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Andras Adorjan
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Number of games in database: 1,581
Years covered: 1963 to 2000
Last FIDE rating: 2504
Highest rating achieved in database: 2565

Overall record: +440 -202 =932 (57.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 7 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (136) 
    B83 B44 B47 B43 B31
 Ruy Lopez (78) 
    C69 C77 C92 C67 C63
 English, 1 c4 e5 (72) 
    A29 A21 A27 A26 A28
 English, 1 c4 c5 (64) 
    A30 A33 A36 A34 A35
 English (55) 
    A10 A16 A14 A18 A19
 King's Indian (46) 
    E80 E67 E62 E69 E92
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (173) 
    B32 B81 B33 B30 B82
 Queen's Indian (89) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17 E16
 Grunfeld (84) 
    D86 D85 D91 D92 D94
 English, 1 c4 c5 (76) 
    A36 A30 A37 A39 A32
 Sicilian Scheveningen (65) 
    B81 B82 B84 B80 B83
 Reti System (48) 
    A04 A05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Adorjan vs G Glatt, 1982 1-0
   Huebner vs Adorjan, 1980 1/2-1/2
   Adorjan vs Ribli, 1979 1-0
   Miles vs Adorjan, 1979 0-1
   Kosten vs Adorjan, 1988 0-1
   P Petran vs Adorjan, 1985 0-1
   Ribli vs Adorjan, 1983 0-1
   Adorjan vs Karpov, 1967 1/2-1/2
   Adorjan vs M Mukhin, 1973 1-0
   Adorjan vs M Fuller, 1975 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Amsterdam IBM-B (1970)
   Olot (1974)
   Hungarian Championship (1984)
   London (1975)
   Hungarian Championship (1973)
   Sarajevo (1983)
   Hungarian Championship (1970)
   Hoogovens-B (1971)
   Biel (1983)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   Szirak (1985)
   Hungarian Championship (1971)
   Chess Classics Masters (1998)
   Chigorin Memorial (1976)
   Parcetic Memorial (1972)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Black is OK! by Andras Adorjan by suenteus po 147
   Black is Still OK! by PhilFeeley
   Hastings 1973/74 by suenteus po 147
   Banja Luka 1979 by webbing1947
   Banja Luka 1979 by suenteus po 147
   Toluca Interzonal 1982 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1984 by suenteus po 147

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(born Mar-31-1950, 72 years old) Hungary
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In 1969–70, Adorján secured the title of European Junior Champion at the 'Niemeyer Tournament' in Groningen, and in 1969 at Stockholm, he finished runner-up in the World Junior Chess Championship to Anatoly Karpov. Qualification as an International Master came in 1970 and as a Grandmaster in 1973. The latter was also the year that he won (jointly) his first Hungarian Championship, going on to a further (this time outright) victory in 1984.

Other tournament successes (finishing either first or joint first) included Varna 1972, Osijek 1978, Budapest 1982, Gjovik 1983, Esbjerg 1985 and New York Open 1987. In an interview, he recounts the story of his telephoned invitation to Luhacovice in 1973; he enquired—"Is there a GM norm on offer?", to which came the answer "Yes". His next question—"When does it start?" was met with the reply "Half an hour ago". He also went on to win that tournament. At the Riga Interzonal of 1979, he finished joint third and qualified for the World Championship Candidates Tournament via tiebreaks, after drawing a match (+1 −1 =2) with fellow Hungarian Zoltán Ribli. At the Candidates he lost his quarter-final match to Robert Hübner.

In team chess, Adorján has an excellent record. Competing at the Chess Olympiad of 1978, he helped Hungary to capture the gold medal from the Soviet team who had convincingly won the event twelve consecutive times from 1952 through 1974. His further participation in 1984, 1986 and 1988 contributed to a top five finish on each occasion. Compatriots Lajos Portisch, Ribli and Gyula Sax were also at the peak of their playing strength during this period.

Adorján has also worked over the years, sometimes secretly, as a second to Garry Kasparov and to Peter Leko, helping them to prepare for important World Championship matches. He is known as a leading expert on the Grünfeld Defence, which has been favored by both Kasparov and Leko.

Adorjan is also an International Arbiter (1994).

