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Oleg Romanishin
Number of games in database: 2,085
Years covered: 1966 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2465
Highest rating achieved in database: 2615
Overall record: +719 -382 =975 (58.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      9 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (126) 
    B23 B40 B50 B52 B30
 Reti System (97) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Queen's Pawn Game (94) 
    A46 A40 E00 D02 A41
 Ruy Lopez (75) 
    C78 C93 C77 C72 C80
 English (70) 
    A15 A14 A13 A10 A17
 King's Indian (68) 
    E63 E60 E62 E64 E67
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (243) 
    C96 C69 C87 C85 C91
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (179) 
    C96 C87 C85 C91 C84
 Queen's Indian (119) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E14
 Sicilian (86) 
    B46 B44 B40 B27 B32
 Nimzo Indian (82) 
    E44 E34 E38 E32 E41
 English (77) 
    A17 A13 A15 A11 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Romanishin vs Petrosian, 1975 1-0
   Romanishin vs Ivanchuk, 1986 1-0
   I D Dorfman vs Romanishin, 1977 0-1
   Romanishin vs Marjanovic, 1972 1-0
   Smyslov vs Romanishin, 1979 0-1
   Romanishin vs K Mueller, 1992 1-0
   Ribli vs Romanishin, 1982 1/2-1/2
   Mikhalchishin vs Romanishin, 1981 0-1
   Romanishin vs H Van Riemsdijk, 1979 1-0
   Romanishin vs Plaskett, 1977 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977)
   Hockenheim Willingen GM (2006)
   Acropolis Tournament (2006)
   USSR Championship (1974)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   50th USSR Championship (1983)
   Tata Steel Group C (2013)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   13th Unive Tournament (Open) (2009)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Reykjavik Open (2004)
   Hastings Chess Congress 2015/16 (2015)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   European Individual Championships (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1977 by Phony Benoni
   USSR Championship 1975 by Phony Benoni
   USSR Championship 1974 by suenteus po 147
   B23; B24; B25 and B26 white/black by 5nizza
   Amsterdam IBM 1978 by suenteus po 147
   Reggio Emilia 1990/91 II by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1985 by suenteus po 147

   Y Shvayger vs Romanishin (Oct-09-16) 1/2-1/2
   Romanishin vs P Formento (Oct-08-16) 1-0
   Granda Zuniga vs Romanishin (Oct-07-16) 1-0
   Romanishin vs Lenderman (Oct-06-16) 1/2-1/2
   Romanishin vs A Enkhtuul (Oct-05-16) 1-0

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(born Jan-10-1952, 64 years old) Ukraine
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Oleg Mikhailovich Romanishin was born in Lvov, then in the USSR. Awarded the IM title in 1973 and the GM title in 1976, he was European Junior Champion in 1972-73. A pupil of Viktor Emmauelovich Kart (born 1929), he has achieved fine tournament results such as =1st at the October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977), 2nd at Tilburg 1979, =3rd at Sochi 1982, 1st at Moscow 1985, and =1st at Reggio Emilia 1985-86, but has never qualified as a FIDE Candidate.

He is reputed to have said that "Draws make me angry" and remains a strong GM with an aggressive style just a level below the top rank. He is also a leading chess opening theorist.

Wikipedia article: Oleg Romanishin

 page 1 of 84; games 1-25 of 2,085  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Romanishin vs M Steinberg 0-121 1966 UkraineC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. Romanishin vs V Zurakhov 1-032 1968 URSB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
3. Lutikov vs Romanishin  1-027 1968 URSB30 Sicilian
4. Reimann vs Romanishin  1-038 1968 RigaE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
5. Romanishin vs Popov  0-133 1968 RigaA25 English
6. Karpov vs Romanishin 1-040 1968 09, Riga ttD00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. G Piesina vs Romanishin 1-029 1968 RigaC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
8. Romanishin vs B Nisman  0-134 1968 RigaC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
9. A Lisenko vs Romanishin  ½-½21 1968 RigaA12 English with b3
10. Romanishin vs I Mikliaev  ½-½41 1968 RigaC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
11. Romanishin vs V Kirpichnikov  0-160 1968 RigaC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
12. M Steinberg vs Romanishin  ½-½14 1968 RigaD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. Romanishin vs Cihelashvili 0-138 1968 RigaB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
14. Romanishin vs P Sangla  ½-½30 1968 RigaB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
15. Z Gofshtein vs Romanishin  1-066 1969 BeltsyE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. Romanishin vs Beliavsky  0-139 1969 BeltsyB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
17. K Hulak vs Romanishin  0-135 1969 URS-JUG m U18B32 Sicilian
18. G Piesina vs Romanishin  ½-½34 1969 BeltsyB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
19. S Makarichev vs Romanishin  0-167 1969 BeltsyC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
20. V Tukmakov vs Romanishin  ½-½41 1970 URS-ch U18D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. M Czerniak vs Romanishin  0-171 1971 GoteborgC46 Three Knights
22. Romanishin vs L Liljedahl  ½-½27 1971 GoteborgE20 Nimzo-Indian
23. J Barle vs Romanishin  1-026 1971 YerevanC34 King's Gambit Accepted
24. Romanishin vs Beliavsky  0-154 1971 SukhumiB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
25. Romanishin vs A Pomar Salamanca  ½-½19 1971 GoteborgA12 English with b3
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Jan-22-12  King Death: <Riverbeast: There is a mistake in this bio that should be corrected: "...but has never qualified as a Candidate" Romanishin qualified for the PCA candidates matches in 1994>

It's true, he lost to Viswanathan Anand in the first round scoring -3 =4. Even if this isn't officially recognized I think it's worth mentioning in the bio.

