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Richard Rapport

Number of games in database: 1,331
Years covered: 2006 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2760 (2727 rapid, 2759 blitz)
Overall record: +301 -138 =337 (60.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 555 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (82) 
    A45 D00 D02 A46 E00
 Sicilian (69) 
    B51 B20 B50 B23 B52
 King's Indian Attack (53) 
    A07 A08
 Reti System (47) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Nimzo-Larsen Attack (39) 
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E32 E21 E46 E30 E20
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (92) 
    B30 B45 B28 B67 B70
 French Defense (74) 
    C18 C10 C02 C01 C03
 Queen's Pawn Game (68) 
    A40 A46 D02 E00 A50
 King's Indian (55) 
    E94 E92 E73 E61 E80
 Ruy Lopez (46) 
    C61 C65 C67 C96 C75
 Queen's Indian (33) 
    E17 E16 E12 E19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B Bok vs Rapport, 2014 0-1
   Rapport vs Carlsen, 2017 1-0
   Duda vs Rapport, 2019 0-1
   Rapport vs T Rogers, 2014 1-0
   Aronian vs Rapport, 2016 0-1
   Rapport vs Fressinet, 2015 1-0
   Rapport vs D Rogic, 2010 1-0
   Rapport vs Anand, 2021 1-0
   Rapport vs N Huschenbeth, 2010 1-0
   J Hector vs Rapport, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)
   Tata Steel Group B (2013)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Bundesliga 2018/19 (2018)
   Gashimov Memorial (2021)
   Champions Showdown (2019)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   Bundesliga 2019/21 (2019)
   Aimchess Meltwater Champions (2022)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   FTX Road to Miami (2022)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   Gibraltar Masters (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Gibraltar Masters (2015)

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

   🏆 38th ECC Open
   Rapport vs R Mamedov (Oct-03-23) 1/2-1/2
   Rapport vs M Pranesh (Aug-28-23) 1-0, rapid
   Sadvakasov vs Rapport (Aug-28-23) 1-0, rapid
   Rapport vs P Galperin (Aug-28-23) 1-0, rapid
   Rapport vs Bacrot (Aug-27-23) 0-1, rapid

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(born Mar-25-1996, 27 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality Romania)
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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 G 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 Gibraltar Masters (2011) and 7/11 at the European 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 Gibraltar Masters (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 European 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 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 Masters (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 Tromso 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 Gibraltar Masters (2015) but suffered a catastrophic loss of form in March and April during Aeroflot Open (2015) and the World Team Championship (2015), losing 39 rating points to fall well below 2700.

live ratings:; Wikipedia article: Richárd Rapport


Last updated: 2023-01-15 12:00:23

 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,331  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Rapport vs G Lamard  1-0332006EU-ch U10B83 Sicilian
2. Rapport vs A Horvath  ½-½412007First Saturday IM DecemberB06 Robatsch
3. E Vegh vs Rapport  ½-½492007First Saturday IM DecemberA65 Benoni, 6.e4
4. Rapport vs E Kahn  0-1572007First Saturday IM DecemberB06 Robatsch
5. E N Cooke vs Rapport  1-0362007First Saturday IM DecemberB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
6. Rapport vs A Lenz  ½-½322007First Saturday IM DecemberB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. D Werner vs Rapport  0-1522007First Saturday IM DecemberE10 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Rapport vs B Szabo  ½-½162007First Saturday IM DecemberC49 Four Knights
9. Rapport vs B Lengyel  ½-½512007First Saturday IM DecemberC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
10. J Boguszlavszkij vs Rapport  0-1472007First Saturday IM DecemberD00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. P Prohaszka vs Rapport  1-0272008HUN-chT 0809D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. G Kjartansson vs Rapport  0-1422009FSGM MarchA33 English, Symmetrical
13. Rapport vs A Kiss  1-0372009Genset CupA55 Old Indian, Main line
14. C Tesik vs Rapport  ½-½902009Balatonlelle OpenB57 Sicilian
15. Rapport vs R Vincze  1-0382009Balatonlelle OpenD85 Grunfeld
16. Rapport vs A Horvath  0-1562009Balatonlelle OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
17. B Koban vs Rapport  0-1442009Balatonlelle OpenC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. A Bokros vs Rapport  0-1542009Balatonlelle OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
19. Rapport vs D Berczes  ½-½242009Balatonlelle OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Rapport vs A Czebe  1-0372009Balatonlelle OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Rapport vs A Tzermiadianos  1-0352009FSGM AugustD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Rapport vs L Seres 1-0252009Budapest FS08 GMA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
23. Rapport vs R Dobias  1-0512009European Club CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Rapport vs Bacrot 0-1312009European Club CupE91 King's Indian
25. Giri vs Rapport 1-0572009European Club CupA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
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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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  MissScarlett: The change of federation is now complete. But I assume his nationality is still Hungarian.
Apr-11-23  VerySeriousExpert: About Wikipedia's large attention to the game Rapport - Seres (2009). I thank opponents for the game, but, sorry, I don't understand why calls this game as Mr. Rapport's "notable game". Is 9.b3? a large intentional psychological sacrifice - a psychological gambit, like the standard line of Jerome gambit?? I think, no. It's a usual blunder, unfortunately.
Apr-11-23  VerySeriousExpert: If wants to have a game with unusual b2-b3 among Mr. Rapport's "notable games", then I suggest it to add the following game:

Rapport-Duda, FIDE Candidates, 2022 ( my comments of 2022 are here: Rapport vs Duda, 2022 ), which isn't C47/C46 or something else: it is C20 (Bednikova opening) by transposition: Mr. Rapport's move 8.b3 is extremely similar to 1.e4 e5 2.b3.

It's analogously to Game 2 of Ding-Nepomniachtchi WCC Match (2023), which isn't D27, it is A00 (Clemenz opening) by transposition: Mr. Ding's move 4.h3 is extremely similar to 1.h3.

We know, an opening is a sum of positions, not a sequence of them.

I thank Mr. Rapport and Mr. Ding for their large attention to rare chess opening systems.

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