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Mihai Suba

Number of games in database: 1,387
Years covered: 1972 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2146 (2413 rapid, 2164 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2580
Overall record: +570 -296 =503 (60.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 18 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (141) 
    A13 A10 A15 A16 A17
 King's Indian (109) 
    E71 E97 E69 E92 E67
 English, 1 c4 e5 (99) 
    A20 A28 A25 A26 A21
 English, 1 c4 c5 (84) 
    A30 A34 A35 A33 A37
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E54 E41 E48 E44 E39
 Queen's Gambit Declined (29) 
    D37 D30 D38 D31 D35
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (231) 
    B81 B84 B80 B22 B82
 Sicilian Scheveningen (147) 
    B81 B84 B80 B82 B83
 Modern Benoni (87) 
    A70 A61 A62 A75 A71
 Nimzo Indian (68) 
    E32 E55 E21 E25 E47
 Queen's Pawn Game (61) 
    A46 E10 A45 E00 A40
 Reti System (47) 
    A04 A05 A06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Larsen vs Suba, 1982 0-1
   Suba vs Sax, 1984 1-0
   Polgar vs Suba, 1993 0-1
   J Garcia Padron vs Suba, 1979 0-1
   M Vukic vs Suba, 1977 0-1
   Miles vs Suba, 1984 0-1
   Suba vs O Peters, 1993 1-0
   Suba vs I Farago, 1976 1-0
   Suba vs L Roos, 1978 1-0
   Suba vs Timman, 1984 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dortmund (1983)
   Badalona Open (1993)
   Belgrade (1984)
   Lublin (1974)
   Las Palmas Interzonal (1982)
   14th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1990)
   Timisoara (1987)
   Sitges Open (1993)
   Las Palmas (1979)
   Malaga Open (2001)
   Be'er Sheva (1984)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)
   21st World Seniors Championship (2011)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad (1978)
   Rome Open (1990)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Suba's Dynamic Chess Strategy Plus by Everett
   Book: Dynamic Chess Strategy (Suba) by Baby Hawk
   Dynamic Chess Strategy (Suba) by doug27
   Dynamic Chess Strategy (Suba) by Qindarka
   Las Palmas Interzonal 1982 by suenteus po 147
   Las Palmas Interzonal 1982 by Tabanus
   Instructive Benoni Defense Games by Themofro

   🏆 42nd La Roda Open
   Suba vs H L Ibanez (Apr-02-15) 0-1
   Suba vs M Wahlbom (Nov-03-14) 0-1
   B Malisov vs Suba (Nov-02-14) 1-0
   Suba vs V Zhelnin (Nov-01-14) 1/2-1/2
   Suba vs Kupreichik (Oct-31-14) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jun-01-1947, 76 years old) Romania (federation/nationality Spain)
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Mihai Suba was born in Bucharest. Awarded the IM title in 1975 and the GM title in 1978, he was Romanian Champion in 1980, 1981 and 1985 (Timişoara). He first came to wide attention in 1982 when he finished 2nd= with Gyula Sax after Zoltan Ribli at Baile Herculane, all three qualifying for the interzonals. At the Las Palmas interzonal, Suba finished 3rd, behind Ribli and Vasily Smyslov (who both became Candidates). In other events, he finished 1st at Dortmund 1983, 1st= at Prague 1985 and 1st= at Timişoara 1987.

In August of 1988, Suba sought political asylum in Britain, and he played for England at the 1989 European Team Championship. In 2008, he and Larry Kaufman tied for 1st-2nd in the World Senior Chess Championship.

Suba is the author of the well-received book Dynamic Chess Strategy as well as the monograph The Hedgehog.

