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Alexandru Crisan
Number of games in database: 25
Years covered: 1988 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2132
Highest rating achieved in database: 2588

Overall record: +7 -10 =8 (44.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

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With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E41 E32 E31 E39
 Sicilian (4) 
    B22 B47 B58
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(born Jul-31-1962, 57 years old) Romania

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Ex-Grandmaster (1993) who allegedly obtained his title through bribery and falsification.

"The most notable international example of ratings manipulation involves Romanian Alexandru Crisan, who allegedly falsified tournament reports to gain a Grandmaster title and was ranked 33rd in the world on the April 2001 FIDE rating list. A committee overseeing the matter recommended his rating be erased and his Grandmaster title revoked."

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Last updated: 2017-10-10 01:42:47

 page 1 of 1; games 1-25 of 25  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Paoli vs A Crisan  1-0251988Reggio Emilia 8889-BA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Illescas Cordoba vs A Crisan  1-0851989Amsterdam OHRA-BB58 Sicilian
3. A Volokitin vs A Crisan 1-0282001Milan Vidmar MemB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
4. A Crisan vs Beliavsky 0-1582001Milan Vidmar MemE92 King's Indian
5. Z Kozul vs A Crisan 1-0372001Milan Vidmar MemE41 Nimzo-Indian
6. A Crisan vs Pavasovic 0-1342001Milan Vidmar MemA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. D Sermek vs A Crisan 1-0382001Milan Vidmar MemB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. A Crisan vs Gelfand  0-1352001Milan Vidmar MemE91 King's Indian
9. Mikhalchishin vs A Crisan  ½-½292001Milan Vidmar MemA17 English
10. A Crisan vs Macieja 0-1442001Milan Vidmar MemA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
11. G Mohr vs A Crisan 1-0952001Milan Vidmar MemA45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. A Crisan vs R Ruck  ½-½122001Kladovo YUGA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
13. A Crisan vs Dusan Rajkovic  1-0402001Kladovo YUGE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
14. B Maksimovic vs A Crisan  0-1362001Kladovo YUGE12 Queen's Indian
15. A Crisan vs A V Sulypa  ½-½162001Kladovo YUGD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. I Ivanisevic vs A Crisan  ½-½122001Kladovo YUGE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
17. R Ruck vs A Crisan  ½-½132001Kladovo YUGA04 Reti Opening
18. Dusan Rajkovic vs A Crisan  0-1282001Kladovo YUGE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
19. A Crisan vs B Maksimovic 1-0272001Kladovo YUGE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
20. A V Sulypa vs A Crisan  ½-½212001Kladovo YUGA13 English
21. A Crisan vs I Ivanisevic  ½-½172001Kladovo YUGD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
22. A Crisan vs D Jacimovic  1-0362001Danube SummerD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
23. Miroslav Markovic vs A Crisan  0-1392001Danube SummerB22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. A Crisan vs Miroslav Markovic  ½-½132001Danube SummerE92 King's Indian
25. D Jacimovic vs A Crisan  0-1482001Danube SummerE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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Aug-21-07  Karpova: <DP12: He played the Milan Vidmar (deluding himself that he could actually justify his rating) and scored a miserable 1/2 out of 8 his only draw was a pity(bribe???) draw with GM Robert Ruck in 12 moves.>

No, Ruck didn't play in the tournament:

His only draw was against Mikhalchishin
Mikhalchishin vs A Crisan, 2001 (who drew all of his games).

Jan-30-08  mateifl: I can't believe this moron has a page here on this site!!! chessgames should delete it !!! He faked he's rating, became Romanian Chess Federation through bribery and corrupt politician friends, and almost destroyed Romanian chess (already in a very difficult situation when he became president). Delete his page !!! He's in jail now, for Heaven's sake!!!

P.S. Not to mention ... How dumb does someone have to be to take part in a real GM tournament, after faking is rating?

Feb-01-08  dumbgai: <mateifl> Crisan was invited to participate in a GM tournament to show whether he was deserving of his rating. Not surprisingly, he scored only one draw and lost the rest of his games. The games are included here because they were played in an official GM tournament, and I find them rather amusing.
Oct-18-08  zoren: I think possibly he believed that he could play at that level.
Nov-18-08  fasting: this is a wierd story..
First I got fazinated, could one do GM-draws without nobody notizing that ones actually rating was way lower than it appeared - like the mikalishin draw. It reminded me of some kind of "art-stunt" or the sakozy-to-palin phone call - where the artist/joker by acting convincing turns things around to great fun for the suroundings. But then the joker, must be able to take of his mask and reveal the trick! Which obviously isn't the case with this big time jerk Crisan - sad for romania, fun story though..
Mar-12-09  jurado96: its like winning the tour of france
with all the juice they take
this guy should have his pidture on,
so we can see him as the biggest idiot
of our game
Mar-12-09  Jim Bartle: More like winning the tour of france on a motorcycle.
Mar-12-09  notyetagm: <Jim Bartle: More like winning the tour of france on a motorcycle.>


