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Elisabeta Polihroniade
Number of games in database: 93
Years covered: 1960 to 1993
Last FIDE rating: 2195
Overall record: +34 -30 =29 (52.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-24-1935, died Jan-23-2016, 80 years old) Romania

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Elisabeta Polihroniade (nee Ionescu) was born in Bucharest. Awarded the WIM title in 1960 and the WGM title in 1982, she was Romanian Women's Champion in 1966, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976 and 1977. She played for her country at ten Olympiads where she won a total of nine olympic medals (four silver and two bronze team medals and two gold and one silver individuals). During the 1970s and 1980s she hosted a very popular chess program in Romania, and became by far the best known chess personality in the country. Polihroniade remained well known for her efforts to promote chess in Romania, especially in schools, up to the time of her death. She was also an International Arbiter who is credited with originating the annual Kings Tournament, the strongest tournament in Romania.

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 93  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Zivkovic vs E Polihroniade  ½-½161960YUG-ROU (Women)B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
2. E Polihroniade vs L Zivkovic  0-1451960YUG-ROU (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
3. M Lazarevic vs E Polihroniade  1-0331961Candidates Tournament (Women)B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. E Polihroniade vs A Nicolau van der Mije  ½-½171961Candidates Tournament (Women)D67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
5. E Polihroniade vs E Ladanyike-Karakas  0-1401961Candidates Tournament (Women)C03 French, Tarrasch
6. S Handsuren vs E Polihroniade  0-1231961Candidates Tournament (Women)B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
7. E Polihroniade vs E Rinder  1-0361961Candidates Tournament (Women)C56 Two Knights
8. V Nedeljkovic vs E Polihroniade  ½-½401961Candidates Tournament (Women)C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
9. E Polihroniade vs G Gresser  ½-½351961Candidates Tournament (Women)C45 Scotch Game
10. C Chaude de Silans vs E Polihroniade  0-1411961Candidates Tournament (Women)B32 Sicilian
11. E Polihroniade vs H Konarkowska-Sokolov  1-0311961Candidates Tournament (Women)B98 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. F Heemskerk vs E Polihroniade  1-0351961Candidates Tournament (Women)A04 Reti Opening
13. E Polihroniade vs L Volpert 0-1271961Candidates Tournament (Women)B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
14. T Zatulovskaya vs E Polihroniade  ½-½731961Candidates Tournament (Women)C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
15. E Polihroniade vs K Zvorykina  ½-½431961Candidates Tournament (Women)C45 Scotch Game
16. N Gaprindashvili vs E Polihroniade  1-0381961Candidates Tournament (Women)C47 Four Knights
17. E Polihroniade vs V Borisenko-Belova  ½-½151961Candidates Tournament (Women)C01 French, Exchange
18. L Lane vs E Polihroniade  0-1401961Candidates Tournament (Women)C47 Four Knights
19. E Polihroniade vs V Asenova  ½-½521965Belgrade (Women)C07 French, Tarrasch
20. E Polihroniade vs K Blagojevic  ½-½491965Belgrade (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
21. T Vujanovic vs E Polihroniade  0-1401965Belgrade (Women)B32 Sicilian
22. E Polihroniade vs M Teodorescu  ½-½241965Belgrade (Women)C01 French, Exchange
23. E Krizsan-Bilek vs E Polihroniade  0-1431965Belgrade (Women)A04 Reti Opening
24. E Polihroniade vs A Pihajlic  ½-½411965Belgrade (Women)C10 French
25. T Stadler vs E Polihroniade  0-1651965Belgrade (Women)A43 Old Benoni
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  monopole2313: <AlexandraThess>Christos anesti and Hristos inviat to the Greeks and Romanians on the!
Apr-24-06  notsodeepthought: Polihroniade? Does she have a geometric figure?
Apr-24-06  tud: She was good, actually she won several silver medals for Romania (at olympics) sometimes kicking the butt of Soviet Union players. Mostly her work for national chess movements made her famous. There was one time before 1989 when the soviet team had to go in playoffs with Romania for the olympic gold and this was , like, unbelievable.

Apr-26-06  AlexandraThess: <monopole2313: <AlexandraThess>Christos anesti > Alithos anesti!
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  technical draw: "the sum of the angle of the obtuse is..oops, sorry thought I was in the geometry forum.
Jun-06-06  virginmind: tud: yes, i also remember her during so many years (before 1989) conducting that weekly chess broadcast on romanian tv. unfortunately, now, since 1990, no more regular chess presentations on any of the romanian tv channels.

Jun-06-06  virginmind: monopole2313: thank you, adevarat a inviat, only now i saw your post.
Apr-24-08  nuwanda:

wow Elisabetha looks great today...

