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Florin Gheorghiu
Florin Gheorghiu at the World Junior Chess Championships, August 17, 1961
Photo: Henk Lindeboom (ANEFO) GaHetNa (Nationaal Archief NL)
Number of games in database: 1,041
Years covered: 1960 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2371
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605

Overall record: +246 -174 =619 (53.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (60) 
    E80 E82 E92 E81 E70
 Queen's Indian (54) 
    E12 E15 E19 E17 E16
 Ruy Lopez (39) 
    C95 C93 C96 C91 C78
 Sicilian (39) 
    B52 B81 B32 B89 B42
 English (33) 
    A16 A17 A15 A14 A10
 English, 1 c4 c5 (33) 
    A30 A31 A34 A33 A36
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (161) 
    B42 B43 B61 B41 B40
 Sicilian Kan (60) 
    B42 B43 B41
 English, 1 c4 c5 (56) 
    A30 A36 A37 A34 A39
 Modern Benoni (48) 
    A56 A57 A62 A59 A78
 Grunfeld (25) 
    D94 D86 D78 D82 D91
 King's Indian (24) 
    E94 E76 E63 E80 E81
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Gheorghiu vs Fischer, 1966 1-0
   Gheorghiu vs Uhlmann, 1967 1-0
   Kramnik vs Gheorghiu, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Ulf Andersson vs Gheorghiu, 1981 1/2-1/2
   Gheorghiu vs S Momo, 1962 1-0
   Gheorghiu vs Fischer, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Fischer vs Gheorghiu, 1968 1/2-1/2
   Gheorghiu vs Timman, 1981 1-0
   Karpov vs Gheorghiu, 1971 1/2-1/2
   Smyslov vs Gheorghiu, 1971 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Hastings 1967/68 (1967)
   Lone Pine (1974)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   Manila (1973)
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)
   Vidmar Memorial (1969)
   Las Palmas (1972)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   Lone Pine (1980)
   Moscow (1967)
   Petropolis Interzonal (1973)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Las Palmas 1972 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by WCC Editing Project
   Manila 1973 by Tabanus
   Forssa/Helsinki zonal tournament 1972 by Chessdreamer
   Vidmar Memorial by FSR
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by suenteus po 147

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(born Apr-06-1944, 74 years old) Romania

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Florin Gheorghiu was born in Bucharest. Awarded the IM title in 1963 and the GM title in 1965, he was World Junior Champion in 1963. He has won the Romanian Championship nine times; 1960 (age 16), 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1973, 1977 and 1984.

He tied for first at Hastings (1967/68).

Wikipedia article: Florin Gheorghiu

Last updated: 2018-10-14 21:10:14

 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,041  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Saidy vs Gheorghiu 1-0431960WchT U26 07thE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
2. Gheorghiu vs O Kinnmark 1-0301961The HagueE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. Gheorghiu vs Ghitescu 0-1411961RomaniaA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
4. Parma vs Gheorghiu  1-0251961Wch U20 fin-AB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Gheorghiu vs W Schmidt 1-0271961Wch U20 prel-AE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
6. Gheorghiu vs J Marsalek  ½-½611961Bucharest GMT 5thE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
7. A Dunkelblum vs Gheorghiu  ½-½721962BucharestA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
8. Gheorghiu vs J Kozma  ½-½411962BucharestB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
9. Sajtar vs Gheorghiu  0-1491962BucharestA16 English
10. Gheorghiu vs Kholmov  0-1601962BucharestC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Spassky vs Gheorghiu  1-0301962Ch studentsE83 King's Indian, Samisch
12. Gheorghiu vs S Momo 1-0361962Varna ol (Men) qual-BC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Gheorghiu vs M Czerniak  1-0261962Varna ol (Men) qual-BB06 Robatsch
14. Robert E Byrne vs Gheorghiu  ½-½311962Varna ol (Men) qual-BA81 Dutch
15. Gheorghiu vs A Dueckstein  1-0411962Varna ol (Men) fin-AC03 French, Tarrasch
16. Gheorghiu vs Hort  ½-½221962Varna ol (Men) fin-AB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
17. Gheorghiu vs I Bilek  ½-½301962Varna ol (Men) fin-AB06 Robatsch
18. Keres vs Gheorghiu  ½-½351962Varna ol (Men) fin-AA48 King's Indian
19. Panno vs Gheorghiu  ½-½491962Varna ol (Men) fin-AA80 Dutch
20. Gheorghiu vs L A Tan ½-½2719637th World Junior ChB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. Gheorghiu vs C Chaude de Silans  1-0451964Bordeaux opC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
22. Gheorghiu vs A Prameshuber  ½-½571964Kecskemet ZonalC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Tringov vs Gheorghiu  ½-½311964Kecskemet ZonalB06 Robatsch
24. Hort vs Gheorghiu 1-0281964Kecskemet ZonalB23 Sicilian, Closed
25. K Darga vs Gheorghiu  1-0381964Bordeaux opE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,041  PGN Download
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  chrisowen: Never one to guild the lily Florin does angle for interesting signs with nifty play. Grapple the pawn power his curency and trademark with skilled hands. Mock him not, fun or otherwise nor treat with contempt. It was this game <wordfunph> refers against Fischer that really stood out.

