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Victor Ciocaltea
Number of games in database: 490
Years covered: 1953 to 1983
Highest rating achieved in database: 2460

Overall record: +101 -131 =258 (46.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (92) 
    B93 B40 B88 B48 B90
 Ruy Lopez (46) 
    C94 C98 C78 C77 C91
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (31) 
    C94 C98 C91 C86 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (26) 
    B93 B90 B97 B99 B95
 French Defense (19) 
    C19 C02 C00 C15 C11
 Robatsch (13) 
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (62) 
    E63 E62 E80 E97 E81
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C72 C75 C73 C99 C71
 Sicilian (31) 
    B56 B58 B96 B33 B24
 Robatsch (16) 
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C99 C91 C84 C93 C96
 Pirc (8) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Ciocaltea vs J Kozma, 1963 1-0
   V Ciocaltea vs L Masic, 1971 1-0
   R Dieks vs V Ciocaltea, 1975 0-1
   V Ciocaltea vs Bruska, 1958 1-0
   V Ciocaltea vs A Lombard, 1972 1-0
   V Ciocaltea vs Jansa, 1963 1-0
   V Ciocaltea vs Fischer, 1962 1-0
   Tal vs V Ciocaltea, 1967 1/2-1/2
   V Ciocaltea vs Karpov, 1972 1/2-1/2
   V Ciocaltea vs N Gaprindashvili, 1969 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Netanya (1968)
   Bucharest (1954)
   Havana (1965)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Dresden 1956 by Phony Benoni
   Dortmund 1973 by suenteus po 147
   Netanya-A 1968 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jan-16-1932, died Sep-10-1983, 51 years old) Romania

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Victor Ciocāltea was born in Bucharest. Awarded the IM title in 1957 and the GM title in 1979, he was Romanian champion in 1952, 1959, 1961, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975 and 1979. He won 1st prizes at Reggio Emilia 1966-67 and 1968-69, Dortmund 1974 and Bucharest 1975. His last tournament was Thessalonika 1983 where he finished 3rd. He passed away in Manresa, Spain later that year.

Wikipedia article: Victor Cioc%C3%A2ltea

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 490  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Ciocaltea vs S Szabo ½-½23 1953 BucharestC50 Giuoco Piano
2. V Ciocaltea vs Radulescu  0-139 1953 BucharestC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
3. O Barda vs V Ciocaltea  1-070 1953 BucharestA03 Bird's Opening
4. Petrosian vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½32 1953 BucharestA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
5. V Ciocaltea vs E G Reicher  1-034 1953 BucharestC58 Two Knights
6. V Ciocaltea vs Filip  ½-½31 1953 BucharestB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
7. Boleslavsky vs V Ciocaltea  1-031 1953 BucharestB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
8. V Ciocaltea vs Z Milev  1-032 1953 BucharestB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. V Ciocaltea vs O'Kelly 1-035 1953 BucharestB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
10. G Barcza vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½59 1953 BucharestE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
11. Tolush vs V Ciocaltea 1-030 1953 BucharestE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
12. Stoltz vs V Ciocaltea 0-117 1953 BucharestB50 Sicilian
13. V Ciocaltea vs Sajtar  1-046 1953 BucharestB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
14. Smyslov vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½24 1953 BucharestE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
15. Szabo vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½41 1953 BucharestB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
16. O Troianescu vs V Ciocaltea  0-132 1953 BucharestB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
17. V Ciocaltea vs Golombek  0-130 1953 BucharestB10 Caro-Kann
18. Sliwa vs V Ciocaltea 1-035 1953 BucharestA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
19. V Ciocaltea vs Spassky  ½-½21 1953 BucharestC50 Giuoco Piano
20. V Ciocaltea vs Eigil Pedersen  ½-½46 1954 PragueB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
21. V Ciocaltea vs Stahlberg  0-141 1954 BucharestC12 French, McCutcheon
22. V Ciocaltea vs B Sandor  0-137 1954 BucharestC52 Evans Gambit
23. V Ciocaltea vs Filip  ½-½41 1954 BucharestB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
24. V Ciocaltea vs Stahlberg  0-141 1954 PragueB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
25. S Szabo vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½42 1954 BucharestB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
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  Benzol: Victor Ciocaltea
Born 16th January 1932 in Bucharest
Died 10th September 1983 in Manresa
Awarded the IM title in 1957 and GM title in 1979.
He was Romanian champion 1952, 1959, 1961, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975 and 1979.
Jan-16-06  BIDMONFA: Victor Ciocaltea


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  whiteshark: Ciocāltea died at the chess table, while playing 4th round game at Manresa tournament. Cerebral apoplexy.
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  whiteshark: Player of the day:
He learned chess only at the age of sixteen.

Moskow 1956

Notable game:
V Ciocaltea vs Fischer, 1962
(is it Fischer's most ignored lost?) :D

Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: A memorial round-robin was played in Bucharest recently. I found out that a Canadian IM, Tomas Roussel-Roozman, was there. I don't know the results, but some games are in TWIC698.
Dec-31-10  castilho: There is a grammar mistake in the bio.
It should read "He won 1st prises at... ", simple past, instead of "He has won 1st prises at...", present perfect.
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  wordfunph: Romanian Victor Ciocaltea became an International Master in 1957 and took 22 years to become an International Grandmaster in 1979.

who can beat that record?

Oct-07-12  Gallicrow: Enrico Paoli - IM in 1951, GM in 1996. However he was awarded the GM title honoris causa. See
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Victor!
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  Caissanist: Ciocaltea might have held the record for biggest gap between IM and GM titles at the time but nowadays, the world senior champ gets the GM title, so several people have beaten it. Vladimir Okhotnik had a gap of 24 years, Larry Kaufman 28, probably there are others.
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