Category Archives: King’s Indian

Sarkany-Aranytiz GM Budapest 2013 Rd1-IM Galyas(HUN)

TWIC 981: Sarkany-Aranytiz GM

GM Hera Imre Jr. and IM Mihok, Oliver shared first with 6/9. IM Galyas finished in clear second with 5.5/9.

IM Galyas(standing on left) observing the action
Photo-Thomas Heyl


Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts.
1 GM Hera Imre Jr. 2567 HUN * ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 6
2 IM Mihok Oliver 2451 HUN ½ * ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ + 6
3 IM Galyas Miklos 2409 HUN 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5.5
4 FM Jovanovic D 2402 SRB 1 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 5
5 GM Medvegy Zoltan 2560 HUN ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 0 1 4.5
IM Hagen A 2415 DEN 0 1 0 ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 1 4.5
7 GM Gonda Laszlo 2538 HUN ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 + 4.5
8 FM Vertetics Attila 2404 HUN 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ * ½ ½ 3.5
9 IM Arngrimsson D 2385 ISL 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 0 ½ * + 3.5
10 IM Ludwig Daniel 2479 USA ½ 0 1 0 0 ½ * 2


Here is the first round clash between IM Galyas and GM-elect Ludwig.

Galyas,Miklos (2409) – Ludwig,Daniel (2479)
King’s Indian 8.Be3 Ng4[E94]
Sarkany-Aranytiz GM 

Budapest, Hungary (1), 17.08.2013

Position 1
Black has given a piece for two pawns to break open the kingside. What do you recommend for black now?

Black to Play

23.Qb2

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Czech Open A 2013 Rd7-IM Battey(USA)

IM Battey(USA) has been based in Hungary for several years now. This is his instructive round 7 victory. IMs Battey and Kislik(USA) are two of a handful of foreign players based in Hungary.

Here is Battey’s tough rd7 endgame victory against the popular King’s Indian.

Man in motion


US results

SNo Name FIDE FED Pts.
57 IM Smith Bryan 2456 USA 5
91 WGM Nemcova Katerina 2382 USA 4
109 IM Kislik Erik Andrew 2345 USA 5
125 IM Battey Alexander 2304 USA 4.5

Battey,A (2304) – Sipila,V (2423) 
King’s Indian Classical 6…Na6[E91]
Czech Open A 2013 
Pardubice CZE (7.49), 25.07.2013


Position 1
White has more space and has a mild bind on the queenside. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play

23…Nfd8


Position 2

White has a strong Nc5 but black has just threatened everything on the second rank with 44..Ra2. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play

44…Ra2

FSFMA July 2013-FM Resika,N(USA)

TWIC 976
FM Resika Nathan A(USA) completely dominated the field with 9.5/10.

Americans in Budapest, 

FM Resika, Nathan(right) and Wu, Christopher(left)


Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts.
1 FM Resika Nathan 2186 USA * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 9.5
2 Kertesz Zsolt 2084 HUN 0 * 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 7
3 Juracsik Jozsef 2136 HUN 0 0 * 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 6
4 Andersen Soren 2115 DEN 0 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 6
5 FM Juhasz Bela 2222 HUN 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 5.5
6 Farkas Richard 2198 HUN 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 5
7 Laza Szabolcs 1968 HUN 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 4
8 FM Mayer Istvan 2050 HUN 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * 0 ½ 1 3.5
9 Zhou Hao 0 CHN ½ 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 0 1 3.5
10 Darazs Zoltan 2161 HUN 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 * ½ 3.5
11 Steer Jozsef 1937 HUN 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 ½ * 1.5


Game 1
Resika,N (2186) – Juracsik,J (2136)
English Symmetrical[A39]
FSFMA July 2013 

Budapest HUN (1.5), 06.07.2013

Position 1
White is on the verge of breaking through on the queenside so black is now rushing to generate something on the kingside. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play

25…Ng5

Game 2
Farkas,R (2198) – Resika,N (2186)
King’s Indian Saemisch[E81]
FSFMA July 2013 

Budapest HUN (2.3), 07.07.2013

Position 1
White’s position is tactically suspicious. The unprotected Ra1 is begging to be exploited. What do you recommend for Black?

