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Victor Ciocaltea
V Ciocaltea 
Number of games in database: 901
Years covered: 1953 to 1983
Highest rating achieved in database: 2460

Overall record: +230 -205 =466 (51.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (161) 
    B93 B32 B30 B31 B90
 Ruy Lopez (90) 
    C94 C78 C93 C96 C98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (55) 
    C94 C93 C96 C98 C91
 King's Indian Attack (49) 
 French Defense (40) 
    C02 C19 C00 C15 C16
 Sicilian Najdorf (32) 
    B93 B90 B97 B98 B99
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (88) 
    E63 E81 E62 E80 E92
 Ruy Lopez (86) 
    C72 C75 C73 C74 C71
 Sicilian (42) 
    B56 B32 B33 B58 B96
 Robatsch (29) 
 Modern Benoni (23) 
    A56 A69 A57 A58 A59
 Pirc (21) 
    B08 B07
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Ciocaltea vs J Kozma, 1963 1-0
   V Ciocaltea vs Bruska, 1958 1-0
   V Ciocaltea vs L Masic, 1971 1-0
   V Ciocaltea vs Jansa, 1963 1-0
   Stoltz vs V Ciocaltea, 1953 0-1
   V Ciocaltea vs N Gaprindashvili, 1969 1-0
   V Ciocaltea vs Jansa, 1964 1-0
   V Ciocaltea vs Fischer, 1962 1-0
   V Ciocaltea vs A Lombard, 1972 1-0
   Tal vs V Ciocaltea, 1967 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reggio Emilia 1966/67 (1966)
   Dortmund (1974)
   Bucharest (1978)
   Dresden (1956)
   Reggio Emilia 1967/68 (1967)
   Asztalos Memorial (1966)
   Reggio Emilia 1968/69 (1968)
   Bucharest (1979)
   Dortmund (1980)
   Hoogovens-B (1968)
   Vrnjacka Banja Zonal (1972)
   Przepiorka Memorial (1957)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-A (1964)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-A (1972)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad (1978)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Dresden 1956 by Phony Benoni
   Dortmund 1973 by suenteus po 147
   Netanya-A 1968 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jan-16-1932, died Sep-10-1983, 51 years old) Romania

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Victor Ciocâltea was born in Bucharest. He learned chess at the age of 18. Awarded the IM title in 1957 and the GM title in 1979, he was Romanian champion in 1952 (age 20), 1959, 1961, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975 and 1979.

He played for Romania in eleven Chess Olympiads from 1956 to 1982.

He was a participant of four zonal FIDE tournaments (1954–1982). In 1954, he took 14th in Mariánské Lázně–Prague (Luděk Pachman won). In 1967, he took 15th in Halle (Lajos Portisch won). In 1972, he tied for 5–7th in Vrnjačka Banja. In 1982, he tied for 19–20th in Băile Herculane (Zoltán Ribli won).

In 1953, he tied for 11–12th in Bucharest (Alexander Tolush won). In 1954, he took 16th in Bucharest (Viktor Korchnoi won). In 1956, he took 3rd, behind Yuri Averbakh and Ratmir Kholmov, in Dresden. In 1956, he took 14th in Moscow (Alekhine Memorial; Mikhail Botvinnik won). In 1962, he took 9th in Havana (Capablanca Memorial; Miguel Najdorf won). In 1962, he tied for 1st–2nd in Sofia. In 1962, he tied for 3rd–4th in Belgrade (Svetozar Gligorić won).

In 1965, Ciocâltea took 16th in Havana (Capablanca Memorial; Vasily Smyslov won). In 1966, he took 2nd in Zinnowitz. In 1966/67, he tied for 1st–2nd with Dragoljub Čirić in Reggio Emilia. In 1968, he took 6th in Netanya (Bobby Fischer won). In 1968/69, he tied for 1st–4th in Reggio Emilia. In 1970, he took 13th in Caracas (Lubomir Kavalek won). In 1971, he tied for 3rd–4th in Málaga (Arturo Pomar won).

