International Master 1990. Grandmaster (1992); European U16 Champion (1992); Romanian Champion (1992).
For many years Istratescu was one of the strongest players in Romania, representing that country in:
- two junior Balkaniads in 1989 and 1990, winning two individual gold medals, a team gold and a team bronze - the Balkans countries represented were Romania, Greece, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria;
- an open Balkaniad in 1992 winning individual silver and team bronze - as this occurred after the break up of Yugoslavia, it was replaced by Turkey in the competition;
- seven Olympiads ((1992–1998, 2002, 2006, 2008), the last five of which were on either first or second board;
- the 3rd Four Nations Team Tournament: Caldes de Malavella 2005, winning team and individual gold; The four nations in this event being Romania, Argentina, Catalonia and the Basque Country; and
- He also represented Romania in four European Team Championships (1992, 1999, 2002, and 2005) and France in 2011). He now represents France.
Istratescu's tournament victories include the Bucharest Spring and the first Rohde Open (in Sautron, France) in 2001, the 3rd Rohde Open in 2003, the 4th Open of Plancoët, France in 2004 and most recently the Hastings Chess Congress (2010).
World Championship cycle
He has previously participated in the 1997 World Championship Knockout Tournament, and in the FIDE World Cup (2005). On the back of a strong (7.5/11) performance at the European Individual Championships (2013), he qualified for the World Cup (2013), but he lost to Igor Lysyj in the first round of the Cup.
Besides his playing career, Istratescu is known for the role that he played in exposing corruption in the Romanian chess federation in the 1990s. During this period he sent a letter to FIDE claiming that Alexandru Crisan, then the 33rd ranked player in the world, had obtained his rating through fraudulent means. His accusations were eventually validated by a FIDE committee.
Wikipedia article: Andrei Istrățescu