The world's second-youngest grandmaster

12/19/2004 – Ngoc Truongson Nguyen is a name you're going to have to remember. The lad from Vietnam, blessed with a 2527 rating, has just completed his third GM norm at the First Saturday tournament in Budapest – just over two months shy of his 15th birthday. A number of IM norms were made by other players, none older than 17. We bring you games, results and pictures.

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The First Saturday tournaments are held – can you guess? – on the first Saturday of each month, in the tournament halls of the Hungarian Chess Federation, close to the Parliament building (Falk Miksa Str. 10, Tram Nr. 2. (1st stop), 400 m from the Red Metro station Kossuth Square). The time controls in these tournaments are 120 min for the whole game, + 30 sec. increments after each move. The starting fees are dependent on the ratings of the participants.

GM Section IM Section
below 2301 € 275 2150-2200 € 225
2301-2350 € 250 2201-2250 € 200
2351-2400 € 225 2251-2300 € 175
2401-2450 € 200 2301-2350 € 150
2451-2500 € 175 2351-2400 € 125
over 2501 € 150 over 2401 € 100

The prices for accommodations arranged by the organizers are very modest: € 15 to € 25 in a single and 28-35 for a double room in a three-star hotel in Budapest. One can even rent a flat at € 15 per night, or stay with a friendly Hungarian family at € 9 per person per night. The contact address for all of this is

First Saturday, Budapest, Hungary
Organizer: Nagy László
1101 H-Budapest, Hungária krt. 5-7. XI. ép. I. em.
Phone/fax: (36-1)-263-2859
Email: firstsat@hu.inter.net

Official web site (with registration, games, results and pictures)

Here's the final standing in the GM section
Click here to download the games of the GM and IM sections (zipped PGN)

Nguyen, the organiser László Nagy tells us, achieved his GM norm by scoring 7.5 points in his first ten games. The final game draw against Denes Boros did not change that. The results have been submitted to FIDE for evaluation and approval.

Ngoc Truongson Nguyen of Vietnam achieved his third GM-norm at the First Saturday GM Tournament in Budapest, which was held from December 4 till 15. The lad, who sports a rating of 2527, was born on February 23, 1990, so that he should get his title when he is still 14. That would make him the second-youngest Grandmaster in the world. Ngoc is nine months older than Magnus Carlsen, who was born on November 30, 1990. Magnus got his GM title at the age of 13 years, 3 months, 27 days, which was later than Sergey Karjakin, who made it at the frightening age of 12 years, 7 months, 0 days.

David Berczes of Hungary, rated 2321, made his first IM norm at the same tournament. David was born on January 14, 1990, and is also 14 years old.

Krisztian Szabo of Hungary gained his third IM norm. He was born on June 21, 1989, making him 15. His current rating is 2394.

Veronika Schneider of Hungary played in the IM section and achieved her third WIM norm. Veronika was born in 1987 and is 17.

Gyula Pap of Hungary achieved his first IM norm in the IM section of the tournament. He was born on April 20, 1991, which makes him thirteen years old. Gyula's rating is 2359.

László Nagy, FIDE International Chess Organizer and responsible for the First Saturday Tournaments in Budapest


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