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Bukhuti Gurgenidze
Number of games in database: 398
Years covered: 1953 to 2007
Last FIDE rating: 2102
Highest rating achieved in database: 2445

Overall record: +84 -146 =168 (42.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (65) 
    B52 B40 B31 B51 B43
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C77 C79 C74 C63 C61
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B12 B11 B10 B15 B14
 French Defense (14) 
    C00 C19 C18 C16 C15
 King's Indian Attack (11) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    A45 A46 D02
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (52) 
    B33 B36 B32 B52 B94
 King's Indian (16) 
    E80 E88 E75 E77 E91
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A40 E10 E00 D02 D01
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (14) 
    D20 D25 D22 D23 D24
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B12 B14 B15 B10 B13
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C75 C97 C80 C77 C65
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Gurgenidze vs A Lein, 1967 1-0
   Lutikov vs Gurgenidze, 1957 0-1
   Gurgenidze vs A Khasin, 1957 1-0
   Gurgenidze vs Spassky, 1959 1/2-1/2
   Gurgenidze vs Bronstein, 1958 1/2-1/2
   Geller vs Gurgenidze, 1958 1/2-1/2
   Gurgenidze vs R Bellin, 1977 1-0
   Gurgenidze vs Y N Sakharov, 1956 1-0
   Smyslov vs Gurgenidze, 1967 1/2-1/2
   Gurgenidze vs J Yuchtman, 1957 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1958)
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   USSR Championship (1967)

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(born Nov-13-1933, died May-24-2008, 74 years old) Georgia

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Bukhuti Ivanovich Gurgenidze was awarded the IM title in 1968 and the GM title in 1970.

He was 1st= with Mikhail Tal at Tbilisi 1969-70 and 1st at Olomouc in 1976. GM Gurgenidze won the Georgian Championship twelve times (1955, 1958 to 1965, 1968, 1970 and 1973).

He is also known for the Gurgenidze Variation in the Sicilian Defence: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.Re1 e5 6.b4 and the c6-d5 system of the Modern Defence (1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 d5 5.e5 h5).

Wikipedia article: Bukhuti Gurgenidze

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 398  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gurgenidze vs B Baranov 0-13819533rd Soviet Team-ch finalC49 Four Knights
2. Gurgenidze vs Shamkovich  0-14619533rd Soviet Team-ch finalA04 Reti Opening
3. Gurgenidze vs Kotov 0-1131954URSB23 Sicilian, Closed
4. Gurgenidze vs Suetin  0-1291954URS-ch sfE81 King's Indian, Samisch
5. Gurgenidze vs Flohr  0-1351954URS-ch sfB10 Caro-Kann
6. Gurgenidze vs Korchnoi  ½-½411954URS-ch sfA04 Reti Opening
7. Antoshin vs Gurgenidze  ½-½411955URS-ch 1LB08 Pirc, Classical
8. A Arulaid vs Gurgenidze  0-14019554th Soviet Team-ch prelimB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
9. Gurgenidze vs Lipnitsky  0-12919554th Soviet Team-ch finalA13 English
10. Vasiukov vs Gurgenidze 1-0421955URS-ch 1LB08 Pirc, Classical
11. Goglidze vs Gurgenidze  ½-½411955Georgian ChA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
12. Gurgenidze vs Kotov  0-13319551/2 finalB23 Sicilian, Closed
13. Gurgenidze vs Tal ½-½4119554th Soviet Team-ch finalE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
14. Vasiukov vs Gurgenidze  1-04019554th Soviet Team-ch finalB08 Pirc, Classical
15. Gurgenidze vs Y N Sakharov 1-0361956URS-ch sfA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Y Kotkov vs Gurgenidze  1-0571956URS-ch sfC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
17. Gurgenidze vs Furman  ½-½291956URS-ch sfD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
18. J Yuchtman vs Gurgenidze 1-0291956URS-ch sfB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
19. Gurgenidze vs Chukaev  1-0431956URS-ch sfA07 King's Indian Attack
20. V Zurakhov vs Gurgenidze  0-1601956URS-ch sfE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
21. Antoshin vs Gurgenidze  ½-½411956URS-ch sfE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
22. Krogius vs Gurgenidze  ½-½241956URS-ch sfB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
23. Gurgenidze vs Gufeld 1-0251956URS-ch sfB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
24. Tolush vs Gurgenidze 1-0151956Zonal TtB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Gurgenidze vs A Buslaev  ½-½211956URS-ch sfD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 398  PGN Download
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May-26-08  brankat: RIP GM Gurgenidze!
May-26-08  mack: Aw, a great shame. His Caro-Rat was much fun.
May-26-08  BIDMONFA: Bukhuti Gurgenidze


