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Oleg Romanishin

Number of games in database: 3,121
Years covered: 1966 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2403 (2414 rapid, 2387 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2615
Overall record: +1140 -499 =1455 (60.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 27 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (192) 
    A46 D02 A40 A41 E10
 Reti System (174) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Sicilian (117) 
    B23 B50 B52 B30 B31
 King's Indian (101) 
    E63 E62 E60 E64 E69
 King's Indian Attack (97) 
    A07 A08
 Grunfeld (92) 
    D73 D78 D76 D79 D90
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (319) 
    C96 C69 C87 C85 C91
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (235) 
    C96 C87 C85 C91 C84
 Queen's Indian (166) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E16
 Sicilian (128) 
    B46 B44 B40 B22 B42
 Nimzo Indian (126) 
    E44 E34 E20 E38 E43
 English (95) 
    A17 A13 A15 A11 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Romanishin vs Petrosian, 1975 1-0
   Romanishin vs Ivanchuk, 1986 1-0
   Romanishin vs K Mueller, 1992 1-0
   Dorfman vs Romanishin, 1977 0-1
   J A Hedman Senarega vs Romanishin, 1977 0-1
   Romanishin vs Marjanovic, 1972 1-0
   A Mikhalchishin vs Romanishin, 1981 0-1
   Romanishin vs H van Riemsdijk, 1979 1-0
   Ribli vs Romanishin, 1982 1/2-1/2
   Romanishin vs Y Anikaev, 1973 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dortmund (1976)
   URS-ch First League (1974)
   Hastings 1976/77 (1976)
   Yerevan (1976)
   October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977)
   Jurmala (1983)
   Hungarian Open (1990)
   Keres Memorial (1977)
   Dortmund (1982)
   Riga (1981)
   Yerevan (1980)
   43rd USSR Championship (1975)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   First Lady's Cup (1983)
   USSR Championship (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Phili by fredthebear
   Tallinn 1977 by Chessdreamer
   USSR Championship 1974 by suenteus po 147
   USSR Championship 1977 by Phony Benoni
   USSR Championship 1975 by Phony Benoni

   🏆 I Menorca Open
   Romanishin vs M Santos Ruiz (Apr-21-22) 1/2-1/2
   E Player vs Romanishin (Apr-12-22) 1/2-1/2
   Romanishin vs A Fier (Apr-11-22) 0-1
   Romanishin vs Simon Ritzka (Apr-10-22) 1-0
   M Dey vs Romanishin (Apr-10-22) 0-1

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(born Jan-10-1952, 71 years old) Ukraine
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Oleg Mikhailovich Romanishin was born in Lvov, then in the USSR. Awarded the IM title in 1973, After winning the European Junior Championship in 1973, he became an International Master the same year. In 1974, Romanishin was a member of the victorious USSR team at the World Student Team Championship held in Teesside, England, where he scored the best result for board 4 (8/9).

The following year, he had a terrific result at the USSR Championship, sharing second place with Boris Gulko, Mikhail Tal and Rafael Vaganian, after Tigran Petrosian. In 1976, his Grandmaster title was ratified when he was European Junior Champion in 1972-73. A pupil of Viktor Emmauelovich Kart (born 1929), he has achieved fine tournament results such as =1st at the October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977), 2nd at Tilburg 1979, =3rd at Sochi 1982, 1st at Moscow 1985, and =1st at Reggio Emilia 1985-86, but has never qualified as a FIDE Candidate.

At the Olympiads he represented the Soviet Union in 1978 and thereafter played for Ukraine through the 1990s, winning a total of 2 silver medals and 2 bronze. At the European Team Chess Championships his medal haul has amounted to an incredible 6 gold and 1 silver.

He is reputed to have said "Draws make me angry" and remains a strong GM with an aggressive style just a level below the top rank. He is also a leading chess opening theorist.

