In Memoriam: Ivan Farago (1 April 1946 - 12 December 2022)

by Press release
12/22/2022 – On 12 December the Hungarian Grandmaster Ivan Farago died at the age of 76. He was born on 1 April 1946 in Budapest, and in 1974 he became an International Master. The Grandmaster title followed two years later, in 1976. In 1986 he became Hungarian Champion and in July 1993 he reached a peak rating of 2540. In a short obituary FIDE pays tribute to this passionate player. | Photo: LGA

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FIDE press release

FIDE is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of GM Ivan Farago (Hungary) in his 76th year of age. 

Born in Budapest in 1946, Ivan started to play competitive chess at his age of 12.

His first significant success came in 1964 when he scored 70% at the World University Championship in Krakow. He was best individual scorer of all teams three years later. He became IM in 1974 and GM in 1976.

He won the 1986 Hungarian Championship and took silver in 1979 and 1981. Ivan Farago delivered some outstanding performances as a member of the Hungarian National team.

He won silver medals with the team at the European Team Championships in 1977 and in 1980 and bronze in 1983. Farago’s greatest achievement was the silver medal at the Chess Olympiad in Malta, 1980. 

He devoted his life to chess playing passionately always investing all his energy.

His death is a big loss of the world sports and chess society. The Hungarian Chess Federation lost one of their own.

FIDE extends its sincere condolences to Ivan Farago’s family, friends, and loved ones.

Addendum ChessBase

With Black, Farago liked to play the French Defense, and he scored many fine and instructive victories with this opening. In the following textbook game he outplayed Australian Grandmaster Daryl Johansen.





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