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Andrei Istratescu
Number of games in database: 553
Years covered: 1991 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2593 (2671 rapid, 2595 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2677

Overall record: +196 -62 =248 (63.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 47 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (56) 
    B90 B32 B47 B86 B33
 French Defense (18) 
    C05 C07 C10 C11 C15
 Queen's Gambit Declined (16) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D38
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A46 A41 E10 A40 E00
 Caro-Kann (15) 
    B12 B10 B18 B11 B19
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C65 C60 C78 C96 C77
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (51) 
    B22 B42 B43 B90 B96
 Queen's Pawn Game (30) 
    A40 E00 A46 A45 D02
 Robatsch (21) 
 Nimzo Indian (21) 
    E45 E43 E34 E32 E40
 French Defense (20) 
    C07 C18 C02 C01 C05
 King's Indian (19) 
    E70 E60 E97 E91 E63
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Istratescu vs I Frosinos, 2001 1-0
   A Istratescu vs Ftacnik, 2005 1-0
   Movsesian vs A Istratescu, 2012 0-1
   A Istratescu vs B Amin, 2008 1-0
   A Istratescu vs A Chernin, 1997 1-0
   Ali Gattea vs A Istratescu, 2002 0-1
   A Istratescu vs J Moussard, 2015 1-0
   A El Jawich vs A Istratescu, 2015 0-1
   G Kallai vs A Istratescu, 2007 1/2-1/2
   G Battaglini vs A Istratescu, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2010)
   Hastings Congress 2011/12 (2011)
   French Championship (2012)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   French Team Championships (2011)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   London Chess Classic (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2002 Corus (group A) by gauer

   B Khotenashvili vs A Istratescu (Jan-28-17) 1/2-1/2
   A Istratescu vs E de Haan (Jan-28-17) 1-0
   A Istratescu vs G Kantor (Jan-28-17) 1-0
   P Cramling vs A Istratescu (Jan-28-17) 1/2-1/2
   A Istratescu vs B Cheng (Jan-28-17) 1-0

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(born Dec-03-1975, 41 years old) Romania (federation/nationality France)

[what is this?]
International Master 1990. Grandmaster (1992); European U16 Champion (1992); Romanian champion (1992).

Team events

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.

Standard Tournaments

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 Istr%C4%83%C5%A3escu

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 553  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Bronstein vs A Istratescu 1-031 1991 Rishon le ZionE90 King's Indian
2. A Istratescu vs C Ionescu  ½-½12 1992 Ch Romania mC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
3. A Istratescu vs Y Shulman  1-028 1992 Wch U18C03 French, Tarrasch
4. A Istratescu vs G Timoshenko  ½-½16 1992 CaciulataB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
5. A Istratescu vs D Bogdan  1-028 1992 BucharestB32 Sicilian
6. A Istratescu vs Suba  ½-½51 1992 RumaniaB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
7. A Istratescu vs V Dimitrov  ½-½25 1992 EU-chT (Men)B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
8. A Istratescu vs K Urban  ½-½18 1992 EU-chT (Men)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
9. H Olafsson vs A Istratescu  0-153 1992 EU-chT (Men)E74 King's Indian, Averbakh, 6...c5
10. P Petran vs A Istratescu  0-139 1992 EU-chT (Men)E97 King's Indian
11. A Istratescu vs M Cebalo  ½-½20 1992 EU-chT (Men)B86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
12. A Anastasian vs A Istratescu  ½-½45 1992 EU-chT (Men)A15 English
13. Z Kozul vs A Istratescu  ½-½55 1992 EU-chT (Men)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
14. A Istratescu vs I Stohl  ½-½25 1993 Budapest 57/239 Stohl,IB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
15. A Chernin vs A Istratescu 1-060 1993 Odorheiu SecuiescE97 King's Indian
16. A Istratescu vs G Timoshenko  1-060 1993 Ciocaltea memC49 Four Knights
17. A Istratescu vs V Nevednichy  ½-½14 1993 Odorheiu SecuiescB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. A Istratescu vs J Horvath  0-156 1993 Odorheiu SecuiescB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
19. Ribli vs A Istratescu  1-044 1993 Odorheiu SecuiescA26 English
20. D Rogozenco vs A Istratescu  0-139 1993 Odorheiu SecuiescE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
21. A Istratescu vs G Schwartzman  1-061 1993 Odorheiu SecuiescC49 Four Knights
22. A Istratescu vs P K Wells  1-030 1993 Odorheiu SecuiescC48 Four Knights
23. Kharlov vs A Istratescu  ½-½49 1993 Metz opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. Portisch vs A Istratescu 0-130 1993 BudapestE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
25. A Istratescu vs Topalov  ½-½32 1993 Budapest (Hungary)C05 French, Tarrasch
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Mar-22-05  aw1988: True enough, enough for Karpov.
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  acirce: A similar endgame today, but only almost. Thanks to Black's h-pawn (the one on h4 can be quickly won back) it should be drawn: K+Q vs K+R+h-pawn on the 6th rank is a theoretical draw.

In fact, confirms that the current position is a tablebase draw without Black's h4-pawn. Maybe not easy to hold in practical play. Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual gives a tricky position analysed by Guretsky-Cornitz 1864 where Black must play precisely.