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  Honza Cervenka: "Oll the President's Men"

True story of Ossip Bernstein and Timothy Woodward

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  Honza Cervenka: "No Smile of Mona Lisa"

A docudrama on 1962 U.S. Women's Championship where Lisa Lane and Mona May Karff had to bow to Gisela Kahn Gresser

May-31-12  LoveThatJoker: "Colin Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"

The tragic tale of a chess expert who, without prior training in Martial Arts, enters an MMA competition to prove his theory that knowledge of a certain technique in chess called 'The Dragon' provides invincibility in fights and protection from wounds.


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  Honza Cervenka: "Guelph and Ghibelline"

(Chess Historical Sci fi Thriller)

Boris Gelfand invents a time machine and visits medieval Florence, which is just in the middle of violent political strife between the Church party and the party of Empire. Boris plays a game of chess with Farinata degli Uberti and beats him, then he gives some free lessons on Giuoco Piano to some Church party disciples who are so grateful that they decide to take his name to designate their party. Later Dante lauds him a lot in his Divine Comedy and gives him Beatrice as companion in Paradise, where he visits Lasker, Capablanca and Tal, who promise to be his seconds in the next match for the World Chess champion title. Later in the ninth ring of hell Boris finds Farinata to play chess with Kirsam and Danailov.

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  Honza Cervenka: <"Oll the President's Men"

True story of Ossip Bernstein and Timothy Woodward>

Of course, I should add that the picture is directed by Tomasz Pakula and that we will see there as featured characters among others Rodney Nixon, Arnaud Colson, Scott Kissinger, Jim H Dean, Bernard W Barker, John Mitchell, G. Gordon Liddy, Adam Hunt, George Sturgis, J McCord, E Martinez, Ron Ziegler, and a lot of people from R Washington Evening Post Ladder. Of course, Bernstein and Woodward will enjoy assistance of enigmatic Deep Thought (Computer), and famous "Katie Graham 's gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer" scene will be there too.

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  Honza Cervenka: E.T. the Extra-Torrestrial

Biographical story of Eugenio Torre.

Jun-22-12  I play the Fred: "The King and I" - Documentary wherein <IplaytheFred> describes his typical endgame
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  HeMateMe: One of the more active older players? Good luck in Holland, Mr. Romanishin.
Jan-15-13  fisayo123: No pic? such a shame.
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  mistermac: Albertan posted a pic on p#7.

Mr Romanishin looks a thoroughly affable man, I must say.

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  perfidious: <mistermac> Early in Romanishin's international career, there was a piece which covered one of his tournament victories.

While I don't recall whether it was in Chess Life or BCM, that article noted that, for all his ferocity at the board, he was very much a gentleman away from it and quite a decent man to meet, unlike some other top players of the time.

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  wordfunph: Inside Chess once dubbed him as GM Oleg "Never Say Draw" Romanishin.
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  alexmagnus: Funny: first 9 games here are decisive, 8 of them losses. Did Romanishin not win at all when he was a teenager? :D:D:D
Nov-01-13  RedShield: From Here to Eternity - Anna Ushenina's latest instructional DVD shows how to mate with B+N vs K.

The Bitter Tea of Jennifer Shahade - our heroine battles patriarchy, the scales and her aversion to artificial sweeteners.

Dec-19-13  waustad: Here's a pic from when he was young in Lviv with Mikhalchishin and Beliavsky:
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  keypusher: <waustad: Here's a pic from when he was young in Lviv with Mikhalchishin and Beliavsky:>...

Ah, to be young and in Lviv!

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  tamar: "The Latvian Railway Man"

Vassily Ivanchuk is brilliant in the title role, showing his critics that revenge is never a straight line.

Mar-05-15  tessathedog: Gee...I sought out this page because I spotted GM Romanishin playing here at Bad Worishofen and really wanted to read up on him...only to have to wade through pages of totally irrelevant postings. I can see that they are amusing, but surely there is a better place for them? is it not disrespectful to a prominent Grandmaster to litter his pages with material of no relevance to him or his achievements? I do not mean to offend anyone, but would like people to reflect a little on how trivial postings might be compromising the pages of highly esteemed players.
Mar-05-15  torrefan: We apologize. That's a very rare occurrence here at CG. It won't happen again.
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  zanzibar: Here's an interview, and I believe the picture from the broken link above can be found there as well:

Mar-06-15  tessathedog: Many thanks Zanzibar for that fantastic Romanishin interview! Exactly what I was looking for. I really appreciate your taking the trouble to post it. Thank you. Now, my immediate ambition is to try and get a photo with Romanishin at the closing ceremony tomorrow. I am glad to read in the interview he speaks English, so he will understand my request...I couldn't manage it in Russian!
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  TheFocus: <A win gives one a feeling of self-affirmation, and success - a feeling of self-expression, but only a sensible harmonization between these urges can bring really great achievements in chess> - Oleg Romanishin.
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  TheFocus: Happy Birthday, Oleg!!
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  diagonal: priceless picture from the Isle of Man Open 2016: (maybe it takes a second until to the corresponding photo)

His master's voice:

"A sit down with Oleg Romanishin", video interview with a living legend, recorded at the Univé Chess Open in 2014 by

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