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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: 1,795
Years covered: 1960 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2374
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605
Overall record: +574 -213 =1006 (60.1%)*
   * 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 (104) 
    E81 E82 E92 E80 E87
 Queen's Indian (85) 
    E12 E15 E17 E19 E16
 English (67) 
    A16 A15 A14 A17 A13
 Sicilian (64) 
    B52 B36 B89 B32 B27
 Ruy Lopez (58) 
    C93 C95 C92 C96 C63
 English, 1 c4 c5 (57) 
    A30 A31 A34 A33 A36
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (308) 
    B42 B43 B41 B40 B22
 Sicilian Kan (131) 
    B42 B43 B41
 English, 1 c4 c5 (85) 
    A30 A36 A37 A34 A31
 Modern Benoni (81) 
    A56 A57 A62 A58 A64
 King's Indian (47) 
    E63 E94 E77 E76 E80
 Grunfeld (37) 
    D94 D78 D86 D82 D75
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Gheorghiu vs Fischer, 1966 1-0
   Gheorghiu vs Uhlmann, 1967 1-0
   Uhlmann vs Gheorghiu, 1976 0-1
   Gheorghiu vs M Basman, 1968 1-0
   Kramnik vs Gheorghiu, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Andersson vs Gheorghiu, 1981 1/2-1/2
   Gheorghiu vs S Momo, 1962 1-0
   Gheorghiu vs Larsen, 1972 1/2-1/2
   Fischer vs Gheorghiu, 1968 1/2-1/2
   Gheorghiu vs Timman, 1981 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ourense (1973)
   4th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1980)
   Novi Sad (1979)
   82nd US Open (1981)
   Bucharest (1966)
   Forssa / Helsinki Zonal (1972)
   Bucharest (1962)
   Skopje Solidarnost (1970)
   Vrnjacka Banja Zonal (1967)
   Athens Zonal (1969)
   Ourense (1975)
   Manila (1973)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   First Lady's Cup (1982)
   72nd US Open (1971)

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
   S Ovsejevitsch vs Gheorghiu (Oct-19-19) 1-0
   Gheorghiu vs S Ovsejevitsch (Aug-28-16) 1/2-1/2
   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, 79 years old) Romania

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Florin Gheorghiu was born in Bucharest. In 1963, he won the World Junior Championship and was awarded the IM title. In 1965 he became a Grandmaster. He won the Romanian Championship in 1960 (age 16), 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1973, 1977 and 1984. He played for Romania in a record 14 Olympiads (every Olympiad from 1962 through 1990, except 1976).

He finished first at Hastings (1967/68) (tied with Hort and Stein), Reykjavik 1972 (tied with Hort and Ólafsson), Orense 1973, Torremolinos 1974 (with Torre), Lone Pine (1979) (with Gligorić, Liberzon, and Hort), Novi Sad (1979), Biel (1982) (with Nunn) and Lenk 1990. He won the U.S. Open in 1979, 1980 (tied with Fedorowicz) and 1981 (tied with Christiansen and three others). At his peak in November 1980, he was rated No. 10 in the world.

Wikipedia article: Florin Gheorghiu

Last updated: 2023-02-17 16:15:20

 page 1 of 72; games 1-25 of 1,795  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gheorghiu vs A Izvozchikov  1-0531960GEO-ROUB01 Scandinavian
2. A Saidy vs Gheorghiu 1-0431960WchT U26 07thE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
3. Gheorghiu vs T 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 GMTE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
22. C Radovici vs Gheorghiu  1-0581961Bucharest GMTB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Gheorghiu vs B Soos  1-0411961Bucharest GMTB27 Sicilian
24. V Ciocaltea vs Gheorghiu  1-0431961Bucharest GMTB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Gheorghiu vs I Bilek  0-1311961Bucharest GMTD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
 page 1 of 72; games 1-25 of 1,795  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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