Video interview with Oleg

Wikipedia article: Oleg Romanishin

Last updated: 2021-12-04 16:08:19

 page 1 of 125; games 1-25 of 3,119  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Romanishin vs M Steinberg 0-1211966UKR SpartakiadC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. Romanishin vs V Zurakhov 1-0321968URSB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
3. Lutikov vs Romanishin  1-0271968URSB30 Sicilian
4. Romanishin vs Lebovich  ½-½301968USSR Junior ChampionshipB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
5. Romanishin vs Kim  1-0441968USSR Junior ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
6. Romanishin vs S A Chekhelian  1-0451968USSR Junior ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
7. Romanishin vs V Arbakov  1-0461968USSR Junior ChampionshipC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
8. M Steinberg vs Romanishin  ½-½1419686th Soviet Team CupD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. Romanishin vs B Nisman  0-13419686th Soviet Team CupC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
10. G Piesina vs Romanishin 1-02919686th Soviet Team CupC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
11. Romanishin vs V Kirpichnikov  0-16019686th Soviet Team CupC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
12. A Lisenko vs Romanishin  ½-½2119686th Soviet Team CupA12 English with b3
13. Romanishin vs G Tsikhelashvili 0-13819686th Soviet Team CupB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
14. Romanishin vs N Popov 0-13319686th Soviet Team CupA25 English
15. A Reiman vs Romanishin  1-03819686th Soviet Team CupE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
16. Romanishin vs I Mikliaev  ½-½4119686th Soviet Team CupC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
17. Karpov vs Romanishin 1-04019686th Soviet Team CupD00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Romanishin vs P Sangla  ½-½3019686th Soviet Team CupB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
19. Vaganian vs Romanishin  ½-½1419686th Soviet Team CupD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. Romanishin vs W Hug  1-0731969Schilde op U18 5thA57 Benko Gambit
21. Romanishin vs T Horvath  ½-½401969Schilde op U18 5thA56 Benoni Defense
22. Romanishin vs D Cox  1-0381969Schilde op U18 5thA25 English
23. Romanishin vs R Moberly  ½-½271969Schilde op U18 5thE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. Romanishin vs Beliavsky  0-1391969BeltsyB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
25. S Makarichev vs Romanishin  0-1671969BeltsyC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
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  HeMateMe: One of the more active older players? Good luck in Holland, Mr. Romanishin.
Jan-15-13  fisayo123: No pic? such a shame.
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  mistermac: Albertan posted a pic on p#7.

Mr Romanishin looks a thoroughly affable man, I must say.

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  perfidious: <mistermac> Early in Romanishin's international career, there was a piece which covered one of his tournament victories.

While I don't recall whether it was in Chess Life or BCM, that article noted that, for all his ferocity at the board, he was very much a gentleman away from it and quite a decent man to meet, unlike some other top players of the time.

May-19-13  wordfunph: Inside Chess once dubbed him as GM Oleg "Never Say Draw" Romanishin.
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  alexmagnus: Funny: first 9 games here are decisive, 8 of them losses. Did Romanishin not win at all when he was a teenager? :D:D:D
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Dec-19-13  waustad: Here's a pic from when he was young in Lviv with Mikhalchishin and Beliavsky:
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  keypusher: <waustad: Here's a pic from when he was young in Lviv with Mikhalchishin and Beliavsky:>...

Ah, to be young and in Lviv!

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  tamar: "The Latvian Railway Man"

Vassily Ivanchuk is brilliant in the title role, showing his critics that revenge is never a straight line.

Mar-05-15  tessathedog: Gee...I sought out this page because I spotted GM Romanishin playing here at Bad Worishofen and really wanted to read up on him...only to have to wade through pages of totally irrelevant postings. I can see that they are amusing, but surely there is a better place for them? is it not disrespectful to a prominent Grandmaster to litter his pages with material of no relevance to him or his achievements? I do not mean to offend anyone, but would like people to reflect a little on how trivial postings might be compromising the pages of highly esteemed players.
Mar-05-15  torrefan: We apologize. That's a very rare occurrence here at CG. It won't happen again.
Mar-05-15  zanzibar: Here's an interview, and I believe the picture from the broken link above can be found there as well:

Mar-06-15  tessathedog: Many thanks Zanzibar for that fantastic Romanishin interview! Exactly what I was looking for. I really appreciate your taking the trouble to post it. Thank you. Now, my immediate ambition is to try and get a photo with Romanishin at the closing ceremony tomorrow. I am glad to read in the interview he speaks English, so he will understand my request...I couldn't manage it in Russian!
May-16-15  TheFocus: <A win gives one a feeling of self-affirmation, and success - a feeling of self-expression, but only a sensible harmonization between these urges can bring really great achievements in chess> - Oleg Romanishin.
Jan-10-16  TheFocus: Happy Birthday, Oleg!!
Oct-07-16  diagonal: priceless picture from the Isle of Man Open 2016: (maybe it takes a second until to the corresponding photo)

His master's voice:

"A sit down with Oleg Romanishin", video interview with a living legend, recorded at the Univé Chess Open in 2014 by

Jan-10-17  diagonal: Happy birthday, Oleg Romanishin. Good health, best wishes for you and many more inspiring Open Festivals to come!

