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Mihai Suba
Number of games in database: 1,246
Years covered: 1972 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2343 (2413 rapid, 2306 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2580

Overall record: +528 -277 =424 (60.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 17 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (121) 
    A13 A15 A10 A14 A16
 King's Indian (96) 
    E71 E97 E92 E69 E91
 English, 1 c4 e5 (89) 
    A20 A28 A25 A29 A26
 English, 1 c4 c5 (78) 
    A30 A34 A35 A33 A37
 Caro-Kann (22) 
    B14 B13 B10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (21) 
    D37 D38 D35 D30 D31
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (214) 
    B81 B84 B80 B22 B82
 Sicilian Scheveningen (136) 
    B81 B84 B80 B82 B83
 Modern Benoni (76) 
    A70 A61 A62 A71 A75
 Nimzo Indian (63) 
    E32 E55 E21 E25 E31
 Queen's Pawn Game (57) 
    A46 E10 A45 E00 A40
 Reti System (43) 
    A04 A05 A06
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Judit Polgar vs Suba, 1993 0-1
   Larsen vs Suba, 1982 0-1
   J Garcia Padron vs Suba, 1979 0-1
   Suba vs Sax, 1983 1-0
   Miles vs Suba, 1984 0-1
   A Strikovic vs Suba, 1994 0-1
   Suba vs L M Garcia Lopez, 1994 1-0
   M Vukic vs Suba, 1977 0-1
   Balashov vs Suba, 1977 0-1
   Suba vs Timman, 1984 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Seniors Championship (2011)
   Las Palmas Interzonal (1982)
   21st World Seniors Championship (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Suba's Dynamic Chess Strategy Plus by Everett
   Las Palmas Interzonal 1982 by suenteus po 147
   Las Palmas Interzonal 1982 by Tabanus
   Instructive Benoni Defense Games by Themofro
   A34 English: Symmetrical/Fianchetto [Black] by chess.master
   suba does scheveningen by Jehangir
   Sicilian Scheveningen by fredthebear

   Suba vs H L Ibanez (Apr-02-15) 0-1
   Suba vs M Wahlbom (Nov-03-14) 0-1
   B Malisov vs Suba (Nov-02-14) 1-0
   Suba vs V Zhelnin (Nov-01-14) 1/2-1/2
   Suba vs Kupreichik (Oct-31-14) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jun-01-1947, 69 years old) Romania
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Mihai Suba was born in Bucharest. Awarded the IM title in 1975 and the GM title in 1978, he was Romanian champion in 1980, 1981 and 1985. He first came to wide attention in 1982 when he finished 2nd= with Gyula Sax after Zoltan Ribli at Baile Herculane, all three qualifying for the interzonals. At the Las Palmas interzonal, Suba finished 3rd, behind Ribli and Vasily Smyslov (who both became Candidates). In other events, he finished 1st at Dortmund 1983, 1st= at Prague 1985 and 1st= at Timisoara 1987.

In August of 1988, Suba sought political asylum in Britain, and he played for England at the 1989 European Team Championship. In 2008, he and Larry Kaufman tied for 1st-2nd in the World Senior Chess Championship.

Suba is the author of the well-received book Dynamic Chess Strategy as well as the monograph The Hedgehog.

