NAME: Peter Leko
BIRTHDATE: September 8, 1979
BIRTHPLACE: Szeged, Hungary
CREDENTIALS: In 1994, at the age of 14, became the youngest grandmaster in the history of chess up to that time. Won recognition as the first unofficial world champion of Fischer Random Chess in 2001. Played Vladimir Kramnik to a 7-7 tie in 2004 in a match held to help determine a new unified world chess champion. (Since Leko was the challenger, the title remained with Kramnik.)
From the website for the 2004 World Chess Championship: His stamina and calculating skills at the chessboard are phenomenal. ... Especially when he is massively under pressure, Leko releases energies and resources that reduced numerous grandmasters to despair.
Peter is one of the current players who is widely considered to have the skill needed to someday become the World Chess Champion. He hails from Hungary, the native land for many strong grandmasters, and has a large following of fans at home as well as around the world. After his tantalizingly close but terribly disappointing loss in his championship match with Vladimir Kramnik in September-October 2004, Peter recovered to win the first major world tournament of 2005. Other interests of his include soccer, tennis, bowling and music.