Forty years ago, he achieved his biggest success, winning the international <October Revolution 60th Anniversary> tournament at Leningrad in 1977, together with Tal (Romanishin best on tie-break), ahead of 3. Smyslov, 4./5. Vaganian and Karpov, then reigning World Champion, etc. (18 players): October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977)

In 1977, Romanishin was ranked third in the annual Chess Oscar Award (only behind Karpov and Korchnoi, ahead of 4. Tal, 5. Miles, 6. Larsen, 7. Spassky, 8. Hort, 9. Portisch, 10. Petrosian).

Jan-10-17  diagonal: Born 10 January 1952 in Lviv. Ukrainian Grandmaster (1976). Graduated in foreign languages. <European Junior Champion 1972-73 at Groningen>. Member of the Soviet team which won the World Student Team Championship in 1974 and 1976.

Member also of the team which won the match USSR-Rest of the World in 1984 (as substitute player with three different appearances). A participant in the Olympiad of 1978 for the USSR (team silver behind Hungary) and from 1992 until 2000 consecutively for Ukraine (one silver and two bronze team medals). In the European Team Championship, he won in 1977, 1980 and 1983 six gold medals, three times in a row with the USSR (both team and individual board gold).

In nine appearances in the USSR Championships between 1974 and 1983, his best place was Vice-Champion in 1975 (+7=5-3) shared with Boris Gulko, Mikhail Tal, and Rafael Vaganian, half a point behind Tigran Petrosian, and clear third in 1981 (behind joint winners Psakhis and Kasparov).

Notable tournament victories (selection): Odessa (USSR-championship semifinal) 1974, Novi Sad 1975, Yerevan International 1976 (ahead of joint Gulko and Savon), <Dortmund 1976> (ahead of Flesch, followed by Miles), <Hastings 1976-77> outright, <Leningrad (October Revolution 60th Anniversary)> 1977 (best on tie-break, tied with Tal, ahead of Smyslov, Vaganian and reigning World Champion Anatoly Karpov), Gausdal (Open) 1979 clear first, <Polanica Zdroj (Rubinstein Mem) 1980> as clear first, Lvov 1981 (joint with Tal), Jurmala 1983 (+9=4), <Moscow International 1985> outright (above Vaganian, Tukmakov, Sveshnikov, Geller, Razuvaev, Polugaevsky, Dolmatov, Ivkov, Ftacnik, Speelman), <Reggio Emilia 1985-86> equal first (with Andresson as best on tie-break and Ljubojevic), Yerevan International 1986, Debrecen GM 1990, Gyor (HUN-ch Open) 1990 finishing a clear two points above the rest, <Polanica Zdroj (Rubinstein Mem) 1992> (ahead of Korchnoi), Debrecen GM 1992, followed by some wins of moderate strong or smaller events on the grandmaster chess circuit, eg. Solin / Split GM 2004, Calcutta (Open, Alekhine Chess Club) 2004 (Abhijit Kunte, India was first on tie-break, Romanishin alongside the co-winners Aleksej Aleksandrov, Belarus, Ni, Hua, China, Ehsam, Ghaem Maghami, Iran, and Surya Sekhar Ganguly, India), Roma Hotel Petra 2005, Heviz, Hungary, GM Mini tournament 2010 (joint with Miton), Roseto International Chess Festival (Open) 2010, clear first, <Warsaw (MetLife Najdorf Mem, Open)> 2012 clear first.

At Tilburg in 1979, Romanishin was clear runner-up half a point only behind Karpov (and ahead of many great players of its time, namely Portisch, Sax, Larsen, Spassky, Timman, Sosonko, Huebner, Hort, Kavalek, and Smyslov on sole last place in this twelve player round robin super-tournament). At Dortmund in 1982, Romanishin took sole second (after Hort).

However, Oleg Romanishin has never made it into the FIDE Candidates but was a PCA Candidate in 1993 (via PCA Qualifying Tournament in Groningen, then losing in New York 1994 the quarter-final to Anand who won 5:2, and went on to win the whole cycle 1993-1995 to become Challenger of Kasparov in 1995). Romanishin remains a regular competitor in Open Festivals.

Best Elo rating: 2615 in 1993 (FIDE), 2735 in 1975 (SONAS chessmetrics)

Best Elo ranking: 11th, January 1977 (FIDE then yearly list), 5th, January 1975 (SONAS monthly list)

Jan-10-21  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster!
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