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Jozsef Pinter
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 726
Years covered: 1971 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2526
Highest rating achieved in database: 2595

Overall record: +250 -137 =327 (57.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 12 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (57) 
    E15 E17 E12 E16 E13
 King's Indian (40) 
    E77 E94 E99 E95 E97
 Modern Benoni (34) 
    A57 A61 A56 A70 A77
 Grunfeld (31) 
    D82 D87 D83 D86 D93
 Bogo Indian (22) 
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E21 E41 E53 E54 E43
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (63) 
    C89 C99 C84 C78 C69
 Semi-Slav (53) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D48
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (44) 
    C89 C99 C84 C92 C85
 Sicilian (36) 
    B84 B93 B90 B87 B50
 Nimzo Indian (33) 
    E32 E42 E41 E20 E21
 English (23) 
    A15 A13 A14 A11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Portisch vs Pinter, 1984 0-1
   Pinter vs S N Arkhipov, 1983 1-0
   Pinter vs C Thomson, 1989 1-0
   Pinter vs E Ungureanu, 1976 1-0
   Pinter vs Larsen, 1982 1-0
   Pinter vs Ribli, 1975 1/2-1/2
   Fedorov vs Pinter, 1997 1/2-1/2
   Smejkal vs Pinter, 1986 0-1
   Pinter vs B V Alterman, 1991 1-0
   Pinter vs S Saeed, 1985 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Szirak (1986)
   Szirak (1985)
   Las Palmas Interzonal (1982)
   Taxco Interzonal (1985)
   Hastings 1980/81 (1980)
   European Club Cup (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Szirak 1985 by Tabanus
   Szirak 1986 by Tabanus

   🏆 TCh-HUN 2017/18
   Pinter vs A Juhasz (Nov-26-17) 1-0
   F Berkes vs Pinter (Nov-25-17) 1/2-1/2
   Pinter vs V Balint (Dec-06-15) 1-0
   I Farago vs Pinter (Dec-02-12) 1/2-1/2

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(born Nov-09-1953, 66 years old) Hungary

[what is this?]
Jozsef Pinter was born in Budapest. Awarded the IM title in 1976 and the GM title in 1982, he was Hungarian champion in 1978 and 1979. Some of his best tournament results were 1st= at Szirak 1985, 1st at Copenhagen 1985, 1st= at Prague 1985, 2nd at Szirak 1986, 1st at Warsaw 1987 and 2nd= at Dortmund 1988.

Wikipedia article: József Pintér

 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 726  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Pinter vs P Szekely  ½-½311971BudapestB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Pinter vs L Szell 1-0301971HungaryC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
3. P Petran vs Pinter  1-0301972BudapestD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
4. Pinter vs B Perenyi  1-0621972BudapestC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
5. Pinter vs P Szilagyi  1-0201972BudapestC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
6. Pinter vs A Kuligowski  0-1381973EU-ch U20 fin-AC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
7. S Makarichev vs Pinter  1-0341973ZalaegerszegB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. Pinter vs A Urzica  1-0401973EU-ch U20 fin-AB33 Sicilian
9. I Molnar vs Pinter  1-0371973HungaryE60 King's Indian Defense
10. Pinter vs A Urzica  0-1391973EU-ch U20 qualB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. Pinter vs Marjanovic  ½-½271974EU-ch U20 qualB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
12. K Enigl vs Pinter  1-0481974Olympiad (students) (team)E61 King's Indian
13. Plachetka vs Pinter  ½-½681974Stary SmokovecC78 Ruy Lopez
14. I Zaitsev vs Pinter  0-1371974URSC78 Ruy Lopez
15. Z Beil vs Pinter 0-1421974Olympiad (students) (team)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
16. Pinter vs I Jankovec  1-0351974Trinec (Czech Republic)C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
17. Kupreichik vs Pinter  0-1591974Olympiad (students-t)C77 Ruy Lopez
18. Svend Pedersen vs Pinter  0-1351974Teesside (England)C29 Vienna Gambit
19. Pinter vs I Farago 0-1281974HungaryC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
20. A J Mestel vs Pinter  1-0421974EU-ch U20 fin-AB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
21. Pinter vs Adorjan  0-1201975HUN-chB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
22. L Espig vs Pinter  1-0431975Budapest TungsramA15 English
23. Pinter vs M Stean  0-1331975Mettler Instruments International TournamentB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
24. Pinter vs Portisch 0-1531975Budapest TungsramC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
25. Pinter vs Ribli ½-½561975Budapest TungsramB50 Sicilian
 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 726  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-01-04  Giancarlo: Still playing, I liked this game by him:

