Category Archives: Berkes

Karpos Open 2013 Rd2-GM Berkes,F(HUN)

TWIC 957

GM Berkes,F declined the invitation to a sharp Benoni/Benko and a sharp game and steered the game into a King’s Indian struggle with a closed position with and queenside vs kingside race.

Berkes,F (2702) – Battaglini,G (2436) 
Quasi King’s Indian by transposition[E10] 
Karpos Open 2013 Skopje MKD (2.2), 10.03.2013

Position 1
The kingside attack is underway with black going all out with 26..g5. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play


Karpos Open 2013 Rd4 Standings

Rd4 Standings
Official site Skopje-2013.chessmix standings
Results chess-results HUN

GM Yemelin, Vasily leads with a perfect score. GMs Berkes,F9HUN) and Hansen,E(CAN) are in a group with 3.5/4.

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Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Yemelin Vasily RUS 2574 4
2 GM Nabaty Tamir ISR 2566 3.5
3 GM Kovacevic Aleksandar SRB 2563 3.5
4 GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2643 3.5
5 GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2659 3.5
6 GM Ivanisevic Ivan SRB 2644 3.5
7 GM Lupulescu Constantin ROU 2614 3.5
8 GM Berkes Ferenc HUN 2702 3.5
9 GM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2603 3.5
10 GM Jankovic Alojzije CRO 2538 3.5
11 GM Hansen Eric CAN 2557 3.5
12 GM Rodshtein Maxim ISR 2615 3.5
13 GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios GRE 2614 3.5
14 GM Golod Vitali ISR 2564 3.5
15 IM Hamitevici Vladimir MDA 2444 3.5
16 GM Markus Robert SRB 2610 3.5
17 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2657 3.5
18 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2619 3.5

Hungarian Players
Apart from Hungarian Champion Berkes, there is a small group of other Hungarian players including Rudolf,Anna and promising junior Peczely, Sebastian.

See also FM Csonka, Balazs’s new blog FM CsonkaB

FM Csonka, Balazs playing at FS
Photo-his blog

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SNo Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 Pts.
2 GM Berkes Ferenc 2702 HUN 1 1 ½ 1 3.5
80 FM Tesik Csaba 2366 HUN 1 ½ 0 1 2.5
89 FM Csonka Balazs 2319 HUN 1 0 1 0 2
96 WGM Rudolf Anna 2292 HUN 1 ½ 0 1 2.5
141 Peczely Sebastian Zsombor 2072 HUN 1 0 0 1 2

Bundesliga 2012-13 Rd10-GM Berkes F(HUN)

TWIC 955
Hungarian Champion GM Berkes,F obtained an early queenless game and then ground out this RB-RB ending. Berkes used patience, persistence and stubborn determination to finish the B-B ending in a 87-move marathon.


Here is the game.

Berkes,F (2679) – Piorun,K (2520) 
King’s Indian Classical 7…Na6[E94] 
Bundesliga 2012–13 Eppingen GER (10), 24.02.2013

Position 1
White continues to nurse the better pawn structure but cannot get further with the direct g5 push. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play


Position 2
The maneuvering has continued and white still has the better structure and the immediate g5 break still does not work. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play


Bundesliga 2012-13 Rd8

Here is another recent(TWIC 952) GM Berkes effort where the Hungarian champion gives a model defensive maneuvering demonstration.

Black won two bishops for a rook and eventually won in a sharp ending.

Fressinet,L (2702) – Berkes,F (2679)

Bundesliga 2012–13 Emsdetten GER (8), 03.02.2013

Position 1

Black dominates the position with pressure on the d-file, the d4 outpost and mobile queenside majority. How should black continue?

Black to Play


Bundesliga 2012-13

Here is a recent effort(TWIC 952) from the current Hungarian Champion GM Berkes. There are no big tactics, attacks or any kind of sharp play. Berkes keeps plenty of pieces on the board and pressed the queenside with a long massage.

The first gain was an extra square, and then after black tried an active defence, which then gave white a better pawn structure. Later black gave up a weak pawn which was converted nicely in a BN-BN ending.

Berkes,F (2679) – Spoelman,W (2541) 

KIA vs. Slav …Bg4[A07]
Bundesliga 2012–13 Emsdetten GER (7), 02.02.2013

Position 1
Black is defended actively with 19…Nc4. How should white continue?

