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Andrei Istratescu
A Istratescu 
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 
Number of games in database: 716
Years covered: 1991 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2551 (2610 rapid, 2603 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2677

Overall record: +244 -83 =333 (62.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 56 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (77) 
    B90 B32 B86 B33 B47
 French Defense (20) 
    C05 C07 C10 C11 C03
 Ruy Lopez (19) 
    C65 C60 C77 C67 C70
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    A41 A46 E10 A40 D02
 Queen's Gambit Declined (18) 
    D37 D35 D38 D31 D30
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B90 B92 B96 B99 B97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (59) 
    B22 B90 B42 B43 B96
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    A40 E00 A45 A46 D02
 King's Indian (34) 
    E70 E60 E97 E91 E99
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E45 E43 E32 E34 E40
 English (24) 
    A15 A17 A18 A14 A10
 French Defense (23) 
    C07 C18 C02 C01 C17
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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 Lazarev, 2011 1-0
   A Istratescu vs B Amin, 2008 1-0
   Movsesian vs A Istratescu, 2012 0-1
   A Istratescu vs V Akopian, 2001 1-0
   Stellwagen vs A Istratescu, 2002 0-1
   A Istratescu vs Chernin, 1997 1-0
   Ali Gattea vs A Istratescu, 2002 0-1
   T Balogh vs A Istratescu, 1998 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Spring Festival (2001)
   Hastings 2011/12 (2011)
   Romanian Championship (1999)
   Hastings 2009/10 (2009)
   Casino Graz Open (2014)
   Korinthos Open (2001)
   European Championship (2004)
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   Rishon LeZion (1991)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   Graz Open A (2017)
   Gibraltar Masters (2010)
   European Championship (2003)
   European Championship (2012)
   London Chess Classic Open (2013)

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

   🏆 TCh-FRA Top 12
   P Tregubov vs A Istratescu (Jul-02-21) 1/2-1/2
   A Istratescu vs P Schreiner (Dec-31-19) 1-0
   Deac vs A Istratescu (Nov-10-19) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   A Istratescu vs Deac (Nov-09-19) 1-0, blitz
   A Istratescu vs Deac (Nov-07-19) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Dec-03-1975, 47 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 31; games 1-25 of 760  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Istratescu vs E Liss  1-0421991Rishon LeZionC49 Four Knights
2. V Beim vs A Istratescu  ½-½141991Rishon LeZionA16 English
3. M Ulybin vs A Istratescu  1-0211991Wch U20B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
4. S T Ansell vs A Istratescu  0-1261991Rishon LeZionB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
5. Bronstein vs A Istratescu 1-0311991Rishon LeZionE90 King's Indian
6. A Istratescu vs I Veinger  1-0421991Rishon LeZionB30 Sicilian
7. A Istratescu vs V Akopian  0-1301991Wch U20B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. A A Webster vs A Istratescu  ½-½171991Rishon LeZionA15 English
9. A Istratescu vs M Shrentzel  1-0331991Rishon LeZionB01 Scandinavian
10. A Istratescu vs J Votava  ½-½411991Rishon LeZionB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. A Istratescu vs Milov  ½-½491991Rishon LeZionB32 Sicilian
12. V Malaniuk vs A Istratescu  ½-½171992CaciulataA48 King's Indian
13. A Istratescu vs C Ionescu  ½-½121992Ch Romania mC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
14. A Istratescu vs Timoshenko  ½-½161992CaciulataB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. A Istratescu vs Suba  ½-½511992ROU-chTB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
16. A Istratescu vs V Buturin  1-0411992Bucharest2B86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
17. A Istratescu vs D Bogdan  1-0281992BucharestB32 Sicilian
18. J Egger vs A Istratescu  0-1301992Wch U18E70 King's Indian
19. A Istratescu vs D Langier  ½-½211992Wch U18B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
20. C McNab vs A Istratescu  1-0481992Manila OlympiadA15 English
21. A Istratescu vs B Podlesnik  1-0471992Manila OlympiadB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
22. E Dizdarevic vs A Istratescu  ½-½211992Manila OlympiadA05 Reti Opening
23. A Istratescu vs H Stefansson  0-1591992Manila OlympiadC49 Four Knights
24. O Danielian vs A Istratescu  1-0341992Wch U18E97 King's Indian
25. A Istratescu vs Shulman  1-0281992Wch U18C03 French, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 760  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.
Jun-12-06  virginmind: yes, he is a very good romanian player, second after nisipeanu.
Dec-22-07  BIDMONFA: Andrei Istratescu


Aug-21-11  ketchuplover: Tied for first in the French Championship (through 7 rounds)
Jan-07-12  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.>

Dec-10-13  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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