Pinter vs S Arkhipov, 1983

Nov-27-04  mjk: Here's a guy not ashamed of an early draw. Of his 664 games 94 are draws in 20 moves or less -- over 50 draws in less than 15 moves.
Nov-27-04  WMD: Any relation to Harold Pinter?
Nov-27-04  DanielBryant: Yet he's responsible for some of the most amazing brilliancies in the database.
Sep-15-05  Runemaster: <WMD: Any relation to Harold Pinter?>

I presume you mean that the high number of early draws means he's a care taker.

Sep-15-05  WTHarvey: Here's a little collection of puzzles from Jozsef's early games:
Sep-15-05  AdrianP: <WTHarvey> I'm very impressed with your excellent puzzle collections - I wonder whether it would be possible to download a PGN database of all the positions (or all the positions from a particular player), reason being so I can go through them in Pocket Fritz.
Sep-15-05  Larsker: <reason being so I can go through them in Pocket Fritz.> Oh yes, that would be nice.
Sep-15-05  WTHarvey: <AdrianP> Sorry. Any way you can use the FEN description ?
Sep-16-05  Larsker: <WTHarvey> You're doing a fabulous job. If you made a downloadable puzzle selection, you could charge money for it. I, for one, would pay 50 bucks or more if I could go through those puzzles on my Pocket Fritz.
Sep-16-05  AdrianP: <WTHarvey> No worries, thanks anyway.
Sep-16-05  WTHarvey: I'm obliged! Something has to be done to simplify the incredible flood of chess information but there's nothing like seeing the original game in its entirety.
Nov-09-06  BIDMONFA: Jozsef Pinter

PINTER, Jozsef

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  brankat: Happy Birthday Jozsef!
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  whiteshark: Bio: (German) (English, short)
Nov-09-09  WhiteRook48: drew Bronstein once when he had an N against Bronstein's two Bs
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  wordfunph: The Great Book of Chess Combinations by GM Jozsef Pinter..

<This book contains 1400 combinations, grouped by such topics as Weak King, Decoying, Pawn Promotion, Pinning, Deflection, and so forth. The basic concept urging the author to write this book was: to develop your tactical skills there is nothing like solving chess combinations. Each section contains studies of elementary and advanced level. They are highly instructive, and by studying them you can make real progress in acquiring the tactical motives of chess.

The author, József Pintér, is one of the most recognized grandmasters in Hungary. Silver medallist at the Chess Olympiad, several times champion of Hungary, captain of the national team, he is one of the main trainers at the Central School of Chess. He wrote a number of books. As a chess player, he is noted for his “healthy” playing style. Hungarian chessplayers say that if you want to become a strong player, you must attend Pintér’s classes. You can now listen to him, at least for the duration of 1400 studies.>

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  Peligroso Patzer: Here is a game you may want to include in your database. (I am posting the comment on this page because, as cited more fully below, GM Pintér is responsible for bringing the game to my attention.) It concludes with a crisp combination (with the great Anderssen, surprisingly, on the <losing> end).

The winner of the game below currently has no individual games in the CG database but does appear in several consultation games with the spelling <Goring>.

Goering,Carl Theodor - Anderssen,Adolf [B46]

Leipzig Leipzig (7), 19.07.1877

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bd3 d5 8.exd5 exd5 9.0–0 Bd6 10.Bf5 0–0 11.Bg5 Be5 12.Nce2 Bxh2+ 13.Kh1 Bc7 14.Qd3 Ne5 15.Qh3 Ng6 16.Bxc8 Rxc8 17.Nf5 Bb8 18.Ned4 Bf4 19.Bxf4 Nxf4 20.Qg3 Ng6 21.f4 Ne4 22.Qg4 Qf6 23.Rad1 Rfe8 24.Rd3 a5 25.Kh2 Qa6 26.Rff3 Nf6 27.Qh3 h5 28.Rg3 Ng4+ 29.Rxg4 hxg4 30.Qxg4 Rxc2 31.Rh3 Rf2 32.Kg3 Qf1 33.Rh2 Rxf4 34.Ne7+ Rxe7 35.Qc8+ Nf8 36.Qxf8+ Kxf8 37.Rh8# 1–0

I came across this game in <The Great Book of Chess Combinations>, by Pintér, József, Caissa Chess Books (c)2012, at p. 10.

