GM Peter Leko

Full name
Peter Leko
Born
Sep 8, 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth
Subotica, Yugoslavia (today in Serbia)
Federation
Hungary
Profiles

The premier chess talent and prodigy in Hungary, Peter Leko stormed onto the chess scene in a startling fashion. Breaking records along the way to becoming the youngest International Master and Grandmaster in history, he also ascended to the top of the chess world when he played a match for the World Championship against Vladimir Kramnik. Despite tying the match and letting the opportunity to win the title slip from his grasp, Leko continues to rank among one of the world’s best players, even though a decade has passed.

Peter Leko is a chess prodigy who became both the youngest International Master and Grandmaster in the world at the time. He achieved the International Master title when he was 12 years old and in 1994 he became a Grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 4 months and 22 days, setting the new record. In 2004 he drew a match for the World Championship against Vladimir Kramnik, which allowed Kramnik to retain the title. He reached his peak ranking among the world’s elite when he became the fourth highest rated player in April 2005. In 2010, after a few poor tournament performances, he took a 9-month break from chess. Now that he has returned, he continues to be the highest rated player in Hungary and is still within the top 30 players in the world to this day.

Best Game


Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Reti Opening (1) : A06
Giuoco Piano Game (13) : C50 C53 C54
Petrov's Defense (76) : C42 C43
King's Indian Attack (2) : A08 A07
Italian Game (4) : C55
Bishop's Opening (4) : C24 C28
Queen's Indian Defense (21) : E18 E15 E17 E12
Semi-Slav Defense (9) : D45 D43 D44
Indian Game (7) : E10
Philidor Defense (10) : C41
Scandinavian Defense (14) : B01
Pirc Defense (23) : B07 B08
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (4) : B06
King's Pawn Opening (1) : B00
Dutch Defense (3) : A81 A82
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58
Bogo-Indian Defense (2) : E11
Gruenfeld Defense (6) : D85 D97 D86
Queen's Pawn Opening (1) : A40
Modern Defense (23) : B06
Alekhine Defense (11) : B03 B04 B05 B02
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (3) : B00
Catalan Opening (15) : E00 E01 E04
Nimzo-Indian Defense (3) : E32 E50 E43
King's Indian Defense (5) : E61 E92 E62
Queen's Gambit Accepted (3) : D27
Undefined (1) : A00
Benoni Defense (2) : A70 A61
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (3) : D71 D73
Four Knights Game (3) : C48 C47
Vienna Game (1) : C26
Scotch Game (15) : C45 C44
Trompowsky Attack (2) : A45
Anderssen Opening (1) : A00
Black Pieces
Giuoco Piano Game (28) : C54 C50 C53 C55 C51
Four Knights Game (11) : C47 C46 C48 C49
King's Indian Attack (8) : A07 A08
Catalan Opening (37) : E00 E05 E01 E07 E02
Queen's Gambit Declined (20) : D30 D38 D58 D44
Queen's Indian Defense (127) : E14 E15 E12
Reti Opening (25) : A04 A05
Scotch Game (17) : C45
Hungarian Opening (6) : A00
Trompowsky Attack (17) : A45
Torre Attack (11) : A46 A48
King's Pawn Opening (2) : C44
Bishop's Opening (2) : C23 C28
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Center Game Accepted (2) : C22
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (4) : A01
Vienna Game (5) : C25 C26 C29
Semi-Slav Defense (32) : D43 D45 D44 D47
Queen's Pawn Opening (5) : D00 A43 D03 D02
Petrov's Defense (11) : C42 C43
Tarrasch Defense (4) : D32
Bird's Opening (2) : A02
Benoni Defense (4) : A60 A70 A56
French Defense (3) : C00 C01
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (9) : D71 D78 D79
Slav Defense (8) : D10 D11 D12
Undefined (1) : A00
Modern Defense (1) : A42
King's Indian Defense (11) : E60 D70 E64
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (3) : D70
London System (4) : A48
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A43
King's Gambit Accepted (2) : C34
Benko Gambit Declined (5) : A57
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (8) : A57
Queen's Gambit Accepted (3) : D20
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (3) : A58
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (1) : B00
Torre Attack with 3.Bg5 (1) : A48
Alekhine Defense (7) : B04 B02 B03
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01

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