Reports | September 25, 2008 16:35

Almasi wins Hungarian Championship

The best of the rest - it's a title that's actually worth something in a strong chess country like Hungary. Without Peter Leko and Judit Polgar playing, Zoltan Almasi won the Hungarian Championship.

At the moment Hungary is the 6th country in the world in FIDE's country rank by average rating of top 10 players. The current Hungarian top 20 looks like this:


The 58th Hungarian Championship was a 16-player knockout tournament held in Nyiregyhaza (220 km east from Budapest) from 12 to 23 September 2008. If I counted correctly, eight of the first twenty players didn't participate, including Hungary's number four Ferenc Berkes and big names such as Chernin (currently full-time coach of Fabiano Caruana), Ribli, Acs and Portisch.

Still, the national championship of Hungary wasn't a weak event. In the end it was Elo favorite Zoltan Almasi who won the final against third seeded Csaba Balogh. Robert Ruck won the fight for third place against Gabor Kovacs.


Here are all of Almasi's games for replay:


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Patzer's picture

zippy bungle and george

Lajos Arpad's picture

Congratulations to Alm?ɬ°si Zolt?ɬ°n! His play was very complex, with nice tactics. Kov?ɬ°cs is a very good talent, an IM who could play for the bronze medal. It was a very interesting event.

David K, Seattle's picture

Peter! Peter, you manage to cover what neither of the other 'big three' (as we say in English) ever indicate: quality, detailed coverage of key secondary chess events, in a close to real time environment, that is to say, without any significant delay. marvelous. bravo. warmly, david k seattle

Misja's picture

Which other big three? ;)

Polgea's picture

How come Leko and Polgar are not participating?

Ark's picture

doom blase and pogie?

Lajos Arpad's picture

Polgea: L?ɬ©k?ɬ? doesn't participate, probably because he doesn't see any challenge in playing with much lower rated opponents and wants to give some chances to the other players too, as for Polg?ɬ°r: she has two children and she has little time to play chess. As we could see Balogh was a worthy opponent against Alm?ɬ°si, the championship wasn't decided until the last minute.

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