Pintér uses the position after <35. Qc8+>:

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s example number (3). According to Pintér, instead of falling into the back-rank mate, Black should have continued: <35. ... Re8! 36. Qxe8+ Nf8 37. Qe3 Re4>< >.

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  tpstar: C T Goering vs Anderssen, 1877
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  ketchuplover: for those interested...
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Jozsef Pinter.
Nov-09-16  diagonal: Hungarian Grandmaster 1982, IM 1976. Writer, coach, leading instructor at the hungarian junior chess school and captain of the national team.

Won or shared first Plovdiv 1979 (outright), <three times winner of the Rome Invitation series>: Rome 1979 (outright), Rome 1982 (together with Viktor Korchnoi) and Rome 1983 (outright), Balatonbereny 1983, Prague zonal 1985 (together with Mihai Suba and Vlastimil Jansa, surpassing amongst others Lubomir Ftacnik, Florin Gheorghiu, Andras Adorjan, Ivan Farago, or Istvan Csom), <Copenhagen (Jubilee) 1985> (best performance of Pinter according to chessmetrics, clear first, full 1.5 point ahead of 2.-4. Bent Larsen, Helgi Olafsson, Curt Hansen, followed by Vasily Smyslov, Nick DeFirmian, Johan Hjartarson, James Plaskett, Carsten Hoi, Lars Karlsson, etc.), a strong international invitational held to celebrate the 50 years jubilee of the chess club Brřnshřj, the district is part of the municipality of Copenhagen, <Szirak 1985> (together with Vladimir Tukmakov, ahead of Gyula Sax, Andras Adorjan, Kiril Georgiev, Anatoly Vaisser, Andronico Yap, Wolfgang Uhlmann, Rainer Knaak, Josef Klinger, a.o.), Warsaw zonal 1987, <Léon GM 1989> (together with Zsuzsa Polgar, who had the better tie-break, the official website shows him as first in a retrospective survey), Budapest (Perenyi Memorial) 1989 (together with Jozsef Horvath), Beersheba 1991 (ahead of Sergey Dolmatov in a closed double round robin), Balaton GM-A in 2005. =2nd at Dortmund 1988 (joint with Daniel King, Smbat Lputian won).

Pinter qualified three times in a row for an Interzonal tournament: 1982 in Las Palmas, 1985 in Taxco, and 1987 in Zagreb. He finished always on a solid midfield place.

<National Champion in 1978 and in 1979>. European Club Cup Champion.

A participant in eight Olympiads from 1980 until 1998 where Pinter collected one <individual gold medal in 1984> for the best performance at board five and a <team silver medallist in 1980>.

<Gold medal on board four and silver with Hungary> at the inaugural edition of the World Team Chess Championship in Lucerne 1985 (six boards, eight players per nation). Hungary au grand complet, just before the fabulous rise of the Polgar sisters: Portisch, Ribli, Sax, Pinter, Adorjan, Farago, Csom, and (then IM) Groszpeter.

Author of 1000 Minor Piece Endings, 1000 Queen Endings, 1000 Rook Endings, 1000 Combinations (selection).

<Highest ranking as no. =22> in July - December 1985. Highest ELO rating 2595 later in July - December 1998, then ranked as no. =88 of the world (FIDE Elo rating inflation).

Nov-09-16  diagonal: Famous games:

Pinter is well known for a 1984 brilliancy against his compatriot Lajos Portisch in that year's Hungarian Championship:

Portisch vs Pinter, 1984.

More about his immortal game:


Kasparov close to loose, French Team-ch 1993: Kasparov (Auxerre) vs. Pinter (Montpellier) ˝- ˝, Pinter vs Kasparov, 1993, a battle of 114 moves!

Pinter vs Kasparov, 1993 original posting by <percyblakeney>: Garry Kasparov never lost (with classical time controls) against a Hungarian opponent! He played lots of games versus for example Leko, Portisch, Judit Polgar, Almasi, Ribli, Sax, Adorjan, Csom, and several others without losing, but here it wasn't that far away against the somehow less known Jozsef Pinter. The endgame reminds of Radjabov vs Van Wely, 2008.

Happy birthday, Grandmaster Pinter

<percyblakeney>: You are missed!

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