Rapport’s father was worried about his son’s powers of concentration at primary school and decided to teach him chess. It worked almost too well, as Richard was soon dominating junior events. Although Hungary has real pedigree when it comes to young grandmasters – Judit Polgar and Peter Leko both set records in their day – Rapport surpassed them both to claim the grandmaster title before his 14th birthday. His progress has continued and aged 16 in 2012 he finished joint top on 10/13 in the U20 World Junior Championship. He was also joint top on 9/13 in the Tata Steel B Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, although on both occasions he was pushed into second place on tiebreaks.
Richard’s luck turned in 2013, when he shared top place at the Sigeman & Co tournament and the Neckar Open but this time took first prize in both events on tiebreaks.
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