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Not too many players have had two variations of the same defense named after them, but Gurgenidze was one of them: 1.e4,c6; 2.d4,d5; 3.Nc3,g6 and 3...b5 are both his. What's odd is that the latter has a surprisingly good result in the CG database.
May-27-08  deadlysin: this guy recently died :(
May-27-08  ArKheiN: Nobody talk here, even in the little biography, of the Gurgenidze system of the accelerated dragon against the Maroczy, one of the soundest and most solid system of the whole system as Black? 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Be2 Nxd4! Qxd4 8.Bg7 the starting position of the Gurgenidze. Very respected and played at it's best by Malakhov and Tiviakov, the 2 big specialists of the system.
May-27-08  Alphastar: RIP Gurgenidze.
May-27-08  hedgeh0g: Yes, R.I.P.

And give the guy some credit...his rating is still 2108!

May-27-08  nummerzwei: May Mr Gurgenidze rest in peace. It seems that he has invented a lot of opening variations- and he a strong player too,obviously.
May-27-08  Pyke: "The Georgian Champion Bukhuti Gurgenidze has for a long time shown himself to be one of the strongest masters in his country. It should be mentioned that in his games, as a rule, the creative element predominates over the practical. Whatever his result in competitions, be plays a number of interesting games, and in practically every tournament he tries out at times dubious, at times even paradoxical ideas, which, however, he upholds with great success. (Mikhail Tal pp. 382, Life and Games of Mikhail Tal)

When reading those lines by Tal, you get the idea that Gurgenidze was a true lover and romantic of chess. Simply put: a great player.

May-27-08  Prugno: Farewell to an extremely interesting player.
May-28-08  Gejewe: Bukhuti Gurgenidze was a strong grandmaster in a period when there were only a few dozen of them worldwide. He won games against Spassky,Petrosian,Tal, Bronstein,Polugaevsky,Keres, Taimanov,Geller,Averbakh,Kholmov just to name a few. A list to be proud of! Old age seemed to make his chess results suffer. Around 2000 his rating dropped to about 2200, and in 2007 he had a particularly bad string of tournaments that made his rating go down from 2183 to 2101. Maybe he was already ill at that time. I have seen some of these games and can witness that he was loyal to his original style until the very end. He must have cherished the game very much in order to be able to ignore his decline and just play on as if nothing happening.. He will not only be memorized as a strong player - a tower of strength in his native Georgia for a long time - but also as a very creative mind. Here is a game that is not in the databases, but that I unearthed from Shakhmatny Bulletin. Surely not one of his best games but I was struck by the originality ( 3.a4.., 7.g4, 9.Bh3, 30.Nc5!?.. etc. )

