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WGM Elisabeta Polihroniade passes away

The Romanian Woman Grand Master, organizer and chess lover Elisabeta Polihroniade has passed away this January 23rd, 2016. A great ambassador of chess, her activity for the sport has inspired many players around the world.

Elisabeta Polihroniade is a Romanian Women’s champion in 1966, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976 and 1977. She has also represented her country 10 times at Chess Olympiads, winning 6 medals.

She was the editor of the Romanian chess magazine GAMBIT and author of many chess books, and was for a long time a star on Romanian TV with her own chess program. She was in the basis of the famous Bazna Kings tournaments.

GM Teimour Radjabov: Elisabeta Polihroniade, passed away. Amazing person,I know only few people in the entire chess community of her wisdom and love of our game.

Sergey Karjakin: R.I.P. Elisabeta Polihroniade. One of the most kind person I have ever meet in my life.

GM Christian Chirila: RIP Elisabeta Polihroniade. One of my mentors while growing up, she worked tirelessly until her last day to popularize chess in schools


In memoriam by ECU (

With great sadness, the Romanian Chess Federation is announcing that WGM Elisabeta Polihroniade has passed away on 23rd January 2016.

Honorary member of FIDE and ROU CF, WGM, IA Elisabeta Polihroniade (ROU) was a great promoter of chess all over the world and an active representative of RCF in FIDE and ECU.

Elisabeta Polihroniade was one of the well known Romanian players in the history of chess and by her activity she inspired many generations of chess players. During her long and successful career, Elisabeta Polihroniade became 7 times Romanian Champion and received 6 medals at the Chess Olympiads. She represented Romania in 10 Olympiads as a player and has been an Arbiter in 13 subsequent Olympiads. She was the Organiser of the “Kings Tournaments”, the strongest tournaments ever to take place in Romania.

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