Apr-24-08  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <nuwanda> Lol, couldn't agree more, she looks 20 at most. :)
Feb-22-10  cbpatzer: Large scandal rocks Romanian chess She is in the center of the action.
Feb-22-10  Jim Bartle: Where's the video??

How about arranging an Polihroniade vs. Azmaiparashvili match?

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  HeMateMe: Another cell phone facial? Heck, I thought this was gonna be good. You want some serious cell phone beat down? You bring in "Master and Commander" Rusell Crowe and brash basher Naomi Campbell!
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  GrahamClayton: A picture of Elisabeta visiting the Romanian pavilion in Shanghai as part of the 2010 World Expo:

Apr-24-11  bartonlaos: <cbpazter - Large scandal rocks Romanian chess

She is in the center of the action.>

She slapped an organizer, like a feisty old bird - and apparently other women wanted to slap him as well: Pasarelu Dan

Apr-24-11  Sho: "I've been a journalist for 17 years and covered boxing and other dangerous sports, but I never thought something like this would happen at a chess event," he added.
Jun-24-14  optimal play: Good fighting chess from Elisabeta!

[Event "Adsteam-Lidums International"]
[Site "Adelaide, Australia"]
[Date "1987.01.08"]
[EventDate "1986.12.28"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Elisabeta Polihroniade"]
[Black "Ian Rogers"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C00"]
[WhiteElo "2115"]
[BlackElo "2515"]
[PlyCount "156"]

1. e4 e6 2. Qe2 e5 3. f4 d6 4. d3 Nc6 5. Nf3 g6 6. g3 Bg7 7. Bg2 Nge7 8. Nc3 h6 9. O-O Bg4 10. Qf2 Qd7 11. Nd5 exf4 12. Nxf4 g5 13. Nd5 O-O-O 14. Nxe7+ Qxe7 15. Be3 Bxf3 16. Qxf3 Bxb2 17. Rab1 Qe5 18. Qg4+ Kb8 19. Rf5 Bd4 20. Rxe5 Bxe3+ 21. Kh1 Nxe5 22. Qe2 Bd4 23. Rb3 Rhe8 24. c3 Bb6 25. d4 Nc6 26. Qf1 h5 27. Rb5 h4 28. Rxg5 f6 29. Rf5 hxg3 30. h3 Ba5 31. Qf3 d5 32. Rxd5 Rxd5 33. exd5 Re1+ 34. Bf1 Ne7 35. Qxf6 Bxc3 36. d6 cxd6 37. Qxd6+ Kc8 38. Qc5+ Nc6 39. Qxc3 Rxf1+ 40. Kg2 Rd1 41. Kxg3 Rxd4 42. h4 Kd7 43. h5 Rd6 44. h6 Rxh6 45. Qg7+ Ne7 46. Qd4+ Rd6 47. Qxa7 Kc7 48. Qa5+ Rb6 49. Qe5+ Kd7 50. Qd4+ Rd6 51. Qa7 Kc7 52. Qa5+ Kb8 53. Qe5 Nc8 54. Kf3 Ka8 55. Qe8 Rc6 56. Ke2 Ka7 57. Kd1 Nb6 58. Qe3 Rc4 59. Qa3+ Na4 60. Kd2 Ka6 61. Kd3 b5 62. Kd2 Ka5 63. Qe7 Nc5 64. Qg7 Ka4 65. Qa7+ Kb4 66. a3+ Kb3 67. Qa5 Ne4+ 68. Ke3 Nc3 69. Kd3 Rc8 70. Qb4+ Ka2 71. Qa5 Rc5 72. Qb4 Na4 73. Kd4 Rh5 74. Qd2+ Nb2 75. Qf2 Rh3 76. Kc5 Rb3 77. Qe2 Kxa3 78. Qxb5 Rxb5+ 1/2-1/2

Nov-28-14  ljfyffe: Polihroniade finished 4th in the Ladies World CC
Championship II Final (1972-1977).
Jan-23-16  Eastfrisian: According to Wikipedia: Elisabeta died on 23.01.2016 RIP.
Jan-23-16  allin: R.I.P Gm Polihroniade
Jan-24-16  epistle:
Jan-25-16  sonia91: RIP

Jan-29-16  Caissanist: has a fine obituary here: . I have updated her bio with information from that source.
Jan-29-16  sonia91: <Cassanst> ty, I think it's worth mentioning also that she was the organiser of the Kings' Tournament.
Jan-29-16  Caissanist: Thanks, I have done that.
Feb-07-16  wordfunph: RIP WGM Polihroniade..

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