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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: 1,057
Years covered: 1960 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2374
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605

Overall record: +254 -174 =627 (53.8%)*
   * 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 (61) 
    E80 E82 E92 E81 E70
 Queen's Indian (55) 
    E12 E15 E17 E19 E16
 Sicilian (40) 
    B52 B32 B81 B42 B96
 Ruy Lopez (39) 
    C95 C93 C96 C91 C67
 English (33) 
    A16 A17 A15 A14 A10
 English, 1 c4 c5 (33) 
    A30 A31 A34 A33 A36
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (162) 
    B42 B43 B61 B41 B40
 Sicilian Kan (60) 
    B42 B43 B41
 English, 1 c4 c5 (56) 
    A30 A36 A34 A37 A39
 Modern Benoni (50) 
    A56 A57 A62 A58 A79
 Grunfeld (25) 
    D94 D86 D78 D82 D91
 King's Indian (24) 
    E94 E76 E80 E81 E75
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Gheorghiu vs Fischer, 1966 1-0
   Gheorghiu vs Uhlmann, 1967 1-0
   Kramnik vs Gheorghiu, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Ulf Andersson vs Gheorghiu, 1981 1/2-1/2
   Gheorghiu vs S Momo, 1962 1-0
   Gheorghiu vs Fischer, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Gheorghiu vs M Basman, 1968 1-0
   Fischer vs Gheorghiu, 1968 1/2-1/2
   Uhlmann vs Gheorghiu, 1976 0-1
   Gheorghiu vs Timman, 1981 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Lone Pine (1974)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Manila (1973)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)
   Phillips & Drew Kings (1980)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1978)
   Monte Carlo (1968)
   Las Palmas (1972)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   Lone Pine (1980)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Palma de Mallorca 1972 by Tabanus
   Las Palmas 1972 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by WCC Editing Project
   Manila 1973 by Tabanus
   Forssa/Helsinki zonal tournament 1972 by Chessdreamer
   Vidmar Memorial by FSR

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(born Apr-06-1944, 75 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 43; games 1-25 of 1,057  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 O Kinnmark 1-0301961The HagueE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
4. Gheorghiu vs Ghitescu 0-1411961ROU-chA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
5. Parma vs Gheorghiu  1-0251961Wch U20 fin-AB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
6. Gheorghiu vs W Schmidt 1-0271961Wch U20 prel-AE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
7. Gheorghiu vs J Marsalek  ½-½611961Bucharest GMT 5thE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Gheorghiu vs J Kozma  ½-½411962BucharestB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
9. Sajtar vs Gheorghiu  0-1491962BucharestA16 English
10. Gheorghiu vs Kholmov  0-1601962BucharestC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. A Dunkelblum vs Gheorghiu  ½-½721962BucharestA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
12. Spassky vs Gheorghiu 1-0301962Ch studentsE83 King's Indian, Samisch
13. Gheorghiu vs M Czerniak  1-0261962Varna ol (Men) qual-BB06 Robatsch
14. Gheorghiu vs S Momo 1-0361962Varna ol (Men) qual-BC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. Robert E Byrne vs Gheorghiu  ½-½311962Varna ol (Men) qual-BA81 Dutch
16. Gheorghiu vs A Dueckstein  1-0411962Varna ol (Men) fin-AC03 French, Tarrasch
17. Gheorghiu vs Hort  ½-½221962Varna ol (Men) fin-AB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
18. Gheorghiu vs I Bilek  ½-½301962Varna ol (Men) fin-AB06 Robatsch
19. Keres vs Gheorghiu  ½-½351962Varna ol (Men) fin-AA48 King's Indian
20. Panno vs Gheorghiu  ½-½491962Varna ol (Men) fin-AA80 Dutch
21. Gheorghiu vs L A Tan ½-½2719637th World Junior ChB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Gheorghiu vs A Prameshuber  ½-½571964Kecskemet ZonalC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Tringov vs Gheorghiu  ½-½311964Kecskemet ZonalB06 Robatsch
24. A Matanovic vs Gheorghiu  ½-½371964Kecskemet ZonalC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. Hort vs Gheorghiu 1-0281964Kecskemet ZonalB23 Sicilian, Closed
 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,057  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Apr-20-11  technical draw: I wonder if they called him "Mr. Nine Times" in Rumania?
Feb-16-12  waustad: In the 70s I ran into Walter Tevis in a local watering hole and wound up playing blitz with him in his garage until dawn. On the walls he had 2 huge pictures of himself with celebs. I recognized Florin Gheorghiu immediately but needed to be told who David Bowie was. Pop culture clues still trip me up doing crosswords. Oh well.
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  brankat: <waustad> <..but needed to be told who David Bowie was. Pop culture clues still trip me up doing crosswords.>

With me it's the other way around :-) Occasionally. So, out of ignorance and curiosity: Who is Walter Tevis? Thank You.

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.
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  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 :-)

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  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.
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  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.
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