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Mihaela Sandu
Number of games in database: 176
Years covered: 2005 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2248 (2209 rapid, 2208 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2347

Overall record: +66 -62 =48 (51.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B92 B47 B23 B58 B84
 French Defense (13) 
    C18 C11 C01 C19 C13
 Giuoco Piano (12) 
    C50 C53
 Sicilian Taimanov (8) 
    B47 B45
 Sicilian Najdorf (8) 
    B92 B91
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B10 B12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (43) 
    B43 B81 B80 B42 B90
 King's Indian (23) 
    E63 E60 E92 E94 E81
 Sicilian Kan (11) 
    B43 B42 B41
 Sicilian Scheveningen (10) 
    B80 B81 B83
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
    B90 B92 B95 B91 B94
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NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Club Cup (Women) (2016)
   Romanian Superliga (Women) (2011)
   European Club Cup (Women) (2017)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2015)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2010)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2015)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2018)
   European Championship (Women) (2018)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2014)
   European Championship (Women) (2019)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2017)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2017)

   🏆 European Championship (Women)
   L Garifullina vs M Sandu (Apr-22-19) 1-0
   M Sandu vs M Narva (Apr-21-19) 0-1
   M Sandu vs N Dzagnidze (Apr-20-19) 0-1
   L Mkrtchian vs M Sandu (Apr-19-19) 1/2-1/2
   M Sandu vs E Polovnikova-Atalik (Apr-18-19) 0-1

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(born Feb-19-1977, 42 years old) Romania

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She is a WGM.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 176  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. O Todorov vs M Sandu  1-0232005OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
2. Landa vs M Sandu  1-0262006Marseille Chess FestivalB25 Sicilian, Closed
3. M Sandu vs Dgebuadze  ½-½362007Cappelle la GrandeB06 Robatsch
4. M Sandu vs K Bhatia  1-02520084NCL 2007-8C47 Four Knights
5. M Sandu vs L Broomfield 1-01920084NCL 2007-8C11 French
6. M Lesger vs M Sandu  0-12420084NCL 2007-8A48 King's Indian
7. M Sandu vs M Foisor 1-0332008European Individual Championship (Women)C01 French, Exchange
8. N Pogonina vs M Sandu  ½-½622008European Individual Championship (Women)B83 Sicilian
9. M Sandu vs S Vajda  0-1612008European Individual Championship (Women)B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
10. T Bogumil vs M Sandu  ½-½232008European Individual Championship (Women)A04 Reti Opening
11. M Sandu vs A Nikolova  1-0352008European Individual Championship (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
12. E Tairova vs M Sandu 1-0392008European Individual Championship (Women)B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
13. M Sandu vs L Rogule  0-1402008European Individual Championship (Women)B68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
14. J Rapport vs M Sandu  1-0562008European Individual Championship (Women)E92 King's Indian
15. M Sandu vs T Lematschko  1-0432008European Individual Championship (Women)C01 French, Exchange
16. A Gavasheli vs M Sandu  0-1422008European Individual Championship (Women)A10 English
17. M Sandu vs V Tarasova  ½-½332008European Individual Championship (Women)C47 Four Knights
18. M Sandu vs G N Gopal 0-1282009Cappelle la GrandeB23 Sicilian, Closed
19. M Sandu vs E Carlsen  1-065200917th European Team Championship (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
20. A Gara vs M Sandu  ½-½56200917th European Team Championship (Women)B83 Sicilian
21. K Isgandarova vs M Sandu  1-023200917th European Team Championship (Women)B15 Caro-Kann
22. M Sandu vs A Srebrnic  ½-½14200917th European Team Championship (Women)C42 Petrov Defense
23. M Sandu vs P Llaneza-Vega  0-173200917th European Team Championship (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
24. M Bensdorp vs M Sandu  0-133200917th European Team Championship (Women)A64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
25. M Sandu vs P Cramling 0-1312010European Individual Championship (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 176  PGN Download
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  whiteshark: <Mihaela Sandu>

Grandmaster title (WGM) approved to her at the 79th FIDE Congress which was held 16-26 November 2008 in Dresden, Germany.


