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Richard Rapport
Number of games in database: 813
Years covered: 2008 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2760 (2727 rapid, 2759 blitz)

Overall record: +252 -113 =248 (61.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 200 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (64) 
    A45 D00 D02 A46 E10
 Nimzo-Larsen Attack (37) 
 Reti System (27) 
    A06 A04
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D31 D35 D37 D38 D36
 Slav (24) 
    D10 D11 D16 D17 D15
 Sicilian (23) 
    B20 B58 B25 B51 B52
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (42) 
    B28 B67 B47 B30 B43
 Queen's Pawn Game (41) 
    A40 E00 A46 D02 A45
 French Defense (36) 
    C10 C18 C01 C03 C00
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C61 C96 C75 C78 C79
 King's Indian (29) 
    E94 E92 E80 E97 E98
 Queen's Indian (25) 
    E17 E16 E12 E19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Rapport vs Carlsen, 2017 1-0
   B Bok vs Rapport, 2014 0-1
   Aronian vs Rapport, 2016 0-1
   Duda vs Rapport, 2019 0-1
   Rapport vs Fressinet, 2015 1-0
   Rapport vs T Rogers, 2014 1-0
   Rapport vs D Rogic, 2010 1-0
   Hector vs Rapport, 2013 0-1
   Rapport vs N Huschenbeth, 2010 1-0
   Rapport vs Bluebaum, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bundesliga 2018/19 (2018)
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)
   Tata Steel Group B (2013)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Champions Showdown (2019)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   European Team Championship (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2018)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   World Cup (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)

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   Wei Yi vs Rapport (Dec-09-20) 1/2-1/2
   Rapport vs Mamedyarov (Nov-16-19) 1/2-1/2
   L Dominguez vs Rapport (Nov-15-19) 1/2-1/2
   Rapport vs R Mamedov (Nov-14-19) 1/2-1/2
   Efimenko vs Rapport (Nov-13-19) 0-1

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(born Mar-25-1996, 25 years old) Hungary
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Rapport was born in Szombathely, Hungary and learned chess at age four from his father. One of Europe's bright young talents, Richárd Rapport acquired his FM title in 2008, his IM title in 2009 and his GM title in February 2010, when he became the world's youngest grandmaster at the age of 13 years 11 months. He remained the youngest GM until Illya Nyzhnyk gained his GM title in December 2010.

Rapport has been an active player since he started playing FIDE-rated events in 2006 when he was ten; in that year he won the U10 division of the 4th EU Youth Championship. In 2007, he took out the U12 Hungarian Boys Championship with 8.5/9, and was =4th in the Pannonia Cup Open A. In 2008, Rapport won First Saturday July IM Tournament, and came =5th in the Tenkes Kupa Open Championship. In 2009, he came second in the Genset Cup and in the First Saturday GM Tournament in August. In 2010, he came =2nd in the Marienbad Open 2010 - A - GM tournament and won the First Saturday GM February, defeating all four grandmasters who competed, thereby completing his third and final GM norm.

Since gaining his GM title, Rapport has finished equal second with Lajos Portisch behind Alexander Beliavsky in the Gotth' Art Cup GM Tournament in May 2010, scored 8.5/11 in the Hungarian Team Championship Final Szabo L, and scored 7/11 in the powerful Serbian League (2010), scoring +5 -3 =2 against the 10 grandmasters he encountered during the contest (the 11th player was an FM whom he also defeated). In October 2010, he scored 7.5/11 to come in 7th in the World Youth U14 championships, losing 22 ELO points in the process. However, he made up some ground in November when he scored 7.5/8 in the Hungarian Youth Team Championships, clawing back 10 ELO points. In 2011, he lost a match with Csaba Balogh 3.5-8 (+2 -3 =3), nonetheless gained Elo points for this result, and scored 5.5/10 at Tradewise Gibraltar (2011) and 7/11 at the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), gaining Elo points in each event. In May 2011, he scored 5.5/9 at the 41st International Tournament Bosna and in July, scored 7.5/10 at the Politiken Cup, a point off the lead. In November 2011, Rapport played a match with Austrian number 1 player Markus Ragger, losing by 3.5-4.5 (+1 -2 =5), nevertheless gaining 9 Elo as a result. Rapport finished 2011 with a solid 6/9 at Groningen and started 2012 with an equally solid 6/10 at Tradewise Gibraltar (2012), adding 16 points to his rating for the first bimonthly rating period of 2012. In early 2012, Rapport held his own in the 2011-12 Bundesliga and in the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) (5/10), but scored a strong 7/9 to place =2nd in the 2012 International Neckar Open. Subsequent strong results in the Hungarian Team Championship 2011-12 and in the Mitropa Cup 2012 have pushed his rating to over 2600 a few months after his 16th birthday. Later that year he was runner-up on tiebreak behind Turkish GM Alexander Ipatov in the World Junior Championship (2012).

