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|Apr-04-12|| ||HeMateMe: I wonder if he still plays in the Hungarian closed championships?|
|Apr-08-12|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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.
|Apr-04-14|| ||gars: Happy Birthday, Grandmaster Portisch!|
|Apr-04-14|| ||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!|
|Oct-27-14|| ||Zugzwangovich: Was there ever any other player who could lay claim to having beaten Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Keres in the same tournament?|
|Nov-21-14|| ||zanzibar: According to this site:
<Now thereís a name thatís unknown to a lot of players today, [...]>
Can that possibly be true?
(Wonder who conducts the surveys to determine this)
Tartajubow finishes with links to the two part Chessbase interview found in the bio above.
|May-10-15|| ||TheFocus: <Your only task in the opening is to reach a playable middlegame> - Lajos Portisch.|
|May-19-15|| ||TheFocus: <He approaches the chess board as if about to perform a sacrament, and when one watches his deep concentration at play, even his silence seems different from the silence of the others> - (on Portisch) - Grigor Piatigorsky.|
|May-26-15|| ||TheFocus: <The best decisions in chess are always those that are supported by accurate calculation> - Lajos Portisch.|
|Jun-05-15|| ||ToTheDeath: <Your only task in the opening is to reach a playable middlegame> - Lajos Portisch.|
This advice is definitely outdated... nowadays it's not enough to put your pieces on good squares and hope for the best. You have to play to win from the start.
|Jun-05-15|| ||keypusher: <ToTheDeath: <Your only task in the opening is to reach a playable middlegame> - Lajos Portisch.
This advice is definitely outdated... nowadays it's not enough to put your pieces on good squares and hope for the best. You have to play to win from the start.>|
Well, it remains valid advice to amateurs, to whom I assume it was addressed. It's not as if he played that way himself.
|Jun-05-15|| ||ToTheDeath: Good point. Out of context that quotation can be easily misread.|
|Jun-05-15|| ||TheFocus: If your pieces ARE properly developed, it is better to form attacks.|
I think Little Paulie morphy taught us that trick.
|Jun-05-15|| ||Everett: Reaching playable middlegames <while assidiously avoiding your opponents prep> is the magic recipe of Carlsen. Seems the above advice is still quite valid with a little tweaking.|
|Jun-05-15|| ||keypusher: <Everett: Reaching playable middlegames <while assidiously avoiding your opponents prep> is the magic recipe of Carlsen. Seems the above advice is still quite valid with a little tweaking.>|
That has definitely been Carlsen's approach but I think he is getting more ambitious in the opening. This game seemed like more or less straight prep. Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2015
Quite a contrast with Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2013.
|Jun-05-15|| ||Everett: <keypusher> I agree. Do you think match preparation changes things, especially WC prep, compared to tournament prep? If so, I agree.|
|Oct-04-15|| ||Helios727: Why are there 7 games between Portish and Karpov from 8/31/1975 to 9/14/1975 ? That is a lot of games in a 15 day period.|
|Oct-04-15|| ||Helios727: And I would add that they are all in Milan.|
|Jan-28-16|| ||HSOL: >Helios727>: Check this tournament page, Milan (1975). An unusual format for a chess tournament with a round robin and then a playoff with semifinals and final.|
|Apr-04-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Lajos Portisch!!|
|Jul-18-16|| ||perfidious: <keypusher: <ToTheDeath: <Your only task in the opening is to reach a playable middlegame> - Lajos Portisch. This advice is definitely outdated... nowadays it's not enough to put your pieces on good squares and hope for the best. You have to play to win from the start.>|
Well, it remains valid advice to amateurs, to whom I assume it was addressed. It's not as if he played that way himself.>
This was taken, I believe, from the RHM work <How To Open a Chess Game>, which was indeed directed towards amateur players wishing to improve--sound advice which is by no means outdated, more than forty years on. My recollection is that this book offered useful practical advice in the pre-database era.
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