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Florin Gheorghiu
Florin Gheorghiu at the World Junior Chess Championships, August 17, 1961
Photo: Henk Lindeboom (ANEFO) GaHetNa (Nationaal Archief NL)
Number of games in database: 1,506
Years covered: 1960 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2374
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605

Overall record: +451 -190 =863 (58.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (83) 
    E81 E82 E80 E92 E87
 Queen's Indian (71) 
    E12 E15 E17 E19 E16
 Sicilian (56) 
    B52 B32 B89 B36 B81
 Ruy Lopez (53) 
    C93 C95 C91 C96 C78
 English (53) 
    A15 A16 A17 A14 A13
 English, 1 c4 c5 (45) 
    A30 A31 A34 A33 A36
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (245) 
    B42 B43 B41 B40 B61
 Sicilian Kan (101) 
    B42 B43 B41
 English, 1 c4 c5 (73) 
    A30 A36 A37 A34 A31
 Modern Benoni (68) 
    A56 A57 A62 A69 A59
 King's Indian (42) 
    E63 E94 E80 E62 E76
 Grunfeld (33) 
    D94 D78 D86 D82 D91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Gheorghiu vs Fischer, 1966 1-0
   Gheorghiu vs Uhlmann, 1967 1-0
   Andersson vs Gheorghiu, 1981 1/2-1/2
   Kramnik vs Gheorghiu, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Gheorghiu vs M Basman, 1968 1-0
   Fischer vs Gheorghiu, 1968 1/2-1/2
   Gheorghiu vs S Momo, 1962 1-0
   Gheorghiu vs Larsen, 1972 1/2-1/2
   Gheorghiu vs Timman, 1981 1-0
   Uhlmann vs Gheorghiu, 1976 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Novi Sad (1979)
   4th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1980)
   Varna Olympiad qual-2 (1962)
   Bucharest (1966)
   Forssa / Helsinki Zonal (1972)
   Bucharest (1962)
   Hastings 1964/65 (1964)
   Varna (1971)
   Manila (1973)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)
   72nd US Open (1971)
   Lugano Open (1989)
   Mar del Plata (1965)
   First Lady's Cup (1982)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Teesside 1972 by Tabanus
   Manila 1973 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by WCC Editing Project
   Vidmar Memorial by FSR
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by suenteus po 147
   Forssa/Helsinki zonal tournament 1972 by Chessdreamer

   🏆 TCh-SUI
   Gheorghiu vs N Georgiadis (Oct-10-15) 1/2-1/2
   Gleizerov vs Gheorghiu (Sep-17-12) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-06-1944, 78 years old) Romania

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Florin Gheorghiu was born in Bucharest. Awarded the IM title in 1963 and the GM title in 1965, he was World Junior Champion in 1963. He has won the Romanian Championship nine times; 1960 (age 16), 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1973, 1977 and 1984.

He tied for first at Hastings (1967/68).

Wikipedia article: Florin Gheorghiu

Last updated: 2018-10-14 21:10:14

 page 1 of 64; games 1-25 of 1,586  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gheorghiu vs A Izvozchikov  1-0531960GEO-ROUB01 Scandinavian
2. Saidy vs Gheorghiu 1-0431960WchT U26 07thE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
3. Gheorghiu vs Ghitescu 0-1411961ROU-chA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
4. Parma vs Gheorghiu  1-0251961Wch U20 fin-AB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Gheorghiu vs O Kinnmark 1-0301961The HagueE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
6. O Jakobsen vs Gheorghiu  0-1301961Wch U20 prel-AE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
7. Gheorghiu vs W Schmidt 1-0271961Wch U20 prel-AE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
8. J Rubinetti vs Gheorghiu  0-1531961Wch U20 prel-AE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
9. Gheorghiu vs H Holaszek  1-0361961Wch U20 prel-AE70 King's Indian
10. B Nagy vs Gheorghiu  ½-½161961Wch U20 prel-AD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
11. Gheorghiu vs D Thomson  ½-½181961Wch U20 prel-AD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Gheorghiu vs Westerinen  1-0391961Wch U20 fin-AD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. C Zuidema vs Gheorghiu  0-1361961Wch U20 fin-AD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
14. Gheorghiu vs R Calvo  1-0451961Wch U20 fin-AA53 Old Indian
15. A Vinje Gulbrandsen vs Gheorghiu  0-1361961Wch U20 fin-AE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
16. Gheorghiu vs H Pfleger  ½-½401961Wch U20 fin-AD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. D Thomson vs Gheorghiu  0-1371961Wch U20 fin-AE61 King's Indian
18. A Kuindzhy vs Gheorghiu  1-0541961Wch U20 fin-AB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
19. Gheorghiu vs B Nagy  1-0601961Wch U20 fin-AD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Gheorghiu vs G Larusson  1-0191961Wch U20 fin-AE14 Queen's Indian
21. Gheorghiu vs J Marsalek  ½-½611961Bucharest GMT 5thE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
22. A Dunkelblum vs Gheorghiu  ½-½721962BucharestA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
23. Gheorghiu vs Kholmov 0-1601962BucharestC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Gheorghiu vs J Kozma  ½-½411962BucharestB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
25. Sajtar vs Gheorghiu  0-1491962BucharestA16 English
 page 1 of 64; games 1-25 of 1,586  PGN Download
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Feb-16-12  waustad: He wrote "The Hustler", "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (the reason for the Bowie picture), "Queen's Gambit", ... At that time he was a professor at Ohio University and I was a grad school dropout.
Feb-16-12  waustad: Speaking of the Romanian Championship, that's what got me to this page in the first place. It is on right now and I hadn't heard of anybody playing. Nisi was at Aeroflot instead.
Feb-16-12  brankat: Thank You <waustad>.