Wikipedia article: Mihai Suba

 page 1 of 50; games 1-25 of 1,246  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Suba vs A Malachi  1-042 1972 GrazA15 English
2. Suba vs U Nehmert  0-149 1972 GrazE92 King's Indian
3. Suba vs Balashov 0-136 1972 W-ch Student Team Final-AA14 English
4. Suba vs Sax ½-½91 1972 W-ch Student Team Final-AD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
5. Suba vs Ermenkov 0-175 1972 W-ch Student Team Final-AA16 English
6. Suba vs R G Eales  1-038 1972 W-ch Student Team Final-AA28 English
7. Tarjan vs Suba  ½-½53 1972 W-ch Student Team Final-AB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
8. U Nehmert vs Suba  0-140 1972 W-ch Student Team Final-AE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
9. Suba vs A Sydor  1-035 1974 LublinB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
10. Suba vs A Deze  1-041 1974 Novi SadA30 English, Symmetrical
11. R Nicevski vs Suba  0-129 1974 LublinB03 Alekhine's Defense
12. Suba vs Pribyl  0-133 1974 LublinA16 English
13. V Raicevic vs Suba 0-136 1974 Novi SadA22 English
14. R Grabczewski vs Suba  0-169 1974 LublinC10 French
15. Suba vs H Liebert 1-027 1974 LublinA34 English, Symmetrical
16. Suba vs Vogt  ½-½34 1974 LublinA17 English
17. Estrin vs Suba  ½-½10 1974 LublinB02 Alekhine's Defense
18. Suba vs T Georgadze  0-132 1974 LublinA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
19. Suba vs Tal  0-133 1974 LublinB06 Robatsch
20. M Damjanovic vs Suba  ½-½17 1974 LublinB03 Alekhine's Defense
21. P Voiculescu vs Suba  1-024 1974 RumaniaD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Suba vs J Adamski  1-027 1974 LublinE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
23. Suba vs Z Szymczak  ½-½11 1974 LublinA16 English
24. Anikaev vs Suba  1-069 1974 LublinA05 Reti Opening
25. D Marjan vs Suba 0-126 1974 Novi Sad 18/129B03 Alekhine's Defense
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May-20-09  DiscoJew: Our player of the day and a fine Gemini, just like me! Thanks for all your fascinating contribution to our beloved game GM Suba!
May-20-09  Brown: <DiscoJew> Does Gemini rising count?
May-20-09  WhiteRook48: one move may not make much difference
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  wordfunph: I've got GM Suba's book "Dynamic Chess Strategy" by Pergamon...

Happy Birthday GM Mihai Suba!

Jun-01-09  timhortons: Happy birthday GM Mihai Suba.
Jun-01-09  ILikeFruits: i know a...
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Jun-07-09  blacksburg: hmmmm....

looking at the repertoire explorer, i noticed that with the black pieces, after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4, Suba almost always plays 3...Nf6, not the customary 3...cxd4. what's up with that?

is it some kind of Benoni invitation, considering that Suba plays the Benoni as well? is there any way to take advantage of this uncommon move, and if so, why has no one ever tried it against Suba? everyone plays 4.Nc3, back into main line Sicilians.

Sep-08-09  ycbaywtb: browsed/read some of his 1991 dynamic chess strategy and is easy read with thought provoking ideas, nice game collection too/ not many GM's actually win more than they draw, maybe he was on to something
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  Peligroso Patzer: For the benefit of anyone who may not previously have heard this bit of good news, a revised edition of Suba’s classic was recently published: “Dynamic Chess Strategy, an Extended and Updated Edition”, by Suba, Mihai, New in Chess ©2010.
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  Peligroso Patzer: I have so far found one piece of analysis in the updated edition of “Dynamic Chess Strategy” that seems erroneous. Quiz Position 12 on page 24 is as follows:

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... and the question is: “How does White win?”

On pages 200-201, the following solution is given: “In a winning position, White ‘saw’ a clear-cut win and played <1. Qe7+?? Qxe7 2. fxe7+ Kxe7 3. g4 Kd6 4. f4 Kc5 5. g5 Kxb5 6.f5 Ka4! 7. g6 fxg6 8. fxg6 c3 9. Ke2 Ka3!> and the game ended in a draw (Epishin-Suba, Parla 2004).”

It seems to me that the “??” given for the first move in the above variation is not deserved, and that it is rather White’s 7th move that should receive a question mark [7. g6?]. The point is that White should not advance the g-pawn to the 6th rank until the Black King is on the 3rd rank. Thus, from the following position (after <6. … Ka4!> in the actual game continuation quoted by Suba):

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... play should continue: <7. Ke2! Ka3 8. g6 fxg6 9. f6!> (so that White will promote on f8 and give check) <9. … c3 10. f7 c2 11. f8=Q+ Kb2 12. Qb4+> with an easy win.

