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Razvan Preotu
Number of games in database: 67
Years covered: 2010 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2495 (2436 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2502

Overall record: +20 -17 =17 (52.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 13 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (17) 
    B90 B80 B67 B92 B76
 Sicilian Najdorf (7) 
    B90 B92
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C65 C92 C95
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B12 B18 B15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (9) 
    B90 B53 B32 B25 B94
 King's Indian (5) 
    E98 E97 E70 E60 E67
 Sicilian Najdorf (4) 
    B90 B94
 Dutch Defense (4) 
    A88 A81 A85
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E32 E46 E20
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NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   43rd Chess Olympiad (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2014 Spice Cup open by gauer

   🏆 Chess Olympiad
   M Agopov vs R Preotu (Oct-05-18) 1/2-1/2
   R Preotu vs Kiril D Georgiev (Oct-02-18) 0-1
   R Preotu vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen (Oct-01-18) 0-1
   M Mchedlishvili vs R Preotu (Sep-30-18) 0-1
   R Preotu vs D Blagojevic (Sep-28-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-11-1999, 19 years old) Canada

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Coached by Evgeny Bareev and Gergely Szabo, GM Razvan Preotu became a FIDE master in 2013 and an IM in 2014. His father is Rene Preotu and he won the Oktoberfest U2000 section in 2010. In 2011, he won the Hamilton club championship, playing for the Burlington club in Ontario, and also tied for 2nd-8th in the Canadian Youth U-12 chess championship with 5/7. He finished with 5.5/9 at the 2011 WYCC U-12 category in Brazil and was playing at the World Youth Championship (2012) in the U-14 category. He finished with 6/9 in Kitchener (2, 3) at the inaugural 2014 North American Junior chess championship.

By January 2015, he rose to 16th overall in the world for FIDE U-16 players and the top U16 in Canada and later swept the Ontario U-16 youth championship with a score of 5/5 (7). He entered the Calgary International(9) tournament in 2016 as top Canadian seed, winning it outright with 7/9 as the 1st Canadian to ever do so, soon after picking up a 3rd GM norm at the World open(11). In 2016, he, Victor Plotkin and Richard Chen topped the charts at the Hamilton Summer open and shortly afterwards in September, he was awarded his Grandmaster title(13, 14).

His 3 IM norms were awarded on the basis of his results at the 23rd Annual North American Open held toward the end of 2013 in Las Vegas, the 42nd Annual World Open held in Arlington, Virginia in July 2014 and the 2014 US Masters that finished 1 September 2014.

At Sault Ste Marie in 2017, he and Aman Hambleton both finished in a tie for share of 1st-2nd(20) at the Canadian open tournament.


He scored 6 points at the World youth team chess Olympiad after 9 out of the 10 rounds played (4) in 2014 and had previously played various SWOCL team events on top boards of the Hamilton-Mississauga suburbs of the so-called golden horseshoe.

Free-agents Bator Sambuev and Thomas Roussel-Roozmon (they do not live close enough to Toronto's suburban area) signed on to their Toronto Dragons(16) team, which includes Nikolay Noritsyn, Gergely Szabo, Kaiqi Yang, Arthur Calugar, Michael Song, Shiyam Thavandiran, Raja Panjwani and himself for play after 2016. The Dragons avoided a 4-0 shut-out by Pascal Charbonneau with Preotu scoring the only point against the Sopranos in the 1st round of the Pro Chess league's(16, 17) rapid-play match.

In 2017, he joined the U of Texas, Dallas' chess team(22) in his freshman year.

References / Sources

(1) (North American 2013 U-18 chess championship),

(2) (2014 North American Junior tournament),

(3) (hosted by the Kitchener chess Festival, the page at one point had the 2014 North American Junior standings posted),

(4) (played top board for the top of 3 Canadian teams at the youth team Olympiad in Hungary),

(5) (entered onto 75th place on this list on March 2015),

(6) (he scored 5.5/9 in the 2015 edition of this tournament),

(7) (OYCC),

(8) (a zonal 2.2 report),

(9) (1st ever Canadian to outright win the Calgary International tournament),

(10) (checking his clock at the 2014 World open),

(11) (there is a possibility that with his result of 6.5/9 that he could register a 3rd and final GM norm or title - pending approval by FIDE),

(12) (12th place finish),

(13) (Canadian chess federation newsfeed reports their 2nd youngest GM behind only GM Mark Bluvshtein as of 2016),

(14) (confirms title application),

(15) (Chess Federation of Canada profile page),

(16) (Toronto Dragons fan page),

(17) (2017 Dragons vs Sopranos newsfeed article),

(18) http://www.chess-challenge.chess-ma... (scored 9/9 in his grade 12 group (ahead of Olivier-Kenta Chiku-Ratte and Shi Diwen who tied for 2nd-3rd in their grade with 7 points) for his Ontario provincial team at the 2017 Canadian chess challenge (see for another report) at U of Toronto in May),

(19) (his blog),

(20) (tournament ended 16 July, 2017),

(21) (83rd annual south-west open tournament in Dallas),

(22) (U of Texas at Dallas chess team),

(23) (he and Michael Song are the book's coauthors).

