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Richárd Rapport (born 25 March 1996) is a Hungarian chess grandmaster. As a chess prodigy, he earned his grandmaster title at the age of 13 years, 11 months and 6 days. This makes him Hungary's youngest ever grandmaster.[1] He was Hungarian Chess Champion in 2017. He is one of the most original players in the world and often surprises with many unusual ideas and experiments early in the opening.[2]

Richárd Rapport
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Richárd Rapport (left) against Gábor Papp, Karlsruhe, Grenke Chess Open 2017
CountryHungary
Born (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 23)
Szombathely, Hungary
TitleGrandmaster (2010)
FIDE rating2747 (August 2019)
Peak rating2752 (July 2016)
RankingNo. 28 (July 2018)
Peak rankingNo. 16 (September 2016)

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Early lifeEdit

Rapport was born in Szombathely, to Tamás Rapport and Erzsébet Mórocz, both economists.[3] He learned chess at age four from his father.[2]

TitlesEdit

In 2006 he won the European Championships U10.[2] Rapport achieved the National Master title in 2008, and became an International Master the next year. In March 2010, at the Gotth'Art Kupa in Szentgotthárd, he fulfilled the final norm and rating requirements for the Grandmaster title. He came in second on the tournament behind his trainer Alexander Beliavsky, and tied with Lajos Portisch (one of the strongest non-Soviet players in the second half of the 20th century).[4] Thus, at the age of 13 years, 11 months and 6 days, he became the youngest ever Hungarian grandmaster (the previous record was held by former world title challenger Péter Lékó), and the fifth youngest chess grandmaster in history at the time.

Chess careerEdit

2013Edit

In May, Rapport tied for first in the Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament, together with Nigel Short and Nils Grandelius, winning on tiebreaks (head-to-head result). He scored 4½/7 (+3−1=3).[5]

In December, Rapport won the European Rapid Chess Championship and finished fourth in the European Blitz Chess Championship.[6]

2016Edit

From 20 to 23 December, Rapport won a match against 17-year-old Chinese player Wei Yi, held in Yancheng, China. At the time, Rapport was the highest rated junior (under 21) player at 2717, and Wei Yi was the second-highest rated at 2707. They tied a match of four classical games with a win each and two draws, then tied a tiebreak match of two blitz games, winning one each. The final tiebreak of the match was an Armageddon game, which Rapport won with the black pieces by resignation.[7]

2017Edit

At the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in January 2017 he played his first game against Magnus Carlsen and won with white in 33 moves.

He won the Hungarian Chess Championship in May 2017.[8]

He also won the tournament that was covered by Grandmaster Simon Williams in his show called Checkmate, finishing ahead of top seed Arkadij Naiditsch and World Championship challenger Nigel Short.

2019Edit

Rapport won against Sam Shankland in their match, which was part of the USA vs. The World tournament.

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Serbian WGM Jovana Vojinović.

Playing styleEdit

Rapport often uses unusual openings even in official over-the-board tournaments. One of the most common of these is the Nimzo–Larsen Attack, also known as Larsen's Opening.

Notable gamesEdit

  • Rapport vs. GM Lajos Seres; First Saturday 2009 August GM, Budapest 2009.08.03, Rnd 3, ECO A89
    1.Nf3 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.c4 0-0 6.d4 d6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.d5 Na5 9.b3 Ne4 10.Nxe4 Bxa1 11.Neg5 c5 12.e4 fxe4 13.Nh4 Bf6 14.Bxe4 Bxg5 15.Bxg5 Rf6 16.Re1 Qf8 17.Bxf6 Qxf6 18.Bf3 a6 19.Qe2 Kf8 20.Bg4 Bxg4 21.Qxg4 b5 22.Re6 Qa1+ 23.Kg2 bxc4 24.Qf4+ Kg8 25.Nxg6 1–0[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Richard Rapport Becomes Hungary's Youngest Grandmaster - Chessdom". players.chessdom.com. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Who was the player of the year?". Chess News. 2018-01-07. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-09. Retrieved 2019-05-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Richard Rapport Becomes Hungary's Youngest Grandmaster
  5. ^ Doggers, Peter (29 May 2013). "Rapport wins 21st Sigeman & Co on tiebreak". ChessVibes. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Korobov & Rapport Winners at European Blitz & Rapid Ch". Chess.com. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  7. ^ Baldauf, Marco (24 December 2016). "Wei Yi vs Richard Rapport: The Armageddon Decides". ChessBase Chess News. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  8. ^ Zalakaroson Rapport Richárd nyerte a nyílt magyar bajnokságot
  9. ^ "Richard Rapport vs. Lajos Seres (2009)". Chessgames.com. Retrieved 2014-04-02.

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