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Friday, January 25, 2013

RIP: WGM Margareta Teodorescu

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Hi everyone,
Margareta Teodorescu (1932 - 2013): Romanian WGM Margareta Teodorescu passed away Tuesday, January 22, in Bucharest at the age of 81. Born on April 13, 1932, Margareta Teodorescu obtained in 1949 bronze medal in the first women's national championship after the Second World War. 

It was the first success in a long series of remarkable results. During 1949 -1978, she won 8 bronze medals, 8 silver medals and she was champion of Romania in the years 1959, 1968, 1969 and 1974. 

Margareta Teodorescu won two silver medals at Chess Olympiad! In Emmen (Netherlands) 1957, Margareta Teodorescu, in team with Maria Albuleţ, brought for Romania the first Olympic medal, the silver medal, at the first edition of Women Chess Olympiad, finishing on equal points with the Soviet team. 

Selection criteria which, in 1957, had sent Romanian team on the second place, were not available at the end of Chess Olympiad edition 1974 in Medellin (Colombia). There, Romanian team composed by Margareta Teodorescu, Elisabeta Polihroniade and Gertrude Baumstark, was ranked first on equal points with the Soviet team and it should have the supreme title. But, the rules were changed and after a tiebreak match against Soviet team, our team finished second, receiving the silver medal. (Fide)

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