2013 started auspiciously for Rapport. Competing at Tata Steel Group B (2013), he finished =1st on 9/13 with Arkadij Naiditsch, but won the event on tiebreak. It also added a massive 25 points to his rating almost bringing him into the top 100. The completion of the Austrian League has lifted Rapport into the top 100 for the first time. His excellent results in the Bundesliga and his =1st at the 2013 Neckar International Open added 20 points to his card to push him well up into the top 100. In May 2013, he won the 21st Sigeman & Co (2013), a category 15 event in Sweden, with 4.5/7 and in June 2013, was a member of the victorious Clichy team in the French TOP 12 competition. He suffered a significant setback at the 6-player DRR category 19 Biel (2013) where he placed a long last with a -4 result, shedding 17 rating points. However, he subsequently made up some ground playing board 2 for Clichy Échecs 92, which placed 6th in the European Club Cup (2013), and in rounds 3 and 4 of the Bundesliga (2013/14). He closed out 2013 with =1st at the European Rapid Chess Championship and =4th at the European Blitz Chess Championship, both of which were held in Warsaw in December.

Rapport received an invitation to play at the category 20 Tata Steel (2014), however his inaugural participation in his first super tournament was inauspicious with his unorthodox and aggressive style costing more points than he gained. His final result was 3.5/11, although he scored wins over Boris Gelfand and Pentala Harikrishna. His first Olympiad participation was in August 2014 when he played board 4 for Hungary at the Chess Olympiad (2014), helping his team to win silver. Later that month, he came =1st (2nd on tiebreak) alongside Hrant Melkumyan at the Riga Technical University Open (2014). He competed in the Serbian League in 2014, playing board 1 for SK "Radnicki Vodovod" - Kragujevac, winning both team and individual gold. (1)

Playing top board for Hockenheim, his win against München's Andreas Schenk in round 14 of the Bundesliga 2013-14 brought Rapport into the "2700 club" for the first time. His highest rating to date was 2720 in October 2014 when he was ranked #28 in the world, his highest ranking to date. He was the world's top junior (i.e, under 20) from January 2015 until April 2015.

In early 2015, he scored a relatively rating neutral 7/10 at Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) but suffered a catastrophic loss of form in March and April during Aeroflot Open (2015) and the FIDE World Team Championship (2015), losing 39 rating points to fall well below 2700.

live ratings:; Wikipedia article: Richárd Rapport


Last updated: 2017-01-27 14:17:34

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 813  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Prohaszka vs Rapport  1-0272008HUN-chT 0809D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. Rapport vs A Tzermiadianos  1-0352009FSGM AugustD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Rapport vs L Seres 1-0252009Budapest FS08 GMA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
4. Rapport vs R Dobias  1-0512009European Club CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Rapport vs Bacrot 0-1312009European Club CupE91 King's Indian
6. Giri vs Rapport 1-0572009European Club CupA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
7. Miroshnichenko vs Rapport  1-0422009European Club CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Rapport vs X Wemmers  0-1782009European Club CupA17 English
9. Rapport vs K Trygstad ½-½332009European Club CupA10 English
10. Rapport vs G Pap  ½-½462010First Saturday februar GMD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
11. P Rout vs Rapport  ½-½482010First Saturday februar GMB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
12. Rapport vs Z Varga  1-0412010First Saturday februar GMD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
13. D Sharma vs Rapport 0-1282010First Saturday februar GMC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
14. Rapport vs Ilincic 1-0392010First Saturday februar GMD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
15. M Quinn vs Rapport  0-1502010First Saturday februar GMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Rapport vs F Platzgummer  1-0452010First Saturday februar GMD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Paschall vs Rapport 1-0242010First Saturday februar GMA06 Reti Opening
18. Rapport vs D Boros 1-0252010First Saturday februar GMD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. I Farago vs Rapport  0-1312010First Saturday februar GMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Rapport vs S Sahu 1-0372010First Saturday februar GME10 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Yu Lie vs Rapport 0-1362010First Saturday februar GMD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Rapport vs Beliavsky  ½-½372010Gotth' Art Cup GME12 Queen's Indian
23. T Banusz vs Rapport  0-1332010Gotth' Art Cup GMA33 English, Symmetrical
24. Rapport vs L Vajda  ½-½452010Gotth' Art Cup GME90 King's Indian
25. Ftacnik vs Rapport  ½-½382010Gotth' Art Cup GMA35 English, Symmetrical
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Nov-18-16  Rookiepawn: It is a shame that such a young talent gets no support. The guy plays really boldly and tries new variants and not so explored openings with good results.

Chess needs players like him.

Nov-26-16  Zerebuh: Richard will play a (6 game?) match against Wei Yi in China, on 19th-24th December. The two best junior players in the world.
It will be very interesting to watch.

