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Richard Rapport
Number of games in database: 1,098
Years covered: 2008 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2760 (2727 rapid, 2759 blitz)

Overall record: +286 -130 =311 (60.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 371 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (70) 
    A45 D00 D02 A46 A41
 Reti System (41) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Sicilian (41) 
    B20 B50 B25 B23 B51
 King's Indian Attack (40) 
    A07 A08
 Nimzo-Larsen Attack (39) 
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E21 E32 E30 E46 E20
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (69) 
    B45 B28 B67 B30 B47
 Queen's Pawn Game (57) 
    A40 A46 D02 E00 A50
 French Defense (55) 
    C18 C10 C01 C02 C03
 King's Indian (48) 
    E94 E92 E73 E80 E60
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C61 C65 C67 C96 C78
 Queen's Indian (28) 
    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
   Duda vs Rapport, 2019 0-1
   Aronian vs Rapport, 2016 0-1
   Rapport vs T Rogers, 2014 1-0
   Rapport vs Anand, 2021 1-0
   Rapport vs Fressinet, 2015 1-0
   N Grandelius vs Rapport, 2022 0-1
   Hector vs Rapport, 2013 0-1
   Rapport vs D Rogic, 2010 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tata Steel Group B (2013)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Champions Showdown (2019)
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)
   Bundesliga 2018/19 (2018)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   Gashimov Memorial (2021)
   Gibraltar Masters (2018)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   Bundesliga 2019/20 (2019)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Gibraltar Masters (2015)
   Gibraltar Masters (2016)
   Gibraltar Masters (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   AssassinInWhite's favorite games by AssassinInWhite

   🏆 FIDE Candidates
   Rapport vs Radjabov (Jul-04-22) 0-1
   Nepomniachtchi vs Rapport (Jul-03-22) 1/2-1/2
   Rapport vs Caruana (Jul-01-22) 1/2-1/2
   Nakamura vs Rapport (Jun-30-22) 1/2-1/2
   Rapport vs Ding Liren (Jun-29-22) 0-1

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(born Mar-25-1996, 26 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 44; games 1-25 of 1,098  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Prohaszka vs Rapport  1-0272008HUN-chT 0809D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. G Kjartansson vs Rapport  0-1422009FSGM MarchA33 English, Symmetrical
3. Rapport vs A Tzermiadianos  1-0352009FSGM AugustD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Rapport vs L Seres 1-0252009Budapest FS08 GMA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
5. Rapport vs R Dobias  1-0512009European Club CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Rapport vs Bacrot 0-1312009European Club CupE91 King's Indian
7. Giri vs Rapport 1-0572009European Club CupA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
8. Miroshnichenko vs Rapport  1-0422009European Club CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Rapport vs X Wemmers  0-1782009European Club CupA17 English
10. Rapport vs K Trygstad ½-½332009European Club CupA10 English
11. G Oparin vs Rapport  0-1342010GMAB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
12. Rapport vs G Pap  ½-½462010First Saturday februar GMD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
13. P Rout vs Rapport  ½-½482010First Saturday februar GMB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
14. Rapport vs Z Varga  1-0412010First Saturday februar GMD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
15. D Sharma vs Rapport 0-1282010First Saturday februar GMC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
16. Rapport vs Ilincic 1-0392010First Saturday februar GMD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
17. M Quinn vs Rapport  0-1502010First Saturday februar GMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Rapport vs F Platzgummer  1-0452010First Saturday februar GMD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. W Paschall vs Rapport 1-0242010First Saturday februar GMA06 Reti Opening
20. Rapport vs D Boros 1-0252010First Saturday februar GMD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. I Farago vs Rapport  0-1312010First Saturday februar GMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Rapport vs S Sahu 1-0372010First Saturday februar GME10 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Yu Lie vs Rapport 0-1362010First Saturday februar GMD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Rapport vs Beliavsky  ½-½372010Gotth' Art Cup GME12 Queen's Indian
25. T Banusz vs Rapport  0-1332010Gotth' Art Cup GMA33 English, Symmetrical
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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.

Jun-19-21  waustad: Perhaps he took a very human approach where he valued his relationship with his wife and personal life more than his place in chess. Rajabov did that and has returned to the upper echelon, though Rapport did that while a bit younger and less established. I wish him well for his career and life. Ponomariov is another such player who went for having a life.
Aug-17-21  Albertan: An interview with GM Richard Rapport after his third-place finish in the 2021 Saint Louis rapid and blitz tournament has been posted to YouTube at:

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  Messiah: C'mon Richárd, make him CRY today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep-11-21  waustad: It’s hard to realize that he not a kid anymore. He’s also now in the live top 10!
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  technical draw: The final "t" is silent. So not ra-port but ra-por. That is if his name is from the original French. However it might be a Hungarian name in which case I have no idea how it's pronounced.
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  technical draw: Here's a youtube pronunciation by a guy with a banana in his mouth:
Sep-13-21  Zerebuh: The final t is definitely not silent in the correct (Hungarian) pronunciation of his name.
Sep-13-21  Z truth 000000001: There's this pronunciation guide:

Of course, I'd give it a bit more cred if Frankie (male from Hungary) used the Hungarian name ordering!


Dec-20-21  Whitehat1963: Doing well so far at the Gashimov Memorial!
Feb-12-22  Whitehat1963: I like that Rapport is willing to play less common openings even in elite-level classical games. But that’s probably all I can state with confidence about his style of play. Can someone with a much better understanding than mine tell us more about his style of play and how it is evolving?
Mar-14-22  virginmind: OK, this guy's very good. He just won the FIDE Grand Prix Belgrade 2022, getting to 7th on the live rating list, and almost certainly qualifying to the Candidates tournament in the process...
Mar-28-22  faulty: and so, Rapport is 100 percent in the Candidates. no theoretically possible combinations left which could eliminate him
Apr-03-22  Albertan: Richard Rapport reaches career-high in April’s rating list:

May-09-22  Raggmunk: this man can easily find almost all SF 15 moves in games he played in May. Somebodies might call it preparation, but it's not quite like that. It slowly shows us the mid-game logic of engines. His olay style reminds me of planinc. Fearlessly, he just goes towards his goal. what, so he can't long castle on the broken queenside? Engines says long castle and boom long castles in the middlegame. Come on, Rapport, keep spirit of planinc and fischer alive!
May-27-22  Albertan: Richard Rapport switches federation three weeks before Candidates:

May-27-22  Albertan: World #5 Chess Player Hungarian-born Richard Rapport to switch to Romanian Colors:

May-30-22  virginmind: Welcome to Romania! :)
May-30-22  Albertan: World’s 8th best Hungarian chess player to represent Romania?:

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