White to Play


Position 2
Black has just blocked the pin on Bf8 with 33..Be8. How should white continue?

White to Play


Position 3
White has won a pawn but the BN-BN ending is closed after 46..Nd6. How should white continue?

White to Play


Hungarian TCH 2012-13 Rd5

Here’s an example subtle endgame play from the new Hungarian champion Berkes,F.

White gets nothing appreciable from the opening and offers a queen trade. The ending seems rather harmless but a closer look at the game reveals many subtle points.

Enjoy the game.

Berkes,F (2685) – Kovacevic,A (2549)
Queen’s Indian 7.Bd2 Bf6[E17]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Paks HUN (5), 02.12.2012

Critical Position 1
The queen’s have just been traded off. Now is it safe for black to take the c3 pawn with 22…Bxc3?

Black to Play

Critical Positon 2
White is getting active. The rook is dangerously placed on d7 and Bc3 is attacked. What should black do with the bishop?
-25…Bb4(secures the c-pawn)
-25…Bf6(allows Nxf6 breaking up the kingside and leaves strong bishop vs offside knight)
-Something else
Black to Play
Critical Position 3
White has won a pawn and the technical phase is well underway. What should white do next?
-36.g4 then h4-h5 to fix the kingside pawns on dark squares
-36.h4 then h5 for the same reason
-36.Kf3 bringing in the king for action. The optimal kingside pawn arrangement can be determined later
-Something else
White to Play

Hungarian TCH 2012-13

Here is a strong game from GM Berkes against veteran GM Farago,Ivan from the Hungarian TCh. The game features the strong technical endgame play of Berkes an his slow positional building style.

GM Farago,Ivan at the Arco World Senior Ch
Photo Chessbase

Berkes,F (2685) – Farago,I (2486)
King’s Indian Attack vs Slav Triangle with …Bg4[A07]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Dunaharaszti HUN (4), 18.11.2012
This is an unspectacular game which on the surface contains nothing really remarkable. The game can be broken down into the following stages.

–12.Nxg6 fg creates a structural imbalance and gains the bishop pair for long-term chances

After 12…fg

-A general advance on the queenside
-The ending with 30..Qxb2? gave white all the chances
-Gaining the a-file,  the 7th rank and maintaining a rook on a7(32.Rba2)

After 32.Rba2

-33.Rxa8 eventually won a pawn and began the technical P+ phase conversion phase

The key endgame plan
-The play only on the kingside stage is of key importance. The key to breaking black’s position is to play 74.e5! to cut off the dark bishop from the g7 pawn and then play on the light square to infiltrate the kingside.

White to Play
Black has just played 73..Bb2

-76…gh? 77.Nxh4 is the straw that breaks black’s position. From here on white has the simple plan of pushing pawns and infiltrating on the light squares on which black is effectively fighting a piece down as the bishop lives in the wrong color universe

After 77.Nxh4

Hungarian Ch 2012-11(In Progress)

Here is a game from the Hungarian Ch between the established player Berkes,F(2693) and fast-rising star Erdos,V(2640) .

Berkes,F Bio Echesspedia
Hungarian Grandmaster (2002). World U20 vice champion 2005. Hungarian Champion in 2004, 2007 and 2010. World U18 Champion in 2002. Hungarian U12 and U14 Champion. He won or shared first at Szekszard open 2002, Oberwart 2003, Zalaegerszeg 2004, Subasic Memorial (BIH) 2006. Also he came second in Parks Marx Memorial (HUN) 2004 and 2011 and at Lake Sevan (ARM) in 2009. Berkes is a regular member of the national team since 2000 and he was awarded the bronze for the third best performance at the fifth board at the 2008 Olympiad.
Berkes,F (2693) – Erdos,V (2640)

Grunfeld g3[D78]
62nd ch-HUN 2012 Heviz HUN (1.2), 22.11.2012
The opening seemed harmless with the queen coming off early in the game. The game features a fabulous RR-RR;R-R ending showcasing the method of converting an extra pawn.

Critical Position
White has an extra pawn but black has active rooks as compensation. How should white proceed?

White to Play

Critical Position
Now the R-R phase is well underway. The e-pawn is under attack. How should white react?
-A passive rook retreat Rc4. Follow with bringing the king to the kingside to support a kingside pawn advance.
-Re5 and offer a winning pawn ending
-e5 crippling the kingside pawns
-Activate the rook with Ra5
-Something else

White to Play