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Zoltan Almasi

Zoltan Almasi

  • Born:
    Aug 29, 1976 (Age 43)
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  • Peak Rating:
    2726 (July 2011)
  • Rating:
    2691 (December 2019)
  • Rank:
    43 (December 2019)

Zoltan Almasi is an eight-time Hungarian Champion, but has spent his career largely overshadowed by his younger compatriots Judit Polgar and Peter Leko. He gained the grandmaster title at age 17 when he also won the U18 World Youth Championship. His later achievements include winning clear first at the Reggio Emilia tournament in 2007-8 and losing out only on tiebreaks the following year to Gata Kamsky. He also won the European Rapid Championship in 2010 without losing a game. As a team player he’s represented Hungary at ten Olympiads, winning a team silver medal in 2002 and an individual silver medal in 2010 for his performance on board 2. Although his rating has varied wildly over his career he’s been on the rise in his mid-30s, and in 2011 he was briefly in the world Top 20 and ranked above Leko and Polgar.

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