György Marx Memorial 2010

5th – 16th August 2010, Paks, Hungary

Zoltan Almasi square

The György Marx Memorial 2010 will feature six Grandmasters – Zoltan Almasi (the first 2700+ player at the event), Ferenc Berkes, Viktor Laznicka, Peter Acs, Jan Timman, and Ray Robson (the first American ever to participate). The event is double round robin and will take place in Paks, Hungary, 5th – 16th August 2010. The average rating of the participants is 2629, which makes it category 16 event.

The women section will have the same dates and format and will have IM Ildikó Mádl, WGM Lilit Galojan, IM Tatiana Kononenko, GM Nona Gaprindashvili, IM Szidónia Vajda, and WIM Lili Tóth. Average rating is 2347. Scroll down for all players presentations.

Official site / The event in 2009

Zolatan Almasi

Zoltan Almasi belongs to the top three grandmasters of Hungary with extra class players as Leko and Judit Polgar. He was not a “Wunderkind”, but in 1993, at the age of 17, Zoltan won the junior world championship and became a grandmaster. He joined the World’s elite very quickly reaching the 2600 level. He has won the Hungarian championship 8 times. He is an important member of the Hungarian national team. He has performed well on almost every Olympiads, especially 2002 where he made an excellent contribution to Hungary’s silver medal. The Elista Olympiad was another highlight of his career with a tremendous score on the first board. He did rather well on the KO World Championships in Tripoli and he was eliminated by the winners only! We can welcome him fourth times in our event. Zoltan always plays exciting games with our grandmasters anytime they meet.

He finished on the 6th place on the European Championship in Rijeka and he qualified himself for the World Cup. He will be the first player over 2700 in the history of the György Marx Memorial.

Ferenc Berkes

The local grandmaster Berkes Ferenc has been member of the Hungarian team since 2000. Ferenc got GM title in 2002. In this year he won the World Championship U18. He was 1st in Zalaegerszeg (Cat 13), 2nd in the Marx Gyorgy memorial (Cat 14), behind Kortchnoi, and he also won the Hungarian Championship. He won the firstly “knock-out system” organized Hungarian Championship in 2007. This year he shared the first place with Almasi due the worst Berger he got the silver medal.

This year he gained admittance to the World Cup from the European Championship in Rijeka. In July he won the Hungarian Championship in Szeged.

Best results:

U18 Heraklio Greece 2002 1st place,

Zalaegerszeg 2004 1st place,

Marx memorial 2004 2nd place,

Budapest Hungarian Ch. 2004 1st place,

Junior WCh Istanbul Turkey 2nd place,

Budapest Hungarian Ch. 2007 1st place,

Martuni Armenia 2009 2nd place,

Hungarian Ch. Szeged 2009 2nd place,

Hungarian Ch. Szeged 2010 1st place

Viktor Laznicka

After learning the game at age six, he progressed quickly to playing junior tournaments and achieved many prize-winning performances in the national championships across the range of age limits. These included wins in the under-10 category (1997) and the under-12 category (1998 and 1999). He also finished second at the under-18 event in 2001.

At the European Youth Chess Championship, held in Herceg Novi in 2005, he was a bronze-medallist in the under-18 category.

Upon leaving school, he enrolled at the Charles University, Prague, to study Business Administration.

In the early part of Láznička’s tournament career, he was a joint winner at Olomouc in 2002 and at Mariánské Lázně in 2003. He was successful in Brno in both 2005 and 2006, the latter when he won the full national Czech Championship. This was also the year that he qualified as a grandmaster and commenced his Olympiad career, scoring the best individual result of the Czech team in Turin.

In 2007, he was joint winner of the Czech Open (with Vlastimil Babula), held in his home town. He qualified for the Chess World Cup 2007, but was eliminated in the first round by strong Polish player Bartłomiej Macieja.

In 2008, he shared victory with Krishnan Sasikiran at Calcutta and was declared winner on tie-break. He then took a share of second place at the EU Individual Open Chess Championship in Liverpool, behind Jan Werle (and equal with the highly rated Michael Adams and Nigel Short). In December 2009, he tied for 1st-4th with Georg Meier, Julio Granda and Kiril Georgiev in the 19th Magistral Pamplona Tournament. In June 2010, he won the City of Good Wine Rapid tournament in Hustopeče.

