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Roman Dzindzichashvili
Number of games in database: 891
Years covered: 1957 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2550
Overall record: +321 -142 =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 (39) 
    B23 B22 B90 B30 B52
 English (36) 
    A15 A16 A10 A17 A13
 Reti System (35) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English, 1 c4 c5 (30) 
    A30 A34 A32 A35 A39
 Queen's Indian (27) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (106) 
    B42 B43 B83 B22 B62
 King's Indian (38) 
    E62 E81 E94 E60 E91
 Queen's Indian (33) 
    E12 E17 E15 E14 E19
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    A40 A46 E00 D02 A45
 Sicilian Kan (24) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Pirc (22) 
    B08 B07 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?]
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)
   Lone Pine (1980)
   Geneva (1977)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1978)
   USSR Championship (1972)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)

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, 71 years old) Georgia (federation/nationality 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 891  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Dzindzichashvili vs Y Sakharov 1-019 1957 USSRB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. Bondarevsky vs Dzindzichashvili 0-134 1962 TrainingB10 Caro-Kann
3. Dzindzichashvili vs Averkin 1-031 1964 URSE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
4. A Buslaev vs Dzindzichashvili 0-146 1965 TbilisiD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
5. Kholmov vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½31 1965 TbilisiB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
6. Dzindzichashvili vs R Fuchs  ½-½23 1965 TbilisiA00 Uncommon Opening
7. R Bogdanovic vs Dzindzichashvili  1-050 1965 TbilisiB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
8. Gipslis vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½20 1965 TbilisiD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. Dzindzichashvili vs A Bokuchava 1-018 1965 TbilisiA00 Uncommon Opening
10. Soos vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½24 1965 TbilisiE70 King's Indian
11. Dzindzichashvili vs A Zaitsev 1-034 1965 Tbilisi (Georgia)E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
12. Dzindzichashvili vs I Radulov  1-047 1965 TbilisiA30 English, Symmetrical
13. Dzindzichashvili vs W Balcerowski 1-050 1965 TbilisiE61 King's Indian
14. W Pietzsch vs Dzindzichashvili 0-133 1965 TbilisiB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
15. Dzindzichashvili vs Lilienthal  ½-½22 1965 TbilisiE60 King's Indian Defense
16. Dzindzichashvili vs Alatortsev  1-042 1965 TbilisiD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. L Navarovszky vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½25 1965 TbilisiE60 King's Indian Defense
18. Dzindzichashvili vs A Kolarov 1-041 1965 TbilisiE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
19. A Z Kapengut vs Dzindzichashvili 1-033 1966 Ch URS (1/2 final)E93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
20. V Sergeev vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½38 1966 Ch Moscow ( 1/2 )A05 Reti Opening
21. Dzindzichashvili vs M Damjanovic  1-030 1966 Tbilisi (Georgia)E30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
22. G Akopian vs Dzindzichashvili  1-042 1966 Ch URS (1/2 final)B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
23. Gurgenidze vs Dzindzichashvili 1-021 1966 Tbilisi (Georgia)B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
24. Dzindzichashvili vs F Ignatiev  1-054 1966 Ch URS (1/2 final)B40 Sicilian
25. Dzindzichashvili vs Nikitin 1-018 1966 USSRC17 French, Winawer, Advance
 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 891  PGN Download
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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.
May-05-15  MagnusVerMagnus: He has known to be hiding most of the time from certain people who he has not paid or repaid. BTW has he ever played the Dzindzi-Indian? Has anyone had an opening named after them they did not play?
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  waustad: <Has anyone had an opening named after them they did not play?> I've looked and have never found a game where Geza Maroczy played the e4 and c4 pawn structure in a Sicilian.
May-05-15  john barleycorn: And then there are opening variations named after players who seemingly played them years before they were born. The whole nomenclature of openings is just for the birds.
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  whiteshark: <Player of the Day>

Game Collection: 98_A40 Dzindzi Indian aka The Beefeater

May-05-15  thegoodanarchist: I went to a couple of world opens in the early 1990s, back when they were still held at the Adams Mark Hotel in Philadelphia

One time I rode in the elevator with Arthur Bisguier. He was a short man.

Roman Dzindzi, however, was huge. Not only did he have a big belly, but everything about him was big. Nose, ears, hair, etc.

