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GM Bukhuti Gurgenidze

Bukhuti Gurgenidze
Bukhuti Gurgenidze. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, CC.
Full name
Bukhuti Ivanovich Gurgenidze
Nov 13, 1933 - May 24, 2008 (age 74)‎
Place of birth
Surami, Georgia


Bukhuti Gurgenidze was a Georgian grandmaster who won 12 national championships. His first Georgian Chess Championship came in 1955, and then he rattled off an astounding eight in a row (1958-1965) before adding more in 1968, 1970, and 1973. Gurgenidze trained several women grandmasters in the Soviet Union and is well-known for the Gurgenidze Variation in the Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.Re1 e5 6.b4) and Caro-Kann (1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 g6) defenses.

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