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Bukhuti Gurgenidze
Number of games in database: 388
Years covered: 1954 to 2007
Last FIDE rating: 2102
Highest rating achieved in database: 2445

Overall record: +80 -141 =167 (42.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (70) 
    B40 B52 B31 B51 B43
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C77 C63 C74 C79 C92
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B12 B10 B11 B15 B17
 French Defense (13) 
    C19 C00 C18 C15 C07
 French Winawer (8) 
    C19 C18 C15 C17 C16
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A45 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (53) 
    B33 B36 B32 B52 B94
 King's Indian (16) 
    E80 E88 E62 E78 E77
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A40 E10 E00 D02 A41
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (14) 
    D20 D22 D25 D23 D28
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B14 B15 B12 B10 B13
 Sicilian Dragon (10) 
    B36 B77 B34
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Gurgenidze vs A Lein, 1967 1-0
   Lutikov vs Gurgenidze, 1957 0-1
   Bronstein vs Gurgenidze, 1957 0-1
   Gurgenidze vs A Khasin, 1957 1-0
   Gurgenidze vs R Bellin, 1977 1-0
   Gurgenidze vs J Yuchtman, 1957 1/2-1/2
   Gurgenidze vs Psakhis, 1981 1-0
   Nezhmetdinov vs Gurgenidze, 1961 0-1
   Gurgenidze vs Keres, 1967 1-0
   Gurgenidze vs G Borisenko, 1971 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1958)
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   USSR Championship (1967)

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(born Nov-13-1933, died May-24-2008, 74 years old) Georgia

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Bukhuti Ivanovich Gurgenidze was awarded the IM title in 1968 and the GM title in 1970.

He was 1st= with Mikhail Tal at Tbilisi 1969-70 and 1st at Olomouc in 1976. GM Gurgenidze won the Georgian Championship twelve times (1955, 1958 to 1965, 1968, 1970 and 1973).

He is also known for the Gurgenidze Variation in the Sicilian Defence: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.Re1 e5 6.b4 and the c6-d5 system of the Modern Defence (1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 d5 5.e5 h5).

Wikipedia article: Bukhuti Gurgenidze

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 388  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Gurgenidze vs Kotov 0-113 1954 URSB23 Sicilian, Closed
2. Gurgenidze vs Korchnoi  ½-½41 1954 YerevanA04 Reti Opening
3. Gurgenidze vs Flohr  0-135 1955 Ch URS (1/2 final)B10 Caro-Kann
4. Vasiukov vs Gurgenidze  1-040 1955 URS-chT finB08 Pirc, Classical
5. Gurgenidze vs Kotov  0-133 1955 1/2 finalB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. Goglidze vs Gurgenidze  ½-½41 1955 Georgian ChA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
7. Gurgenidze vs Tal ½-½41 1955 URSE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
8. Vasiukov vs Gurgenidze 1-042 1955 URS-ch 1LB08 Pirc, Classical
9. Gurgenidze vs Suetin  0-129 1955 Ch URS (1/2 final)E81 King's Indian, Samisch
10. Antoshin vs Gurgenidze  ½-½41 1955 URS-ch 1LB08 Pirc, Classical
11. Gurgenidze vs A Buslaev  ½-½21 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
12. S Khalilbeili vs Gurgenidze  ½-½22 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
13. Kasparian vs Gurgenidze  ½-½61 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
14. Petrosian vs Gurgenidze 1-047 1956 Ch URSE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. Gurgenidze vs T Giorgadze  1-039 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
16. Koblents vs Gurgenidze  0-129 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
17. Tolush vs Gurgenidze 1-015 1956 Zonal TtB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Gurgenidze vs B Voronkov  ½-½18 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
19. Gurgenidze vs Tal  ½-½42 1956 TbilisiC16 French, Winawer
20. Gurgenidze vs Y Sakharov 1-036 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chA07 King's Indian Attack
21. Y Kotkov vs Gurgenidze  1-057 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
22. Gurgenidze vs Korchnoi  ½-½41 1956 TbilisiA37 English, Symmetrical
23. Gurgenidze vs Polugaevsky  1-039 1956 Ch URS (1/2 final)E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
24. Gurgenidze vs Furman  ½-½29 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. J Yuchtman vs Gurgenidze 1-029 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 388  PGN Download
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May-26-08  Karpova: Article by chessbase regarding his death:

