Zoltan Almasi

Biography:
Zoltan Almási was born on 29 August 1976 in Budapest, Hungary. He is one of Hungary’s strongest players ever, although his career was overshadowed by youth prodigies Peter Lékó and Judit Polgár, the strongest women chess player in history. He holds a record 8 national championships, won in less than 15 years: 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2009. Between 1994 and 2012 he represented his country in 10 Olympiads: on three occasions he defended board one, and in 2002 in Bled, Slovenia, he took overall silver together with his team. In Italy Almási is best known for having won the Jubilee 2007/2008 edition of the now deceased Torneo di Capodanno at Reggio Emilia. His most recent success in an élite tournament was las year, when he won the Capablanca Memorial in Cuba. Almási is also a huge fan of car races and, in particular, of Formula 1 races. His favourite hobby is to increase the power and performances of his fine-tuned sport SAAB 9000. The Hungarian ace, who is currently no. 53 in the world with a rating of 2693, reached his peak in July 2011 when he held 19th place at 2726.

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