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Andrei Istratescu
Number of games in database: 616
Years covered: 1991 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2563 (2619 rapid, 2604 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2677

Overall record: +223 -70 =276 (63.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 47 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (65) 
    B90 B32 B47 B86 B33
 French Defense (19) 
    C05 C07 C11 C10 C13
 Queen's Gambit Declined (17) 
    D37 D35 D30 D31 D38
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C65 C60 C70 C78 C96
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    A46 A41 E10 D02 A40
 Caro-Kann (16) 
    B12 B18 B11 B10 B13
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (51) 
    B22 B42 B43 B90 B96
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    A40 E00 A45 A46 D02
 King's Indian (22) 
    E70 E60 E97 E91 E75
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E45 E43 E34 E32 E40
 Robatsch (21) 
 French Defense (20) 
    C07 C18 C02 C01 C12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Istratescu vs Ftacnik, 2005 1-0
   A Istratescu vs I Frosinos, 2001 1-0
   A Istratescu vs B Amin, 2008 1-0
   Movsesian vs A Istratescu, 2012 0-1
   Stellwagen vs A Istratescu, 2002 0-1
   A Istratescu vs Akopian, 2001 1-0
   G Battaglini vs A Istratescu, 2010 0-1
   Ali Gattea vs A Istratescu, 2002 0-1
   A Istratescu vs A Chernin, 1997 1-0
   A Istratescu vs J Moussard, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 2009/10 (2009)
   Corus Invitation Tens (2002)
   Hastings 2011/12 (2011)
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   French Championship (2012)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   French Team Championship (2011)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   European Individual Championship (2013)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   London Chess Classic Open (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Corus Invitation Tens 2002 by Tabanus
   2002 Corus (group A) by gauer

   🏆 Abu Dhabi Masters
   A Istratescu vs Leon Luke Mendonca (Aug-10-19) 0-1
   C R G Krishna vs A Istratescu (Aug-09-19) 1/2-1/2
   A Istratescu vs S Ter-Sahakyan (Aug-08-19) 0-1
   Nikita Petrov vs A Istratescu (Aug-07-19) 1/2-1/2
   A Istratescu vs Zubov (Aug-05-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Dec-03-1975, 44 years old) Romania

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International Master 1990. Grandmaster (1992); European U16 Champion (1992); Romanian Champion (1992).

Team events

For many years Istratescu was one of the strongest players in Romania, representing that country in:

- two junior Balkaniads in 1989 and 1990, winning two individual gold medals, a team gold and a team bronze - the Balkans countries represented were Romania, Greece, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria;

- an open Balkaniad in 1992 winning individual silver and team bronze - as this occurred after the break up of Yugoslavia, it was replaced by Turkey in the competition;

- seven Olympiads ((1992–1998, 2002, 2006, 2008), the last five of which were on either first or second board;

- the 3rd Four Nations Team Tournament: Caldes de Malavella 2005, winning team and individual gold; The four nations in this event being Romania, Argentina, Catalonia and the Basque Country; and

- He also represented Romania in four European Team Championships (1992, 1999, 2002, and 2005) and France in 2011). He now represents France.

Standard Tournaments

Istratescu's tournament victories include the Bucharest Spring and the first Rohde Open (in Sautron, France) in 2001, the 3rd Rohde Open in 2003, the 4th Open of Plancoët, France in 2004 and most recently the Hastings Chess Congress (2010).

World Championship cycle

He has previously participated in the 1997 World Championship Knockout Tournament, and in the FIDE World Cup (2005). On the back of a strong (7.5/11) performance at the European Individual Championships (2013), he qualified for the World Cup (2013), but he lost to Igor Lysyj in the first round of the Cup.


Besides his playing career, Istratescu is known for the role that he played in exposing corruption in the Romanian chess federation in the 1990s. During this period he sent a letter to FIDE claiming that Alexandru Crisan, then the 33rd ranked player in the world, had obtained his rating through fraudulent means. His accusations were eventually validated by a FIDE committee.

