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Ferenc Berkes
F Berkes 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 811
Years covered: 1994 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2661 (2688 rapid, 2675 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2706

Overall record: +294 -99 =396 (62.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 22 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (66) 
    D02 A46 A45 D00 E00
 Nimzo Indian (40) 
    E20 E25 E30 E58 E54
 King's Indian (31) 
    E60 E94 E62 E97 E63
 Slav (28) 
    D15 D11 D12 D10 D17
 English (24) 
    A10 A14 A15 A12 A11
 Semi-Slav (19) 
    D43 D44 D45 D47 D46
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (71) 
    B12 B18 B10 B17 B13
 Sicilian (54) 
    B90 B80 B40 B22 B92
 Queen's Gambit Declined (37) 
    D37 D31 D35 D30
 French Defense (29) 
    C02 C05 C03 C18 C04
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    A46 A50 D02 A45 E10
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E38 E54 E21 E46 E29
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   F Berkes vs T Harutyunian, 2017 1-0
   F Berkes vs I Lysyj, 2009 1-0
   F Berkes vs S Mareco, 2011 1-0
   Beliavsky vs F Berkes, 2004 1/2-1/2
   M Barth Stanford vs F Berkes, 2014 0-1
   F Berkes vs M Pacher, 2012 1-0
   F Berkes vs E Karavade, 2014 1-0
   V Bui vs F Berkes, 2013 0-1
   F Berkes vs Korchnoi, 2003 1/2-1/2
   H Stevic vs F Berkes, 2007 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   3rd HD Bank Cup (2013)
   European Championship (2019)
   European Team Championship (2019)
   Hastings 2015/16 (2015)
   Pula Open (2001)
   Bundesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Gibraltar Masters (2009)
   41st World Junior Championship (2002)
   European Championship (2012)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)
   European Championship (2017)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1994 WYCC (open) U-10 by gauer

   🏆 Chennai Olympiad
   F Berkes vs M A Tabatabaei (Aug-09-22) 1/2-1/2
   A Volokitin vs F Berkes (Aug-08-22) 1/2-1/2
   J Subelj vs F Berkes (Aug-07-22) 1/2-1/2
   F Berkes vs J van Foreest (Aug-06-22) 1/2-1/2
   F Berkes vs V Dragnev (Aug-05-22) 1-0

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(born Aug-08-1985, 37 years old) Hungary

[what is this?]
Grandmaster (2002). He won the Hungarian championship in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013. In 2002, he was World Under 18 Champion. He qualified for the World Cup (2011) through the European Individual Championships (2010), winning the first round against Argentine GM Sandro Mareco, but he lost in the second round to Ukrainian GM Zahar Efimenko. He scored a strong 7.5/11 in the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) and =2nd in the Open Karposh 2012 held in Skopje. He has represented Hungary at Olympiads since 2004, winning an individual bronze medal for reserve board at the 2008 event.

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Wikipedia article: Ferenc Berkes

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 876  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Berkes vs I Cheparinov  1-0351994EU-ch U10C20 King's Pawn Game
2. F Berkes vs M Perunovic  0-1271994Wch U10B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
3. M S Hassan vs F Berkes  0-1231994Wch U10B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. P Kadiltzoglou vs F Berkes  0-1521994Wch U10A60 Benoni Defense
5. F Berkes vs S Plantet  1-0531994Wch U10B32 Sicilian
6. F Berkes vs F Aleskerov  0-1631994Wch U10B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. A Fama vs F Berkes  0-1491994Wch U10A45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. F Berkes vs V Jianu  0-1321994Wch U10B41 Sicilian, Kan
9. F Berkes vs G Antal  1-0201996HUN-ch U12A80 Dutch
10. V Jianu vs F Berkes  1-0411996EU-ch U12A04 Reti Opening
11. F Berkes vs M Nikolov  0-1381996EU-ch U12A45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. F Berkes vs A Forgacs  0-1281997Hungarian Team Championship 1997/98A45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. F Berkes vs A Volokitin  0-1381997Wch U12A45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. F Berkes vs R Torma  1-0291997HUN-ch U12B06 Robatsch
15. Laszlo Torma vs F Berkes  0-1251997Hungarian Team Championship 1997/98A57 Benko Gambit
16. M Gagunashvili vs F Berkes  ½-½331997Wch U12A50 Queen's Pawn Game
17. C Csiszar vs F Berkes  1-0611997Hungarian Team Championship 1997/98A46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Navara vs F Berkes  1-0391997Wch U12C05 French, Tarrasch
19. F Berkes vs A Flumbort  ½-½421997Hungarian Team Championship 1997/98A45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. A Csonka vs F Berkes  0-1321997Hungarian Team Championship 1997/98C05 French, Tarrasch
21. F Berkes vs M Senff 0-1161997Paks Atom Cup IM 2ndD00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. F Berkes vs N Marcetic  0-1571997Paks Atom Cup IM 2ndD00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. D Dumitrache vs F Berkes  1-0401997Paks Atom Cup IM 2ndA50 Queen's Pawn Game
24. F Berkes vs L Lako  1-0411998Hungarian Team Championship 1997/98A40 Queen's Pawn Game
25. F Berkes vs Sz Eordeogh  1-0281998Paks opC03 French, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 876  PGN Download
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  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Ferenc's games not shown here:
Oct-09-05  AlexanderMorphy: why is this guy the player of the day??? Is he a rising star or something?? Well if he's hungarian he has pretty good competition over there ;)
Aug-08-06  BIDMONFA: Ferenc Berkes