All he did, for hours upon hours, was play blitz for money in the skittles room. In fact, I don't recall ever seeing him standing up. Always at the chair he was, playing playing playing. I seem to recall there was some backgammon thrown in the mix of his gaming activity.

I was a mere class player and did not dare approach a legendary grandmaster.

Later some friends of mine told me all kinds of stories about Roman's business practices. None of them really reflected well on the man.

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  grasser: Please, please, I insist never ever consider me for "Player of the Day". Grasser-Winokur was a one shot deal and as for Grasser-Camejo, everyone knows the Lasker-Bauer double Bishop Sac theme. And as for my "Chess Now" episode 59 with Kudrin, I lost that game. The fact that I did 30 episodes of "Chess Now" and the fact that I was taught by Dr. Joseph Platz a,friend and pupil of Lasker himself is meaningless to Chess History, despite the fact that by Lasker teaching Platz this "Butterfly Effect" allowed me to teach over a thousand students in the Name of Lasker and Platz, to which I incurred one $500 fine for teaching without a permit and one lifetime ban from a library in Lakeland Florida for introducing myself as a Teacher.
May-06-15  thegoodanarchist: <grasser: ... to which I incurred one $500 fine for teaching without a permit and one lifetime ban from a library in Lakeland Florida for introducing myself as a Teacher.>

Blah blah blah. This is the Dzindzichashvili page. Your post has nothing to do with Roman D.

Do you have anything to post that has anything to do with GM Dzindzi? Probably not.

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  grasser: Yes. I gave both him and Igor Ivanov a ride from the train station to the tournament hall in East Harford, CT back in the 80's. He busted my Budapest Gambit and took both my Rooks. He is blessed that DVD technology was developed. That is for sure. Is it too much to ask that Club Players be considered for "Player of the Day" too? After all Roman got to be GM by stepping on our heads on the ladder to Greatness.
May-07-15  thegoodanarchist: <Is it too much to ask that Club Players be considered for "Player of the Day" too?>

I for one would characterize that as asking too much.

May-07-15  thegoodanarchist: But now that I think about it, I am not even a premium member, and definitely not an employee of, so I doubt my opinion has any influence on the matter.
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  grasser: We can play though. We all have had our great games. Mine were, Vera Frenkel-Grasser a frightening draw. Grasser-Winokur a Queen Sac out of the Blue and Grasser-Camejo a version of the Lasker-Bauer Double Bishop Sac that is much more likely a line that it can be repeated. This too was exciting as I recall G Mendez vs G Grasser, 2011 so I do not see why not. I was 1981 CT State Champion. Even Arthur Feuerstein who drew Fischer a few times never has had "Player of the Day.
May-11-15  thegoodanarchist: Well, I won the Greenwich Open in VT about 12 years ago. But I have never won a state championship. Congrats to you!
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  grasser: Thank you!
Aug-18-15  smurph: Roman's best days were behind him in the 80s
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  perfidious: Maybe so, but he had more than enough for most any player even then.
Aug-19-15  HeMateMe: I saw him playing blitz once on 42nd street, behind the large public library at 42nd/fifth avenue. In the 80s the chess hustlers would set up a row of about 5 tables there, they would sit with their backs against the brick wall, on 42nd street. On the other side of the wall was Bryant Park, which had yet to be yuppfied. It was still full of sleeping bums, overgrown weeds and drug dealers.

People still play chess in Bryant Park, but from my observations they are all friendlies, no wagers are being made. It might be that the city simply banned the setting up of tables on the sidewalk outside of Bryant Park. Since the park got cleaned up, financed by private money, two upscale restaurants were built onto the back of the famous library, there. Those are two large restaurants, and they make a LOT of money. This is about 30 yards from where the chess hustlers used to set up, and I have a hunch that the restaurant owner group used their clout to block the hustlers from perhaps making the area look less attractive. Anyway, there are plenty of wicker tables inside the park and anyone is allowed to roll out a board and take on all comers. That is different than WSP, where every single cement chess table is staked out by a gambler, and there is never any room for people who want to play for fun.

Zindzi had a nice little crowd around him when I was watching, people knew who he was. I can't remember how he was doing; I was in a bit of a hurry that day and couldn't' watch. I'd seen him sleeping on a park bench in WSP too, which I guess is not a flattering thing. That's the life of the chess hustler, beat the chess enthusiasts with money in their pockets, then have a free meal at the catholic church, just around the corner on West 4th street.

good luck with those Roman Forum DVDs, Zindzi.

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