GM Richard Rapport

Full name
Richard Rapport
Mar 25, 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth
Szombathely, Hungary

Richard Rapport is a chess prodigy who has taken the world by storm. He gained the Grandmaster title at the age of 13 years and 11 months old, breaking the world record for youngest Grandmaster in history. Using his unorthodox and aggressive style, he is always a fan-favorite at any tournament that he plays in, and now that he has recently broken the 2700 rating barrier, he is sure to be invited to increasingly strong tournaments very soon. This kid has all the makings of leading the new generation of chess players and being one of the best in the world one day.

Richard Rapport learned to play chess from his father at the age of 4. He began to play in competitive tournaments in 2006 when he was 10 years old. He quickly began to shine as he won the U-10 section of the European Youth Championship in the same year. In 2007 he won the U-12 Hungarian Boys Championship, only giving up 1 draw in 9 rounds. In 2008, Rapport became a FIDE Master and also won the First Saturday July IM Tournament. He quickly continued to progress and in 2009 he became an International Master. In the same year he also came in second in the First Saturday GM Tournament in August. In 2010, Rapport won the First Saturday GM Tournament in February, defeating all four of the Grandmasters who played in it, and he also achieved the Grandmaster title in the same year. He was the world’s youngest Grandmaster at the time, only being 13 years and 11 months old. After getting the Grandmaster title, Rapport continued his meteoric rise, gaining rating points in almost every single tournament he played in. He started off 2013 by winning the Tata Steel Group B tournament and this valuted his rating into the top 100 list. In 2013 he also won the Sigeman & Co tournament and the European Rapid Championship. He was invited to play in the 2014 Tata Steel Group A tournament section but had a bad result against his toughest competition, using his unorthodox and aggressive playing style. Recently he has broken through the 2700 rating barrier with a best rating of 2701. He is the best U-18 player in the world and is now known as a super-GM. He will definitely continue his rise and within a few years will be challenging the best players in the world on even-footing.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Ruy Lopez Opening (7) : C77 C92 C88 C84
Indian Game (14) : A46 A45 A49
Catalan Opening (3) : E04 E05 E01
Queen's Indian Defense (13) : E16 E18 E12 E15
Giuoco Piano Game (10) : C53 C50
Petrov's Defense (4) : C42
Semi-Slav Defense (16) : D45 D47 D43
Reti Opening (25) : A06 A09 A04 A05
Queen's Pawn Opening (22) : D02 D00 A40 A41
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (46) : A01
Italian Game (1) : C59
Caro-Kann Defense (14) : B13 B12 B18 B10
King's Indian Attack (23) : A07
Trompowsky Attack (24) : A45
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C44
Hungarian Opening (6) : A00
Vienna Game (1) : C25
Bogo-Indian Defense (3) : E11
Bird's Opening (5) : A03 A02
Four Knights Game (5) : C48 C49
King's Gambit Accepted (4) : C36 C34 C33
Dutch Defense (3) : A80 A87 A89
Modern Defense (2) : B06 A42
Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D85
Van Geet Opening (2) : A00
Van't Kruijs Opening (1) : A00
Pirc Defense (1) : B07
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32
Queen's Gambit Accepted (4) : D20 D24 D27
Old Indian Defense (2) : A53 A54
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (3) : D71
Benko Gambit Declined (2) : A57
Benoni Defense (2) : A60 A56
Blumenfeld Countergambit (2) : E10
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (3) : A57
Undefined (1) : A00
Alekhine Defense (1) : B04
Black Pieces
Indian Game (15) : E00 A46 A47 E10
Queen's Pawn Opening (42) : A40 A43 D02 A41
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (3) : B00
Nimzo-Indian Defense (3) : E32 E21 E41
Nimzowitsch Defense (1) : B00
Caro-Kann Defense (17) : B10 B12 B19 B16 B15 B13
Catalan Opening (3) : E00
Anderssen Opening (1) : A00
Reti Opening (20) : A05 A04 A09
Dutch Defense (10) : A81 A80 A84
Italian Game (7) : C55
Queen's Indian Defense (8) : E18 E16 E12
Four Knights Game (3) : C47 C48
King's Pawn Opening (3) : C44 B00
Queen's Gambit Declined (16) : D07 D30 D37 D36
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Hungarian Opening (6) : A00
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (6) : A40
Torre Attack (2) : A46
Modern Defense (26) : B06 A42 A40
Alekhine Defense (2) : B05
Old Indian Defense (10) : A53 A54
Pirc Defense (7) : B09 B07
Benoni Defense (16) : A60 A56 A61 A67
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
English Defense (2) : A40
Giuoco Piano Game (4) : C53 C50
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
King's Indian Attack (2) : A07
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (1) : D44
Semi-Slav Defense (7) : D48 D45 D43
Trompowsky Attack (1) : A45
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (2) : A01
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Queen's Gambit Accepted (6) : D27 D28 D20 D23 D26
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C35
Colle System (1) : D04