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Portisch 
Photograph copyright © 2006 Milan Kovacs (www.milankovacs.com)  
Lajos Portisch
Number of games in database: 2,771
Years covered: 1955 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2467 (2426 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2635
Overall record: +944 -416 =1382 (59.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      29 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (203) 
    E92 E62 E60 E81 E69
 Nimzo Indian (145) 
    E54 E41 E30 E55 E59
 Queen's Indian (124) 
    E12 E14 E15 E17 E18
 English (87) 
    A17 A14 A15 A10 A16
 Grunfeld (87) 
    D97 D78 D85 D92 D94
 Queen's Gambit Declined (81) 
    D37 D35 D31 D38 D30
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (299) 
    B43 B42 B47 B90 B40
 Ruy Lopez (164) 
    C95 C92 C93 C69 C72
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (101) 
    C95 C92 C93 C94 C85
 Queen's Indian (89) 
    E12 E15 E19 E17 E14
 Nimzo Indian (89) 
    E41 E38 E54 E55 E21
 French Defense (87) 
    C18 C16 C09 C02 C15
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Portisch vs Tal, 1964 1/2-1/2
   Portisch vs Petrosian, 1967 1-0
   Portisch vs S Johannessen, 1966 1-0
   Portisch vs DeFirmian, 1989 1-0
   Portisch vs Larsen, 1972 1-0
   Suba vs Portisch, 1984 0-1
   Portisch vs I Radulov, 1969 1-0
   Portisch vs L Lengyel, 1964 1/2-1/2
   Keres vs Portisch, 1967 0-1
   K Rogoff vs Portisch, 1976 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   San Antonio (1972)
   Las Palmas (1972)
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens (1975)
   Hoogovens (1972)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   Petropolis Interzonal (1973)
   Palma de Mallorca (1966)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Palma de Mallorca (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
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
   Exchange sacs - 4 by obrit
   Grandmaster Portisch by keywiz84
   Milan 1975 by suenteus po 147
   Second Piatigorsky Cup 1966 by Benzol

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FIDE player card for Lajos Portisch


LAJOS PORTISCH
(born Apr-04-1937) Hungary

[what is this?]
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 Madrid Zonal for Stockholm Interzonal 1962 where he came equal 9th. In 1963, he won Halle Zonal ahead of Borislav Ivkov and Bent Larsen and advanced to 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 Biel Interzonal 1976, he qualified again with an equal 2nd after Bent Larsen, and went on to beat Larsen in Candidates quarter final 1977, but then lost the semi-final to Boris Spassky. He led the Hungarian team to an unprecedented 1st place finish ahead of the Soviets at 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: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail..., and Part 2: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail... YouTube tribute to Portisch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnAH...

Wikipedia article: Lajos Portisch


 page 1 of 111; games 1-25 of 2,771  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Portisch vs Benko  0-136 1955 HUN-ch 11thE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
2. Szabo vs Portisch 1-040 1955 HUN chE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. S Johannessen vs Portisch  ½-½26 1955 AntwerpC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
4. D Keller vs Portisch  0-148 1955 Wch U20 final-AB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
5. Portisch vs M Donia  1-054 1955 Wch U20 prel-BE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
6. M Bely vs Portisch  1-063 1955 HUN-ch 11thC45 Scotch Game
7. Portisch vs K Lloyd  ½-½41 1955 Wch U20 prel-BE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
8. Portisch vs F Csiszar  1-048 1955 Voros LobogoD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
9. Portisch vs T Florian  1-066 1955 HUN-ch 11thB53 Sicilian
10. F Jenei vs Portisch  ½-½57 1955 HUN-ch 11thD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Portisch vs Tringov  ½-½40 1955 Wch U20 prel-BE97 King's Indian
12. Spassky vs Portisch  1-036 1955 Wch U20 final-AE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
13. Portisch vs S Johannessen  1-035 1955 Wch U20 final-AB10 Caro-Kann
14. L Tipary vs Portisch  ½-½89 1955 HUN-ch 11thA43 Old Benoni
15. Portisch vs J van Oosterom  1-038 1955 Wch U20 final-AA44 Old Benoni Defense
16. Portisch vs F Koberl  1-047 1955 Voros LobogoA44 Old Benoni Defense
17. Portisch vs P Dely 1-022 1955 HUN-ch 11thA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
18. K Honfi vs Portisch  0-141 1955 HUN-ch 11thB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
19. Tringov vs Portisch  ½-½63 1955 Wch U20 final-AB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
20. Portisch vs Mednis  ½-½50 1955 Wch U20 final-AA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Portisch vs I Bilek  0-151 1955 HUN-ch 11thB40 Sicilian
22. Portisch vs V Muller  1-050 1955 Wch U20 prel-BD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. S Schweber vs Portisch  1-054 1955 Wch U20 prel-BE41 Nimzo-Indian
24. J Foldi vs Portisch  ½-½25 1955 HUN-ch 11thB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
25. I Johannsson vs Portisch  0-126 1955 Wch U20 prel-BE15 Queen's Indian
 page 1 of 111; games 1-25 of 2,771  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Feb-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <AlphaMale> <Bios are not the place for links to newly published articles/interviews. >

Well that's bullshytte. A good interview always deserves to be in the bio regardless of its vintage or lack thereof.

A better argument might have been to point out that kibitzing announcements of new interviews (or old) are more easily spotted on the front page where pages with recent posts are linked. Changes to bios are not flagged at all, so there is nothing to draw people's attention to it.

But that does give me an idea, thanks Alf.

Feb-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <twinlark> <In that case I apologise. I recall inserting part II almost as soon as it appeared, so you must have beaten me to the mark.>

<twinlark> There's no need to apologise as I was speaking in general terms. It wasn't me who posted the bio info here but someone else.