Black to Play

22.Nd1

Coming to Budapest for Chess?

First Saturday Prices / FS Contact 
These are the most expensive tournaments in the city by far and offer no prizes. The target market is foreign tourists. Local players get an unadvertised discount fee which is a well guarded little secret.

The standard Hungarian player fee for FM groups is 12,000 HUF(40EUR/ 54USD; 54CAN). Foreigners see website list. Note that everything is negotiable and there are no prizes.

This is the price range for FS-FMA RRs.
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Rating HUF EUR USD CAN
Low High
Unrated 59,220 200 264.92 272.84
1800 1900 53,298 180 238.43 245.56
1901 2000 47,376 160 211.94 218.28
2001 2100 41,454 140 185.45 190.99
2101 2200 35,532 120 158.95 163.71
2200 2250 29,610 100 132.46 136.42



Foreign players(for example FIDE 2000) are charged approximately QUADRUPLE the local player rates. 

Other Tournaments
Hidden from tourists are some real bargains. Budapest is the home of affordable tournaments. Many cheap tournaments are available, all with prizes and modest entry fees. 

Some diligent digging is required to find these events. Check the Hungarian Federation event listing for events.

For more information:
Hungarian Chess Federation Tournament Listing(Hungarian Language)
Budapest Entry Fees 2012(Scroll down to bottom of blog too)

Other RRs
I usually play 4-5 RRs per year for very modest entry fees. These events are harder to find and advertised only in Hungarian. Here is a nice example of an alternative Budapest RR event.

Frech Karolyi Final StandingsGroup A
This tournament is one example of the hidden little gems Budapest has to offer. I played this event in June for the bargain price of 3,900HUF (14EUR/ 18USD/18CAN). This was net of the Budapest Tournament Card holder 10% discount.

Rank Name Score Rating TPR
1 Koczo, Kristof 7.5 2269 2355
2 Nagy, Aron 5.5 2140 2176
3 FM Juhasz, Bela 5.5 2222 2167
4 Kormos, Adam 5 2211 2131
5 Bodrogi, Mihaly 5 2109 2143
6 Stern, Tibor 4.5 2025 2109
7 Varga, Attila 4 2012 2067
8 Yip, Michael 3.5 2007 2031
9 Bodrogi, Laszlo 2.5 2036 1942
10 Zoldy, Robert 2 1975 1895

Entry Fee Range for 1 Game/Day RRs
Here is the entry fee range in Budapest for a FIDE 2000 player(as an example). This summary shows how far out of line with the overall market First Saturday is(approx 8X the average).

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Round Robin Rds Prizes HUF EUR USD CAN 2013
Amator Cup 9 Yes 5,000 17.8 23 23 November
Torokves A RR 9 Yes 5,500 19.4 25 25 April
Frech Karolyi 9 Yes 4,000 14 18 18 June
Torokves A RR 9 Yes 5,500 19.4 25 25 Sept
First Saturday(FS-FMA) 9-11 No 40,800 140 180 181 Monthly
FS Price for Hungarians No 12,000 41 53 53 Monthly

Battle of Senta 2013-GM Balog,I (HUN)

TWIC 976

Battle of Senta 2013Results
GM Drazic won with 7/9. GM Balog(HUN) finished with 5/9.

Hungarian Results

SNo Name Rtg FED Pts. rtg+/-
1 GM Balog Imre 2547 HUN 5 -22.4
23 WIM Domany Zsofia 2158 HUN 5 6.6
35 Kovacs Arthur 1995 HUN 4 7.95


More About Senta,Serbia

Senta municipality is located in the north part of Bačka region, situated on the right bank of Tisa River. It is 42km away from the state border with Hungary. The Municipality of Senta covers the area of 293km². Besides the town of Senta, its administrative center, it includes the following settlements: Gornji Breg, Kevi, Bogaraš and Tornjoš.



Here is the feature game.