Jan-10-12  Shams: Perhaps this fellow's biography could be fleshed out a bit.
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  HeMateMe: <Shams> New avatar? Sort of like chess as a playing card. I'm worried about this guy, too. He might be from the Carpathian hills. He might be a vampire that plays chess. We need to know more.
May-06-12  King Death: < DP12:...Gm Azmai... was asked to review (Crisan's) games from the tournament came to the conclusion that it was clear that his real strength is at least below 2400...>

Azmai would sure be one to know about cheating I guess, there's this from his page:

< offramp: I found this on the internet about Strumica. I had never heard of it and it is really interesting: "One harkens back to Strumica 1995, one of the best-known fake tournaments ever. In a four player sextuple round robin, the scores were:

Azmaiparashvili 16/18
Kutirov 11.5/18
Kurajica 4.5/18
Rashkovsky 4/18

I won't go into details about the bottom two players - they are basically blacklisted as known cheats. I know very little about Kutirov, other than the fact that he never had a rating over 2370 until 1995, then went from 2330 in late 1994 to 2525 in mid-1996, got the GM title, and has been haemorrhaging points - currently at 2367. Oh yeah, that jump (helped so greatly by Strumica) got him the IM AND GM titles. And Azmaiparashvili? Well, he was a world top 100 GM - no one questions his strength. Strumica helped him go from 2610 to 2660 - quite a huge jump for one rating list. Of course, Azmai showed his class, got as high as 2681, and is now 2676. Strumica or no Strumica, he's good." >

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  offramp: That was a blast from the past! I was led here after reading about Toni Najdoski.
May-06-12  King Death: And here's a game from Strumica that made it into Informant (Azmaiparashvili vs Kurajica, 1995). I never heard of this Kutirov but it's hard to buy that awful result Rashkovsky had, he played in some Soviet finals back in the 70s. Also I never heard about the reputation of either Rashkovsky or Kurajica throwing games until <ray keene's> kibitz after the above <offramp> post here (Zurab Azmaiparashvili).
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  wordfunph: <ALEXANDRU CRISAN
(born Jul-31-1962) Romania

Grandmaster who got his title through bribery.>

the most unpleasant CG player page bio i ever read :(

too harsh for GM Crisan, hope CG to edit his bio.

gens una sumus!

happy birthday, GM Crisan!

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: It might be unpleasant and harsh, but is it false?
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  perfidious: Never heard of Crisan till this moment, but he sounds like a piece of work.

It's possible his bio could be edited to the extent that it displays the year he was made a GM. There seems little else to tell, none of it good.

Aug-01-12  shadowleaf04: Here is a nice chess article on how Crisan managed to obtain the GM title through dishonest means. It also shows how he got exposed when he scored 0.5/9 in the Vidmar Memorial.

You can fake your credentials, but your moves over the chessboard tells it all!

Jan-11-14  kereru: Apparently he went to jail on fraud charges, but he's probably out now. Does anyone have the details? The only online sources I've seen are in Romanian and google translate doesn't handle it very well.
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  Domdaniel: Crisan's FIDE rating is bizarre. It's steady at 2588 for a few years, then drops to 2500 (in 2005) - and then immediately bounces back to 2588 and stays there.
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  perfidious: <Dom> Must be that player's way of conforming to the Peter Principle.

Would that our glass ceiling were so high as 2588--hell, I'd settle for a mere 2400!

Jun-23-14  zanzibar: <Domdaniel> Didn't FIDE do some mucking around with the rating system?

Look at his rating history card, and he didn't play any games during the period in question:

(I think his last active game play was in 2001 - but doublecheck me)

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  Domdaniel: <perf> Indeed. Truth be told, at this stage I'd be happy to get back to 2000.
Sep-02-15  dumbgai: A 14 year old Mongolian girl goes from 1458 to 2309 in 4 months:

Plays in the same tournament against the same players every month. Suspicious, or just another case of a youngster showing rapid improvement and benefiting from a very high k-factor?

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  whiteshark: <dumbgai> Alushta Summer 2015 I-X

"For the last six years the chess players from all over the word took part in the tournaments in this city. Many leading chess players began their sport career in those tournaments and now they play for the national teams of their countries. A lot of attention should be paid at the leading Ukrainian players. Alushta became for them not only the city, where they fulfilled their norms but also a place of training, rest and a favorite place to stay."

GM Mikhail Golubev

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  Stonehenge: FIDE title : None

Rating: 2132

Grandmaster my arse.

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