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Istvan Abonyi
Number of games in database: 6
Years covered: 1907 to 1915
Overall record: +4 -2 =0 (66.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Aug-18-1886, died Jun-05-1942, 55 years old) Hungary

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Istvan Abonyi was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1886 and passed away in Budapest in 1942. In 1912, he played the Abonyi Gambit (1.♘f3 d5 2.e4) for the first time. In 1916, he played the Budapest Gambit against the Dutch surgeon Johannes Esser in Budapest. In 1922, he published analysis on the Budapest Gambit (1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 ♘g4 4.e4 ♘xd5 5.f4 ♘ec6) in Deutsches Wochenschach. He was one of the 15 founders of FIDE in 1924. In 1928, he played 300 opponents on 105 boards in Budapest, scoring +79 -6 =20. For many years, he was president of the Hungarian Chess Federation. He edited the Hungarian chess magazine Magyar Sakkvilag (Hungarian Chessworld). He was president of the Correspondence Chess Federation between 1935 and 1939.

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Last updated: 2017-11-15 07:08:25

 page 1 of 1; 6 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Abonyi vs L Forgacs 1-03119072nd National TtC41 Philidor Defense
2. K Treybal vs I Abonyi 1-0211908Prague-BC10 French
3. I Abonyi vs Hromadka 0-1131908Prague casualC48 Four Knights
4. I Abonyi vs J Engler 1-0271908Prague-BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Odon Gesztesi vs I Abonyi 0-1171915Budapest CCB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
6. I Abonyi vs G Lovas 1-0171915Budapest CCC48 Four Knights
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Aug-18-08  ravel5184: Hipy papy bthuthdth thuthda bthuthdy!
Aug-18-08  Billy Vaughan: Are you Owl from Winnie-the-Pooh?
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  whiteshark: <In 1916, he played the Budapest Gambit against the Dutch surgeon Johannes Esser in Budapest.> It should be uploaded.
May-10-10  Eastfrisian: ... and you correct "Deutsches Wochenschach".
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  GrahamClayton: <chessgames>In 1928, he played 300 oppponents on 105 boards in Budapest. He scored 79 wins, 6 losses, and 20 draws.

Here is a report on the exhibition from the chess column of the Brisbane Courier, dated 14 April 1928:

"A most remarkable simultaneous performance took place in Budapest recently, where I Abonyi played the huge number of 105 games. He started at 7 pm, and at 10.30 had scored 18 wins. Having disposed of the "rabbits", he settled down to serious business, and went on until 6 o'clock the following morning, when the final score stood 79 wins, 20 draws and 6 losses, a truly wonderful feat of endurance."

Oct-26-10  paladin at large: Abonyi should get credit here for having influenced Vidmar's famous win with the Budapest Defense-

Rubinstein vs Vidmar, 1918

It would be good if more of Abonyi's games could be found and uploaded.

Nov-01-13  Karpova: Abonyi was one of the strongest players in the world at fast time controls and had won several biltz tournaments.

Speed-Simul on April 21, 1924 in Györ against 80 players: +68 -5 =7 in 6.5 hours (less than 5 min per game). This is even more remarkable as all of the games were finished (sometimes, at late hour, games were not played out but the probable result merely estimated)

From page 172 of the June 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Dec-23-13  Karpova: The Hungarian Stefan Abonyi was born in 1886 and is especially active in national tournaments (like Dr. Asztalos, Chalupetzky and Sterk).

He learned chess at an early age from his father Dr. Josef Abonyi (died 1915), a dentist in Budapest with a highly reputable position as a city representative.

Soon, the young Abonyi knew enough to cause a sensation as a <stud. juris> in a university tournament, with his ingenious, energetic, even vehement attacking play.

In 1906, the 19-year old came in 4th in the Budapest Chess Club tournament (1. Forgacs, 2. von Balla, 3. Gajdos). In 1907, he shared 2nd-3rd place with Szekely (1. Forgacs) in the National tournament in Szekesfehervar (<Stuhlweißenburg>). He again shared 2nd-3rd place in the Prague 1908 international Main tournament. Furthermore, he beat Salwe 2:0 in a short match (first to win 2 games).

But Abonyi is not only a chessmaster, but also a patron of chess. He is the soul of the Budapest Chess Club and recently also joined the Vienna Chess Club. He is editor of the 'Az Ujsag' and the 'Magyar Sakkvillag'. Seven years ago, at the age of 22, he became secretary of the <Budapesti Sakkör> - a rare honour for so young a man.

He successfully campaigned for the arrangement of an International Tournament to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Budapest Chess Club and also donated a lot of money. He also enabled the Club to found its own home at the end of 1914*.

Abonyi initiated the weekly Tombola tournaments, paying himself for prizes. Especially the <Kriegs-Tombola-Turnier> on April 25 was well-received and ten members of the army together with 8 civilians participated (among them von Balla, Barasz, Havasi, Schweiger and Seböck).

Source: Pages 51-53 of the March-April 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

* <Karolyring 3, II. Stock, Tür 10> (from page 74 of March-April 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung')

Dec-23-13  Karpova: White: Stefan Abonyi

Black: Dr. Milan Vidmar

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1.Bf5 gxf5 2.gxh5 Kh7 3.Rg6 fxg6 4.hxg6+ Kg8 5.Rg1 Rd7 6.h5 Rh7 7.gxh7+ Kxh7 8.Qg5 Qf7 9.Qg6+ Qxg6 10.hxg6+ Kh8 11.e6 1-0

Source: Pages 54-55 of the March-April 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Domdaniel: As others have said, we should have more Abonyi games in the database. I congratulate <Karpova> for unearthing a few.
Jan-01-14  Karpova: Corrections from page 144 of the May-June 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung':

<He learned chess at an early age from his father Dr. Josef Abonyi (died 1915), a dentist in Budapest with a highly reputable position as a city representative.>

Abonyi's father died in 1914.

<In 1906, the 19-year old came in 4th in the Budapest Chess Club tournament (1. Forgacs, 2. von Balla, 3. Gajdos).>

Von Balla and Gajdos shared 2nd-3rd place.

<He is editor of the 'Az Ujsag' and the 'Magyar Sakkvillag'.>

He is the editor of the 'Vilag', not the 'Az Ujsag'.

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