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Geza Fuster
Number of games in database: 138
Years covered: 1933 to 1988
Highest rating achieved in database: 2300
Overall record: +31 -72 =35 (35.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-19-1910, died 1990, 80 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality Canada)

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Géza Füster was born on the 19th of February 1910 in Budapest, Hungary. Awarded the IM title in 1969 he was Hungarian champion in 1941. He won his first of many Budapest Championships in 1936, finished 1st-2nd with George Kuprejanov in the 1971 Toronto Championship & won the latter outright in 1969. In 1943-44, he won the Hungarian correspondence championship. He emigrated to Canada in 1953. In 1955, he was Canadian Speed Champion. In 1957, he won the US Speed Championship. He took 2nd in the 1957 Canadian Championship and played in the Interzonal at Portoroz in 1958. He also accumulated 10 points in 20 team games for Canada in the chess Olympiads of 1958 (4th board) and 1970 (captain).

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 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 138  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Szabo vs G Fuster 1-0311933BudapestB02 Alekhine's Defense
2. G Fuster vs Szabo 0-1291934BudapestD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
3. Simon Rubinstein vs G Fuster  ½-½191936Trebitsch Memorial 19thE16 Queen's Indian
4. L Lindner vs G Fuster  1-0271936Budapest-BD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Szabo vs G Fuster 1-0541937BudapestE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
6. B Rabar vs G Fuster  0-1301941Trencianske TepliceD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. B Rabar vs G Fuster  0-1531941MunichB40 Sicilian
8. P Leepin vs G Fuster 0-1191941MunichD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. G Fuster vs Bjorn Nielsen  1-0551941MunichD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Mross vs G Fuster  1-0441941MunichD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. G Fuster vs Bogoljubov  ½-½461941MunichD95 Grunfeld
12. Stoltz vs G Fuster 1-0301941MunichC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
13. G Fuster vs Cortlever  0-1371941MunichD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
14. K Richter vs G Fuster  1-0621941MunichC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
15. G Fuster vs P Rethy ½-½431941MunichD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
16. Opocensky vs G Fuster  0-1511941MunichD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. G Fuster vs E R Lundin  0-1311941MunichD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
18. Alekhine vs G Fuster  ½-½461941MunichD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. G Fuster vs Kieninger  ½-½231941MunichA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
20. I V Rohacek vs G Fuster  1-0311941MunichB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. G Fuster vs Foltys  ½-½301941MunichD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. G Fuster vs Szabo  0-1341946HUN-chE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. A Vajda vs G Fuster  1-0451946GyorD04 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Franz Auer vs G Fuster  1-0301947HUN-AUTD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. G Fuster vs Franz Auer  ½-½411947HUN-AUTE17 Queen's Indian
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  Benzol: Geza Fuster
Born 19th February 1910 in Budapest
An IM in 1969 he was Hungarian champion in 1941.
Jun-29-06  beatles fan: My Uncle Played this guy! He used to work at the UFT restocking lab equiptment. Didn't speak a lot of english, but he was a killer player. Living in post WWII Hungary, the place was flat, and he made his first chess set from stale bread.
Oct-06-07  stanleys: Apparently Geza Fuster has been a victim of a brilliant tactical shot(I saw it in many Russian books,but couldn't find the whole game)

Fuster - Balogh,1964

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Here comes the killer 39...Qb2!!

Aug-25-08  myschkin: . . .

aka <Géza Füster>

Füster was a fixture at the YMCA Chess Club and later the Toronto Chess Club. A lover of speed chess, very generous with advice and encouragement to young players, and beloved for his aphorisms. When an opponent played a dubious move he would always say: "When a player is weak I say: 'Will you come again to play tomorrow?'".

Aug-25-08  RookFile: In Wade and OConnell's book on Fischer, Fuster is described as "luckless". He had a winning game against Fischer, but misplayed it, and Fischer came back to win:

G Fuster vs Fischer, 1958

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  GrahamClayton: I read an interesting article about Fuster's participation in the 1958 Interzonal.

The Toronto City Council was approached to see if they could provide the $1,000 required for Fuster's travel and accommodation. When the Council refused, Joseph Cornish started an appeal with $25. Obviously the $1,000 was found, but it shows what an "amateur" like Fuster had to do in order to take part.

Aug-03-11  reztap: Fuster played third board in the Cleveland-Toronto match in the mid seventies. He lost to James Schroeder,a Cleveland player of Master strength, on the white side of a QGD. Milan Vukcevich was Cleveland's 1st brd.He also was a winner. Cleveland won the A team match but the B team did not. I played 8th on the A team and won because my opponent made an unsound sacrifice.
Aug-03-11  reztap: To amend my previous kibitz Vukcevich's opponent was Vranesic He won on the black side of a sicillian. I played against a French Defense
Apr-08-13  Llawdogg: Stanley, it's too bad that we don't have the entire game of Fuster vs Balogh, 1964.
Apr-08-13  Llawdogg: Actually, I think it's Geza Fuster vs Janos Balogh, 1945, Budapest, Hungary, from the Hungarian Championship. This 23 move miniature is widely available on the internet at places like and among others. Just do a quick google search.
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  wordfunph: "I'm always in time trouble. But you can't change the man. A long time ago Maroczy told me I could be one of the best players in the world if not for time trouble. Yuri Averbakh said I'm always looking for the best move. That's not good. I should just find a good move and play it - but I can't."

- IM Geza Fuster

Source: Inside Chess 1988 #10

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