András Adorján (chess player)

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Andras Adorjan, 1978
Association HungaryHungary Hungary
Born March 31, 1950
title International Master (1970)
Grand Master (1973)
Current  Elo rating 2504 (August 2020)
Best Elo rating 2580 (July 1984)
Tab at the FIDE (English)

András Adorján [ ˈɒndraːʃ ˈɒdorjaːn ] (born March 31, 1950 in Budapest ) is a Hungarian chess player .


András Adorján named himself after the Hungarian flautist of the same name in the late 1960s . He was previously called András Jocha. Some records of youth games have survived under this name.

Chess career

Single successes

Adorján was vice world champion of the juniors in Stockholm in 1969 . In the final he was defeated by the future world chess champion Anatoli Karpov .

In 1973 he became international grandmaster and won the tournaments in Varna and Luhačovice together with Jan Smejkal . In 1974 he was the tournament winner in Olot . In the interzonal tournament in Riga, Adorján qualified in 1979 after a playoff victory against Zoltán Ribli for the subsequent candidates ' tournament, but lost his match against Robert Hübner in the quarter-finals in 1980 with a 4.5: 5.5.

Adorján is an experienced tournament player, his successes include winning the International Tournament in Banja Luka 1983 (shared first with Speelman and Hulak , who had the best ranking), the Hungarian Championship 1984 and the New York Open 1987. After the Hungarian team championship in 1999 / In 2000 Adorján did not play any more Elo-rated games, so his Elo rating has remained unchanged at 2504 since July 2000. He is considered an opening specialist , especially in the Grünfeld-Indian defense . In the English opening , a variant beginning with the moves 1. c4 g6 2. e4 e5 is named after him.

In contrast to many other grandmasters, Adorján is convinced that there is no disadvantage in playing with the black pieces. He published several books on the subject.

As a trainer he supervised Garri Kasparow and Péter Lékó, among others .

Team chess

National team

András Adorján was regularly appointed to the Hungarian national team from the 1970s to the 1990s. With this he took part in the chess Olympiads in 1978 (which Hungary won) and 1984 to 1992, in the team world championships in 1985 (in which Hungary took second place) and 1989 and in the European team championships in 1970, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1983 and 1992. He achieved three second and two third places with Hungary and was the best single player on the fifth board in 1983.

Club chess

In Hungary, Adorján previously played for MTK Budapest FC , with whom he took part in the European Club Cup in 1979, in the 1999/2000 season at Mat (t) ador SC. In the German Federal Chess League he played from 1988 to 1990 on the top board of SG Heidelberg-Kirchheim .


  • Grünfeld-Indian Defense - played correctly (with Jenő Döry). T. Beyer, Hollfeld 1989, ISBN 3-89168-009-0 .
  • Black is OK . Batsford Ltd, London 1988, ISBN 3-8044-1353-6 , (German translation Black ist OK . T. Beyer, Hollfeld 1990, ISBN 3-8044-1353-6 ).
  • Quo vadis, Garry? András Adorján analyzes Kasparov's path. Schachverlag Dreier, Mannheim 1990, ISBN 3-9802574-0-1 .
  • Black is super ... in Sicilian Sweschnikow (with Tamás Horváth). Black is OK Books, Budapest (?) 1993, ISBN 963-04-2653-6 .
  • Black is still OK . Batsford Ltd, London 2004, ISBN 0-7134-8870-0 .
  • Black is OK forever . Batsford Ltd, London 2005, ISBN 0-7134-8942-1 .

Individual evidence

  1. András Adorján's results at the Chess Olympiads on (English)
  2. András Adorján's results at team world championships on (English)
  3. András Adorján's results at the European Team Championships on (English)
  4. András Adorján's results at European Club Cups on (English)

Web links

Commons : András Adorján  - collection of images