Balog,I (2547) – Sente,D (2082) 

King’s Indian Saemish[E81]
17th Battle of Senta Senta 

SRB (7.6), 18.07.2013

Position 1
Mutual attacks have begun. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play

17…Kxf8

7th LCT 2013 Rd3-GM Prohaszka,P(HUN)

TWIC 976

7th LCT 2013-Leiden Chess Tournament(NED)
GMs Sethuraman and Sengupta finished with 7.5/9 but Sethuraman won on tiebreaks. GM Prohaszka(HUN) finished with 6/9. 

The feature games is Prohaszka’s game from rd3.

GM Prohaszka


Winner GM Sethuraman


More About Leiden



Prohaszka,P (2554) – Bernal Moro,L (2423) 
King’s Indian 5.Bd3[E70]
7th LCT 2013 
Leiden NED (3.5), 14.07.2013

Position 1

White is play for a direct attack but must do something about the hanging Bg5. What do you recommend for white?White to Play

23…f6

TCh-SWE Elite 2012–13 Rd4-GM Berczes(HUN)

TWIC 958
Here is an example of GM persistence in the endgame from GM Berczes played in the TCh-SWE recently. The following balanced queenless position was reached after 21..Rfd8(diagram) and the GM just kept pressing.

21..Rfd8


Here is the feature game.

Berczes,D (2528) – Eriksson,Jor (2213)
King’s Indian Classical 8.Be3 Ng4[E97]
TCh-SWE Elite 2012–13 Sweden SWE (4), 03.02.2013

Position 1
White kept pushing a sharp unbalanced ending but black is coming to round up the advanced d-pawn after 32…Kf7. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play

32…Kf7

Josef Varosi Open 2013 Rd3

Rd3

I started the day with a sense of optimism. But this ended quickly as my opponent poured cold water on my dreams with a quick victory.

Here’s my round 3 game.

Yip,M (2009) – Gyomber,T (2062) 

King’s Indian Classical 7..ed[E94]
Josef Varosi Open (3), 16.03.2013


Position 1
Black is setting up for 13…Qh4. What do you recommend for white?

  • 13.Rc1
  • 13.Qd2
  • Something else
White to Play

12…Be5

d4ChessNews Blog Posts March 2 2013

d4chessnews
This is my new blog for 1.d4 openings news and ideas.

King’s Indian Defence-TWIC 955
I found 3 interesting games in the Classical variation of the King’s Indian. Previously I had prepared the Saemisch variation but now some backup ideas are needed in my repertoire.

Game 1
Rodshtein,M got a queenside bind going with an early c5 and then had to win the game over again after letting the advantage slip away.

Rodshtein,M (2616) – Manolache,M (2533) 
King’s Indian Classical 6.h3[E90]
29th Open Cappelle la Grande FRA (4.5), 25.02.2013


Game 2
Eljanov,P obtained a crushing bind after black chose to keep the queens on and play for middlegame complications.

Eljanov,P (2678) – L’Ami,Alina (2362) 
King’s Indian Classical 7.Be3 ed[E92]
Reykjavik Open 2013 Reykjavik ISL (2.7), 20.02.2013



Game 3
The bayonet variation saw action (9.b4 Nh5 E97) but with 10.g3 as opposed to 10.Re1. In the featured game, Yilmaz got a massive kingside attack after black loosened the kingside.

Yilmaz,M (2531) – L’Ami,Alina (2362) 
King’s Indian Classical 9.b4 Nh5 10.g3 [E97]
Reykjavik Open 2013 ISL (6.21), 23.02.2013

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.


27…f6


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

71…Bd7


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

75…Ba2


Reykjavik Open 2013 Rd3-Kislik(USA)

The bishop pair and weak pawn structure worked in black’s favor as IM Kislik won in rd3. White gave an exchange in a desperate bid for counterplay black defended accurately and the RR-RN conversion was no problem.

Johannesson,Oliver (1988) – Kislik,Erik Andrew (2359) 
Benoni via King’s Indian[A65]
Reykjavik Open 2013 Reykjavik, Iceland (3.46), 20.02.2013


Position 1

Black dominates the position and the d-pawn is weak. What do you recommend for black now?

Black to Play

24.Re1