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Laszlo M Kovacs
Number of games in database: 355
Years covered: 1960 to 2000
Last FIDE rating: 2017
Highest rating achieved in database: 2315
Overall record: +98 -132 =125 (45.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-05-1938, 83 years old) Hungary

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Hungarian IM Laszlo M. Kovacs was born in 1938. He was 1st at Lublin 1968.

Note: there are several other players named Laszlo Kovacs.

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 355  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L M Kovacs vs A Nikitin  1-0321960WchT U26 07thB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
2. L M Kovacs vs J Sloth  1-0361964WchT U26 11th fin-AB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
3. L M Kovacs vs K Honfi  0-1251965HUN-ch 20thC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
4. L M Kovacs vs Lengyel  0-1611965HUN-ch 21thC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. I Farago vs L M Kovacs  1-0371965HUN-ch 20thD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. L M Kovacs vs I Farago  1-0831965HUN-ch 21thC05 French, Tarrasch
7. L M Kovacs vs G Kluger 0-1321965HUN-ch 20thC59 Two Knights
8. L M Kovacs vs Pirc  1-0431965BudapestB32 Sicilian
9. A Ozsvath vs L M Kovacs  0-1611965BudapestC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
10. Malich vs L M Kovacs  1-0291965BudapestD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. L M Kovacs vs Szabo  0-1401965BudapestB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
12. P Dely vs L M Kovacs  0-1411965BudapestC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Krogius vs L M Kovacs  1-0331965BudapestD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. L M Kovacs vs I Bilek  0-1351965BudapestB06 Robatsch
15. L M Kovacs vs Polugaevsky  0-1331965BudapestB42 Sicilian, Kan
16. Taimanov vs L M Kovacs  1-0301965BudapestA30 English, Symmetrical
17. L M Kovacs vs Lengyel  1-0541965BudapestB06 Robatsch
18. V Osnos vs L M Kovacs  1-0601965BudapestD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. L Navarovszky vs L M Kovacs  0-1631965BudapestD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. L M Kovacs vs Janosevic  ½-½401965BudapestE72 King's Indian
21. E Haag vs L M Kovacs  0-1431965BudapestC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
22. L M Kovacs vs N Padevsky  0-1841965BudapestD90 Grunfeld
23. D Levy vs L M Kovacs  0-1211965WchT U26 12th prelC44 King's Pawn Game
24. G Kluger vs L M Kovacs  1-0521965HUN-ch 21stD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. L M Kovacs vs Portisch  ½-½401966BudapestC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-05-08  brankat: Happy Birthday Laszlo!
Nov-04-15  zanzibar: I believe he wrote this book on the Najdorf Poisoned Pawn:

I also believe one of the first, if not the first, game with 18.Nxf6!? was played by him:

[Event "Hungary"]
[Site "HUN"]
[Date "1984.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Kovacs"]
[Black "Karolyi, Tibor"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B97y"]
[EventDate "1984.??.??"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 a6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8. Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.f5 Nc6 11.fxe6 fxe6 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.e5 dxe5 14. Bxf6 gxf6 15.Ne4 Be7 16.Be2 h5 17.Rb3 Qa4 18.Nxf6+ Bxf6 19.c4 Bh4+ 20.g3 Be7 21.O-O h4 22.Qe3 Qa5 23.Rd1 e4 24.Qxe4 Qc5+ 25.Kh1 Rh6 26. Qf4 Rf6 27.Qe4 Bd7 28.Rb7 O-O-O 29.Rdb1 Bd6 30.Qxh4 Rf2 31.Qg4 Rxh2+ 32.Kxh2 Qf2+ 0-1

I wish my <MillBase> version of the game was a little more specific, it doesn't even mention which of Kovacs debuted the move (though I've reason to believe it was LM Kovacs).

This stuff is *way* over my head. Kovacs lost, but the engines say White has a draw in this position (move 22):

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r1b1k2r /4b3/p1p1p3/4p3/q1P4p/1R4P1/P2QB2P/5RK1 w kq - 0 22

Anybody see the move?

Critter and Stockfish v6 both agree, it's 22.Rd1. But Critter didn't spot it until 16-ply deep.

Kovacs instead played 22.Qe3 which only loses to 22...Qa5, a move Karolyi found. Kovacs played 23.Rd1, but it's a bit baffling, as 23...Bc5 should have been played, but wasn't. Hmmm....

Nov-04-15  zanzibar: Oh, I really love Black getting away with castling on this board... Q-side no less!

28...O-O-O! (it's sharp!)

Maybe one of my favorite castles ever.

Nov-04-15  zanzibar: BTW- no FIDE card for this player?

He has games in 2000.

Are we conflating other players on <CG>, there are a couple of large gaps in his record?

Nov-04-15  zanzibar: RE: Knight sacrifice 18.Nxf6!? in Poisoned Pawn:

<[The knight sacrifice was worked out by Vitolins, and first played in 1977. “White has sufficient compensation for the sacrificed knight, as Black’s king is very exposed in the center, the queen is locked out of play, and the other pieces are unprotected and uncoordinated. White has control of the open files, and the queen’s mobility is increased significantly in view of Black’s wrecked pawn structure.” (Kovacs).>

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