They cal him <one of the most original and striking players of the Soviet era.>

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  whiskeyrebel: This is sad news. Gurgenidze developed a cool system. I've switched from the Modern to the Caro Kann, but as Eric Schiller pointed out an alert CK player can use it against certain setups. Over the years I've seen GM David Norwood on ICC wielding it in blitz games to good effect.
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  brankat: RIP GM Gurgenidze!
May-26-08  mack: Aw, a great shame. His Caro-Rat was much fun.
May-26-08  BIDMONFA: Bukhuti Gurgenidze


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Not too many players have had two variations of the same defense named after them, but Gurgenidze was one of them: 1.e4,c6; 2.d4,d5; 3.Nc3,g6 and 3...b5 are both his. What's odd is that the latter has a surprisingly good result in the CG database.
May-27-08  deadlysin: this guy recently died :(
May-27-08  ArKheiN: Nobody talk here, even in the little biography, of the Gurgenidze system of the accelerated dragon against the Maroczy, one of the soundest and most solid system of the whole system as Black? 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Be2 Nxd4! Qxd4 8.Bg7 the starting position of the Gurgenidze. Very respected and played at it's best by Malakhov and Tiviakov, the 2 big specialists of the system.
May-27-08  Alphastar: RIP Gurgenidze.
May-27-08  hedgeh0g: Yes, R.I.P.

And give the guy some credit...his rating is still 2108!

May-27-08  nummerzwei: May Mr Gurgenidze rest in peace. It seems that he has invented a lot of opening variations- and he a strong player too,obviously.
May-27-08  Pyke: "The Georgian Champion Bukhuti Gurgenidze has for a long time shown himself to be one of the strongest masters in his country. It should be mentioned that in his games, as a rule, the creative element predominates over the practical. Whatever his result in competitions, be plays a number of interesting games, and in practically every tournament he tries out at times dubious, at times even paradoxical ideas, which, however, he upholds with great success. (Mikhail Tal pp. 382, Life and Games of Mikhail Tal)

When reading those lines by Tal, you get the idea that Gurgenidze was a true lover and romantic of chess. Simply put: a great player.

May-27-08  Prugno: Farewell to an extremely interesting player.
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  Gejewe: Bukhuti Gurgenidze was a strong grandmaster in a period when there were only a few dozen of them worldwide. He won games against Spassky,Petrosian,Tal, Bronstein,Polugaevsky,Keres, Taimanov,Geller,Averbakh,Kholmov just to name a few. A list to be proud of! Old age seemed to make his chess results suffer. Around 2000 his rating dropped to about 2200, and in 2007 he had a particularly bad string of tournaments that made his rating go down from 2183 to 2101. Maybe he was already ill at that time. I have seen some of these games and can witness that he was loyal to his original style until the very end. He must have cherished the game very much in order to be able to ignore his decline and just play on as if nothing happening.. He will not only be memorized as a strong player - a tower of strength in his native Georgia for a long time - but also as a very creative mind. Here is a game that is not in the databases, but that I unearthed from Shakhmatny Bulletin. Surely not one of his best games but I was struck by the originality ( 3.a4.., 7.g4, 9.Bh3, 30.Nc5!?.. etc. )