Mar-24-05  hintza: Karpov has won! :-) Here is the game:

White: Anatoly Karpov
Black: Andrei Istratescu

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb7 6. Bg2 Bb4+ 7. Bd2 a5 8. O-O O-O 9. Nc3 d6 10. Qc2 Nbd7 11. Rfd1 Bxc3 12. Bxc3 Be4 13. Qc1 a4 14. Bh3 Qe7 15. Nd2 Bb7 16. Qc2 axb3 17. axb3 c5 18. Qb2 h6 19. b4 cxd4 20. Bxd4 Rfc8 21. Rxa8 Rxa8 22. Nf1 d5 23. cxd5 Bxd5 24. Ne3 Bb7 25. b5 Qa3 26. Qxa3 Rxa3 27. Bxf6 Nxf6 28. Rd6 Nd5 29. Nxd5 Bxd5 30. Rxb6 Ra1+ 31. Bf1 Rb1 32. Rb8+ Kh7 33. b6 g5 34. f3 f5 35. Kf2 Rb4 36. e4 fxe4 37. fxe4 Bxe4 38. Ba6 Ra4 39. b7 Rxa6 40. Rh8+ Kxh8 41. b8=Q+ Kh7 42. Qc7+ Kg6 43. Qc4 Bb7 44. Qb3 Be4 45. Ke3 Bf5 46. g4 Ra5 47. gxf5+ Rxf5 48. Qxe6+ Rf6 49. Qe8+ Kg7 50. h4 gxh4 51. Qe7+ Kg6 52. Ke4 h3 53. Qe8+ Kg7 54. Qd7+ Kh8 55. Qxh3 Rg6 56. Kf5 Kh7 57. Qd3 Rg5+ 58. Kf6+ Kh8 59. Qe4 Kg8 60. Qe6+ Kh7 61. Kf7 Rg8 62. Qf5+ Kh8 63. Qe5+ Kh7 64. Qe6 1-0

Mar-24-05  PekpekAdik: what's the current score now in their match? thanks.
Mar-24-05  Karpova: 2,5-1,5 for karpov
Mar-24-05  PekpekAdik: alright!!! i'm rooting for the old & out of shape! thanks, karpova.
Mar-25-05  TheHappyPrince:
Mar-25-05  azaris: Not a terribly convincing effort from Istratescu today against Karpov, he was shedding pawns like no there's no tomorrow. Maybe it's better that Tolia gets to win this match, let's not forget last time when he played a match against Sadvakasov.
Mar-25-05  iron maiden: Are the four games at normal time controls going to be rated?
Mar-25-05  Knezh: Istratescu died after that one won game. In rapid games, Karpov so far has been totally dominating. On that note, it seems that Karpov's style has lately been more in tune with match play rather than tournament play.
Mar-25-05  iron maiden: Difficult to draw any real conclusions on that matter since lately he hasn't played anything BUT matches.
Mar-25-05  Knezh: Disagree. During last 4 years Kaprov performed in several tournaments, but he was most of the time middle-low end of score tables. HOwever, the matches have worked out well for him - notably his mini-match vs. Kasparov in 2001(?)
Mar-26-05  iron maiden: But that was rapid, and Karpov's recent match against Sadvakasov suggests that he's much better when playing at quicker time controls.
Mar-26-05  Paul123: Big Karpov fan here… “ahhhh the good old days when chess was chess and we actually had a candidates cycle” sorry just reminiscing.

In my opinion…I think, as you get older your chess stamina goes, your ability to summon the energy to focus for long periods for weeks on end dissipates. ( e.g. as required for the top tournaments which last weeks.) I think older fellows like Spassky, Korchnoi and even Karpov could/can probably play top caliber chess in short match and tournament play if they are practicing and up to speed on theory etc… Look at Korchnoi he has been playing competitively in short tournaments in Europe for the last decade.

Andrei Istratescu isn’t a slouch and Karpov is manhandling him pretty bad. I would expect this is short tournament or match play

Nov-29-05  lopium: Seems a Rumanian player, anyone has his biography?
Dec-13-05  atripodi: According to FIDE, he was born in 1972, current rating is 2622, making him 2nd in Romania and 91st in the world.
Jun-12-06  virginmind: yes, he is a very good romanian player, second after nisipeanu.
Dec-22-07  BIDMONFA: Andrei Istratescu


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  ketchuplover: Tied for first in the French Championship (through 7 rounds)
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  ketchuplover: Apparently he's involved with

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  Caissanist: I have added a paragraph to Istratescu's bio, summarizing his role in exposing the questionable provenance of Alexandru Crisan's results.
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  twinlark: I've expanded his bio.

Istratescu is a top GM and as <Caissanist> pointed out, he had the courage of his convictions to try and clean up Romanian chess. For his pains, it seems he had to leave Romania and resettle in France.

His chess career deserves more mention, even if only with a modest bio.

Hope he does well in the World Cup.

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  HeMateMe: What has happened in Romanian chess that needs "cleaning up"?
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  twinlark: <HeMateMe: What has happened in Romanian chess that needs "cleaning up"?>

From the paragraph of his bio include by <Caissanist>:

<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.>

Dec-10-13  virginmind: On dec. 2013 ELO rating list (classic chess) Istratescu is 2670 - I think it's his highest ever. Good luck in London, Andrei!
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