Wikipedia article: Andrei Istrățescu

Last updated: 2017-11-07 13:45:27

 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 616  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bronstein vs A Istratescu 1-0311991Rishon le ZionE90 King's Indian
2. A Istratescu vs D Bogdan  1-0281992BucharestB32 Sicilian
3. A Istratescu vs Suba  ½-½511992RumaniaB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
4. A Istratescu vs Y Shulman  1-0281992Wch U18C03 French, Tarrasch
5. A Istratescu vs G A Timoshenko  ½-½161992CaciulataB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. A Istratescu vs V Buturin  1-0411992Bucharest2B86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
7. A Istratescu vs C Ionescu  ½-½121992Ch Romania mC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
8. A Istratescu vs V I Dimitrov  ½-½251992EUR-chT (Men) 10thB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
9. A Istratescu vs K Urban  ½-½181992EUR-chT (Men) 10thB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
10. H Olafsson vs A Istratescu  0-1531992EUR-chT (Men) 10thE74 King's Indian, Averbakh, 6...c5
11. P Petran vs A Istratescu  0-1391992EUR-chT (Men) 10thE97 King's Indian
12. A Istratescu vs M Cebalo  ½-½201992EUR-chT (Men) 10thB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
13. Anastasian vs A Istratescu  ½-½451992EUR-chT (Men) 10thA15 English
14. Z Kozul vs A Istratescu  ½-½551992EUR-chT (Men) 10thE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
15. A Istratescu vs I Rausis  0-1411993Cappelle op 09thC49 Four Knights
16. A Istratescu vs N Ioseliani  1-0631993Berliner Sommer 11thB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
17. A Istratescu vs G A Timoshenko  1-0601993Ciocaltea memC49 Four Knights
18. Kharlov vs A Istratescu  ½-½491993Metz opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. A Istratescu vs M Apicella  ½-½451993BucharestC05 French, Tarrasch
20. Portisch vs A Istratescu 0-1301993Budapest Zonal Group-BE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
21. A Istratescu vs Topalov  ½-½321993Budapest Zonal Group-BC05 French, Tarrasch
22. A Istratescu vs Zsuzsa Polgar  0-1601993Budapest Zonal Group-BC07 French, Tarrasch
23. A Istratescu vs I Stohl  ½-½251993Budapest Zonal Group-BB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
24. A Istratescu vs V Nevednichy  ½-½141993Odorheiu SecuiescB12 Caro-Kann Defense
25. A Istratescu vs J Horvath  0-1561993Odorheiu SecuiescB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 616  PGN Download
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Mar-22-05  aw1988: True enough, enough for Karpov.
Mar-24-05  acirce: A similar endgame today, but only almost. Thanks to Black's h-pawn (the one on h4 can be quickly won back) it should be drawn: K+Q vs K+R+h-pawn on the 6th rank is a theoretical draw.

In fact, confirms that the current position is a tablebase draw without Black's h4-pawn. Maybe not easy to hold in practical play. Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual gives a tricky position analysed by Guretsky-Cornitz 1864 where Black must play precisely.

Mar-24-05  hintza: Karpov has won! :-) Here is the game:

White: Anatoly Karpov
Black: Andrei Istratescu

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb7 6. Bg2 Bb4+ 7. Bd2 a5 8. O-O O-O 9. Nc3 d6 10. Qc2 Nbd7 11. Rfd1 Bxc3 12. Bxc3 Be4 13. Qc1 a4 14. Bh3 Qe7 15. Nd2 Bb7 16. Qc2 axb3 17. axb3 c5 18. Qb2 h6 19. b4 cxd4 20. Bxd4 Rfc8 21. Rxa8 Rxa8 22. Nf1 d5 23. cxd5 Bxd5 24. Ne3 Bb7 25. b5 Qa3 26. Qxa3 Rxa3 27. Bxf6 Nxf6 28. Rd6 Nd5 29. Nxd5 Bxd5 30. Rxb6 Ra1+ 31. Bf1 Rb1 32. Rb8+ Kh7 33. b6 g5 34. f3 f5 35. Kf2 Rb4 36. e4 fxe4 37. fxe4 Bxe4 38. Ba6 Ra4 39. b7 Rxa6 40. Rh8+ Kxh8 41. b8=Q+ Kh7 42. Qc7+ Kg6 43. Qc4 Bb7 44. Qb3 Be4 45. Ke3 Bf5 46. g4 Ra5 47. gxf5+ Rxf5 48. Qxe6+ Rf6 49. Qe8+ Kg7 50. h4 gxh4 51. Qe7+ Kg6 52. Ke4 h3 53. Qe8+ Kg7 54. Qd7+ Kh8 55. Qxh3 Rg6 56. Kf5 Kh7 57. Qd3 Rg5+ 58. Kf6+ Kh8 59. Qe4 Kg8 60. Qe6+ Kh7 61. Kf7 Rg8 62. Qf5+ Kh8 63. Qe5+ Kh7 64. Qe6 1-0

