Hungarian Grandmaster Gabor Kallai (Feb. 21, 1959 – Dec. 31, 2021)

We are saddened about the passing of our friend and member of our coaching staff for KCF’s Young Stars program, Hungarian Grandmaster Gabor Kallai. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Gabor was author of nine books, published in multiple languages. Since 2005 he has written a chess column in the Hungarian daily newspaper Népszabadság and from 2006, served as host of a TV-program on Hungarian SPORT1 TV (SAKKK!). In 2014, he was named chair of MTK’s chess section. In 2015, he was appointed a master instructor at the Hungarian Physical Education University.

He coached the Hungarian Men’s Team for the 2002 Bled Chess Olympiad, guiding the team to the silver medal position. From 2005 to 2010 he was the Public Relations Director of the HCF. In 2006, he was a founding member of the Hungarian Association of Talent Support Organizations. Since 2014, he was member of the board of directors at Bay Area Chess.

Kallai with students at the American International School in Budapest

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