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Ivan Farago
I Farago 

Number of games in database: 3,954
Years covered: 1961 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2354 (2353 rapid, 2388 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2625
Overall record: +1363 -594 =1981 (59.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 16 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (296) 
    E97 E73 E94 E75 E61
 Queen's Indian (228) 
    E12 E17 E15 E16 E13
 Grunfeld (166) 
    D97 D93 D87 D92 D82
 Modern Benoni (165) 
    A57 A61 A56 A67 A77
 Queen's Gambit Declined (140) 
    D37 D38 D31 D39 D30
 Semi-Slav (139) 
    D45 D44 D43 D48 D47
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (558) 
    C05 C18 C00 C01 C02
 Queen's Indian (234) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E13
 Sicilian (228) 
    B42 B43 B40 B22 B41
 French Winawer (205) 
    C18 C15 C19 C16 C17
 French Tarrasch (201) 
    C05 C03 C09 C07
 Nimzo Indian (185) 
    E32 E46 E55 E48 E25
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Sax vs I Farago, 1973 0-1
   I Farago vs I A Zaitsev, 1980 1-0
   I Farago vs G Jacoby, 2002 1-0
   I Farago vs K Bjerring, 1989 1-0
   G Cabrilo vs I Farago, 1984 1/2-1/2
   I Farago vs G Sigurjonsson, 1976 1-0
   I Farago vs R Berczy, 1968 1-0
   G Makropoulos vs I Farago, 1988 0-1
   A Juhasz vs I Farago, 2021 0-1
   Z Almasi vs I Farago, 1999 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Laszlo Toth Memorial (1979)
   Makarczyk Memorial (1980)
   Svendborg (1981)
   Balatonbereny Open (1985)
   Hungarian Championship (1986)
   Prievidza (1973)
   Budapest Championship (1968)
   Leipzig DSV (1975)
   Rubinstein Memorial (1979)
   Hungarian Championship (1979)
   Hungarian Championship (1973)
   Hungarian Championship (1976)
   Hungarian Championship (1971)
   Hungarian Championship (1977)
   Vienna Open (1998)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Amsterdam IBM 1976 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1988 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 TCh-HUN -22
   I Farago vs Marcell Borhy (Oct-31-21) 1/2-1/2
   I Farago vs P Zentai (Oct-10-21) 1/2-1/2
   M Karthikeyan vs I Farago (Jul-28-21) 1/2-1/2
   I Farago vs P Polyik (Jul-27-21) 1/2-1/2
   W Cu Hor vs I Farago (Jul-26-21) 1-0

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(born Apr-01-1946, died Dec-12-2022, 76 years old) Hungary

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Ivan Farago was born in Budapest. He participated five times in the world university-college team championship, in 1967 his individual performance was the best in the field. The Hungarian Chess Federation declared him a master in 1964. He was awarded the IM title in 1974 and the GM title in 1976. He was 1st= at Halle 1978, 1st at Kecskemet 1979, 1st at Svendborg, 1st= at Bagneux 1983, 1st at Albena 1983, 1st= at Wijk aan Zee 1987 and 1st at Budapest 1987. Farago entered the finals of the national championship several times, winning gold medals in 1986, silver medals in 1979 and 1981. He was a member of the European Championship silver medal winning team in 1977 and 1980, and in 1983 he won a bronze medal at the continental championship with the team. Farago won a silver medal at the Maltese Chess Olympiad in 1980, while five years later he also won a silver medal with the national team.

Farago played in the German Bundesliga, where he represented the Griesheim chess club.

Wikipedia article: Iván Faragó

Last updated: 2023-04-05 08:01:57

 page 1 of 159; games 1-25 of 3,954  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Farago vs E Nagy 0-1271961?D09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
2. I Farago vs Desnica  0-1611962HUN-JUGA43 Old Benoni
3. Desnica vs I Farago  ½-½301962HUN-JUGA92 Dutch
4. I Farago vs Antoshin  1-0441964WchT U26 11th fin-AD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. A Hellman vs I Farago  0-1551964WchT U26 11th qual-FC15 French, Winawer
6. S Celis vs I Farago  0-1231964WchT U26 11th qual-FA84 Dutch
7. L Kristensen vs I Farago  0-1411964WchT U26 11th fin-AC01 French, Exchange
8. Ujtumen vs I Farago  1-0441964WchT U26 11th fin-AC16 French, Winawer
9. I Farago vs B Zuckerman  0-1381964WchT U26 11th fin-AE61 King's Indian
10. E Skrob vs I Farago  ½-½531964WchT U26 11th fin-AC02 French, Advance
11. I Farago vs E Bogdanov  1-0601964WchT U26 11th fin-AA56 Benoni Defense
12. I Farago vs F Koberl  0-1351965HUN-ch 21thA44 Old Benoni Defense
13. I Farago vs L M Kovacs  1-0371965HUN-ch 20thD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. I Farago vs J Flesch  0-1401965HUN-ch 20thE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
15. I Farago vs R Hartoch  ½-½121965Wch U20 f-AA53 Old Indian
16. I Farago vs P Dely  0-1241965HUN-ch 21thE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
17. I Farago vs P Dely  0-1671965HUN-ch 20thE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. I Farago vs I Bilek  ½-½321965HUN-ch 20thE61 King's Indian
19. I Farago vs Csom  0-1751965HUN-ch 21thD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
20. I Farago vs Y Bleiman  1-0371965Wch U20 q-4E55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
21. I Farago vs F Jenei  1-0451965HUN-ch 20thD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Lengyel vs I Farago  0-1381965HUN-ch 21thA92 Dutch
23. I Farago vs J Foldi  1-0361965HUN-ch 21thE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
24. I Farago vs G Kluger  0-1401965HUN-ch 20thB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. I Farago vs J Pogats  1-0281965HUN-ch 20thE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
 page 1 of 159; games 1-25 of 3,954  PGN Download
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Apr-01-06  BIDMONFA: Ivan Farago


