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Laszlo Kovacs vs G Kluger  0-1401968BudapestE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
16. B Pietrusiak vs Laszlo Kovacs  0-1451968LublinB10 Caro-Kann
17. P Peev vs Laszlo Kovacs  0-1441968LublinD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Laszlo Kovacs vs M Knezevic  0-1411968LublinA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
19. Laszlo Kovacs vs Z Jamroz  1-0251968LublinE70 King's Indian
20. V Cibulka vs Laszlo Kovacs  0-1431968LublinB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. G Szilagyi vs Laszlo Kovacs  1-0561968LublinA22 English
22. W Balcerowski vs Laszlo Kovacs  1-0501968LublinD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Laszlo Kovacs vs A Filipowicz  1-0421968LublinA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Laszlo Kovacs vs K Pytel  0-1391968LublinB32 Sicilian
25. Laszlo Kovacs vs A Sydor  1-0421968LublinA25 English
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  brankat: Happy Birthday Laszlo!
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  zanzibar: I believe he wrote this book on the Najdorf Poisoned Pawn:

I also believe one of the first, if not the first, game with 18.Nxf6!? was played by him:

[Event "Hungary"]
[Site "HUN"]
[Date "1984.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Kovacs"]
[Black "Karolyi, Tibor"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B97y"]
[EventDate "1984.??.??"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 a6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8. Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.f5 Nc6 11.fxe6 fxe6 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.e5 dxe5 14. Bxf6 gxf6 15.Ne4 Be7 16.Be2 h5 17.Rb3 Qa4 18.Nxf6+ Bxf6 19.c4 Bh4+ 20.g3 Be7 21.O-O h4 22.Qe3 Qa5 23.Rd1 e4 24.Qxe4 Qc5+ 25.Kh1 Rh6 26. Qf4 Rf6 27.Qe4 Bd7 28.Rb7 O-O-O 29.Rdb1 Bd6 30.Qxh4 Rf2 31.Qg4 Rxh2+ 32.Kxh2 Qf2+ 0-1

I wish my <MillBase> version of the game was a little more specific, it doesn't even mention which of Kovacs debuted the move (though I've reason to believe it was LM Kovacs).

This stuff is *way* over my head. Kovacs lost, but the engines say White has a draw in this position (move 22):

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r1b1k2r /4b3/p1p1p3/4p3/q1P4p/1R4P1/P2QB2P/5RK1 w kq - 0 22

Anybody see the move?

Critter and Stockfish v6 both agree, it's 22.Rd1. But Critter didn't spot it until 16-ply deep.

Kovacs instead played 22.Qe3 which only loses to 22...Qa5, a move Karolyi found. Kovacs played 23.Rd1, but it's a bit baffling, as 23...Bc5 should have been played, but wasn't. Hmmm....

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  zanzibar: Oh, I really love Black getting away with castling on this board... Q-side no less!

28...O-O-O! (it's sharp!)

Maybe one of my favorite castles ever.

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  zanzibar: BTW- no FIDE card for this player?

He has games in 2000.

Are we conflating other players on <CG>, there are a couple of large gaps in his record?

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  zanzibar: RE: Knight sacrifice 18.Nxf6!? in Poisoned Pawn:

<[The knight sacrifice was worked out by Vitolins, and first played in 1977. “White has sufficient compensation for the sacrificed knight, as Black’s king is very exposed in the center, the queen is locked out of play, and the other pieces are unprotected and uncoordinated. White has control of the open files, and the queen’s mobility is increased significantly in view of Black’s wrecked pawn structure.” (Kovacs).>

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