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Roman Dzindzichashvili
Number of games in database: 895
Years covered: 1957 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2550
Overall record: +323 -144 =373 (60.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      55 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (44) 
    E60 E71 E73 E90 E62
 Sicilian (41) 
    B23 B22 B30 B90 B52
 English (36) 
    A15 A16 A10 A17 A13
 Reti System (35) 
    A04 A05 A06
 English, 1 c4 c5 (30) 
    A30 A34 A32 A35 A36
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    A46 E10 A45 A41 A40
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (106) 
    B42 B83 B43 B22 B62
 King's Indian (40) 
    E62 E81 E94 E60 E91
 Queen's Indian (33) 
    E12 E17 E15 E14 E19
 Queen's Pawn Game (27) 
    A40 A46 E00 D02 A45
 Sicilian Kan (24) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Pirc (22) 
    B07 B08 B09
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Dzindzichashvili vs Kalandazichvili, 1967 1-0
   K Grigorian vs Dzindzichashvili, 1969 0-1
   Dzindzichashvili vs V Tukmakov, 1971 1-0
   Dzindzichashvili vs Fritz, 1991 1-0
   O Dementiev vs Dzindzichashvili, 1972 0-1
   Dzindzichashvili vs Tal, 1991 1-0
   E Lobron vs Dzindzichashvili, 1979 0-1
   Dzindzichashvili vs Larsen, 1980 1-0
   Dzindzichashvili vs Ljubojevic, 1985 1-0
   Dzindzichashvili vs A Zaitsev, 1965 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1980)
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)
   Geneva (1977)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1978)
   USSR Championship (1972)
   USSR Championship (1971)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   RPaterno1's favorite games-Roman's Sicilian Def. by RPaterno1
   Dzindzi strikes! by backrank
   RPaterno1's favorite games- KIA Formation by RPaterno1
   RPaterno1's favorite games- Roman Dzindzi's KID by RPaterno1
   Hastings 1977/78 by suenteus po 147
   Amsterdam IBM 1978 by suenteus po 147
   Geneva 1977 by Tabanus
   Tilburg 1978 by EmperorAtahualpa

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(born May-05-1944, 70 years old) Georgia (citizen of United States of America)
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Roman Yakovlevich Dzindzichashvili was born on the 5th of May 1944 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Awarded the IM title in 1970 and the GM title in 1977, he was Israeli Champion in 1977 and US Champion in 1983 and 1989. He left the USSR in 1976, lived in Israel until 1979, and then settled in the USA. He won the Lone Pine Open tournament in 1980 and led the US Olympiad team in 1984. He is a profound opening theoretician, notably contributing the Dzindzi-Indian Defense (1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 f5) and the "Djin" (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 a6 4.Nc3 b5!?).

Wikipedia article: Roman Dzindzichashvili

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 895  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Dzindzichashvili vs Zacharov 1-019 1957 Soviet Junior Team ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. Dzindzichashvili vs Y Sakharov 1-019 1957 USSRB22 Sicilian, Alapin
3. Bondarevsky vs Dzindzichashvili 0-134 1962 TrainingB10 Caro-Kann
4. Dzindzichashvili vs Averkin 1-031 1964 URSE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
5. Dzindzichashvili vs Lilienthal  ½-½22 1965 TbilisiE60 King's Indian Defense
6. Dzindzichashvili vs Alatortsev  1-042 1965 TbilisiD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. L Navarovszky vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½25 1965 TbilisiE60 King's Indian Defense
8. Dzindzichashvili vs A Kolarov 1-041 1965 TbilisiE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
9. A Buslaev vs Dzindzichashvili 0-146 1965 TbilisiD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
10. Kholmov vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½31 1965 TbilisiB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
11. Dzindzichashvili vs R Fuchs  ½-½23 1965 TbilisiA00 Uncommon Opening
12. R Bogdanovic vs Dzindzichashvili  1-050 1965 TbilisiB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
13. Gipslis vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½20 1965 TbilisiD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. Dzindzichashvili vs A Bokuchava 1-018 1965 TbilisiA00 Uncommon Opening
15. Soos vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½24 1965 TbilisiE70 King's Indian
16. Dzindzichashvili vs A Zaitsev 1-034 1965 Tbilisi (Georgia)E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
17. Dzindzichashvili vs I Radulov  1-047 1965 TbilisiA30 English, Symmetrical
18. Dzindzichashvili vs W Balcerowski 1-050 1965 TbilisiE61 King's Indian
19. W Pietzsch vs Dzindzichashvili 0-133 1965 TbilisiB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
20. Dzindzichashvili vs J Klovans  ½-½41 1966 Ch URS (1/2 final)A18 English, Mikenas-Carls
21. Dzindzichashvili vs G Borisenko  0-120 1966 Ch URS (1/2 final)C48 Four Knights
22. Dzindzichashvili vs Gurgenidze  1-030 1966 TournamentD97 Grunfeld, Russian
23. Dzindzichashvili vs Vasiukov 1-039 1966 Ch URS (1/2 final)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. Dzindzichashvili vs S Terentiev  0-155 1966 KrasnodarB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
25. Dzindzichashvili vs Jansa 1-040 1966 Tbilisi (Georgia)A56 Benoni Defense
 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 895  PGN Download
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Jul-10-10  rapidcitychess: <MaxxLange> Where I live, there is a 111 on the top 200 list. :(
Sep-09-10  elohah: Roman Dzindzicashvili.
Mar-20-11  jbtigerwolf: I can't find any example of his Dzindzi-Indian defense anywhere.
Jul-23-11  KingsExecutor: Does anyone know how to contact Roman? please no weak suggestions, only facts please :)
Aug-05-11  BobCrisp: <It is rumoured that a very large grandmaster, with a very large name, has moved from the Soviet Union to Israel, Germany, Holland and the USA in turn leaving unrepaid borrowings or debts behind him in each of these countries totalling some tens of thousands of pounds and is now being sought by the New York police.>

<CHESS>, April-May 1981.