Oct-10-09  nigelsnoru: F r o g g e r
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  offramp: He has played the second largest number of Class A games, after Viktor Kortschnoj.
Feb-04-12  King Death: < offramp: He has played the second largest number of Class A games, after Viktor Kortschnoj.>

To make GM both of these players must have had a few decent ones in spite of your ridiculous statement. Maybe one day you'll get within a light year or two of them in playing strength.

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  offramp: <King Death: < offramp: He has played the second largest number of Class A games, after Viktor Kortschnoj.> To make GM both of these players must have had a few decent ones in spite of your ridiculous statement. Maybe one day you'll get within a light year or two of them in playing strength.>

My source was Chessbase Megabase 2011. If you disagree you should inform Chessbase through its website at

Feb-18-12  nummerzwei: This shows once more that Brits and Americans don't speak the same language.
Apr-01-13  waustad: IM Ulrich Schulze was not kind to Ivan Farago, passing his score for top Senior at the Neckar Open on his birthday. He had led that category for most of the tournament.
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  offramp: <offramp: <King Death: < offramp: He has played the second largest number of Class A games, after Viktor Kortschnoj.> To make GM both of these players must have had a few decent ones in spite of your ridiculous statement. Maybe one day you'll get within a light year or two of them in playing strength.>> also suggests a large number of games. At their player profile there is this summary:

<Name: Ivan Farago
Federation: HUNGARY
Born: 1946
Title: Grand Master
ELO: 2428
Years: 1962 - 2014

<Wins: 1304 (36.25 %)
Draws: 1783 (49.57 %)
Losses: 510 (14.18 %)>

Score: 61.04 %>

That's about 3600 games. He's obviously quite the chess lover.

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  perfidious: Farago actually has, at a minimum, <over> 3600 games, as none of the ten are included at 365chess from the 1984 Toronto International; I was his first-round opponent in a Queen's Indian.
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  offramp: Farago is probably a <real> chess professional - one who has to win prizes in order to eat and pay mortgages.

Another player I admire for his prefessionalism is Mark Hebden who seems to be playing non-stop; following European chess winds seeking a weekly wage.

How many games has he played? Even Hebden probably could not estimate...

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  HeMateMe: Didn't Sly Stallone fight this guy in Rocky III?
Sep-21-14  waustad: Looking at, he has played for many different teams in Hungary and Austria. I would assume that he's also played in leagues in several other countries, but many leagues don't use the chess-results service. More is the pity, since it is usually a lot more convenient than what they choose instead.
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  offramp: shows that he is between Korchnoi & Karpov in the most-active list; he has played 4263 games.
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  offramp: On today, his birthday;;;

<Ivan Farago
I Farago

Number of games in database: 3,998>.

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  HeMateMe: Looks buff! I think he could still give Rocky a run for his money.
Dec-13-22  Volcanus:
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  Fusilli: <HeMateMe: Looks buff! I think he could still give Rocky a run for his money.>


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  perfidious: Farago looks in better shape than when we met in Toronto, lo, those many moons ago.
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  Fusilli: <perf> Why? What did he look like?
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  moronovich: I met him in around 82. Together with IM Bednarski from Poland.

At the postmortem after his game we ganged up against a certain russian, named Vassilij Smyslov !

Dec-14-22  Eastfrisian: R.I.P. Master Farago.
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  perfidious: <Fusilli>, Farago was squat, but not so bulked up as he appears in the photo here.

Our game was published in Players Chess News (game 6379), with light annotations, but nowhere else. Lost my copy of the score.

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  Fusilli: Oh, I just realized we lost him. RIP grandmaster, thank you for your outstanding games.
Jan-07-23  ndg2: Saddened to hear about his demise. He may never have been in the same league as Portisch, Ribli and maybe Adorjan, but he definitely was mighty strong, back in the day.

Saw him live in an Open in East Germany in the late 1990s when he still was almost 2600 (the old "Super GM" mark back then). I think he won that tournament.

I was impressed how self-assuredly he won seemingly super-drawish positions.

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  Gottschalk: Obituary in Chessbase

FIDE Obituary

Bio (in German)

Bio (in Hungarian)

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