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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.

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
   Szabo vs Reshevsky, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Zakar vs Szabo, 1933 0-1
   Szabo vs V Mikenas, 1939 1-0
   Szabo vs N Padevsky, 1972 1-0
   Szabo vs B Sooky, 1946 1-0
   Szabo vs Bronstein, 1950 1/2-1/2
   Szabo vs Bisguier, 1955 1-0
   Szabo vs T van Scheltinga, 1947 1-0
   Velimirovic vs Szabo, 1976 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1938/39 (1938)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   Saltsjöbaden Interzonal (1948)
   2nd AVRO (1973)
   Zaanstreek (1946)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   IBM Amsterdam (1972)
   Groningen (1946)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)
   Budapest (1952)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1952)
   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
   1967 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   1966 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   IBM Amsterdam 1972 by Tabanus

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(born Mar-19-1917, died Aug-08-1998, 81 years old) Hungary
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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.

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 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,751  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Zakar vs Szabo 0-19 1933 HUNB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. Szabo vs G Fuster 1-031 1933 BudapestB02 Alekhine's Defense
3. Szabo vs Csiszar 1-035 1933 BudapestD95 Grunfeld
4. Zakar vs Szabo 0-18 1933 HongarijeB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. G Fuster vs Szabo 0-129 1934 BudapestD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
6. Szabo vs G A Thomas 1-024 1934 SopronE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
7. Szabo vs L Steiner  ½-½35 1934 BudapestD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
8. Szabo vs E Gereben  ½-½36 1934 SopronA95 Dutch, Stonewall
9. E Gereben vs Szabo  ½-½17 1935 Tatatovaros itB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
10. H Friedmann vs Szabo  ½-½77 1935 OlympiadD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Szabo vs Znosko-Borovsky 1-028 1935 Tatatovaros itC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
12. A Becker vs Szabo 0-123 1935 Tatatovaros itD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
13. Szabo vs Dake ½-½53 1935 Warsaw olm ;HCL 36B40 Sicilian
14. I Pleci vs Szabo 1-068 1935 Warsaw ol (Men)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. L Merenyi vs Szabo  0-122 1935 Tatatovaros itC48 Four Knights
16. Szabo vs S Erdelyi 1-039 1935 OlympiadD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Szabo vs H E Atkins  ½-½38 1935 Warsaw ol (Men)D85 Grunfeld
18. Szabo vs J Balogh  ½-½19 1935 Tatatovaros itA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
19. A C Sacconi vs Szabo  ½-½26 1935 Tatatovaros itD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Szabo vs M Szigeti 1-029 1935 Tatatovaros itD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. J Nielsen vs Szabo  ½-½69 1935 WarsawE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
22. Szabo vs Feigin  1-042 1935 OlympiadD80 Grunfeld
23. Szabo vs G Lovas  1-033 1935 Tatatovaros itD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Y Dobkin vs Szabo  0-148 1935 OlympiadB58 Sicilian
25. Keresztely vs Szabo  0-149 1935 Tatatovaros itD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,751  PGN Download
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Mar-19-08  brankat: A great Master, Mr.Szabo! Would have been 91 years old today. RIP, Sir.
May-18-08  Method B: Nice example of a minority attack in the QGD by the great tactician Laszlo Szabo against Karl Palda in Vienna 1947. I believe the game was played during the Schlechter memorial.

Szabó László vs. Karl Palda

1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.e3 Be7 7.Qc2 c6 8.Bd3 0-0 9.Nf3 Re8 10.0-0 Nf8 11.Rab1 Nh5 12.Bxe7 Rxe7

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The stage is set for <13.b4>.

13... Rc7 14.Rfc1 g6 15.b5 Ng7 16.bxc6 Rxc6 17.Rb5 Bf5 18.Ne5 Rc7 19.Rxd5 Qe7 20.Rb5 Rac8

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<21.Nd5!> The final shoot-out has begun.

21... Qxe5 22.Nxc7 Qxb5 23.Nxb5 Rxc2 24.Bxc2 a6 25.Nd6 1-0

Dec-11-08  cuppajoe: Hmm, his last game seems to be six years postmortem. It's not possible that game belongs to one of the other Laszlo Szabos is it?
Dec-11-08  slomarko: maybe he raised from the grave to play it.
Feb-16-09  schroedingers cat: is/was he related to istvan szabo?
Feb-16-09  laskereshevsky: Wich one Istvan Szabo?!

This is a so common name in Hungary.... its like to relate to a certain Franz Schwarz in Germany,.. or a Pedro Sanchez in Spain,..

etc. etc....

(Maybe are u reffering about the movies director?!...)

Feb-17-09  schroedingers cat: yupp the film director. Thanks for the explanation by the way.
Mar-19-09  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.
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  fm avari viraf: May His Soul Rest In Peace In Heaven!
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  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
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  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.

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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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  brankat: R.I.P. GM Szabo.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Laszlo Szabo .
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Laszlo Szabo.
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  luftforlife: Here's a shot of László Szabó taken by Ron Kroon at the Hoogovens, Beverwijk, The Netherlands, January 12, 1966:

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

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