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Levan Pantsulaia
Number of games in database: 608
Years covered: 2000 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2575 (2644 rapid, 2606 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2629

Overall record: +220 -94 =183 (62.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 111 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (93) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English (52) 
    A14 A15 A13 A11 A12
 King's Indian Attack (34) 
    A07 A08
 English, 1 c4 c5 (28) 
    A30 A37 A35 A39 A38
 King's Indian (21) 
    E62 E69 E63 E67 E61
 Grunfeld (16) 
    D76 D80 D74 D78 D85
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (80) 
    B12 B18 B13 B10 B15
 Modern Benoni (67) 
    A70 A60 A56 A65 A62
 Sicilian (59) 
    B43 B42 B41 B40 B28
 Sicilian Kan (36) 
    B43 B42 B41
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    E10 A45 A46 D02 D05
 Reti System (14) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Pantsulaia vs S Kristjansson, 2007 1-0
   M Swayams vs L Pantsulaia, 2014 0-1
   L Pantsulaia vs Dreev, 2016 1/2-1/2
   L Pantsulaia vs V Onischuk, 2015 1-0
   Macieja vs L Pantsulaia, 2005 0-1
   L Pantsulaia vs Carlsen, 2016 1-0
   A M Berescu vs L Pantsulaia, 2007 0-1
   E Berg vs L Pantsulaia, 2005 0-1
   Ganguly vs L Pantsulaia, 2005 0-1
   Nakamura vs L Pantsulaia, 2016 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Club Cup (2003)
   World Junior Championship (2006)
   Nakhchivan Open (2015)
   European Team Championship (2015)
   European Team Chess Championship (2007)
   Dubai Open (2010)
   Dubai Open (2017)
   European Individual Championship (2010)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   European Team Championship (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2018)

   🏆 Blitz World Championship
   L Pantsulaia vs G Rechlis (Dec-30-18) 1-0, blitz
   M Tissir vs L Pantsulaia (Dec-30-18) 1-0, blitz
   L Pantsulaia vs I Salgado Lopez (Dec-30-18) 0-1, blitz
   L Pantsulaia vs V Shinkevich (Dec-30-18) 0-1, blitz
   M Oganian vs L Pantsulaia (Dec-30-18) 0-1, blitz

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(born Feb-26-1986, 32 years old) Georgia

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Levan Pantsulaia was born in Tbilisi. He was World Under-16 Champion in 2002, the same year he earned the IM title, and became a GM in 2005 after placing 19th overall in the 6th European Individual Championship (2005). That result qualified him for the FIDE World Cup (2005), in which he reached the third round before falling to Boris Gelfand in rapid tie-breaks.

Pantsulaia was nominated by local organizers to proceed to the 2017 World Cup(1) and previously won the 2007 Dubai Open and the 2008 and 2015 Georgian Championship.

References / Sources

(1) (2017 World Cup participants).

Wikipedia article: Levan Pantsulaia

Last updated: 2019-01-16 04:43:21

 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 644  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Pantsulaia vs Jobava  0-1342000GEO-ch U18A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
2. V Vepkhvishvili vs L Pantsulaia  1-0252000Ch GeorgianB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
3. L Pantsulaia vs Jobava  0-1322001GEO-chA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
4. Jobava vs L Pantsulaia  1-0292001GEO-chD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. V Vepkhvishvili vs L Pantsulaia  1-0402001Ch Georgian 61stD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. L Pantsulaia vs V Vepkhvishvili  1-0432001Ch Georgian 61stE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
7. L Pantsulaia vs V Vepkhvishvili  1-0542001Rr18-SaiubileoD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. L Pantsulaia vs N Sahakyan  ½-½512001BatumiD90 Grunfeld
9. N Tsikarishvili vs L Pantsulaia  0-1202001BatumiB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. L Pantsulaia vs Bagaturov  ½-½472001BatumiE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
11. D Maghalashvili vs L Pantsulaia  ½-½612001BatumiA61 Benoni
12. L Pantsulaia vs L Manukian  ½-½442001BatumiE16 Queen's Indian
13. A Hasanov vs L Pantsulaia  ½-½762001BatumiB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
14. L Pantsulaia vs I Charkhalashvili  1-0382001BatumiE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
15. N Zhukova vs L Pantsulaia  1-0372001BatumiA65 Benoni, 6.e4
16. L Pantsulaia vs H Vardanian  1-0722001BatumiD85 Grunfeld
17. L Pantsulaia vs T Gelashvili  0-1552001Tbilisi Nabeglavi opA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
18. L Pantsulaia vs T Gelashvili  0-1352002GEO-ch 62thA40 Queen's Pawn Game
19. L Pantsulaia vs Jobava  ½-½322002GEO-ch 62thE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. M Mchedlishvili vs L Pantsulaia  ½-½212002Saraybahce GPA15 English
21. L Pantsulaia vs Mamedyarov  ½-½412002Saraybahce GPD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. B N Chatalbashev vs L Pantsulaia  ½-½402002Saraybahce GPA65 Benoni, 6.e4
23. L Pantsulaia vs Wang Yue  1-0572002WYb16D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. L Pantsulaia vs M Palac 1-0282003European Club CupA30 English, Symmetrical
25. L Pantsulaia vs G Quparadze  ½-½282003World Junior ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 644  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-23-05  Pawsome: As of today (23/06/05) this fellow is among the leaders with 4.5 out of 6 in the European Individual Championship at the break. Moreover, he hasn't had an easy schedule, playing against six players all of whom have about 200 ELO pts higher than he does.
Jul-01-05  ARMENIA: It is a very funny fact but we were both born on the same day, in the same months and on the same year... But your ELO is highter than mine even though I am better looking :) 1997 Lvov, forth round with black pieces... Rings a bell? Well, just 59 moves but black was victorious... Your performance was fantastic! I am taking my hat off for you... Times have changed but your humor is still with me...
Jul-03-05  Ezzy: An awesome European championships from Pantsulaia. He is rated 2496, and the average ratings of his opponents was 2628. With a score of 8 points, he probably was the most improved performer in the field.

