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Karoly Honfi
K Honfi 
Number of games in database: 667
Years covered: 1950 to 1995
Last FIDE rating: 2035
Highest rating achieved in database: 2390

Overall record: +220 -238 =209 (48.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (124) 
    B93 B88 B47 B43 B57
 Caro-Kann (28) 
    B16 B13 B18 B12 B17
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C77 C91 C65 C87 C63
 French Defense (25) 
    C02 C16 C10 C15 C13
 Sicilian Najdorf (21) 
    B93 B90 B91
 Two Knights (16) 
    C59 C58 C57 C56 C55
With the Black pieces:
 Grunfeld (52) 
    D94 D86 D78 D71 D92
 Sicilian (50) 
    B42 B27 B43 B32 B40
 Ruy Lopez (36) 
    C81 C82 C60 C80 C73
 English (26) 
    A16 A15 A10 A13 A14
 King's Indian (24) 
    E60 E90 E67 E91 E95
 English, 1 c4 c5 (18) 
    A34 A36 A39 A30 A37
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Ozsvath vs K Honfi, 1953 0-1
   G Negyesy vs K Honfi, 1955 0-1
   Portisch vs K Honfi, 1963 0-1
   K Honfi vs O Gschnitzer, 1988 1/2-1/2
   K Honfi vs E Ladanyike-Karakas, 1991 1-0
   K Honfi vs Barcza, 1968 1-0
   K Honfi vs Andersson, 1976 1-0
   K Honfi vs Lokvenc, 1962 1-0
   K Honfi vs Tarjan, 1976 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reggio Emilia 1962/63 (1962)
   Asztalos Memorial (1965)
   Hoogovens-B (1970)
   Reggio Emilia 1966/67 (1966)
   Bari (1970)
   Hungarian Championship (1973)
   Asztalos Memorial (1959)
   Asztalos Memorial (1964)
   Asztalos Memorial (1963)
   Copenhagen (1965)
   Hungarian Championship (1974)
   Bucharest (1962)
   Hungarian Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   Sukhumi (1972)
   Hungarian Championship (1971)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Genius in the Background (Karolyi/Aplin) by Qindarka

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(born Oct-25-1930, died Aug-14-1996, 65 years old) Hungary

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Born and died in Budapest, Karoly Honfi was awarded the IM title in 1962. In tournaments he was 1st= at Timisoara 1972, 1st at Kecskemet 1975 and 1st at Pecs 1976. He was married to Lujza Honfi Gurszky.

Wikipedia article: Karoly Honfi

Last updated: 2018-01-09 07:31:40

 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 782  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Szabo vs K Honfi 1-0341950BudapestB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
2. K Honfi vs G Szilagyi  0-1551950Hungarian ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
3. Szabo vs K Honfi 1-0261950Hungarian ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. K Honfi vs B Sandor  1-0571950Hungarian ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
5. K Honfi vs B Sebestyen  0-1251950Hungarian ChampionshipC44 King's Pawn Game
6. K Honfi vs G Kluger  1-0581950Hungarian ChampionshipB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
7. K Honfi vs P Rethy 0-1241950Hungarian ChampionshipC10 French
8. J Szily vs K Honfi  ½-½251950Hungarian ChampionshipB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
9. K Honfi vs J Pogats  ½-½161950Hungarian ChampionshipC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
10. Barcza vs K Honfi  1-0511950Hungarian ChampionshipA28 English
11. K Honfi vs T Florian  1-0421950Hungarian ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. K Honfi vs L Monostori  0-1431950Hungarian ChampionshipD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
13. Benko vs K Honfi  1-0321950Hungarian ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
14. J Balogh vs K Honfi  ½-½361950Hungarian ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
15. K Honfi vs F Koberl  0-1601950Hungarian ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
16. I Molnar vs K Honfi  1-0461950Hungarian ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. G Fuster vs K Honfi  1-0551950Hungarian ChampionshipA51 Budapest Gambit
18. K Honfi vs A Vajda  1-0281950Hungarian ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
19. E Gereben vs K Honfi  0-1341950Hungarian ChampionshipD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
20. M Bely vs K Honfi  0-1671950Hungarian ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. A Ozsvath vs K Honfi 0-1561953BudapestB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
22. G Negyesy vs K Honfi 0-1191955BudapestD84 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit Accepted
23. K Honfi vs Bela Erdy  1-0401955BudapestC55 Two Knights Defense
24. T Weinberger vs K Honfi  0-1411955BudapestD71 Neo-Grunfeld
25. Barczay vs K Honfi  0-1331955BudapestC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 782  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-29-05  Eastfrisian: Honfi died already on 14.08.1996. in the years 1958 and 1962 he was a member of the Hungarian team on the chess olympiades.

He had already the GM-norm, but was awarded at that time only the IM-title. He never became a GM.

Oct-25-06  BIDMONFA: Karoly Honfi

HONFI, Karoly

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  whiteshark: There is a biography in Hungarian language:

György und Négyesi Honfi:
<Honfi Nagymester (1930-1996)> Softback 248 S., Zalaegerszeg 2000, Fr. 30.-

short review (in German):

Oct-16-11  wordfunph: IM Karoly Honfi represented Hungary in two Olympiads:

1958 Munich = +3=5-2
1962 Varna = +6=3-3

excerpt from Karolyi/Aplin's book Genius in the Background..

<Honfi was an honourable man, and it is rather ironic that his honesty may have contributed to his failure to become a grandmaster. Other players have told me of a tournament where he needed to win his last game to secure the title. His Yugoslav opponent offered to make an 'arrangement' but Honfi refused. In the game he was close to winning, but he spoiled the position in time trouble.>

Nov-19-14  ljfyffe: Member of CC Oympiad IV (1962-1964) team.
Nov-07-15  zanzibar: There is a nice page, w photos, of him here (in Hungarian):

He did become a Hungarian GM in 1966. Only in 1975 did he achieve his first FIDE norm. As for the FIDE GM title:

<Not bitter at all races with renewed vigor went into battle, but while the world has changed, the circuit races ousted the Swiss system tournament, making it difficult for older job, execution is the norm. While some frequently used unfair means to this end, he refused to do so. "What good is a title that is bought?" - He asked, often he said. At the time, this view was not alone ...>

Nov-28-15  ljfyffe: Honfi finished 8th in the IV Final of the 1984-1992 Ladies CC World Championship, scoring 6.5/13.
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  Breunor: The Wikipedia article on him states he was awarded the GM title posthumously.

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