Cheers mate.

:)

Feb-04-12  bronkenstein: BTW <twinlark> , <parisattack> - the last post on this page @ the time of my first one was <ketchuplover>s <bump!!!> to which my <that shameless bump> was referring. Since <parisattack> is the interviewer + was few seconds faster than me, it might look like I intended to say something else ;)

Also , <the mentioned interview> was crediting <twinlark> , which I considered obvious since the last post prior to his was from November , 12th 2011. I apologise for any confusion , I simply intended to link the second part , too much traffic on this silent page ...

Feb-04-12
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  TheFocus: Nice interview <parisattack>. Thanks for sending it to me.
Feb-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <TheFocus: Nice interview <parisattack>. Thanks for sending it to me.> You are welcome, sir. It is a nice memory; those were good times chess-wise for me.
Feb-04-12  King Death: <AlphaMale> <Bios are not the place for links to newly published articles/interviews. >

This is ridiculous, where else should they go? Putting them in the kibitzing isn't much of a solution.

Feb-04-12  AlphaMale: A solution in search of a problem...

If people want the latest chess news and interviews, I suggest they visit sites such as TWIC, Chessbase and Chessdom.

Feb-16-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen: <Lajos Portisch> tribute by Capivaron:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnAH...

Feb-16-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen: Agree 100 per cent with <twinlark> and <King Death> on the bio links.

Also, there are many people who read the bios carefully. Many more will come here to read them carefully if they continue to be improved and expanded, as they have been at our website.

Thanks to you guys and <Benzol> and <Phony Benoni> and <Stony> and all the rest of the TOP SECRET biographers.

Feb-16-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: I agree about the bio links. I am not sure what the shelf life is of a recent interview, and I could see a lesser known player with a link to a recent interview sitting unchanged for 5 years. Not sure if that would be all bad either. As for letting people know about the ongoing updates, perhaps a homepage link to "recently updated bios"
Feb-16-12  AlphaMale: Stupidity loves company.
Feb-16-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <Ohio>

I made the same suggestion at chessgames.com chessforum a couple of weeks ago, but there appear to be problems with this, unfortunately.

Feb-16-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: <AlphaMale>

<If people want the latest chess news and interviews, I suggest they visit sites such as TWIC, Chessbase and Chessdom..> Why?

After all CG.com is not only a fine chessgames database, but also a community of players, fans, chess enthusiasts. Why then should we not have some chess related news and interviews posted here?

Feb-16-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen: <brankat> "Alpha Male" has only one purpose at this website, which is to make people angry for its own sake, for his own personal enjoyment.

He's a prime example of the kind of guy you'd make sure was at the other side of a room at an Anthropology mixer.

Luckily, at this website there are even better options.

You are quite right of course- CG.com is already the best chess website on the internet, by far- why not pitch together with the admins and make it even better?

Feb-16-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Right on Jess!
Apr-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: 1972 San Antonio Church's Fried Chicken First International Chess Tournament:

<GM Lajos Portisch is very sensitive to noise, both during the games and when he is trying to sleep. The Hilton Palacio del Rio, serves as a tournament headquarters just across the street. Portisch who had been assigned in room 1607 was moved to 1908 in a search for a quiet air- conditioner but he didn't like it and was moved to 1739. Portisch said he thinks one day he will buy a house on a lonely island in the middle of Lake Balaton in Budapest so he can finally get some sleep.>

happy birthday, GM Lajos!

Apr-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  talisman: happy birthday!... how many GM's have said that if you played it it must be correct!
Apr-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: I wonder if he still plays in the Hungarian closed championships?
Apr-08-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: belated happy birthday :)
Jul-15-12  achieve: I tremendously enjoyed the 2-part Chessbase interview with <Lajos Portisch>!

It's linked at the bottom of the Bio section of this Player Page.

Portisch was a specialized Wijk aan Zee performer, winning a whopping 50% of the ones he participated in... Four wins out of just eight participations!

Neither Short, nor Timman himself, can match the Hungarian!

Kortchnoi also won 4, but out of 14 entries. = 29%

And Anand, record holder with a total of 5 victories, out of 16! participations. = 31%

The Great Anatoli Karpov scored 50%, scoring 2 wins out of (only) 4 participations.

Portisch was a fine player, and his stories are priceless.

Dec-12-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <achieve> True, very enjoyable interview.

I thought his proposed time control was quite reasonable. Portisch says:

"I have studied chess history, and in the early 20th century and even later, the first time control was after thirty moves, not forty. Why not shorten the time of the first time control to one hour for thirty moves? Everyone knows the openings extremely well nowadays, with the internet, ChessBase, New in Chess and so on. That way there would be more time for the ending. Certainly what is going on now is no good."

Sep-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: I interviewed GM Portisch for the university newspaper when he was touring the U.S. on the way to the Church's tournament in San Antonio, Texas late 1972. He was a very pleasant, proper gentleman in the manner of GMs of yesteryear.

Larsen had recently spoken of a Danish School of Chess. I asked him with the lineage of Charousek, Maroczy, Breyer, Barcza and himself if there could be spoken of an Hungarian School of Chess. I don't recall his exact words but they were to the affect, "No, I cannot speak so optimistically as Larsen." Rather reserved, I think it was the only point in the interview he smiled.

Church's participants:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cplfin...

Apr-04-14  gars: Happy Birthday, Grandmaster Portisch!
Apr-04-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Portisch reminds me of one of those correct opening batsmen who can play Lillee allright but has trouble against a less accurate and less predictable bowler like Thomson. Portisch could play the top players because he could guess their moves but he could struggle against the less predictable tailenders.
Apr-04-14  Penguincw: Happy 77th birthday to GM Lajos Portisch!
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