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Editura Universitara White squares, black squares. An attempt to reconstruct the national chess championships (1977-1989)

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Publisher: Editura Universitara

Author: Cristian-Florin Dananau

Edition: I

Pages: 206

Publisher year: 2024

ISBN: 978-606-28-1798-5

DOI: 10.5682/9786062817985

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Maybe some people will find the idea of publishing such a book strange! Who cares about old games, played by people they haven't heard of? In addition, most parties can prove to be wrong if they are analyzed with not very advanced programs! And yet there are beginnings, pioneering, evolution, progress, predecessors, in a word, history! The history of Romanian chess is perhaps not glorious and, certainly, many Romanian chess players could have reached higher under other conditions.
The author did a Sisyphean task, trying to recover at least part of the games played in the individual finals, because miraculously a large part of the Romanian chess archive has disappeared! It should also be taken into account that Eloul was introduced late, and the publication of quality games in the famous "Sakhovski Informator" was difficult for chess players little known internationally!
I hope that the readers will discover in many games the attractiveness of chess not invaded by the theory of openings, but rich in improvisations, inventiveness and, perhaps, a little naivety!

MI Sergiu Grünberg
champion of Romania
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CRISTIAN-FLORIN DANANAU

FOREWORD / 7
INTRODUCTION / 9
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Sibiu, December 4‑24, 1977 / 11
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Herculane, November 23 – December 10, 1978 / 26
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Bucharest, December 2‑18, 1979 / 37
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Bucharest, January 10-28, 1981 / 50
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Bucharest, November 11‑27, 1981 / 64
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Bucharest, December 12-28, 1982 / 74
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Bucharest, December 6-22, 1983 / 92
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Bucharest, January 6-21, 1985 / 104
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Timisoara, December 11-23, 1985 / 116
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Sinaia, December 11-23, 1986 / 140
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Predeal, November 15 – December 4, 1987 / 151
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Predeal, September 5‑23, 1988 / 170
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Tusnad, December 10-21, 1989 / 190
END / 200
INDEX OF SACHISTS / 201

Maybe some people will find the idea of publishing such a book strange! Who cares about old games, played by people they haven't heard of? In addition, most parties can prove to be wrong if they are analyzed with not very advanced programs! And yet there are beginnings, pioneering, evolution, progress, predecessors, in a word, history! The history of Romanian chess is perhaps not glorious and, certainly, many Romanian chess players could have reached higher under other conditions. Who, why and how - all these are questions to which you can find the answer, if you can imagine the circumstances of other times, but especially if, reading the book, you can enjoy the quality of the game of talented chess players, less burdened by the canons of theory.
Keep in mind that during the 1950-1990 period the idea of amateurism dominated: more precisely, most chess players worked in various fields! There were also exceptions - for those who became journalists and for a few who availed themselves of some ghost jobs, by virtue of patriotic services or random sympathies. There were hardly any certified coaches, chess books and publications were rare, and tournament opportunities were few and far between for most players. In these conditions, progress in chess was almost impossible, despite the talent and dedication! This explains why for many years we only had one great master, Florin Gheorghiu, while the neighbors, Bulgaria, Hungary and Yugoslavia, had at least 10! Victor Ciocaltea, a genius tactician, but without positional claims, and Theodor Ghitescu, a very good strategist, but with tactical weaknesses, also distinguished themselves. Both of them excellently supported Florin in Romania's participation in the team competitions, each exceeding their individual condition. There are many other talented players from that period, such as Carol Partos, Alexandru Gunsberger, Dolfi Drimer, Mircea Pavlov, Serban Neamtu, Gheorghe Mititelu, who in other circumstances could have reached much higher in the chess hierarchy! With the appearance of the "Universitatea Bucharest" generation: Mihai Suba, Mihai Ghinda, Dorel Ghizdavu, Valentin Stoica, Dan Zara, Sergiu Grünberg, the level of Romanian chess increased, and the national finals became more disputed and more unpredictable! Later, Constantin Ionescu and Ovidiu Foisor asserted their value, but the last group that appeared in the 90s: Dieter Nisipeanu, Andrei Istratescu and Vladik Nevednicii was probably the most valuable!
The author did a Sisyphean task, trying to recover at least part of the games played in the individual finals, because miraculously a large part of the Romanian chess archive has disappeared! It should also be taken into account that Eloul was introduced late, and the publication of quality games in the famous "Sakhovski Informator" was difficult for chess players little known internationally! In addition, think about the preparation conditions: to write the prepared variations by hand, to look in various magazines (the "64" magazine was the base) games played in variations from your repertoire! If now a player immediately accesses hundreds of games played in the desired variant and checks the best lines of play indicated by the program, back then the choice of variants and their verification were much more difficult and, implicitly, more subjective!
In addition to all this, let's not forget that a long period of time was played with interruptions. In this kind of games, the ability to analyze or even the partner with whom you analyzed mattered a lot, so many results were decisively influenced by the analysis itself.
I hope that the readers will discover in many games the attractiveness of chess not invaded by the theory of openings, but rich in improvisations, inventiveness and, perhaps, a little naivety!

Sergiu Grünberg
international master
champion of Romania

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