He will play at the Hainan Chess Open tournament (also in China) before the match (6th-17th December). I couldn't find the participant list, but according to 2700chess, Yu Yangyi will also play.

Later on, Rapport will play at Tata Steel Chess with Carlsen, Karjakin, So, Aronian, Wei Yi, etc.

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  ketchuplover: He is playing Wei Yi in China right now on
Dec-21-16  Zerebuh: Rapport convincingly won today against Wei Yi. Their match is tied now at 1-1. Somewhat interestingly they never played a draw, each of their four games was decisive. Their overal score is tied as well at 2-2.
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  ketchuplover: Tough loss to So today.
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  ketchuplover: Down goes Carlsen!
Jan-22-17  Zerebuh: Nice victory against Carlsen!
Rapport can beat anyone. Let's see if he can become a serious TOP10 player in the future.
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  Jambow: That should help Rapports confidence...Down goes Magnus!
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  Richard Taylor: <falso contacto: Hi Richard. I was referring to a small part of a famous tango by Gardel, which me as an Argentinian keep in my blood. It is an old song that has come a long way. The voice is saying that very thing you said: even if twenty years is not nothing, I still remember when I was young. And I still love all the those many things I loved as a child. Btw: Do you speak some spanish? I'll search for a more complete translation if its not the case. ( Then the voice say that he's aging, and as far as he may have go and come back from, he still remember the pains of its youth with some regrets. Who doesn't? So for the young man: tanti auguri, a pagan blessing. Meaning I wish you receive many more blessings in the future.>

Thanks. Interesting. I tried to learn Spanish once out of interest but I am really only very conversant with English. Some of my life up to 20 was the most terrible time. I think my best times were as a child robbing orchards even though my father had plenty of money. I am now 69 so I am at the other end of this 'strange eventful history'.....

I see that Rapport is playing some interesting games at the Tata tournament...

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  ketchuplover: happy birthday you rascal :)
Mar-25-17  Gottschalk: A convincing way against 1.b3 Larsen op.

[Event "BRA ch"]
[Site "Rio de Janeiro"]
[Date "2017.02.??"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Jatoba. Paulo "]
[Black "Carneiro, Vitor "]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A01"]
1. b3 Nf6 2. Bb2 e6 3. e3 b6 4. f4 Bb7 5. Nf3 Be7 6. g3 O-O 7. Bg2 d5 8. O-O c5 9. d3 Nc6 10. Qe2 b5 11. Nbd2 a5 12. Ne5 a4 13. Ndf3 b4 14. Nxc6 Bxc6 15. Ne5 Bb5 16. f5 a3 17. Bc1 Qd6 18. Nf3 exf5 19. Bd2 Ne4 20. Rae1 Rae8 21. Qd1 Nxd2 22. Nxd2 g6 23. Qf3 Bg5 24. Rf2 d4 25. Nf1 dxe3 26. Nxe3 Qd4 27. Rfe2 Rxe3 28. Rxe3 Re8 29. Kf2 Bc6 30. Qxc6 Rxe3 31. Qd5 Rf3+ 0-1

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  ketchuplover: He's seeded 51 for the world cup. Seems low to me.
Aug-26-17  KnightVBishop: so how did this guy drop alot from 2752 to 2675?
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  ketchuplover: He learned he had/has much to learn about chess. Faces Yi next at the world cup. May the better chess student emerge victorious!
Sep-05-17  Arconax: Wei Yi is much "hotter" at the moment. This will be Rapport's exit in the World Cup.
Sep-05-17  fisayo123: <Arconax> I don't know I have it as 55:45 in favour of the Chinese. Rapport has very decent chances and his style of play will be difficult to deal with. He just easily crushed a great player 2-0 in the 1st round.
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  ketchuplover: 15 ply draw :(
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  ketchuplover: Rapport makes round 3
Sep-08-17  Zerebuh: What a great victory by Richard. Congrats and continue!
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  ketchuplover: Happy Birthday young man
Nov-20-18  LassaDoudou: I think it's hard to prepare against this player as he has such a high knowledge of the opening database.
Mar-25-19  Pyrandus: Felicitations and Good Luck, Richard Rapport!
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  ketchuplover: doing well in China :)
Jul-08-19  sonia91: Congrats on winning Danzhou GM (2019)!

<Rapport roars in Hainan Danzhou>

Jul-08-19  csmath: Roars?

He played well, that is true. It is a great result, the field was tough and he maintained consistency. He beat Inarkiev and Amin but these are the kind of opponents he should start beating regularly. But he did not beat Wei Yi, Yu, Artemiev, or Wang Hao which are the kind of opponents he needs to beat to assert himself.

He played really well in the last round. He still has a room for improvement given his age, hopefully.

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