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Zoltan Almasi
Z Almasi 
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Number of games in database: 1,252
Years covered: 1990 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2687 (2678 rapid, 2585 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2726

Overall record: +362 -155 =505 (60.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 230 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (229) 
    B90 B33 B32 B42 B80
 Ruy Lopez (131) 
    C78 C84 C67 C80 C92
 French Defense (60) 
    C11 C18 C10 C14 C16
 Sicilian Najdorf (58) 
    B90 B92 B93 B98 B94
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (57) 
    C84 C92 C89 C95 C96
 Sicilian Taimanov (35) 
    B48 B47 B45 B46
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (143) 
    C67 C65 C84 C92 C69
 Queen's Indian (98) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17 E19
 Nimzo Indian (78) 
    E32 E21 E55 E58 E46
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (54) 
    C84 C92 C91 C95 C99
 English (39) 
    A15 A17 A13 A14 A10
 Sicilian (38) 
    B42 B90 B43 B22 B40
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Z Almasi vs Watson, 1994 1-0
   Z Almasi vs Korchnoi, 1996 1-0
   Z Almasi vs Macieja, 2010 1-0
   Z Almasi vs Aagaard, 2012 1-0
   Z Almasi vs Korchnoi, 1997 1-0
   Z Almasi vs Mikhalevski, 2008 1-0
   Z Almasi vs Van Wely, 1994 1-0
   Z Almasi vs Kengis, 1996 1-0
   Z Almasi vs A Tari, 2015 1-0
   Z Almasi vs M Marin, 2008 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Groningen (1994)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Reggio Emilia (2009)
   Reggio Emilia (2008)
   Ordix Open (2007)
   Corus Group B (2006)
   European Championship (2010)
   Hasselbacken Open (2016)
   Gibraltar Masters (2012)
   Gibraltar Masters (2016)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Ubeda 1997 by Chessdreamer
   Biel 1996 by suenteus po 147
   Capablanca Memorial (Elite) 2013 by Tabanus
   Linz 1997 by Phony Benoni
   2013 Capablanca memorial by gauer
   Dos Hermanas 2001 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 ch-HUN Rapid
   B Korpa vs Z Almasi (Jul-17-21) 1-0, rapid
   V Malakhov vs Z Almasi (Feb-23-20) 1-0
   Z Almasi vs C Seel (Feb-22-20) 1/2-1/2
   Z Almasi vs Fressinet (Feb-08-20) 1/2-1/2
   Z Almasi vs N Huschenbeth (Dec-08-19) 1-0

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(born Aug-29-1976, 45 years old) Hungary
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Zoltán Almási earned the GM title in 1993 at the age of 17, the same year he became U-18 World Junior Champion. He has won seven Hungarian Championships (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008). His biggest victory of 2005 came when he won the 3rd Marx Gyorgy (2005) with 6.5 points out of 10. Later that year he challenged Peter Svidler for the Chess 960 (Fischerandom) World Championship in Mainz, but lost the match. In 2008 he won the 50th International Tournament in Reggio Emilia 2007/08 with 6.0/9 and no losses. His performance was 2747.

By placing =1st in the Krynica Zonal Tournament 1.4, Almási qualfied for the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999) where he made it to the third round where he lost to Michael Adams. He also qualified for the World Cup (2011) by virtue of his result in the European Individual Championships (2010), where he defeated Egyptian GM Essam El Gindy in the first round, but lost unexpectedly to Romanian GM Mircea-Emilian Parligras in the second round. He won individual silver (for board 2) and team bronze in the European Team Championship (2011), scoring 6/8 and a TPR of 2809. He has represented Hungary at every Olympiad since 1994, winning team silver in 2002 and 2014, and individual silver for board 2 in 2010. In May 2013, he won the annual Capablanca Memorial.

Almási's peak rating and ranking to date are 2726 and world #19 respectively, in July 2011.

Wikipedia article: Zoltán Almási; Live rating list:

