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Zurab Sturua
Number of games in database: 348
Years covered: 1974 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2529 (2463 rapid, 2522 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2600

Overall record: +121 -69 =158 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (18) 
    E60 E69 E62 E63 E67
 Queen's Indian (14) 
    E12 E15 E17 E19 E14
 Slav (13) 
    D18 D11 D15 D12 D10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (13) 
    D35 D37 D31 D06 D38
 Grunfeld (11) 
    D79 D76 D70 D78 D74
 English (10) 
    A15 A11 A16 A12 A10
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C95 C92 C67 C90 C84
 Queen's Indian (14) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17 E19
 Nimzo Indian (13) 
    E21 E25 E20 E48 E58
 Queen's Gambit Declined (12) 
    D31 D37 D30 D35
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    E00 A41 D02 A46 E10
 Pirc (11) 
    B07 B08 B09
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Z Sturua vs R Kutirov, 1996 1-0
   Miles vs Z Sturua, 1993 0-1
   Z Sturua vs K Krivolapov, 2001 1-0
   Piket vs Z Sturua, 1992 0-1
   Z Sturua vs Kasparov, 1976 1-0
   D Mastrovasilis vs Z Sturua, 2003 0-1
   Kasparov vs Z Sturua, 1977 1/2-1/2
   Z Sturua vs Lutikov, 1978 1-0
   Kasparov vs Z Sturua, 1976 1/2-1/2
   Z Sturua vs V N Kozlov, 1975 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ramadan Master Open (2010)
   8th Dubai Open (2006)
   World Senior 50+ (2017)
   Yerevan (1982)
   Geneve op 17th (2001)
   European Championship (2002)
   Dubai op (2001)
   EUR-chT (Men) 10th (1992)
   Batumi op (2001)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   European Championship (2001)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   6th Dubai Open (2004)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Championship (2017)

   🏆 World Senior 50+
   Z Sturua vs K Bischoff (Nov-18-17) 0-1
   O Brendel vs Z Sturua (Nov-17-17) 0-1
   Z Sturua vs R Antonio (Nov-16-17) 1/2-1/2
   Z Sturua vs E Prie (Nov-15-17) 0-1
   A Reprintsev vs Z Sturua (Nov-14-17) 0-1

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(born Jun-08-1959, 62 years old) Georgia

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GM (1991) Zurab Givievich Sturua lost to IM Reprintsev in the 4th (of 11 total) round(s) of the 2016 World O-50 Seniors' Championship(1), each tying with a finish of 8.5 points (only Giorgi Bagaturov produced a better score), but the latter produced a better tiebreak, giving Sturua 3rd place in the event.

FIDE Senior Trainer (2012). Georgian champion in 1975, 1977, 1981, 1984 and 1985. Won the UAE Open Chess Tournament in 2009 with 7.5/9 and placed 2nd in the Abu Dhabi Masters (United Arab Emirates) in August 2010.

References / Sources

(1), (2) Wikipedia article: Zurab Sturua

Last updated: 2018-03-06 13:21:53

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 350  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Vepkhvishvili vs Z Sturua  1-0621974Ch TbilisiC16 French, Winawer
2. Z Sturua vs V Napolov  0-1451975URS-ch otborB50 Sicilian
3. I Ivanov vs Z Sturua 1-0271975URS-ch otborE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
4. Z Sturua vs V N Kozlov 1-0401975URS-ch otborB83 Sicilian
5. G Borisenko vs Z Sturua  1-0421975URS-ch otborE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
6. Kasparov vs Z Sturua ½-½381976TbilisiD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Z Sturua vs Kholmov 0-1561976Memorial V.I.KarseladzeD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Z Sturua vs Gabdrakhmanov  1-0481976URS-ch U18A05 Reti Opening
9. Z Sturua vs E Bukhman  0-1601976URS-ch otborA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Kasparov vs Z Sturua ½-½291976TbilisiA07 King's Indian Attack
11. Z Sturua vs Kasparov 1-0281976TbilisiA48 King's Indian
12. Z Sturua vs Yusupov  1-0411976URS-ch U18D59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
13. Z Sturua vs Gurgenidze  0-1591976URS-ch otborA06 Reti Opening
14. Lutikov vs Z Sturua  1-0321976URS-ch otborB57 Sicilian
15. Z Sturua vs A Kakageldyev  1-0331976URS-ch otborA16 English
16. Z Sturua vs Dolmatov  1-0431976Tallin U20A04 Reti Opening
17. Z Sturua vs Vladimirov  1-0491976URS-ch otborD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Z Sturua vs V Vepkhvishvili  ½-½341976Ch Georgian 36thE70 King's Indian
19. Z Sturua vs V Vepkhvishvili  ½-½521976Ch TbilisiE60 King's Indian Defense
20. Kasparov vs Z Sturua ½-½551977MoscowD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Z Sturua vs Kasparov 0-1451977URS-ch U20A48 King's Indian
22. Z Sturua vs V Vepkhvishvili  1-0541977GEO-chE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. Z Sturua vs V Osnos  ½-½421978Karseladze memB27 Sicilian
24. Vladimirov vs Z Sturua  1-069197846th URS-ch selectionE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
25. Z Sturua vs Lutikov  1-0401978Karseladze memD02 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 350  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-23-03  kutuzov: Who is this guy?
Oct-28-04  sandy simpson: This guy is apparently famous for beating the late Tony Miles twice, once a massive Cheapo and the other a game Miles was so annoyed to lose, he made old Z demonstrate that he could mate with B and N against lone K. Anyone else know anything?
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  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Zurab's games:
May-28-05  yoozum: I'd guess that he was a Georgian, based solely on his name.
Dec-19-05  Bobak Zahmat: He also has defeated Kasparov, to be exactly in 1976 in Tblisi!
Dec-19-05  stanleys: I like also this game of GM Sturua:Piket vs Sturua, 1992
Feb-06-06  Bobak Zahmat: Sturua vs Kasparov, 1976
Jun-08-06  BIDMONFA: Zurab Sturua