In 1973, he won in Tunis. In 1974, he tied for 1st with László Szabó in Dortmund. In 1975, he won in Bucharest. In 1979, he won in Satu Mare. In 1980, he won in Călimăneşti. In 1981, he won in Val Thorens. In 1981, he tied for 2nd–4th in Barcelona. In 1983, he tied for 6–8th in Netanya (Miguel Quinteros won).His last tournament was Thessalonika 1983 where he finished 3rd. He passed away while playing a chess in a tournament in Manresa, Spain, on September 1983.

Wikipedia article: Victor Ciocâltea

Last updated: 2022-03-19 23:50:27

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 998  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Smyslov vs V Ciocaltea ½-½241953BucharestE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
2. Szabo vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½411953BucharestB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
3. V Ciocaltea vs Spassky  ½-½211953BucharestC50 Giuoco Piano
4. Tolush vs V Ciocaltea 1-0301953BucharestE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
5. V Ciocaltea vs Radulescu  0-1391953BucharestC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
6. V Ciocaltea vs Golombek  0-1301953BucharestB10 Caro-Kann
7. Boleslavsky vs V Ciocaltea 1-0311953BucharestB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
8. Sliwa vs V Ciocaltea 1-0351953BucharestA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
9. G Stoltz vs V Ciocaltea 0-1171953BucharestB50 Sicilian
10. V Ciocaltea vs Z Milev  1-0321953BucharestB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. V Ciocaltea vs S Szabo  ½-½231953BucharestC50 Giuoco Piano
12. V Ciocaltea vs O'Kelly 1-0351953BucharestB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. V Ciocaltea vs E G Reicher  1-0341953BucharestC58 Two Knights
14. O Troianescu vs V Ciocaltea  0-1321953BucharestB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
15. V Ciocaltea vs Filip  ½-½311953BucharestB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
16. V Ciocaltea vs J Sajtar  1-0461953BucharestB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
17. Petrosian vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½321953BucharestA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
18. Barcza vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½591953BucharestE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
19. O Barda vs V Ciocaltea  1-0701953BucharestA03 Bird's Opening
20. V Ciocaltea vs B Soos  1-0201954RomaniaB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
21. V Ciocaltea vs Uhlmann  1-0331954Prague/Marianske Lazne ZonalC15 French, Winawer
22. B Hodja vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½611954Prague ztA07 King's Indian Attack
23. V Ciocaltea vs Stahlberg  0-1411954BucharestC12 French, McCutcheon
24. Furman vs V Ciocaltea  0-1641954BucharestE81 King's Indian, Samisch
25. V Ciocaltea vs Korchnoi 0-1661954BucharestA07 King's Indian Attack
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  Benzol: Victor Ciocaltea
Born 16th January 1932 in Bucharest
Died 10th September 1983 in Manresa
Awarded the IM title in 1957 and GM title in 1979.
He was Romanian champion 1952, 1959, 1961, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975 and 1979.
Jan-16-06  BIDMONFA: Victor Ciocaltea


Jan-16-08  whiteshark: Ciocâltea died at the chess table, while playing 4th round game at Manresa tournament. Cerebral apoplexy.
Jan-16-08  whiteshark: Player of the day:
He learned chess only at the age of sixteen.

Moskow 1956

Notable game:
V Ciocaltea vs Fischer, 1962
(is it Fischer's most ignored lost?) :D

Mar-25-08  PhilFeeley: A memorial round-robin was played in Bucharest recently. I found out that a Canadian IM, Tomas Roussel-Roozman, was there. I don't know the results, but some games are in TWIC698.
Dec-31-10  castilho: There is a grammar mistake in the bio.
It should read "He won 1st prises at... ", simple past, instead of "He has won 1st prises at...", present perfect.
Jan-16-11  wordfunph: Romanian Victor Ciocaltea became an International Master in 1957 and took 22 years to become an International Grandmaster in 1979.

who can beat that record?

Oct-07-12  Gallicrow: Enrico Paoli - IM in 1951, GM in 1996. However he was awarded the GM title honoris causa. See
Jan-16-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Victor!
Jan-16-16  Caissanist: Ciocaltea might have held the record for biggest gap between IM and GM titles at the time but nowadays, the world senior champ gets the GM title, so several people have beaten it. Vladimir Okhotnik had a gap of 24 years, Larry Kaufman 28, probably there are others.
Jun-19-18  Nosnibor: His is name pronounced as Chocolateow ?

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