Last updated: 2017-06-20 10:55:05

 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,277  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Schipkov vs Z Almasi  ½-½181990Hungary-ch openE41 Nimzo-Indian
2. Z Almasi vs L Zsinka 1-0411990HUN-ch opC55 Two Knights Defense
3. Z Almasi vs Timoshenko  0-1451991Budapest Spring opC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. S Zagrebelny vs Z Almasi  ½-½531991Budapest AutoteamC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
5. Z Almasi vs Janos Dudas  1-0531991HUN-chTC10 French
6. Barsov vs Z Almasi  ½-½611991Cansys IM-AD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
7. Baburin vs Z Almasi  ½-½151991Budapest HonvedE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
8. M S Tseitlin vs Z Almasi 1-0281992Elekes MemorialC25 Vienna
9. I Farago vs Z Almasi  ½-½341992Zalakaros op rapE73 King's Indian
10. Z Almasi vs Adorjan 1-0271992ZalakarosB01 Scandinavian
11. Adorjan vs Z Almasi  1-0331992Ch HungaryE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. Zvjaginsev vs Z Almasi  1-0371992EU-ch U16E92 King's Indian
13. Z Almasi vs I Farago  ½-½171992HUN-chB42 Sicilian, Kan
14. Z Almasi vs Oral  ½-½471992EU-ch U16C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
15. Z Almasi vs Lajos Abel  1-0301992Zalakaros op rapB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
16. Susan Polgar vs Z Almasi 1-0371992Donau Cup opE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
17. Z Almasi vs Kulaots  1-0451992Wch U16B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
18. Svidler vs Z Almasi 1-0471992Wch U16C53 Giuoco Piano
19. C Lutz vs Z Almasi  ½-½461992European Team ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
20. Z Almasi vs V Dydyshko  ½-½651992European Team ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Malisauskas vs Z Almasi  1-0661992European Team ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
22. Z Almasi vs B Ostenstad  0-1491992European Team ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
23. E Prie vs Z Almasi  ½-½431992European Team ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
24. P Vandevoort vs Z Almasi  0-1441992European Team ChampionshipA15 English
25. Z Almasi vs V Maidla  ½-½571992European Team ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-29-08  jon01: I wonder how much his liverating is.
Sep-29-09  Billy Vaughan: And he's in the 2700 club. Congratulations!
Jan-04-10  magnuschess: his notable games were just with white ;)
Jan-06-10  Prugno: I'm a great fan of Almasi's style and was very happy to see him do so well in Reggio Emilia for the third year in a row, but still there seems to be a mistake in his biography above.

Almasi was never literally "World Junior Champion", a title reserved for the winner of the Under-20 event, and which in 1993 was won by Igor Miladinovic. More likely, in that year he was "World Under-18 Champion" or something similar.

Mar-06-10  supy: Top seeded and playing at table 1 with 240 GMs!

Mar-11-10  Method B: <Top seeded and playing at table 1 with 240 GMs!>

Good enough start with three victories out of three white games against much lower rated opponents. There wasn't a lot in his black games though. He has the black pieces against Sutovsky today. Both of them are only a half point behind the leaders.

Hajrá Zoli!

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  Tabanus: Well he ended 6th in EICC, with perf. according to his rating and qualification for the World Cup:

Apr-15-10  Caissanist: Until a few months ago Almasi's all time high rating was 2691, but he has managed to add another 29 points to reach 2720. FIDE's site has him expected to add another five points, which would put him into the world's top twenty for the first time. That's quite unusual in this day and age--I can't think of anyone else who has cracked the top twenty for the first time when he was over 30.
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  GrahamClayton: Here is an article about Almasi's visit to the Hungarian Grand Prix, and finding a couple of chess playing Formula 1 drivers:

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  Tabanus: Shared 2nd place in György Marx Memorial (Paks, Hungary) 5-16 August 2010:

Nov-05-10  zoren: <Caissanist: Until a few months ago Almasi's all time high rating was 2691, but he has managed to add another 29 points to reach 2720. FIDE's site has him expected to add another five points, which would put him into the world's top twenty for the first time. That's quite unusual in this day and age--I can't think of anyone else who has cracked the top twenty for the first time when he was over 30.>

At this point has actually surpassed Leko... just shows you how much of a rut Leko has been in.

Dec-21-10  Ezzy: Is the European rapidplay champion 2010.
Jul-13-11  Caissanist: Almasi will be playing second board (under Leko) in the World Team Championship, even though he's been Hungary's top player for close to a year now. I wonder if he agreed to this.
Jul-13-11  bronkenstein: Why not Caissanist , there are other things than ELO (only 9 points difference BTW) in making team setup.
Aug-29-11  abstract: Happy birthday GM Zoltan.. we share the same birthday and that what makes ur playing style boring as hell !! :)
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <abstract <boring as hell>> Do you speak from personal experience?
Aug-29-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy 36th Birthday, GM Almasi!


Oct-30-12  waustad: His loss to Bodnaruk cost 8.4 elo at the Chigorin memorial:
May-02-13  Method B: Almási won the Capablanca Memorial with a +4-1=5 performance ahead of Yuniesky Quesada Perez , Leinier Dominguez, Andreikin, Inarkiev and Harikrishna.


Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: You don't mess with the Zoltan!
May-02-13  Method B: His live rating is <2710.2>. Gaining 15.2 points he climbed back to the 2700's club. Well done.
Aug-29-14  Kain3: Very strong chess player who somehow never makes the headlines or could crack the top-15.
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  Penguincw: Happy 38th birthday to GM (and former 2700 club member) Zoltan Almasi.
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Zoltan Almasi for beating Lenderman (2617) today to gain 3.9 points. Almasi now sits at 2703.1, as he is back in the 2700 club.
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  Penguincw: (this was in July 2019)

Almasi, as the top seed, won the Hungarian Rapid Championship, scoring 10/13, tied for first.

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