Road to the Grandmaster title - First Saturday Grandmaster Tourney in Budapest

Road to the Grandmaster title - First Saturday Grandmaster Tourney in Budapest

IM AttilaTurzo

Today at 3:00 pm, I will play the first game in the First Saturday Grandmaster Tourney in Budapest.

My first opponent will be Alex Krstulovic, a young talented FIDE-master.

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Alex was born on September 10, 2003 in Budapest, Hungary. He first encountered chess at the age of five on his dad’s laptop. He learned the rules of the game intuitively, as the chess program would show illegal moves in red and legal moves in blue. Following that, he got a chess-set as a Christmas present from his grandma. It was love at first sight, as Alex would spend hours playing by himself.

At the age of 6 his parents enrolled him at the chess club MTK where his extraordinary talent was instantly spotted by IM Laszlo Krizsany, who became Alex’s first coach. The very same year Alex won his first national competition – the Kindergarten Championships of Hungary. At the age of 6 he started playing in the U2200 open chess tournaments in Budapest and became a FIDE rated player in May 2010.

In 2011 Alex went on to win his first U8 Hungarian national championship which qualified him for the European Championship. In Albena, Bulgaria, Alex entered a tournament as 5th seed and won the first game, but lost in the second round. It was a tough blow. Nonetheless, he pulled all his strength and made a comeback with a 7-7 winning streak, winning the championship title with a full point ahead of the field. He made history, as the youngest Hungarian ever to receive the FIDE Master title at the tender age of 8 years and 11 days. - The picture and the text is from this webpage: 

Starting rank list of players

No.   Name FideID FED Rtg
GM Aczel Gergely 727709 HUN 2542
GM Kosic Dragan 900290 MNE 2500
IM Kantor Gergely 751499 HUN 2491
IM Priasmoro Novendra 7105029 INA 2472
GM Ilincic Zlatko 900346 SRB 2412
FM Gungl Theo 24695653 GER 2369
CM Nguyen Van Thanh 12402532 VIE 2358
FM Krstulovic Alex 760056 HUN 2351
IM Turzo Attila 704954 HUN 2302
Damjanovic Vuk 980021 SRB 2270

Yesterday I solved checkmate puzzles for 2 hours. I would like to share a few with you.


You can watch the preparation for my games LIVE on twitch at

Thank you for your support!

Have a great day! See you soon!