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Bukhuti Gurgenidze
Number of games in database: 641
Years covered: 1951 to 2007
Last FIDE rating: 2102
Highest rating achieved in database: 2445

Overall record: +178 -216 =247 (47.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (104) 
    B40 B52 B31 B51 B23
 Ruy Lopez (44) 
    C77 C78 C65 C74 C63
 Caro-Kann (22) 
    B11 B10 B12 B15 B17
 French Defense (21) 
    C00 C19 C18 C11 C07
 King's Indian Attack (14) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A45 D00 A46 D02
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (72) 
    B33 B32 B36 B30 B60
 King's Indian (34) 
    E80 E75 E97 E90 E77
 Queen's Pawn Game (31) 
    E10 E00 A40 D02 A46
 Caro-Kann (21) 
    B15 B12 B10 B14 B13
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C75 C97 C80 C81 C99
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (17) 
    D20 D24 D25 D21 D23
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B Gurgenidze vs A Lein, 1967 1-0
   Lutikov vs B Gurgenidze, 1957 0-1
   B Gurgenidze vs A Khasin, 1957 1-0
   R Nezhmetdinov vs B Gurgenidze, 1959 0-1
   B Gurgenidze vs Y Sakharov, 1956 1-0
   Savon vs B Gurgenidze, 1971 0-1
   B Gurgenidze vs Bronstein, 1958 1/2-1/2
   B Gurgenidze vs R Bellin, 1977 1-0
   B Gurgenidze vs Spassky, 1959 1/2-1/2
   Smyslov vs B Gurgenidze, 1967 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tbilisi (1965)
   URS-ch sf Rostov-on-Don (1958)
   Goglidze Memorial 1969/70 (1969)
   Goglidze Memorial (1971)
   Goglidze Memorial (1977)
   URS-ch sf Yerevan (1959)
   Karseladze Memorial (1968)
   Kislovodsk (1968)
   URS-ch sf Tbilisi (1956)
   URS-ch sf Riga (1955)
   USSR Championship (1958)
   URS-ch49 First League (1981)
   URS-ch sf Yerevan (1954)
   URS-ch53 First League Kharkiv (1985)
   USSR Championship (1957)

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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

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 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 670  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparian vs B Gurgenidze  1-0471951TbilisiE73 King's Indian
2. B Gurgenidze vs B Baranov 0-13819533rd Soviet Team-ch finalC49 Four Knights
3. B Gurgenidze vs Shamkovich  0-14619533rd Soviet Team-ch finalA04 Reti Opening
4. V Tarasov vs B Gurgenidze  0-1401954URS-ch sf YerevanE60 King's Indian Defense
5. B Gurgenidze vs S Khalilbeili  ½-½671954URS-ch sf YerevanD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Antoshin vs B Gurgenidze  ½-½411954URS-ch sf YerevanB08 Pirc, Classical
7. B Gurgenidze vs S Pimenov  1-0401954URS-ch sf YerevanD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. B Gurgenidze vs G Bastrikov  1-0531954URS-ch sf YerevanA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
9. Kasparian vs B Gurgenidze  0-1501954URS-ch sf YerevanE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
10. G Ilivitsky vs B Gurgenidze  1-0371954URS-ch sf YerevanE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
11. Vasiukov vs B Gurgenidze 1-0421954URS-ch sf YerevanB08 Pirc, Classical
12. B Gurgenidze vs Flohr  0-1351954URS-ch sf YerevanB10 Caro-Kann
13. O Moiseev vs B Gurgenidze  1-0351954URS-ch sf YerevanE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. B Gurgenidze vs Korchnoi  ½-½411954URS-ch sf YerevanA04 Reti Opening
15. B Gurgenidze vs I Vistaneckis  0-1621954URS-ch sf YerevanA15 English
16. H Mokatsyan vs B Gurgenidze  0-1421954URS-ch sf YerevanA38 English, Symmetrical
17. B Gurgenidze vs Kotov  0-1331954URS-ch sf YerevanB23 Sicilian, Closed
18. B Gurgenidze vs Suetin  0-1291954URS-ch sf YerevanE81 King's Indian, Samisch
19. B Gurgenidze vs Sokolsky  ½-½411954URS-ch sf YerevanA15 English
20. B Gurgenidze vs V Shiyanovsky  ½-½411955URS-ch sf RigaB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
21. Y Polyak vs B Gurgenidze  0-1391955URS-ch sf RigaC03 French, Tarrasch
22. B Lebedev vs B Gurgenidze  0-1511955URS-ch sf RigaE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. V Goglidze vs B Gurgenidze  ½-½411955Georgian ChA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
24. B Gurgenidze vs V Zurakhov  1-0511955URS-ch sf RigaB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. B Gurgenidze vs Shamkovich  ½-½411955URS-ch sf RigaB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 670  PGN Download
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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.Bc1–g5 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 0–0 8.Nb1–d2 Rf8-e8 9.Nd2-b3 Bc5-b6 10.Bf1–d3 Nb8-c6 11.Ng1–e2 Bb6-c7 12.Bd3-c2 g7-g6 13.Nb3-d4 a7-a6 14.h2-h3 Qd8-d6 15.Qd1–d2 Nc6-e5 16.b2-b3 Ne5-d7 17.g2-g4 Nd7-c5 18.f2-f3 Bc8-d7 19.0–0–0 Ra8-c8 20.Ne2-f4 Nc5-e6 21.Nf4xe6 Bd7xe6 22.Kc1–b2 Bc7-b6 23.f3-f4 Be6-d7 24.f4-f5 g6-g5 25.h3-h4 Kg8-g7 26.Rh1–h3 Qd6-e5 27.Rd1–h1 Re8-h8 28.b3-b4 Bd7-b5 29.Bc2-b3 Bb5-c4 30.Bb3xc4 d5xc4 31.h4xg5 h6xg5 32.Nd4-e6+! 1–0 Gurgenidze,B-Ubilava,E USSR-ch 1981] 3.a2-a4!? a7-a5 4.e2-e3 Qd8-b6 5.Ra1–a2 Bc8-f5 6.Nb1–d2 Nb8-d7 7.g2-g4!? Bf5-g6 8.f2-f4 e7-e6 9.Bf1–h3 Bf8-e7 10.Ng1–f3 h7-h5 11.Bg5xe7 Ng8xe7 12.g4-g5 c6-c5 13.c2-c3 Qb6-c7 14.Nf3-e5 Nd7xe5 15.f4xe5 h5-h4 16.Qd1–f3 0–0–0 17.Rh1–g1 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.Bf1–b5 Rf8-c8 26.Nd2xb3 Bc2-e4 27.Qf3-e2 Nc6-e7 28.Ke1–d2 Ne7-f5 29.Bb5-d3 Qb6-c7 30.Nb3-c5!? b7-b6 31.Rg1–b1 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 1–0

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!
Nov-13-09  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
Apr-22-11  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.
Mar-23-23  Olavi: Russell Enterprises has published Ehlvest's The Modern Gurgenidze

From the foreword by Shabalov:

" The combination of the Caro-Kann with the fianchetto of the dark-square bishop bears the name of one of the most original minds in chess history, Georgian grandmaster Bukhuti Gurgenidze (1933-2008). “The most elegant man in Tbilisi” was a very likeable, sometimes almost comical person with whom I had the pleasure of meeting and talking. There are so many chess “folklore” stories attributed to him, while the compilation of his best studies still remains one of the best chess books ever written."

The great study composer David Gurgenidze is alive and going strong. Davit Gurgenidze

May-03-23  stone free or die: Here's a photograph of him:

(Date uncertain)

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