Alternatively, if Black plays <7. … Kb3> in the above line, then White continues with <8. g6 fxg6 9. fxg6>, so that the promotion will occur on g8 and give check to the King on b3. There is actually one further refinement in this last line, but I need to be leaving for work soon, so I will plan on addressing that point in a separate kibitz at my next opportunity.

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  Peligroso Patzer: The “further refinement” referred to in my earlier post involves the line with <7. Ke2 Kb3>, after which the position would be as follows:

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White to move is winning, but the task is complicated by the fact that Black has a pawn on the c-file that is 3 moves from promotion and is supported by the nearby Black King. The position is only because the White King is also well-placed. In fact, if the White King were just one file further away (i.e., on f1 or f2), the position would be drawn.

From the diagram position, there are two principal lines that demonstrate the win for White, as follows:

(I) <8. g6 fxg6 9. fxg6 c3 10. g7 c2 11. g8=Q+ Kb2 12. Qb8+ Kc3 (12. … Kc1 13. Kd3 Kd1 14. Qb3 ) 13. Qe5+ Kb3 14. Qa1 >; and

(II) <8. g6 c3 9. gxf7 c2 10. f8=Q c1=Q 11. Qf7+ Ka3 12. Qa7+ Kb4 13. Qb6+ Ka4 14. f6> and White has a tablebase win in this position:

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Dec-12-10  Everett: I very much enjoy Suba's new version of Dynamic Chess Strategies, yet I find myself perturbed by his discussion of chess intuition without one mention of Bronstein. In actuality, I feel that his work is most in the spirit of the "intuitive dynamism" exemplified in Bronstein's best games.

All this aside, Suba's work has a similar effect on my chess that Bronstein's does: my play is more dynamic and interesting, with more flexibility.

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  FSR: Suba just won the European Senior Championship with 7.5/9. Congrats!
May-23-11  Everett:

New book coming from Suba!

May-20-12  LoveThatJoker: GM Suba is Player of the Day today: Cool!


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  ketchuplover: cosigned!
Jul-05-12  Cemoblanca: Just reading "Dynamic Chess Strategy" by Mr. Subaman! ;0) Very entertaining & easy style! The introduction of this wonderful book says already everything: "I made a late debut in chess. Until the age of 20 I was more interested in other leisure activities. The only tournament I played in below this age ended in a catastrophe with me scoring 0 points out of 13 games! :D

Absolutely recommended! Very well done Mr. Subaman! Thank you & all the best for you & yours! Greetings! :0)

Jun-01-13  Everett: Player of the Day, with lasting philosophical ideas regarding the assessment of chess positions. For those interested, I gathered the games from DCS here, with some additional games worthy of study IMHO:

Game Collection: Suba's Dynamic Chess Strategy Plus

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  TheFocus: <When your opponent has a strategic advantage and virtually controls the board, or when he attacks something that cannot be defended by reasonable means, then the 'threat' or 'blackmail' with nonexistent attacks on the king may induce a mistake> - Mihai Suba.
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  PhilFeeley: I notice that the 100+ move loss to Ilic in 1974 is not here. Any chance of resurrecting it?
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  offramp: <Brown: Mr. Suba is currently tied for first in the Senior Open.>

Suba Good In Senior.

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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Suba!
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  PhilFeeley: Another one not here from DCS is Eslon-Suba, 1979, a King's Indian win for Suba in 21 moves:

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 a6 6. Be3 Nc6 7. Nge2 Rb8 8. Qd2 b5 9. Bh6 Bxh6 10. Qxh6 bxc4 11. 0-0-0 e5 12. Nd5 Nxd5 13. exd5 Nb4 14. Nc3 c6 15. Bxc4 cxd5 16. Bb3 Be6 17. Ba4+ Ke7 18. a3 Qa5 19. axb4 Rxb4 20. Rd2 Rxa4 21 Nxa4 Qxa4 White resigns.

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  ketchuplover: I heard he can play the tuba and scuba simultaneously.
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  tpstar: Go back one page and see when he visited here.

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