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Bela Perenyi
Number of games in database: 287
Years covered: 1971 to 1988
Overall record: +119 -111 =57 (51.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-20-1953, died Nov-13-1988, 35 years old) Hungary

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He was Hungarian Open champion in 1985 and 1988. IM (1981) Bela Perenyi died in a car accident.

Wikipedia article: Béla Perényi

Last updated: 2017-07-31 10:33:54

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 287  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Perenyi vs T Csukas 0-1101971HungaryD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. J Pinter vs B Perenyi  1-0621972BudapestC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
3. S Horvath vs B Perenyi 1-0231972ZalaegerszegC47 Four Knights
4. B Perenyi vs Palatnik  0-1281973OdessaB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
5. B Perenyi vs L Eperjesi 1-0141974BudapestB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
6. Ribli vs B Perenyi 1-0361974Hungarian ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
7. B Perenyi vs P Lukacs  0-1561974Hungarian ChampionshipC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
8. P Dely vs B Perenyi  1-0421974Hungarian ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
9. B Perenyi vs Sax  0-1331974Hungarian ChampionshipB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
10. I Farago vs B Perenyi  0-1371974Hungarian ChampionshipA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
11. Csom vs B Perenyi  1-0411974Hungarian ChampionshipA15 English
12. B Perenyi vs L Vadasz 0-1571974Hungarian ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
13. K Honfi vs B Perenyi  1-0251974Hungarian ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
14. B Perenyi vs J Tompa  0-1411974Hungarian ChampionshipC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
15. P Szilagyi vs B Perenyi  1-0381974Hungarian ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
16. B Perenyi vs L Hazai  0-1401974Hungarian ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
17. B Perenyi vs Adorjan  ½-½401974Hungarian ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
18. T Horvath vs B Perenyi  0-1421974Hungarian ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
19. B Perenyi vs L Sapi  1-0361974Hungarian ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
20. G Rajna vs B Perenyi  1-0361974Hungarian ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
21. J Klepej vs B Perenyi  0-1271976SalgotarjanA45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. B Perenyi vs M Kaposztas  ½-½461976SalgotarjanB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
23. B Perenyi vs A Ponyi  1-0271976SalgotarjanB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. B Perenyi vs S Bakos  1-0541976SalgotarjanB08 Pirc, Classical
25. B Perenyi vs E Szirmai 1-0401976SalgotarjanB06 Robatsch
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Jul-12-04  WMD: IM Bela Perenyi, a two time Hungarian champion, died in a car accident on November 13 1988. He had been on his way to take part in a tournament in Saloniki and visit his fiancee, Ildiko Madl. He was 35.

Could the following game be uploaded? According to IM Tibor Karolyi, it's one of the most amazing games in the history of chess.

[Event ""]
[Site Balatonbereny]
[Date "1985.??.??"]
[White "Fette,M"]
[Black "Perenyi,B"]
[Round ""]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B51"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nc6 4. O-O Bg4 5. h3 Bh5 6. c3 e6 7. d4 cxd4 8. Bxc6+ bxc6 9. Qa4 Qd7 10. Nxd4 c5 11. Qxd7+ Kxd7 12. Nb3 Nf6 13. f3 Be7 14. Be3 a5 15. Na3 a4 16. Nd2 Rhb8 17. Ndc4 Kc6 18. Rf2 Nd5 19. exd5+ exd5 20. Nd2 Rxb2 21. Nf1 Rab8 22. Rxb2 Rxb2 23. Bc1 Re2 24. Ng3 Re1+ 25. Kf2 Rxc1 26. Rxc1 Bh4 27. f4 f5 28. Re1 g5 29. Re7 gxf4 30. Rxh7 Bxg3+ 31. Kf1 Bd1 32. h4 d4 33. cxd4 cxd4 34. h5 d3 35. Nc4 Kd5 36. Nd2 Be2+ 37. Kg1 Be1 38. Nb1 f3 39. gxf3 Bxf3 40. h6 d2 41. Nc3+ Kd4 42. Rc7 Bg3 43. h7 Be5 44. Rc8 Kd3 45. Kf2 Bg4 46. a3 Bxc3 47. Rxc3+ Kxc3 48. h8=Q+ Kd3 49. Qd8 d1=Q 50. Qxd6+ Kc2 51. Qc5+ Kb1 0-1

Jul-12-04  WMD: More fighting chess:

[Event ""]
[Site Rome]
[Date "1986.??.??"]
[White "Miles,A"]
[Black "Perenyi,Bela"]
[Round ""]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A65"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. e4 g6 7. Bd3 Bg7 8. Nge2 O-O 9. O-O Ng4 10. Bf4 Na6 11. Qd2 Ne5 12. Bc2 Nc4 13. Qc1 Nb4 14. Bb1 Ne5 15. Qd1 Qa5 16. a3 c4 17. Qd2 Nbd3 18. b4 Qd8 19. Bxd3 Nxd3 20. Bg5 Qe8 21. Nc1 f5 22. Nxd3 cxd3 23. exf5 Bxf5 24. Rfe1 Qc8 25. Rac1 Qc4 26. Be7 Be5 27. Ne2 Qxd5 28. Bxf8 Rxf8 29. Rc7 Bh3 30. f3 Rxf3 31. gxf3 Qxf3 32. Qg5 Bf6 33. Qg3 d2 34. Rec1 Qxe2 35. Rc8+ Bxc8 36. Rxc8+ Kg7 37. Rc7+ Kh6 38. Qf4+ Bg5 39. Qf8+ Kh5 40. Rxh7+ Kg4 41. Qc8+ Kf4 42. Rf7+ Bf6 43. Rxf6+ Kg5 44. Rxg6+ Kxg6 45. Qg8+ Kf5 46. Qf7+ Ke4 47. Qe6+ Kd3 48. Qb3+ Kd4 49. Qb2+ Ke4 50. Qc2+ Kf4 0-1

Jul-13-04  themindset: that second game, it seems like both black and white blew it in the middle.
Feb-19-05  Backward Development: "<after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cd 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6>7.g4!?- a relatively uncommon by highly dangerous move, more ambtious even than the english attack. White plays a kind of delayed Keres Attack. Much of the credit for the development of this line goes to the late Hungarian player Bela Perenyi(it is often labelled the Perenyi Attack.) It was mainly due to his efforts in the late 1970s that the variation was catapulted into the limelight at the highest level These days it is a particular favorite of Alexei Shirov<and Garry Kasparov>, who is not renowned for playing timid openings!." -John Emms

I can't find any games on this site in that variation, but i don't have premium features to get into the opening explorer either... can anybody find any?

Jul-26-05  AdrianP: <bd> I have a handful in my English Attack Collecton: Game Collection: Najdorf, English Attack - there are plenty more in the database - try looking for "Games Like" one of the ones in my collection.

<Hippatxu> has a game collection of 7 Perenyi Attack games, here: Game Collection: Show in the Opening: Perenyi Attack

Sep-10-10  Eastfrisian: There is a photo of him here:
Apr-25-12  Llawdogg: RIP Bela.
Jun-15-14  zanzibar: There is also a Chessbase article on him here:

And there is a discussion of an eponymous line in the Sicilian here:

Jun-15-14  zanzibar: And, to finish the thought:

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The Perenyi Attack 7.g4 (36% in ELO2400 book)

Commonly answered by 7...h6, 7...e5, 7...h5 (56%/19%/13%)

I think the namesake game is this one:

B Perenyi vs K Mokry, 1978

Jun-16-14  zanzibar: And I think this player deserves a rating...

Not exactly easy to find, but <Olimpbase> has a collection of old FIDE ratings (many from scanned pages of old Informants).

Using this link:

And Photoshop (to render an otherwise unreadable page readable), I found

<m Perenyi, B. (HUN) 67 2360>

So, what is the criteria for having a <CG> rating?

Jun-16-14  HSOL: zanzibar: Pretty certain, highest rating is collected from the highest rating in the PGN of any of games here on chessgames while I guess current rating is from the latest FIDE list.
Jun-16-14  zanzibar: <HSOL> Yes, if the games had the ELO in the pgn.

I guess I'm asking if we could promote my research finding into the player's stats - it's certainly the highest rating since no other is here.

Maybe a correction slip is appropriate?

(Perhaps it's time to go to Bio Bistro, or Chessgames forum?)

Jun-16-14  zanzibar: OK, I found the "official" big tracking file at <OlimpBase>.

Perenyi was first rated 2255 in 1974.05.

Got "f" (FM?) in 1981.01, and "m" (IM?) in 1982.01.

ATH was 2455 in 1988.07, shortly before his unfortunate death.

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  perfidious: <zanzibar> Those letters are indeed used for FM and IM by Informator.

It should be noted that <HSOL>'s post is correct, as in my case, I was over 2300 USCF in the eighties but my FIDE rating is used, and I have seen numerous instances of other players whose highest rating--sometimes correspondence--was taken.

Jun-16-14  zanzibar: Thanks <perfidious>.

Perenyi should be tagged as rating 2455, imo.

I have a couple of issues here that I'll follow-up in Bio Bistro.

(And your ATH USCF should go in your bio, at least).

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  perfidious: <zanzibar> Could put it there if I wished, but see little point--the rating which would matter to most people is already there.
Jun-16-14  zanzibar: Well <perfidious> you're old enough that your FIDE/USCF ratio could be used to calibrate drift in the rating systems!

(You might think I'm kidding, but there's a little validity in there, somewhere)

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Wikipedia article on Béla Perényi:

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