Hmmm, any thoughts on who this might be?

Aug-05-11  Strongest Force: When Roman became a friend I had to hear him badmouth two of my other friends: Fred Waitzkin and Max Dlugy.
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  Fusilli: <Bob Crisp> <Strongest Force> Sounds like one more nice, ethically exemplary, socially well-adjusted grandmaster.
Aug-05-11  BobCrisp: Did he ever ask for a loan?
Aug-05-11  BobCrisp: <Roman>'s picture is a cross between <Eric Cantona>, <George Best> and <Bob Hoskins>.
May-05-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM (and awesome Chess Teacher) Dzindzichashvili!


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  rogl: I first heard about Dzindzi around 1995 when Judit Polgar made her first appearance on ICS(before it became I$$). They played a 5 minutes blitz where Judit tried a Benkö gambit and, to my big surprise, lost. Any fellow chessgamer following that game?
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  offramp: Does anyone else think it's odd that a Jewish Mum & Dad would call their son Roman?

I mean, what have the Romans ever done for us?

There's Roman Polanski & Roman Abramovich as well - The Dzinn is not alone.

Dec-30-12  Jim Bartle: "I mean, what have the Romans ever done for us?"

The aqueduct?

Feb-16-13  tzar: I dont know what sort of finantial problems did Roman had or left behind but as a chess teacher he is great....maybe he needed money for his videos in was then for a good cause!
Apr-13-13  Conrad93: <The aqueduct?>
Someone has been watching Monty Python...
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  offramp: I recently bought some Amontillado sherry. I bought it entirley owing to the short story by Edgar Poe. In the 1900s it was probably very expensive, but I bought some at Sainsbury's for less than £7.

Anyway, while I was looking up Amontillado I also strayed across a wikipedia article about Georgian wine.
To my surprise Georgian wine "[has] been traced back by archeology to at least 6000 BC..."

So I am now on the lookout for Tsinandali wine, a famous Georgian wine... Imagine drinking a drink that <might> taste almost the same as the same drink 7,000 to 8,000 years ago!

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  FSR: <offramp: ... Anyway, while I was looking up Amontillado I also strayed across a wikipedia article about Georgian wine. To my surprise Georgian wine "[has] been traced back by archeology to at least 6000 BC...">

Surprising indeed. Everyone knows that the world is only 6,000 years old!

May-30-14  Petrosianic: <Jim Bartle: "I mean, what have the Romans ever done for us?">

<The aqueduct?>

How about the roads?

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  perfidious: Playing Dzindhi at blitz was an experience I shall not soon forget.

We met in one of the Tuesday night events at Harvard which were a staple in the 1980s and which attracted all sorts of strong masters. One would have thought Dzin possessed five hours on his clock rather than five minutes during play, such was his apparent nonchalance. Our game saw Dzin employ a London System vs a KID setup; do not recall much else except getting ground down in the middlegame.

May-30-14  john barleycorn: <FSR: Georgian wine "[has] been traced back by archeology to at least 6000 BC...">

Surprising indeed. Everyone knows that the world is only 6,000 years old!>

How could our anchestors invent the wheel without drinking wine? First things first.

< Petrosianic:
<The aqueduct?>
How about the roads?>

panem et circenses?

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  perfidious: <HMM: As I've heard it, he was sort of an unlucky gambler, losing at card and dice games, and going into the hole at casinos....>

There is unlucky--then there is the player who lacks skill. What Dzin did the only time we met at the chessboard, I would surely repay at the poker table, with interest.

<MichAdams: In less enlightened times, such behaviour might have sparked off a pogrom.>

Only to be expected from another of <BobCrisp>'s lovely incarnations.

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  FSR: <perfidious> Yes, I watched Dzindzi crush Norbert Leopoldi, a local expert/master who once played Fischer in a tournament game, at 5-1 time odds. Astonishing. Similarly, Christiansen played and won a bullet (1-minute) online game during a lecture here. He was explaining his thought processes as he went along; somehow one minute seemed like all the time in the world in his hands. He also won B+N v. K at 5 minutes - 30 seconds, though I think he only used about 15 of them.
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  AdolfoAugusto: Does someone know where is Dzinzi located? He was here (south Texas) for a couple of years. A ph number or email? Does he still provide instruction?
Oct-06-14  Strongest Force: AA Roman and family lead a nomadic business life.
Oct-06-14  Howard: The website ChessCafe remarked some time back that Roman apparently has a way of dodging bill collectors.
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