Gheorghiu vs Fischer, 1966

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  Domdaniel: Lily the Pink invented something, but not orthoepy. To gild is to cover in gold. Pink is a popstar, a colour worn by Barbara Cartland, a flesh wound. A guild is a medieval trade union, skilled hands their trademark.

It adds up.

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  Domdaniel: Apart from Gheorghiu, I like the Gothic Florins of the 1870s. Speaking numismatically.
Nov-29-10  I play the Fred: William Winter, re: Gheorghiu at Lugano, 1990:

<Gheorghiu still has a total aversion to sitting down; he has the air of a Mediterranean barber who has decided there must be more to life than haircuts.>

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  perfidious: For all the references to Gheorghiu's win against Fischer, he-to nobody's surprise, I'm sure-proposed a draw during that game, though already in a clearly better position after Fischer's weak opening play.

<Fred> I assume you meant Edward Winter, as William Winter has long since died.

Apr-20-11  technical draw: I wonder if they called him "Mr. Nine Times" in Rumania?
Feb-16-12  waustad: In the 70s I ran into Walter Tevis in a local watering hole and wound up playing blitz with him in his garage until dawn. On the walls he had 2 huge pictures of himself with celebs. I recognized Florin Gheorghiu immediately but needed to be told who David Bowie was. Pop culture clues still trip me up doing crosswords. Oh well.
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  brankat: <waustad> <..but needed to be told who David Bowie was. Pop culture clues still trip me up doing crosswords.>

With me it's the other way around :-) Occasionally. So, out of ignorance and curiosity: Who is Walter Tevis? Thank You.

Feb-16-12  waustad: He wrote "The Hustler", "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (the reason for the Bowie picture), "Queen's Gambit", ... At that time he was a professor at Ohio University and I was a grad school dropout.
Feb-16-12  waustad: Speaking of the Romanian Championship, that's what got me to this page in the first place. It is on right now and I hadn't heard of anybody playing. Nisi was at Aeroflot instead.
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  brankat: Thank You <waustad>.

In regards to the Romanian championship: <It is on right now and I hadn't heard of anybody playing.>

If it is on, then somebody must be playing :-)

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  wordfunph: GM Florin Gheorghiu won the Philippine (Manila) Open in 1970 with 11/11, beating Bobby Fischer's record of 10.5/11 a year earlier.

happy birthday, GM Gheorghiu!

Dec-12-12  waustad: He's been active recently. Maybe someday they'll choose him as an "Old Hand" to play the Snowdrops.
Apr-06-13  virginmind: He placed 14th at the Lausanne Young Masters Open in sept. 2008.
Apr-06-13  waustad: One more year as a sexigenarian!
Jul-26-13  galdur: Great player. Bobby´s loss to him at Havana in 1966 was the only competitive game he ever lost to a player younger than himself.
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  perfidious: Great player? Not really: he obviously was unsure of himself in some way or other, despite his undoubted strength.

For those who have doubts, see the kibitzing at Gheorghiu vs L Piasetski, 1977.

Jul-26-13  galdur: Relax <perfidious> I didn´t say he was a great human being. He played some great chess though, there´s no denying that.
Jul-26-13  nescio: <...unsure of himself,,,> Gheorghiu had the talent to reach the candidates matches but his nerves couldn't cope with the tensions of high-level play. See for example the story by <ToTheDeath> under Larsen vs Gheorghiu, 1970
Jul-26-13  galdur: So, he´s still a sort of a non-person? Which would explain his meager biography here. It sure is difficult to conform in a perfect world where even Ray Keene denounces you. Amen and qmen.
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  perfidious: <nescio>: Never heard that story till now; maybe it was a small down payment on Gheorghiu's karmic debt.
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  keypusher: Now that is a profile pic to die for.

<Also, he won the Philipines (Manila) Open in 1970 with 11/11, beating Bobby's record of 10.5/11 an year earlier.>

Fischer played in the Manila Open in 1969? Really? Guess no one saved the game scores?

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  tamar: Yeah, quite a picture. I didn't know Rudolph Valentino played chess.
Apr-20-18  epistle:
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  zanzibar: Actually the <CG> photo is a terrible photograph, in the sense that Gheorghiu looks to be a blond due to some chemical washing of the photo.

See the blow-up here:

Photoshopped before photoshop!

He was dark haired (and the above photo misled me due to the hair color when trying to match up players in another photo).

See this extensive, and quite informative, collection of the Romanian player:

(Don't mind the washed-out look, just click on the squares to get a good look at each photo)

Some incredible photos of him as a child player.

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