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Zurab Sturua
Z Sturua 
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Number of games in database: 445
Years covered: 1974 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2529 (2463 rapid, 2522 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2600

Overall record: +154 -88 =203 (57.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (23) 
    E60 E69 E92 E63 E67
 Queen's Indian (18) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16 E19
 Slav (17) 
    D18 D11 D12 D10 D15
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D35 D31 D37 D38 D06
 Grunfeld (14) 
    D79 D76 D94 D99 D78
 English (14) 
    A11 A15 A16 A10 A13
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C92 C67 C95 C78 C90
 Sicilian (17) 
    B33 B22 B83 B31 B57
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E21 E20 E25 E59 E48
 Queen's Indian (17) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E19
 Queen's Gambit Declined (16) 
    D37 D31 D30 D35
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    E00 A46 A41 A45 E10
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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
   Z Sturua vs V N Kozlov, 1975 1-0
   Kasparov vs Z Sturua, 1977 1/2-1/2
   F Aleskerov vs Z Sturua, 2005 0-1
   Kasparov vs Z Sturua, 1976 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ramadan Master Open (2010)
   World Senior 50+ (2017)
   Yerevan (1982)
   Goglidze Memorial (1983)
   14th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1990)
   Panormo Zonal (1998)
   8th Dubai Open (2006)
   European Championship (2002)
   European Team Championship (1992)
   46th URS-ch selection (1978)
   European Championship (2001)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   Elista Olympiad (1998)
   Dubai Open (2004)
   European Championship (2017)

   🏆 Andranik Margaryan Mem
   S Lobanov vs Z Sturua (Jan-14-22) 1-0
   Z Sturua vs A Fier (Sep-10-21) 1-0
   Z Sturua vs V Matviishen (Jan-17-20) 1-0
   Z Sturua vs D Shahinyan (Jan-15-20) 1-0
   A M Sargsyan vs Z Sturua (Jan-10-20) 0-1

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(born Jun-08-1959, 63 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 19; games 1-25 of 475  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. Z Sturua vs Kasparov 1-0281976TbilisiA48 King's Indian
7. Kasparov vs Z Sturua ½-½381976TbilisiD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Z Sturua vs Kholmov 0-1561976Memorial V.I.KarseladzeD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Z Sturua vs E Bukhman  0-1601976URS-ch otborA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Z Sturua vs Gurgenidze  0-1591976URS-ch otborA06 Reti Opening
11. Lutikov vs Z Sturua  1-0321976URS-ch otborB57 Sicilian
12. Z Sturua vs A Kakageldyev  1-0331976URS-ch otborA16 English
13. Z Sturua vs Dolmatov  1-0431976Tallin U20A04 Reti Opening
14. Z Sturua vs Vladimirov  1-0491976URS-ch otborD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Z Sturua vs Yusupov  1-0411976URS Junior ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
16. Z Sturua vs R Gabdrakhmanov  1-0481976URS Junior ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
17. Kasparov vs Z Sturua ½-½291976URS Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
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. Z Sturua vs Zaichik  0-1351977USSR Young Masters ChampionshipE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
21. Panchenko vs Z Sturua  1-0551977USSR Young Masters ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. Kasparov vs Z Sturua ½-½551977MoscowD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. B Taborov vs Z Sturua  1-0291977USSR Young Masters ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
24. Z Sturua vs Kasparov 0-1451977URS-ch U20A48 King's Indian
25. Z Sturua vs V Vepkhvishvili  1-0541977GEO-chE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 475  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


Jun-22-06  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+

Jun-22-06  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!

Jun-08-10  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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  FSR: Not sure why I previously claimed he was a Taurus. Evidently a Gemini, not that I place the slightest stock in such nonsense.

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