Chess.com Player Profiles: GM Tiberiu Georgescu
The subject for this player profile is Romania's youngest grandmaster, Tiberiu Georgescu from Bucuresti. Besides being a grandmaster, he is a teacher at the University and studies Informatics in Economics in the pursuit of his doctoral degree. He is a player that does not subscribe to Bobby Fischer's famous qoute about not believing in psychology but in good moves. He has authored a DVD on grandmaster chess psychology, and believes that psychology is one of the most important factors in chess. Georgescu is also a kickboxer. Read on to learn more about this fighter.
Name: Tiberiu Georgescu
Fide rating: 2460
Chess.com username: Georgescu_Tiberiu
What music are you currently grooving to?
I listen to all kind of genres, but I resonate best with old music. Sometimes I can enjoy listening to Eminem as much as I can enjoy listening to Mozart. Right now my favourites are probably Avicii and U2.
Is there any chess book that has had a deep and lasting influence on you?
Python Strategy by Tigran Petrosian. Petrosian's unique style of anticipating an opponent’s intentions, limiting his possibilities, and then squeezing him little by little impressed me much when I was 15 years old.
What is your favourite movie?
12 Angry men — a movie about 12 jurors deciding if a youngster is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. Every one of them could be a chess player.
12 Angry Men was selected as the second-best courtroom drama ever by the American Film Institute in AFI's 10 Top 10 list and is the highest courtroom drama on Rotten Tomatoes' Top 100 Movies of All Time.
What would your last meal be?
I’m not a gourmand, but I really enjoy Bulgarian potato cream soup with croutons and cheese. Actually, this is one of the main reasons I play regularly in Plovdiv. For the second dish I would choose Chinese food, most likely sweet and sour chicken.
What is the best chess game you played?
Georgescu Tiberiu vs. Jianu Vlad. He was my coachw and usually it was really difficult for me to play against him.
Who is your favourite chessplayer?
I guess I will not surprise you at this one: Magnus Carlsen. I think he is fantastic in every single aspect of chess. He is also very well prepared mentally and physically.
If you could choose to live one day of any time in the history of mankind, which time would that be and why?
Definitely in the future. I like science very much, and I would love to see the discoveries of the future.
What five words do you think best describe you?
Honest, smart, friendly, funny, BUT a little judgemental. (Yes, I know, I’m working on it).
What do you do when you relax?
I go out with my friends. I enjoy talking and playing board games. I also like to practice all kind of sports. I enjoy kick-boxing and soccer the most.
Is there any lesson you’ve learned in chess that resonates in your real life?
I always try to transpose things I learn in chess to the real life. One of the first important things that I learned was how to handle losing and to respect my opponent.
How do you train at chess?
I try to get a maximum efficiency and enjoyment from my work. Obviously from time to time, it gets unpleasant, especially when it comes to using engines for opening preparation, but it is what it is. I try to be as honest as I can with myself and work on my weaknesses. No, I will not tell you what my weaknesses are...
What is your biggest regret?
I don’t think I have one. Once you learn from a mistake, I don’t see the point of looking back. The same applies in a chess game when you have a good position. You blunder, but the position is still playable. One could think about how good the position was and lose time and energy, but I prefer to check the current position.
My most treasured possession is….
Do you have any thoughts on how Chess.com can get even better?
Hard to say, because Chess.com is doing a great job.