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Today in Chess History: Jul 30

  • #1

    Jul 30, 1933: Odette Vollenveider , Swiss composer, was born in Zurich, Switzerland.

    Jul 30, 1935: Gyozo Forintos was born in Budapest, Hungary.

    Jul 30, 1946: Roberto Cosulich was born in Venezia, Italy.

    Jul 30, 1969: Pierre Biscay died in Montmorency, France.

    Jul 30, 1974: Ilio Giubbolini died in Imperia, Italy.

    Jul 30, 1975: Tomasz Markowski was born in Glogow, Poland.

    Jul 30, 1992: Fabiano Caruana was born in Miami, Florida, USA.

  • #2

    Győző Victor Forintos (born 30 July 1935, Budapest) is a Hungarian chess master and by profession, an economist.

    He first participated in the Hungarian Championship as early as 1954 and became the national champion in 1968/9.

    In tournaments he was 1st at Reggio Emilia 1962/3, 2nd at Wijk aan Zee 1970 (after Andersson), 1st at Baja 1971, 3rd at Caorle 1972, 2nd atVrnjačka Banja 1973, 2nd at Reykjavík 1974 (after Smyslov, but ahead of Bronstein), 2nd at Novi Sad 1974, 2nd= at Lone Pine 1976 (afterPetrosian), 2nd at Sarajevo 1978, and 1st= at the Perpignan Open 1987.

    He played for Hungary in six Chess Olympiads (1958, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1972, and 1974). In 1958, he took an individual gold medal for his impressive 80% score and has also won silver and bronze team medals.

    As a writer on chess, he has produced two notable books on the opening in the English language, both co-authored by Ervin Haag: Petroff Defence, MacMillan Chess Library, 1992 and Easy Guide to the 5.Nge2 King's Indian, Everyman, 2000. The latter describes a fairly offbeat method of playing white against the King's Indian. Sometimes referred to as the 'Hungarian Attack', it is a system that Forintos has himself developed and become a leading expert on.

    Forintos was awarded the International Master title in 1963 and the Grandmaster title in 1974. His daughter Gyöngyvér, also a chess player, is married to the Anglo-French grandmaster, Tony Kosten.


  • #3

    Tomasz Markowski (born 30 July 1975 in Głogów) is a Polish chess Grandmaster.

    He won the Polish Chess Championship in 1993, 1998, 1999, 2003, and 2007. He also represented Poland five-times in Chess Olympiads. In 2000 he won a bronze medal at the European Individual Chess Championship in Saint-Vincent, Italy. Markowski won at Geneva (1995, 2000) and shared for first at the 2004 Aeroflot Open in Moscow.

    Markowski was awarded the GM title in 1998.

    According to Chessmetrics his best single performance was at POL-ch 60th Warsaw, 2003, where he scored 10,5 of 13 possible points (81%) against 2520-rated opposition, for a performance rating of 2700.

    On the January 2009 FIDE list his Elo rating is 2605. His peak rating was 2610 on the July and October 2003 rating lists. He has been in the top 100 players in the world twice. In July 2003 he was ranked 87th in the world, and on the October 2003 list he was 88th.


  • #4

    Fabiano Luigi Caruana (born July 30, 1992 in Miami, Florida) is a 16-year-old chessGrandmaster and chess prodigy with dual citizenship of Italy and the United States.

    On 15 July 2007 Caruana became a Grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 11 months, 20 days - the youngest Grandmaster in the history of both Italy and the United States.

    In the July 2009 FIDE list, he has an Elo rating of 2670, making him the world's highest ranked player under the age of 18.


    Fabiano Caruana was born on July 30th, 1992 in Miami, Florida of an Italian-American father and an Italian mother. At age 4 his family relocated from Miami, Florida to Park Slope, Brooklyn. Coincidentally, this was the same neighborhood where Bobby Fischer lived during his youth. At age 5, his chess talent was discovered in an after school chess program at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and he played his first tournament at the Polgar Chess Center in Queens, New York.

    Up to the age of twelve, he lived and played in the United States, with occasional travel to European and South American tournaments.

