Richárd Rapport

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Richárd Rapport
Rapport,Richard 2012 Deizisau.jpg
Rapport in Deizisau, 2012
Country Hungary
Born (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 21)
Szombathely, Hungary
Title Grandmaster (2010)
FIDE rating 2692 (January 2017)
Peak rating 2752 (July 2016)
Peak ranking No. 16 (September 2016)

Richárd Rapport (born 25 March 1996) is a Hungarian chess grandmaster, the youngest in his country.

Early life[edit]

Rapport was born in Szombathely, to Tamás Rapport and Erzsébet Mórocz, both economists.[1]


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).[2] 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.


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).[3]

In December, Rapport won the European Rapid Chess Championship and finished fourth in the European Blitz Chess Championship.[4]


From 20 – 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.[5]


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

Sample games[edit]

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[6]


  1. ^árd-rapport-grandmaster-at-thirteen.aspx
  2. ^ Richard Rapport Becomes Hungary's Youngest Grandmaster
  3. ^ Doggers, Peter (29 May 2013). "Rapport wins 21st Sigeman & Co on tiebreak". ChessVibes. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Korobov & Rapport Winners at European Blitz & Rapid Ch". Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  5. ^ Baldauf, Marco (24 December 2016). "Wei Yi vs Richard Rapport: The Armageddon Decides". ChessBase Chess News. Retrieved 2016-12-25. 
  6. ^ "Richard Rapport vs Lajos Seres (2009)". Retrieved 2014-04-02. 

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