Láznička has had several coaches during his chess career, but most recently has been tutored by Sergei Movsesian, a high ranking Slovakian player and one of his team-mates in the Czech league.

As of October 2008, he was the Czech Republic’s fourth highest rated player, after David Navara, Zbyněk Hráček and Vlastimil Babula.

In July 2010, he took clear first place at the World Open Chess Tournament with 7.5/9.

Acs Peter

Ács Péter has started his chess career when he was a very young child. However he became suddenly successful when he won the European championship U12 in Rimasombat. The great breakthrough in his chess career was his first GM norm in 1998. Peter has quickly performed the others, and in 1998 he managed to get the GM title. He did the best of his teenage years at the World Junior Championship in Athens where Peter finished first place with an amazing performance! Thanks to this result, next year Peter got the right to play in Hoogoven. In this tournament he also made a good finish. He won against Polgar, Van Wely and And Halifman, too. He was the winner of Marx memorial in 2007.

He plays only on this individual competition inland. He is a reliable participant on the second board in the Atomerőmű SE team. He achieved outstanding result on the two championships. He gained 9.5 points out of 11 points in ASE and 9 points out of 10 matches in the Austrian team of the winner, Sparkasse Jenbach. He became the most efficient competitor in both championships.

Best results:

U12 EU Ch Rimasombat,

Slovakia 1992 1st place,

U16 WCh Menorca Spain 1996 3rd place,

Junior WCh Athen Greece 2001 1st place,

Hoogeven Nederland (cat. 17) 2002 1st place,

Pardubice open Czech 2002 2nd place,

Marx memorial Paks 2007 1st place

Jan Timman

The most well-known players of our men’s championship is Jan Timman, 58, a Dutch grandmaster.

He is one of the world’s leading players from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. At the peak of his career he was considered to be the best non-Soviet player and was known as “The Best of the West”. He has won the Dutch Chess Championship nine times and has been a Candidate for the World Championship several times.

Timman received the International Master title in 1971 and in 1974 attained Grandmaster status, making him the Netherlands’ third after Max Euwe and Jan Hein Donner. In that year he also won the Dutch Championship for the first time. Last time he did it in 1996.

His international successful career started in the 1970s and in the 1980s and 1990s he was one of an elite chess player. He represented the Netherlands in 13 Chess Olympiads from 1972 to 2004, playing on the top board on 11 occasions.

Timman’s world championship career began at the zonal tournaments at Forssa/Helsinki 1972 and Reykjavik 1975. His win at Amsterdam 1978 took him to his first interzonal tournament. After winning the 1987 Tilburg Interzonal he defeated Valery Salov, Lajos Portisch and Jonathan Speelman, but lost in the final to Anatoly Karpov. He reached the final round once again in 1993, having defeated Robert Hübner, Viktor Korchnoi and Yusupov, but lost this time to Nigel Short. However, after Short and Garry Kasparov played their World Championship match outside of the auspices of the sport’s governing body FIDE, Timman was invited to compete against Karpov for the FIDE version of the world title. He lost the match by 12½ points to 8½.

Ray Robson

He is the youngest participant. He is 15 years old. He is the first American chess-player on the Gyorgy Marx Tournament.

He was born on Guam Islands in October 1994. He lives in Florida with his parents where his father is a linguist professor.

First, he was very successful on the school competitions and on the Pan-American U12 Competition. At the age of 9 he beat his first national master and two years later he got his first grandmaster scalp. He achieved his first Master title in 2006, his National Grandmaster title at the end of 2009, two weeks before his 15th birthday. One of his first coaches was Kajdanov. Now Oniscsak grandmaster trains him for the tournaments.

Ildikó Mádl

Madl learned to play chess from her father. In 1978 she became a pupil of the chess school Mereszjev that helped to promote talented Hungarian children and teenagers.

In 1982 and 1983 she won the so-called Olympiad of Pioneers and the Hungarian Championships U13 and U15. Moreover, in 1982 she won the Hungarian Girls Championship U20 although she was only 13 years of age. At the Hungarian Women Championship in 1982 she was third. In 1984 she won the Cadett World Championship for Girls (U16) and the European Junior Chess Championship for girls U20. It was only consequent that Madl was nominated for the Hungarian National Team. She achieved the required norms for the title Woman Grandmaster in 1986.