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  notyetagm: Sturua won the First Best Game Prize at the 1996 Erevan Olympiad for this brilliant IQP kingside attack in the Panov-Botvinnik Attack:

[Event "Erevan ol"]
[Site ""]
[Date "1996.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Sturua, Zurab"]
[Black "Kutirov, Rolando"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2560"]
[BlackElo "2525"]
[NIC "TD 2.16.8"]
[ECO "B14"]
[PlyCount "53"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nf3 Be7 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Bd3 Nc6 9. O-O O-O 10. Re1 Nf6 11. a3 b6 12. Bc2 Ba6 13. Bg5 Rc8 14. Qd2 Bc4 15. Qf4 Bd5 16. Qh4 g6 17. Nxd5 Nxd5 18. Rad1 Qd6 19. Bb3 f6 20. Qg4 Kf7 21. Bh6 Rfe8 22. Rxe6 Qxe6 23. Re1 Qd6 24. Bf4 Qd8 25. Qe6+ Kg7 26. Bxd5 g5 27. Qf7+

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  notyetagm: That Best Game Prize winner has a lovely ending:

27 ♕f7+ ♔h6 (27 ... ♔h8 28 ♗e4 f5 29 ♗xf5 and 30 ♕xh7#) 28 ♗xg5+! fxg5 29 ♖e6+ ♗f6 30 ♖xf6+ ♕xf6 31 ♕xf6+ ♔h5 32 ♕xg5#

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So 26 ... g5? allows mate in 6.

Dec-11-08  shr0pshire: According to chessmetrics, Mr. Sturua was ranked 27th in the world in 1991 with a rating of 2690+. It is weird that there are not more games from him during 1991. Does anyone know if games for him are missing, or if this is as good as it gets for games from Mr. Stuura, especially during his heydey of the early 90s?
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  Tabanus: Four days ago he won Open UAE 2009, an open int. tournament in the United Arab Emirates:, congratulations!

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  wordfunph: Zurab Sturua was awarded the GM title by FIDE in 1991..

he turns 54 today, happy birthday!

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  Tabanus: Placed 2nd in the Abu Dhabi Masters (United Arab Emirates) 12-20 Aug. 2010:

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  FSR: Of course he's a Taurus.
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  whiteshark: <Jul-23-03 <kutuzov: Who is this guy?>> I ask myself the same question.
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  Penguincw: Happy 55th birthday to GM Zurab Sturua.
Nov-01-14  Prugno: GM Sturua is sharing the lead with John Nunn in the World Senior Championships (Over 50 section) after 7 rounds of 11. Several other players still in the run for first place.

Here is the link to the official website (no games from the event yet available on Chessgames, as far as I can see):

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  Penguincw: Congratz to Zurab Sturua for winning the 2014 World Senior Championship (50+). He finished with 8.5/11 and edged out Keith Arkell on tiebreaks 74 1/2-72 1/2. 3 other players finished with one point.
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  Penguincw: < Nov-04-14 Penguincw: ... 3 other players finished with one point. >

Of course, I met finished one point behind.

Anyway, congrats to 2nd seed Zurab Sturua for winning the European Senior (50+) Championship. He finished with 7.5/9, one point ahead of 1st seed John Nunn.

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  Penguincw: < Penguincw: < Nov-04-14 Penguincw: ... 3 other players finished with one point. >

Of course, I met finished one point behind. >

*facepalm* I <meant> (please no more errors). Too bad it's been over an hour...

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