László Szabó (chess player)
László Szabó was a Hungarian grandmaster of chess. Born in Budapest, Szabó burst onto the international chess scene in 1935, at the age of 18, winning the first of Hungarian Championships, an international tournament in Tatatóváros, was selected to represent his country at the 1935 Warsaw Olympiad. Onlookers at the Olympiad marvelled at the youngster's flair for attacking chess, a style that ran contrary to the dour, positional approach adopted by his countrymen, it is thought that the young Szabó studied under Géza Maróczy a patriarchal figure in Hungarian chess who had trained future world champions, Max Euwe and Vera Menchik. Prior to World War II, there were other successes, including outright victory at Hastings 1938/39, he began a career as a banker. At the outbreak of war, Szabó was attached to a Forced Labour Unit, was captured by Russian troops who held him as a Prisoner of War. After the war, he played many major international events, he finished fifth at Groningen 1946, an strong tournament which included Botvinnik, Smyslov, Najdorf and Kotov.
At the Saltsjöbaden Interzonal of 1948, he finished second to Bronstein and took outright first place at Hastings 1947/48, Budapest 1948 and Hastings 1949/50. A share of fifth place at both the Saltsjöbaden 1952 Interzonal and the Gothenburg Interzonal of 1955, meant that each of his Interzonal finishes had been strong enough to merit him a place in the corresponding Candidates Tournament, it was at his third and final Candidates, held in Amsterdam in 1956, that Szabó made his most promising bid for a World Championship title challenge. He tied for third place with Bronstein, Geller and Spassky, behind Smyslov and Keres. Into the 1960s and 1970s, he continued to excel in international competition. In total, he represented Hungary at 11 Olympiads, playing first board on five occasions and delivering many medal-winning performances. In 1937, he took the team silver and individual silver medals, in 1952 an individual bronze, in 1956 a team bronze and in 1966, team bronze and individual silver. Szabó was the best player in Hungary for nearly 20 years and at the peak of his powers, one of the top 12 players in the world.
His family donated Szabó's entire chess library and his papers to the Cleveland Public Library John G. White Chess and Checkers Collection; the John G. White Collection of Chess and Checkers is the largest chess library in the world Hooper, David.
László Szabó (diplomat)
László Szabó is a Hungarian diplomat, physician and politician, the current Hungarian Ambassador to the United States since 2017. Prior to that, he served as CEO of the Teva Hungary Ltd. pharmaceutical manufacturing Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the Third Orbán Government. He presented his credentials to U. S. President Donald Trump on 8 September 2017. Embassy of Hungary in the USA: The Ambassador Kormány.hu