Last updated: 2017-11-27 18:54:04

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 67  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Preotu vs G Olheiser  ½-½302010Summer openA90 Dutch
2. R Preotu vs J Wang  0-1222010Summer openB25 Sicilian, Closed
3. R Preotu vs T Knechtel  1-0412010Oktoberfest - U2000B07 Pirc
4. R Gashgarian vs R Preotu  0-1182010Oktoberfest - U2000A04 Reti Opening
5. Y Aronov vs R Preotu 1-0122011Hart House Reading Week OpenE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
6. R Preotu vs W So  0-1292011SimulB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. O Qian vs R Preotu 0-1612011Canadian Jr ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
8. R Preotu vs R Sapozhnikov  0-1212011Canadian Jr ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. R Preotu vs Z Qin  0-1232011Canadian Jr ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. D Cockburn vs R Preotu  0-1332011Kitchener team activeE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
11. S Thavandiran vs R Preotu  1-0242011Canadian openB25 Sicilian, Closed
12. R Preotu vs E Pieri  1-0322011Canadian openB15 Caro-Kann
13. R Preotu vs M Dougherty  0-1242011Canadian openB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
14. P Manalo vs R Preotu  0-1372011Canadian openB30 Sicilian
15. R Preotu vs F Barrios  ½-½422011Canadian openB07 Pirc
16. D Abrahams vs R Preotu  ½-½362011Canadian openB32 Sicilian
17. R Preotu vs T Sohal  ½-½812011Canadian openB33 Sicilian
18. A Moffat vs R Preotu  0-1342011Canadian openA00 Uncommon Opening
19. Le Quang Liem vs R Preotu ½-½952014SPICE Cup OpenA81 Dutch
20. R Preotu vs D Naroditsky  1-0572014SPICE Cup OpenC45 Scotch Game
21. R Preotu vs K W Troff  0-1562014SPICE Cup OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. R Preotu vs V Durarbayli 1-0312014SPICE Cup OpenB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
23. F Corrales Jimenez vs R Preotu  ½-½552014SPICE Cup OpenC67 Ruy Lopez
24. I Nyzhnyk vs R Preotu  1-0572014SPICE Cup OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
25. R Preotu vs S Sevian ½-½372014SPICE Cup OpenB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-20-14  yskid: excellent playing Razvan!
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  Penguincw: IM Razvan Preotu wins the Canadian Youth (U16 open) championship with a score of 6.5/7, a point and a half ahead of his nearest 4 competitors.

The only point he conceded was against CM Diwen Shi (2nd place) with black in R3. Those two, along with 3rd placed CM John Doknjas were the only 3 titled players in a field of 26 players.

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  Penguincw: Razvan Preotu also wins the Zonal Blitz Tournament with a score of 7.5/10 (+5,-0,=5).

Initially, he was tied with Elias Oussedik and Andrew Peredun, but he beat both of them in a playoff.

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  Penguincw: Happy Sweet Sixteen to Razvan Preotu!
Aug-11-15  kingfu: Thank you. I like anybody who plays the Dutch!
Nov-05-15  yskid: Congratulation for 5. - 7. on WYCC 2015 - U16 !!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Razvan Preotu finishes with 6.5/9 at the World Open 2016, the highest among Canadians. His score equaled those such as top seed Gata Kamsky and ahead of those such as 3rd seed Axel Bachmann.

Also, in R8, he beat GM Sergey Erenburg with black.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Oh Canada! IM Razvan Preotu wins the Calgary International tournament in sole first with a score of 7/9 (+6,-1,=2). He needed a last round win over GM Victor Mikhalevski to ensure he would finish in sole first, ahead of GM Gata Kamsky.

He does gain 23 rating points for this win. Using a TPR calculator, looks like his TPR is 2649, which is good enough for a GM norm.

Sep-29-16  gauer: Congratulations to Ontario-born <Grandmaster> Razvan Preotu, who recently was awarded his title for his results based out of Burlington. GTCL (Greater Toronto), SWOCL (Southwestern Ontario) and other chess leagues nearby recall seeing his activity a bit more than their most previous Ontario-born GM Joel Lautier at some of the local clubs. It would be interesting to get an approximate count of how many GMs total have had the luck to enjoy such Canadian and Ontario-league tournaments.
Feb-15-17  Moszkowski012273: Put up his new one played with Thomas Rendle!
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