Wikipedia article: András Adorján

Last updated: 2021-12-08 05:16:44

 page 1 of 65; games 1-25 of 1,609  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Szabo vs Adorjan 0-1271963BudapestC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
2. E Varnusz vs Adorjan  1-0281966Hungarian ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
3. Adorjan vs J Pogats  ½-½161966Hungarian ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
4. T Besztercsenyi vs Adorjan  0-1711966Hungarian ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
5. Adorjan vs Csom 0-1451966Hungarian ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
6. P Dely vs Adorjan  ½-½251966Hungarian ChampionshipA16 English
7. Adorjan vs L Sapi  ½-½231966Hungarian ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
8. K Honfi vs Adorjan 0-1691966Hungarian ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
9. Adorjan vs J Hajtun  ½-½171966Hungarian ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
10. J Flesch vs Adorjan  ½-½191966Hungarian ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
11. Adorjan vs L M Kovacs  ½-½341966Hungarian ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
12. L Prelovszky vs Adorjan  ½-½751966Hungarian ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Adorjan vs Barcza  ½-½201966Hungarian ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
14. J Tompa vs Adorjan  ½-½261966Hungarian ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. Adorjan vs G Kluger 1-0471966Hungarian ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
16. I Polgar vs Adorjan  ½-½541966Hungarian ChampionshipA38 English, Symmetrical
17. Adorjan vs G Szilagyi  1-0301966Hungarian ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
18. E Haag vs Adorjan  ½-½291966Hungarian ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Adorjan vs F Portisch  0-1271966Hungarian ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
20. Adorjan vs B Kurajica 1-0211967YUGB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
21. Adorjan vs Sveshnikov 0-1321967HUN-RSFSRB33 Sicilian
22. Sveshnikov vs Adorjan  1-0201967HUN-RSFSRC45 Scotch Game
23. Adorjan vs H Dudek 1-0261967EU-ch U18 sf 6768B89 Sicilian
24. L S Tate vs Adorjan 0-1241967EU-ch U18 sf 6768D81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
25. Adorjan vs Karpov ½-½1019676th Niemeyer prelC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
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Mar-31-09  wordfunph: Happy Birthday GM Andras Adorjan! You're one of the best! Black is REALLY Ok!!!
Mar-31-09  WhiteRook48: Happy birthday!
Mar-31-10  wordfunph: Happy Birthday GM Andras Adorjan! You're one of the best! Black is REALLY Ok!!!
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  GrahamClayton: Why did Adojan play under the name Jocha in his youth?
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  wwall: He was born Andras Jocha in 1950 and changed his name to Andras Adorjan around 1970. He took his new name after Andras Adorjan, an internationally acclaimed concert flutist from Hungary, born in 1944.
Feb-19-11  wordfunph: 1994 Alushta: According to GM Mikhail Golubev, before the start of the tournament, GM Andras Adorjan proposed to play all his games with black. After some reflection, the other participants refused to support the idea. In the end, all three non-drawn games involving Adorjan were won by black.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday POTD!
Mar-31-12  ketchuplover: and may it be better than black :)
Mar-31-12  King Death: Thanks for providing us with an entertaining writing style instead of dry technical reading. There's enough of that out there and a change is always good.

Happy Birthday!

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  whiteshark: "You go through a lot of things in a game, let alone your entire life. <I was even suspended by the Hungarian Chess Federation in January 1995 for ridiculous reasons, < using a witness who could travel to the zonal tournament soon after that >> - TO FILL THE VACANCY CREATED BY MY SUSPENSION

I sued them later of course, and received moral and financial compensation as a result. One of their charges happened to be true: I did name my dog after Gyula Horn, who was Prime Minister at that time. After the Hungarian uprising of 1956 was suppressed by the Russians, Horn was in a Communist detachment hunting for people who were still fighting for freedom against all odds. He's dead now. My dog, I mean, not the one-time Prime Minister. <I was forbidden to play in tournaments for a year and a half.> There is no reason to complain, though, worse things happen at sea. My father, for one, enjoyed <Russian hospitality> in Siberia for 3 years after the world war... "

-- Andras Adorjan, "Black is OK forever!", Batsford 2005, p 185

Any background available on the 1995 events?

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  FSR: Adorjan in his <Black is OK!> series of books hotly disputed the idea that White has any meaningful advantage. Yet even his personal statistics show him scoring better with White than Black. Using ChessBase, I compiled a "Dossier" on him. In 869 games as White, he scored 60%; in 911 games as Black, he scored 55%.
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Adorjan! I remember when his book "Black is OK!" came out back in '89. It was really popular back then but of course some people disagree w/ his views in this book. He took the "Black is OK!" theme further by writing 3 more books based on it.
Jul-13-15  wordfunph: "To get my mind off chess, I like to listen to music or read a book, and making love is a good idea too!"

- Andras Adorjan

Source: New In Chess Magazine 1986 #2

Feb-22-16  epistle: It is true. Black is OK Forever---

Mar-31-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Andras Adorjan.
Mar-30-17  ketchuplover: I think he should move to Oklahoma :)
Mar-30-17  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster! Saw you play, and win, in the '87 New York Open. Thanks for your passion for our wonderful game.
Mar-30-17  henjutsu: <Yet even his personal statistics show him scoring better with White than Black. Using ChessBase, I compiled a "Dossier" on him. In 869 games as White, he scored 60%; in 911 games as Black, he scored 55%.>

That could be related to self-fulfilling prophecy, with players giving up faster and not looking for winning moves as eagerly because they assume themselves to be worse as black from the start.

If he plays equally well with both sides, we shouldn't expect him to have an equal ratio against other players and their trends.

Jul-21-17  Marcelo Bruno: I know that the Musikhochschule Köln has a flute professor that has this name: does anyone know if it is the same person?
Jul-31-17  diagonal: Andras Adorjan continues his mission: After "Black is OK!" (1988/89 Batsford), "Black is Still OK!" (2004, Batsford), and "Black is OK Forever!" (2005, Batsford), the recent (and final?) black hymn is arriving:

<Black is Back!> (2016, New In Chess), his message remains just as emphatic, inspirational, and intimate: "Manisch im besten Sinne - ein sehr persönliches Vermächtnis Adorjans" (Frank Zeller, SCHACH, german monthly chess journal, no. 8/2017)

Jul-31-17  Retireborn: Once you go Black, you never go back.
Mar-31-18  ndg2: Nice spin on "Back in Black". Adorjan is an AC/DC fan?
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  louispaulsen88888888: Thanks FSR. Before compiling the statistics myself I looked through the comments to see if it was already done!
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  louispaulsen88888888: White has a statistical edge. You may argue this is due to a psychological element. So let’s examine players not affected by psychology. Alphazero lost 11 games to Stockfish. 10 losses as Black. One as White.
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  MissScarlett: All that proves is that <AlphaZero> can't read.
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