Mar-24-05  PekpekAdik: what's the current score now in their match? thanks.
Mar-24-05  Karpova: 2,5-1,5 for karpov
Mar-24-05  PekpekAdik: alright!!! i'm rooting for the old & out of shape! thanks, karpova.
Mar-25-05  TheHappyPrince:
Mar-25-05  azaris: Not a terribly convincing effort from Istratescu today against Karpov, he was shedding pawns like no there's no tomorrow. Maybe it's better that Tolia gets to win this match, let's not forget last time when he played a match against Sadvakasov.
Mar-25-05  iron maiden: Are the four games at normal time controls going to be rated?
Mar-25-05  Knezh: Istratescu died after that one won game. In rapid games, Karpov so far has been totally dominating. On that note, it seems that Karpov's style has lately been more in tune with match play rather than tournament play.
Mar-25-05  iron maiden: Difficult to draw any real conclusions on that matter since lately he hasn't played anything BUT matches.
Mar-25-05  Knezh: Disagree. During last 4 years Kaprov performed in several tournaments, but he was most of the time middle-low end of score tables. HOwever, the matches have worked out well for him - notably his mini-match vs. Kasparov in 2001(?)
Mar-26-05  iron maiden: But that was rapid, and Karpov's recent match against Sadvakasov suggests that he's much better when playing at quicker time controls.
Mar-26-05  Paul123: Big Karpov fan here… “ahhhh the good old days when chess was chess and we actually had a candidates cycle” sorry just reminiscing.

In my opinion…I think, as you get older your chess stamina goes, your ability to summon the energy to focus for long periods for weeks on end dissipates. ( e.g. as required for the top tournaments which last weeks.) I think older fellows like Spassky, Korchnoi and even Karpov could/can probably play top caliber chess in short match and tournament play if they are practicing and up to speed on theory etc… Look at Korchnoi he has been playing competitively in short tournaments in Europe for the last decade.

Andrei Istratescu isn’t a slouch and Karpov is manhandling him pretty bad. I would expect this is short tournament or match play

Nov-29-05  lopium: Seems a Rumanian player, anyone has his biography?
Dec-13-05  atripodi: According to FIDE, he was born in 1972, current rating is 2622, making him 2nd in Romania and 91st in the world.
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  virginmind: yes, he is a very good romanian player, second after nisipeanu.
Dec-22-07  BIDMONFA: Andrei Istratescu


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  ketchuplover: Tied for first in the French Championship (through 7 rounds)
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  ketchuplover: Apparently he's involved with

Apr-10-13  Caissanist: I have added a paragraph to Istratescu's bio, summarizing his role in exposing the questionable provenance of Alexandru Crisan's results.
Aug-09-13  twinlark: I've expanded his bio.

Istratescu is a top GM and as <Caissanist> pointed out, he had the courage of his convictions to try and clean up Romanian chess. For his pains, it seems he had to leave Romania and resettle in France.

His chess career deserves more mention, even if only with a modest bio.

Hope he does well in the World Cup.

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  HeMateMe: What has happened in Romanian chess that needs "cleaning up"?
Aug-09-13  twinlark: <HeMateMe: What has happened in Romanian chess that needs "cleaning up"?>

From the paragraph of his bio include by <Caissanist>:

<Istratescu is known for the role that he played in exposing corruption in the Romanian chess federation in the 1990s. During this period he sent a letter to FIDE claiming that Alexandru Crisan, then the 33rd ranked player in the world, had obtained his rating through fraudulent means. His accusations were eventually validated by a FIDE committee.>

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  virginmind: On dec. 2013 ELO rating list (classic chess) Istratescu is 2670 - I think it's his highest ever. Good luck in London, Andrei!
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