BERKES, Ferenc

Aug-07-08  newzild: 2645 is a pretty respectable rating. He's certainly strong enough to be a Player of the Day.
Mar-01-09  falso contacto: great win against pavel eljanov yesterday
Mar-01-09  whiteshark: Indeed, <falso contacto>, Berkes had only seconds left on his clock for dozens of moves....

[Event "BL 0809 SC Eppingen - Werder Bremen"]
[Date "2009.02.28"]
[Round "12.2"]
[White "Berkes, Ferenc"]
[Black "Eljanov, Pavel"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D38"]
[WhiteElo "2645"]
[BlackElo "2720"]
[PlyCount "251"]
[EventDate "2009.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Rc1 h6 8. Bxf6 Qxf6 9. e3 c6 10. Bd3 Nb6 11. O-O Bg4 12. h3 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Qxf3 14. gxf3 O-O-O 15. Kg2 Kb8 16. f4 Be7 17. Ne2 Nc8 18. f5 g6 19. fxg6 fxg6 20. Nf4 Rhg8 21. Nxg6 Rd6 22. Kf3 Rgxg6 23. Bxg6 Rxg6 24. Rg1 Rf6+ 25. Ke2 Nd6 26. Rg8+ Kc7 27. Rcg1 Nf5 28. R1g4 Bd6 29. Rh8 Rf7 30. Rgg8 a5 31. a4 Kb6 32. Rd8 c5 33. Rxh6 Kc7 34. Rhh8 cxd4 35. Rc8+ Kb6 36. h4 dxe3 37. fxe3 Be5 38. Rhe8 Bg3 39. h5 Nd6 40. Re6 Rf2+ 41. Kd1 Rh2 42. Rg8 Rh3 43. h6 Kc5 44. Ke2 Bh2 45. Kf1 Kb4 46. Kg2 Rh5 47. Rg7 b6 48. Kf3 Rh3+ 49. Kg4 Rg3+ 50. Kh5 Rh3+ 51. Kg6 Nc4 52. Rge7 Kxa4 53. h7 Kb3 54. Kg7 Rxh7+ 55. Kxh7 Kxb2 56. Rc6 Bd6 57. Rb7 Bb4 58. e4 Kb3 59. exd5 a4 60. Rg7 a3 61. Rg3+ Bc3 62. d6 a2 63. d7 a1=Q 64. d8=Q Qh1+ 65. Rh6 Qe4+ 66. Kg8 b5 67. Qd1+ Kb4 68. Qd8 Kb3 69. Rhg6 Qe5 70. Rh3 Qe4 71. Rhh6 b4 72. Rg3 Nd2 73. Rgg6 Kb2 74. Qd7 Qa8+ 75. Kf7 Nf3 76. Rh5 Qa2+ 77. Ke7 Nd2 78. Rg2 Kc2 79. Rd5 Kc1 80. Rg1+ Kc2 81. Rg6 Qa1 82. Rc6 Qe1+ 83. Kd8 Qh4+ 84. Kc8 Qf4 85. Kb7 Qe3 86. Qh7+ Kb2 87. Rd3 Qg5 88. Qd7 Nb3 89. Rd5 Qe3 90. Kc8 Nd4 91. Rg6 Nc2 92. Rg4 Qf3 93. Rc4 Qe2 94. Rd3 Qe5 95. Kb7 Na3 96. Rg4 Nc2 97. Rdg3 Nd4 98. Rg2+ Nc2 99. Qc6 Qe3 100. Re4 Qd3 101. Rf4 Qh7+ 102. Ka6 Qd3+ 103. Kb7 Qh7+ 104. Kb6 Qd3 105. Re4 Qd8+ 106. Ka6 Qd3+ 107. Kb7 b3 108. Rc4 Qh7+ 109. Ka6 Qd3 110. Kb7 Qh7+ 111. Kb6 Qh8 112. Qd6 Qa8 113. Rg5 Qh8 114. Kb7 Qh7+ 115. Rc7 Qe4+ 116. Qc6 Qd3 117. Rc5 Bd4 118. Rb5 Bh8 119. Rd7 Qc3 120. Qd5 Ne3 121. Qe4 Nc2 122. Rd3 Qg7+ 123. Ka6 Nd4 124. Rb6 Qg1 125. Rd2+ Ka3 126. Qe7+ 1-0

Aug-08-09  wordfunph: Winning the Hungarian Championship twice is a great feat..

