The best Romanian player of all times
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu is the best Romanian player of all times, eclipsing the glory of Gheorgiu and Suba. In his early 20′s we knew him only from his crazy games published in “Chess Informant”. Later on he surprised the world by breaking into the semi-finals of the first FIDE knockout World Championship in Las Vegas 1999. He eliminated Azmaiparashvili, Leitao, Ivanchuk and Shirov in the process, losing only in tiebreaks against the future champion Khalifman.
Liviu-Dieter was born on August 1st 1976. If you wonder about his name, take note that he lived in Germany for a long time before moving to Bucharest. In the late 90′s, he won a number of local tournaments: the Romanian Championsip, in Balatonbereny and in Budapest on 1996, the Radulescu Memorial 1999, the Ciocaltea Memorial 1997 and 2001. During 2004 he tied 2nd with Sasikiran in a very strong Dubai Open (Mamedyarov was 1st). After that he won the 16th category Pune Super GM.
His biggest achievement so far came in 2005 when he won the European Championship in Warsaw. In an interview, he said he felt relief more than happiness because he put huge effort into study. His success made him a national hero and boosted chess in Romania. Wherever Nisipeanu is playing, the audience is following his wild games with particular interest.
In April 6th-9th 2006 Nisipeanu faced Veselin Topalov in 4-games friendly match in Bucharest named “The match of the champions”. Topalov won 3-1 and the games were broadcasted live on Realitatea TV with commentary provided by GMs Mihail Marin and Dorian Rogozenco. The match Topalov- Nisipeanu was for the promotion of Bulgaria and Romania and their future entry in the European Union.
Liviu-Dieter has also won the strong 7th Sants Intl Open in Barcelona and the Bosna Championship 2006 in Sarajevo. Mtel Masters will be his first super-tournament and he is certainly looking for a good result to secure entry into the exclusive 2700+ club.