Gurgenidze,B - Sturua,Z [D00]
Borzhomi otchborochni, 1984
1.d2-d4 d7-d5 2.Bc1g5 c7-c6
[another of his games with the same opening went 2...h7-h6 3.Bg5-h4 c7-c5 4.d4xc5 Ng8-f6 5.Bh4xf6 e7xf6 6.e2-e3 Bf8xc5 7.c2-c3 00 8.Nb1d2 Rf8-e8 9.Nd2-b3 Bc5-b6 10.Bf1d3 Nb8-c6 11.Ng1e2 Bb6-c7 12.Bd3-c2 g7-g6 13.Nb3-d4 a7-a6 14.h2-h3 Qd8-d6 15.Qd1d2 Nc6-e5 16.b2-b3 Ne5-d7 17.g2-g4 Nd7-c5 18.f2-f3 Bc8-d7 19.000 Ra8-c8 20.Ne2-f4 Nc5-e6 21.Nf4xe6 Bd7xe6 22.Kc1b2 Bc7-b6 23.f3-f4 Be6-d7 24.f4-f5 g6-g5 25.h3-h4 Kg8-g7 26.Rh1h3 Qd6-e5 27.Rd1h1 Re8-h8 28.b3-b4 Bd7-b5 29.Bc2-b3 Bb5-c4 30.Bb3xc4 d5xc4 31.h4xg5 h6xg5 32.Nd4-e6+! 10 Gurgenidze,B-Ubilava,E USSR-ch 1981] 3.a2-a4!? a7-a5 4.e2-e3 Qd8-b6 5.Ra1a2 Bc8-f5 6.Nb1d2 Nb8-d7 7.g2-g4!? Bf5-g6 8.f2-f4 e7-e6 9.Bf1h3 Bf8-e7 10.Ng1f3 h7-h5 11.Bg5xe7 Ng8xe7 12.g4-g5 c6-c5 13.c2-c3 Qb6-c7 14.Nf3-e5 Nd7xe5 15.f4xe5 h5-h4 16.Qd1f3 000 17.Rh1g1 Kc8-b8 18.Bh3-f1 Rd8-f8 19.Nd2-b3 c5-c4 20.Nb3-d2 Kb8-a7 21.Ra2-a3 Qc7-b6 22.Ra3-a2 Ne7-c6 23.b2-b3!? c4xb3 24.Ra2-b2 Bg6-c2 25.Bf1b5 Rf8-c8 26.Nd2xb3 Bc2-e4 27.Qf3-e2 Nc6-e7 28.Ke1d2 Ne7-f5 29.Bb5-d3 Qb6-c7 30.Nb3-c5!? b7-b6 31.Rg1b1 Be4xd3?! [31...b6xc5] 32.Qe2xd3 b6xc5 33.d4xc5! Nf5xe3!? [33...Rc8-b8 34.Rb2-b6 ; 33...Ka7-a8 34.Rb2-b6 ] 34.Rb2-b7+ Qc7xb7 35.Rb1xb7+ Ka7xb7 36.Qd3-b5+ Kb7-c7 37.Qb5-b6+ Kc7-d7 38.Qb6-d6+ Kd7-e8 39.Kd2xe3 Rc8-d8 40.Qd6-c7 h4-h3 41.c5-c6 Rh8-h4 10

RIP Bukhuty Gurgenidze ..

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  IMlday: A creative player and good mentor for WWC Gaprindashvili. Fans of 2♘s vs 2♗s will like this one:Gurgenidze vs Psakhis, 1981
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  brankat: A very talented and innovative GM, Mr.Gurgenidze was.

R.I.P. Sir.

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  brankat: Sicilian Gurgenidze Variation is today's Opening of the Day. Nice gesture CG!
Nov-13-09  Open Defence: birth anniversary of a very original Master of the game!


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  parisattack: Creative genius! Inventor of my favorite variation of the Robatsch.
Nov-13-09  fred lennox: It pleases me to see this player well received. I'm quite fond of Gurgenidze myself. He was a geologist by profession. Here is a nice game. Gurgenidze vs Averbakh, 1961
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  wordfunph: <GM Gurgenidze won the Georgian Championship twelve times>

based on Secrets of Opening Surprises Vol. 7 by Jeroen Bosch, GM Gurgenidze won the Georgian Championship 13 times.

R.I.P. GM Gurgenidze..

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  Abdel Irada: <hedgeh0g: Yes, R.I.P.

And give the guy some credit...his rating is still 2108!>

I agree. That's definitely a pretty respectable rating for a dead guy.

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  Benzol: If anyone hasn't seen this game it is well worth checking out

Savon vs Gurgenidze, 1971

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  Abdel Irada: Yes, <Benzol>, that is a rather nice win.
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  zanzibar: His bio seems to be missing his coaching contributions:

<Georgia. In Tbilisi, the international grand master died Buhuti Gurgenidze


International Grandmaster, Honored Coach of the USSR Buhuti Gurgenidze died today 75 years old. This was reported by representatives of Chess Federation of Georgia. Gurgenidze was 11-times champion of Georgia, participants of the final stage of the nine championships, two-time winner of the world championships among students (1957 and 1958). Over the years he coached the outstanding chess players, world champions Nona Gaprindashvilii, Maya Chiburdanidze and vice-champions - Nana Ioseliani and Nana Alexandria, reports ITAR-TASS. In the 90s Gurgenidze was Vice President of Georgian Chess Federation, continuing coaching. > (RU)

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