Gurgenidze,B - Sturua,Z [D00]
Borzhomi otchborochni, 1984
1.d2-d4 d7-d5 2.Bc1g5 c7-c6
[another of his games with the same opening went 2...h7-h6 3.Bg5-h4 c7-c5 4.d4xc5 Ng8-f6 5.Bh4xf6 e7xf6 6.e2-e3 Bf8xc5 7.c2-c3 00 8.Nb1d2 Rf8-e8 9.Nd2-b3 Bc5-b6 10.Bf1d3 Nb8-c6 11.Ng1e2 Bb6-c7 12.Bd3-c2 g7-g6 13.Nb3-d4 a7-a6 14.h2-h3 Qd8-d6 15.Qd1d2 Nc6-e5 16.b2-b3 Ne5-d7 17.g2-g4 Nd7-c5 18.f2-f3 Bc8-d7 19.000 Ra8-c8 20.Ne2-f4 Nc5-e6 21.Nf4xe6 Bd7xe6 22.Kc1b2 Bc7-b6 23.f3-f4 Be6-d7 24.f4-f5 g6-g5 25.h3-h4 Kg8-g7 26.Rh1h3 Qd6-e5 27.Rd1h1 Re8-h8 28.b3-b4 Bd7-b5 29.Bc2-b3 Bb5-c4 30.Bb3xc4 d5xc4 31.h4xg5 h6xg5 32.Nd4-e6+! 10 Gurgenidze,B-Ubilava,E USSR-ch 1981] 3.a2-a4!? a7-a5 4.e2-e3 Qd8-b6 5.Ra1a2 Bc8-f5 6.Nb1d2 Nb8-d7 7.g2-g4!? Bf5-g6 8.f2-f4 e7-e6 9.Bf1h3 Bf8-e7 10.Ng1f3 h7-h5 11.Bg5xe7 Ng8xe7 12.g4-g5 c6-c5 13.c2-c3 Qb6-c7 14.Nf3-e5 Nd7xe5 15.f4xe5 h5-h4 16.Qd1f3 000 17.Rh1g1 Kc8-b8 18.Bh3-f1 Rd8-f8 19.Nd2-b3 c5-c4 20.Nb3-d2 Kb8-a7 21.Ra2-a3 Qc7-b6 22.Ra3-a2 Ne7-c6 23.b2-b3!? c4xb3 24.Ra2-b2 Bg6-c2 25.Bf1b5 Rf8-c8 26.Nd2xb3 Bc2-e4 27.Qf3-e2 Nc6-e7 28.Ke1d2 Ne7-f5 29.Bb5-d3 Qb6-c7 30.Nb3-c5!? b7-b6 31.Rg1b1 Be4xd3?! [31...b6xc5] 32.Qe2xd3 b6xc5 33.d4xc5! Nf5xe3!? [33...Rc8-b8 34.Rb2-b6 ; 33...Ka7-a8 34.Rb2-b6 ] 34.Rb2-b7+ Qc7xb7 35.Rb1xb7+ Ka7xb7 36.Qd3-b5+ Kb7-c7 37.Qb5-b6+ Kc7-d7 38.Qb6-d6+ Kd7-e8 39.Kd2xe3 Rc8-d8 40.Qd6-c7 h4-h3 41.c5-c6 Rh8-h4 10

RIP Bukhuty Gurgenidze ..

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  IMlday: A creative player and good mentor for WWC Gaprindashvili. Fans of 2♘s vs 2♗s will like this one:Gurgenidze vs Psakhis, 1981
Nov-13-08  brankat: A very talented and innovative GM, Mr.Gurgenidze was.

R.I.P. Sir.

Nov-13-08  brankat: Sicilian Gurgenidze Variation is today's Opening of the Day. Nice gesture CG!
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  Open Defence: birth anniversary of a very original Master of the game!


Nov-13-09  parisattack: Creative genius! Inventor of my favorite variation of the Robatsch.
Nov-13-09  fred lennox: It pleases me to see this player well received. I'm quite fond of Gurgenidze myself. He was a geologist by profession. Here is a nice game. Gurgenidze vs Averbakh, 1961
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  wordfunph: <GM Gurgenidze won the Georgian Championship twelve times>

based on Secrets of Opening Surprises Vol. 7 by Jeroen Bosch, GM Gurgenidze won the Georgian Championship 13 times.

R.I.P. GM Gurgenidze..

Nov-13-12  Abdel Irada: <hedgeh0g: Yes, R.I.P.

And give the guy some credit...his rating is still 2108!>

I agree. That's definitely a pretty respectable rating for a dead guy.

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  Benzol: If anyone hasn't seen this game it is well worth checking out

Savon vs Gurgenidze, 1971

Nov-13-12  Abdel Irada: Yes, <Benzol>, that is a rather nice win.
Nov-02-15  zanzibar: His bio seems to be missing his coaching contributions:

<Georgia. In Tbilisi, the international grand master died Buhuti Gurgenidze


International Grandmaster, Honored Coach of the USSR Buhuti Gurgenidze died today 75 years old. This was reported by representatives of Chess Federation of Georgia. Gurgenidze was 11-times champion of Georgia, participants of the final stage of the nine championships, two-time winner of the world championships among students (1957 and 1958). Over the years he coached the outstanding chess players, world champions Nona Gaprindashvilii, Maya Chiburdanidze and vice-champions - Nana Ioseliani and Nana Alexandria, reports ITAR-TASS. In the 90s Gurgenidze was Vice President of Georgian Chess Federation, continuing coaching. > (RU)

Oct-31-19  AliSawalha: Couldn't believe how was a champion played a game against Tal
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  Messiah: He is also known for the Gurgenidze system(s) of the Caro-Kann.
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