Happy Birthday GM Ferenc Berkes!

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

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  kasp: Berkes now has a live rating of 2707.6 +14.6, I've never heard his name but he's already at 2700+ elo, not bad.. something more about him???
Jul-01-11  Billy Vaughan: Another Hungarian 2700!
Aug-31-11  Billy Vaughan: This guy's close to being the top Hungarian player now...another two or three wins in the World Cup would do it.
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  ketchuplover: down goes nyzhnyk!
Mar-27-12  whiteshark: You've got a point there. :D
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  ketchuplover: Berkes? We don't need no stinking Berkes!
Nov-30-12  twinlark: Congratulations to GM Berkes for winning the Hungarian championship for the 4th time.
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  Penguincw: Happy 29th birthday to GM (and former 2700 club member) Ferenc Berkes. Too bad he's not representing Hungary at the Olympiad (maybe didn't qualify?), but I'm sure his team will be fine with Leko, Balogh, Almasi and Polgar (Rapport day off) against Vietnam. :)
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  technical draw: One of the highest rated 'unknown" players.
Aug-08-18  diagonal: Berkes won the Hungarian Championship seven times, in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and also 2016 (Zalakaros Chess Festival, Ivan Ivanisevic won, Berkes shared second and best national player).

Record nine-times Hungarian Champions are:

<László Szabó> (1935, 1937, 1939, 1946, December 1950, 1952, 1954, 1959 and 1967-1968), and <Lajos Portisch> (February 1958, December 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964, December 1965, 1971, 1975 and 1981).

<Gedeon Barcza> and <Zoltan Almasi> (so far) have eight titles.

<Ferenc Berkes> has seven titles now, the cg. bio box is not yet up-dated.

<Bilek>, <Ribli>, and <Adorjan> follow with three national titles.

<Lajos Steiner>, <Csom>, <Sax>, and <Pinter>, amongst others, have won two Hungarian Championships.

<Judit Polgar> won the male title in 1991 (in a closed field of ten players including Portisch, Sax, Adorjan, or Farago, as well as her sister Zsuzsa Polgar)

Aug-08-18  diagonal: It's insane, we should not do it in general..

A <top ten list> of the most prominent chess players from Hungary living in the 20th / 21st century (Charousek died young in 1900) possibly maybe consists of <Maroczy>, <Asztalos>, <Breyer>, <Lilienthal> (1911-2010, emigrated then to the USSR in 1935), <Szabo>, <Portisch>, <Zsuzsa Polgar>, <Judit Polgar>, <Leko>, and <Rapport> (named in chronological order of birth).

And what about the brothers <Endre & Lajos Steiner>, or <Ribli.Sax.Adorjan>, of course, there are many more greats!

Aug-08-18  Olavi: <diagonal>
According to himself in My Best Games of Chess, Szabó was an eight-time champion. In 1939 no championship seems to have been played and the Makowetz Memorial that he won is often included in the total.
Aug-08-18  diagonal: <Olavi> Thanks for your attention!

According to Magyar Sakkbajnokságthe (corresponding Hungarian entry of Wikipedia), a Championship has been played in 1939, too:

1. Laszlo Szabo, 2. Gedeon Barcza, 3. Pal Réthy (my initial source)

Thus nine national titles. Chessgames also has nine titles for Szabo.

But indeed, older sources as the Batsford Chess Encyclopedia or Ken Whyld in the Guiness Book Chess - The Records, say eight titles (no Championship 1939).

1939, the year when WWII broke out, seems to be the crucial one concerning Szabo's record. Is the Memorial tournament you mentioned, retrospectively counted as National Championship?

Aug-08-18  Olavi: Olavi: <diagonal> Yes, the Makovetz Mem is listed under Hungarian Individual tournaments, not Hungarian Championships (Szabo 11/11 Barcza 7½ Réthy 7 Szily 6½ etc), but it's likely they have decided to count it as one. In any case Szabo didn't think so, because upon winning the 1967 championship he writes that it was his tenth win alone or in a deadheat (he had lost two tie break matches).
Aug-09-18  diagonal: <Olavi> Thank you for your precise background information.

The Hungarian Wikipedia entry is likely to be based on a recent listing, which retrospectively counts Szabo's 1939 tournament win also as a national title. Sometimes, a Memorial brand can also be (seen as) a sub-claim of an event.

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  Breunor: I think Portisch has to be on the list of greatest Hungarian players.
Dec-02-18  Count Wedgemore: <Breunor> Well, Portisch was on the list that <diagonal> named.

And there seems to be a continuing stream of new talented players emerging as well, like Benjamin Gledura. Hungarian chess continues to be in great shape.

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