Wikipedia article: Mihai Suba

Last updated: 2018-04-29 04:36:01

 page 1 of 56; games 1-25 of 1,387  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Suba vs A Malachi  1-0421972GrazA15 English
2. Suba vs U Nehmert 0-1491972GrazE92 King's Indian
3. Suba vs E Ermenkov 0-1751972World Student Team Championship Final-AA16 English
4. Suba vs R G Eales  1-0381972World Student Team Championship Final-AA28 English
5. Suba vs Sax ½-½911972World Student Team Championship Final-AD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
6. Suba vs Balashov 0-1361972World Student Team Championship Final-AA14 English
7. J Tarjan vs Suba  ½-½531972World Student Team Championship Final-AB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
8. U Nehmert vs Suba  0-1401972World Student Team Championship Final-AE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
9. P Voiculescu vs Suba  1-0241974ROU-chD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Tseshkovsky vs Suba  1-0411974BucharestC60 Ruy Lopez
11. M Damjanovic vs Suba  ½-½171974LublinB03 Alekhine's Defense
12. Lengyel vs Suba  0-1461974LublinE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. Suba vs J Adamski  1-0271974LublinE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
14. Estrin vs Suba  ½-½101974LublinB02 Alekhine's Defense
15. Suba vs Tal 0-1331974LublinA10 English
16. Suba vs J Pribyl  0-1331974LublinA16 English
17. Suba vs H Liebert 1-0271974LublinA34 English, Symmetrical
18. Y Anikaev vs Suba  1-0691974LublinA05 Reti Opening
19. K Pytel vs Suba  ½-½101974LublinE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
20. Suba vs L Vogt  ½-½341974LublinA17 English
21. R Nicevski vs Suba  0-1291974LublinB03 Alekhine's Defense
22. Suba vs A Sydor  1-0351974LublinB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
23. R Grabczewski vs Suba  0-1691974LublinC10 French
24. Suba vs T Giorgadze  0-1321974LublinA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
25. Suba vs Z Szymczak  ½-½111974LublinA16 English
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  Peligroso Patzer: The “further refinement” referred to in my earlier post involves the line with <7. Ke2 Kb3>, after which the position would be as follows:

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White to move is winning, but the task is complicated by the fact that Black has a pawn on the c-file that is 3 moves from promotion and is supported by the nearby Black King. The position is only because the White King is also well-placed. In fact, if the White King were just one file further away (i.e., on f1 or f2), the position would be drawn.

From the diagram position, there are two principal lines that demonstrate the win for White, as follows:

(I) <8. g6 fxg6 9. fxg6 c3 10. g7 c2 11. g8=Q+ Kb2 12. Qb8+ Kc3 (12. … Kc1 13. Kd3 Kd1 14. Qb3 ) 13. Qe5+ Kb3 14. Qa1 >; and

(II) <8. g6 c3 9. gxf7 c2 10. f8=Q c1=Q 11. Qf7+ Ka3 12. Qa7+ Kb4 13. Qb6+ Ka4 14. f6> and White has a tablebase win in this position:

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Dec-12-10  Everett: I very much enjoy Suba's new version of Dynamic Chess Strategies, yet I find myself perturbed by his discussion of chess intuition without one mention of Bronstein. In actuality, I feel that his work is most in the spirit of the "intuitive dynamism" exemplified in Bronstein's best games.

All this aside, Suba's work has a similar effect on my chess that Bronstein's does: my play is more dynamic and interesting, with more flexibility.

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  FSR: Suba just won the European Senior Championship with 7.5/9. Congrats!
May-23-11  Everett:

New book coming from Suba!

May-20-12  LoveThatJoker: GM Suba is Player of the Day today: Cool!


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  ketchuplover: cosigned!
Jul-05-12  Cemoblanca: Just reading "Dynamic Chess Strategy" by Mr. Subaman! ;0) Very entertaining & easy style! The introduction of this wonderful book says already everything: "I made a late debut in chess. Until the age of 20 I was more interested in other leisure activities. The only tournament I played in below this age ended in a catastrophe with me scoring 0 points out of 13 games! :D

Absolutely recommended! Very well done Mr. Subaman! Thank you & all the best for you & yours! Greetings! :0)

Jun-01-13  Everett: Player of the Day, with lasting philosophical ideas regarding the assessment of chess positions. For those interested, I gathered the games from DCS here, with some additional games worthy of study IMHO:

Game Collection: Suba's Dynamic Chess Strategy Plus

May-25-15  TheFocus: <When your opponent has a strategic advantage and virtually controls the board, or when he attacks something that cannot be defended by reasonable means, then the 'threat' or 'blackmail' with nonexistent attacks on the king may induce a mistake> - Mihai Suba.
May-31-15  PhilFeeley: I notice that the 100+ move loss to Ilic in 1974 is not here. Any chance of resurrecting it?
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  offramp: <Brown: Mr. Suba is currently tied for first in the Senior Open.>

Suba Good In Senior.

