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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Greetings to Hungarian chess legend GM Lajos Portisch for 75th Birthday

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Hi everyone,
Chess legend Lajos Portisch, also known as the Hungarian Botvinnik, celebrated his 75th birthday on April 4. A special tournament was held in his honour at the Hilton Hotel in Budapest. Lajos Portisch, born on April 4, 1937, in Zalaegerszeg (Hungary), was one of the strongest non-Soviet players from the early 1960s into the late 1980s – in fact at the time he was nicknamed the "Hungarian Botvinnik". Portisch participated in twelve consecutive Interzonals from 1962 through 1993, qualifying for the World Chess Championship Candidates' cycle a total of eight times (1965, 1968, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, and 1988).

Portisch set several all-time records in Chess Olympiads. In Hungarian Chess Championships, he either shared the title or won it outright a total of eight times, and was awarded the "Nemzet Sportoloja", Hungary's highest national sports achievement award. His main hobby is singing operatic arias, having a fine baritone voice, a quality shared by Vasily Smyslov. You can also read the Fide greetings here.

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