He gained a massive 38 elo points for this tournament!!!!

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  Chnebelgrind: Here is some biography: Very good performance in FIDE World Cup 05
Dec-11-05  ARMENIA: Levan... Great performance in the World Chess Cup! A little disoppointing that you couldn't make to the final 16 but you made a great statement that Georgia has a new shining star that is taking charge! Great performance... amazing game against Milov; two more fantasic finishes against Gerfand! My favorite of all being your game against the Indian GM Surya Sekar with the black pieces!!!!!!! Just amazing ability; amazing composure! I wish you the best in the future! Just keep pounding up the ladder! I may have the risk of saying that you are a brighter star than Karjakin, Carsen or Radjabov! Stay humble and just put that unforgettable smile after each time you defeat another player! My best wishes... Levon
Jan-14-06  WTHarvey: Levan just cracked the top 10 of FIDE's Juniors list. Here is a little collection of his winning OTB combinations:
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  DarthStapler: Pantsu?
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  Tabanus: GM Levan Pantsulaia, Georgia, born 26 February 1986. Now rated 2586,

IM in 2002, GM in 2005. Rated 2629 in Jan. 2008. ICC: bladelev

GM application:


Bio: (in Polish)


World U16 champion 2002. In World Cup 2005 he survived (by defeating Milov and Ganguly) till round 3, when he was knocked out by GM Boris Gelfand.

Placed 5th in European U18 Ch 2004, 19th in European Ch 2005 (3rd GM norm), 4th in World Junior Ch 2006, 1st in Dubai Open 2007, <1st in Georgian Ch 2008>, 4th in Georgian Ch 2009, 8th in Georgian Ch 2010, 103rd in European Ch 2010,

2nd in the Nana Aleksandria Cup (Poti, Georgia) 10-19 July 2010:

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  whiteshark: Levan polka, long version:
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  offramp: Fantastic trophy he has here: It is 9kg of solid 24K gold (pure Au). It is covered in 196 5 carat pink diamonds (a total caratage of 1000 carats). The base is gold-plated Murrhine. Very fancy!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Levan Pantsulaia for remaining the only perfect player remaining at the Nakhchivan Open. He entered as the 13th seed, and was one of just 2 players perfect after 3 rounds. He won the R4 meeting against the other 3/3 guy (Ulvi Bajarani), and the 8 players at 2.5/3 all drew their games, so he is now a full point ahead of 13 other players entering R5/9 (or, the round before the preantepenultimate round).

So far, he's gained 11.7 rating points. In Round 5, he'll face 4th seed Vladimir Onischuk with white.

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  Penguincw: After starting with a 4/4 run, he beat Onischuk with white, but then lost in R6 to the eventual winner, Eltaj Safarli. He then drew the next 3 games, and finished in sole third with 6.5/9 (+5,-1,=3), half a point behind Safarli and Guseinov.

He also gained 12.5 rating points overall (2603 -> 2615.5). Also worth noting, out of the all the participants in the top 18 of the standings (i.e. scored 5.5/9 or better), he had the highest average rating of opponents, with 2539.

Dec-27-16  ketchuplover: Down goes Nakamura!
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  hedgeh0g: Liar, liar, Pantsulaia.
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