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Laszlo Szabo
Number of games in database: 1,751
Years covered: 1933 to 1996
Last FIDE rating: 2055
Highest rating achieved in database: 2545
Overall record: +675 -330 =744 (59.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      2 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (107) 
    E26 E41 E56 E59 E53
 King's Indian (106) 
    E70 E80 E75 E60 E77
 Sicilian (75) 
    B81 B40 B80 B31 B28
 English (48) 
    A15 A16 A14 A10 A13
 Ruy Lopez (45) 
    C97 C84 C86 C83 C89
 Grunfeld (40) 
    D97 D85 D90 D88 D86
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (167) 
    B27 B92 B57 B28 B56
 Ruy Lopez (93) 
    C77 C84 C89 C82 C79
 King's Indian (77) 
    E60 E91 E66 E80 E67
 Nimzo Indian (72) 
    E53 E54 E59 E47 E39
 Grunfeld (48) 
    D85 D78 D88 D75 D74
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (46) 
    C84 C89 C97 C93 C99
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Szabo vs K Honfi, 1950 1-0
   Zakar vs Szabo, 1933 0-1
   Szabo vs B Sooky, 1946 1-0
   Szabo vs Reshevsky, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Szabo vs V Mikenas, 1939 1-0
   Szabo vs N Padevsky, 1972 1-0
   Szabo vs T van Scheltinga, 1947 1-0
   Szabo vs Bronstein, 1950 1/2-1/2
   Szabo vs Bisguier, 1955 1-0
   Szabo vs Kotov, 1946 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1938/39 (1938)
   Saltsjöbaden Interzonal (1948)
   2nd AVRO (1973)
   Zaanstreek (1946)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   IBM Amsterdam (1972)
   Groningen (1946)
   Budapest (1952)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1952)
   Moscow (1963)
   Portoroz Interzonal (1958)
   Havana (1965)
   Zurich Candidates (1953)
   Buenos Aires (1970)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Laszlo Szabo - underappreciated brilliance. by themadhair
   Amsterdam Candidates 1956 by Tabanus
   WCC Index [Candidates Tournament, 1956] by Resignation Trap
   Moscow 1963 by sneaky pete
   1967 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   1966 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   IBM Amsterdam 1972 by Tabanus

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LASZLO SZABO
(born Mar-19-1917, died Aug-08-1998, 81 years old) Hungary
PRONUNCIATION:
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Laszlo Szabo was born in Budapest. At the age of eighteen, he won the Hungarian Championship for the first of nine times (he won in 1935, 1937, 1939, 1946, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1959, and 1967/68). Before World War II, he worked in the foreign exchange department of a Budapest bank. During World War II, he was in a Hungarian Forced Labor unit where he was captured by the Russian army. He was a prisoner of war until after the end of World War II. Following the Second World War, he began to compete in major international events. In total, he represented Hungary at 11 Olympiads, playing first board on five occasions and delivering many medal-winning performances. In 1937, he took the team silver and individual silver medals, in 1952 an individual bronze, in 1956 a team bronze and in 1966, team bronze and individual silver. He was awarded the GM title in 1950 and took part in three of the Candidates' tournaments during the 1950's, finishing joint third in 1956. He continued to play in tournaments and promote chess in his country until his death in 1998.

Eulogy: http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/twic202... Photo: http://www.google.com.au/imgres?um=... Biography: http://wn.com/laszlo_szabo_%28chess...


 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,751  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Szabo vs G Fuster 1-031 1933 BudapestB02 Alekhine's Defense
2. Szabo vs Csiszar 1-035 1933 BudapestD95 Grunfeld
3. Zakar vs Szabo 0-18 1933 HongarijeB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. Zakar vs Szabo 0-19 1933 HUNB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. Szabo vs G A Thomas 1-024 1934 SopronE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
6. Szabo vs L Steiner  ½-½35 1934 BudapestD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
7. G Fuster vs Szabo 0-129 1934 BudapestD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. Szabo vs E Gereben  ½-½36 1934 SopronA95 Dutch, Stonewall
9. A Becker vs Szabo 0-123 1935 Tatatovaros itD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. E Gereben vs Szabo  ½-½17 1935 Tatatovaros itB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
11. Szabo vs K Havasi  ½-½20 1935 Tatatovaros itC53 Giuoco Piano
12. Szabo vs M Szigeti 1-029 1935 Tatatovaros itD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. J Nielsen vs Szabo  ½-½69 1935 WarsawE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
14. Szabo vs J Balogh  ½-½19 1935 Tatatovaros itA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
15. L Merenyi vs Szabo  0-122 1935 Tatatovaros itC48 Four Knights
16. S Boros vs Szabo  ½-½56 1935 Tatatovaros itE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
17. Szabo vs Znosko-Borovsky 1-028 1935 Tatatovaros itC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
18. Keresztely vs Szabo  0-149 1935 Tatatovaros itD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
19. Szabo vs G Lovas  1-033 1935 Tatatovaros itD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. A C Sacconi vs Szabo  ½-½26 1935 Tatatovaros itD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Szabo vs H Mueller 1-036 1935 Tatatovaros itD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
22. K Sterk vs Szabo 0-121 1935 Tatatovaros itA04 Reti Opening
23. Szabo vs L Steiner  ½-½31 1935 Tatatovaros itD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
24. Z von Balla vs Szabo  0-136 1935 Tatatovaros itB20 Sicilian
25. Szabo vs F Gygli 1-033 1935 Warsaw olm ;HCL 36B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,751  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Feb-17-09  schroedingers cat: yupp the film director. Thanks for the explanation by the way.
Mar-19-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: R.I.P. Mr.Szabo.
Mar-19-09  kramputz: Game # 1724 was played by Zsolt Josef Szabo in 2004 and not Laszlo Szabo. Laszlo Szabo died in 1998.
Mar-19-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  fm avari viraf: May His Soul Rest In Peace In Heaven!
Mar-19-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: He was a great player & was mentioned in the book "Warriors of the Mind" by GM Raymond Keene as being 1 of the 64 (for the 64 squares on a chessboard) best players of all time when that great book came out in 1989. It's definitely 1 of my favorite books of all time. He deserved to be in that book, but he used to make some HORRENDOUS blunders. GM Keene pointed that out in this book. The blunders that he made were definitely worse than your average GM blunders.
Mar-19-09  WhiteRook48: he died in 1998 and he was still playing by 2004? That is one cool resurrection! :D
Mar-19-09  ketchuplover: So there's hope for a Bobby Fischer comeback! Cool
May-03-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: Ehh, yes, it might be a good idea to fix that 2004 date in the header ...