In the same year she became World Junior Chess Championship U20 in Vilnius, 2 points ahead of Camilla Baginskaite and Svetlana Prudnikova.

Since 1984 with the Hungarian National Women’s Team she took part in 12 Chess Olympiads. Twice she won the Olympiad with her team: in 1988 and in 1990. The Hungarians winning the Olympiad 1988 in Novi Sad was remarkable.

She won the Hungarian Women’s Championship four times.

She has been the member of the Hungarian champion Antal Csuti’s SK for years. This year’s Chess Olympiad she is going to play on the 2nd board.

Lilit Galojan

She comes from Armenia where usually the men get better results in chess, such as on the latest two Olympic Games. Lili is the member of the national team. In 2005 she was one of the best players on the European Championship where she won 7 points out of 8 matches. She usually takes plays on men’s tournaments. She has won twice the Armenian Championship.

Best results

1995: Champion of Armenian girls, Under-12.
1997: Champion of Armenian girls, Under-14.
1998: Champion of Yerevan, then of Armenia, Under-16.
1999: Champion of Armenian girls, Under-18; Champion Women Tournament organized by CCHA.
2001, 2002: Vice-Champion of Armenia /High League.

Tatiana Konenko

Tatiana Kononenko is a silver medal collector, as she has become the second two times in her age group on the European Championships. She also became second on the championship in Ukraine and on the rapid European Championship. She took part in the World Cup in 2001 and in 2006. She has participated less on the tournaments recently but as a team member of Ildikó Mádl this year and in 2007 she was the member of the USV Halle, the winning team Women’s Bundesliga.

Nona Gaprindashvili

Nona Gaprindashvili is a Georgian chess player, and first female Grandmaster. Born in Zugdidi, Georgia (then part of the Soviet Union), she was the strongest female player of her generation.

In 1961, aged 20, Gaprindashvili won the fourth women’s Candidates Tournament, setting up a title match against Russian world champion Elisabeth Bykova. She won the match easily, with a final score of 9-2 (+7−0=4), and went on to defend her title successfully four times. She finally lost her crown in 1978 to another Georgian, 17-year-old Maia Chiburdanidze, by a score of 6½–8½ (+2−4=9).

Gaprindashvili played for Soviet Union in the Chess Olympiads of 1963, 1966, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1990, and for Georgia in 1992. She was one of the contributing players of the USSR team that dominated the women’s Olympiads of the 1980s.

She was a five-times winner of the Women’s Soviet Championship: in 1964, 1973, 1981, 1983, and 1985.

During her career Gaprindashvili successfully competed in men’s tournaments, winning (amongst others) the Hastings Challengers tournament in 1963/4 and tying for first place at Lone Pine in 1977, earning a grandmaster norm.

In 1978 Gaprindashvili became the first woman to be awarded the Grandmaster title.

Nowadays, she takes part in only one championship a year. Besides she travels around the world as a Chess Ambassador. There is a cup named after her which is given to those men and women chess players who got the most point on a Chess Olympiads.

Szidónia Vajda

Szidónia was born in a chess family in Transylvania. Her father is a strong amatour player her older brother is IM while her younger brother is grandmester junior wordlchampion and member of Romanian selected team. Szidónia is also multiple Romanian and world medalist on the different youth events. First time she was the member of Hungarian team in Bled 2002.
She won a silver medal in European teamchampionship Plovdiv 2003. She had the best performance on the 2nd board in chess olympiad Calvia Spain 2004 while the hungarian team finished on 6th place. Nowdays she works like webdesigner and translater.

Lili Toth

Lili is member of the local team since 2001. She is multiple medalist of Hungarian youth championships. Last year she reached the 4th place in women championship Visegrád. This year she finishes her studies on law faculty of Károli Gáspár University.

She finished on the 2nd place after a long, tiring tournament this year.

Best results:

U16 Hungarian Ch. 2001 1st place,

U20 Hungarian Ch. 2002,

Hungarian Ch. Visegrád 2008 4th place

Hungarian Ch. Eger 2010 2nd place

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