In regards to the Romanian championship: <It is on right now and I hadn't heard of anybody playing.>

If it is on, then somebody must be playing :-)

Apr-06-12  wordfunph: GM Florin Gheorghiu won the Philippine (Manila) Open in 1970 with 11/11, beating Bobby Fischer's record of 10.5/11 a year earlier.

happy birthday, GM Gheorghiu!

Dec-12-12  waustad: He's been active recently. Maybe someday they'll choose him as an "Old Hand" to play the Snowdrops.
Apr-06-13  virginmind: He placed 14th at the Lausanne Young Masters Open in sept. 2008.
Apr-06-13  waustad: One more year as a sexigenarian!
Jul-26-13  galdur: Great player. Bobby´s loss to him at Havana in 1966 was the only competitive game he ever lost to a player younger than himself.
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  perfidious: Great player? Not really: he obviously was unsure of himself in some way or other, despite his undoubted strength.

For those who have doubts, see the kibitzing at Gheorghiu vs L Piasetski, 1977.

Jul-26-13  galdur: Relax <perfidious> I didn´t say he was a great human being. He played some great chess though, there´s no denying that.
Jul-26-13  nescio: <...unsure of himself,,,> Gheorghiu had the talent to reach the candidates matches but his nerves couldn't cope with the tensions of high-level play. See for example the story by <ToTheDeath> under Larsen vs Gheorghiu, 1970
Jul-26-13  galdur: So, he´s still a sort of a non-person? Which would explain his meager biography here. It sure is difficult to conform in a perfect world where even Ray Keene denounces you. Amen and qmen.
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  perfidious: <nescio>: Never heard that story till now; maybe it was a small down payment on Gheorghiu's karmic debt.
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  keypusher: Now that is a profile pic to die for.

<Also, he won the Philipines (Manila) Open in 1970 with 11/11, beating Bobby's record of 10.5/11 an year earlier.>

Fischer played in the Manila Open in 1969? Really? Guess no one saved the game scores?

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  tamar: Yeah, quite a picture. I didn't know Rudolph Valentino played chess.
Apr-20-18  epistle:
Oct-25-18  zanzibar: Actually the <CG> photo is a terrible photograph, in the sense that Gheorghiu looks to be a blond due to some chemical washing of the photo.

See the blow-up here:

Photoshopped before photoshop!

He was dark haired (and the above photo misled me due to the hair color when trying to match up players in another photo).

See this extensive, and quite informative, collection of the Romanian player:

(Don't mind the washed-out look, just click on the squares to get a good look at each photo)

Some incredible photos of him as a child player.

Mar-30-19  siggemannen: Great pics, <zanzibar>! Check out this one of Gheorghiu together with Suba and two other somehow familiar players:
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  Fusilli: <siggemannen> Nice. The games Kasparov-Suba and Gheorghiu-Karpov happened in two olympiads: 1982 and 1986. As the URL in your link indicates, the photo shows the players at the 1986 Olympiad in Dubai. The games in question were:

Kasparov vs Suba, 1986

Gheorghiu vs Karpov, 1986

The Romanians held both world champions to a draw.

The third board, Sokolov v Ionescu (not in this database), was also a draw.

The USSR won the match because Yusupov produced this devilish endgame win on board 4:

M V Ghinda vs Yusupov, 1986

(Take a look at that endgame. It's worth pondering on it!)

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  HeMateMe: what city is the page photo taken in? (The world jr. championship site.)
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  Fusilli: <HeHateMe>

The Hague. See

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  Fusilli: <HeMateMe> Apologies, I misread your user name yesterday.
Dec-18-20  waustad: His connection to the recent media sensation was the huge picture of him with Walter Tevis that the latter had in his chess shrine in a finished garage in Athens Ohio. Tevis wrote “Queen’s Gambit.”
May-04-21  Nosnibor: In the 1965 Rumanian Championship he finished 3 points ahead of the field! Final scores were : Gheorghiu 17, Ciocaltea 14, Partos 13.5, Nacu, Nacht, Ghitescu, Mititelu, Pavlov and Georgerscu 12.5, Soos 10.5, Vaisman, Drozd, Reicher 10, Neamtu 9.5, Botez, Voiculescu and Ungereano 9, J Szabo 8.5, Moisini 8, Suta 7.5, Bondoe 7, Radelescu 6.5.
Nov-08-21  floryncd1970: Some of the above names are misspelled:
Georgerscu - Georgescu
Ungereano - Ungureanu
Bondoe - Bondoc
Radelescu - Radulescu.
The 1965 was the second year from a series of 4 consecutive victories for Gheorghiu (1964 - 1965 - 1966 - 1967), which is a record until today!
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