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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Suba!
Jun-02-15  PhilFeeley: Another one not here from DCS is Eslon-Suba, 1979, a King's Indian win for Suba in 21 moves:

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 a6 6. Be3 Nc6 7. Nge2 Rb8 8. Qd2 b5 9. Bh6 Bxh6 10. Qxh6 bxc4 11. 0-0-0 e5 12. Nd5 Nxd5 13. exd5 Nb4 14. Nc3 c6 15. Bxc4 cxd5 16. Bb3 Be6 17. Ba4+ Ke7 18. a3 Qa5 19. axb4 Rxb4 20. Rd2 Rxa4 21 Nxa4 Qxa4 White resigns.

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  ketchuplover: I heard he can play the tuba and scuba simultaneously.
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  tpstar: Go back one page and see when he visited here.

User: dynamic

Happy Birthday!

Jun-02-19  Everett: Happy birthday Mr. Suba
Mar-05-22  morphy58: Dynamic Chess Strategy, foreword : ''I apologise to those to whom some explanations or repetitions seems trivial, the more so as this is not supposed to be reader's first bookl.'' A very oryginal and beautifull little book. A must ! (Sorry for my bad orthograf... my mother thong is French.
Aug-01-22  Everett: Game Collection: Suba's Dynamic Chess Strategy Plus

For those interested in many of his most notable games.

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  Sally Simpson: That is a smashing collection of games Everett.

His 1980's book 'Dynamic Chess' was (and still is) refreshing, well written and thought provoking. I agree 100% with him; if you 'feel' confident about a sacrifice just do it. You do not have to analyse all the variations. Your opponent has to do that!

Also see the post by The Focus above.

Regarding that dynamic thinking, the funny part bit is I had been playing like he suggested for years before reading the book (though he did it a lot better.) it was wonderful to read a really good and gifted player felt the same way.

James Plaskett was writing about him yesterday.

"He [Suba] was rated comfortably above 2500 for several years and defeated many top GMs. His best games contain elements of genius..."

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  Check It Out: I just ordered Dynamic Chess Strategy, looking forward to it.
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  perfidious: <CIO>, I will second <Geoff>'s endorsement of Suba's book.
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  Sally Simpson: There is an updated version out. (2016)
My copy, which is about somewhere is the 1980's one.

I suspect the later version will have more modern examples where players have used his guidelines or caught his infectious enthusiasm for his ideas.

Take a trip to here Suba vs L Roos, 1978

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  Check It Out: Nice. Thanks, fellas. I'm sure I'll post more here after digesting the book for a while.
Jan-06-23  Olavi: I have read the 1991 original a few times, it would be nice to read comparative studies. Well that goes for many books in several editions, maybe I have to order the new version myself. I remember there is a review by Sadler in New in Chess 2016, but I also remember it isn't helpful in this respect. (Unsurprisingly.)
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  Sally Simpson: CHESS magazine had a mini review>

In the battle of chess ideas, the publication in 1991 of Dynamic Chess Strategy was a defining moment. Before Mihai Suba’s exceptional book, chess writers had neglected one of the most important factors of a chess position: its dynamic potential.

Suba demonstrated that the traditional concept of ‘improving the position’ was often static and irrelevant, and that classical strategy, if applied dogmatically, can prevent you from finding the right plan and its subsequent moves.

'Dynamic Chess Strategy' won the 1991 British Chess Federation Book of the Year Award and was hailed as an instant modern classic. Grandmaster Mihai Suba has updated his groundbreaking work and extended it with even more entertaining and witty lessons. The result is a thought-provoking and yet practical guide on chess strategy!

(1991! I thought it was the late 80's. I now remember where my copy is. It was donated to the club library along with a load of other doublers - 'cept this was not a doubler! I bet I mixed it up with Coles 'Dynamic Chess ' Ah well, never mind. I'll borrow my book from the library.)

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