Category Archives: Rapport

French Top 12 2013 Rd1-GM Rapport(HUN)

More on Haguenau, France
Haguenau has a notable army base. Here is a bit more(French language).

‘Rencontre avec les hommes du plus grand centre de renseignement militaire français et présentation de leur activité avec le Lieutenant Colonel André et le Sergent Richer.’ 

GM Rapport played a fabulous ending giving an exchange for the bishop pair and a pawn.

Rapport,R (2674) – Apicella,M (2532)
FR Advance 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.a3 c4 7.Nbd2 [C02]
French Top 12 2013 Haguenau FRA (1.1), 30.05.2013

Position 1
The passed pawn is the key. What do you recommend for white?

White to play


21st Sigeman & Co-GM Rapport(HUN) Wins

Official Site

GM Rapport(left) playing GM Berg(right)

‘Richard Rapport won the 21st Sigeman & Co tournament in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday. The 17-year-old Hungarian grandmaster tied for first place with Nils Grandelius and Nigel Short, but won on tiebreak: direct encounter (the results of the players in the same point group).

In the last round Rapport defeated Jonny Hector, Grandelius beat Ivan Sokolov and Short drew with Hans Tikkanen.(more)’

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# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts
1 Short,N 2681 2698  x 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 4.5
2 Rapport,R 2674 2699 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 4.5
3 Grandelius,N 2556 2716 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 4.5
4 Sokolov,I 2642 2651 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 4
5 Van Wely,L 2689 2645 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 4
6 Tikkanen,H 2537 2616 ½ 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 3.5
7 Berg,E 2561 2454 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 2
8 Hector,J 2512 2309 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 1

Sigeman & Co Malmo 2013 Rd2-GM Rapport(HUN)

More on the Sigeman 2012 Tournament
Some background(Swedish language)


More on Sweden

TWIC 968
GM Rapport kept the queens on for the maximum tension playing the white side of a g3 Nimzo-Indian. He was finally rewarded for persistence in the sharp QR-QR phase when GM Short loosened his king’s position and allowed a devastating attack.

Rapport,R (2674) – Short,N (2681) 
Nimzo-Indian g3[E21]
21st Sigeman & Co Malmo SWE (2.2), 23.05.2013

Position 1
White has a strong attack going. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play

Sigeman & Co Malmo 2013 Rd6-GM Rapport,R(HUN)

More on Sweden
The Siegman tournament is being held in Malmo. Here’s some background on the Swedish city.

TWIC 968
GM Rapport played a thematic game against the French and won a sharp ending. Of note was the nice Ra2-d2!? way of bringing the rook into play in the opening.

Rapport,R (2674) – Berg,E (2561) 
French Advance 6.a3 Nh6 7.b4 C02]
21st Sigeman & Co Malmo SWE (6.1), 27.05.2013

Position 1
White is winning but what is the most precise way to end the game?

White to Play

Bundesliga 2012–13 Rd15-GM Rapport(HUN)

TWIC 961
GM Rapport scored 2.5/3 in rds 13-15 of Bundesliga play. Here is one of his wins.


Rapport started the attack going with 23.g4 from a harmless looking position, bypassing the center altogether in true Reti style.

Here is the feature game.

Rapport,R (2621) – Zwanzger,J (2326) 
Reti vs Tartakower [A14]
Bundesliga 2012–13 Schwetzingen GER (15), 07.04.2013

Position 1
White is all lined up against black’s king and ready to strike. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play


Neckar Open 2013 Rd4-GM Rapport R(HUN)

TWIC 960
GM Rapport used forceful piece play on the black side of a Caro-Kann to overcome resistance.

More on Rapport
From the Tournament

Interview(Hungarian Language)

Here is the feature game.
Forcen Esteban,D (2469) – Rapport,R (2646)
Caro-Kann Advance 4.Nc3 Qb6 5.Nf3 [B12]
17th Neckar Open Deizisau GER (4.3), 30.03.2013

Position 1
Black is up a pawn and is committed to a kingside attack but now Qg3 is under attack.What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play


17th Neckar Open Deizisau Rd3-GM Rapport,R(HUN)

TWIC 960
GM Rapport won the 17th Neckar Open on tiebreaks. Here is a nice win from round 3 in a Nge2 Nimzo-indian where Rapport had great coordination with the NN pair working with the queen.

Rapport,R (2646) – Fedorovsky,M (2392)
Nimzo-Indian 5.Nge2[E46]
17th Neckar Open Deizisau GER (3.4), 29.03.2013

Position 1
Material is even but white is pressing hard in a QNN-QNN position. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play


Bundesliga 2012-13 Rd10,GM Rapport(HUN)

TWIC 955

GM Rapport won a long hard endgame in the Bundesliga, rd10. The endgame is of particular interest.

Rapport,R (2621) – Zaragatski,I (2460) 
4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2 [A28]
Bundesliga 2012–13 Bremen GER (10), 24.02.2013

Position 1
Some complex middlegame play has led to the following tense and unbalanced position. White has won a pawn but then ending is not straight forward.

White to Play


A systematic assessment of the position is required to understand the needs of each side.

For white:
A simple pawn count is not enough to asses the position. Although white is a pawn ahead the problem is that there are two sets of doubled pawns. 

  • The doubled f-pawns are not weak and do a good job of protecting the king. However, the broken structure makes them immobile and the kingside will have trouble producing a passed pawn
  • The doubled c-pawns are also not weak. They are part of a group of three and can easily protect each other.
  • The bishop is a strong piece compared to the knight as play is spread out over the whole board.

For black:

  • Ra2 and Ne2 are very active and spread chaos behind the ranks. The knight attacks c3 and holds up the f-pawns.
  • Ra8 is not active
  • The pawn structure is sound and white’s rooks have trouble penetrating black’s position.
  • The a-pawn is potentially very useful as a source of counterplay but for now …a5 is not possible.
What do you recommend for white?

Position 2

The position has simplified down to a complex RB-RN ending.

White to Play


Now is a good time to absorb the flavor of the position. The ending favors white because
  • The play is spread out over the whole board which favors the long-range bishop.
  • The knight is unstable on e5(the f4 advance is easy to prepare)
  • White’s pawns are easy for the king to defend and the doubled f-pawns are not weak.
  • Black’s passed a,c pawns are easy to defend against as black is poorly placed to support their advance.
What do you recommend for white?

Tata Steel 2013 Rd13,GM Rapport(HUN)

Here is Rapport’s rd 13 game.

Rapport got a difficult position from the opening but fought back creatively to win the game by sacrificing a pawn for a chance at generating counterplay.

Rapport(l) playing Nikolic(r)

Nikolic,Pr (2619) – Rapport,R (2621)
Benoni g3[A62]
75th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee NED (13.4), 27.01.2013

Position 1
Black has been fighting back hard and now has some compensation for the pawn. How should black continue?
-34…gf to open up white’s kingside
-34…h6 to reinforce the kingside
-Something else

Black to Play


Tata Steel 2013 Rd 12-GM Rapport(HUN)

Here is Rapport’s rd12 win over the veteran GM Timman.

Black got caught uncastled in the opening and then loosened the king’s position with some risky play which allowed Rapport to swoop in.

Timman(l) playing Rapport(r)

Rapport,R (2621) – Timman,J (2566)
Nimzo-Indian Hybrid 6.Nd2[E21]
75th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee NED (12.3), 26.01.2013

Position 1
Black has initiated kingside counterplay with 21…h5. How should white respond?

White to Play