Meanwhile, check out Szabo's game with Lindner, 1937 -- a sacrificial extravaganza on which nobody had commented before.

It starts with an unnecessary rook sac which some might call a blunder -- there were a couple of easier ways to get an advantage. But then his opponent makes a harmless-looking slip, and Szabo lets rip. Exquisite.

Incidentally, before computers I don't think people knew that such things as 'average GM blunders' existed.

Mar-19-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: GM Laszlo Szabo disliked Samuel Reshevsky and was very upset with Reshevsky because of one of their games at Zurich 1953, where both players overlooked a mate in two. Szabo explained after the game, "One does not look for a mate in two against a grandmaster."

happy birthday GM Szabo!

Mar-19-10  Petrosianic: I know the game you mean. Both sides overlooked that Reshevsky's g pawn was undefended because his f pawn was pinned. But that doesn't explain why Szabo should be mad at someone else for his own mistake. Generally you want your opponents to blunder.
Mar-06-11  markwell: His bio on this site really should include the fact that he was Grandmaster.
Mar-07-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <markwell> It goes without saying that any Candidate was a GM-that award is automatic, and how Fischer received his title-but I agree.
Mar-07-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <markwell> <His bio on this site really should include the fact that he was Grandmaster.>

It does now.

Mar-19-11  talisman: happy birthday laszlo...need a picture of him.
Mar-19-11  waustad: There are 9 active players with FIDE ratings with this name. That could be a serious hashing problem if any of them were stronger.
Mar-19-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: R.I.P. GM Szabo.
Mar-19-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: R.I.P. Laszlo Szabo .
Mar-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Laszlo Szabo.
Mar-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  luftforlife: Here's a shot of László Szabó taken by Ron Kroon at the Hoogovens, Beverwijk, The Netherlands, January 12, 1966:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/...

Shades of Clark Kent. All he needs now is a telephone booth . . . .

Sep-18-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Another Benko follow-up to

Laszlo Szabo (kibitz #18)

<Eventually life regained a semblance of normality and Benko’s chess career progressed. However, it was nearly nipped in the bud in 1952, when an ill-conceived attempt to defect in Berlin led to his arrest:

“Back in Hungary, I was accused of being an American spy. An almost non-stop, three-week interrogation began that was designed to break me down mentally ...

I was dragged out of my cell and taken to a concentration camp — once they got the information they wanted (which in my case was nothing), they would just lock you up and forget about you completely ...

The one person who did know that I was locked away was Grandmaster Szabo. He was the political editor of the top Hungarian chess magazine. The first page had nothing about chess on it at all, just political ravings about the wonders of communism. This mean-spirited person had no interest in helping me out; in fact, he was happy about my being arrested!

... one moment a national chess hero, the next a broken creature relegated to an existence of perpetual night ... I had been living like a diseased troll for a year and a half when a miracle occurred: Stalin died.” (pp. 68-70)>

From a review of "Pal Benko: My Life, Games and Compositions, (hard cover edition)"

Sep-18-16  allan.dinglasan: I watched the press conference of Grandmaster Torre facilitated by GM Susan Polgar, Eugene was very good in answering questions and also told the memories he had with GM Bobby Fischer, :)
Sep-18-16  WorstPlayerEver: Yeah, like this one:

'About the 9/11 interview he later simply told me: "I was tricked." Bobby was not in a stable condition when Eugenio Torre and the journalists from the Filipino radio station phoned him after the attack on the Twin Towers. They knew what to expect from him.'

Bobby Fischer Comes Home: The Final Years in Iceland, a Saga of Friendship and Lost Illusions

~Helgi Olafsson

Sep-18-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <allan.d/WPE> you guys in the right forum?
Sep-18-16  WorstPlayerEver: <zanzibar>

Sure. Did Torre get his prize money? I bet he did. So didn't get it. This is about crooks. A great page this is indeed! Guess who went after Fisher's pecunia...

Sep-18-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: This isn't Torre's forum, or So's, or Fischer's, or even Benko's... it Szabo's forum.

I suppose it pointless to ask what the connection is?

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