(She is from Romania)

Jan-19-11  BLarsen1967: nice photo http://iulianceausescu.files.wordpr...
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  virginmind: pretty good result at the european individual championship 2012, with 6.5/11 points - especially considering her rating.
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  sonia91: After 4 rounds she's the sole leader at the European Individual Women's Championship (2015) with 4/4.
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  virginmind: Placed second after 7 rounds, with 6 points.
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  SteinitzLives: That she appears to be accused of cheating as implied by two letters signed by players is ridiculous, and mean spirited:

Keep your claws in ladies!

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  alexmagnus: The games themselves were completely unsuspicious. The score was, but it it her fault that her opponents, on average, underperformed? When she started with 5/5, she actually stood worse in two or three games.
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  perfidious: Borislav Ivanov this player is not.

The whole business is pathetic and says far more about those who would pillory a colleague than about that player.

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  alexmagnus: <The whole business is pathetic and says far more about those who would pillory a colleague than about that player.>

Among the signers of that letter there were some really prominent players, whom I respected before and never thought they could fall for "cheating paranoia". I wonder how many of them actually saw Sandu's game before signing the letter.

May-29-15  ChessVip: Mihaela Sandu speaks:
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  ketchuplover: Apparently she forfeited her final round game
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  SteinitzLives: This shows us the ugliness of chess cheating cuts both ways, against the innocent who is accused, and of course against any who are ever cheated against. I hope Mihaela Sandu gets some written apologies, she deserves to have them, but I won't be surprised if that does not happen.

There has been some speculation from a few of my friends that some of the signers of the letters were from one country. Could they have been compelled to sign a letter? It's not like that has not happened in chess before, but usually it was to put pressure on a defector.

May-31-15  jamesmaskell: Its very difficult now given the number of cheats being caught. Maybe those players really believed something was up. Its hard to tell. Her game against Girya was scored at 93% accuracy by Chess-DB.

I don't blame the players for getting suspicious, but this whole saga has been mishandled from the start, guilty or not.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: There needs to be far more serious punishment for false accusations of anything that would harm the accusee. The cheating allegations here were completely basis but could have ended Sandu's career.

Similarly in the non-chess world: a number of American students have been suspended or faced long prison sentences for false rape complaints, while the lying accuser—and corrupt prosecutor in the infamous Duke Lacrosse case—got just a slap on the wrist.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: “By now most chess fans seem to agree that the Romanian chess player has become the victim of a witch hunt. The latest news is that two players have retracted their signature from the letter that accused Sandu directly: Ekaterina Kovalevskaya and Anastasia Savina.”
Sep-24-15  dumbgai: More from Sandu:

Apparently after advancing to the semifinals at the World Cup, Eljanov was thoroughly searched and mentioned Sandu in the context of anti-cheating measures.

Sep-24-15  Karposian: <dumbgai: More from Sandu:

Apparently after advancing to the semifinals at the World Cup, Eljanov was thoroughly searched and mentioned Sandu in the context of anti-cheating measures.>

Interestingly, a couple of days before the cheating allegations (and the accompanying accusatory letters) debacle emerged during the European Individual Women’s Championship earlier this year, Eljanov in a tweet insinuated that it was natural to be suspicious about Sandu's 5/5 start in that tournament.

You can read his tweet here (just scroll down the page a little):

The main instigator of the accusatory letters towards Sandu was Natalia Zhukova. Both she and Eljanov are from Ukraine. Perhaps they know each other well, and that's why Eljanov supported Zhukova's position? I'm just speculating, of course. But in my opinion the accusations against Sandu seemed totally unfounded, and looked more like paranoia and a witch-hunt, than anything else. I feel sorry for Mihaela Sandu.

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  Sally Simpson: ...and two years later The FIDE Ethics Commission are still debating the false allegations.

"The ETH also arrived at provisional findings in case 3/2015 (M Sandu / 15 other players) relating to false accusations of cheating that were allegedly made in the 2015 European Individual Women’s Chess Championship.

The final verdict will be announced soon once the players have had a chance of making further representations."

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  ketchuplover: Looks like she has the last laugh so to speak.
May-12-17  newzild: About 15 years ago, when I had a 1750 rating, I entered New Zealand's most prestigious weekend tournament after having not played in several years and recorded an Elo 2200 performance.

Imagine if that happened today?

It's hard to imaging someone playing 450 Elo above their normal rating without being accused of cheating.

For the record, I didn't cheat.

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  GrahamClayton: Dutch player Sandra de Belcourt wrote an interesting article about the cheating controversy:

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