    His first chess coach, at age 6, was National Master Bruce Pandolfini, who was famously portrayed by Ben Kingsley in the 1993 film Searching For Bobby Fischer. And from ages eight to twelve he studied with Grandmaster Miron Sher. In 2004 at age twelve, he relocated with his family from Park Slope, Brooklyn to Madrid, Spain to pursue chess in a more serious manner. He trained first with International Master Boris Zlotnik in Madrid, and later with Grandmaster Alexander Chernin (his current trainer) in Budapest.

    At age fourteen Caruana became the youngest ever Grandmaster of both the United States and Italy (surpassing the record in the United States set by Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura). He currently lives in Budapest, Hungary, and plays for Italy.



    • Grandmaster Title - Caruana obtained his final GM norm earning the Grandmaster title in July. Due to his young age and having broken the prior "contemporary" record of Hikaru Nakamura as youngest ever American to become a Grandmaster, he received much attention from the international chess world.
    • Vlissingen chess tournament - In August he played the strong Vlissingen chess tournament in the Netherlands. His last round opponent was former FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov. Caruana playing black, drew the game in 82 moves, and won the tournament with performance of 2715.
    • Italian Championship - At the end of the year he participated in the Italian Championship. The prior year he became sub-championship of Italy by tieing with Michele Godena but losing the 5th rapid play-off game. This year he won with a score of +8 (9.5/11) to become the youngest ever Italian champion.

    • Corus C - This was his first experience at Corus and throughout much of the tournament he was the clear leader. His last round opponent wasParimarjan Negi, and Caruana needed 1/2 point to win the tournament. Caruana won the game in 61 moves and the tournament with a final score of +7 (10/13) and performance of 2696.
    • Ruy Lopez Festival - Taking place in early April, the Ruy Lopez Festival included a seven round closed tournament, and a 2 day rapid open tournament. In the seven round closed tournament, Caruana had a disappointing result of -2 (2.5/7) with performance of 2513. The 2 day rapid open tournament that followed was won by Caruana with a score of +6 (7.5/9) followed by Michael Adams, Julio Granda Zuniga, and Dzhurabek Khamrakulov all with a score of +5 (7/9).
    • Mitropa Cup - In June he played first board for Italy at the Mitropa Cup, which is a 4 board team competition amongst 10 "middle" European nations. He scored +6 (7.5/9) winning the first board prize with performance of 2810.
    • NH "Rising Stars vs. Experienced" - This tournament is of a Scheveningen format which is a double round team match of five "Rising Stars" against five "Experienced" players. Caruana played against Evgeny Bareev, Viktor Kortchnoi, Artur Jussupow, Simen Agdestein, and Ljubomir Ljubojevic. He scored +3 (6.5/10) with performance of 2706.
    • Cap d'agde - The event was a knock-out closed rapid tournament organized into two round robin groups of 8 players each, with the top four scorers of each group proceeding to the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, and then the finals. The time control was 25 minutes with a 10 second increment. In his group, Caruana placed first with a score of +4 (5.5/7) winning against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Xiangzhi Bu, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Marie Sebag, and drawing against Vassily Ivanchuk, Ivan Cheparinov, and Kateryna Lahno. Caruana's performance was 2866 and he had qualified to enter the quarter-finals. His quarter-final match, which was against Anatoly Karpov, was closely fought. Karpov won the first game, and Caruana won the second. Then tie-break games with time control of 15 minutes were played. The first four games were all drawn. The fifth game Karpov won, and Caruana was knocked-out.
    • 38th Olympiad - This was Caruana's first Olympiad. On the first board he played against Levon Aronian in the first round, Viktor Korchnoi in the fourth round, Michael Adams in the fifth round, Emanuel Berg in the seventh round, and Peter Leko in the 8th round. He lost to Aronian and Leko, and won against Adams, Korchnoi, and Berg. His final score was 7.5/11 with performance of 2696.
    • Italian Championship - Caruana successfully defended his title winning the title for the second consecutive year with a score of +5 (8/11).

    Corus B - Having won Corus C 2008, Caruana received and accepted invitation to Corus B 2009 which was of category 16 with average Elo of 2641. Throughout the tournament his standings ranged from first to third place. Going into the last round he was tied for second and his opponent was Nigel Short who was in clear first. The game lasted 67 moves. Caruana won the game and the tournament with a score of +4 (8.5/13) and performance of 2751. Caruana is the first player ever to win both Corus C and Corus B in consecutive years placing clear first in both.


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